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The Gates of Reality

by Australis

If you believe reality exists regardless of you, then your imagination could be an instrument to escape from it. Only when you accept reality is but a creation of your perceptions, your imagination becomes the power to control it.
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2. Return to Tarshish
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3. Ephemerage
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4. Promises of Light
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5. Paqta Kutemunqa
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6. Purple Dreams
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7. Little Clockmaker
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8. Treasure the Moment
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9. Illusion of Company
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10. The Hoodoo\'s Whisper
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11. Thresholds of Devotion
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12. Momentary Truths
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Following the steps set by its debut album "Lifegiving", and after three years of exploration and musical innovation, Australis brings us a brand new work venturing even deeper into the realms of inspiration.

"The Gates of Reality", an all-original fourteen track compilation, takes the post from his previous release and pushes forward into the territories of fantasy, taking the listener on a trip where the veils between reality and imagination are lifted and dreams can finally coexist with facts in everyday life.

Uncomfortable within the walls of conventional styles, Australis has again assembled a very diverse collection of musical pieces going from electronic to acoustic contexts, jumping from abstract spaces to facts of reality; skillfully taming the rebellious South American styles, delicately sculpting the complexities of electronic soundscapes, all along challenging the conventions of instrumental and new age music. The result is a lavish anthology of musical gems destined to touch the heart, seduce the mind and reveal to the listener his/her own internal universes.

Along with his signature sound and musical depth, this new album also sees the collaboration of several seasoned artists. Young poet Virginia Luna, Andean musician/singer Alvaro Aguayo, composer/producer Roger Subirana; and singers Mornie Sims and Rebecca Farraway add their unique talents to an already extraordinary production.

You are personally invited to cross the gates and venture into the realms of your own imagination. Close your eyes and let these tracks guide you through emotions and landscapes you thought forgotten, through dreams and hopes you always imagined impossible.

For more information and news, please visit Australis at www.australiscanticum.com


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Frederic Mora

Highly recommended
Australis is what Jean-Michel Jarre could have been if he hadn't succumbed to crass commercialism. His music is highly inspiring, very emotional, while being melodic and compelling. It is light-year ahead of the run-of-the-mill electronica production that is unfortunately too common. The sound is rich and the melodies are intricate. God knows I don't gush praise easily, but I recognize great music when I hear it. You will, too.

Udaya Gilani

A collection of sonic gems
This is an outstanding disc! This is one of those discs you wonder why is not being advertised much, much more; and yet, it will become one of your all-time favorites. I've been looking for music like this for quite some time: electronic yet not artificial, world yet not just ethnic, new age yet not just healing. Australis has balanced the right elements in the right amounts and the result is a collection of sonic gems able to take you away to places you never imagined before. The Gates of Reality is an indispensable addition to any new age music collection that seeks to inspire the listener in more than just one way.

Testsmith

Extraordinary material
This second album from reclusive composer Australis came in the nick of time for Christmas, as it is an remarkable present for the discerning new age and electronic music listener. Filled with fourteen tracks of pure evocation, and enough material for a thousand dreams, this compilation is bound to have something for everybody.
Want ethereal and relaxing soundscapes?, you'll find them in The Gates of Reality. Want dreamy vocals capable of stirring your conscience?, you will find them on this album. Want epic orchestral movements painting dramatic passages?, you'll find them within this disc. Want heart pounding rhythms seasoned with outlandish electronic melodies?, you got them.
All in all, this release is a series of surprises - pleasant and intense all of them - destined to become powerful sensorial experiences for the listener.
A highly recommended release for those seeking deeper within their own souls.

Morpheus Music

Australis - The Gates of Reality
STYLE
Dramatic enigmatic instrumentals full of emotion and imagination. Australis knit together a broad range of evocative sounds and stirring atmospheres on this second album. At centre stage are sweeping themes of synthetic sound - string-like, chiming, electronic - but all turned somewhat away from the obvious with deftly applied effects. Piano, electric and programmed guitar melodies also feature along with operatic female voices, soaring and heavenly. World sounds frequently appear, yet these are not overdone - tracks are not centred on global ephemera - rather these are introduced as sonic seasoning, associative flavouring. Perhaps the most powerful aspect of this album is found among the marginal sounds and interludes - peculiar secondary lines rippling behind the leads, shadowy textures billowing in quieter corners, touches of musical theatre such as creaking, dripping and other environmental recordings - Australis has done a great job of setting a suitable mood for each piece through these surrounding details. Human utterances pepper the various tracks; child-like speech, whispered words - male and female musings, there are even some distant monks at one point.

MOOD
The Gates of Reality has a magical story book feel running throughout. This is one of those albums to conjure up dreams and fantasies - especially suited to low light listening. Many pieces have powerfully climactic passages where the music peaks into moving heights before dispersing gradually away, others carry a less obvious emotional melancholy - downbeat compositions that tug at the heart evoking a sense of nostalgia or dimly grasped memory.

