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Robert Carty: Serotonin Ashram

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Serotonin Ashram , Carty's 1999 release, is quite different from 1998's The Living. This album has much more variety, ranging from “chill" or “drone" ambient, to medium-fast rhythms, to beat-driven pieces along the lines of European synth-rock. It begins with the eleven-minute “Follow Your Bliss" which in its modal melodies, optimistic harmonies and swaying rhythm has become one of my favorite electronic tracks of the past few years. In fact, if I had heard this album earlier, I would have ...

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Robert Carty: The Living

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Robert Carty is a real independent; he works out of Salt Lake City, Utah, far from the trendy centers of experimental music, and does all his own recording, as well as cover artwork and design. He's got more than a dozen albums to his credit, but his music has been hard to find, though it is now in the Backroads catalog and also featured on a California radio program devoted to “new age" music. Internet and the Web have given ...

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Robert Carty: Deep Spirit

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A brief synopsis: Carty is a gifted ambient electronics composer, touching on space music yet more mysterious, echoing Vangelis, Serrie, Demby, Tyndall, and others. Most importantly he has carved his own niche, a unique style of ambience that is high-quality, moving, pristine, and professional. His ambient synth work is, as I call it, filled with true “soulfire," in touch with unseen realities. Carty is highly recommended in this particular sub-genre of his wider spectrum of synth releases.“Twilight," 10:21, ...

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Robert Carty: Darklight

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A brief synopsis: This release exhibits yet again a very strong contender in the ambient/ space music genre. Carty has achieved another step up into “space/cosmic" effects overall as compared to his earlier Deep Spirit work.“Gravitation," 6:03, is excellent space music with a multitude of effects and an immensely powerful low-end underlying the whole piece. That sense of a huge interstellar craft cruising infinite vistas of star-field is felt. Whisper effects are eerie and effective. The Serrie sensitivities ...


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