Altus – Hypoxia


  Release data: Altus – Hypoxia CD-r/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2021 The initial music of “Hypoxia” was created over the course of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic as the composer’s way to process isolation, loneliness as well as channel lots of profound, negative emotions and thoughts upon him during that time. Well, the expansive, textural waves and atmospheres Canadian Mike Carss sketches out…

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Altus – Sleep Theory Volume 4


  Release data: Altus  – Sleep Theory Volume 4 CD-r/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2021 With this release Mike Carss brings his audience the fourth and final installment in the “Sleep Theory” series that was kicked off a decade earlier. If you’re familiar with the previous volumes you will find a nice continuation of them, but Session 10, 11 and 12 featured here don’t end up…

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Altus – Trailhead: Singles Collection Volume 4


Release data: Altus – Trailhead: Singles Collection Volume 4 DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2019 Since his debut “24 Hours” (2001), Canadian Mike Carss has proved a skilled ambient composer of emotive textural landscapes full of elegance and drama. In addition, expansiveness, deepness as well as a symphonic component lies at the core of his albums and single tracks. With “Trailhead”, Mike offers us his fourth…

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Loneward – Protection


Release data: Loneward – Protection DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2018 Loneward is a new side-project by Mike Carss (aka Altus) launched in August 2018. As the composer elaborates it will exist alongside Altus, however from this point on Loneward will be the source of Carss purer ambient and drone works. Recent examples would be “Innerspace” (2016) and “Komorebi” (2015) as well as the bit older…

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Altus – Pioneer


Release data: Altus – Pioneer DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2018 A lot of the music released by Canadian composer Mike Carss (aka Altus) has been the sonic companion for travelling inward or into the grand outward expanse. The latter category applies to the 67-minute “Pioneer” where we leave Earth behind and travel beyond our solar system. Altus has come up with lush symphonc orchestrations, taking…

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Altus – Winter Embrace (15th Anniversary edition)


Release data: Altus – Winter Embrace (15th Anniversary edition) CD, Private Release, 2017 What I got here is the first factory-pressed cd from Canadian sound artist Mike Carss, aka Altus. It’s the definitive 62-minute version of the orchestral-electronic release originally composed in 2002 which influenced future Altus albums such as “Black Trees Among Amber Skies” (2010) and “The Sidereal Cycle 3” (2012). In addition, it’s…

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