Jul 1, 2018

Sundaze 1826

Hello, the 2 greatest players in the world currently, got their marching orders today as their countries lost. France overran Argentina and the final score 4-3 didn't really reflect what was going on on the field, 2 wonderful goals and Mbappe did the rest, Messi delivered a wonderful assist to Aguero in injury time but that was it. Next opponents are Uruguay who's sturdy defense coupled with two top strikers delivered 2 great goals for Cavani assisted by Suarez, Ronaldo didn't make an impression as he got blocked whenever he tried....

Today's artist is an American composer of space music, a genre of ambient electronic music, and New Age music.  Jonn soars and glides with his hands on the controls of analog and digital synthesizers. His rhythmic outings often have an understated heroic feel, although he has also done some more pop-oriented instrumentals

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Serrie has been composing and performing music for planetariums since the early 1980s. His first widely available album, And the Stars Go With You, was in memory of the astronauts lost in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986. The following album, Flightpath, contains six songs that commemorate the pre-space-age test pilots of Edwards Air Force Base in the 1950s. Jonn is a pilot with advanced instrument and commercial ratings and flies for the Civil Air Patrol as a search-and-rescue pilot.

Serrie's next album, Tingri, was based on a remote village in Tibet. It was his way of infusing more spiritual and romantic emotion into his music. In so doing, he strayed a bit from his space music roots but without sacrificing his trademark sound. In 1992 and 1994, he made two albums in which he put his earlier planetarium work from the 1980s on CD, on Planetary Chronicles, Volume 1 and Planetary Chronicles, Volume 2. In between, in 1993 and 1995, Serrie composed his own musical science fiction story based on a fictional Century Princess in Midsummer Century and Ixlandia. In 1993, he submitted a song from his planetarium collection called "Soft Landing" to a Various Artists album sponsored largely by Steve Roach, another prominent new age musician. This song is only available on this recording. In 1997, Serrie's first Christmas album Upon a Midnight Clear was released; he rearranged known and less-known Christmas songs from around the world in his unique style. Due to its popularity, Serrie released two more Christmas albums, Yuletides in 2001 and Merrily on High in 2004.

In 1998, Serrie collaborated with David Carradine on his tai chi video series and released a CD soundtrack based on the videos, called "Dream Journeys". Also in 1998, he took a trip to shamanic America, which resulted in his musical collaboration with several Native American elders on "Spirit Keepers". In 1999, Serrie appeared as a special guest of honor at the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission, which was held in Cape Canaveral. As the final act of the after-dinner entertainment, he played a specially composed song "Out of the Blue", which has not been officially released.

The year 2000 brought Serrie's "best of" space music compilation, Century Seasons. On this album two new songs appeared, although "Deep Mystery" reappeared on "Lumia Nights" two years later in a slightly shorter version. The other bonus track, "Andromeda Dream", appeared on this album. In 2000 Serrie collaborated with flutist Gary Stroutsos on the Narada label, on an album called Hidden World. Since 2000, several of Serrie's albums have appeared on independent labels. 2002 brought Lumia Nights, a space romance release on Valley Entertainment, composed in the style of Ixlandia and Midsummer Century. In 2003, he signed a contract with New World Music, a major label in England, which included the reissue of his earlier Miramar releases. 2003 also brought The Stargazer's Journey with liner notes from famed astronomer David H. Levy. This was a return to form in Serrie's more traditional space music style.

Serrie took an interesting musical turn in 2005 with Epiphany, Meditations on Sacred Hymns, featuring his arrangement of traditional hymns and psalms, which he dedicated to his grandmother, his primary childhood church organ and piano teacher. He followed this up in 2006 with Sunday Morning, an independent release for autistic children and their parents. A portion of the profits from this album goes to support for autism organizations in the United States. Also in 2006, music from one of his albums was used in the hit Hollywood movie What the Bleep Do We Know!? Serrie scored the award winning IMAX short film Hubble: Galaxies Across Space and Time as well as the popular astronomy software program Starry Nights and Space.com's Eyes on Mars DVD. In 2009, Serrie released the album Thousand Star.

