Spectral Voices' music accompanied by stunning visuals:

 

 

 

 

“Achingly poignant”  

 

“Staggering beauty and nuance”  

 

“Feeds the imagination” 

 

 

Innertones

Jim Cole & Spectral Voices

 

 

 

  1. All Within Your Heart and Mind
  2. Arches/Far Journeys
  3. Spectral Winds, Inward Voices
  4. Hear Earth    
  5. Arches 2    
  6. Once Upon The Playground   

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Innertones contains three Spectral Voices pieces recorded in a vast, reverberant water tower (as on Coalescence and Sky) and 3 more recent group and solo recordings from the Gathering Room.

"...the sound of a very personal gnosis, the kind of spiritual leavening that, once glimpsed into, reveals itself to be deep and vast....These Innertones capture a sense of the eternal, somehow, as only the best of ambient music can. This stolen glimpse into an oceanic landscape, foreign and seductive and familiar, is a place that we will never truly know in its entirety....I think you’ll find that these ghostly inner journeys are no less sweet in spite of their tantalizing ephemerality."

~ Brian Bieniowski - Innertones liner notes

Innertones Reviews

It is amazing to realize that all the sounds on this CD were created with the human voice. You'd swear you are hearing a full symphony of electronic instruments and choirs, but yet it is indeed the hidden power of this singular voice as revealed by Cole (and on four pieces two other singers join him). Innertones is the sublime soundtrack music of our time, perfect for quiet contemplation, meditation, artistic inspiration, and trips to the stars.

~ Christopher Cameron, former radio host "Music of the Spheres" and electronic composer

 

 

...From joyous and celebratory to minimalistic and ceremonial, Innertones aspires to the highest levels of human expression....Waves of sound resonate beyond the individual parts to create voice-filled ethereal sound structures. Both chilling and glorious, the whistling overtones that characterize this singing style magically materialize in the swirling atmosphere above the sustaining bass and mid-range lines. A fragile apparitional sound, this mystical second tone above the root note comes from just one singer - and provides a deeply profound listening experience.

Chuck van Zyl, STAR'S END

 

The Way Beyond

Jim Cole

 

 

 

"A paradigm shattering work by one of the brightest lights in today's ambient scene"

 

"A strong, evolving theme that runs through all the tracks"

 

12 Seamless tracks for this long form composition of music

 

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The Way Beyond must be considered as a massive, undulating, living, breathing ambient zone of stillness and, unusually, simultaneous constant change and transition. While the basis of this recording is layered drones comprised solely from Cole's harmonic singing, these layers are overlapped with constantly changing sonic waves and patterns which create the feeling of watching a rushing brook; all motion and churning fluid on top, but a deep, peaceful stillness beneath.

This wordless music, without connotation, has the power to unearth nameless spiritual delight within. There is no question--The Way Beyond is holy music, no matter what your persuasion....it's a paradigm shattering work by one of the brightest lights in today's ambient scene.  

~ Brian Bieniowski, The Ambient Review

The Way Beyond Reviews

Every remarkable sound on the 70+ minute continuous piece is sourced by his voice.  Quiet, calming, and meditative; deeply textured and sublime. Achingly poignant.  

~ Bill Beck

Jim employs a stunning array of sounds, such as walls of synthesizers, didgeridoo, flutes, accordion, cello, vocal choirs, and many heavenly sounds the listener has never heard before. The amazing thing is all of these sounds are performed...with only his voice, using reverb and looping, "live on the fly"!

....There are deep drones and soaring, sustained notes that conjure up primal feelings of wonder and awe.  This is music that enriches and replenishes the spirit....this is a great disc for meditation, contemplation, yoga or inner journeys!                                                                                               ~ Dodds Wiley, Ambient.us

 

 

Imagine a very beautiful and haunting sound, filled with voices and echoes overlaying and blending, bending, growing and decaying, drifting freely in some inner or outer space, and one might have some insight as to where Godspace and The Way Beyond are musically situated. This is spiritual ambient drone music of the highest order....intensely beautiful and mystifying sonic edifices that are at once hypnotic, soothing and transcendent.

