The music on “Sustaining Cylinders”, originally released on the Continuum Montage label in 1978, belongs to the earliest recordings by ambient musician Michael Stearns.
The two lengthy 30-minute tracks, both composed in 1977, feature a minimal amount of melody while they smoothly evolve in a textural, hypnotic manner. The title track was created using Erv Wilson’s Eikosany, a 20-tone instrument, while the second piece (“Sleeping Conches”) offers a background of ocean surf sounds with heavily processed bells and conches.
All in all, this two-fold collage of sounds is a sure bet for any experienced listener of meditative ambient soundscapes.
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