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D LOOP - Mystery's River (cd)

 
JOS D'ALMEIDA - Aether (CD)

 
JOS D'ALMEIDA - Awaken (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 - Skyful of Bliss (CD-r)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Songs from the Deep Field (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)

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

 
DEAD BEAT PROJECT - Samsara (CD/Digital Download)

 
GLENN DEARDORFF - Primordial Mariner (cd)

 
DEDAST - Banished From The Realm (Digital Download)

 
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/Digital Download)

 
DEEPSPACE - The Barometric Sea (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
DEEPSPACE - The Barometric Sun (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
DEEPSPACE - World Ocean Atlas (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD DEHOVE - Worlds of Number (cd)

 
DELERIUM - Epiphany (dvd)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Aeterna (cd/digital download)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Novus Magnificat (cd)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Novus Magnificat, 30th anniversary edition (CD/Digial Download)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Set Free (cd)

 
DERELICT THOUGHTS - Autumn Moon (cd)

 
DEUTSCHE WERTARBEIT - Deutsche Wertarbeit (Lp/CD)

 
SERGE DEVADDER - Cambrian (cd)

 
SERGE DEVADDER - Ganda (cd)

 
ADELBERT VON DEYEN - Atmosphere (Lp/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)

 
DISTANT SYSTEM - Spiral Empire (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 Light Program (Lp/cd)

 
DREAM JUNGLE - Lucid (cd)

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

 
DREAMFIRE - Atlantean Symphony (CD)

 
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)


MARK DWANE
The Monuments of Mars
CD, Orbian Music, 1988
Going through my collection, I stumbled upon this classic recording of Ohio-based synthesist Mark Dwane, which I purchased right after its release in 1988.
The 39-minute "The Monuments of Mars" is Mark Dwane's first cd-album, and it was also the first of its kind completely made using a polyphonic MIDI guitar system (only the percussion was keyboard-based).

Inspired by Richard Hoagland’s book of the same name, the cd offers some dynamic, highly cinematic space music. It’s a mysterious soundtrack about an ancient Martian civilization and its desolate landscape scenery.

The haunting sonic story is put down in nicely layered symphonic tapestries and sweeping (sometimes recurring) themes. Sometimes there’s a hint of ‘80’s Tangerine Dream, as heard on "Water Age".
The outcome of smooth MIDI guitar orchestrations incorporates the appropriate sense of drama and spaciousness to take you inside its otherworldly but comfortable realm.

Until today, the digitally recorded "The Monuments of Mars" still sounds fresh and exciting, and remains an album to cherish.
Meanwhile, the album has been re-released with an adapted red cd-cover.

Website: www.markdwane.com

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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