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Richard Norris

Music For Healing

    Richard Norris started the 'Music For Healing' series in lockdown, releasing one calming, anxiety relieving track each week for three months. The response was very positive, with numerous people getting in contact to say how much the music had helped in this challenging situation. The work is also part diary - the moods evoked range from pure deep listening drone relaxation, through reflective synthesis through to more hopeful piano led pieces. "This music was created as a kind of safe space", he says. "It helped me through lockdown and I'm glad it helped others too."

    STAFF COMMENTS

    says: Richard Norris' 'Elements' was one of my favourite albums this year, and he continues his run of essential synthplay with this beautiful suite of more ambient pieces. I couldn't imagine a better album for healing. Rich but restrained, this is the perfect accompaniment to deep listening or a good book.

    Richard Norris

    Elements

      Hypnotic sequences, majestic drones and deep listening ambience collide on a new album from Richard Norris entitled ‘Elements’.

      The five long tracks use warm, pulsing electronics and washes of synthesiser to create an evocative and widescreen sound.

      Electronic Sound magazine called Richard “the electronic musician’s electronic musician’, whilst Time Out New York referred to him as an ‘unhinged sonic magician’ He has a deep and broad history spanning decades of electronic culture, which serves him well on ‘Elements’.

      His background includes working alongside Soft Cell’s Dave Ball in the Grid, alongside Erol Alkan in Beyond The Wizards Sleeve, and collaborating and mixing countless artists including Brian Eno, Sun Ra, Robert Fripp, Warpaint, Tame Impala, Joe Strummer, Yello and many more. He has also recently released two deep listening ambient albums entitled ‘Abstractions’ on the Group Mind label, as well as a series of weekly 20 minute pieces called ‘Music For Healing’ during lockdown.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: Now THIS is exactly up my street. Slowly morphing arpeggios and modulated filters work their way around a solid rhythmic backbone, bringing to mind some of the early pioneers of Kosmische synthesis, or more recently, Panabrite. Beautiful.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Earth
      2. Water
      3. Fire
      4. Air
      5. Space


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