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From MainlyPiano

KathyPiano7

"Deep Space Blue" is an electronic ambient/space music release from award-winning Australian composer and synthesist Jim Ottaway. The creator of at least twenty-five albums of original music in a variety of genres as well as music for films and television, Ottaway’s resume’ is long and very impressive; "Deep Space Blue" is his eleventh international release. The inspiration for Ottaway's music stems from his love of nature and his spiritual connection to the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia. The music on this album has a very organic feeling and features a variety of (electronic) musical instruments as well as atmospheric sounds. Not surprisingly, the music conveys feelings of vast darkness and of effortless floating through space and time. The six tracks range from just under six minutes to about 16 1/2 minutes, so there are very few breaks in the music. The tracks were recorded over a three-year period, and Ottaway also did the mixing, mastering, graphics and album design.

The album begins with “Astral Voices,” a hauntingly beautiful piece that includes ethereal female voices (no lyrics). Even though the voices are soothing, there is a feeling of isolation and perhaps of being lost in the darkness. “In Search Of The Lost Star” starts out with a brief horn solo before becoming more ambient. The horn repeats its melody later in the piece, maintaining a humanistic element. Very relaxed and peaceful, this track suggests journeying through space at a leisurely speed and enjoying the ride. “39.5 Light Years (Trappist-1)” refers to “a dwarf star that is slightly larger but much more massive than the planet Jupiter, located 39.5 light-years from the Sun in The Constellation Aquarius” (quoted from the liner notes of the CD). Voices and chimes contribute to the mysterious quality of the music as well as the feelings of a very dark, chilly vastness. “Stars of Ice” makes effective use of glass wind chimes to simulate the magical sparkle of ice as beams of light dance off of it. Deep rumbling bass sounds are a fascinating contrast to the light, almost brittle chimes. The title track is a bit more rhythmic with a somewhat faster tempo, making it feel brighter and more purposeful. Instead of drifting freely in space, it feels like there is more of a goal or destination. The deep bass vibrations continue and the horn returns, perhaps heralding a triumph of sorts. The last track is the longest and titled “Interplanetary Panspermia,” which is “the hypothesis that life exists throughout the Universe, distributed by meteoroids, asteroids, comets, planetoids and also by spacecraft in the form of unintended contamination by microorganisms” (quoted from the liner notes). Moving slowly through space, many of the sounds we hear express that all is not well in the universe. There is an uneasy peace, but some things are out of place, out of balance. This is, of course, my interpretation.

If you like space and ambient music that is wonderfully-engineered with amazing depth and sound quality, be sure to check out "Deep Space Blue"!

Review from Journeyscapes Radio

CandiceMichelle1

Deep Space Blue is the latest album from Jim Ottaway, an electronic music composer based in Gold Coast, Australia. Having released several albums in the ambient, space and electronica genres, Deep Space Blue is a classic ambient-space recording much in the style of Jim’s early 2016 album, Southern Cross, with the two albums being separated by a late 2016 release of dynamic electronic music called Timeless e-Motion. By the time that album was released, I sensed that Jim was well on his way to achieving much greater recognition among the electronic-space music scene and my instincts were proven right; he has since received notable airplay in the U.S. on terrestrial radio programs such as Star’s End, Echoes and Hearts of Space. On Deep Space Blue (which is comprised of six compositions spanning an hour in total), Jim crafts and shapes his illustrious cosmic soundscapes using a plethora of top-notch electronic musical equipment to achieve a highly dimensional and realistic-seeming sonic experience.

Opening the album is the nebulous “Astral Voices” – a drifty and subtly melodic composition characterized by shimmering soundwaves and ethereal vocal intonations. “In Search of the Lost Star” follows next – a contemplative and immersive piece comprised of undulating textures and a free-floating semblance that seemingly carries the listener throughout space in slow-motion. Spanning at over eleven minutes, “39.5 Light Years (Trappist -1)” effectively conveys a notion of traversing unfathomable distances across the cosmos – its underlying rhythmic current highlighting synthesized vocal tones and creaking sound effects evoke the cold vastness of space. Imbued with a touch of Kevin Braheny’s classic Galaxies album, “Stars of Ice” is the perfect piece for winter stargazing – its glistening icicles and foreboding drones seemingly conjuring images of an ice palace located somewhere in the abode of an alien world. The title track, “Deep Space Blue”, is a comparatively more digitally dynamic piece that conveys a feeling of interstellar space-travel and zipping through wormholes. Concluding the album is the nearly 16 ½ minute long “Interplanetary Panspermia” – a darkly retro-futuristic piece of resonating deep space signals and spooky sci-fi effects that effectively convey an extraterrestrial presence.

A mesmerizing cosmic voyage from beginning to end, Deep Space Blue is definitive ambient-space music that plays out like the perfect soundtrack to a sci-fi movie or astronomy documentary. Certain to appeal to listeners who enjoy the many classic space music works by artists such as Jonn Serrie and Kevin Braheny, this fantastic album marks another “stellar” win for Jim Ottaway!

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