Altus – City of Ashes


Release data: Altus – City of Ashes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Music, 2009 On the audio/visual concept project “City of Ashes”, Canadian musician Mike Carss pairs his orchestral-oriented and minimal/fluid ambient work with the extraordinary photography of Shawn Sintzel. Well, listening and experiencing the mysterious, highly atmospheric outcome is like stepping through a mirror and landing in an alternate world among us. Its lush textural outcome…

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Altus – Excursion Two


Release data: Altus – Excursion Two DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2009 As one might expect, the music of “Excursion two” nicely continues where the first one left us. Again, Mike Carss offers a beautiful sonic painting that breaths total relaxation and peacefulness. The recording consists of two lengthy, cinematic soundscape tracks of 27 and 38 minutes, made up of velvet, transparent and lush soundings which…

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Altus – Macro


Release data: Altus – Macro DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2008 “Macro” offers 22 short “behind the scenes” sounds covering a broad range of sounds, from melodic ambient to atonal soundscapes, and a few oddities in between. As explained by Mike, they are the outcome of the things found after he starts noodling with different sounds while working on new music, but which don’t fit in…

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Altus – Rapid Eye Movements


Release data: Altus – Rapid Eye Movements DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2008 Mike Carss, aka Altus, explains that this album is not meant as a sleeping aid, but as a sonic voyage through one’s dreams and the secrets they can reveal. Sonically, the seven flowing textural parts follow a rather darkening path that stretches out in the direction of his previous albums “Artifacts of Distant…

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Altus – The Grand Expanse


Release data: Altus – The Grand Expanse DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2007 “The Grand Expanse” by Canadian musician Mike Carss is a symphonic excursion into the endless worlds surrounding the Earth: the cosmos. The music is a well produced, refined and nicely sculptured piece of free floating music made of embracing, warm plains of sound breathing lots of emotion. The 14 minute title track takes…

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