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A BLUE OCEAN DREAM - The Sea (cd-r)

 
A PRODUCE - A Smooth Surface (cd-r)

 
A PRODUCE - Black Sands (cd-r)

 
A PRODUCE - Inscape and Landscape (cd)

 
A PRODUCE - Land of a Thousand Trances (cd-r)

 
A PRODUCE - Reflect like a Mirror, Respond like an Echo (cd)

 
A PRODUCE - Smile on the Void (cd)

 
A PRODUCE - White Sands (cd)

 
A PRODUCE & LOREN NERELL - Intangible (cd)

 
A PRODUCE & M. GRIFFIN - Altara (cd)

 
A PRODUCE & RUBEN GARCIA - Early Sessions (cd-r)

 
AAIRRIA - Urbanisation (cd)

 
ABANDONED ASYLUM - Derelicts of Distant Hope (cd)

 
ABANDONED TOYS - The Witch's Garden (cd)

 
LEILA ABDUL-RAUF - Insomnia (CD/Digital Download)

 
ACHELOO - Dream (CD-R/Digital Download)

 
ACHELOO - Ishtar (cd-r)

 
ACHELOO - Sirens (cd-r)

 
RUDY ADRIAN - Atmospheres (cd/digital download)

 
RUDY ADRIAN - Coastlines (CD/Digital Download)

 
RUDY ADRIAN - Desert Realms (cd)

 
RUDY ADRIAN - Distant Stars (cd)

 
RUDY ADRIAN - Kinetic Flow (Sequencer Sketches Vol. 1) (cd)

 
RUDY ADRIAN - Moonwater (cd)

 
RUDY ADRIAN - Sequencer Rarities (CD/Digital Download)

 
RUDY ADRIAN - Subantarctica (Atmospheric Works Vol.1) (cd-r)

 
RUDY ADRIAN - The Healing Lake (cd)

 
RUDY ADRIAN - Twilight (Atmospheric Works Vol. 2) (cd-r)

 
KEES AERTS - If One Door Closes (cd)

 
KEES AERTS - Slices of Time (cd)

 
AES DANA - Aftermath 2.0 Archives of Peace (Digital Download)

 
AES DANA - Far & Off (feat. Miktek) (CD/Digital Download)

 
AES DANA - Leylines (cd)

 
AES DANA - Perimeters (cd)

 
AES DANA - Pollen (CD/Digital Download)

 
AETOPUS - Memories of the Elder (cd)

 
JOHAN AGEBJöRN & MIKAEL ÖGREN - We Never Came To The White Sea (CD/Digital Download)

 
JOHAN AGEBJöRN - Mossebo (cd)

 
JOHAN AGEBJöRN - Music With Less Electricity (Digital Download)

 
JOHAN AGEBJöRN - Notes (Lp/CD/Digital Download)

 
JOHAN AGEBJöRN - The Mountain Lake (cd)

 
AIRSCULPTURE - Attrition System (cd)

 
AIRSCULPTURE - Before the Moon (cd)

 
AIRSCULPTURE - Burn (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
AIRSCULPTURE - Doom Bar (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
AIRSCULPTURE - Fjord Transit (cd)

 
AIRSCULPTURE - Graveyard Shift (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
AIRSCULPTURE - Quark Soup (cd)

 
AIRSCULPTURE - TranceAtlantic (cd)

 
AIRSCULPTURE - Vanishing Point Volume 2 (CD/Digital Download)

 
AIRSCULPTURE - Vanishing Point Volume One (CD/Digital Download)

 
AIRWAVES - Ambient Tracks (cd)

 
AIRWAVES - Second Shift (cd)

 
AKIKAZE - Blue Sky Events (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
AKIKAZE - The Age of Deception (cd-r)

 
ALEMIS - The Music of Alemis Vol. 1 (cd-r)

 
ALIEN NATURE - Anna (cd-r)

 
ALIO DIE - Deconsecrated and Pure (CD/Digital Download)

