J. Arif Verner

A Vision Beyond Light

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J. Arif Verner is a multifaceted performer and a talented technician. A Vision Beyond Light is his debut CD. It is an important step in Spotted Peccary's quest to define new music native to the U.S. Verner's synthesizer wavers from minimalist to symphonic. It is always ambient and atmospheric. His sound is somewhat unique; it is "symphonic synth minimalism." The atmospheres are large with lots of strategically placed holes for maximum effect. A gentle drone carries the soundscape through all of its permutations. This disc will appeal to fans of Steve Roach's pure space music, Cyrille Verdeaux, Jonn Serrie, and Patrick O'Hearn. This is essential space music.

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