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MA JA LE & JAMES JOHNSON - Live Under a Harvest Moon (cd-r)

 
MAGIC SOUND FABRIC - Uplift Drift (cd)

 
MAGNETRON - Photonic Waves (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
MARK MAHONEY - If Dreams were Clouds (cd-r)

 
MAITREYA - .74 (cd)

 
MAITREYA - From the Mothership (cd)

 
MAITREYA - Telluric Waves (cd)

 
MAKO - Forms of Life (cd)

 
MAKO - In Other Regions (lp)

 
MAKO - Meeting with the Sea (lp)

 
MANK - Awen (Digital Download)

 
MANK - Gutta-Percha (Digital Download)

 
MANK - Isbjorn (cd-r)

 
MANK - Solipsism (Digital Download)

 
MANTARAY - Numinous Island (cd)

 
MARA'S TORMENT - MT96061 (cd-r)

 
MARCOMé - Seven Seas (cd/digital download)

 
MARCONI UNION - A Lost Connection (cd-r)

 
JON MARK - A Celtic Story (cd)

 
JON MARK - Alhambra (cd)

 
JON MARK - Land of Merlin (cd)

 
JON MARK - The Standing Stones of Callanish (cd)

 
MARSEN JULES - Nostalgia (CD/Digital Download)

 
DEBORAH MARTIN & CHERYL GALLAGHER - Tibet (cd)

 
DEBORAH MARTIN & ERIK WøLLO - Between Worlds (cd)

 
DEBORAH MARTIN & J. ARIF VERNER - Anno Domini (cd)

 
DEBORAH MARTIN - Deep Roots, Hidden Water (remastered) (cd)

 
DEBORAH MARTIN - Eye of the Wizard (CD/Digital Download)

 
DEBORAH MARTIN - Under the Moon (CD/Digital Download)

 
MARTIN/KLAMT/ROWND - Convergence (cd)

 
MASSERGY - A Novel Sense of Calm (Digital Download)

 
DAVID MICHAEL MATUCH - Before Reality (cd)

 
MAX VAN RICHTER - Portal (Digital Download EP)

 
MAZMONETH - Music by Mirrors (cd)

 
MICHAEL MEARA - Abstractus Somnarium: Deep Space Meditations (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL MEARA - Contemplation 1: Void in Form (Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL MEARA - Frost (Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL MEARA - The Last Days of Autumn (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL MEARA - Timeworn (Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL MEARA - To Resonate & Glow (Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL MEARA - Zymal (Digital Download)

 
MEGABYTE - Powerplay (cd)

 
MEGATONE - Pure Land (cd-r)

 
MEMORY GEIST - Benthos (Digital Download)

 
MEMORY GEIST - Funereal Cavern (cd)

 
MARK MERCURY - Music from the Cycles of Spheres (cd)

 
MARK MERCURY - Music of the Domes (cd)

 
MARK MERCURY - The Art of Space (CD)

 
PETER MERGENER & KLAUS HOFFMANN-HOOCK - Visions of Asia (cd)

 
PETER MERGENER - Creatures (cd)

 
PETER MERGENER - Creatures 2020 (CD/Digital Download)

 
PETER MERGENER - Passage in Time (cd)

 
PETER MERGENER - Phonetic Society (cd)

 
PETER MERGENER - Take Off (cd)

 
CLAUDIO MERLINI - The Colours of Music (cd)

 
BYRON METCALF, DASHMESH KHALSA & STEVE ROACH - Dream Tracker (cd)

 
BYRON METCALF, MARK SELIG & STEVE ROACH - Nada Terma (cd)

 
ROBERT BEAU MICHAELS - Dance of Ecstasy – Dance Music to free the spirit (cd-r)

 
ROBERT BEAU MICHAELS - Radio Cosmos - Music From Out of This World (Digital Download)

 
ROBERT BEAU MICHAELS - The Wasteland -music for an apocalyptic world- (cd-r)

 
ROBERT BEAU MICHAELS - Zero Point –Music to Disappear in- (cd-r)

 
PETER MILLER - The Violet Flame (CD)

