After many years of jamming in bands on both coasts that played everything from goth to classic rock, Marc Martino comes into his own creatively and spiritually on his sweeping instrumental debut A Story. Inviting fans of orchestral film scores, electronic, new age and world music into the fascinating world of The Cave-as he affectionately dubs his busy home studio-the multi-faceted Eastchester, New York based composer/producer embarks on an inspiring 14-track odyssey that begins as an inner exploration but ultimately stirs imagination and transports the listener to exotic places and times. Whether experienced as a complete sonic adventure or as exciting individual short musical tales, A Story captures the vibe of the classic acoustic and electronic new age era, when Private Music, Narada and Windham Hill ran the show and some of the artists that influenced Martino's music from that time were Patrick O'Hearn, David Lanz, Yanni-and even Tangerine Dream. Building from foundational tracks created with either a simple piano progression on his vintage 100 year old French piano or his full synth rack, he adds every fascinating texture-from orchestras and percussion to edgy electric guitars-as if channeling spirits from without and within. This is a very different process than the one he undertook for the 2006 release Golden RatioSphere, created in collaboration with Jack Pessin. Jack had the concept, Marc composed, arranged and produced the music for meditation and massage/acupuncture sessions; the three expansive tracks on this previous collection were based on the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci mathematical sequence. With The Story, Martino enjoys playing musical tour guide to a certain extent and likes discussing his unique specific inspirations. But ultimately, he's only leading the listener to discover his or her inner voice; the goal is for each person to bring The Story out for themselves. In essence, The Story can be enjoyed as if it were film music waiting for the listener to create images around it. "Each piece is a story unto itself that takes you to a different place and is designed to inspire you in a different way," says Martino. "The dark-toned, Peter Gabriel and Prince inspired 'Eldritch Fire' captured me as if I were watching gnomes dancing in the mountains to firelight doing a sacred ritual. Then there's the beauty I saw in 'Tamar's Eyes' and 'Rainshrine,' in which I visualized myself standing in a Mayan temple, discovering the peace and mysteries within. 'Whisper's Song', the ballad that opens the album, is a musical elegy to one of my beloved cats, complete with a bending violin sound that reflects her own mewing. The energetic piano flow of 'Holly' reflects the personality of the girl I met in Michigan who inspired it. 'Turkoise' was written in advance of a trip I took to Club Med Turkoise as I envisioned myself relaxing on a tropical beach. I also have epic-type symphonic electric pieces like 'Calling The Storm' that transcends any sort of specific inspiration. The original title of the album was 'Glimpses of Me' and that is what I'm offering: a look inside myself that in turn helps people discover their own inner selves."
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