Centering – Enfolding – Empowering: Ambient Music for Meditation is a long-form work in the classical ambient tradition. Featuring elaborate drones, deep gongs, resonant piano tones and ethereal voices, this music is perfect for introspection, meditation, healing and therapy. Ideal as a sonic backdrop to quiet activities, Centering – Enfolding – Empowering utilizes the sacred healing power of sound to transport and transform.
A Modern Masterpiece of Extended Ambient Music
Robert Scott Thompson (RST) is an amazingly diverse contemporary composer, seemingly equally at ease in modern classical, electronic (electro-acoustic), and "Ambient" genres; his work is even categorized as "New Age," at times.
Although I always enjoy RST's work, this latest piece is one that I will be re-playing with great regularity (along with his earlier works such as The Silent Shore, Frontier, Forgotten Places, etc.); nearly 66 minutes long, the work is in a single, continuous movement. Although RST has done long-form ambient pieces before (e.g., Sapphire), this one is a true standout among his oeuvre.
RST describes this as "Ambient Music for Meditation"; I'm no longer a meditator so I can't confirm or deny its viability for such purposes, but as Ambient music (i.e., music that can be used as "background," or listened to with full attention and interest) this album is SUPERB!
This is the very antithesis of the kind of "drone" recordings that sometimes pass for "ambient music" these days (where you find yourself wondering if the "composer" didn't just turn a few dials, and then fall asleep for ten minutes). Continuously evolving in subtle ways: with subtle electronic sounds, sustained piano notes, and lots more; moving gently from evocative, to mysterious, to quietly ominous, to transcendental...
If you're already an RST fan, you'll want to snap this one up quickly; if you're new to his work, this would make an excellent "first impression."
The term musical alchemist best describes modern music composer Robert Scott Thompson. Combining his mastery of the
electroacoustic, contemporary instrumental, and avant-garde genres into a swirling cohesive whole, he is an important pioneer on music's new frontier.