SoundQuest Fest

An International Gathering of Sonic Innovators and Ambient Architects

March 26-28, 2021

SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Steve’s YouTube channel.

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The Soundquest Fest mission is to create 3 days of global connection, togetherness, and inspiration through the power of sound and vision during this consequential and unique moment in time.”

Steve roach

Sponsors

Ambient Lounge

After the conclusion of each night’s complete program of concerts, continuous slipstream visual music mix sets will air for 2 hours while attendees visit in the chat room. NoctiVision – Friday, Daniel Pipitone – Saturday, Blue Tech – Sunday Night.

 

Steve roach’s Immersion Zone

The Immersion Zone is a 24/7 streaming sanctuary of deep sonic submersions and infinitely evolving visual apparitions. This experience draws from Steve’s various long-form zones and from the four Immersion Station apps released at the first Soundquest Fest in 2010, which focused on the deep, dark and warm Immersion Zones. This collaboration between Steve and Eric Freeman has now transformed into this new living breathing self-propagating realm. After Soundquest Fest, The Immersion Zone will continue to stream 24/7/365, ongoing, and continue to evolve. Experience The Immersion Zone directly from this page, or at Steve’s Official YouTube Channel. Step into your own realm built to inspire deep peace and inner calm…

Concert Schedule

Day 1 – Friday, March 26th

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Timeroom TV

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Join us each night, an hour before the opening concert, in Timeroom TV. We’ll be featuring music videos, sponsor features, interviews from the Soundquest tribe and more. The live chat room will be available throughout, so come introduce yourself, sit back and ease into the show.
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Nathan Youngblood and Will Merkle, Arizona

Artist Bios and Information
Tucson Arizona native Nathan Youngblood has had a lifelong fascination with sound.
“Whether it’s the grinding of machinery or wind in the palms, there is a never ending musical soundtrack that follows me. From a young age I surrounded myself with music from around the globe and got my hands on as many noisemakers and instruments as I could. I quickly learned that there was no set structure or rules when I was the player.”

In the last decade, Youngblood’s inspiration for creation has been the extremes in the region in which he lives.

“The grandiose and macro visuals here. The extreme hot and cold. The soft and the jagged. There is a unique feeling here, and though not always literal, it constantly plays out in my creation.”

Aside from light use of synthesizers, his main source of instrumentation is organic and acoustic. With the use of processed Tibetan bowls, mesquite seeds, cholla wood, guitars, sitar, bones, rocks and water, Youngblood creates mysterious meditative worlds.

His debut, “Asunder” was produced and released by long time friend Steve Roach. Along with new music explorations and he continues to work with Steve creating cover art for his SoundQuest Music and Timeroom Editions labels.

William Merkle is a guitarist/bassist/sound designer based out of Tucson, AZ. He has made several guest appearances with Steve Roach over the years and frequently collaborates with Nate Youngblood. His favored weapon of choice is guitar and gravitates towards elements of ambient, doom metal and dub. New releases will be forthcoming in 2021. Finally.

Prior to moving to Arizona 26 years ago, he spent his years in various rock and metal bands on the East Coast. He dabbled in DJ’ing and sound engineering, and recorded and produced several local independent music artists.

web: wmerkle.bandcamp.com (under construction)

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5:35PM PDT
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Caldon Glover, Arizona

Artist Bio and Information
Caldon Glover is an ambient and industrial musician, sound engineer, and field recording hobbyist. They started producing music at the age of 15 by cutting together and manipulating sounds in waveform editing programs before moving into the world of synthesis and field recording over the years. Self-taught with no classical training, they approach music with a sound design perspective, focusing on texture and mood to create audio landscapes. Outside of music, Caldon is also an avid cook and rabid cheese enthusiast and currently resides in the foothills of Tucson Arizona along with a number of cats and javelina, none of which pay rent.