 
ALIO DIE & JACK OR JIVE - Mei-Jyu (cd)

 
ALIO DIE & LORENZO MONTANà - Holographic Codex (CD/Digital Download)

 
ALIO DIE & MARTINA GALVAGNI - Eleusian Lullaby (cd)

 
ALIO DIE & PARALLEL WORLDS - Circo Divino (cd)

 
ALIO DIE & PARALLEL WORLDS - Elusive Metaphor (CD)

 
ALIO DIE & YANNICK DAUBY - Descendre cinq lacs au travers d'une voilé (CD-EP)

 
ALPHA LYRA - Between Cloud and Sky (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
ALPHA LYRA - From Berlin to Paris (cd-r/Digital download)

 
ALPHA LYRA & MOONSATELLITE - Live in Nancy 2013 (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Archaic Frontiers (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Architexture of Silence (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Beyond Silence (cd-r)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Celestial Chronicles (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Cerulean Skies (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Concept of Motion (CD/Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Cosmic Mandala (cd-r)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Cosmology (cd)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Drifted Into Deeper Lands (cd)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Earthen (CD/Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Eolian Reflections (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Exiled Particles Vol. I Archive 1997-2005 (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Harmonic Currents (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Horizons (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Kinetic (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Myriad Stars (Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Soniq Variants (cd-r)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - System A (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Terra (dvd-r)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - The Edge of Infinity (CD)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - The Mystic and the Machine (cd-r)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - The Regions Between (cd-r)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Transcendence (cd)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT - Yasumu (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT & JIM COLE - Bislama (cd-r)

 
ALQUIMIA & RüDIGER GLEISBERG - Garden of Dreams (cd)

 
ALTUS - Below the Root (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Black Trees Among Amber Skies (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - City of Ashes (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Coma Cluster (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Complex Silence 22 (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Ecotone (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Excursion Three (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Excursion Two (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Innerspace (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Komorebi (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Macro (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Rapid Eye Movements (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Sleep Theory Volume 1 (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Sleep Theory Volume 2 (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Sleep Theory Volume 3 (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Symmetry & Shadow (Singles Collection Vol. 2) (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - The Grand Expanse (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - The Sidereal Cycle 1 (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - The Sidereal Cycle 2 (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - The Sidereal Cycle 3 (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - The Sidereal Cycle 4 (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - The Sun Will Rise Tomorrow (Singles Collection Vol (Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - The Time Collection (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
ALTUS - Winter Embrace (15th Anniversary Edition) (CD)

 
ALTUS & TRX - Crossroads (Digital Download)

 
ANDRE ALVAREZ - Luna (Mc)

 
ANDRE ALVAREZ - Picture Music (CD)

 
THE AMARANTH SIGNAL - Penumbra (cd-r)

 
AMBIENTIUM - Fractal Philosophy (cd-r)

 
AMBIENTIUM - Life (Digital Download EP)

 
AMETHYSTIUM - Aphelion (cd)

 
AMETHYSTIUM - Aurorae (Digital Download EP)

 
AMETHYSTIUM - Emblem (cd)

 
AMETHYSTIUM - Evermind (cd)

 
AMETHYSTIUM - Isabliss (cd)

 
AMETHYSTIUM - Odonata (cd)

 
AMETHYSTIUM - Transience (Digital Download)

 
THE AMNIS INITIATIVE - Distant Dreams (Digital Download)

 
THE AMNIS INITIATIVE - Sanctuary Rising (Digital Download)

 
AMONGST MYSELVES - Ambient, Landscape and Space (cd-r/dvd-r)

 
AMONGST MYSELVES - Auburn Silhouette (cd)

 
AMONGST MYSELVES - Fragments (cd)

 
AMONGST MYSELVES - Sacred Black (cd)

 
AMONGST MYSELVES - The Past is Another Country (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
DAMIáN ANACHE - Capturas del Único Camino (CD/Digital Download)

 
ANALOG SWEDEN - Moments Lost (music and art inspired by the movie (CD/Digital Download/LP)

