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  • Audio CD (16 Jun. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hearts of Space
  • ASIN: B000000X6Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 453,294 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This talented Canadian team produced some of the finest environmental electronic music of the 80s. Together again and better than ever. theyve captured the moody grandeur of the inspiring Canadian landscape from Niagra Falls to Hudson Hay in their 'romantic minimalist' style. With Kim Deschamps (ex-Cowboy junkies) on pedal steel guitar and authentic nature sounds recorded in the Canadian wilderness. Keyboard, pedal steel, bass guitar; bassoon. natural ambiences.

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Format: Audio CD
The first track "Cootes Paradise" is a wonderfully evocative piece of melodic/atmospheric music using a combination of warm synth, piano and recorded nature sounds to mesmerising effect. The rest of this 12 track album charts a similarly relaxing course of affecting and beautifully composed music evoking the sublime landscapes of Canada's oldest footpath - the "Bruce Trail".At no point does the music feel contrived; instead, it sounds wonderfully organic and flowing with a true sense of purpose. An album to be played again..again..and again...music to cherish forever.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8f6aad5c) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
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HASH(0x8f7d0594) out of 5 stars A masterpiece of reflective and wistful music 15 Jun. 2000
By Bill Binkelman, Wind and Wire - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
North of Niagara is easily one of the best somber and melancholic works of ambient music around. Mychael Danna and Tim Clement have combined forces once again and this time produced a work so sublime, so rich with emotional power, that it is near essential for any fan of new age or ambient music.
The music itself combines the "feel" of acoustic music (thanks to piano and some other instruments) with the textures of ambient, since electronic keyboards as used as well. The results are tone poems that are sad, starkly beautiful and immensely compelling.
The inspiration for the music comes from the "Bruce Trail" a very long hiking path through the Canadian forest "north of Niagara" (hence the title). One can easily feel transported (helped along by very discrete use of nature sounds on the CD) to the walking path in late summer or early fall. The mood of the music is grey and somber, so I usually picture the scene as mid to late autumn.
Along with Tim Story's Beguiled and The Perfect Flaw (and Mychael Danna's own Skys), this is a near perfect recording for those days when melancholy strikes and you wish to pause and reflect. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f7d05e8) out of 5 stars Beautiful northern exposure. 11 Jun. 2000
By Laurent COUQUIAUD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD is amazing! Truly Canadian in spirit and sounds, "North of Niagara" is of a sentimental value to me. When I listen to Canadian duo Mychael Danna and Tim Clément's keyboard melodies, I remember those romantic summer places like The Thousand Islands. Actually, the environmental sounds in "North of Niagara" remind me of earlier passages from "Summerland" (the first Danna/Clément collaboration in 1985). Most of all, "North of Niagara" is a very emotional recording, which explains why I often go back to it to soothe my mind. Minimalist yet profound in music fabric and melodic material, Mychael Danna and Tim Clément manage to blend suberb natural sounds (recorded along the Bruce Trail in Canada) with sublime keys of melancholy. The music in this album laps against your memories to reach the subconscious level of your mind with a rare emotion. From the searing nostalgia of "Remember Summer" to the ominous ascent of "Mount Nemo", the lapping waters of "Coote's Paradise", and the sentimental yearning of "Lookout Point", the diverse landscape of "North of Niagara" speaks to the heart. This is a must-have for your ambient music collection!
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HASH(0x8f7ae084) out of 5 stars Life-Changing, Heartbreaking, Haunting Music ! 10 Jan. 2001
By D. R. Greenfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You ask how an album of mere music can change a person's life? Well, try this one. Sometime, during the summer, go on a journey, somewhere you have never been before, and take this album with you. You will come back transformed. This music will weave incredible magic into any journey, whether it is to the Bruce Trail or simply to the wild outback of your own home state. Heartbreaking, haunting, timeless music. Anyone who loves contemplative music will treasure this album. One of the greatest albums of "new serious music" from the 90's.
HASH(0x8f7d0870) out of 5 stars Beautiful. Essential. Priceless. 8 Feb. 2016
By JC ESQ - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD contains some of the most calming, evocative, and contemplative music you will ever hear. The first time I ever heard "Avening", I burst into tears. Oh my god. It's like an electronic, new-age version of Arvo Part's "Fratres" disc (as performed by I Fiamminghi, Telarc CD-80387), especially the track "Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten". This music will grab you, gently, and hold you ... it will envelop you with loving arms, gentle waves of melody that will pierce whatever pain or hurt you have inside. It will lower your blood pressure (I've tested this on several friends as well as on myself). It will calm you. It will cause you to look at the world differently after you've finished listening. This disc is on my iPhone; every time I take a long plane flight, I listen to it (btw, do yourself a favor and get a pair of Bose Quiet Comfort 25's). Can you tell that I highly recommend this disc ?!? This disc is a balm, an antidote, to the trash of noise that pollutes our modern existence (leaf blowers, car horns, screaming people, etc). Escape for 52 minutes. You owe it to yourself.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f7d0810) out of 5 stars Beautiful and Haunting 11 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The first time I heard one of the tracks on this CD while listening to the "Hearts of Space" radio program I was deeply moved buy the beautiful piano composition which flowed with the background ebb of lapping water on a lake shore. The next day I ordered the CD on Amazon.com and when it finally arrived, I listen to all the other tracks and I would rate this album with 5 stars because this is one of the best ambient works I have heard in a while and I have heard them all. This CD can be used for relaxation, meditation, or quiet reflection and contemplation. Highly Recommended!
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