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D LOOP - Mystery's River (cd)

 
DANIEL & BOOTH - Mutiny (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL DANIEL - Henglers Circus (CD)

 
MYCHAEL DANNA & TIM CLéMENT - A Gradual Awakening (cd-r)

 
MYCHAEL DANNA & TIM CLéMENT - The Best of Danna & Clément (cd)

 
MYCHAEL DANNA - Sirens (cd)

 
MYCHAEL DANNA - Skys (cd)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - A Day within Days (cd)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Autumn's Apple (cd)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Dream in Blue (CD/Digital Download)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Falling Light (CD/Digital Download)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - From Pale Hands to Weary Skies (cd)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Little Things (cd/digital download)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - The Zen Master’s Diary (cd-r)

 
KELLY DAVID - Angkor (cd)

 
KELLY DAVID - Broken Voyage (cd)

 
PETER DAVIDSON - Even Darker Still (cd-r)

 
PETER DAVIDSON - Green Moss Trail (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
KEN DAVIES - Floating Galaxy (cd-r)

 
ROBERT DAVIES - Shadow Dreams (cd-r)

 
DB - Analogue (cd)

 
DEAD BEAT PROJECT - R’Evolution (CD/Digital Download)

 
DEAD BEAT PROJECT - Samsara (CD/Digital Download)

 
GLENN DEARDORFF - Primordial Mariner (cd)

 
DEDAST - Soft Landing (Digital Download)

 
DEEP IMAGINATION - Gemstones (cd-r)

 
DEEP SKY DIVERS - Highlands & Skylands (cd)

 
DEEP SKY DIVERS - Momentum (cd)

 
DEEP SKY DIVERS - The New Fast Lane (cd)

 
DEEPERNET - Impossible Landscapes (CD/Digital Download)

 
DEEPERNET - One (cd/Digital Download)

 
DEEPSPACE - Another Empty Galaxy (cd-r)

 
DEEPSPACE - The Barometric Sun (cd-r)

 
DEEPSPACE - World Ocean Atlas (cd-r)

 
RICHARD DEHOVE - Worlds of Number (cd)

 
DELERIUM - Epiphany (dvd)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Aeterna (cd/digital download)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Novus Magnificat (cd)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Set Free (cd)

 
DERELICT THOUGHTS - Autumn Moon (cd)

 
ADELBERT VON DEYEN - Painted Black (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL DIAMOND - Atlantis Rising (cd-r)

 
DIATONIS - Ambient Life (cd)

 
DIATONIS - An Abstract View (cd-r)

 
DIATONIS - Highway 1 (cd-r)

 
DIATONIS - Invisible Order (cd-r)

 
DIATONIS - Landscape of a Dream (cd/Digital Download)

 
DIATONIS - Pond (cd-r/dvd-r)

 
DILATE - Cyclos (cd)

 
DILATE - Octagon (CD/Digital Download)

 
DJEN AJAKAN SHEAN - Crows Heading For Point Blank (cd-single)

 
DANIEL DOROBANTU - Knock on the Sky and listen to the Sound (cd)

 
GEOFFREY DOWNES - The New Dance Orchestra/The Light Program (Lp/cd)

 
DREAM JUNGLE - Lucid (cd)

 
DREAMFIRE - Atlantean Symphony (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
DREAMSTATE - A Decade Dreaming (cd-r)

 
MARK DWANE - 2012 (cd)

 
MARK DWANE - The Monuments of Mars (cd)

 
DWELLER AT THE THRESHOLD - Full Boundary Condition (CD)

 
DWELLER AT THE THRESHOLD - Generation-Transmission-Illumination (cd)

 
DWELLER AT THE THRESHOLD - No Boundary Condition (cd)

 
JOHN DYSON - Darklight (cd)


DARSHAN AMBIENT
From Pale Hands to Weary Skies
CD, Spotted Peccary, 2008
This cd by Michael Allison, aka Darshan Ambient, is a positive, uplifting work of both rhythmic and free form textural ambient, initially inspired by the art of surrealist painter Yves Tanguy.

But while working on the music, life came in the way: Michael became deadly ill, and after a slow but steady recovery he used the power and strength from this life-changing experience to sculpture and polish the smooth, sonic outcome, with occasional melancholic undercurrents.

The 11 excellently produced and mixed tracks glisten of emotion and honesty, featuring lots of detail, expansive textural pads, piano and rhythmic structures.
Its warmth and overall dreamy sound sometimes remind of Patrick O’Hearn, but most of all follows its own straightforward path with original sidesteps.


Within all this, the upbeat and complex "Multiplication of the Arcs" stands nicely next to the soundscape dwellings of "Suffering Softens Stones", a track co-composed with Jon Short (one half of the British UK-duo Deep Sky Divers).

"From Pale Hands to Weary Skies" is a moving and mature piece of ambient art bringing a variety of emotions to the surface.
Highly recommended.

Website: www.darshanambient.org

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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