~ Peter Thelen, Exposé

Emotionally charged, meditative and just beautiful. Also the pace of the album is just perfect, moving from dense to open space with just the right amount of beauty, tension and emotion.

~ vidnaObmana

 

Godspace

Jim Cole

..."Astral" unfolds so gradually in wave after wave of beauty and bliss.  The music is like slowly and effortlessly gliding over a rolling landscape with the glow of soft purple light from a setting sun bathing you and the land below.

~ Bill Binkelman, Wind and Wire

 

 

 

  1.  Astral
  2. Light Shines in Your Heart
  3. Transformations

 

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It is a work of staggering beauty and nuance, at once improvisational and composed.

This disc has such an emotional and spiritual resonance for me; it is as if Cole had tapped into my biorhythms for 74 minutes, occupying my thoughts, and impregnating all activity around me with meaning where before there seemed to be none.

This is timeless, important music, and I give it my highest recommendation.

~ Brian Bieniowski, The Ambient Review

 

Sky

Jim Cole & Spectral Voices

Sky Reviews

The group gathers together in a very reverberant space, a now empty 120 foot water tower. They bring with them only a convoluted outline of how each piece will evolve, what emotions will be evoked and their talent and intuition as artists. What begins as something like a group meditation soon becomes a moving ceremony as the yield of the ensemble's voices produces a sound extreme in both beauty and emotional character.

Their album Sky is the true record of a harmonic singing session from 1994. Sky will have the listener returning many times, attempting to both re-enter the zone this music puts one in and quantify an immeasurable factor that borders on the mystical.

Chuck van Zyl, STAR'S END

 

 

 

  1. For the Birds
  2. From the Birds
  3. Kyrie Eleison
  4. Passion
  5. Uplifting
  6. Spacious Sighs
  7. Know Way (Way)

 

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Resonant, Lush, Rich, Expansive Harmonies that blend together in a sound that warms your soul

~ Walter R. Williams

 

Spacious, floating, and ethereal, the combined human voices seem to stretch out and envelop everything, blanketing it in a layer of billowy softness....That it's human voices making these celestial sounds never fails to astonish me.  

~ Bill Binkelman, Wind and Wire

 

Hover

Leland Burr

 

 

 

  1. Cusp of Knowing
  2. Recesses
  3. A Maze of Hedges
  4. The Soothing Edge

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 Moody, atmospheric, and just dripping with primal energy  

~ Bill Binkelman, Wind and Wire

Leland Burr is an improvisational trio, with the players focusing on exotic acoustic timbres such as Tibetan singing bowls, steel cello, tamboura, kalimbas, etc. Minimal percussion loops snake in and out...   ~ Allen Welty-Green, Ambient Visions

 

Coalesence

Jim Cole & Spectral Voices

Coalescence Reviews

Every now and then a little known album will crawl out from underneath more famous artists and scream for attention.  This CD is Coalescence by Jim Cole and Spectral Voices....amazing improvised compositions by voice alone.   This is one heck of an ethereal album.

~ Allan Bogle (WEVL), "Ambient Spectrum" 

Coalescence is unique, sublime, extraordinary and beautiful....The angelic, dream-like presence captured by this recording makes listening to Coalescence an experience that relaxes the mind and body, as it feeds the imagination.

~ M. Jeffrey Schmidt, Massage Magazine

 

 

 

...breathtaking in its elegant mystical atmosphere.   

Steve Roach

 

21 songs of deep listening from inside the water tower.

 

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 A decidedly original and fascinating album. Coalescence is unique in both its conception and execution....The outcome is a highly spiritual, mystical ambience.

~ Jeff Johansen (WJCU)

This is music that touches something primal....not to be missed by anyone who sees music (and especially the human voice) as a vehicle for expressing something beyond the here and now.  A truly transcendental experience.

~ Bill Binkelman, Wind and Wire

 

The Hollow

Jim Cole & Mathias Grassow

 

 

 

"The Hollow is one of the more deeply inspired collaborations of all time. This heavy-hitter features Mathias Grassow's dark drones and Jim Cole's psychoactive overtone vocals. The effect is enchanting."

