Hollan Holmes | Phase Shift

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Phase Shift

by Hollan Holmes

Prepare to be transported into an ethereal timescape where mankind shifts from one phase of existence to another. You'll experience a deep space sonic journey through our greatest spiritual achievements to our darkest moral failures and back again.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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1. A Precarious Trajectory
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2. The Road to Perdition
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3. Lost Memories
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4. Morphogenesis
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5. Phase Shift
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The creation of the music for Phase Shift was an emotional experience, so each of these sonic passages are held dear by me. I was inspired by the fact that mankind, after thousands of years, has achieved remarkable technical prowess, from learning to use simple tools to exploring the outer reaches of our solar system and even landing members of our species on a foreign planet, the Moon, while at the same time and all along the way, carrying out unspeakable atrocities on one another, driven by a seemingly insatiable lust for power, control and wealth. We have written stunningly beautiful symphonies while we have killed millions in countless wars. We have painted breathtaking paintings while we have destroyed our own environment. We shift from good to evil, from Godly to Godless, from focused to lost. I'm frustrated and fascinated by our seeming inability to abandon our dark side. How is it that society can follow a tiny group of tyrants and allow, even aid in, the massacre of millions of innocent people in the name of some religious, social or political ideal? For all the intelligence we collectively possess, why do we keep abandoning the ancient wisdom in favor of deeply flawed behavior, knowing we cannot grow as a species if we continue down this path?
This is but a taste of what inspired this album. It is a contemplative look into the human psyche, touching on what is possible if we can simply live a life controlled by love and creativity, instead of fear and hate. It is a message of hope that we can shift from what is clearly becoming an incredibly dark phase in the human journey to a phase where we truly learn from our past and move to a higher spiritual and intellectual plane. A tall order, indeed.

Phase Shift was recorded using Reason 6.0 and was composed using all newly created sounds crafted from scratch. This will mark my final album created solely within Reason, as I move forward in my use of additional tools and techniques. This album also contains my first explorations into more long-form style arrangements, but I managed to include several shorter compositions, allowing for an easier listen for those less inclined to strap in for the longer rides. There's something for every space fan in this one.

A Precarious Trajectory was named for the incredible accuracy required for the Apollo missions to navigate back to Earth and the requirements necessary to calculate a very specific trajectory at the time of final return burn. Deviations of even one degree could have indeed proven to be life threatening.

The Road To Perdition is about how, if we continue down our dark path of fear, greed, hatred and control, we will surely learn what it means to have Hell on Earth. We've been here many times, with terrible consequences every time. With technology increasingly being used against the people of Earth, a new dark age (an absence of enough love to find our way back) could last through an incredibly long expanse of time. This time we may not be able to save us from ourselves.

Lost Memories is about how we, as a whole, continue to ignore our own history and the precious lessons that should never be forgotten. We are surely doomed to repeat these mistakes if we make no effort to learn from mistakes past or simply choose not to heed the wisdom.

Morphogenesis, technically speaking, is the biological process that causes an organism to develop its shape. Intellectually, however, I'm fond of the idea that mankind's collective psyche can take the intelligent, emotional and spiritual shape of something far greater than what is currently demonstrated.

Phase Shift, the final and longest composition on the album, is a celebration of the possibility that we can shift from who we are now into who we could be. It starts, of course, with the individual. Ghandi said to be the change you want to see in the world. This has been my mantra for over a decade. It is a constant challenge, but a worthy endeavor.

It is my sincere hope that I've created something here that is uplifting, thought-provoking and, at least, interesting to your ears. While I create all my music for me first, I derive a deep and spiritually rewarding joy when I share it with others. To each of you who honor me by supporting my musical endeavors through your purchases, I offer you my humble thanks and I hope that I've made the world somehow a little better place to be.


