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Oceana EP 17:43


Steve H on Oceana:

This EP, Oceana, takes you on an emotional, sonic journey exploring the Ocean from its surface to the deepest, darkest depths and back again.

Oceana begins, quite appropriately, in the pentatonic mode slowly building up complex layers of filtering, bubbling, melodic, effervescent wash. It then slowly (and imperceptibly) submerges the listener deeper into its mysterious, reverberated depths as the musical modes shift to lydian, ionian and then completely devolves into dark layers of gong-like natural dissonance. It briefly attempts to return to the surface with the reappearance of the pentatonic bubbles, but surprisingly a rhythmic Buchla solo halts the progress as it takes another plunge even deeper into the darkest trenches as the composition transitions into the natural minor scale. Finally, it suddenly rises back to the surface and into the glorious, shimmering sunlight.

Oceana is infused with shimmering reverbs, loops and echos, inspired by Fibonacci (spiraling) ratios, designed to infinitely perpetuate the verisimilitude of the natural world. This recording was performed live, in surround, on the Buchla 200e electronic music instrument and later mixed and mastered to stereo at Steve H's New York studio.


released April 22, 2020

Performed by Steve Horelick on the Buchla 200e. Mixed and mastered at Steve's studio in New York.


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Steve Horelick (Steve H) New York, New York

Steve’s immersive, surround performances have entranced audiences from San Francisco to Berlin. His music with its glistening harmonies, evolving textures and echoing rhythms is influenced by waves, eddies, spirals, harmonigraphics and Fibonacci ratios. It swirls around and through the audience involving them in a 3D sonic journey.

Steve also composed the iconic Reading Rainbow Theme Song!
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