This release containing selections from planetarium scores recorded over the last several years, had a long time coming. The outcome, all written to picture initially, has been in the works for several years. “Music for the Dome” originally clocked over 70 minutes but felt too long, so the editing process was started which resulted in three lengthy pieces of 24, 23 and 15 minutes.
The organic-founded “Maya Sky” is a blend of tribal, oriental and textural cosmic music incorporating atmospheres found on “Baraka” and “Sacred Site”. Next is “Fragile Planet”, where we move gently from Earth through our solar system and beyond with music gradually shifting further into space music mode as it unfolds, including moments of heaven, grace and the feel of expanse during planetary travel. There’s even a brief theme surfacing a few times and some beautiful deep bass plus a glimpse of “Chronos” in the last section. The best piece though is the final “Wonders of the Universe”, a cinematic rollercoaster displaying galactic grandness and splendor throughout in a most enchanting, sometimes even lyrical manner.
In the last quarter of 2016, “Music for the Dome” will also become available in high resolution 24/48 from HD Tracks.
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