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Richard Gurtler

Hollan Holmes enters now the pantheon with the giants of deep space voyaging!!!
In Euless, Texas, located deep space traveler Hollan Holmes returns with his 3rd album, as usual released on his own during March 2013 and again, just like with his previous "The Farthest Fringes" and "A Distant Light" albums, elegantly designed and packaged in glossy 6-panel disc eco wallet. Both above works were highly applauded and now "Phase Shift" is here to confirm huge composing potential of Hollan Holmes. The opening piece, "A Precarious Trajectory", immediately delves into graciously celestial zones, smoothly floating, expanding and during its second half bridging with sharper and elevating, sequencer-driven passages. A very strong intro!!! "The Road To Perdition" starts where its predecessor wrapped up, with briskly swirling sequencer mastery enriched by many dramatic cascades and eruptions. A quite hazardous journey perfectly exhibiting the theme behind this track. Warmly evocative, cinematic terrains are entered through "Lost Memories". This sublime sonic symphony is later joined by subtly pulsing sequences, yet still keeping its heartwarming aura. A truly gorgeous composition!!! "Morphogenesis" is the first longer piece here, clocking over 14 and half minute mark. Beautifully immense panoramas are masterly revealed with heavenly drones and angelic choir-like contemplations, here and there enhanced by various cybernetic hums and dissonant fragments. The piece gently drifts and builds until it reaches its peak when absolutely breathtaking sceneries can be explored. Get ready for total immersion, this is gracefully grandiose soundscape!!! The closing title long-form track, "Phase Shift" gets to nearly 33 minutes. Another big dose of sonic elixir for your body and mind is delivered here with tranquilly floating and ebbing infinite, rather flatlined drones. A masterful conclusion with monumentally expansive tension and ultra transporting effect!!! "Phase Shift" is a superb epic odyssey and another fantastic release by Hollan Holmes, both, visually and sonically. Without doubt, Hollan Holmes enters now the pantheon with the giants of deep space voyaging!!! "Phase Shift", which was mastered by his fellow Texas sonic sculptor Chad Kettering in his Soniclayers Mastering studio, is dedicated to Neil Armstrong. A must have for all connoisseurs of outer space oscillations and drifts!!!

Richard Gürtler (Apr 28, 2013, Bratislava, Slovakia)

Richard Gurtler

Hollan Holmes enters now the pantheon with the giants of deep space voyaging!!!
In Euless, Texas, located deep space traveler Hollan Holmes returns with his 3rd album, as usual released on his own during March 2013 and again, just like with his previous "The Farthest Fringes" and "A Distant Light" albums, elegantly designed and packaged in glossy 6-panel disc eco wallet. Both above works were highly applauded and now "Phase Shift" is here to confirm huge composing potential of Hollan Holmes. The opening piece, "A Precarious Trajectory", immediately delves into graciously celestial zones, smoothly floating, expanding and during its second half bridging with sharper and elevating, sequencer-driven passages. A very strong intro!!! "The Road To Perdition" starts where its predecessor wrapped up, with briskly swirling sequencer mastery enriched by many dramatic cascades and eruptions. A quite hazardous journey perfectly exhibiting the theme behind this track. Warmly evocative, cinematic terrains are entered through "Lost Memories". This sublime sonic symphony is later joined by subtly pulsing sequences, yet still keeping its heartwarming aura. A truly gorgeous composition!!! "Morphogenesis" is the first longer piece here, clocking over 14 and half minute mark. Beautifully immense panoramas are masterly revealed with heavenly drones and angelic choir-like contemplations, here and there enhanced by various cybernetic hums and dissonant fragments. The piece gently drifts and builds until it reaches its peak when absolutely breathtaking sceneries can be explored. Get ready for total immersion, this is gracefully grandiose soundscape!!! The closing title long-form track, "Subtle Shift" gets to nearly 33 minutes. Another big dose of sonic elixir for your body and mind is delivered here with tranquilly floating and ebbing infinite, rather flatlined drones. A masterful conclusion with monumentally expansive tension and ultra transporting effect!!! "Subtle Shift" is a superb epic odyssey and another fantastic release by Hollan Holmes, both, visually and sonically. Without doubt, Hollan Holmes enters now the pantheon with the giants of deep space voyaging!!! "Phase Shift", which was mastered by his fellow Texas sonic sculptor Chad Kettering in his Soniclayers Mastering studio, is dedicated to Neil Armstrong. A must have for all connoisseurs of outer space oscillations and drifts!!!

Richard Gürtler (Apr 28, 2013, Bratislava, Slovakia)