Valley Of The Sun Publishing is a publishing company that has been around for some 30 years now. They are known for releasing some of the most beautiful ambient synth/new age music that you never heard. There are tons of these tapes, most lost to the ages. Our Goal is to find 'em.
Got some CD's for christmas, consider this Holiday Update #1! Here's a great release from Robin Miller, "Celestial Bridge". I'm really enjoying this one, and I hope you do as well. I got the CD version, released on Miller's own label, Miller Music Publishing in 2000. Original tape released in 1988
"Celestial music has the power to create a bridge connecting our world and our consciousness to higher spheres. My purpose in this life is to utilize my talent to this end. As the music flows through me, my wish is for all who experience it to realize they are part of much grander design and are held in the love of spirit."
Another release from David Storrs! This time, rather than being progressive new age, this is true new age/ ambient. Enjoy, from 1985, Sedona Sunrise. David Storrs - Sedona Sunrise (1985)
From press release: Inspired by the Sedona Arizona, energy vortexes. Imagine yourself at sunrise in the beautiful, high desert environment. Experience awakening in the vortex at sunrise; watch as the sun's first rays fall across the red rock canyon walls. Side 2 is "Night In The Vortex." A mystical wooden flute, a harp and ethereal voices merge.
[from the insert] "High-energy New Age fusion msuic that is becoming very popular on the West Coast. Robert combines guitar and synthesizer sounds with percussion and the natural sounds of surf and wind, to generate a very exciting musical excursion in which you'll explore the limitless internal harmonies of your mind. The album is a collection of themes that will trigger internal responses, including chakra stimulationl (c) 1984 by Robert Slap. Engineer: Dan Hillard Catalogue number AM123. Stereo.
Some of the music from this tape was later released as "Oriental Gardens" on a 4 CD set, called "The Ultimate New Age Collection," distributed by Distributions Madacy, Inc. in 1994. They have some other New Age releases, which I am to assume are all Robert Slap. Such titles as "I am The Sea", which I think might be "You Are The Sea," and "Winterscapes" might be "Snow Dreams".
Sorry that I haven't updated in a while, I've been looking for more releases, but with no avail. If anyone here has any releases we don't have up, please share them with us! We'd love to hear from you!
Also, there are most likely many tapes we don't even know the names of yet, or tapes we aren't aware exist. I had never even heard of the Upper Astral "Finding Your Soul Mate" album until someone had commented mentioning they had it. If anyone knows of any tapes which have not been named on the "tapes I don't have" list, let me know!
Originally from 1981, This is an awesome release from Robert Martin. Not electronic-oriented at all, but it's amazing. You're going to love this one. It's missing one track, "Pranavo", but it is only 32 seconds, and I don't have the song.
Ok, we have a great one coming up here. Another awesome David Naegele tape. From the tape's insert:
"Piano, harp synthesizers and effects recreates life on the lost continent, a world of crystals and highly evolved spiritual people. Close your eyes and allow forgotten memories to flow. Side 2 is "Neptune Fantasy," capturing a water world in which all flows naturally, in balance with the higher energies. You won't want to come back." David Naegele- Dreams of Atlantis!
Finally, we get to hear the music of David Storrs! And I'm enjoying it!
From the press release: An awe-inspiring example of what New Age music can be. This is music that will stimulate ancient memories. Close your eyes and see the perfectly cut stones of the Great Pyramid being levitated into position by the power of the mind. Heavenly voices proclaim this, inspiring visions of glory, reverence and power.
A release I had no prior knowledge of until I was notified someone owned it. Nice to know that there may be other Upper astral releases out there besides Higher Self-Rendezvous that we don't have up on here. Finding Your Soul Mate
Special thanks to Joseph for ripping this! Cover art will be added in the future.
INFO: I just discovered that David Naegele helped produce the "Skybirds" album. This could mean that he is one of the musicians in Upper Astral, as Upper Astral is a group of artists.
Some background info courtesy of Jason D McKean of Valley of The Sun:
". There were a series of 6 or 10 that were made and distributed through Great American. 20 years or so ago. Anyone who would know is no longer around. Maybe it was created by Robert Slap, he did a lot of the music back then. Maybe not. Could've been in tandem with other artists."
Musical Sounds of Relaxation release listing- These are the ones I'm aware of so far. From my research, most of or all of these were released in 1989. Included is further information on Amazon.
http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?xnmu7ywl16m7rch Turns out, that this, along with AQUAMARINE, is part of an entire series done by Valley of the Sun/Great American Audio Corp. I got info about this before upon emailing Valley Of The Sun, but wasn't sure if they meant the Musical Sounds of Relaxation series, or just their normal new age releases. Well, there are quite a few of these out there. I'll list them in a next post, but here are the covers and stuff for "Tranquilities"
Gloria Thomas- When I become The Wind
This is a UNIQUE release. It isn't really inner harmony music, but a bit of normal pop/country sounding songs with vocals and all. Not a fan of it myself, but it is Valley of The Sun, so here you are.
From press release: An inner-harmony album of beautiful stream of-consciousness music that is highly conducive to an altered state of consciousness. Three synthesizers, various keyboards, assorted percussion instruments and an antique autoharp create a masterpiece of New Age music. Use it to generate a soothing, healing environment for meditation or massage.
One of my favorite Slap releases. This release is over an hour worth of PURE INNER HARMONY. I highly suggest this one to EVERYONE!
from the release inlay: Music created to capture the feeling of ascending through the astral planes to
the seventh level -- the Godhead, the Universal Mind...The All That Is. A
masterpiece of synthesized inspirational music. Angelic choirs, celestial
strings, and a cathedral organ blend with gentle wind chimes to draw you ever
upward into the realms of peace, light, and love. Created and produced by Robert
Slap. Digitally mixed and mastered at Valley of the Sun Studios, Agoura Hills,
CA. Program Length: 61:35.