Aetopus : Between Empires

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Sell date: 4/2012
Label: CD Baby
Mfg's Catalog#: 5637929
CDC Part#: 1821991
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 Notes & Reviews
 
Composer Bryan Tewell Hughes deftly combines ethereal electronica with organic/acoustic elements, resulting in a progression of lush, complex pieces that expand the imagination and fill the aural palette. As a composer, musician, and audio craftsman, Hughes' skill and attention to detail are attention-grabbing and unique. Moreover, his albums are not mere collections of individual songs - they are flowing, thematic works of art. Universal concepts emerge, albeit gently enough to avoid the'spoon-feeding' dreaded by sophisticated listeners. Between Empires (2012) explores the theme of transition - from one place to another, from one era to the next, from one stage of life to it's successive stage. Metaphors and meanings are juggled throughout this twelve-track album as the listener is guided through a journey that unfolds as the playlist progresses. Mixed by Bill Simpkins of Alpenglow Sound Studios and mastered by Alex DeGrace of Suite Sound Labs, Between Empires is also a technical masterpiece worthy of intimate audiophile scrutiny. * * * Bryan Tewell Hughes offers his inspiration to the world on compact discs, but he does not consider himself a proper 'musician'. He began classical piano training at age 6 and continued for 10 years, reaching a surprising level of ability - yet virtuosity of this and other instruments were never fully realized. A decade-long stint as a raucous, heavy-handed bass player included appearances in several Pacific Northwest bands such as the funky power trio Shaky Kane (1992-94) and wisecracking punk outfit Wiseacre (1996-98). This was all good, loud fun, to be sure - but obviously as much a social outlet as a creative one. By the late 1990's, it became apparent that the days of relying on band members for artistic expression were coming to a close. Times were changing, and computer-based recording technology was beginning to achieve an impressive combination of capability and affordability. As he began to assemble his personal studio, Bryan became one of the first musicians to produce quality recordings in small, computer-centric project studio environments (though professional work at Binary Recording Studio in Bellingham, Washington later encouraged him to learn all aspects of the craft). There is, however, a relevant non-musical history to be told. A bottomless pit of creativity, Bryan was disciplined constantly in grade school for producing elaborate, fantastic drawings instead of participating in classroom activities. His fascination with amateur Super-8mm filmmaking as a teenager resulted in endless hours of storyboarding, set-building, location planning, and torturing hapless friend-actors through weekend shooting sessions. In college, a studio emphasis in Fine Arts provided a formal foundation from which to explore the visual arts, specifically drawing and oil painting. A three-year odyssey as a tattoo studio co-owner provided color to the mid 1990's and, more recently, a second degree in Psychology has offered a valuable glimpse into human development, behavior, and culture. Bryan's underlying preference for ambient, mood-generating, wordless music has been constant since the 1980's. As far back as his teenage years, Electronic pioneers such as Kitaro, Ray Lynch, and Tangerine Dream have unwittingly juxtaposed a surreal soundtrack against a life filled with variance - voices of calm, contemplation, and mystery amidst a sea of grandstanding and adventure. The culmination of these many exposures is AeTopus - a world where music is only the tip of an iceberg composed of ideas, images, and observations. Each album is an art gallery, an essay, a statement about humanity that the listener must coax from a dynamic tapestry of sound. Proper musician or not, Bryan has found his medium...

 
 Tracks
 
Face of the Past
Wending
Old Country
Streamride
Deep Range
Enshrined
Star Navigator
Vast
Shifting
Coaster
The Gate
Smiling in the Dark