QuietMelodies is now open!

15 06 2009

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As many of you might already know, the new portal is finally open!!!!!  I am so sorry that it has taken so long to happen, but I do hope you find it worth the wait.  Some of the new features you will be able to enjoy are being able to message any member & being able to post your own favorites.  There will also be a forum added so that requests and such can be made there.  Eventually hope to in essence mirror this blog there and of course have new content available.  The new music available should be substantially more than here as there will be multiple people posting =-).  Please stop by and join your NEW home for QuietMusic – www.quietmelodies.com!





Suzanne Ciani – Turning

3 04 2009

ciani-turningSuzanne Ciani – Turning
MP3 @ 192 Kbps | 47:28 min | 1999 | 71.4 MB | 10% Recovery Record

Suzanne Ciani is one of the classiest new age performers of this — or any other — era. Turning is her 11th album and her first to include vocals. The title track has romantic lyrics written by Ciani and performed by Chyi Yu. It is the opening track and it is a grabber. That is a good start and Ciani builds on it strongly. Her classical training and her spiritual sensitivity ooze from every chord and every note on this CD. The gentle melodies are elegant and regal, the atmospheres are soft and warm, and the soundscape is lazy and seductive. And the nicest feature of this CD is Ciani herself. Her smiling countenance on the front of the disc is the first clue. In the liner notes she gives up the mystery: “I make these records firstly for myself…(and) to communicate with whomever will listen…(Turning) was a joy for me to make…for me and for you.” Any work created with that 12-step philosophy is a guaranteed winner. This is an essential new age classic. It will appeal to fans of Lisa Lynne, Nancy Rumbel, Constance Demby, and Dean Evenson.

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Suzanne Ciani – The Very Best of Suzanne Ciani (Special Asian Edition)

3 04 2009

cover5Suzanne Ciani – The Very Best of Suzanne Ciani (Special Asian Edition)
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 1:00:03 min | 2007 | 150 MB | 10% Recovery Record

Ultimate collection of Suzanne Ciani.. Special Asian edition contains a previously unreleased track. Her music, reknowned for its romantic, healing, and aesthetic qualities.

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Suzanne Ciani – The Velocity of Love

3 04 2009

cover4Suzanne Ciani – The Velocity of Love
MP3 @ 192 Kbps | 36:46 min | 1984 | 55.8 MB | 10% Recovery Record

Suzanne Ciani’s landmark 1984 release Velocity of Love established the noted electronic composer in the U.S. and became one of instrumental/new age radio’s early success stories. Together with Vangelis, who contributed keyboards to “Lay Down Beside Me,” “Malibuzios,” and “History of My Heart,” Ciani created a formless, diaphanous record that nevertheless seemed guided by real emotion. There were the subtle pop melodies that flitted about beneath the synthesized surface, certainly. But it was difficult not to hear the album’s influential title track and miss the wave of wistful sadness that curled around its brittle melody. It was a deceptively simple piano line that suggested the theme music of some unknown 1970s character drama, the kind where autumn leaves constantly blow through open curtains for effect. At the same time, the song’s pulsating bank of synthesizers united its classic qualities with the futuristic tendencies and two-dimensional rayon sheen of the 1980s. While some of its later compositions were a bit overwrought, teetering under the weight of their own keyboard wizardry, Velocity of Love is still essential for any fan of Ciani or the formative days of contemporary instrumental music.

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Suzanne Ciani – The Private Music Of Suzanne Ciani

3 04 2009

front8Suzanne Ciani – The Private Music Of Suzanne Ciani
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 1:01:56 min | 1992 | 155 MB | 10% Recovery Record

Here’s an interesting collection of her best songs during her years with the Private Music recording label. There were two new songs that were added to this album: Go Gently and Sailing to Byzantium.

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Suzanne Ciani – Silver Ship

3 04 2009

front7Suzanne Ciani – Silver Ship
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 37:40 min | 2005 | 93.4 MB | 10% Recovery Record

Silver Ship is Suzanne Ciani’s first album of all-new material since 1999’s Turning LP. And like that album, it’s a tasteful, often joyful blend of acoustic and electronic instruments, buoyed throughout by Ciani’s innate melodic sense. The composer and keyboardist also works with some familiar collaborators, including flutist Matt Eakle, Paul McCandless on reeds, cellist Joe Hébert, guitarist Teja Bell, and bassist Michael Manring. As her earliest releases prove, it’s always been Ciani’s intention to craft durable songs. That approach elevates her work above the homogeneity that permeates the contemporary instrumental and new age genres at their lowest ebb, and it’s no different with Silver Ship. “Sargasso Sea” is a duet between Ciani’s piano and the sad-eyed and graceful cello of Hébert, while “Eclipse” perfectly balances solitary contemplation with waves of surging emotion. Not surprisingly, “Open Seas” incorporates some artificially generated ocean swells beneath Eakle’s airy flute leads, while opener “For Lise” features one of Ciani’s classic melodies — plaintive, powerfully hopeful, and softly whispered all at once. Silver Ship also takes a few detours, adding percussion and prominent solos from Bell and Eakle for the East African-flavored “Wine Dark Sea” and nodding into a slight new age-jazz cross for “Capri.” Also, like Turning, the title track again features vocals. “Silver Ship” is a heartfelt lullaby emboldened by an interestingly vintage-sounding synthesizer tone. Ciani’s been at the top of her craft since Velocity of Love in 1984. The crystalline Silver Ship floats there, too.

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Suzanne Ciani – Seven Waves

3 04 2009

cover3Suzanne Ciani – Seven Waves
MP3 @ 192 Kbps | 42:55 min | 1982 | 61.7 MB | 10% Recovery Record

Seven Waves is Suzanne Ciani’s first album. She started recording it in 1979, finished it in 1981, and released it in Japan in 1982. The first U.S. release was in 1984. She re-released it in 1995 on Seventh Wave, her own label, named for this CD. She recorded this music on vintage electronic equipment, most of which no longer exists. This set is a conglomeration of Ciani’s electronic wizardry, her new age sensitivity, and her innate romanticism. The atmospheres and soundscapes are dense and gentle. Her melodies hover above and within the soundscapes. This is classic e-music and essential listening for all fans of electronic new age music. It evokes responses similar to those evoked by Kitaro, Constance Demby, Nik Tyndall, and Lisa Lynne.

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