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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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In My Dreams

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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Mahakashi - Recorded in Canada, 1985 on a Rhode electric piano and effects. This music is based on a cyclic repetition of three notes, left/right ear triggering, ever changing tempo and shifting frequencies (phasing). Recommended for clearing the mind…. It clear mine!

Helios Dream - Short interlude extracted from one of Ariel’s song. Thought as a breath between two long pieces.

Japanese Dream - Recorded in 1973 at the GRM studio (Musical Research Group) in Paris, France with Monk Hayes on piano and Ariel Kalma on tenor saxophones. Ariel tuned the digital echoes and reverb until piano and saxophone seemed to float in space.

In My Dreams - This is one of those pieces transforming and maturing with time, maybe like a good wine? The first layout was recorded in 1978 on the double keyboard that Ariel had assembled and which had a very simple rhythm box placed in analog echo loops. In 1982 he added a synth and effects… in 1989 Ariel mixed the natural sound of a brook and effects made with filtered ocean waves and cars passing on a highway (difficult to discern what is what!) That stayed as it was in oak barrels until 2009 when Ariel remastered it to include here. 

Ballade sur le Lac - Ariel was in Geneva, staying near the beautiful quiet lake when there was a sudden strong, noisy storm with lightening… it lasted just half an hour but impressed him enough to recapture this moment on a grand piano.

 

Note:

The tracks ‘Japanese Dream’ and ‘Ballade sur le Lac’ were included on limited edition cassettes in 1984 (in Canada only), the others were never published. This album ‘In My Dreams’ has been remastered in 2009.