Ben Dowling-pianist • Mark Wagner-painter | The Path of Peace Visionsound - DualDisc (Audio CD/Multimedia DVD)

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The Path of Peace Visionsound - DualDisc (Audio CD/Multimedia DVD)

by Ben Dowling-pianist • Mark Wagner-painter

Award-winning audio/visual collaboration between pianist Ben Dowling and painter/visionary artist, Mark Wagner. Includes: Audio CD and Multimedia DVD. A CD Baby Editor's Pick.
Genre: Classical: Film Music
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1. Alone Ben Dowling
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2. Resolve Ben Dowling
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3. Evocation Ben Dowling
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4. Ahimsa Ben Dowling
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5. Dimension Ben Dowling
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6. Suspension Ben Dowling
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7. Exploration Ben Dowling
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8. In Passing Ben Dowling
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9. Sublime Ben Dowling
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10. Quietude Ben Dowling
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11. Awakening Ben Dowling
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12. Emergence Ben Dowling
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"An incredible demonstration of how two mediums can come together for a powerful meditative experience...an amazing production piece and something you will listen to and watch over and over again..."

- Tom Averna, New Consciousness Radio

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"A unique event in music industry history... In a world filled with violence, tragedy and ignorance, Dowling and Wagner have found a way to be a part of the solution..."

- Vision Magazine

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"Think of your favorite indulgent meal. Does a glass of the finest wine to accompany your chosen dish enhance the dining experience? For many the answer to this question would be "yes"- and, if this is the case, the reader may begin to appreciate why Visionsound's inaugural CD, "The Path of Peace" is a special and, indeed, quite unique [and] compelling experience...through the imagery created by Mark, and the auditory bliss resonating from Ben's piano. Put the two together, and you have a magical combination; a cocktail from heaven..."

- Stephen Cairns, Piano Heaven ("Piano-Heaven Award Winner")

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"The Path of Peace...reminds me of walking through an art museum with a very personal perspective and just the right music... Inspiration, tranquility and comfort are only a click away."

- RJ Lannan


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Jeff Oster

Bravo!
What a joy it is to see and hear two great artists combining creative forces to bring this art into reality.

We are fortunate to be blessed with this wonderful work!

Ros Betts

Fantastic
That's the word for this one. Took me to an inner fantasy world in my meditation.

Diana Razumny

Groooovie
you make my heart sing, you make evvvverything groooovie, wild thang

Byron

Beautiful
I have listened to this CD every day since I bought it.The name,"The Path of Peace",says it all.Very relaxing and soothing.

Tamara at CD Baby


Highlighting melodies that are so plaintive and mood-shaping, you would expect to hear them in a film score, The Path of Peace effortlessly moves through twelve mesmerizing tracks of new age piano. It is quite an accomplishment these days to stand out as a new age artist, particularly on piano, partially because of over-saturation of artists doing similar things, but largely because of the repetitive and indistinctive direction that New Age can tend to lean. Visionsound, however, finds that subtle space between music that is relaxing and suggestive but also with enough personality and substance to be engaging and affecting. Steering away from the cliche application of arpeggios and instead, creating a liquidy, gentle and natural sense of flow and movement, this disc evokes deep and rich imagery, awakening the imagination and stirring the inner eye. With the same emotive nd touching quality found in a piano soundtrack, The Path of Peace serves perfectly as a background for contemplative, reflective times.

Mark Wagner

The Path of Beauty
I am the artist that created the visuals for Ben's creation. I always thought it should be called The Path of Beauty because it is - so beautiful! I still listen and watch, I turn it on and let it run in the living room while the day goes by, sometimes over and over, sometimes with no sound, just let it flow out and fill the time & space. Visually my favorite is Exploration, and for Ben's piano it is Alone. Good job Ben, we made some good medicine! Thank you for the opportunity to be of service!

Kathy Parsons

Wow!
”The Path of Peace” is an incredible collaborative project that merges the music of pianist/composer Ben Dowling and the visual artistry of Mark Wagner onto the first DualDisc of an ambient art series. One side of the disc is a CD of Dowling’s solo piano music only, and the flip side is a DVD multimedia presentation of the music and Wagner’s original drawings, paintings, and video scoring. Combining music and artwork is not a new concept, but this disc pioneers new technology in collaborative arts. The music was designed to generate an environmental space in the hopes of slowing the pace of people’s lives and providing a healing respite to relieve anxiety and stress at all levels. The artists envisioned practical applications “for personal inner peace in health, therapy, hospice, incarceration and post-traumatic care as well as, more broadly, consciousness raising for an increasingly sensory overloaded and warlike world.” To quote Dowling, “These are times when it’s vital for artists to consider the environment for which we create. This is a work about peace that doubles as a great way to get there.”

“The Path of Peace,” seven years in the making, was begun when Dowling was experimenting with recording original piano compositions using 5.1 surround-sound technology. He discovered that the music needed to be very slow and spatial to be most effective in this format, and developed a new style of playing for himself that embraces the technology. The piano sound on this recording is stunning - clean, clear, and resonant. After composing the music, Dowling started working on his own visual imagery for the project, finding himself overwhelmed. When visiting Wagner on a family vacation, Wagner showed Dowling his artwork and told him about his experimental work using iMovie on his Mac. Dowling explained his own project and Wagner ran with it, creating the visual images to combine with Dowling’s haunting music. “As I started placing my images to Ben’s music, I noticed that I began to slow down. The slow pacing created an enchanting quality. It’s a little bit like looking at an ocean for a few days. After a while, it begins to work on you.” Most of the visuals are abstract or non-objective, allowing the viewer to interpret them in their own way or to simply experience the colors and shapes as they evolve to the music. The visuals move very slowly and peacefully - sometimes gradually panning in and out, sometimes moving in a circular motion, sometimes in layers. The effect is hypnotic and intoxicating, soothing beyond anything I can describe. I have experienced the project several times, finding myself drawn in and suspended in time. Even on my small laptop computer, the effect is mesmerizing. With a bigger screen and better speakers, it’s even more compelling. The CD by itself is exceptionally good, but the project as a whole is phenomenal and needs to be experienced.

I give “The Path of Peace” my highest recommendation, and hope to interview one or both artists very soon. Treat yourself and your loved ones to an extraordinary sensory experience! Wow!

Cheryl SNyder

Its wonderful. Beautiful music! Beautiful artwork!
Well worth the money -- play the DVD over and over and the background music is very relaxing and helps to mellow the mood. First heard it used at a meditation service at the Center for Spiritual Living in Boise, Idaho, and was so glad to find out I could get my own. Very nicely done. Beautiful music, beautiful artwork!

Karen

Love it
I took a chance on this and am sooo glad I did!