 
RICK MILLER - Starsong (Mc/CD-r/Digital Download)

 
MIND OVER MATTER - Indian Meditation (cd)

 
MIND OVER MATTER - Indian Meditation II (cd)

 
MIND OVER MATTER - On the Wings of the Wind (cd)

 
MINDGLIDE - Down the Light (Digital Download)

 
MINDGLIDE - Radiance (Digital Download)

 
MINDGLIDE - Tangent (Digital Download)

 
THE MINISTRY OF INSIDE THINGS - Contact Point (cd)

 
THE MINISTRY OF INSIDE THINGS - Everlasting Moment (cd)

 
MIRRORED MERIDIAN - A Sense of Wonder Vols 1 & 2 (cd-r/Digital download)

 
MIRRORED MERIDIAN - Heliolatry (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MISTER VAPOR VS ALTUS - Falling Out Of Orbit (cd-r)

 
ARNOLD MITCHEM - Desert Dreams (cd)

 
MODULARWHITE - Alpa (cd)

 
MODULARWHITE - Canada (cd-r)

 
MON0 - Monolith (Digital Download)

 
MON0 - Monolog (Digital Download)

 
MON0 - Multifidus (cd-r)

 
MON0 - Proficisci (cd-r)

 
MONOLAKE - HongKong (cd)

 
MOONBOOTER - Cosmoclimax (cd)

 
MOONBOOTER - Cosmologica (cd)

 
MOONBOOTER - Cosmophonica (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
MOONBOOTER - Orbit Number 2 (cd-r)

 
MOONBOOTER - World of Apes 1 (cd)

 
MOONBOOTER - World of Apes 2 (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MOONBOOTER - Zeitenwende (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Dark Summer (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Earth Gravity (cd-r)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Low Life (cd-r)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Missing Time (cd)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Sequencer I (cd-r)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Sessions (Digital Download)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Unendlich Sequenzer, Sequenzer Vol. 2 (cd-r)

 
MOONSATELLITE - Whispers of the Moon (CD-r)

 
STEVE MOORE - Light Echoes (cd/Digital Download)

 
MORPHEUSZ - Days of Delerium & Nocturnal Nightmares (Chapter O (cd)

 
MORPHEUSZ - Garden Gnomes & Goblins (cd)

 
MORPHEUSZ - Tantalizing Thoughts at the Dawn of Dreams (Chapte (cd)

 
SHANE MORRIS & MYSTIFIED - Emergence (CD/Digital Download)

 
SHANE MORRIS & MYSTIFIED - Epoch (CD/Digital Download)

 
SHANE MORRIS & MYSTIFIED - Evolution (CD/Digital Download)

 
JAMES MURRAY - Eyes to the Height (CD/Digital Download)

 
JAMES MURRAY - Where Edges Meet (cd)

 
MYSTICAL SUN - Primordial Atmospheres (cd)

 
MYTHOS - Gallery Concerts (cd)

 
MYTHOS - Grand Prix (cd)

 
MYTHOS - Surround Sound Offensive (cd)

 
MYTHOS - Unabsteigbar! (cd-r)


MANTARAY
Numinous Island
CD, Silent Records/Demon Tea, 1995/1999
This is in fact a re-release of an album that already came out in 1995 on Silent Records, but I found out it was also re-released in 2003.

Mantaray is the duo Ray Castle and Susumo Yokota, who hereby present an intriguing hour of ambient/chill out music.
There’s only sparse use of melody to be detected in the hypnotic ambience with a strong psychedelic touch. Voice and percussive elements, captivating electronics with lots of samples and environmental sounds lead the way in an exotic, mysterious world of sonics.

Some stuff resembles the music of Suspended Memories, but than turned inside out. The two openings tracks are really strong as are the tracks "Anima Mundi" and "Enlightment", both found at the end of the album.

All in all, "Numinous Island" is an intense sonic perfume of psychedelic ambient soundscapes. Sometimes dreamy and world music like, but not always as accessible as the beautiful designed cover might suggest.

Website: www.demontea.com

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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