Over the course of his long and prolific career, George Wallace has produced songs and instrumental compositions ranging from power-pop to soaring, progressive rock and on into the world of magical, ambient sonic atmospheres.
More than providing a musical backdrop to some ‘event’, George tends to make music which is the event itself. His soundstages often take on expansive and cinematic proportions. Over the years his iconoclastic approach to composing and recording has intrigued and inspired audiences, professional colleagues, and engineers alike.
His compositions, both vocal and instrumental, are often colored with strokes of the contemplative, downtempo, or perhaps mysterious. At other times they become dramatic, fierce, intense, even ecstatic. When there are lyrics, they often speak of love and longing or the search for a spiritual ‘true north’; at other times they rant street-level satire and political commentary.
Whether by intent, accident, or a combination of both, George’s music – and the soundstages he presents it on - invites us to a borderland, a boundary that’s being constantly nudged towards a whole new way of experiencing music. Through the resulting sonic immersion, the listener finds himself involved in active rather than passive listening (the latter being – rather unfortunately - the norm in the way we typically perceive music in our everyday lives).
George Wallace essentially places himself in a class all his own by creating refreshing, never-before-imagined combinations of musical genres and soundscapes.
Light Music, like his previous work Soul Ascending, fearlessly pushes the frontiers of ambient and spacemusic, exploring new and unimagined combinations within this increasingly popular genre. Wallace again conjures up imaginatively crafted
soundscapes which reach down beneath our psyche to help find ourselves, in a kind of ‘a-ha moment’, at a stillpoint of immersion and engagement, a mystical, almost cosmic unity with the music itself.
Soul Ascending is a series of cinematic tone poems falling easily within the Ambient or Spacemusic genre - where inventive use of soundstage is the norm in the first place. However, its wide dynamic range and frequent changes of scenery give it a distinctive je ne sais quoi all its own, allowing it a certain uniqueness within the larger category.
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