In 2011 the album Sunday Morning was expected be released, available worldwide. In 2014 the album "Day Star" was released available worldwide on New World Music In 2017 the album "The Sentinel" was released available worldwide on New World Music. Jonn Serrie founded the Galaxy Music Scholarship in 2001, a US$1000 annual scholarship for graduating high school seniors desiring a career in new age and space music composition. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Jonn Serrie proves on Planetary Chronicles, Vol. II a second time that in the genre of space music there are no limits to the imagination. Exploring the universe with Serrie--inner or outer--is like watching a plume of smoke twist and turn in currents of air then gradually disappear. This innovator of space music achieves an otherworldliness on Planetary Chronicles, Vol. II by discovering the uncharted possibilities of the synthesizer. This is not Big Bang Music; rather, it's the quiet exploration of the invisible matter of whatever universe you choose.

Jonn Serrie - Planetary Chronicles Vol. II  (flac 215mb)

01 First Night Out 7:49
02 Vista Range 6:40
03 Aftervisions 5:51
04 Continuum 5:26
05 On A Frontier Of Fables 21:32

Jonn Serrie - Planetary Chronicles Vol. II  (ogg   103mb)

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Jonn Serrie made his initial impact in the music world as a composer and performer of planetarium soundtracks. To that repertoire, he added his knack for capturing romantic moments in musical journeys. Ixlandia presents Serrie in the best of both worlds. He combines deep space music with romantic melodies and gentle ballads. The compositions come in three derivations -- deep space, gentle romance, and/or both. The deep space minimalism does not go to the dark side. Serrie stays on the gentler pastoral side of e-music.

Jonn Serrie - Ixlandia  (flac 247mb)

01 Ixlandia 5:11
02 Blue Lumia 4:13
03 Night Orchid 4:52
04 Le Trésor 4:40
05 The Century Princess 9:14
06 Starport Indra 7:43
07 The Tachyon Directive 7:59
08 Welcome Home 9:03

Jonn Serrie - Ixlandia  (ogg  110mb)

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Upon a Midnight Clear is Jonn Serrie's delightful interpretation of some classic and some obscure Christmas carols. He augments and surrounds the melodies with ambient atmospheres and organic textures. His transcriptions enhance the spirituality of the original compositions while taking nothing away from these master works. In the strictly electronic style, this ranks with Meg Bowles' Solstice Dreams as the best of the lot.

Jonn Serrie - Upon a Midnight Clear  (flac 310mb)

01 Holly And The Ivy 3:01
02 The First Noel 4:26
03 What Child Is This? 4:43
04 Pat-A-Pan 3:15
05 O' Come, O' Come Emmanuel 4:19
06 Do You Hear What I Hear? 4:48
07 It Came Upon A Midnight Clear 4:23
08 Little Drummer Boy 5:32
09 Away In A Manger 5:02
10 O Holy Night 5:10
11 Midnight Medley (8:53)
11.a Slumber Song (French Carol)
11.b Between The Ox And The Lamb (French Carol)
11.c Rocking (Czech Carol)
11.d Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (14th Century German Melody)

Jonn Serrie - Upon a Midnight Clear  (ogg   115mb)

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On July 4, 1996, Jonn Serrie journeyed to the Nacoochee Valley in the North Georgia Mountains. He staged a concert with John Winterhawk Johnson and Tom Walk in Dreams Goodman. Thus, the concept for Spirit Keepers was born. This is a very deep and inspirational hybrid that bridges two cultures. The project joins Serrie's electronic devices with Goodman and Johnson's acoustics and mysticism. The atmospheres are expansive, the sound design is intense, and the soundscapes are spiritual. This highly emotional set evokes healing powers and cleansing imagery. Deep listeners will enter the shamanic zones of this trio, it is essential Native American music.

Jonn Serrie - Spirit Keepers (flac 329mb)

01 Vision Quest 4:10
02 Great Plains 7:18
03 Wind Walker 4:34
04 Morning Song 6:45
05 The Lovers 6:05
06 Valley Of The Nacoochee 6:11
07 Grandfather Speaks 6:57
08 Heart Of The Mothership 3:15
09 Mother Spirit 6:18
10 The Legacy 9:17

Jonn Serrie - Spirit Keepers (ogg 143mb)

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