On FUTURE TENSE, Mark Dwane delivers nine visionary compositions that explode with cinematic technicolor. The album has a propulsive / optimistic drive while being texturally lush and complex. Mark's unique compositional skills and sterling production values are on full display, adding up to another stellar release !
Mark Dwane goes back to the future on "Martian Apparitions". A modern reimagining of his 1988 debut release, "The Monuments Of Mars". Dwane continues his visionary cinematic vistas of the red planet and it's mysterious history. "Martian Apparitions" expands on TMOM once again transporting the listener through ancient alien ruins under crimson Martian skies. Familiar themes blend with inspiring new compositions that run the spectrum from ambient drift to supersonic symphonic. Both emotionally powerful and texturally sublime. Mark's MIDI guitar virtuosity, impressive compositional skills, and impeccable production aesthetics, add up to an exquisite listening experience!
MARK DWANE Anomalies (limited edition CD on Mark Dwane Music)
This release from 2014 features 48 minutes of majestic electronic music.
Eloquent electronics, dramatic percussion, and synth guitar combine to generate majestic space music.
While the electronics flourish in this music, the gist of the sounds actually stem from synth guitar, producing riffs that bear little resemblance to conventional guitar. Dwane warps sound into lavish flows of stately character, rich in resonance and brimming with inspired melodies. Atmospheric textures abound, but these are heavily layered with more demonstrative pulsations.
There are sufficient instances in which the guitar expresses itself in more traditional modes: strumming and plucking chords to instill a dreamy romanticism to certain songs. Often the strings' twang meshes beautifully with the snappy electronic flow. While on other occasions, the guitar sears with dazzling pyrotechnics.
Moody tonalities establish sedate backdrops for more robust electronics. Dense clouds of pulsating puissance are often tempered with grand piano notes which enhance the music's overall grandeur.
A degree of e-perc is employed in some tunes, manifesting in suitable restraint so as to provide propulsion without overwhelming the compositions.
This music exudes a particularly regal flair while capturing the awe-inspiring attraction of outer space. But these tunes do more than explore interstellar realms, they provide a human connection with the void, evoking mankind's fascination with cosmic anomalies. But, casting aside all these cerebral connections, the tuneage is downright superb.
Matt Howarth - Sonic Curisosity