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Ariel Kalma is the kind of musician that collectors live their lives to find at the bottom of a dollar record bin, and the kind who fellow musicians hope to become. He is a composer who worked on the periphery of a fringe movement, whose early adherents have recently seen an explosion in popularity...

- Vivian Hua, redefinemag.com

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If you've never heard Ariel Kalma's music in any shape or form the good news is you can basically start anywhere in his catalogue of music to immediately get a feel for this incredibly gifted musician. - You can also hear complete songs and purchase his albums at http://www.ariel-kalma.bandcamp.com

- Ryan Sparks

Feedback from customers:

Ariel is talented, creative, full of heart and humour, mastering many instruments and mixing and blending them in a unique way. I am a fan! And have been for the last 39 Years!!!

- Margot Anand

"Your music and sound worlds have been deeply inspiring to me for some time…more recently helping with some difficult times, sounds that reveal the wonder and awe of our living planet. Many thanks!

- Gregory Hagan

 

 

 
Music to Love By
Music to Love By
Meditation To Dream By
Meditation To Dream By
Voices No Words
Voices No Words
I Am With You
I Am With You
Oasis Music To Dream By
Oasis Music To Dream By
Reverie Music To Dream By
Reverie Music To Dream By
Pillars of Light
Pillars of Light
Unearthed Flutes
Unearthed Flutes
Notes Above Land
Notes Above Land
Antivirus Music
Antivirus Music
Corona Insola
Corona Insola
Bindu
Bindu
In My Dreams
In My Dreams
Saxoridoo
Saxoridoo
Rainbow Dreamwalker
Rainbow Dreamwalker
Ambient Zeitgeist
Ambient Zeitgeist
Keep Calm and Breathe
Keep Calm and Breathe
See You Up There
See You Up There
Dervish Wish
Dervish Wish
Music for Quiet Times
Music for Quiet Times
Birds Dreaming
Birds Dreaming
Astral Dreams
Astral Dreams
Mainly Mental
Mainly Mental
Concerts 2019
Concerts 2019
Energy Archives
Energy Archives
Tantric Sax
Tantric Sax
Intemporel
Intemporel
Moonlight Suite
Moonlight Suite
Archives Portasound 1981
Archives Portasound 1981
Osmose III
Osmose III
AndroGene 2018
AndroGene 2018
Eternalia
Eternalia
Rue de la Gaite
Rue de la Gaite 70s
Astral-Cathedral
Astral-Cathedral
Sarasvati Planet Ariel
Sarasvati Planet Ariel
1985 Kula Blackhole
1985 Kula Blackhole
Confidential
Confidential
Never Mind
Never Mind
Dream Stars
Dream Stars
Ascend Descend
Ascend Descend
1978 Delirium GRM
1978 Delirium GRM
Au Mage Manege
Au Mage Manege
Rainbow Remix
Rainbow Remix
Planet Air
Planet Air
Space Shift
Space Shift
Interfrequence
Interfrequence
Musique Pour le Reve et l'Amour
Musique Pour le Reve et l'Amour
Meditation in the Forest
Meditation in the Forest
Reallusions
Reallusions
We Know Each Other Somehow
We Know Each Other Somehow
An Evolutionary Music
An Evolutionary Music
Yo Yo A New Man
Yo Yo A New Man
Yo Yo Homme Nouveau
Yo Yo Homme Nouveau
Galactica Electronica
Galactica Electronica
Lazy Lizard
Lazy Lizard
Chillout India
Chillout India
Osmose
Osmose
Osmose
Osmose 2
Chansons d’Esprit
Chansons d’Esprit
Spirit Dancer
Spirit Dancer
Flowing Dreams
Flowing Dreams
Serenity
Serenity
My sax, my love
My sax, my love
Le Temps des Moissons
Le Temps des Moissons
Flute for the Soul
Flute for the Soul
Endless Breath
Endless Breath
Open Like a Flute, Vol 1
Open Like a Flute, Vol 1
Open Like a Flute, Vol 2
Open Like a Flute, Vol 2
 
     
September 2021    
Music to Love By    
   

Love is everywhere! Relaxing music for stargazing, cooking, massage, driving, romance, daydreaming... all of the above!

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June 2021   August 2021
Voices No Words   Meditation To Dream By
 

Without lyrics, singing becomes pure, even spiritual. There is a sense of unending relaxation, freedom, to express emotions hidden behind words.

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Soothe the mind and disappear - Floating sounds to accompany deep relaxations and sitting meditation.
Mini sax, flute, drones-created harmonics, synthesizers, keyboards, bells and Tibetan bowls. 

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April 2021   May 2020
Oasis Music To Dream By   I Am With You
 

Floating Electronica

Easy glissade into silence, the inner world below the surface of appearances.

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Musical Poetry - Poesie Musicale  

Meaningful spiritual songs to soothe the mind and poetry to soothe the soul. A wonderful journey. 

