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The 'Ocean of Light' DVD showcases the talents of our artists, bringing you some of our best music in a range of diverse styles. They provide an excellent introduction to the diverse musical talents the label has to offer, featuring music that is generally representative of the artists and of the music found in our catalogue.

Each DVD has 90 minutes of stunning music set to beautiful natural video images.
 
Ocean of Light DVD (Best of AD Vol 1)
Ocean of Light Best of AD Music volume 1 - Instrumental electronic music CD
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90 minutes of sound and vision combined to provide a relaxing and musicial experience.

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Ocean of Light DVD brings you a selection of the best melodic music from the AD Music catalogue. It also provides an excellent introduction to the musical talents the label has to offer. The music is blended seamlessly with relaxing video images of sunlit lakes, mountain streams and gentle seas.

"If you like music to be creative, to be different enough that it doesn't fall easily into a category, to have depth and purpose, then you should find the music we have to offer just what you're looking for."

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Album Reviews

Sacred Skies - Best of AD Vol 2

Review by Steve Roberts, SMD.

Sacred of Skies The best of A.D. Music vol2cover art Volume 2 in the series again reveals the quality in AD's rosta of artists.

Beginning with the previously unreleased 'The Plains' by Bekki Williams, in less symphonic mood, the piece reflects the increasing maturity of her music. One of the finest albums in AD's canon is Catalin Marin's 'First Breath' represented here by 'Nandana-Paradise in Indra', an ethnic tinged gem that would not sound out of place on the 'Bladerunner' soundtrack. The shimmering 'Iceberg', again echoing Vangelis at his most accessible, is equally impressive.

Robert Fox's illustrious backcatalogue is condensed to the superb 'Over Turquoise Seas' taken from his first Ad realease 'Asfafa' and the majestic 'Three Sisters'. Another previously unavailable track 'Sacred Skies' by David Wright is further incentive to buy this compilation. A slow burner, 'Sacred Skies' again reveals the lynchpin of AD Music in great form and bodes very well for his next solo album. The sublime 'Flame Sky' from 'Walking With Ghosts' and 'Taiga', an earlier favourite from 'Between Realities', does not disappoint.

'Jumping Air' from Raviv Gazit's underrated 'Shapeshifter' is the most rhythmic offering here. Code Indigo's, 'Call of the Earth', 'Fallen' and 'Code 11' remind us of the enduring quality of AD Music's supergroup. Callisto's 'Setisphere' has already become a classic from the debut release 'Signal to Stars.

Another AD favourite, Bekki Williams is further represented by 'Under The Same Sky' and 'Nightflier', both high quality offerings. Traditional cosmic synths appear on Enterphase's 'When the Morrow Breaks'. However, there is one AD music act, again criminally undervalued, that impresses here because it offers something different from the other artists. Witchcraft's 'Angel Dust' has ethereal vocals and 'Cathedral' from 'As I Hide' offers a subtley darker ambient vision of subdued menace.

All in all 'Sacred Skies' serves as a fine introduction to AD Music and an essential companion to Volume 1. First time purchasers may find that investigation of many of the source albums may be essential.


Ocean of Light

Review by Steve Roberts

A superb compilation featuring artists from the AD Music Label and an essential introduction for the uninitiated with a couple of previously unreleased tracks to tempt those with more than a couple of these albums  already in their collection.

Bekki Williams' previously un released 'Sub Aqua' starts proceedings with a lushly evocative tone poem before 'Ocean of Light' by Cobalt (D. Massey and P. Massey) also exclusive to this release, makes its mark, reminiscent, not surprisingly given the personnel, of a stripped down Callisto 'Ocean of Light' is an infectious melody impeccably performed and recorded.

'24 AM' from Timecode follows. An exquisite Wright/Fox composition that will have you stacking up those Code Indigo albums for heavy rotation. Cinematic, with jazz tinged textures adding to the air of world weary melancholy. Sheer class.

This is then followed by Robert Fox's sublime 'Queen of Hearts'(remix) which is taken from the undervalued Trance AD album. Fox's magnificent melody and subtle sense of dynamics still send shivers down the spine.

'Beyond Paradise' from David Wright's outstanding 'Walking With Ghosts' album is joined by 'A Certain Malaise' and the title track 'Walking With Ghosts', more than enough to confirm the album's status. Bekki's 'In The Arms of Morpheus' (remix) demonstrates her work with effective light and shade and ambient textures.

Robert Fox is further represented by 'And All Shall Be Well' from 'The Fire and the Rose' and 'Water Music' from 'Talking Heads, the former being more representative of the composer's epic flourishes and the latter another sublime track demonstrating Fox's compositional skill and rich sonic textures and increasingly keen sense of dynamics. Code Indigo tracks 'Code 14' from 'For Whom the Bell' and 'Stasis' from "Timecode" and 'Snow Paths' are timely reminders of how great this band is and really deserve greater crossover success and acclaim.

