Hollan Holmes | The Farthest Fringes

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The Farthest Fringes

by Hollan Holmes

A melodic journey through space, exploring both sequence driven electronics, as well as sublime, textural soundscapes.
Genre: New Age: Space
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1. Zero Point Energy
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2. Timespace
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3. The Great Unknown
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4. Aeon
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5. Outskirts
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6. The Sentinel
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7. The Farthest Fringes
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8. Earthshine
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"The Farthest Fringes", the follow-up to Hollan's critically acclaimed debut CD, "A Distant Light", explores a bit more of a melodic, traditionally structured song-like approach on several tracks, while much of the CD showcases Hollan's expanding sound design skills on some deeply rich, ambient space worlds. A year in the making, these eight new tracks are wonderfully elevated to a higher listening quality through the expert mastering wizardry of sound engineer and ambient artist, Chad Kettering, with whom Hollan worked closely in Chad's studio at Soniclayers Mastering. As on Hollan's first CD, the packaging design and layout was done by Hollan himself, a professional computer graphics artist earning a portion of his livelihood in the film and animation industry.

"The Farthest Fringes" represents encouraging growth in Hollan's musical composing abilities and is sure to please electronic space music fans everywhere.


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Bill

Gave me visions!
Having an amateur astronomer's knowledge of the universe is one thing, having the universe come alive so cinematically is another and that's what this album has done and will continue to do for me. Imagine sailing around the outer edge of the event horizon and viewing stars get sucked down. Imaging sailing past pulsars on the way to Andromeda. Put on this music, your headphones, turn out the lights and go for a ride. Very cinematic. Ridley Scott should score this for his next.

klockwerk

Quality Classic Space Music
A great release of electronic music in the 70s/80s Space music genre, Listening to it, I am reminded of music by Jonn Serrie and Kevin Braheny, but it has it's own character. Bought this from CDBaby along with Bil Vermette's Galaxies IV, and I'm VERY happy with my purchase. Looking forward to more in the same vein.

Richard Gurtler

Another big one from this hidden talent!!!
Exactly one year passed since the stunning debut CD "A Distant Light" of Texas based Hollan Holmes and the last days of 2011 brought to us another fascinating interstellar odyssey. Again accompanied by beautiful images on 6-panel eco wallet packaging, just the same eye-catching as with above album. "The Farthest Fringes" album is fired up with "Zero Point Energy", a truly graceful space ambience transporting the listener immediately into observing celestial objects. Skillfully enriched by small pulsing part and also incorporating assorted sonic outbursts that make from this composition absolutely blissful ride, most likely one of the best Hollan ever made, magnificent!!! "Timespace" shifts Hollan's star journeying into newer, more melodic level featuring less colossal sounds bridged with catchy sequenced downtempos. "Timespace" is freshly breathing and again painted by various, nicely fitting outer space effects. This uplifting voyage proceeds also on the next piece "The Great Unknown", where rotating sequenced melodies with floating washes are reminiscent of Berlin EM school. Slow-motion celestial dronescapes invade "Aeon" with all their gracefulness, with hints of more dramatic passages. It evokes realms of rare beauty, a star gazing at its most fascinating!!! But this exploration doesn't stop, because the next piece, "Outskirts", opens with expansive drifts that are soon spiced with highly attractive sharp sequences. This is absolutely gorgeous piece of music, definitely one of the highlights!!! Another strongly colorful and active texture follows with "The Sentinel", it's a kind of cinematic space symphony! The title track, "The Farthest Fringes" marks return to more static, beautifully monumental wall of washes enriched with slightly gradual tension. A really peaceful sound sculpting! "Earthshine" closes this wonderful odyssey with grandeur drifts evoking little bit of nostalgia. To tell you the truth, my first exploration of this CD came after two days of journeying with Steve Roach and his brilliant "Back To LIfe", so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was captured immediately by the opening tones of "Zero Point Energy". "The Farthest Fringes" album excells at its refined craftiness and distinctive diversity, and it's another big one from this hidden talent!!! Not to forget, the mastering job was handled by Chad Kettering, another rising ambient star from Texas. Hollan Holmes is living his dream now!!!

Richard Gürtler (Jan 03, 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia)