Exposé Online banner

Rudy Adrian — Distant Stars
(Spotted Peccary Lotuspike LSM17, 2010, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2011-06-01

Distant Stars Cover artAs its title boldly suggests, Rudy Adrian's latest (and his third for Lotuspike) launches the listener into the ambient expanses of deep space, leaving the earth – elements of which provided the inspiration for his previous album, Desert Realms (2008) – in the rear view mirror. He's been inspired by space before, as his Starfields release from nearly a decade ago will testify, but that foray into the void was a more sequencer based approach, whereas the work at hand resides more in the floating ambient realm. With slow moving emotive waves of textural color washing over the listener, sometimes slowing to a glacial pace, the alternate sensations of warmth and coldness stir the senses and develop the abstracts of perception. While varying from pure and crystalline tones to some more dark and menacing sounds, the six long works here explore the farthest reaches, with the best creating a sense of relative stillness within a moving, changing universe, where the listener can drift freely while observing accelerated sonic events unfold. The effects are at once beautiful and stunning, but often curiously unsettling. Get your headphones on and kill all the lights; there's plenty herein to inspire the imagination.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 39, 2010 releases

Related artist(s): Rudy Adrian

Latest news

2019-01-11
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more

2019-01-02
Chicago-Based Surabhi Ensemble Tours the World in January – Surabhi Ensemble was formed more than a decade ago in Chicago with the aim of bringing together musicians from varying traditions to make music. Saraswathi Ranganathan, who plays veena, assembled a cast that includes Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and percussion from Africa and India. This month, the group will be sharing their sounds with concert-goers in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. » Read more

2018-12-23
Seaprog Festival Seeks Donations – Seaprog is a small festival in Seattle that highlights creative music from many genres with artists from around the world. It's also a US non-profit organization. They're seeking donations to help keep the ball rolling. Starting in 2013, the organization has been growing, and has featured such artists as Free Salamander Exhibit, Jack o' the Clock, Nik Turner, Cabezas de Cera, Miriodor, Thinking Plague, and many more. » Read more

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Hidria Spacefolk - Symbiosis – I’m not going to compare Hidria Spacefolk to Ozric Tentacles – I’d rather listen to Symbiosis again (well, so much for that plan). Anyway, I’m happy to report that Space Rock is alive and...  (2003) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues