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Beautiful World

Patrick O'Hearn

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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

In the early '80s, this bassist and synthesist was mired in the glitz and grind of pop music as a member of the group Missing Persons. Then friend Peter Baumann, best known for his work with Tangerine Dream, made O'Hearn an offer he couldn't refuse. Baumann had visions of starting a record label catering to his first love, contemporary electronic music, and he wanted O'Hearn to become a charter member of the new company. Nearly a decade and a half-dozen albums later, O'Hearn is still amazed at the...
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