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Edge of the Universe - Discovery (Trilogy Part I)

by William Edge

This CD marks the Beginning of the Trilogy with man's discovery of the edge of the universe. Written in the same notable style, William Edge paints a picture of wonderment and mysticism as the secrets of the universe unfold before us.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Reflected Light
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2. Spectrum
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3. Discovery
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4. Fragments of Time 1
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5. Return of the Ardent
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6. Memories of Water
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7. Solar Wind
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8. Energy Form 1
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9. Infinite Horizon
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10. Revelation
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11. Fragments of Time 2
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12. Circle of the Spirit
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13. Gate to Infinity
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Ambient Artist - Space Music

The Uber-lush and transporting sounds created by the American composer WILLIAM EDGE epitomize the beyond-the-curve outer space sub-genre of ambient music. Not about technicality or performance, but instead the combining of sounds and music to create an extraordinary and individual experience for the listener, this music is also perfect for TV and movie soundtracks as well as advertising commercials.

Born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida, he was surrounded from a young age by the roots sounds of the Deep South. First studying classical piano at the tender age of six and switching to jazz upon entering his teens, his muses included such legendary influences as Dave Brubeck, Ramsey Lewis and Stevie Wonder. After receiving an MBA from Florida State University, he embarked upon a brilliant and successful career in computer technology, but his love of electronic music still remained a dominant force in his life.

His passion soon morphed from that of an avocation to lifelong profession, when he began composing the first of a series of works on the computer and creating his own record label, Sounds Blue Music,both of which culminated in the conception of his new trilogy, representing man's journey to the end of the universe and perfectly paralleling Edge's own sojourn through life.

The premier CD of this long-awaited trilogy, JOURNEY TO THE EDGE: 76 LIGHT YEARS, was written in the latter part of 2001 and released in June 2004 and followed by the second CD, EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE: DISCOVERY, which debuted the following month, with the third and final cut of this brilliant tour de force slated for a September 2004 release date. Destined to become one of the most coveted works of this exciting genre and already garnering rave response from listeners of over 300 top radio stations countrywide, they have been touted by Jim Brenholts - Ambient Visions as "a gem...a harbinger of great things to come"; Bill Binkelman - Wind and Wire - "Friendly and warm but also forlorn and mysterious...may just be the ideal soundtrack for a trip beyond the rim of our galaxy - or even further"; and have also elicited praise from other members of the music media, ranging from "evoking a latter-day Star Trek " and "so Ziggy Stardust" to "sublime, serenely rhapsodic, other-worldly", "terminally hip in the true sense of the term", and more.

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Wind and Wire - Bill Binkelman

Friendly and warm but also forlorn and mysterious, the music on Edge of the Univ
This is the second release (from a chronological standpoint, although, thematically, it's actually the storyline's starting point) of a planned trilogy of SF-themed recordings from EM/ambient artist William Edge. The main plot is about the discovery of the border of the known universe and a voyage to see what lies there.

Edge of the Universe: Discovery is an improvement from the previously released, Journey to the Edge: 76 Light Years. The overall sound and compositions are more sophisticated, and Edge has avoided some of the failings of the earlier CD, notably his previous tendency to have his percussion out of sync (intentionally, I imagine, since it's so noticable) with the melodic aspects of a song. In addition, the music itself is moodier, more evocative, and proved to be much more satisfying and thematic in nature.

There are several distinct "types" of musical styles that the artist explores throughout these fourteen tracks, including: retro electronic music with overt spacy and cosmic textures and analog-sounding keyboards, a quasi-space jazz tone-poem/improvisational approach using a keyboard that combines the sound of a Fender Rhodes electric piano with an echoed bell-like quality, and sparse minimal tones and synth washes that mix contemporary space and ambient music with a more classic approach to the genres. In addition, Edge peppers some tracks with programmed percussion, usually some sort of hand drums or wood sticks.

I particularly like the songs on which Edge uses that cosmic-lounge music vibe comprised of those inviting yet haunting bell tones/electric piano, heavily echoed to impart a sense of the broad expanse of deep space. The evocative nature of these pieces (especially "Solar Wind," which is a standout on the CD) is arresting, imparting an almost palpable sense of what it may feel like to cruise through the backwaters of the galaxy, far away from loved ones, on a lonely trip into the unknown. Strangely, Edge's music is seldom dark as one would normally define the term. It's his application of echo, sustain, and reverb, combined with his relative minimalism (sparse notes and delicate use of synth textures and strings) that gives the music its overall feeling of desolation at times.

Besides the music, there is also some scanty science fiction-oriented narration of the album's "story" (most notably on "Discovery"). Somehow, he avoids this sounding gimmicky or cheesy (the words are spoken by his wife and like the music the dialogue is heavily echoed).

With so many cuts on this album, I'll just spotlight a few to give you an idea what's to be found here. "Reflected Light" opens the recording with lots of assorted retro EM synthesizer effects, all of them spacy and cosmic in nature, layered over rising and falling washes. "Spectrum" introduces some of the main musical "themes" of the CD, with pulsing hand drums and wooden sticks, delicate "plucked" keyboard notes, and ethereal synth washes. "Discovery" features the narration that lays out the story line amidst forlorn echoed bell tones, those cool Fender Rhodes-like keys, and undercurrents of spacy textures. "Memories of Water" introduces a variety of water "sound effects" (water droplets into a pool, rain, thunder, waves) against a backdrop of retro synths, undulating washes, lush synth strings, and plaintive digital piano. "Solar Wind" has a midtempo series of percussion elements (hand drum, wood sticks) and the most atmospheric synth work, featuring a somber refrain of a particular series of notes played on that cool-sounding reverberating bell tone keyboard. Wind, assorted soft drones and washes, and other cosmic textures come into play at times, but the song is mostly minimal. "Energy Form 1," unfortunately, brings the non-syncopated percussion (tom toms) into play, played against an assortment of "energy" electronic effects. It's one of the few misses here, partly owing to a lack of musicality on the song. "Infinite Horizon" swings things back in the right direction with a blend of classic spacemusic strings and retro synths - the strings, in particular, are used to good effect at the track's conclusion. The second to last song, "Gate to Inifinty" is another winner, very spacy and in keeping with the cut's intended "storyline," blending the jazzier electric piano-like keyboards with floating chords, synth strings, and plucked notes. "Epilogue" closes out the CD as a short coda, featuring a distorted outerspace transmission, a reprisal of the earlier musical theme from "Discovery," and a restating some of that song's narration.

Edge of the Universe: Discovery is not a perfect album. It probably could have one or two cuts excised to no apparent detriment (in fact, a leaner album is preferable as far as I'm concerned) and those non-syncopated drums tend to get on my nerves (although thankfully, their appearance here, compared to Edge's first recording, are considerably reduced). In the recording's favor is the artist's unusual and creative amalgamation of retro EM, spacemusic, and those melodic quasi-jazzy improvisational digital piano/bell tone keyboards. When this CD hits, it hits big. I had a great time listening to this on late night walks in the dark. Friendly and warm but also forlorn and mysterious, the music on Edge of the Universe: Discovery may just be the ideal soundtrack for a trip beyond the rim of our galaxy - or even further. Recommended.