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Nighthealing

by John Williams

Soothing, absorbing, transporting, and uplifting - a healing journey illuminated by starlight.
Genre: Electronic: Soundscapes
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1. Nighthealing (i) - Zodiacal Light
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2. Nighthealing (ii) - Moonrise
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3. Nighthealing (iii) - The Stars in their Sockets
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4. Nighthealing (iv) - The Butterfly's Dream
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5. Nighthealing (v) - Dark Matter
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6. Nighthealing (vi) - Dawn
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7. Freefall
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8. Lunar
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"This is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
Away from books, away from art, the day erased,
the lesson done,
Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing,
pondering the themes though lovest best,
Night, sleep, death and the stars"

(Walt Whitman)

These pieces share a distinctive palette of sounds. You'll hear harp, choirs, and bells; woodwinds including flute, pan pipes and shakuhachi; and tuned percussion such as marimba, kalimba and log drums. The music is soothing, absorbing, transporting, and uplifting.

John Williams lives in Sussex, England. He plays the guitar and keyboard instruments, and has been composing and performing music for over 30 years. He has been fascinated by the stars since childhood, and has a deep knowledge of both astronomy and astrology. He has also studied herbal medicine, tarot, and paganism.


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Peter Bagshaw

Superb instrumental music, whether in need of healing or not!
The sound of wind and waves on a beach is a good way for Nighthealing to begin, for the natural world, be it animal life, the changing of the seasons or inanimate nature, such as the sea, are composed of both beauty and rhythm. Put these two qualities into a sort of equation and the answer is renewal. That for me is the essence of this album. There is a musical marriage of the natural way of things. There is also tension but it is a necessary, healthy tension. Healing needs tension; without it no renewal can take place because it is tension that creates change. Try putting the CD on at 4am in the dark night of winter, when you feel completely alone and you may feel alone no longer. Even if you do the melodies and rhythms will have left themselves in your soul and will be quietly working away until they become good and welcome friends. All the tracks possess these qualities; not just the title track, which is split into six parts but when listened to are woven together seamlessly and for full effect are best played as a whole. A bit like a course of antibiotics – to be fully healed take the lot! (Not all at the same time of course!)

Freefall is both literally and metaphorically, the unravelling of an idea. Once again the soundscape seems to be an idea of heavenly beauty. Apart from the intrinsic quality of the melodies and phrases themselves, there is a kind of platonic, mathematical beauty to this piece, which links back well to the universal healing properties of the night in Nighthealing.

Lunar is the immediately most accessible of the three and the most unashamedly rhythmic, with haunting melodies played over an African drum sound. There is also movement, which is another central characteristic of John’s music. You always go somewhere with it (back to tension creating change.) Lunar is a prime example of this. There are some dangers along the way but in the end you arrive a little out of breath but triumphant.

At the end of the day, though, (pardon the pun!) it is just superb music, whenever you play it and for whatever reason.

Helen Tarlo

It transports me to spheres which are calming and soothing
I just want to say how much I am enjoying the magnetism of 'Nighthealing'. It evokes all sorts of feelings as it progresses and I find it transports me to spheres which are calming and soothing. And I haven't even been able to play it at night yet!

Adam Sobot

Sublime orchestration and atmospherics, moving music
I have to confess to a little bias here, as John is a good friend, and I have been doing my best to persuade him to make his music available to the public for years, now!
But I can't recommend this CD highly enough. It represents the culmination of many years' work, and to my mind, that shows. It is orchestrated and moving rather than passively ambient.

The first 6 tracks make up the title theme 'Nighthealing'. The music is relaxing and absorbing, transporting and transforming. Much like the second half of Kate Bush's CD 'A Sky of Honey', it captures a journey into and through the night. It begins with the delicate 'Zodiacal Light' just after sunset, then witnesses a dramatic 'Moonrise'. After that, through the music, you look out and become lost in the stars for a timeless time ('The Stars in their Sockets'). You move on into 'The Butterfly's Dream'. For you, like for the Taoist, Chuang Tzu, the dream of being a butterfly (or of flying among the stars?) is so perfect that, on waking, you wonder whether the dream is in fact that you are a person.
Your doubts grow as the stars thin out and fade, and in this darkest part of the night you look back and mourn the loss of the stars and of their innocent joy - though I should mention that this track, 'Dark Matter', contains some of the most beautiful descending arpeggios I've ever heard. But exactly as you come down completely from the trip, as the night breathes its last and all is lost, the sun comes up. And with the 'Dawn' everything is - epically - reborn.

I'm overplaying the mysticism here. The appeal of 'Nighthealing' is actually quite straightforward - it's nice to listen to. If you must have a comparison, I think of Jean Michel Jarre's old albums, 'Equinoxe' and 'Oxygene', especially in the more atmospheric, sweeping parts.

'Freefall' provides a nice counterpoint and break from the other pieces, which are more visual. It's a kind of meditative piece or mantra, building around a single simple phrase that gradually unfolds and evolves into something much more intricate and colourful. It works quite nicely as a background piece, but once you start listening to a particular line you get thoroughly absorbed. Actually a lot of this CD is like that.

My personal favourite is the closing track 'Lunar', primarily because I love the "jungle" rhythm and the healthy slug of (less ambient) Tangerine Dream in it. I would, in fact, go so far as to say that I would buy the entire CD just for this track. Compelling, absorbing and atmospheric. I love it.

Right,I've said my bit. Go and buy it!

Mariko NISHIMURA

This is the very music we need now.
You have ever listened to his music already, haven't you?
Yet?!?! Gee!! It's very sorry.
If you listen to his music No1-No6"nighthealing", you must be able to take a nice trip to farness in the space. And then you can hear the chatting of stars, you can listen the song of stars, you can look at the dancing of stars, yes, they are doing quietly. You feel that there is just only everlasting time shrouding in his music. Your heart will be break loose, be unchained, little by little.
---No7 *Freefall*---
Love is mystery, life is mystery too. "That" comes suddenly. You ask me what is"that". It rings a bell, isn't it? If you met a nice parson, if you fallen in love. Here's to your love!
---No8*Lunar*---
The moon is very strange, it jabble someone's heart.Sometimes we feel discomfort, sometimes we feel exciting, sometimes we long to be around people, in result, someone become atractive, someone become aggressive, someone become gloomy and....Er.. me?
Of course I must become a vampire!!!! ;)
Any way, I recommend this CD for you!!! Honest!!
Mariko with love from Japan.