 
ANANDA NIDRA - Blissfull Sleep (cd)

 
JACK ANDREWS - Electrokinesis (cd-r)

 
MIKE ANDREWS - Retrospective (CD)

 
MIKE ANDREWS - Time & Science (cd)

 
ANDYMIAN - In the Garden of the Rainy King (cd)

 
ANOMALOUS DISTURBANCES - Archive One (cd-r)

 
ANOMALOUS DISTURBANCES - Archive Three (cd-r)

 
ANOMALOUS DISTURBANCES - Archive Two (cd-r)

 
ANOMALOUS DISTURBANCES - HovR (cd-r)

 
ANOMALOUS DISTURBANCES - Inside (cd-r)

 
ANOMALOUS DISTURBANCES - The Spirit Molecule (cd-r)

 
VINCENT GABRIEL ANTONINI - Unforeseen (cd-r)

 
ANTRILON - Mind Erase (cd)

 
APERUS - Hinterland (Ep)

 
APERUS - Tumbleweed obfuscated by camera failure (cd-r)

 
APOCRYPHOS, KAMMARHEIT & ATRIUM CARCERI - Onyx (CD/Digital Download)

 
APOLLONIUS - Birth of the Real Self (Digital Download)

 
APOLLONIUS & 33 TETRAGAMMON - Ascension (Digital Download)

 
APOLLONIUS & 33 TETRAGAMMON - Core (Digital Download)

 
AQUA DORSA - The November Earth (cd)

 
AQUAVOICE - Cold (cd)

 
AQUAVOICE - Memories (cd)

 
ARC - Arclight (Digital Download)

 
ARC - Church (cd)

 
ARC - Fleet (CD/Digital Download)

 
ARC - Fracture (cd)

 
ARC - Octane (cd/digital download)

 
ARC - Rise (cd-r)

 
ARC - Umbra (CD/Digital Download)

 
ARCANE - A Tale of Unease (Digital Download)

 
ARCANE - Alterstill (cd)

 
ARCANE - Automaton (CD/Digital Download)

 
ARCANE - Black Knight (Digital Download)

 
ARCANE - Landers (Digital Download EP)

 
ARCANE - Live @ E-Day 2017 (CD/Digital Download)

 
ARCANE - Revenants (Digital Download)

 
ARCANE - The Shelter (cd-r)

 
ARCANE - Tomorrow’s Wasteland (cd-r)

 
ARCANUM - Arcanum (cd)

 
GASTóN ARéVALO - Rollin Ballads (CD/Digital Download)

 
ARKHA NOUS - Tria (cd)

 
CHRIS ARMSTRONG - A.I. Awakens (cd)

 
ARROCATA - Desert Electric (cd-r)

 
ARROCATA - In the Distance (cd)

 
ARROCATA - Moments of Grace (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
ARROCATA - The Painter (cd-r)

 
ARRONIZ - Contacto (cd)

 
ART OF INFINITY - Dimension Universe (cd)

 
ART OF INFINITY - Raumwerk (CD/Digital Download)

 
AS IF - Faraway Trees Standing Still (cd)

 
AS IF - Havet (cd)

 
AS IF - In my Room (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
AS LONELY AS DAVE BOWMAN - Monolith (CD/Digital Download)

 
ASC - Fervent Dream (CD/Digital Download)

 
ASC - No Stars without Darkness (CD/Digital Download)

 
ASC - Time Heals All (CD/Digital Download)

 
ASC - Trans-Neptunian Objects (Digital Download)

 
ASC - Truth be told (CD/Digital Download)

 
ASCENDANT - New Land (Digital Download EP)

 
ASCENDANT - Source Transmission (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
ASH RA TEMPEL - Friendship (cd)

 
ASHEN SIMIAN - Momentum (Digital Download)

 
ASHEN SIMIAN - Omicron in Ostrobothnian Finsternis (cd-r)

 
ASHEN SIMIAN - Spinal Staircase (cd/Digital Download)

 
ASHERA - Ambient Selections (cd)