social media: caldonglover
music: caldonglover.bandcamp.com

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6:10PM PDT
9:10PM EDT

Tony Obr, Arizona

Artist Bio and Information
Tony Obr is a musician, sound designer, composer, visual artist and educator. Tony works at the confluence of art, technology, and performance, focusing on innovative uses of sound and the development of interactive systems for electronic music performance, contemporary dance performance, and art installations. Under the stage name tsone he uses modular synthesizers and custom software to craft complex, generative, rhythmic patterns, warm, gauzy, electronic detritus, and blasts of impenetrable walls of sound. His work has been released on a number of international recording labels including Home Normal, txt recordings, Schematic Music Company, Sunwarped, Satellite Era, Tessellate Recordings, Stereoscenic, Tsuku-Boshi, Audiotalaia, Dark Era Tapes, and Pocket Fields.

web: tonyobr.net

music:
tsone.bandcamp.com
omega-seed.bandcamp.com
spotify.com

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6:45PM PDT
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Chuck van Zyl, Pennsylvania

Artist Bio and Information
Concerts by Chuck van Zyl take each listener on their own personal journey. His many years of music-making have yielded a range of substantial live appearances, collaborations and album releases. Realized in the specific poetry of the Berlin-School his expressions draw on a unique understanding of texture, atmosphere and scale. With its deep-space gateways and brilliant sequencer breakdowns, from the heights of heedlessness, on down to its quietly consuming fields, his music invites wonder.

Perhaps better known as the host of the legendary radio program STAR’S END, Chuck van Zyl continues to earn respect, support and appreciation from an ever-growing listenership. To provide rewarding experiences for performers and listeners alike, in 1992 he founded The Gatherings, which has become Philadelphia’s premiere concert series of innovative music.

Chiefly among his 2021 concert appearances will be Chuck van Zyl’s set for SoundQuest Fest 2021.

For more about Chuck van Zyl, please access:

web: chuckvanzyl.weebly.com

music: projekt.com

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Ambient Lounge

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Coming soon…
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Immersion Zone

More Information
The Immersion Zone is a 24/7 streaming sanctuary of deep sonic submersions and infinitely evolving visual apparitions. This experience draws from Steve’s various long-form zones and from the four Immersion Station apps released at the first Soundquest Fest in 2010, which focused on the deep, dark and warm Immersion Zones. This collaboration between Steve and Eric Freeman has now transformed into this new living breathing self-propagating realm. Enjoy Immersion Zone all night, starting after each night’s Ambient Lounge. Don’t worry, we’ll pipe it into the SoundQuest stream—no need to switch channels.

Day 2 – Saturday, March 27th

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4PM PDT
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Timeroom TV

More Information
Join us each night, an hour before the opening concert, in Timeroom TV. We’ll be featuring music videos, sponsor features, interviews from the Soundquest tribe and more. The live chat room will be available throughout, so come introduce yourself, sit back and ease into the show.
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5PM PDT
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Serena Gabriel, Arizona

Artist Bio and Information
Serena Gabriel is a visionary musician and dancer, recording artist and healing arts practitioner(L.Ac., MAcOM). She creates sacred space with intentional sound and has performed worldwide. Her exploration of world instruments, the healing arts, Sanskrit, Nada yoga and music production has led her to develop a unique style that spans several genres such as meditation, medicine music, electro-acoustic, experimental and electronic. Whether she is singing, playing the harmonium, didgeridoo, flute, lyre or incorporating the art of looping with acoustic instrumentation and electronic elements such as analog and digital synths and samplers, the sound is a richly textured co-creation with the present moment.