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March 2021   April 2020
Pillars of Light   Reverie Music To Dream By
 

73 minutes of Ambient Space Music  for Delightenment

For years these melodies have haunted me. - I recorded many variations along the years. Based on the chords C A F D F E G, they are easy to follow on any instrument… I recorded many variations along the years. Here are some of them. (Play your own variation?)

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Another album from the series ‘Music To Dream By’  

Hypnotic tracks start a journey to quietness, relaxation and silence… bon voyage!


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February 2021   February 2020
Notes Above Land   Unearthed Flutes
 

Recordings from 1995 US/Canada preparation tour 'We Know Each Other Somehow ' by FRKWYS

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Uncanny sounds, unusual scales, infectious borderline polyrhythmic grooves, inspiration from far away cultures. With flutes and synthetic flute sounds…

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Ariel Kalma's latest compendium of 4 LPs (vinyls):

French Archives Vol. II

An absolutely astounding accomplishment, the second 4 LP Box set diving into previously unreleased material  - 'French Archives Vol. II' - is a mind-melting immersion into the composer and saxophonist's radical experiments and stunning ambient harmonics made between 1974 and 1985. 


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January 2021   October 2020
Antivirus Music   Saxoridoo
 

After one year of isolation I feel the frustration, bordering rage and despair of the less fortunate... Here is some heartfelt music for you to ‘Dance The Virus Away’ while dreaming of better days, letting go and moving motions in the comfort of your own being…

This album is meant to be affordable for everyone to enjoy.

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Tribal Electronica Mx

Saxophones, didgeridoos, infectious grooves, peculiar drums of worldbeat rhythms, and ethno voices in strange language… Hear the didge and sax in the background, foreground or as a rhythm instrument!

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October 2020   March 2020
Rainbow Dreamwalker   Corona Insola
 

.Some Universes behave differently than expected

DreamWalker is evolving through time. Here are some of its incarnations that I wanted to mix in 3D and sometimes I succeeded. Other times Sound Sculptures decided differently. So I dreamt in frequencies…

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Soothing tracks for challenging times

After all touring was cancelled because of Covid 19, Ariel recorded these (except one from 1995), and offered this album for $1 (still same price). May these sounds bring you peace!

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October 2009   Re-released 2020 (original 1980)
In My Dreams   Bindu
 

Dream On Minimal Ambient Music

Hypnotic, entrancing repetitive musical patterns and rhythms alter our perception of reality. Ariel uses keyboards, synthesisers and lots of sound effects to weave a journey into Dreamland. Excellent for space walks, exploring Gaga-land, for relaxation, meditation, healing massage, and clearing the mind…

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Melody Meets Avantgarde

Recorded between 1976 to 1980 at the GRM studio (Musical Research Group) in Paris, France, where Ariel was an assistant engineer. Cover photo with Margot Anand.

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July 2020   August 2020
Keep Calm and Breathe   Ambient Zeitgeist
 

Long-breath saxophones to quiet the mind and stay sane!

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Spirit of The Times 

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June 2020   May 2020
See You Up There   Music for Quiet Times
 

Mixed from old analog archives, modern effects + plugins. Photo montage from NASA background and a flowering agave plant.

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Peacefulness unburdens the mind, soft sounds create an agreeable environment to relax and unwind. Find a quiet space where you can listen, sing the long notes, and breathe… you will feel refreshed in no-time!

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March 2020   January 2020
Birds Dreaming   Astral Dreams
 

From the rhythmic emu to rainforest night birds, Ariel is always inspired by bird songs of all kinds; he just has to tune his instruments to various recordings and magic happens… This relaxing album highlights birds skills to trance us into cosmic realms.

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Hypnotic music for deep relaxation, meditation, time-travel, massage, reverie and other inner space activities.


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December 2019   November 2019
Mainly Mental   Energy Archives
 

Mixing nature with keyboards, percussion loops, mini sax, flutes, digital effects, Musing Ariel presents Hypnotic tracks that do not fit elsewhere. From Acid Jazz to toddler babble.

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Over the years Ariel played with lots of musicians friends, recording various styles of music. These tracks are made to move, dance, shake, sing, play with the energy in our body… enjoy!

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October 2019   August 2019
Dervish Wish   Tantric Sax
 

Various Space Music pieces from 2019 in collaboration with DJ’s Dima Ustinov and Gilb’R (except #3)

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Long analog tape loops, carefully timed delays, controlled feedbacks, harmonic-creating instruments, effects… Ariel improvises with tenor, alto and soprano on strange sounding scales and patterns with circular breathing, crossing the lines between notes, always coming back to haunt and provoke, titillate and excite new neuron pathways… it gets better at each listen.

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Concert tour in Europe 2019

May , June & September 2019 - Recorded live during concerts in Berlin, Vilnius, Bucharest, Tel Aviv, Milan, Torino, Barcelona, Valencia, London, Moscow. - Thank you for receiving so well the Space Music that inspires me! There is not overdub, this is played alive… wabi-sabi…

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Here is a video where you can see and hear him
performing in Milan, Italy:

Ariel Kalma in residency at the Old Carpet factory
on Hydra, Greece, September 2019

Ariel Kalma
 
May 2019   June 2019
Intemporel (LP)   Nuits Blanches au Studio 116 (LP)
 

Sarah and Ariel blend their strong individual personalities in a single trip on the edge of time. Their kosmic music is pure, magnificent and elegant, an intergalactic hypnosis that seems to tell of distant times, a millenary vortex of a lost Era.

