Dan Pound | Solar Nexus

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Steve Roach Tangerine Dream The Brain

Album Links
official website GreatIndieMusic my space page Nexhit Tradebit FaithMP3 MusicIsHere PayPlay Apple iTunes Bitmunk

More Artists From
United States - California

Other Genres You Will Love
Electronic: Ambient New Age: Space Moods: Type: Experimental
There are no items in your wishlist.

Solar Nexus

by Dan Pound

Ambient electronic/acoustic new age space soundworlds
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Sign up for the CD Baby Newsletter
Your email address will not be sold for any reason.
Continue Shopping
available for download only
Share to Google +1

Tracks

Available as MP3, MP3 320, and FLAC files.

To listen to tracks you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

Sorry, there has been a problem playing the clip.

  song title
share
time
download
1. Prism
Share this song!
X
4:08 $0.99
2. Spectrum
Share this song!
X
6:55 $0.99
3. Life Force
Share this song!
X
4:20 $0.99
4. Rhythm Of Lights
Share this song!
X
3:06 $0.99
5. Sunset Rain
Share this song!
X
2:30 $0.99
6. Harnessing The Flame
Share this song!
X
4:30 $0.99
7. Once A Planet
Share this song!
X
3:55 $0.99
8. Core Surface
Share this song!
X
5:12 $0.99
9. In The Time Of Helios
Share this song!
X
5:21 $0.99
10. Chromosphere
Share this song!
X
5:11 $0.99
11. Solar Nexus
Share this song!
X
6:01 $0.99
12. Biosphere
Share this song!
X
6:10 $0.99
13. Eclipse
Share this song!
X
5:45 $0.99
preview all songs

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"A beautiful soundworld of aural atmospheres"
Ping Things

"Solar Nexus is one of the hottest releases of the year"
Dene Bebbington for Ambient Visions

"A soundscape architecture at times reminiscent of Steve Roach's The Magnificent Void"
Aural Innovations


Ode to the sun.
Our life giving force.

Using Didgeridoo, Native American flute, various percussion, guitars, voice, rocks, bowls, programming and synths.....it is truly a visionary immersion.

Stirring rhythms and trance inducing textures take you on another other worldly adventure by Dan Pound.

Get ready for the heat.

Sounds like Steve Roach, Vidna Obmana, Tangerine Dream and Robert Rich



Dan Pound was classically trained on piano, guitar and double bass at an early age and started writing songs soon after. He went on to be in the local honor orchestra and was soon writing pieces for the entire ensemble. Besides performing and composing, Dan has earned degrees in recording engineering and electronic music technology, and has received credits as 1st engineer and mixer for an indie jazz release, “Crusin’ Some Grooves” by the Steve Wolfe Quartet.

Over the last several years, Dan has developed a home project studio where he does most of his work now recording and producing his music independently. His specialties are ambient electronic/ acoustic new age/ world and soundtrack material.

Dan has earned numerous top 10 positions in various categories on Broadjam.com 's top 10 lists, and many of his pieces have been included in monthly top charts for the FM ambient radio programs, “Secret Music” and “Stars End”.
Dan’s Cd, “Solar Nexus”, was named one of the top ten Cd’s reviewed in 2006 on the review webzine, “Melliflua”.

Dan’s credits also include:
Greenpeace Organization: music used for a documentary called, “Changes in Climate, Changes in Lives”.
Image maker advertising Inc.: for use of background/filler music for internet online sales promotions.
Q.O.C productions: for use of music for internet website promotions.

Influences and sound-likes are:
Steve Roach, Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno, Patrick O’Hearn,
Vangelis, Kevin Breheny, Michael Stearns, Vidna Obmana, Robert Rich.


Reviews


to write a review

Dene Bebbington

a pleasantly hallucinogenic musical trip
Dan Pound is an independent musician who specialises in ambient, acoustic new age, world, and soundtrack music created in his home studio. His album Solar Nexus is one of the more intriguing works to have come my way recently. Described as shamanistic spacemusic this is unlike any spacemusic or ethnic styled album I've heard before.

Though the track titles ground the themes in all things solar, the music conveys the feeling that we're experiencing it through the hallucinations of a shaman performing sacred rituals. This is done by the use of tribal rhythms, chants, and rhythms. Often these are layered so much that repeated listening sessions are needed to fully appreciate all that is going on.

Listening to Solar Nexus brings to mind Steve Roach's On This Planet, partly because of the tribal motifs but more so the intensity. Whereas Roach's rhythms can feel tacked onto the spacey atmospherics and washes they are an integral part of Dan's sound.

