Katrina is a name that brings up vivid memories and sense of helplessness for all who witnessed the hurricane’s massive devastation and became the largest natural disaster in American history.
Michael Brant DeMaria, PH.D. is a clinical psychologist, composing musician, poet, author, and dedicator of his Healing Sound Series to all hurricane survivors past, present, and future. In his psychotherapy practice, Michael created ONTOS ( Greek for Being ) to help people live more meaningful and effective lives, and his ambient music is designed as therapy to help assist survivors by easing their return to coastal living again.
While writing this review I learned Michael was among those who lost their family home during the 2004 – 2005 hurricane seasons, so his therapy support does arrive from a first person perspective.
The River began the Healing Sound Series, with Ocean second in the series based on over 25 years of personal and professional research in the fundamental principals of sonic healing techniques, helping survivors relax and return to a more peaceful existence through ambient sound techniques.
His third release Siyotanka won the Native American Music Award in the Native Heart category, being placed on the Grammy ballot for Best Native American Music Album, while retaining the # 1 position on ZMR charts in February 2009. His music, art, and poetry acquired U.S. recognition while gaining international acceptance in Australia, Europe, and Russia, touching the lives of many persons.
The Ocean album helps reclaim the natural bond we share with our greater oceanic waters, rejuvenating our vital relationship by interweaving calming ambient therapy, in a bright reflection that restores a more positive link with our mysterious, life sustaining hydrosphere.
Ocean responds by calming ambiance and some unique blending of World & Contemporary instrumentals of Native American flute, African Djembe, Middle Eastern Doumbek, Indian Sruti box and Aerophones. More traditional keyboards, piano, and percussion also form the connection into 11 songs reflecting titles in the theme of our primarily blue planet.
Open Water begins with a compelling quiet stillness, approaching more subtle moments before synthesizer starts the slow emergence into woodwinds equally calming approach, nicely illustrating the vast waters that comprise over seventy percent of the Earth.
Light ambient notes appear in Moonlit Sea to instill a moment of solitude before woodwind flute begins a comforting reflection by softer drawn out notes, generating a gentle shimmering effect like small surface ripples moving outward on top of peaceful waters.
Transformation enters a flute prelude with graceful motions that show like soft sound waves quietly lapping against the shoreline and ambient notes soon appear like airy clouds that drift alongside bass percussion signaling an ancient rhythm. The distant chants put forth a revitalizing atmosphere while deeper tones give an impression of deep universal depths, before bringing the lighter theme back to the surface.
The commingling of deep and shallower notes are also heard in Remember, conveying soft chants and woodwinds while interacting with a deeper mesmerizing background, defining the chosen ambient theme for the album as a pleasant and relaxing one.
In Search Of Home divulges into intrigue I felt was natural, enchanting, and just right for a final reflection about the Oceans since we enjoy, yet depend on them so much. Just like our hydrosphere which pretty much remains a universal unsolved mystery that completely surrounds us.
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