Darshan Ambient – Skyful of Bliss


Release data: Darshan Ambient – Skyful of Bliss CD-R, Private Release, 1998 “Skyful of Bliss” is one of the early recordings by Michael Allison, aka Darshan, before he would end up on James Johnson’s Zero Music label. The release contains three long pieces and one short composition of ambient music, all made between 1996 and 1998. The almost 22-minute title track takes off with graceful,…

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Darshan Ambient – Songs from the Deep Field


Release data: Darshan Ambient – Songs from the Deep Field CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Spotted Peccary Music, 2014 Inspired by one of the most famous images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, “Songs From The Deep Field” ranges from pure space to kinetic free fall – from weightless drift to rhythmic power, and the result is a heavenly blend of ambient synth textures, lush guitar loops, pulsing…

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Darshan Ambient – Little Things


Release data: Darshan Ambient – Little Things CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, LotusPike Records, 2013 On his concept album “Little Things” (which is about uncovering and celebrating the wonderful little details that exist below the surface of our normal routines) Michael Allison has come up with a range of sounds and compositions that mix contemporary with Eastern, African, sometimes Urban ones. There’s still some electronics involved in the…

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Darshan Ambient – Falling Light


Release data: Darshan Ambient – Falling Light CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, LotusPike, 2012 I remember the early music by multi-instrumentalist Michael Allison, aka Darshan Ambient, as pastoral and quiet textural synth music. Since a few years though, his musical approach has started to transform quite a bit. “Falling Light” features a further shift to extensive use of bass and lap steel/slide guitar, multi-layered percussion, where synths play…

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Darshan Ambient – Dream in Blue


Release data: Darshan Ambient – Dream in Blue CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, LotusPike, 2011 The music for “Dream in Blue” by Michael Allison (aka Darshan Ambient) was highly inspired by the music of jazz giants Miles Davis and John Coltrane. In addition, Mr Allison says he feels there’s certainly a sonic bridge between jazz and ambient music, a logic extension between the two genres, both often relying…

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Darshan Ambient – The Zen Master’s Diary


Release data: Darshan Ambient – The Zen Master’s Diary CD-R, Private Release, 2003 The initial idea for “The Zen Master’s Diary” by Darshan Ambient (aka Michael Allison) was born after the musician read A Buddist Bible by Dwight Goddard, a book on Zen and Yogic philosophies. The nine longform compositions on the introspective-oriented cd are a real treat for both body and mind. The soft,…

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