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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)


RICK MILLER
Starsong
MC/CD-R/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Vital Body Marketing/Private Release, 1984
"Starsong" is a classic electronic spacemusic album by Canadian composer Rick Miller. Originally called "Limberlost" and initially only released privately on cassette, "Starsong" came about in or around 1981 to 1982 while Mr Miller was living in Toronto and was asked by his good friend Eli Bay (who ran a company called Relaxation Response) to come up with some music that he could use in his classes to assist him to guide people into deep states of relaxation and sell to his customers later on.

A copy of the tape was eventually sent to a company in New York called Vital Body Marketing who picked up the distribution of the album and changed the name to "Starsong". In addition, the release was included on their "Art of Relaxation" series and was sold worldwide.

The music itself was recorded using a number of analog synthesizers, as there was little or no digital back then, such as a Roland JX3P, Micro Moog, Sequential Circuits Pro One, Roland Vocoder Plus and a Mellotron. The recording itself was done at Toronto’s Sound Design Studios, with whom Rick had a close relationship in the early ‘80s.

The outcome is light, relaxing and uncomplicated, poured into a gentle-melodic and uplifting structure on the three short pieces. The strongest takes though are the 15-minute "Limberlost" (a cross-over of early Kitaro without the Asian flavor and Clifford White’s "Ascension") and the 24-minute "The Ascension". The latter is made up of strings of warm, soft-soaring synth washes with an undeniable dreamy, New Age feel.

Website: www.rickmiller.bandcamp.com

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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