Valley Of The Sun Publishing is a publishing company that has been around for some 30 years now. They are known for releasing some of the most beautiful ambient synth/new age music that you never heard. There are tons of these tapes, most lost to the ages. Our Goal is to find 'em.
I'll start off by saying that this tape was a complete let down. It was supposed to be music by Steven Gruskin, but all it is are tracks from David Naegele's Temple In The Forest, Journies Out Of Body, and Tranquilities (Musical Sounds Of Relaxation Series) with ocean sounds added. It is relaxing and pretty, and the tape rip quality is excellent. However, it's nothing we haven't heard before. Those who are new to the blog and are not familiar to Naegele may like this, since it has good selections from him. But I'm not too happy with this release that had so much potential to be new material.
Again, apoligies for not updating frequently. I have been very busy archiving audio of different music genres and making music of my own.
Hello! Sorry for neglecting this blog, however this new batch of posts will make up for it. A few months ago, I acquired the CD rip of Transition by Natopus (Jim Bertucci). This was always a favourite of mine, and the fact that the version we had before this was such poor quality was truly a let down. I had to do some hiss removal and EQ on the CD, but you'll find it sounds delightful. Finally hearing it in pristine quality was a dream come true. I hope you enjoy this lovely release. Made by Jim Bertucci, with help from Robert Slap. 12/8 - FIXED LINK
Happy Fourth Of July! And here we have four tapes in a series released in 1990 by the good 'ol Great American Audio Corp, the Fitness Walking series. There were a number of installments, the ones here are Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert. There are other versions that include country or big band music, but these four are all great, fast paced, dreamy electronic masterpieces by Robert Slap. You couldn't ask for anything better than this. Think of a cross between Drive and Sedona: The Psychic Vortex Experience Soundtrack. Each tape has a faster pace with a metronome keeping in time to the music to show how your walking pace should be. Needless to say, I'm considering using these myself while walking to see how it goes. I'm gonna put 'em all in one folder for your convenience. It looks a little overwhelming, but it's worth going through it all.
Hello! We've got a real drone record here, one I've used many times to help me sleep. This is 2000's Alpha Wave Theta Wave, Which as suggested are alpha and theta waves meant to cause an altered or meditative state of consciousness. Great background noise for those who have tinnitus. Please enjoy!
Greetings! I didn't think I'd still be finding out about "new" releases, but there was yet another Interludes tape, and I managed to get a copy. This is Hidden Lake, a nice blend of flute and ocarina, with some bells and marimba on occasion. Minimal but nice. If you enjoyed Tropical Beach, you'll enjoy this one. I have no idea who plays the instruments on this.
I wonder if, at long last, we have completed the entire Interludes series....
Hello! I recently ordered a tape that I never knew existed until the day I purchased it. It came, and it didn't disappoint. Here we have yet another installment in the always awesome Interludes series. Comforting sounds of the beach - ocean waves, birds, wind. This is mixed with bells and bamboo flute performed by Steven Bergman and John Maragos. Fairly minimal, but very beautiful.
The biggest treat was buying this factory-sealed, as when I opened the big box it came in, I found a promotional flyer that you could write into the New Rochelle NY branch of Great American Audio Corp for a free cassette or a list of their catalogue. Imagine if I wrote it now - and sent it to a now abandoned building! Included at the bottom is a scan of the flyer for curious minds.
Greetings! Here's a nice release from Majestic Moods, which was a series put out by Sunshine Mountain Productions. Much like the Mystic Harp release from Musical Sounds Of Relaxation, this is a straight harp album with some instruments backing on a couple tracks. You will hear some piano, bells, keyboard and even some nature sounds in this album. Beautiful arrangements in this one. The artist is not listed, but I would assume it is by Mark Britten, because he played harp on other "celtic" releases from Majestic Moods. Harp fans have come to the right place.