Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit.
by Peter Thelen, Published 2020-01-12
Allison began his music career as a singer and bassist, playing throughout the 80’s in groups such as Nona Hendryx & Zero Cool, China Shop, Richard Hell and The Voidoids and his own group, Empty House. In 1992 Allison decided to quit working in bands to concentrate solely on his own compositions, music that was mostly inspired by his studies in yoga meditation and other spiritual disciplines. The name Darshan Ambient comes from those adventures in self realization: The word Darshan is a Sanskrit Hindu term meaning sight or a glimpse of the divine. Michael’s pop and tock roots have played an indelible role in shaping the music he would eventually compose as an ambient artist. Since the late 1990s Allison has released over twenty releases as Darshan Ambient, mostly on Lotuspike, Spotted Peccary and mp3.com labels; his final album A Day Like Any Other will be released on January 17th.
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