M. Cross Dougherty
Autumn is my favourite time for listening to ambient music, for me the change in textures of light and heat allows the senses to breathe and enjoy a more expansive experience of the nature around us, truly good ambient music is the soundtrack to this mental perambulation. So let’s take a look at the M. Cross Dougherty release Cosmic Engine.
Transmission is utterly perfect for a musical discovery of such sensory freedoms; and is the opening track off this four piece release, the gentle energies of this creation reminded me both of Autumn Light by Darshan Ambient, mixed with a trip into Eno’s Lightness, music for the Marble Palace, never did loops and FM synthesis sound so good, and so captivating.
Track two is Clear Light; I would advise all listeners that wearing headphones will make the experience of listening to this album even more compelling. Here is a track that flows, hovers with hypotonic resonance and has a slightly darker refrain from the previous offering, it is a creation that manifests and grows with each passing measure, and is also the longest offering from the release at well over 6 minutes in duration.
Ultraviolet is our penultimate piece, this arrangement had a deceptively layered depth to it, the sounds, structures and loops are incredibly creative, and as an electronic ambient musician myself, it gave me a good deal to think on in an ultra-influential way. The inventive electronic manifestations within this offering flowed and drifted with an ambient and almost meditative construct at times.
We arrive at the last portal of the release, a composition entitled Desatita, this would be one of my favourite pieces from the release, the repeating loops and gentle backdrop of sound created for me an ambience of unbound nature, a state of musical mind akin to a being totally connected to everything, this holistic and universal masterpiece is a reminder that intelligent, artistic, electronic, ambient music is out there to be found and can be thoroughly enjoyed by getting a copy of Cosmic Engine by M. Cross Dougherty, which in my view is one of the most interesting and fascinating albums I have heard this year with ease.