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
January 22, 2022
Southern California Synth Society
This event will be streamed live on YouTube starting at 6 PM PST (9 PM EST, 2 AM Sunday the 23rd GMT; 3 AM CET – don’t worry; it will be saved on YouTube to play back later). I am performing “live from the studio” along with eight other artists, and going on seventh out of the nine artists: after Jnatra and before Primitive Heart. This will be my first performance with a brand-new live rig I’ve been putting together, and I’m quite excited about it.
February 11/12, 2022
Phoenix Synthesizer Festival
I am performing Friday night the 11th (opening for Steve Roach) and giving a workshop Saturday afternoon the 12th. Both will be streamed on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook. The workshop starts Saturay the 12th at roughly 3 PM MST (2 PM PST, 5 PM EST, 10 PM GMT, 11 PM CET); I am waiting for confirmation of the concert start time. The button below will take you to the official event page, which will be updated with more details as they become available.
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.