ARTWORK
The artwork accompanying the album is well produced and in keeping with the tone of the music. A wire bird cage, door open tilts into a rippled dune of sand each contour heavy with the shadows left behind by a setting sun. Inside the cage is a sunflower - barely perceived - almost in silhouette. The arid panorama is beautified by this low light crepuscular mood - heavy grey cloud underlit with orange. The whole image has effective antiquing textures and fine scratches that further develop the mystique of the package. On the back a close up of the cage before a deeper sunset acts as backdrop to the tracklist - each with time alongside. The insert opens into three panels - on the outer spread is an alternative cage and sand image below a somewhat more fiery sky - here is a second tracklist and a quote from The White Codices contemplating the nature of reality. The flip side of the insert is full of information: credits and thanks leftmost, words and explanation centre and to the right; contact and website details rightmost.

OVERALL
This second CD from Utah based Australis comes four years after the debut album Lifegiving. Clearly there has been a lot of growth in the intervening period as this latest release shows a considerably greater depth and maturity of sound. The Gates of Reality is released via Essential Noises and contains fourteen tracks mostly around the five minute mark. Dream-master Oscar is joined by a number of collaborating artists on the album; poet Virginia Luna, Andean musician/singer Alvaro Aguayo, composer/producer Roger Subirana; and singers Mornie Sims and Rebecca Farraway. Overall this is very solid presentation - it does deliver the fantasy, it does touch the emotions and it does have themes that you will remember, unconsciously humming as you go about your day or drift into sleep.

WHO WILL LIKE THIS ALBUM
If you enjoy music that will likely be labelled 'new age' but has that something extra; that romantic drama; that sense of musical theatre; that fairy tale setting - this is an album well worth exploring. The Gates of Reality will appeal to fans of Enigma, Amethystium, Mythos, Achillea. Have a listen at the Australis website - but be warned it's an absorbing site, you might not come back quickly.

Mateusz Wielgos

Beautiful, but was hoping for better
Ever since I got Australis' Lifegiving album, I was very excited that a new CD was on the way. After numerous delays, my hopes kept growing. I'm a little disappointed with how it turned out, perhaps because I have heard most tracks before the release numerous times. But don't get me wrong, The Gates of Reality is a beautiful CD. For those of you who have Lifegiving, this one is much, much darker sounding. The tunes are richer, but still feel quite simple. Overall, a very good CD, a must have for someone who loved Lifegiving, and a very good pick for any NewAge fan.

Miranis

Absolutely recommended
This disc is a must for any ambient, electronic and new age music lover. In it, Australis creates amazing places where any thing is possible. Each track is its own vast universe. Unlike his first release, this disc includes vocals in its formulas; but then, Australis uses vocals in unconventional ways: as acoustic elements, as atmospheric effects, as subliminal carriers. The gates of reality is packed with both innovation and familiarity. In it you can find extraordinary surprises along with sweet tunes from your childhood you had long ago forgotten. A delight to the senses and to the emotions. Absolutely recommended.

REVIEWS NEW AGE

Vibrante!
The Gates of Reality es la consolidación en este género del compositor peruano Australis, una segunda publicación en la que el artista sigue fiel a su inconfundible estilo de composición de electrónica suave, una música a medio camino entre el Chill Out y el Ambient que es una dulce mezcla de teclados, melodías vibrantes y penetrantes sonidos ambientales. Para este segundo lanzamiento, Australis no viaja solo, para dar vida a The Gates of Reality, el compositor cuenta con la ayuda de grandes voces que le aportan una fuerza indescriptible a cada tema, son: Virginia Luna (voces), Álvaro Aguayo (instrumentos andinos y voces), Rebecca Farraway (voces) y Mornie Sims (voces).

"The Gates of Reality" inicia el CD. Los teclados de Australis y la inocente voz de Virginia Luna se unen en un tema en el que el piano y brillantes teclados interpretan una alegre y optimista melodía bajo dulces risas, sonidos del mar y de la noche. Una composición de lo más interesante.

Misteriosa y sutilmente sombría es "Return to Tarshish". Una melodía que durante minuto y medio mantiene en tensión al oyente, a la espera de una música que rompa ese inquietante estado. La segunda parte es de un delicado ritmo y mantiene el estado alarmante del comienzo, pero con un toque encantador gracias a la increíble voz de Sims.

"Ephemerage" es una composición con un incesante ritmo y una melodía repetitiva que es interrumpida por una fantástica guitarra española que rasguea acordes. De nuevo, una pieza portadora de buenas vibraciones, llena de vida y capaz de elevar el espíritu. Me gusta!.

La voz de Rebecca Farraway hace aparición en "Promises of Light". Una pieza que invita a cerrar los ojos y dejarse llevar por los profundos sonidos, la sosegada melodía y la hipnotizadora voz de Rebecca. Una música que sigue el camino directo a la paz y al bienestar absoluto.

La voz de Álvaro Aguayo y sus instrumentos andinos cobran una vital importancia en esta composición. Una música emocionante, con fuertes aires nativos gracias a las flautas y una electrónica estupenda; la unión es tan mágica que logra emocionar. Una de mis favoritas!.

