Craig Padilla / Zero Ohms – When The Earth Is Far Away
Lotuspike – 2012
Working two jobs, while trying somehow to get a feature film financed can make life not only busy, but frustrating and stressful as well. This is why for me, it’s very important that an ambient music album comes along to ground me and helps give me peace. When The Earth Is Far Away is such a CD.
What’s so healthy is how this music brings a stillness and calmness that makes you forget about everything else for the 63-minute running time. Maybe even more important is how the wide- openness of the composition allows the mind to wander creatively and help gather your thoughts. I find this invaluable and not something every kind of music can do.
Padilla & Ohms vision for this release is to make you imagine traveling through a solitary and vast expanse; a distant reach into the outer boundaries of space, searching for another planet to inhabit. They achieve it in every track.
I love the duration the musicians give to “Timelessness” as it feels like it could go on forever.
The dark subtle undercurrent of “Strange Storms” is done is such a way that it is impossible to separate what is electronic synthesizer and what is acoustic-wind instrument. It’s seamless and certainly does not draw attention to itself.
“Blue Distance” makes me think of crystal aqua blue massive area of water that would be heavenly to plunge into.
The two musicians make the last track “Terraforming” the most dramatic, with a slight touch of intensity. You can literally sense the transformation of another planet to resemble the landscape of Earth.
It was fascinating to read that Padilla & Richard Roberts (a.k.a. Zero Ohms) both manipulated each others tracks instead of the usual “hands off the other guy’s tracks’” common in most collaboration. This unique approach in their musical partnership produces this dreamlike album that uplifts the spirit.