Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues once wrote,
"Thinking is the best way to travel."
On his debut CD, LANDSCAPES, Mark Biehl takes that sentiment to heart as he guides you on an exciting journey to distant lands and exotic places.
"Ever since I was young, I've had a clear sense of the power of the imagination," says Biehl, who composed and performed the entire project himself using a tasteful blend of interwoven sampled and synthesized sources. "Most children have the ability to create wondrous journeys with their minds. As we grow older, it becomes more and more difficult to retain those innocent beliefs. I consider this new CD to be an invitation to return to a place where the imagination is allowed to
LANDSCAPES begins the cinematic adventure with "Belize," a moving visit to a lush, tropical rain forest that leads to the exploration of ancient ruins and the mysterious customs of the Mayan people. This intriguing jaunt concludes with a relaxing swim in the sunfilled blue waters of the Caribbean.
"Mustang" guides you on a spiritual sojourn with Nepalese salt traders across the treacherous Himalayan mountains to the high plateau of Tibet. High-speed enjoyment follows in "Chamonix-Mont-Blanc," as you experience an invigorating downhill snow skiing run from the highest peak in the French Alps.
Continuing the journey, Biehl's textured musical passages invite you to follow the winding path of "Euphrates," the timeless waterway of the Middle East that has sustained mankind from the earliest days of civilization. Then discover the remote "Skeleton Coast" and inland territories of Namibia, a wild and rugged African land of vast desert sands inhabited by a people whose hunter-gatherer way of life still exists today.
Next, take a propelling launch into space as you escape Earth's orbit on a mission to explore our planetary neighbor, Mars, and witness firsthand the controversial face of "Cydonia," a little known region which may hold evidence of an ancient extraterrestrial civilization.
Finally, return to the days of pirates and buried treasure as you escape onboard a 19th century sailing ship in "The Treasure of Lima," and ponder the secret to its cargo of precious jewels and priceless relics. Guided by the trade winds, a blissful voyage to the uncharted waters of the South Pacific ensues, providing an introduction to the planned follow-up in the LANDSCAPES series: ISLANDS.
LANDSCAPES was mastered by renowned engineer Bob Katz, who won a Grammy Award in 1997 in the Best Latin Jazz Recording category. Katz is also an engineer of choice for the Chesky Records audiophile label. Combined with Biehl's artful use of sampling and sequencing, this debut CD sparkles with clarity and inspiration.
"Imagination is the basis for all creation, and creativity itself is the essential spark of life which gives all of us a grounded sense of purpose, or reason for living," Biehl adds. "By inviting listeners to become travelers to faraway lands, I hope to give them a sense of creative freedom by encouraging their use of the imagination."
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5. Skeleton Coast
7. The Treasure of Lima