Mark Dwane - The Singularity 2011
In the not so distant future, humanity will transcend biology through artificial intelligence.
On "The Singularity", Mark renders a dramatic musical vision of this futuristic concept.
Limited Edition of 1000, each signed and numbered
on master quality - audiophile CD-R.
The new installment ‘The Singularity’ expands alot on many of MD’s previous albums, but this time, perhaps in a more romantic & ambient/ethereal way if you ask me. The songs on ‘The Singularity’ are of the finest calibre available when it comes down to MIDI guitar soundscapes. There are so many precious and lush moments to find on this release, making it very hard to pick out any particular favorites. But my personal fave has to be ‘Event Horizon’. It’s one of those tracks that will stick in your head for a long time, and certainly even more so if you’re familiar with MD’s style from his earlier albums, ‘The Myth’ from 1985 immediately comes to mind.
The album offers the listener a MIDI-guitar tour-de-force from start to finish, and the production and sound is better than ever. All this said, ‘The Singularity’ will appeal to both new and old Mark Dwane fans as this album has both something new and something old in the mix. It’s a highly versatile and atmospheric album and also probably one of his best albums to date, ‘Planetary Mysteries’ being his second best album according to me. Without a doubt a must-have in any New Age/Ambient collection!. Highly recommended! Buy…buy…buy!
Tangram Music Blog
When it comes to the art of sonic guitar as written and performed within the realm of the New Age / Rock Fusion genre, few do it better than Ohio based Mark Dwane. The mwe3.com web site featured Mark’s 2009 album Other Worlds last time around and now in 2011, Mark has unveiled what some are already considering his ultimate recorded statement yet. Released at the close of 2011, The Singularity features ten original tracks, all composed, performed and produced by Dwane. Although the CD is self-produced, it is packaged within a truly amazing CD cover art that bespeaks of the music within. Dwane’s music is somewhat reminiscent of Jan Hammer’s late 1980’s, cinematic soundtrack music on Miramar, although clearly more omnipresent is Dwane's guitar sound, which although digitized, synthesized and computerized is still organic in its approach to guitar performance. Dwane has listed George Harrison and Jimmy Page among his early guitar influences and clearly, fans of Harrison’s more adventurous instrumental guitar works (anyone remember George's Wonderwall soundtrack?) should give Dwane’s latest masterpiece a spin. Check out The Singularity because of that cool cover art that conjures other worldly dimensions, but listen to it because of the music. www.MarkDwane.com
MARK DWANE: The Singularity (CD on Trondant Records)
This release from 2011 offers 48 minutes of luminous electronic music.
Exciting tuneage that combines electronics with synth guitar and e-perc.
The electronics are versatile, running the gamut from background tonalities to more agile pulsations which flesh out the basic musical themes. An abundance of sneaky little effects are present in the tunes, creating inventive embellishment.
The star here, though, is the guitar. Glistening chords are delivered from on-high, trickling down notes like a sparkling waterfall. Dreamy riffs are meticulously tailored to generate an all-encompassing serenity, but then this tranquility is given a tasty oomph as more nimble elements slide into play and escalate the music to a level of bewitching luster. Dwane has a way of fusing twang and sustain into an endearing reverberation that is uniquely appealing.
E-perc plays an integral role, providing touches of rhythm that lend bouncy locomotion to the flowing music. The tempos are relaxed and maintain a secondary vantage, allowing the rest of the instrumentation to flourish.
While the majority of the music is instrumental, heavenly chorales contribute a celestial flair at times.
These compositions shine like luminous gems in a nocturnal environment. The pace may remain soothing, but the effects combine dreaminess with a sense of spry activity that is quite enticing. While most of the melodies are sweet and shimmering, hints of a gutsy puissance lurk within the mix, tickling the subconscious with their subliminal presence.