James D. Stark | Transcendence

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Transcendence

by James D. Stark

Cybertrance, Ethereal, Gothic & Ambient Electronica
Genre: Electronic: Trance
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1. Enlightenment
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2. Bach 2001
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3. Earthcentric
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4. Mirage
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5. Cosmic Glitch
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6. SOL
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7. Pleasantrees
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8. Redic
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9. Life In Outer Space
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10. Breakthru
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11. Heart Attack
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Boldly go where no man has gone before! James D. Stark takes you on a magical journey through space and time with his own special kind of scifi/fantasy electronic music. Be one of the honoured few to travel into the ethereal musical realm of James D. Stark! Order now for only $9.99! :)

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Review by Justin Kendall of Cityview:

A classically trained pianist, Stark incorporates his experience into his enchanting keyboard playing. His beats are mesmerizing, diggable and danceable.

The entire album flows in a way that makes it easy to get lost in the thumping, pulsating sound. The appropriately titled opening track "Enlightenment" is like an awakening of the mind to something profound.

"Bach 2001" is a sample of the spacey work the track's namesake would probably be creating if he weren't six feet down and pushing up daisies. The rapid beats are bounce inducing.

"Mirage" is exotic, a little erotic and utterly hypnotic. The beat is a dark, haunting and enticing like siren's song.

Most of the tracks (see "Cosmic Glitch", "SOL") have a creepy futuristic sound. It surrounds you and is a little cold, but far from sterile.

One doesn't need to know how to dance with glow sticks to appreciate Stark's work. It's pure and otherworldly. Strobe light not included.

- Justin Kendall, Cityview


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Aquablood

Nothing I say could do it justice
This is some seriously awesome music. I listened to it for hours and just love it.

Jeffrey Duerr

Every song on Transcendence is a keeper!
I originally heard about Mr. Stark through my friend (Who I credit for getting me into bands like Depeche Mode and many EBM and other like DM bands), who heard about him through his brother. As most of the electronic bands I have listened so far are pretty much all Industrial like Assemblage 23 and Covenant, I had really no clue how the whole album from start to finish would sound like. Yes, I did listen to the samples on here. But not until I heard it, I didn't know how good this album actually is. As it says in the booklet he put his heart into this album. Even though I still need to learn more electronic singers/bands/composers, this album not just being one of the best self-titled/independent albums ever, is also probably one of the best electronic/instrumental. Hopefully Mr. Stark will do another instrumental album soon. As for other albums to look into if you like this one, is his two others from 2004 and 2006 and his Dying Beauty Single. So if you like electronic music, do yourself a favor and buy this as it's only $9.99. Be on the lookout for my other three reviews for Mr. Stark and more for other great artists to come soon.

Ed Oliver

Transcendence
I started listening to elecronica in the late 60's and I'd say that James D. Stack is one of the best artists to come around in a long time. Transcendence blew me away. Now that I am aware of him, I'll be picking up the rest of his work very quickly.

Kathy

This is one cool CD!!!
As someone who calls trance 'unconscious' because that's what happens to me when I try to listen to it...Not only did I actually stay awake while listening to this album, but this music ROCKS!!! The tracks have a great rhythm without being monotonous and an intimate warmth that is lacking in a lot of electronica. There is definitely a gothic influence throughout the album, but it's not droning or depressive. Even if you don't usually enjoy etheric/goth/trance (I am typically a synthpop fan of the Erasure variety!), Transcendence is worth taking a chance on...One of my favorite surprises in music this year!

Dark_argento_fan

Song review!
Bach 2001, is one of my favorites on this album. Love your music so much.

Jake

One of the best trance cds on the planet!
Transcendence is one of the best electronic works I have ever heard. The transformation of moods throughout the cd is amazing, hence the title. The music is flawless, and i recommend its perfection to all.

Doc Mongoose-bushuraloser.com

Stark Naked Brilliance
You my friend are a techno gypsy gothic wonder.Keep on musin.Doc

Soren

Great CD
I have very much enjoyed this CD and recomend it to others!

Aspen G.


Excellent for what it is: an instrumental trance CD, along the lines of Digweed or Bedrock. Although Stark's mesmerizing voice and lyrics are absent on this, his debut CD, if you are a fan of other trance CD's, this is about as good as it gets. I am glad I bought the CD, although it's not as much the style I was looking for compared to Fortress of Solitude.