Most recently, Serena has been collaborating with her mentor, ambient composer Steve Roach- their first release together being the immersive long-form mantra beat album, Nectar Meditation. Serena’s deeply emotive and transformative album, Inanna’s Dream produced by Steve was included in several lists of the top albums of 2020. Their collaboration continues with the upcoming March 2021 release, Temple of the Melting Dawn on the Soundquest Music label.

web: www.serenagabriel.com
music: www.serenagabriel.bandcamp.com

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5:35PM PDT
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Chris Meyer (Alias Zone), New Mexico

Artist Bio and Information

Alias Zone is Chris Meyer of LearningModular.com. Active as both a designer and user of electronic instruments, he has designed synthesizers, samplers, and digital audio recorders for Sequential Circuits, Digidesign, and Roland R&D, including creating Vector Synthesis. In 2001, he and a group of musician friends released the ambient groove + spoken word album Lucid Dreams, which won the AFIM award for best independent electronic/new age release at the time. After a detour for a couple of decades creating graphics for television and film, he has returned to music, teaching his fellow musicians how to master modular synthesizers under the Learning Modular banner. Most recently he has started composing and performing under the Alias Zone name again, combining his former influences with brand new synthetic yet still organic soundscapes.

web: learningmodular.com

social media:
facebook.com/learningmodular
instagram.com/learningmodular
youtube.com/learningmodular

music: aliaszone.bandcamp.com

book: Patch & Tweak

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Ian Boddy, United Kingdom

Artist Bio and Information
Ian Boddy is a UK Based Composer, sound designer, DiN electronica music label owner and analogue synth aficionado.

Boddy has been active in electronic music since the late 1970’s when he first came across a sound studio filled with analogue synths and tape recorders.

Over his lengthy musical career he has released over 40 solo albums as well as 30+ collaborations with artists such as Robert Rich, Erik Wøllo, Markus Reuter and Mark Shreeve.

Boddy has run the DiN electronica label since 1999 as well as composing over 500 library music tracks for companies such as DeWolfe Music.

Furthermore, he has also programmed synth patches and virtual instruments for several companies such as Apple, Camel Audio, Soniccouture and Zero-G.

Playing live has always been one of Boddy’s main musical goals and he has now clocked up over 200 gigs both in the UK as well as in the Netherlands, Germany and the USA.

web: ianboddy.com
music: dinrecords.bandcamp.com

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7:15PM PDT
10:15PM EDT

Michael Stearns, New Mexico

Artist Bio and Information
Michael Stearns is a multi-genre composer, sound designer, and soundtrack producer. His credits include music for television, feature films, planetariums, theme parks, World Fairs, twenty-two IMAX films and nineteen solo albums. He has created music for NASA, Laserium, Disney Films, HBO, “20/20”, the Berkshire Ballet and his scores for Ron Fricke’s nonverbal global film masterpieces “Chronos,” “Sacred Site,” “Baraka” and “Samsara” have been heard by people around the world. Stearns works in his music and post production studio “The Guest House” in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His most recent release with Eric Wollo, Convergence, is on Projekt Records and after 25 years he is currently completing a new collaboration with Steve Roach for release this Summer.

web: michaelstearns.com
music: michaelstearns.bandcamp.com

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8:20PM PDT
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Ambient Lounge (Daniel Pipitone)

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For more than two decades as a designer, Daniel Pipitone has created a dynamic and vital cover for a full range of Ambient-Electronic music. After helping form the progressive Ambient Electronic label Lotuspike in 2004 along with artists Ben Cox and Jeff Kowal, Daniel collaborated with musical artists that included Rudy Adrian, Darshan Ambient, Craig Padilla as well as Cox and Kowal (Terra Ambient) and others. After the eventual merging of Lotuspike with Spotted Peccary Music in 2008, Daniel has worked with their full roster of Ambient Electronic artists to help give form to the “visual stories” for their musical projects. Currently working as Creative Director for Spotted Peccary Music, Daniel holds fast to the label’s axiom that Music Is Art. Holding the project’s imagery in equal importance to the musical, he looks for those “visual stories” within the sound, giving each project its unique form, color and personality with its own voice Daniel is currently helping Spotted Peccary expand into new territory by developing new audio/visual live streaming programming, including their new Transmissions Live Listening sessions and upcoming co-located live performances.

web: https://danielpipitonedesign.com
music: https://spottedpeccary.com
video: http://bit.ly/2YvAJ6r

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10:20PM PDT
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Immersion Zone

More Information
The Immersion Zone is a 24/7 streaming sanctuary of deep sonic submersions and infinitely evolving visual apparitions. This experience draws from Steve’s various long-form zones and from the four Immersion Station apps released at the first Soundquest Fest in 2010, which focused on the deep, dark and warm Immersion Zones. This collaboration between Steve and Eric Freeman has now transformed into this new living breathing self-propagating realm. Enjoy Immersion Zone all night, starting after each night’s Ambient Lounge. Don’t worry, we’ll pipe it into the SoundQuest stream—no need to switch channels.

