Har & Altus – Shadow District


Release data: Har & Altus – Shadow District DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Earth Mantra, 2012 At the beginning of 2012, Mike hinted at a collaboration that he’d been working on since 2011 with ambient guitarist/bassist/Chapman Stickist Har. The outcome is “Shadow District”, a dense and mysterious affair triggering the imagination. It’s an intense journey through abstract soundscape netherworlds of dark, gloomy ambience and pure electronic space music…

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Altus – The Sidereal Cycle 1


Release data: Altus – The Sidereal Cycle 1 DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Free Floating Music, 2012 According to Mike Carss, aka Altus, this series is something that he should have done years ago, and has been suggested by a number of his listeners. “The Sidereal Cycle 1” is the first of a four “disc” project (that will be on-going into 2013) that looks at the grand theme…

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Altus – Complex Silence 22


Release data: Altus – Complex Silence 22 DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Treetrunk, 2012 As usual, Mike Carss (aka Altus) had not much to say about the music on “Complex Silence 22”, a release in a series of albums of enigmatic atmospheres & soundfields created by fellow-ambient composer Phillip Wilkerson. Once again, Mike displays he’s a master in creating beautiful textural music with a contemporary classic touch, sketching…

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Altus – Ecotone


Release data: Altus – Ecotone DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2011 Many may know the music of Mike Carss, aka Altus, as vast textural and out-of-this-world music. Sonically, “Ecotone” though opens a new, vibrant chapter in his already extensive discography. The recording contains more varied music covering a lot of ground, which (according to the composer) was necesarry to tell and unfold its story properly. The…

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Altus – Symmetry & Shadow (Singles Collection Vol. 2)


Release data: Altus – Symmetry & Shadow (Singles Collection Vol. 2) DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2011 This is a second compilation by Altus, aka Mike Carss, supposed to fill the gap until the release of his full album “Ecotone” due for mid November 2011. “Symmetry & Shadow”, with nice descriptive linear notes of the composer on the cd-artwork, comprises another beautiful collection of lush and…

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Altus – Sleep Theory Volume 1


Release data: Altus – Sleep Theory Volume 1 DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2011 With “Sleep Theory Volume One”, Mike Carrs adds another fine chapter to his already extensive catalogue of soothing and highly textural ambient music. Quite similar to the overall relaxed outcome of “Coma Cluster”, this lush and atmospheric music in three phases feels like a comfortable blanket of synth washes, great to put…

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