Six tracks- Sixty minutes-

Ambient, Melodic, Electronic Space Music


TimeStar is a 60 minute musical mind meld down distant pathways, soundscaped through ambient, electronic space


I can't endorse this CD enough. Buy it, put it in your player, turn out the lights, don your headphones, and prepare to cruise the cosmos! This is one trip you don't want to miss- Bill Binkelman, Wind and Wire Read Full review



Listen to samples from the album



Track Name

Time on CD


1. TimeStar

part 1 (click to listen to sample)

part 2 (click to listen to sample)

part 3 (click to listen to sample)



2 On the path of seasons (click to listen to sample)



3. West Span Winter (click to listen to sample)



4. Arise new decade (click to listen to sample)



5. Late for the millennium (click to listen to sample)



6. Last century signpost (click to listen to sample)







by Bill Binkelman

Editor-Wind and Wire



Synthesizer artist Steve Verity's new album, TimeStar, is a real gem. Six songs, from the opening eighteen-minute opus title track to four more in the seven to nine minute range, and each one a wonderful exploration of classic electronic spacemusic and subtly rhythmic EM. Don't expect either Berlin thump-fests or amorphous floating spacescapes, though. This album is filled with twinkling star showers, soaring cosmic chords, pitch-bending note magic, subdued yet dramatic synth washes, and many little electronic shadings and colors that all add up to a musical experience meant to be savored in a direct-listening environment. The first few times I played TimeStar was as background music (big mistake) and I didn't even begin to appreciate the expansive mix, the vast assortment of electronic tonalities and instrumentation, and the superb engineering. Trust me on this one point, folks -- this is a CD to hear on headphones in a dark room. TimeStar is outer space (or inner space) music at its finest -- densely layered yet gossamer thin and delicate (most of the time), truly beautiful yet without a trace of maudlin sentimentality, infinitely cosmic but also filled with humanity and feeling. The only album I can compare this to for its combination of retro feel with state of the art sound was Alpha Wave Movement's A Distant Signal and Verity's work stands toe to toe with that recording, even though each one explores different aspects of a similar genre (but both with excellent results).

That opening title track is a stunner, as it unfolds gradually yet purposefully through several  movements, Verity introducing several different repeating musical motifs, such as those twinkling synths, as well as excellent retro-sounding (analog?) synth whistling tones, and other keyboard sounds that will elicit memories of artists like David Lange (Return of the Comet), Nick Longo (Actuality) as well as more well-known players such as Michael Garrison, Geodesium or Vangelis (at his least grandiose, thankfully).  TimeStar also contains some sound effects, but it is the only song that does so don¹t be put off by their presence (they are integrated into the song's theme as the sounds are those of clocks, a recorded the time is... message, and what sounds like a train moving along tracks).

Since each of the remaining songs is at least seven minutes long, you can rightfully expect each one to evolve through its own paces. The music is never repetitious yet is also seldom, if ever, pointless noodling. Instead, it's almost organic in its slow but deliberate movement through passage  that are subdued and restrained and sometimes quietly powerful and subtly dynamic. There are no fireworks here, although some flashes of lightning can be heard. Most of the music on TimeStar explores a slow sense of wonder, almost as if one were taking in a view of the cosmos but in a slowly spiraling outward sense.

I don’t see the point of detailing the songs because Verity makes the mix so rich with nuance and the pathway each track takes is so winding that it would require hundreds of words to describe just one song. On the path of seasons features a short Jarre-like rhythmic section at the outset that morphs into a starfield of assorted twinkling synths and retro synth whistling tones and washes -- and that's only half the track. West Span Winter brilliantly illustrates how Verity allows tones and notes to introduce rhythmic elements, as opposed to the use of overt beats or pulses. This song contains a brief moment of high drama before Geodesium-like arpeggios emerge amidst swirling background keyboards.

I hesitate to categorize TimeStar as ambient music because I think its main properties (the overt use of melody and snippets of refrain within an unstructured and evolving electronic music context) make it impossible to enjoy as sonic wallpaper. That's why it¹s perfect for spacemusic, which I have always considered best savored as a direct listening experience (much as one does when the music is used in planetarium shows). In fact, I would guess that if you buy this CD and play it in the dark, you'll be wishing someone would license this for just that purpose. TimeStar is perfectly suited for accompaniment to scenes of planets, stars, galaxies, spaceflight -- well, everything celestial I can think of!

As I mentioned earlier, the engineering and mix of this album is flawless and showcases Verity's attention to detail, as all the assorted digital and more retro sounding keyboards each has their own place in the soundfield. What this translates to, in terms of the overall experience, is that (unlike wall of sound recordings), the astute listener can zero in on any one aspect of a song and explore just that part, in effect wandering down one of many pathways available at any one time. This means that TimeStar also will hold your interest (and fascination) for many repeated playings.

While there is no darkness on the CD that I could detect, there are moments of mystery, shadow, and similar gray emotional response. There is also an abundance of awe and beauty as well, yet Verity never succumbs to overkill nor does he traverse the boundary that separates spacemusic and new age music (i.e. no overly sweet angelic choirs or other trappings of that genre).

I can easily proclaim that TimeStar will almost certainly become a favorite of classic spacemusic fans as well as those who like their EM with only a hint of Teutonic rhythms or Continental textures. I can't endorse this CD enough. Buy it, put it in your player, turn out the lights, don your headphones, and prepare to cruise the cosmos! This is one trip you don't want to miss.



I am the artist (music and cover art) and own all copyrights. TimeStar is my second CD- (My first CD Digital Planet was featured on Hearts of Space in 1995)... I am no longer associated with a label (long story) Thanks for looking- Steve Verity