Immersion Theory | The Icarus Foray

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The Icarus Foray

by Immersion Theory

A profoundly soul-reinforcing space music journey through the universe and into the realms beyond.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Icarus One
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2. Echoes of Apollo
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3. Resonance
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4. Solar Garden
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Immersion Theory's maiden voyage, The Icarus Foray, is a transcendent auditory journey through the universe and into the heavens. With roots firmly entrenched in the Space Music genre, Immersion Theory draw from a deep well of soul-nourishing refreshment and create an opportunity for profound introspection and personal discovery.

To that end, the project embraces orchestral motifs unwound into ambient soundscapes, deep meditative electronic swells, and subtle storytelling components, engaging both close and ambient listening in equal parts.

Blending experience in music, film making and the visual arts, Immersion Theory enlist a number of different creative facets with an eye towards creating unified works of music, storytelling and sound pictures. With Robert Rich's deft manipulation of the final masters, The Icarus Foray explores the byways of ambient space music towards a simple and intuitive conclusion: that science and spirituality are intertwined in the search for the divine.



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Those of you out there looking for a good release in the genre of deep ambient space music, should make sure to get a copy of this beauty. . .

The four extended, spacious tracks continue along the immersive, sonic path of Steve Roach, Jonn Serrie and even Constance Demby, but make their own cinematic statement by Austin’s personal twists and turns.

Soft choir and orchestral textures are accompanied by fluid ambient sound washes and ethereal NASA radio transmissions. They all shape shift gently as the space journey slowly unfolds and meanders as we float in the spacious realms and grandness of the universe, on our way to the next cosmic destination.

All in all, "The Icarus Foray" – which is graced with beautiful cd artwork - is deep ambient/space music at its finest.

A highly recommended space cruiser!

Bert Strolenberg / www.sonicimmersion.org



The Icarus Foray (59'02") may seem inspired by the works of Jonn Serrie, Constance Demby or Kevin Braheny as some of its themes and motifs feel similar to quintessential recordings by these three stalwart spacemusic artists. But the first release by Immersion Theory, the musical persona of John-Mark Austin, shares more than just the tonal characteristics of the classics. Throughout four tracks Austin contemplates the grandeur of the cosmos and mankind's attempts at communion with it. With airy synth pads, deep sweeping tones and reverberant waves of electronic harmonies each composition builds a delicate atmosphere. Combining this with astronaut voices, ethereal choirs, rumbling spaceship effects and a dynamic musical range extending from the sustaining quietude of space to exultant orchestral crescendos gives us an album equally at home in the planetarium as it is on a remote hillside gazing at stars.

- Chuck van Zyl / STAR'S END 8 May 2008


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Kristian Persson

A Spark In The Dark!
When listening to this record in the dark, I almost feel like I'm sitting inside a spaceship, ready for a 'mission' to space and its unknown territory's. The CD starts with a narrator talking, the kind of narration you often hear when astronauts are communicating to eatch other while in space (and offcourse while in the space shuttles aswell).

And this "intro" of the music starts the whole journey, and you better believe me when I say this record is a must have if you are familiar to Michael Stearns album "Planetary Unfolding". It's definetely at least as good, if not better, especially the track "Echoes Of Apollo", which really showcases how space probably would sound if sound did exist there.

To me, outer space, inner space, the oceans and forests and all the life they contain, and even the space inside our minds are all somehow associated and related and they all make sense in the context of space music.

I would say that the music here could best be described as slow moving, dark, & slightly haunting at places. And to sum it up, this really is a spark in the dark. It has all the elements that conjures up a good space journey experience, and pick this one up if you're a serious listener to the genre, and offcourse, you should consider buying it aswell if you are a collector! You won't be dissapointed!

Highly recommended, especially for the fans of Michael Stearns!

Karen Springer

New York Chic
This album is absolutely everything is says it is and more. Listening is truly an amazing experience. It left me holding my breath and so relaxed at the same time. Artistry, authenticity, and beauty - it's all there. I would say this is a 'must have' for all ambient music collections. Unbelievable - my new favorite, and I'll be waiting for more from this artist!

Piotr Podermanski

Best space-ambient music!
I first heard it on "Drone" internet radio, and downloaded 5 minutes of "Icarus One" it to my mp3 player. And loved it. It worked as a great inspiration while working, as I do visual effects and while driving at night. Best space-ambient music I have ever encountered. So... I was happy to find the whole album here, ready for download. :)

Piotr-Akurra

Richard Gurtler

Wonderful voyage!!!
Wow, what a nice surprise here by the project that was completely unknown to me. John-Mark Austin is the sole member behind Immersion Theory and "The [Icarus] Foray" album might be his debut work released back in 2007. This is another proof of the fact there is still a lot of unrecognized and underrated artists who don't get the attention they deserve. After having explored "The [Icarus] Foray" I am including Immersion Theory without any hesitation among the biggest sonic architects in the space music genre. The album opens grandiosely with "Icarus One", a composition that left me immediately breathless. This is absolute beauty comprised of softly floating space washes transforming at the end into more orchestral mood, but all the time delicately enriched by heavenly choirs on the background and astronauts' radio transmissions placed to the fore, some Morse Code sounds are presented to. This is amazing blend of ethereal beauty and outer space NASA communications. Real 15-minute winner I must say, just like the next piece, "Echoes Of Apollo", slightly darker, more drifting piece, even if without angelic choirs, but still heavenly unfolding. In the first half of "Resonance" some more rhythmed and more evolving monumental turnovers are added to the overall slowly fading away floating content. Closing 22-minute opus, "Solar Garden" is by far the most colorful composition on album with again presented choirs, but also field-recordings of a thunder storm, bubbling water, bird calls, some additional space rumblings... all wrapped into gradually changing, culminating and gracefully crafted orchestrations, the track title was chosen more than perfectly. Wonderful voyage, plus nicely executed artwork and no one else but maestro Robert Rich behind the mastering desk, now you can easily imagine what you are missing in your collection...

Richard Gürtler (Bratislava, Slovakia)