Me es imposible no relacionar esta composición con una de las influencias más notables de Australis, Vangelis. En "Purple Dreams" podemos disfrutar de un magnífico piano que entona una sintonía pegadiza, mientras melodías sintetizadas acompañan con suavidad de fondo junto a unas percusiones muy delicadas. Fantástico!.

"Little Clockmaker" es mi pieza preferida en todo el álbum. Una entrada incierta, algo tenebrosa, a golpe de campanillas y pizzicatos de violín que marcan el tempo de un baile de notas a golpe de hermosísimo vals. Un intercambio fascinante de instrumentos crean, sin duda, la pieza destacable de The Gates of Reality. Qué maravilla!.

En "Treasure the Moment" cobra protagonismo sobre cualquier sintetizador o instrumento, el piano. Magnífico, acertado en el sentimiento y con una melodía de lo más hermosa, hacen que sea otra de las grandes de este CD. Emocionante, conmovedora, pero sobre todo, apasionada.

Regresamos al misterio con "Illusion of Company". Un tema donde una guitarra eléctrica puntea un penetrante lamento, mientras una voz amenazadora nos invita a soñar bajo una sutil percusión.

Co-producido por el compositor español Roger Subirana, "The Hoodoo's Whisper" es un tema majestuoso, la banda sonora perfecta para unos grandes documentales. Un arreglo orquestal da vida a una sinfonía increíble que representa una magia ancestral. La extraña alianza entre instrumentos étnicos y la orquestación es sencillamente alucinante. Otra de mis favoritas!. Poderosa!.

El World Music y la electrónica coinciden en "Thresholds of Devotion". Un sinfín de instrumentos de origen oriental y voces que entonan cánticos de la lejana India se entremezclan acabando en una música danzante, vibrante y de lo más cálida. Qué cautivador!.

Un viaje hacia la verdad es "Momentary Truths". La misma melodía interpretada por diversos instrumentos, violín, vientos, piano, que le aportan un gran sentimiento al tema hasta legar a los cuatro minutos, donde la pieza se torna emocionante gracias al toque de un magistral violín que deja boquiabierto al oyente.

Por todos es bien sabido que Australis es un gran teclista, pero como pianista no deja indiferente a nadie, un claro ejemplo lo encontramos en "Essentia". El artista hace una interpretación sorprendente frente al piano, dibujando una triste melodía, en el que las notas se aferran con fuerza en lo más profundo. Qué sentimiento.

"Adventus Sortis" es la obra más extensa del álbum, más de siete minutos y la pieza que cierra The Gates of Reality. Cantos gregorianos hacen la apertura del tema, dejando paso a una música muy rítmica, demasiado repetitiva y en la que van surgiendo diferentes sonidos electrónicos.


The Gates of Reality es el segundo lanzamiento al mercado del compositor electrónico Australis, un álbum con un música muy sugerente, el punto intermedio entre la insistente música Chill Out y la música Ambient, convirtiéndose así en un CD perfecto para disfrutar de una música de fondo, ya sea para la relajación o para el disfrute de una buena y excitante melodía electrónica. The Gates of Reality es un álbum recomendable!.

reviewsnewage.com
20/02/11

John P. Olsen / NewAgeMusic.Nu

Epic Quest
The quest for personal style in composition is evident in the latest project by South American born composer and producer Oscar Aguayo, who is titled as Australis. Taken from the Latin word meaning Southern or from the South, is also symbolic of his artist title which emphasizes Oscar’s early influences he felt during his very first experiences in musical emotion in his home country as a young adult. Oscar Aguayo, another friend in music, presently lives in the United States having produced his second 2008 album The Gates of Reality under the Independent Records label. Drawing imagination from his personal homeland recollections and earliest life changing events, the latest project is a mixture of New Age ambient, electronica, neo classic and ethnic, in contrasting genres, producing a fine balance of emotional depth in all 14 compositions in his second album of individual expression. The primarily mid tempo music will encompass the listener with rich, deep tones to translate for you what the artist has drawn from his own conceived conclusions in how New Age music should be interpreted. Track 4 Promises of Light is a dark and mysterious example of a longing desire for the presence of light in which that wishful song is titled. Track 5 Paqta Kutemunqa begins with an ethnic quality by the ancient chants, whisperings and woodwind flute, that if one closed their eyes, could almost imagine themselves as an archaeologist exploring the inner depths of ancient ruins and then finding the lost treasures hidden away from all others, in this epic quest I found inspirational. Track 13 Essentia is a moving piece that weaves classic piano landscapes into an almost melancholy state of mind, and then into a hopeful presence, upon returning back to the present, in this musical adaptation of the essence in being fundamentally whole. Australis produced his first project in the same year and label titled Lifegiving being another meaningful project that received much online radio airplay, and earned Australis the Morpheus Music’s 2004, best new and independent artist award, so it is no surprise this second project has also received abundant online radio attention, even before the album was actually released. We hope more will be available from this creative artist who draws his artistic imagination from experiences during his early formative years. The recollections must have been fascinating for him.