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Album Review

Patrick O'Hearn is refreshingly difficult to classify. His electronic work leans decidedly toward an ambient sound, but the Latin and Caribbean-style acoustic beats on songs such as "Facing the Sun" imply a strong world element. Meanwhile, Peter Maunu's guitars (particularly on "Magnificent River") bring a rock and jazz edge to the mix. In listening to this album, it is clear that O'Hearn is not looking to place himself within a musical tradition or style; rather he aims to drum up personal, highly dramatic inner experiences. With this album, he shares his impressions of the natural environment. For example, under a glistening, watery surface (represented by a few piano notes), "Magnificent River" reveals a churning, threatening current. On Beautiful World, O'Hearn captures sounds of nature, but also touches on the grandeur and mystery of his own relationship with the wilderness.


Born: 06 September 1954 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An unlikely new age stalwart and musical renaissance man, composer/multi-instrumentalist Patrick O'Hearn started his career as a prominent jazz bassist (Charles Lloyd, Dexter Gordon), then became a Frank Zappa sideman, and later found fame as the bass player/synthesist for new wave group Missing Persons. Turning to electronic music, his first album of keyboard instrumentals, Ancient Dreams, was produced by Peter Baumann and released in 1990 on Private Music, Baumann's own label. O'Hearn signed to...
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