It's especially easy to lose oneself in the longest and frenetic track “Spectrum”. In this multi-layered piece thrumming notes vie with hi-hat percussion and drummed rhythms to be the most hypnotic. All the while tinkling notes, spooky washes, and animal calls add to the phantasmagoric effect. The shamanistic element is particularly strong in the track “In the Time of Helios” where chants and low growling didgeridoo conjure up images of aboriginal ceremonies round fires in the outback at night.

About half the album is gentler and less intense. In “Once a Planet” slow hand beaten drums play out against various reverbing drones panning across the soundscape while the atmosphere is adorned with whistles, distant clanking sounds, and wordless chants ranging from ethereal to guttural.

For me Solar Nexus is one of the hottest releases of the year; a pleasantly hallucinogenic musical trip through aspects of a star. This is a new take on a genre usually known for floating/drifting atmospheres or traditional sequencing.

ping things

a beautiful soundworld of aural atmospheres
Dan Pound "Solar Nexus"
a beautiful soundworld of aural atmospheres and environments incorporating electronic and acoustic instruments.

With the release of his disc "Solar Nexus", Dan Pound presents his audience with a seemless blend of organic and synthesized sounds which together create a beautiful journey through ambient spaces.

Opening track "Prism" features a wandering arpegio that plays amidst a bed of undulating pads, tones stretching and bending around each other like liquid mercury. It's a beautiful beginning, something that brings to mind the dawn, the start of a new day. Stunning.

"Spectrum" opens with a glistening cascade of bells blending in with a steadily pulsing synth track. There's a very vibrant energy inherent in this track, a very metropolitan feel to it that grows as percussion is added to the mix. Yet despite that vibrancy, that energy, the track remains beautiful and calm, relaxing in some ways.

"Life Force" presents a deep rolling bass line underneath a low and plaintive melody played alternately by woodwinds and vocals. It's a very space-y track, something very cosmic sounding and celestial despite it's organic flavour. A very interesting mixture of sounds and textures.

"Rhythm of Lights" uses a variety of sequenced synth lines to create a veritable wall of synthesized sound. It's a very rich track, something very full in terms of the depth of sound presented, something composed of many levels to explore and discover.

"Sunset Rain" takes on a much more natural feel than previous tracks, using a much more organic sounding orchestration. String instruments play lovely melodies and themes, truly capturing the sound of a light rain at dusk. It's a lovely piece of music.

"Harnessing the Flame" also uses organick instruments, blending sequenced tracks with dijiridoo. The wailing sound of breath works really well here, giving the track a depth and mystery that I find both intriguing and mesmerizing.

"Once a Planet" brilliantly captures the sound of the void, bringing sound to the emptiness through sparse pads, minimal percussion and an emotional vocalization. It's a stunning track, something that really stands out on the disc as a perfect tonal mixture that represents a variety of moments and emotions. Absolutely stunning.

"Core Surface" features metallic tones drifting through the soundstream. It's a very moody track, enigmatic and thought provoking as it slowly moves towards completion. A lovely example of dark ambience used as counterpoint to an otherwise (mostly) bright work.

"In the Time of Helios" is another track that employs vocals, this time more pronounced, more up front in the mix. Flute and percussion weave and bob around the piece as well creating a tribal feel to the piece. It's a very powerful track, something that really resonates on a primal level, arguably my favorite track on the disc.

"Chromosphere" makes use of percussion paired with a steady arpeggio and a selection of pads, bridging the gap between the tribal sounds of the preceeding track with the more electronically based sound of the next piece. It's very nicely done and works well not only as a bridge between ideas, but also as it's own independant work.

Title track "Solar Nexus" opens with rising and falling tones playing underneath otherworldly vocals. As the song progresses rapid beats build in strength, sizzling with an intensity that suggests a star or a supernova. The sound of the cosmos runs throughout this track, infusing it with a sense of both beauty and mystery.

"Biosphere" pairs a beautiful guitar loop with the sound of a jungle or forest, pads drifting through the distance deep in the soundfield. It's a hypnotic track, one that lulls you into a sense of peace and calm. Beautiful in it's simplicity, simply beautiful.

"Eclipse" closes the disc with minimal instrumentation, a repeating melody and little else. It's all very simple and yet it connects so well with me as a listener, it stirs exactly the right emotions and ideas. A lovely way to end the disc.

Without doubt "Solar Nexus" is a disc that does everything right, that brings together styles and forms in the best ways possible to create something beautiful and engaging. I very much enjoyed this release and I strongly recommend it to anybody who likes to be able to connects on a deep level with their music.

rik - ping things