Day 3 – Sacred Sunday Morning Sets, March 28th

Music for reflection and inner connection

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Jeff Greinke, Arizona

Artist Bio and Information
Jeff Greinke is a renowned composer of ambient, electro-acoustic and experimental music. Through a highly developed process of layering, Jeff composes and performs music rich in texture, depth, mood, and subtle detail. Jeff is a former meteorology student, and the weather has always remained a central theme of his heavily atmospheric work, which blends electronic and acoustic instruments and textures to produce haunting yet inviting soundscapes with a strong sense of place, hovering somewhere between the exotic and the familiar.

Jeff began composing and performing music in 1980 while studying meteorology at Pennsylvania State University. After moving to Seattle in 1982, Jeff formed the production company and recording label, INTREPID, through which he produced his first LP, Cities in Fog. He has since released twenty solo recordings on various U.S. and European labels. His next recording is titled Other Weather, to be released in February 2021 on Spotted Peccary. Jeff’s music can also be heard on numerous collaborative recordings including three with his band LAND and two with vocalist Anisa Romero and their group Hana. He has composed music for film, video, dance, theatre, radio, and art installations and has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, Macau, and China. Jeff currently resides in, and draws inspiration from, the desert Southwest outside Tucson, Arizona.

music: https://jeffgreinke.bandcamp.com/

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10:50AM PDT
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Howard Givens, Oregon
Madhavi Devi, Texas
Craig Padilla, California

Artist Bio and Information
Howard Givens is a life-long fan, advocate and creator of ambient-electronic music, as well as the principle mastering engineer and an original founding partner of the Spotted Peccary Music record label. As a longtime established electronic recording artist, he has collaborated with Craig Padilla, Madhavi Devi, and – as part of Brain Laughter – with Steve Roach and others, as well as appearing as a guest artist on many recordings including works by Jon Jenkins and Deborah Martin.

He has mastered many of the titles on Spotted Peccary Music as well as many releases for Steve Roach and others primarily in electronic music, and has been responsible for defining the overall sound of the Spotted Peccary label.

For him, this has been a creative exploration into the depth and dimension of sound and space, since a vital component of ambient-electronic music is all about an immersive experience, where such subtleties are integral to the composition. And perhaps most importantly, his never-ending pursuit of the ambient form has been continually intertwined with an ongoing observation of the process of life itself, expressed through this abstract language of sound.

web: https://spottedpeccary.com/artists/howard-givens/

Creative muse, Visual artist, Electronic musician, Harpist, and Meditative Sound Painter Madhavi Devi (Cheryl Gallagher) produces and performs music and art with intention towards supernal inner growth and development, composing inspiring sound-spaces and artworks reflective of mystical vibrations and light from the center of being. Madhavi’s album art is often graced with her own mystical meditative artworks giving listeners a deeper perspective on her music as well as insight into her unique creative personality. Her critically acclaimed releases feature rich textures and nuanced melodic structures that are evocatively moving and intimate, and yet celestial in scope.

Madhavi was an active professional instrumentalist and recording artist before meeting Howard Givens of Spotted Peccary Music at a music conference in 1999, traveling to Nepal and Tibet with SPM artists Deborah Martin and Mark Hunton soon after, and releasing their collaborative album “TIBET” in 2003. Madhavi has remained active in music and associated with the SPM label, releasing most recently “Source of Compassion” with Howard Givens in 2016 and her first solo album on SPM, “The Truth of Being” in 2018.

web: https://www.madhavidevi.com/

Craig Padilla is an internationally celebrated and award-winning electronic music artist (and video producer). After more than two decades of performing live and recording his own music using many analog and digital synthesizers, his style reflects the classic electronic musicians of the past, while finding new sound and music styles that are unique to the true ambient electronic music genre (often found in categories from New Age to Trance to Electronica).

