the new album
We Only Came to Dream
After a 20 year wait, the new Alias Zone album is finally out. Over the course of three extended pieces, Chris displays his Berlin School roots in the sweeping Ash Tree Window, while also revealing his spiritual, tribal/ambient side in the gentle Navajo-influenced Dream Catcher and the epic Aztec-themed Náhuatl – a special version of his SoundQuest Fest 2021 performance. Two pieces also contain flute solos by old friend Richard Bugg, who appeared also on Lucid Dreams.
Previews from the new album:
Ash Tree Window
Upcoming & Recent Events
July 10, 2021
Live From the Studio with Franck Martin
Saturday July 10 starting at 11 AM PDT (2 PM EDT, 8 PM CEST) I will be interviewed live by Franck, followed by a performance. I hope you can join us, and participate in the live chat! If ou miss it, it will be available for playback.
Three Live In-Person Performances
After a year of virtual performances, I am tentatively scheduled to perform live and in-person Saturday September 11 at Knobcon in Schaumburg, Illinois, Thursday September 23 at SynthaCider in Lakewood, Colorado, and Saturday October 9 at the Press Club in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I will be playing solo sets, and at two of them may be performing as part of the ensemble Meridian Alpha. More details as the dates draw closer.
If you have an upcoming event you would like me to be part of, please contact me using the form at the bottom of this page – I love getting a chance to share my music!
the new single
I had the pleasure of performing a half hour set for the 2021 edition of Mountain Skies. It started out as a piece of laid-back, stripped-down space music…but then took a couple of turns into jazzy lounge, and even waltz territories(!). Rather than have it disappear into the ether after that night, I’ve tidied up the mix and am making it available on Bandcamp at “name your own price.” Sit back, relax, and enjoy…
Preview of the performance:
Sputnik's Ghosts – Live at Mountain Skies
The original album
The album that started it all, 20 years ago: Chris Meyer creating rhythmic loops and textural atmospheres as the backbone for live improvised performances by Richard Bugg’s ensemble, Cosmic Debris. This release featured a strong ethno-ambient flavor combined with spoken word in a variety of languages, and won the 2002 AFIM award for Best Independent Electronic/New Age release. You can name your own price to get the digital version on Bandcamp, complete with PDF of the original artwork and liner notes.
Excerpts from Lucid Dreams:
I Have Stopped Dreaming
Without a Prayer
Textures swirl and mutate, instruments morph, and sound effects roll across the stereo spectrum in a hallucinogenic stream of consciousness…
This is an excellent work, and fans of Mickey Hart, Bill Laswell, and new age alike will verily enjoy this eclectic recording.
An extremely rewarding, lush, and exotic journey.
The music has a smoothness to it that draws you in. The sounds wrap around you and create a powerful image of musical vision. This is as good as it gets. Every song is amazing.
…a tantalizing disc, filled with ten of the most uniquely original tracks I have ever heard – each one enfolds you in a world of musically induced imagery. This is ambient at its most potent extreme to date.
It asks to be listened and meditated to, and gives in return a deep experience of what music can be when it is thoughtful and deeply felt.
The spoken word parts melt perfectly with the chilled percussion and ambience.