Mark Dwane - Mysteries, Myths, and MIDI Guitar




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Published on Jul 7, 2014

Bio: http://www.last.fm/music/Mark+Dwane

We explore the creative world of electronic guitarist, composer, producer, Mark Dwane, whose other-worldly themed concept albums press the edges of ambient space rock and symphonic electronica. Dwane shapes his albums around mythological epics such as Atlantis, the Nefillim, Sirius, and metaphysic topics such as angels, aliens, and oracles.

Mark Dwane is unquestionably one of the masters of guitar synthesis. Beginning in the 1970s, he began to couple electric guitar to the oscillator banks of analog synths, using drum machines and the early generations of digital software to forge a unique sound that embraces the symphonic sweeps of lush ambient, Pink Floyd-like soaring guitar solos, and ethereal voices which paint conceptual soundscapes to the themes of each of his 20 albums.

Not just a guitarist, but a skilled engineer, producer, composer and arranger; Mark Dwane uses state-of-the-art instruments and records all the music in his own custom studio in Westlake, Ohio. In addition to his own album projects, Mark also works producing licenced music used in network television, advertising, and sports events

The themes of Mark's albums are not just titles to instrumentals, but the core ideas that anchor the music and guide the imagery he paints in the rhythms, melodies, and subtle nuances of the songs. Like a painter employing his unique palette on canvas, Dwane weaves imaginative landscapes, emotional crescendos, and breathless wonder through his instruments. It all becomes the soundtrack to a journey inside another world.

Drawing influences from Vangelis, Kitaro, Jan Hammer, Yes, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Jeff Beck, to name a few; Dwane's music defies easy categories. While his earliest concept albums, such as "Monuments of Mars" (inspired by the Richard C. Hoagland book of the same name), were recorded with entirely electronic instruments, he has over the years integrated his arsenal of electric and acoustic instruments into the mixes. His 2001 release, "Planetary Mysteries" also featured the vocals of Michelle Nader.

As music technology has continued to advance, Dwane continues to refine and expand his musical landscapes, but never allows his sound to be formed by, or dated by the technology. In fact, as one listens through his catalog, the technology seamlessly trends toward increasingly "human" and organic expressions. Each album forms around the coalescing concepts with meticulous aural detail, unique unto itself, but definably "Mark Dwane".

His latest, 2014's "Anomalies" continues the tradition, from the quirky rhythms and glissando guitar solo of "Kaleidoscope of Dreams" to the dark tones of "Shockwave", and the "space rock" atmospherics of "Second Circle", the album holds true to the compositional vision of its subject matter. Surprising, but not jarring; comfortable, but never complacent, it is music that can be heard as a soundtrack for exercise, meditation, star-gazing, or just engaging the imagination. Mark Dwane's music is a part of this age. The evolving nature of man and his connection to the Earth, and onward to other worlds and dimensions.


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