Planetary Unfolding

by Michael Stearns

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Koen Veldeman
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Koen Veldeman I've been listening to ambient music for over 23 years, but it's only now that I find out about this gem from 1981. A stellar feat of craftsmanship and imagination, this record creates it's own spacetime continuum like few others can. And I'd never guess it's age either. Most expensive record I've bought on Bandcamp. I don't know if that's a good thing, but I really couldn't resist. I intend to play this over and over!
james holden
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james holden I love this LP so much. So beautiful, so trance. And the sound of it, so warm and harmonious and in such wonderful swirling stereo. WORLD PEACE.
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patient_ot Legendary space ambient album, still sounds contemporary decades later. Get it here and support the artist, not Discogs/eBay flippers.
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aktiv the deepest space album ever done - period
Chymera/Merrin Karras
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Chymera/Merrin Karras One of the most beautiful pieces of work ever committed to tape. The level of detail and sheer grandeur is overwhelming.
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Re-mastered by Bob Ohlsson in Nashville

Side A Movements
1. "In the Beginning..." 2. "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore..." 3. "Wherever two or more are gathered...'
Side B Movements
4. Life in the Gravity Well 5. As the Earth Kissed the Moon 6. "Something's Moving"

Michael’s “epic” Serge synthesizer album, in 6 movements. The Earth as a mass of sounds held together through resonance. Everything alive, atoms, cells, the Earth’s core, oceans, plants, animals and humans, the seen and the unseen, all creating a complex orchestration… the Earth as a being of sound. The Earth within the cosmos, the cosmos a vibrating orchestration with a resonance so complex and deep we hear nothing, no-thing, and are engulfed by a vast and tender silence.


released May 1, 1981

Cover art: Leilani Bost
Liner Notes: Gary David
Mixed at The Enterprise
Mastered by Bob Ohlsson
Special thanks to: Susan Harper, Emilie Conrad, Gary David, Craig Huxley, Kevin Braheny, Ken Harper and Jeanette Stobie
All music BMI, Earth Turtle Music and Continuum Montage
© 1981 Michael Stearns


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Michael Stearns Santa Fe, New Mexico

Michael Stearns is a multi-genre music composer and soundtrack designer/producer. His credits include music for Ron Fricke's non-verbal 70MM films "Chronos", "Baraka" and "Samsara", music for NASA, Laserium, Disney films, HBO, ABC, PBS, BBC, Discovery Channel and James Cameron's "The Abyss", "Titanic" and "Avatar". Michael works in his studio "The Guest House", in Santa Fe, New Mexico. ... more

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