Never letting technology overcome the humanity in his compositions, he creates electronic music that is rooted in tradition while still sounding new, interesting, and fresh.
He has composed soundtracks for various television, theatrical, and film productions. His music is heard on XM Satellite Radio, all streaming platforms, and on celebrated radio programs such as “Echoes.”

web: https://craigpadilla.bandcamp.com/

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Steve Roach & Serena Gabriel, Arizona

Artist Bio and Information
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12:25PM PDT
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Immersion Zone

More Information
The Immersion Zone is a 24/7 streaming sanctuary of deep sonic submersions and infinitely evolving visual apparitions. This experience draws from Steve’s various long-form zones and from the four Immersion Station apps released at the first Soundquest Fest in 2010, which focused on the deep, dark and warm Immersion Zones. This collaboration between Steve and Eric Freeman has now transformed into this new living breathing self-propagating realm. Enjoy Immersion Zone all night, starting after each night’s Ambient Lounge. Don’t worry, we’ll pipe it into the SoundQuest stream—no need to switch channels.

Day 3 – Sunday Evening, March 28th

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Timeroom TV

More Information
Join us each night, an hour before the opening concert, in Timeroom TV. We’ll be featuring music videos, sponsor features, interviews from the Soundquest tribe and more. The live chat room will be available throughout, so come introduce yourself, sit back and ease into the show.
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5PM PDT
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Robert Rich, California

Artist Bio and Information

Across four decades and over 50 albums, Robert Rich has helped evolve the genre of ambient music, dark-ambient, tribal and trance, yet his music remains hard to categorize. Part of his unique sound comes from using home-made acoustic and electronic instruments, microtonal harmonies, computer-based signal processing, chaotic systems and feedback networks. Rich began building his own analog synthesizers in 1976, when he was 13 years old, and later studied for a year at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). Rich has performed in caves, cathedrals, planetaria, art galleries and concert halls throughout Europe and North America. His all-night Sleep Concerts, first performed in 1982, became legendary in the San Francisco area. In 1996 he revived his all-night concert format, playing Sleep Concerts for live and radio audiences across the U.S. special performances in Krakow, Tokyo, Copenhagen, Gdansk, USA’s Noise Pop and Moogfest, and elsewhere. His more active music takes him to international festivals such as Boom (Portugal), Klusa Daba (Latvia), Rainbow Serpent and Earth Frequency (Australia), Monsoon (Vietnam), and Electric Forest and Earth Dance (USA).

As mastering engineer and mixer, he has applied his ear to hundreds of albums in
all styles. He has been featured in Keyboard Magazine, Electronic Musician, Guitar
Player; He continues to release music on his own Soundscapes label.

web: robertrich.com
music: robertrich.bandcamp.com

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5:50PM PDT
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Erik Wøllo, Norway

Artist Bio and Information
Erik Wøllo (born 1961) is one of Norway’s foremost composers. His long musical experience covers a wide range of styles from rock and jazz, to experimental electronic and classical music. He has been composing and performing music for film, theater, ballet and art exhibitions as well as composing for strings, woodwinds and larger orchestras. As a guitarist he has been leading his own groups and playing at clubs, concert halls and festivals in Europe, the US and Canada.

Erik has released over 50 albums. His music can be classified in the genres of space, drone, new age, and electronic music. Aa a true pioneer always looking for new ways of expression, he was one of the very first Norwegian composers who adapted minimalism in his work in the 1980’s. Through his many successful album releases, he has gained a worldwide recognition for his unique sound and style.

