Jul 24, 2016

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Today's artist is a master of the alternative healing arts, particularly relaxation, he uses music to affect the moods of his listeners in positive ways, inspiring a sense of calmness and serenity. The English-born multi-instrumentalist has created scores for various British productions, ranging from theater to television, and has also recorded numerous albums ........N'Joy

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Kevin Kendle is a musician and composer working in the field of haunting, atmospheric instrumental music. He uses keyboards, synthesizers and samplers to create evocative soundscapes which are then layered with sounds of nature, which Kevin records near his home in the Hertfordshire countryside. His music is inspired by nature and landscapes and is very suitable for any situation where a calming atmosphere is desired, such as aromatherapy, therapeutic treatments or relaxation in the home. The careful programming and selection of sounds give the music an organic, timeless feel.

Kevin has been playing music since the age of eight and has since produced music for theatres and production companies including BBC Television. His music has been used around the world in various broadcast applications and the Eventide Music series of albums have been featured on BBC Radio in the UK. Those interested in a more in-depth biography should read the interview with Serge Kozlovsky, in which Kevin tells of his childhood memories and musical influences, amongst other fascinating details.

He has long been aware of the power of music in influencing moods and creating atmospheres and of its relaxing properties. In 1992, he began producing albums of his music to enable others to enjoy its magical sound. Kevin's distinctive musical style has evolved from a feeling that much of the so-called "New Age" Music around offers little to interest the listener, and comes across as bland and unadventurous. By contrast, he has produced this range of top-quality albums that can be enjoyed through active listening or as background music.

As a qualified pilot, Kevin finds further inspiration for his music by flying above the landscapes that inspire him, and soaring amongst breathtaking cloudscapes. All albums are available from Eventide Music - visit the Album Library now for more detail on each of Kevin's superb titles.

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Inspired by his love of astronomy and star-gazing, English new age music artist Kevin Kendle has released the first in a series of spacemusic recordings, under the subheading of the "Deep Skies" series. His first effort, Light From Orion, is stunningly beautiful "pure" spacemusic - floating, ethereal, lush and almost overflowing with a sense of awe. Joined by Brian Abbott (glissando guitar) on many tracks, as well with an assist on keyboards from Nigel Shaw, Kendle showcases a side of his music that will be new to his fans.

Light From Orion soars, floats, cruises or drifts into outer space, as if the listener were navigating amongst assorted nebulae, star clusters, asteroid belts, and other astronomical phenomena. Only one track ("Bellatrix") contains some of Kevin's more "new age" style of music (a plucked-and-strummed guitar sound and short flute passage), but it is brief and is actually quite pleasant, fitting in nicely. The easiest way to distinguish Light From Orion as a Kevin Kendle album is the excellent production, sterling engineering, and meticulous attention to the highest caliber keyboard/synthesizer sounds.

The ten tracks, totalling about an hour's worth of music, are all named after astronomical items within a cosmic "stone's throw" from the constellation of Orion (hence, the CD's title). Some are stars (e.g. "Alnitak," "Rigel," and "Betelgeuse") while others are more breathtaking phenomenon (e.g. "Horsehead Nebula," and "Great Orion Nebula"). Comprehensive liner notes and beautiful photographs of the assorted (titled) astronomical objects are a major bonus with the album.

The music swells, soars, and then subsides, as Abbott's glissando guitar glides in circles around it effortlessly, as if it were driven by giant solar sails. Keyboard sounds from Kevin include choirs, an assortment of more "typical" cosmic sounds, and those massive washes of synthesizer chords so evocative of outer space. There are also moments when things quiet down momentarily, such as the transition between track one ("Horsehead Nebula") and track two ("Alnitak"), when cascading bell-tones and twinkling synths flit amongst a lovely undercurrent of lush keyboards. Light From Orion is not ambient music - it deserves your full attention (especially played in a dark room and away from distraction). The mix is intricate and detailed. However, you could choose to simply relax and let the many layers of sound coalesce around you, forming a cohesive "whole" musical image of cruising through the night sky...

Kevin Kendle - Deep Skies 1 - Light From Orion  (flac  317mb)

01 Horsehead Nebula 5:37
02 Alnitak 5:08
03 Bellatrix 4:52
04 Great Orion Nebula 4:12
05 Rigel 6:28
06 Stellar Nursery 6:10
07 Flame Nebula 5:28
08 Mintaka 7:02
09 Alnilam 9:39
10 Betelgeuse 6:43

Kevin Kendle - Deep Skies 1 - Light From Orion   (ogg  133 mb)

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For this, the second in his outer space-inspired Deep Skies series, keyboard artist Kevin Kendle once again employs the services of guitarist Brian Abbott on the recognizable glissando guitar which has a decidedly spacy sound to it. In addition, Nigel Shaw also contributes here and there, on space whistle, synthesizer, guitar treatments, and sequencer. Yes, you read right, a sequencer in the credits of a Kevin Kendle CD! That's not all, either. Kevin himself plays moog and takes a stab at the sequencer himself! Ye gods, what is the world coming to? I'm being silly on purpose, of course. However, it is certainly a change for Kendle who is better known for his lovely earth-bound electronic new age music more than EM or floating spacemusic. Yet, Lagoon Of Eternity is a huge step forward from his first foray into this genre (Light From Orion). The addition of sequencers, moogs, and some very tasty guitar (notably, Shaw's treatments of Abbott's work on "Star Clusters") add cool new dimensions to the music. Long-time fans can be assured though that this is not an overly dramatic departure, so it's not like Kevin has recorded a Steve Roach album! His patient lush washes and melodic synth chords are still present throughout the recording.