  1. Spring Dawn
  2. Ululations Through the Hollow
  3. Dark Swirl
  4. Aspire
  5. Vanishing Flame
  6. Contemplation
  7. Still, the Water Rushing

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The Hollow Reviews

On The Hollow, Cole teams up with German ambient synthesist Mathias Grassow for a collaboration that brings out the absolute finest in both musicians.... Instrumentation is primarily synths, flute, singing bowls, with Cole’s harmonic overtone singing and tamboura; guest musicians contribute glass harp, bow chimes, didgeridoo and percussion. In addition, field recordings are used generously to add effects and atmosphere, as on the opener “Spring Dawn” where the sound of a stream, rain, birds, and insects introduce the powerful drones...

“Ululations Through the Hollow” take the drones deeper and darker, closer to the ever-expanding subconscious states where all sounds merge...

Things get more intense and introspective on the appropriately titled “Dark Swirl”, and eventually we end up at “Vanishing Flame”, where a fire slowly introduces Cole’s overtone harmonics and later Grassow’s drones, merging to become one organic breathing cosmic being for its 24 minute duration.

 ~ Peter Thelen, Exposé

 

 

 

The centerpiece of The Hollow is the nearly twenty-four minute "Vanishing Flame," a remarkably slow and evolutionary work with the sound of running water and rain melding seamlessly with drones and Cole's vocal magic....the transitions from phase to phase are patient and deliberate.

"Dark Swirl" is a total immersion into the best kind of deep space music, as inky black smoky drones pour into overtone singing.  This is followed by the delicate "Aspire," on which Mathias brings a fragile sense of beauty to his keyboards.  The music on this album represents one of those rare occasions when two musicians merge their considerable talents into a true symbiotic outcome.  Mathias Grassow and Jim Cole have given us a modern masterpiece.

~ Bill Binkelman, Wind and Wire

 

Deep - Breath - Silence

Jim Cole & Mathias Grassow

 

 

 

  1. Encircling
  2. Deep
  3. breath
  4. Silence
  5. Cathedral Dome

 

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Bislama

Alpha Wave Movement & Jim Cole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Bislama
  2. Offering
  3. Satari
  4. Theidea
  5. Sanguine Moon
  6. Waking the Divine
  7. Samui

 

 

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This excellent ethno-ambient album is filled with exotic sounds of gamelan, koto, Tibetan bowls, ethnic percussion, sounds of raindrops and faraway thunder...

The compositions send us to a world of green tropical remote islands, to the shores of blue lagoons as well as to the enigmatic outer space - mystical, purple splashes pulsing from the depths of otherworldly canyons - that is the magic of Alpha Wave Movement's music supported by the deep vibrating throat roaring and high pitched whirr of Jim Cole's overtone singing.

Hypnotic and melodic, it's a very serious and valuable work - at moments similar to Propagation by Robert Rich.

~ Andrey Pechkaryov, Jazz Quadrant (translation from Russian by Sasha Parsadanov)

 

Bislama Reviews

Many parts of this disc are truly magical in their scope, like powerful cinematic imagery set to music. “Sanguine Moon”, for example, combines multi-tracked voices (simple and harmonic singing) with droning synths, drums and a tuned wooden percussive sound, gongs and metallophones, creating a very active rhythm substrata.

~ Peter Thelen, Exposé

A truly synergistic effort...a natural blending of elements that go perfectly together. It links future and past, cutting-edge electronics and the original instrument, the human voice, into a singular musical message....The music grows and changes organically, sometimes dramatically as with “Satari,” which bristles with restrained intensity and power. 

~ 2001 © Phil Derby / Sequences Magazine

 

 

 

Theoretically, the influence of Bislama has been the culture and music of Micronesia. The music and mood absolutely reflect this through Kyryluk's imaginative use of sounds and tones both electronically manipulated and synthetic in origin along with Cole's wonderous singing and chanting. Ceremonial bells ring, exotic percussion rumble, gamelan rhythms cycle, all beneath a varying layer of floating synth pads and harmonic vocal improvisations. But the idea of this album is deeper than its cultural sources. Bislama is a metamorphasis of talent, sound and music derived through collaboration and improvisation. The two have created an album stylistically unique and complexly diverse.

- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END