New Release CD Review
Cave Explorers who hike great depths of caverns travel in the devoid
of stimulus, light or sound. Only the unbroken pulse of their own
sustains them with its constant rhythm. From out of quietness comes
music, a beacon beaming through caverns.
As an architect, John Salat is capable of designing buildings,
and domes. As a musician and composer he is building a musical bridge
entire centuries, cultures and genres. Using sound palettes as building
blocks, Salat has united ancient percussion, ambient sound and the
future into his first Silverscapes Music CD release "Echoes of the
Born in southern California, Salat grew up in a family of art
whose world treasures, paintings, crafts, and statues filled his
home and influenced his earliest grasp of esthetics. Studying art and
at college he played classical guitar, but avant-garde architecture
he refers to as frozen music) was his main creative outlet.
Salat's visionary muse returned to music as a result of working late
and stressful hours in an office and tuning his imagination while
to New age music. The sounds that he heard nourished his spirit, heart
and intellect, and subsequently constructed a high-tech digital
studio to compose and record music expressing a specific blend of
and textures."Creating music is like tone painting on a sound canvas;
sounds are visual palettes of colors", says John.
Although the category of "New Age" could conceivably fit Salat's
he prefers a wider term " New Adult Contemporary World " (NAC/World) to
define the reach of his songs. Whatever the definition, the effect on
is subtle but profound; a cerebral massage.
John hopes that his music, with the cross-culture reference, can
bring people together. "I would simply like to unite hands around the
without prejudice or alienation, and the metaphor of world music is a
ground for that experience."
The song titles of Echoes of the Heart provide intriguing keys to
upcoming auditory experience. Satin Dreams, Silver Drops and China Wind
as well as Salat's 13 additional selections, invite the listener on a
minute evocative journey through darkness and light, and into the
resources of their own imagination.
It is unlikely that John will perform live due to difficulty in
real time music in of a controlled studio. His future goal is to
his visual musicscapes to film. The music compositions provoke images
stirs imagination for film, taking listeners to places.
Salat refers to himself as an artist rather than a musician. His
3-D audio landscape is a magical subcontinent where warm tonal winds
along colored skies of orchestration while percussive warmth reflects
earth. World Mysticism blends with western melodies into a state of
inspiring tranquillity, inspired global dreaming; echoes of the heart.
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