Enterphase are represented by the gently evocative "Snow Paths" from "Solar Promenades". AD Music's best kept secret, Witchcraft, is also represented here and offers an interesting alternative to the above with 'Ultraviolet' from 'Scattered Areas of Invisibility' and 'We Rest'  from 'As I Hide'  demonstrating the versatility and diversity of the AD stable of artists with some rare vocal contributions. I remember reviewing Raviv Gazit's 'Shapeshifter' album and suggesting that he would be ideally suited to join the Froese's to give an infusion of freshness and innovation to Tangerine Dream compositions. 'Ov1' demonstrates these qualities admirably and is not even the best cut from the album. 'Postlude', probably included as much for the suitability of the title and its running time represents the brilliant 'First Breath' album by Catalin Marin, an essential album if you are a fan of Vangelis at his melodic best.

ocean of light cover picThere you have it, quite simply a first class compilation of melodic electronic/ambient music from an innovative label that more than deserves your attention and patronage. An ideal starting point for someone unfamiliar with the label and the artists and of considerable interest to completists as well


Ocean of Light - Best of AD Vol 1

Sacred Skies - Best of AD Vol 2

Review by Deadearnestreviews

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One hundred and fity eight minutes of music across two CD's and 36 tracks by lord knows how many different artists - hey!!! - I'm a great reviewer, but I'm not superman!! (No, actually, I'm not!!!) I COULD do this track by track, but "War And Peace" has already been published!! So let's cut to the chase - let's assume you don't have anything, or no significant amount of albums, on the A.D music label. You're a synth music fan who has a generally wide taste in electronic music. You love strong rhythms, good melodies, a decent tune and solid production - you like shorter tracks and nothing that goes on so long you feel it was begun as the Ark was being built. You like synth music but the occasional guitar doesn't do any harm. You like your rhythms to be chunky, even occasionally the dreaded "A" word (ambient to all ye non-believers) but nothing that sounds like you could dance to it.

Sacred of Skies The best of A.D. Music vol2cover art

You like music to which you can turn off the lights, sit by the fireside and let your imagination take off to distant universes - atmospheric, warm, feeling! You love the richness of string synths but hate the blandness of "new age" - you like to hear the occasional piano lead as long as it has notes that sound suspended in the air - and you like your music to be multi-textured - plenty happening but nothing too busy. You are schooled on three decades of synth music but are always open to something new as long as it's instant and long-lasting.

Sound familiar? Do you conform to most of this?

If the answer is a resounding "yes", then - like compilations or not - you owe it to yourself to get these two albums. For they are EXACTLY the stuff of your musical dreams, if what I have just described conforms to your musical dreams.

Bekki Williams, The Kobalt Project, Code Indigo, Robert Fox, David Wright, Witchcraft, Raviv Gazit, Callisto, Enterphase and Catalin Martin will all thank you for buying these - OK, not personally - as I said, I'm not Superman - and who knows - you may find an A.D. music spell under which you are about to fall - a label producing such quality electronic music (which it does!!!) that you'll hear these and wondered how on earth you've managed to ignore it all this time .

So, for now, let these be your collection - your doorway to a new and gorgeous world of synths, sequencers, percussive and keyboards music excellence.

Ocean of Light - Best of AD Vol 1

Review by Synthtopia.com

ocean of light - easy listening electronic music CDOcean of Light is an excellent introduction into the music of A.D. Music, a label that has released a series of melodic electronica albums. While the CD is primarily a compilation of previously released tracks, it has a coherence defined by the label's vision and style.

The largely instrumental tracks on Ocean of Light explore new age, melodic space music and chill out styles. The cuts share a relaxed vibe, and have an attractive surface without sacrificing depth. Label honchos David Wright and Robert Fox show up in several combinations and permutations, along with Bekki Williams, The Kobalt Project, Witchcraft, Enterphase, Raviv Gazit & Catalin Marin.

Several tracks stand out on the album. Code Indigo's 24 AM is lovely, mixing new age orchestration with jazz-influenced piano. David Wright's Beyond Paradise has the relaxing seaside vibe of Vangelis' Oceanic, conjuring images of a beach paradise. Wright's A Certain Malaise moves into chill out territory, combining modern percussion sequencing with laid back synth work.

Witchcraft's tracks Ultraviolet & We Rest are vocal tracks that fall somewhere between gothic ambient and the French electronica of Air. Their tracks are stylish and imaginative, and the vocals are atmospheric enough that they fit well with the instrumental tracks. Raviv Gazit's Ov1 is another treat. Gazit builds his tracks on dance-friendly chill out rhythms, and spices them up with world influences and interesting synth work. His one short track here leaves you wanting more.

Callisto's Elara showcases the group's feel for classic synth music. The track combines Berlin-school sequencing with some symphonic electronica that should give frustrated Jarre and Vangelis fans a fix. If that's not enough for classic synth fans, Enterphase dive deep into stripy sequencer territory with Snow Paths.

Romanian composer Catalin Marin contributes the final track, Postlude. This brief symphonic electronic track also recalls the work of Vangelis, complete with string synth, choir sounds and crashing cymbals. Marin has his own melodic flair, though, and makes the style his own.

Ocean of Light is a relaxing and rewarding introduction to the artists of A.D. Music. Fans of melodic electronica that are not familiar with the label will find this a great place to start. Don't be surprised, though, if it leaves you wanting to hear more from A.D. artists!


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