There are eight tracks, averaging between seven and ten minutes long, and they flow nicely into one another, yet certainly offer distinct and separate musical "excursions" into various astronomical soundscapes. Once again, Kevin has drawn inspiration from actual objects in the distant night sky, this time centered around the Lagoon Nebula in the constellation of Sagittarius. Also once again he has adorned the liner notes with beautiful pictures of assorted cosmic objet d'art "Trifid Nebula," "Herschel 36," "Omega Nebula," and the album title subject itself. He also contributes info on each object.

Kevin Kendle - Deep Skies 2 - Lagoon Of Eternity  (flac  339mb)

01 Lagoon Nebula 7:09
02 Trifid Nebula 10:57
03 Star Clusters 8:04
04 Herschel 36 7:21
05 Ascella 8:01
06 Hubble 5 8:53
07 Omega Nebula 9:20
08 Star Cloud 10:02

Kevin Kendle - Deep Skies 2 - Lagoon Of Eternity    (ogg  150mb)

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I never thought I’d write this about a Kevin Kendle album, but here goes. Light from the Pleiades, the third release in his Deep Skies series, sounds almost nothing like him! Oh sure, I can listen intently and say “Oh yeah, that keyboard is familiar” or “That’s the kind of melody he’s known for.” And yes, Brian Abbott’s glissando guitar still appears at times (less so than on the other two CDs). However, if I had to sum up my reaction to this album (besides “Wow, this is great!”) I’d write something like “Kevin Kendle goes to Berlin via the spaceport.” Now, I’m not going to tell you this is THAT close to what the current Germanic sequencer artists are up to these days, but at times it’s not far off. Kevin has apparently fallen head over heels in love with sequencers, moogs, and his ARP synthesizer. He integrates these retro EM elements into contemporary spacemusic so that this music also can be compared to folks like Jonn Serrie (specifically Flightpath), Geodesium, Steve Verity or Enterphase, to name a few. However, Kevin’s latest CD is still undeniably unique. While you may hear echoes or strains of other artists, this is new and exciting music and it’s also far and away the best release in the Deep Skies series (and ranks up there with the best from this artist, period).

With only seven tracks on the album (named for the seven stars which make up the titular astronomical object), you can guess that song length tends to be on the longer side. Only one track is under seven minutes and “Asterope (Night Sky Music)” is a few ticks over thirteen. “Dance of Electra” kicks off the album literally; it’s a dramatic and energizing number with a quiet prelude before a sequenced rhythm emerges amidst chorals, glissando guitar, and some subtly blistering lead guitar lines. Yeah, who’d a thunk it? Stinging electric guitar licks on a Kevin Kendle recording! Power chords rip the night sky apart on top of the undercurrent pulsing beats and synthesizer tones. The song just keeps on building, reaching a celestial orgasm of sorts before slowly winding down.

Kevin Kendle - Deep Skies 3 - Light From The Pleiades  (flac  262mb)

01 Dance of Electra 8:41
02 Alcyone 7:37
03 Maia 7:16
04 Merope 10:01
05 Taygeta 6:34
06 Asterope (Night Sky Music) 13:19
07 Celaeno 9:02

Kevin Kendle - Deep Skies 3 - Light From The Pleiades    (ogg 127mb)

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Light From Andromeda is the fourth release in Kevin Kendle's highly-acclaimed Deep Skies series of spacemusic albums. Inspired by the awe-inspiring Andromeda Galaxy, also known as M31, this music continues the journey far into deep space, carried along on a vast expanse of ethereal, drifting sound, where atmosphere and texture take the place of melody to enable the mind to truly wander freely.

The Andromeda Galaxy is a beautiful spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million light-years from Earth, in the constellation Andromeda. Along with its close twin, our own galaxy, the Milky Way, these two are the dominant giant galaxies of our local group. Unlike most galaxies, Andromeda and the Milky Way are actually converging on one another, with a possible collision, or a merging of the two, in store in around 4.5 billion years.....

Kevin Kendle - Deep Skies 4 - Light From Andromeda  (flac 277mb)

01 Spiral 7:52
02 Skywards 4:40
03 Revelation 6:53
04 Contact 6:48
05 Across The Void 6:34
06 Beacon 6:09
07 Ancient Light 7:28
08 Far In Time 7:04
09 Gently Turning 7:00

Kevin Kendle - Deep Skies 4 - Light From Andromeda (ogg  127mb)

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