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Twilightmind

by Steve Brand

Atmospheres and environments exploring the remote soundworlds of the twilighmind. Lost ceremonies, found archaeologies. Medicine drum, didg, gongs, voice, whirl tube, bells. This is the original 2007 release. Subsequently released in 2009 on AtmoWorks.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Twilightlanguage
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2. Do You Know My Name?
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3. The Indestructibles
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12:58 album only
4. Twilightmind
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5. Under A Veiled Moon
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6. A Different Kind Of Time
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7. Minddrift
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"Twilightmind" is the 3rd CD by Steve Brand under his own name ‹after more than 20 releases in the experimental realm under the name "Augur." This disks represents elaborations on aural themes presented in his two previous disks, "Awakensong," and "Looking Into The Other." Voices, gongs, didg, whirl tubes, kora, rain stick, flutes and keyboard textures, create variety of soundscapes ranging from vaporous nocturnes ("Do You Know My Name?"), murky tectonic slabs of sound ("The Indestructibles"), to majestic celestial processions ("The Breath Of Life"). "Twilightmind" summons the works of Steve Roach, Michael Stearns and Jim Cole, but inhabits a space uniquely it's own, opening the door to a state of mind that is at once peaceful, transcendent, contemplative...twilight.

About Steve Brand:
Steve Brand has been making music in the experimental realm since the early 90's under the name, "Augur," with more than 20 limited releases on independent labels. In 2003, he began creating in the "ambient" genre under his own name. Steve describe this change in moniker and musical expression as, "part of the process of moving out of my head and more into my heart." Since then, he has issued a number of self-released disks, as well as releases on the esteemed U.S. labels, Hypnos and AtmoWorks, and the Italian label, Afe.

Brand's music has been featured on Stephen Hill's distinguished radio show "Hearts of Space" on two occasions (October 2007 "Darkwater" edition and August 2008 "Reading the Bones" edition), and continues in rotation on SomaFM's DroneZone. In early 2008, Philadelphia's experimental dance troupe, SCRAP Performance Group, used selections of his music as a backdrop for a recent composition.

Brand's recordings have been described as “ambient,” “tribal,” “ritualistic,” “a direct link to our ancient, and arcane ancestry” and “...not mere music, but an almost shamanic attempt at deconstructing our interpretation of reality, by connecting us to an anti-technological, primal psyche.”

In addition to his sound work, Steve is a Reiki Master and visual artist. Most recently, his photographic work was included in the 2008 Fourth Annual Juried Exhibition at Portland, Oregon's Newspace for Photography.

http://www.myspace.com/stevebrand1111


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nothan

Twilightmind
This new and very compelling work by veteran sound artist Steve Brand opens with beckoning bell chimes and didge blasts panning from left to right channels, and it’s not long into it before you get a strong sense of the immense underlying depth present in this recording. At times sounding like a huge dragon breathing on the edge of some vast primordial abyss while at other times inducing supreme feelings of floating on intense beams of phosphorous light; this is a work that refuses to be categorized and cannot be easily assigned to a specific genre.

This recording is composed of diverse elements which all work well together. It is full of vibrant energy, with moments of intense beauty and fragility that unfold and hover, suspended in time like a feather in some celestial breeze while at other times there are deep dark trance inducing tones that fill your inner core. You definitely sense that Mr. Brand receives inspiration, direction and general impetus for his work from a realm which few of us are as familiar with but which he is obviously intimately in tune with. With influences as diverse as Carlos Castaneda, Reiki and ancient, long forgotten rituals, over the years, Steve Brand has immersed himself in the esoteric teachings of many different disciplines and cultures which inform his work in a delightful and very positive way. The more easily identifiable instruments in this recording appear to be an interesting mix of skillfully played: lush synths, tingsha chimes, prayer bowls, didgeridoo, overtone singing, a wide variety of native flutes, frame drums, seed rattles, etc. Tibetan, American Indian and pre-Columbian influences and sensibilities are respectfully exhibited throughout. Elements of active drone music are present here as well, but not to the point of inducing boredom or sleep; this is right brain, left brain synthesis at it's finest. As he’s proven before, one of Brand’s strong suits is his ability to sucessfully weave together the seemingly disparate elements of light and dark, and he does so again here with Twilightmind in that he’s produced yet another actively engaging listening experience.

For years, Steve Brand recorded under the moniker "Augur" (an ancient honorary title given to one who read omens and could predict the future) and his prior experience is evident here, but he doesn’t attempt to dazzle listeners with the easy virtual magic of digital effects noodling, but instead he simply maintains a confident, steady hand at the helm of sound production. Brand has studied under one of electronic music's masters, the prolific and multitalented Steve Roach, who is an amazing artist and pioneer in exploring new sound worlds. In the past, Steve Brand’s work has been featured on the prestigious nationally syndicated radio show "Music from the Hearts Of Space" as well, so it should be no surprise that this most recent work is of such high caliber. Each of Brand's subsequent releases have consistently been stronger, more polished and more self assured than ones preceding, and I’ve found “Twilightmind” just gets better with each listen. This is enduring, enlightened work from a wise soul whose omens were obviously quite favorable this time around; I predict we will be hearing more good things from Steve Brand in due time.