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"Intemporel", the latest project just published by Black Sweat Records, was born from the collaboration between the famous Canadian composer and sound artist Sarah Davachi and Ariel Kalma, a true luminary of French ambient music. Here, the common interests for electronic experimentation, electro-acoustic music and minimalism, merge in a complementary dialogue of great charm.

Terry Riley's lesson, the sound intuitions of La Monte Young and Kalma's great passion for Indian music are just a starting point. The overall result is an intense cosmic and spiritual experience in which Arp Odyssey synthesizer drones, harmoniums and keyboards meet saxophone, sitar, tampura, Tibetan bells, vocals and a multiplicity of acoustic instruments in an effective synthesis. 

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Transversales Disques is very glad to announce the release of « Nuits Blanches au Studio 116» - Unreleased rarities from Ariel Kalma’s personal archives recorded in the legendary GRM’s Studio 116 during the 70’s.

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New Age conduit Ariel Kalma’s mid-late ‘70s GRM recordings are set to blow a lot of minds with this deep dive compiled by current GRM audio restoration engineer and Transversales proprietor, Jonathan Fitoussi. Properly unnerving, beautiful proto-Lynchian vibes on this one.

Sourced from a recently excavated box of tapes recorded during late night recording sessions in the GRM’s Studio 116 - the same concrète laboratory used in Bernard Parmegiani and Luc Ferrari masterpieces - this LP delves into some of Kalma’s earliest recordings to provide an enchanting listen and reveal the groundwork that came long before his relatively recent collaborations with mutual, explorative souls Sarah Davachi and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe.More ...



     
March 2019   January 2019
Music to Dream By 562
  Moonlight Suite
Relaxing Inspiration
Music to Dream By 562   Moonlight Suite

Resonance disappearing in harmonic reminiscence of time immemorial where pure energy travels on soundwaves. Abstract sequences, soothing rhythms, floating music. Created to accompany a series of talks on consciousness as background environment.

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In 1983 Ariel moved from Paris to Hamburg to live with his sweetheart. He bought a 4 track ¼” tape recorder and composed Moonlight as a suite of vignettes illustrating Shamballa, the land of silence and bliss. Nightingale Records (his publisher at that time) needed a new age version called Rainbow, so Ariel added birds to the mix when they published a cassette (Ariel was not satisfied with the sound quality though). Then he left for Hawaii, raised a son and did not remix and remaster until… 2018. This time (almost) no birds.

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December 2018   Live in Concert Europe 2018
Archives PortaSound 1981
Space Trance Ambient
 

It was a great small tour, good music, good reception....
Ariel made a long 108 min album from it...
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Archives Portasound 1981   Live in Concert Europe 2018

During the 80’s Ariel travelled as music director for Margot Anand Tantra workshops and also played live with his portable setup : Modified Yamaha Portasound PS-20 keyboard, Wasp synthesiser, 4 track cassette recorder/mixer, microphone and effects.

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March 2018   February 2018
Osmose III
Ambient Songs of the Forest
  AndroGene 2018
Adding apps to the mix!
Osmose III   AndroGene 2018

40 years after his cult classic album OSMOSE, Ariel Kalma presents OSMOSE III created with field recordings of birds surrounding him nowadays. Peppered with space saxophones and flutes, velvet harmonic voices, dreaming didgeridoo, dynamic groove loops, those birds songs illustrate how nature and people could interact with respect.

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Recorded in the beginning of 2018 with my 'normal' setup, plus a Volca Keys synthesizer, an old Casio CZ-101, and several Android apps on phones and a tablet!! I was just practicing to muster all these, but after a warm up, Music Machines synchronised by themselves!

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French Archives 1977 - 80 (4-LP box)

Review by The Hum:

...... French Archives 1977 – 1980, the lavish four LP box set, now emerging in the hands of Black Sweat, draws from previously unreleased recordings from one of Ariel Kalma’s most creatively rich periods. Divided under four headings – Sarasvati Planet ArielPlanet AirAscend Descend and Astral Cathedral, the represented body of work was conceived as autonomous works, sculpting distinct sonic environments, as well as for applications within group therapy sessions for healing, trance and relaxation.

When viewed as a single body emerging from the shadows of time, these lost recordings offer a remarkable revelation into the diversity of Kalma’s practice. With their ambiences, extended tones, and repetitive rippling melodies, most of the composer’s previously know work has offered easy connections to the efforts of the New Age Movement and to Minimalists like Terry Riley, La Monte Young, and Jon Hassell.

The works contained within French Archives 1977 – 1980, display an even more diverse range – all so engrossing and of such a remarkable quality, that it’s an unquestionable sin that they have remained unheard for so long.

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