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ABOUT: I'm a lifelong artist and musician who began releasing music in the early 90’s in the experimental genre under the name, “Augur," with more than 20 limited edition releases on various independent labels. In 2003, I began creating in the field of "ambient" under my own name. I describe this change in moniker and musical expression as, part of the process of moving out of my head and more into my heart. Since then, I have issued a number of self-released disks, as well as releases on the esteemed U.S. labels, Hypnos, AtmoWorks, Relaxed Machinery, the Spanish label, alteraOrbe, the Italian label, Afe, and most recently my own label, Pioneer Light Music. Instruments used in my music include keyboards, field recordings, various flutes, whistles, zither, ocarina, voice, medicine drum, shakers and rattles, various bells, kalimba, prayer bowls, kora, gongs.

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- Selected tracks have been featured on Stephen Hill's nationally syndicated radio show "Hearts of Space" on 9 occasions (October 2007 "Darkwater" edition, August 2008 "Reading the Bones" edition, July 2010 "Heatwaves" edition, and October 2010 "The Crossing" edition, May 2011 "Timescapes" edition, August 2011 "Desert Solitaire" edition, February 2012 "Supernatural” edition, July 2013 "Heatwaves" edition, January 2014 "Mystic Metals" edition), and continues in rotation on SomaFM's DroneZone, and Reneé Blanche’s “Night Tides” on KCUR/NPR.
- July of 2009, my AtmoWorks release, “Because We Were Once Covered In Gold,” was honored as the “Featured Album of the Month” on
- In January of 2010, my Hypnos Secret Sounds release, "Children of Alcyone" was named one of Star's Ends "Top 15" for January 2010.
- My 2010 Relaxed Machinery release, “Circular Scriptures” was one of PingThings “Top 10” for 2010.
- "Avatara," released on Hypnos Records in April, 2010, was named as one of Stars End "Top 10" for July and August of 2011, and Galactic Travels "Top 20" for December, 2011.
- June 2011, interviewed along with Renee Blanche of Night Tides, on KCUR 89.3/NPR, "Central Standard" with host, Jubilani Lafall.
- Several releases have been reviewed and featured on podcasts by Hypnagogue Podcast/Reviews (John Shanahan).
- “Catalyst," my June 2012 Relaxed Machinery release, was on the WVKR-FM "Secret Music Top 20" for the month of August.
- My Hypnos Secret Sounds releases, “Bridge To Nowhere” and “Children Of Alcyone,” were on Dave Butler's “Spectral voyages” (on KRSC Kentucky) “Top 20” for April 2012.
- Interviewed by Michael Foster of Ambient Visions August 3, 2013.
- “The Great Hoop” was included Scott Raymond's “Secret Music” Top 20 Playlist for October 2013, and “The Space Between” for January 2015.
- My releases, “Meltstream” (w/ Roy Mattson) and “The Space Between,” were named as two of Star's Ends “Top 20” for September, 2014.
- Music frequently ranked #2 and #3 on “Top 30 Artists by Listeners” and “Top 30 Artists by Spin” on the Drone Zone/SomaFM charts.

Music can be found on CDBaby, Bandcamp, iTunes, Napster, Amazon, eMusic, etc.

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REVIEWS: My music has been described as “ambient,” “tribal,” “ritualistic,” “a direct link to our ancient, and arcane ancestry," “...not mere music, but an almost shamanic attempt at deconstructing our interpretation of reality, by connecting us to an anti-technological, primal psyche,” “...there is a deep spirit that comes forth that can be heard...” and "Brand has tapped into a sound or feeling that’s at the core of all things, a universal essence." Hypnos Records wrote of me, "(he has)...quickly established himself as one of the more interesting and distinctive artists working in ambient music..."

PERSONAL BACKGROUND: For me, music is more than just notes, chords, arrangements, applied theory or an object for sale. From the earliest times, music has been our attempt to mimic and honor our surroundings. Music has also been our means of organizing, communicating and understanding our history, experiences, feelings, emotions and memories. Intuitively, on some level, we have always understood the power of music to release us from the tyranny of the commonplace, from the constraints of a materialistic and overly rational world, as well as its potential to create new understanding, insight, expression and ways of being. Music can unlock ancient, even timeless memories, and aid us in redefining our personal and collective present and future. My intention is to make expansive, adventurous, mysterious, uncompromising music that honors these principles and share it with as many others as possible.

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US soundscaper and one of the Relaxed Machinery recording aces Steve Brand has released during the last three years several phenomenal albums, which include "Over-soul", "The Great Hoop", "Subtle Movements Inside" or his 2014…


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UPDATE, May 7, 2014: I'm late in posting this update to my original posting from a couple of years ago, in part, because I suppose I've been bouncing back and forth between the stages of grief (mainly…


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At 11:46am on February 16, 2015, Bill Fox said…

Hi Steve!  Direct snail mail to me is:

P.O. Box 632

Nazareth, PA 18064-0632

Thank you for your support.

At 12:09am on December 11, 2014, ZERO OHMS said…

Steve - I am pretty sure you've seen this film at some point, but this part of it sticks in my memory - & heart:

At 11:08am on November 21, 2014, Steve Brand said…
"Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." - CG Jung
At 9:40am on November 25, 2013, mirage said…

Interesting ambient surfaces!

At 3:07pm on August 10, 2013, Jaja said…

Steve : ) thank you for the very cool video !!!

At 9:07pm on August 4, 2013, eyes cast down said…

I really enjoyed reading the Ambient Visions interview, Steve! Hopefully I can make it to the next Gathering of Like-Minded Souls... :)

At 6:47am on May 30, 2013, Apollonius said…

Thanks. Love the clarity in her (Hicks) teachings. Here's  Bashar about abundance. Very funny guy! 

At 5:35am on May 30, 2013, Apollonius said…

Good to have you as a friend Steve!

At 5:49pm on March 29, 2013, Jaja said…

thank you so much, Steve : )

At 12:32am on March 23, 2013, S1gns Of L1fe said…

Steve!!! I got your chat message earlier. Thank you so much man!!! I was touched by it. Looking forward to getting to know you as well. :) Cheers!!! -Chris 

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