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
May 8, 2021
Modular World's First Anniversary
I will be performing a short set and giving an interview as part of Modular World’s first anniversary show. More details about time and exact URL as the date gets closer; it will be a marathon show lasting over 24 hours.
May 21, 2021
SoCal Synth Society Summit 2021
I will also be performing a short set as part of the Southern California Synthesizer Society’s annual Synth Summit. More details about time and exact URL as the date gets closer.
Performance = Composition
I’m actively looking for streaming events to perform in, as I treat each one is an opportunity to compose a new piece. If you have an event you would like Alias Zone to be part of, contact me using the form at the bottom of this page.
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.