 
ASHERA - Cobalt 144 (cd)

 
ASHERA - Colour Glow (cd)

 
ASHERA - Enviro (cd)

 
ASHERA - We Gaia (cd)

 
ASHERA & BRANNAN LANE - Sextant (cd)

 
DWIGHT ASHLEY & TIM STORY - Drop (cd)

 
DWIGHT ASHLEY & TIM STORY - Standing + Falling (cd)

 
DWIGHT ASHLEY - Discrete Carbon (cd)

 
ASHRA - @shra & @shra vol. 2 (cd)

 
ASHRA - New Age of Earth (cd)

 
ASHTORETH'S GATE - Ashtoreth's Gate (cd)

 
ASTROGATOR - Dreamlight (cd-r)

 
ASTROPILOT - Solar Walk (CD/Digital Download)

 
ASTROVOYAGER - Symphotronic Lunation (cd)

 
ASURA - 360 (cd)

 
ASURA - Life 2 (cd)

 
ASURA - Radio Universe (CD/Digital Download)

 
ASYMMETRIC - From Nowhere Came (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
CAN ATILLA - Ave (cd)

 
CAN ATILLA - Concorde (cd)

 
CAN ATILLA - Hi-Story (cd)

 
ATMOSPHERE FACTORY - Atmosphere Factory (CD/Digital Download)

 
ATRIUM CARCERI - Cellblock (cd)

 
AUDIOMETRIA - Cave Session (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
AUDIOMETRIA - Somewhere (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
AUDIOMETRIA - Submúltiplo (CD-r)

 
AUGUST WHEN - The Hour Before Midnight (cd-r)

 
AUREALITY - Sense (cd-r)

 
AUROM - Secret Garden (Digital Download EP)

 
AUSTRALIS - Adrift (CD/Digital Download)

 
AUSTRALIS - Lifegiving (cd)

 
AUSTRALIS - Sentient Genus (cd)

 
AUSTRALIS - The Gates of Reality (cd)

 
PAUL AVGERINOS - Muse of the Round Sky (cd)

 
PAUL AVGERINOS - Sky of Grace (cd)

 
PAUL AVGERINOS - Words Touch (cd)

 
AWENSON - Beyond The Galaxies (cd-r)

 
AWENSON - Saphonic (cd)

 
AWENSON - Wizard (CD)

 
AXESS - Fusion (cd)

 
AXESS - Voices of Dawn (cd)

 
AZUL Y NEGRO - Deja Vu (cd)


THE AMNIS INITIATIVE
Distant Dreams
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2010
The Amnis Initiative (which aims to excite the imagination, stir emotions and stimulate the brain with evocative, yet soothing instrumental music) is a one-man project by Dennis Lodewijks, an Eindhoven-based musician and huge Vangelis fan whose album "Distant Dreams" is his full-length debut. "Distant Dreams" is a concept album that deals with the constant drive of man to discover in search of the unknown.

The contemporary instrumental and highly cinematic music shows clear influences of Vangelis, which especially comes to the surface in the use of the string/choir pads and the warm solo voices. The orchestral / symphonic "Maiden Voyage" is very well done, therafter the music more turns into the smooth new-age direction ("Land of the Rainbow", "Native Passage", "Lament of the Living"). Fortunately, "The Vision", "Midnight Sanctuary", "Sail the Cosmic Ocean" and "Long Distance" return to the Vangelis-realm.

Overall, the well-tempered music feels like a comfortable blanket, accessible and at times even romantic. But at times it also drifts too deep into easy-listening territory, which makes its intrinsic magic disappear immediately.
At the end of the album, Dennis shows his playing skills on piano on the excellent executed "Distant Memories".

All in all, I personally would have preferred Mr Lodewijks had sticked more to the "Vangelis-formulae" on this well-produced album.
The physical version of "Distant Memories" is available on Amazon and the regular online EM-stores, next to mp3 downloads through digital music stores like iTunes.

Website: www.TheAmnisinitiative.com

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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