Ambient Highways wins award for Best Electronic Music Album of the Year!

Ambient Highways wins award for Best Electronic Music Album of 2015!

Yesterday, the folks at One World Music Radio held their 3rd annual awards show, and my album Ambient Highways won in the Best Electronic Music Album category!

OWMR 2015 Best Electronic Music Album - Keith Richie - Ambient Highways

I am honored to have received this award for Ambient Highways.  I am also honored to have been nominated with so many other wonderful artists.

Ambient Highways was just one of those albums that felt so right while I was working on it. Starting with Neutrino and its particle like sequences that rise and fall through out the track and then being thrown immediately into a 1940’s noir like state with V Feeling (a homage to the classic Greek composer Vangelis), you won’t feel as if this album is repetitive at all.

The albums title song Ambient Highways comprises lush pads and a soft melody surrounding the listener in a blanket of symphonic electronica.

Additional songs on this release range from a melancholy like feeling to an exuberant state in their overall composition, yet pulls the listener through theses emotions with the albums crescendoing track Keeping The Dream Alive.

Here are a few things that have been stated about Ambient Highways

Discount for Ambient Highways

In honor of this of this award, I’m offering a 25% discount off purchase of Ambient Highways lasting until July 4th, 2016 if you purchase it via Bandcamp.

https://keithrichie.bandcamp.com/album/ambient-highways

Just enter “owmrawardwinner” (without the quotes) at checkout for the discount.

Once again, thanks to the OWMR Team and all the listeners!

I’m just Keeping the Dream Alive!

Keith Richie

 

Attending the John Carpenter Live Retrospective Tonight!

Tonight I have the amazing opportunity to go see John Carpenter and his band perform at the Majestic theatre here in Dallas, TX.  I’m also participating in the VIP Meet and Greet to meet him, his son Cody Carpenter and the rest of the band.

Suffice it to say, I’m super excited for this!   Carpenter has been one of my major inspirations in life and my horror / Halloween styled album March of the Inanimate was my attempt at a homage to his style of music.

So in case you missed it, I wanted to let you know that I’ve been working on a follow album to  March of the Inanimate code named “Shapes“.  I know after attending the concert, I’m going to be inspired even more for more work on Shapes.

Shapes 1

I’m always working on new material, and I want to get a head start this year to possibly have a new Horror / Halloween themed album ready for the 2016 Halloween season. When I released March of the Inanimate, I unfortunately didn’t get it released till nearly the end of October 2014. I always knew I wanted to do a follow up album to it, but this time ensure it was ready “before” or right at the starting of the Halloween season.

I can tell you, the name of the album will NOT be called “Shapes”. Again, that’s the code name I’ve selected. I DO have the concept in mind for what the album is going to be about, and I have some other cool news about it that I will share shortly before it’s finalized and pre-launch begins (Sometime around the middle of September). What I have been working on, is some general themes that will be used throughout the album, and today I’d like to share with you a couple of drafts of the main themes.

These tracks are of course very early drafts with only the basic melodies and outline.

If you are a fan of John Carpenter, you’ll know that “The Shape” is the pseudonym for Michael Myers from the Halloween franchise. It could also be applied to various elements from Carpenter films such as the androids in Halloween III or the leper victims of the Elizabeth Dane under the cover of The Fog. I would say that the style of this album may be closer to the sound you hear in The Fog soundtrack, or The Thing. You be the judge.

So give the couple of tracks in the Shapes playlist a spin!

I hope you enjoy this early preview of things to come! And be sure to let me know your thoughts! They are ALWAYS appreciated!

Keith Richie

Special airing of The Maestoso Interstellar Suite 10YRAE

TMIS10YRAE Official Cover 244pxPlease join me for a special airing of my album The Maestoso Interstellar Suite 10 Year Anniversary Edition presented by One World Music Radio tomorrow Thursday, June 16th 2016 at 2PM PST/4PM CST/5PM EST /10PM UK.

I’ll be discussing how the album came together with an introduction to each part of the suite. This is something you don’t want to miss!

I’ll also be in Facebook Chat while the show is presented to provide even more insight as the music plays.

If you are on Facebook, you can join the add yourself to the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/536161776574795/

I’ll try to keep that event posting up to date with any changes.

At the time of the event, just tune into One World Music Radio at http://www.oneworldmusic.co.uk/ to listen.

This album is a labor of love for me. This album is not just a re-master and re-release of the same album from years ago, but is a brand new experience for listeners. The original material was cleaned up, enhanced, and re-mastered as well as extended onto a second disc of completely new material. A two-hour space music epic consisting of 4 parts to ease the mind and calm the spirit. A new prelude begins the experience and eases you into the parts and movements on a musical tour through interstellar space.

Carl Sagan once said “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.”

I hope you’ll join me for the music, and the chat, and find peace and relaxation through it all.

Let  your imagination carry you to worlds that never were as you begin this interstellar voyage with me.

Keith Richie