Howard Givens & Craig Padilla: Being Of Light (CD)

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1. Clearing the Mind
2. Threads of Thought
3. A Contemplative State
4. Being of Light

1. Clearing the Mind
2. Threads of Thought
3. A Contemplative State
4. Being of Light


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Seasoned veterans of the ambient and deep-experiential forms of electronic music, Howard Givens and Craig Padilla continue their soul-searching quest to express a symbiosis of music with contemplative self-examination and enlightenment on their new studio release, Being of Light.

Comprised of four tracks, the 70 minute BEING OF LIGHT conveys the duo’s interest in longer-form expressions of harmonic color and ambient electronic subtlety. Viscous sonic textures are extracted from an expansive palette of electronic and acoustic instruments as the music steadily unfolds, ebbing and flowing through muted moments of tension, release, mystery, and peace. As with the duo’s previous highly-regarded collaboration, Life Flows Water, this album is built around a combination of modular, vintage analog, and digital synthesizers, only this time they are blended together with grand piano, electric guitar, and various other expressive instruments.

Weaving melodic phrases and rich textures through rhythmic structures and sequences, Givens and Padilla create deep interludes and expansive passages that exemplify the inspiration behind the project – to musically express the state of awareness that comes through the discovery of one’s “inner being” and pure essence. With Being of Light, Howard Givens and Craig Padilla emphasize a visceral and enveloping experience, conceptually envisioning the album as a topology of energy where the individual is a single point of light, solitary and self-aware, yet melded into the sum of all light, complete in the totality of existence.

About the artists

For over 30 years, ambient electronic artist and Producer Howard Givens has been crafting electronic music and sound spaces in search of an authentic, organic, tangible expression of an intangible origin of sound. For him, the art of music, live or recorded, is all about an intention to convey the listener to another state of experience. In addition to working on his own projects, Givens is the founding owner of the Spotted Peccary Music label. His influence as producer and creative director for well over 100 albums has had a deep impact on the shape of the ambient electronic genre for the past three decades.

Craig Padilla has been composing and performing electronic spacemusic inspired by Klaus Schulze, Vangelis and Tangerine Dream for more than 20 years. Never letting technology overcome the humanity in his compositions, he creates electronic music that is rooted in tradition while still sounding new, interesting and fresh. With more than 40 releases over the course of his prolific and award-winning career, Craig has proven to be a driving force in the current electronic music scene. Craig has always endeavored to create engaging musical landscapes as experiences to be treasured and played indefinitely.

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