His music reflects the musical currents of our time while offering the listener a highly original and exciting sonic experience. Erik Wøllo has collaborated and released well-known albums with some of the most respected and legendary artists in the ambient music world: Steve Roach, Michael Stearns, Ian Boddy, Byron Metcalf, Bernhard Wöstheinrich and several others.

web: wollo.com
music: projekt.com

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6:55PM PDT
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Steve Roach, Arizona

Artist Bio and Information
Steve Roach is a leading American pioneer in the evolution of ambient/electronic music, helping shape it into what it is today. Grammy nominated in 2018 and 2019 consecutively, his career spans four decades and nearly 150 releases. His massive catalog of landmark recordings includes Structures from Silence, Dreamtime Return and Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces (part 1-4). Drawing from a vast, unique and deeply personal authenticity, his albums are fueled by the momentum of a lifetime dedicated to the soundcurrent. Roach is an artist operating at the pinnacle of his artform, driven by a passion and unbroken focus enhancing the emotive, soul-stirring depth of his music.

From the expansive, time-suspending spaces reflecting his spiritual home in Arizona to the fire breathing, sequencer-driven rhythmic-tribal expressions woven from all things electric and organic, this innovative world of sound has been nourished by years of transcendent concerts worldwide. Always reaching towards what’s next on the horizon, Roach refuses to be tied down to any one stylistic direction. Capturing peak moments as they occur in his Timeroom studio, he creates a sonic experience that breathes emotion and vital life energy that connects to an ever-growing worldwide audience.

web: steveroach.com
music: steveroach.bandcamp.com

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8:05PM PDT
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Ambient Lounge (Bluetech)

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Evan Bartholomew has been performing electronic music for nearly 20 years as Bluetech, Evan Marc and Invisible Allies (with Kilowatts).

As an internationally recognized touring music producer with over 27 album / EP releases and a seasoned portfolio of video game and film scoring credits, Bluetech is a master of analog and modular sound synthesis and DSP audio manipulation. He brings a passion for sound design and cutting edge audio exploration into all the work he touches. His music transcends the constructs normally associated with a calculated “electronic artist,” pursuing music with meaning and purpose with downtempo, future bass and progressive electronic music, rife with emotional intent and poly-rhythmic percussion.

Bluetech began his training as a classically trained pianist at a young age, and has explored his craft as a DJ, musician, film composer, record producer and label owner. His work has evolved to include his roots in classical composition and ear for nomadic harmonic progressions and a deep awareness of music as a kinetic force with body moving beat mechanics.

Working as a solo artist, as well as a producer, he has written scores for film and television (CSI: Miami, Scared Sacred, Occupy Love, Albedo Absolute, various television commercials), video games (Comet Crash 2 – forthcoming PS4) and virtual reality installations (MicrodoseVR). In addition to music, Evan has established a reputation as an accomplished graphic designer, illustrator, and 3D animator through both his personal work and commissions for clients (Microsoft, Austin City Limits, City Of Seattle). Bluetech has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally, having shared stages with such acts as The Glitch Mob, The Orb, Bassnectar, Ott, Juno Reactor and many more.

Now focusing energy on his record label Behind The Sky, he is releasing limited edition vinyl albums from established and up and coming names in the modular synthesis community. Behind The Sky has quickly made a mark for quality and curation, and 2021 will be a banner year for releases from the label.

web:

bluetechonline.com
behindtheskymusic.com

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Immersion Zone

More Information
The Immersion Zone is a 24/7 streaming sanctuary of deep sonic submersions and infinitely evolving visual apparitions. This experience draws from Steve’s various long-form zones and from the four Immersion Station apps released at the first Soundquest Fest in 2010, which focused on the deep, dark and warm Immersion Zones. This collaboration between Steve and Eric Freeman has now transformed into this new living breathing self-propagating realm. Enjoy Immersion Zone all night, starting after each night’s Ambient Lounge. Don’t worry, we’ll pipe it into the SoundQuest stream—no need to switch channels.

SoundQuest Fest

SoundQuest Fest, created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach, unites a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for events unique in the realm of ambient music. The Soundquest Fest mission is to create global connection, togetherness and inspiration through the power of sound and vision during this consequential and unique moment in time.

© 2021 Soundquest Music.