Altus & TRX – Crossroads


Release data: Altus & TRX – Crossroads DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2010 The album “Crossroads” fulfills a wish Mike Carss (aka Altus) had for years: to compose a beat-oriented album in the style as he wrote them in the 90s, but he hadn’t done so as he considered his beat programming was always lack-luster. Through the internet, he got to know the output of Bulgarian…

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Altus – Black Trees Among Amber Skies


Release data: Altus – Black Trees Among Amber Skies DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2010 With his release “Black Trees Among Amber Skies”, Canadian musician Mike Carss (aka Altus) returns to his classic free form style of music, who describes the outcome as ambient music for night-time winter walks in the city. As fans of his music know, Mike is an expert in layering velvet, softly…

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Mister Vapor vs Altus – Falling Out Of Orbit


Release data: Mister Vapor vs Altus – Falling Out Of Orbit CD-R, Just Not Normal netlabel, 2010 I’m not familiar with any music of Mister Vapor (aka Thomas Park, who’s also known as ambient musician Mystified), but the fact that Altus (aka Mike Carss) has decided to remix two of his tracks makes it even more interesting. Well, “Falling Out of Orbit” contains two lengthy…

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Altus – Coma Cluster


Release data: Altus – Coma Cluster DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2009 After some more challenging and adventurous releases such as “Macro” and “City of Ashes”, Canadian ambient musician Mike Carss now returns to his “common”, accessible style: “Coma Cluster” offers 74 minutes of soothing, free form cosmic music. The four lengthy tracks come to the listener in one, uninterrupted flow, in which the expansiveness and…

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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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