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Steve Brand by Steve Brand

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.

[ More info on Pioneer Light: http://relaxedmachinery.com/pioneer-light-music/ ]

ACTIVITIES:
- 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, StillStream.com 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 StillStream.com.
- In January of 2010, my Hypnos Secret Sounds release, "Children of Alcyone" was named one of Star's End's "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.
- “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.
- 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.

[ http://steve-brand.bandcamp.com ]

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: In addition to my sound work, I am a Reiki Master and visual artist. I am committed to the idea that, art/music, more than being just an object for sale, is actually a fluid and transformative process that opens us up to new possibilities that create the potential for healing spiritually and physically, and connects us via it’s roots in our common ancient past—it’s wellspring in the depths of our larger selves. The results of this creative process can be sound maps of/to lost and uncharted realms of Being. Having said all this, I understand perfectly that some are more comfortable with 'who-what-where' biographies from artists. Why. Where is the passion and personal risk in that. I feel that when at it's best, creativity doesn't take a dispassionate, neutral or risk-free stance. Instead, I choose to make the very personal and active effort to reach into the gray areas of feeling, intuition, passion and the unknown—in doing so, my intention is to unapologetically make beautiful things that bring more meaning and fullness to life.

[ More info on my work as Augur: http://www.discogs.com/artist/Augur ]

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At 9:40am on November 25, 2013,
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mirage
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Interesting ambient surfaces!

At 3:07pm on August 10, 2013,
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Jaja
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Steve : ) thank you for the very cool video !!!

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

Good to have you as a friend Steve!

At 5:49pm on March 29, 2013,
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Jaja
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thank you so much, Steve : )

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

At 9:18am on March 6, 2013,
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Cloudwalk
said…
Thanks Steve!
At 1:40pm on January 22, 2013,
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Chronotope Project
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I've only been posting occasionally, but this is really a great community, so I hope to have more presence. Thanks for this forum!

At 12:26am on August 4, 2012,
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M. Peck
said…

Sounds like creativity is abound in your camp... I look forward to the outcome.

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