The initial idea for “The Zen Master’s Diary” by Darshan Ambient (aka Michael Allison) was born after the musician read A Buddist Bible by Dwight Goddard, a book on Zen and Yogic philosophies.
The nine longform compositions on the introspective-oriented cd are a real treat for both body and mind. The soft, tranquil textures and sustained piano-keys are pleasant and warm, creating almost immediately a peaceful place of its on.
This music slows down the rhythm of life, as the listener submerges in a comfortable sonic bath of smooth spheres. There’s a sense of melancholy shimmering through the minimaltextures, a distinct feeling of longing-for…. It’s difficult to tell how this music is able to touch and affect you the way it does in its gentle, unforced manner.
“Drawing Water” refers to Brian Eno and Harold Budd, with minimal piano-keys (as heard on their “The Pearl”) with some lush, breathing synth washes floating on top of it. The album concludes in the last few tracks with some slight traces of neo-classicism, all in this very moody and relaxed way.
“The Zen Master’s Diary” will please those who like Brian Eno, Tim Story, Harold Budd as it will also appeal to fans of Liquid Mind.
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