Thanks to Ulf from Merling Prog for the excellent review. Since the review was in Norwegian, I had to use Google Translator to translate it; however, some of the words didn't translate properly. Anyway, you get the picture. The original can be found at: www.merlinprog.com/nordamerika.htm Washer fourth from Mark Mendieta alter ego Transcend with Time, and clearly the most personal and touching saturated now. The band name is based on the hope of Mendieta that his music can affect the mind, and ensure a more relaxed mode occurs. Musicians who successfully this has sure done something useful in our otherwise hectic life, and instrument here is a music in the boundary zone between the progressive New Age and ambient music. Music to Transcend with Time is both thoughtful and subtle but also affordable original. Thematically, the lyrics deal to manage or overcome life small and large battles and it is real stuff here as it usually is perceived in one way or another. For example, is "In Loving Memory" about his grandmother to Mendieta who recently died. On the track, taking Brandon Strader of vocals in a really good song. A song where the atmospheric and melodic with good conditions, but the music has undoubtedly Mark Mendieta's marks so that it is a highly personal piece of music. Featured Brandon Strader is the second half of the fine duo project Subject to Thoughts that we have under scrutiny elsewhere on these pages. Here is the TwT that is under scrutiny, and the song "Hourglass Falls" perfectly sum up much of the TwT stands for. Beautiful little scary, and always an underlying mood of something uhellsvangert can happen. Precisely this elusive is important to make music more than just another New Age project. The supply of dark prog creates a different atmosphere than the usual artist within these segments can, and we get a sound that is much more exciting than many of his colleagues. Now is not TwT music that one can acquire full out with some easy listening sections, because the music of Mendieta requires much more than that. Should a first full dividends are required to invest time and listen concentrated. Only then can one expect to be reasonably rewarded, as one would not otherwise get to experience all the subtle details that make "A Haunting Presence" as well. Good is also the instruments on this album with piano, analog synths and drums that together provide a seductive and subtle music. The song "A Silent Lullaby" is a nice ambient and wonderful meditative case where a perfectly cheerful melancholy sets the fine and lively atmosphere. Much less meditative's "Beneath" is a fast-paced song that could easily have been framed and a fast-paced film. Also, "When the Evening Bleeds" could very well have been film music, and is a song with repetitive guitar motifs. The song gives room for many interpretations, and such is the one artists' privilege. A privilege which allows the listener becomes an active part of the artwork, and it is the interaction between listener and composer well underway. Good progress is also Transcend with Time to redefine the world of music, and create something that is much more interesting and exciting one what the other artists mentioned in the segment we have heard until now, is really doing. TwT provides us with an abundance of beautiful soundscapes which often are splendid and powerful and has a nice progress. The album is very friendly and engaging listen, with enough prog injections that enough people will like the music, if one can relate to meditative and ethereal moods.
I just wanted to post that A Silent Lullaby & the title track off "A Haunting Presence" have been added to the Anima Lumen radio station playlist. I'd appreciate the support. Their links are: http://www.animalumen.com/ or http://www.live365.com/stations/archangelariel It's great to find out that my music is being well received. It really means a lot. Mark
Rick from Astreaux World has been gracious enough to now add 3 tracks off my 2008 album "Through Memory's Perception" to his playlist. The songs are "Cognitive Imagery," "Into the Realm of Quiet" & "Visions of Premonition." Head on over to his sites http://www.astreauxworld.com/ or http://www.live365.com/stations/astreaux and support my music & all other musicians there. Mark
Just wanted to post that I have begun working on my next album. So far, I have 2 completed songs. As to when it'll be released? If all goes well, sometime in the fall of this year. I'll keep posting info. as the album develops. I'm definitely excited & real motivated.
I just found out that "A Haunting Presence" is also available at lala.com Here's the link: www.lala.com/#artist/Transcend_with_Time
Thanks Mark for the awesome review. Enjoy. I think this for me is Mark Mendieta's best instrumental work. He has acheived a level of excellence hard to pass. This is a journey of thought through musical magic and the song In Loving Memory which has some vocals is spine tingling stuff indeed. Its hard to categorise the music but I suppose it would come under Ambient, World. Treat yourself to a copy and lay back and chill. By Mark Baston
Hey everyone. Right now, I just found out that "A Haunting Presence" is now available at eMusic too. Things going good. Here's the link to those interested: http://www.emusic.com/album/Transcend-with-Time-A-Haunting-Presence-MP3-Download/11850574.html
Hey everyone, just found out that "A Haunting Presence" is also available at Napster. That's great to see that the album is made available at different places. Now if only I can get some sales : ) Here's the link: http://home.napster.com/ns/music/artist_search.html?artist_id=12992255
Just wanted to post that "A Haunting Presence" is now available at AmazonMP3 as well. Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search- alias3Ddigital-music&field-keywords=transcend+with+time
Hey everyone, now to the great news. I recently submitted my music to Music for Film & Television and thankfully they enjoyed my work that now Transcend with Time has been added to their roster of musicians. That is such an honor for me. It's always been a dream of mine to one day hear my stuff in some movie or TV Show, hopefully, in the near future, that can happen. Fingers crossed. BTW, here's the link: http://www.musicforfilmandtelevision.com/transcend-with-time-new-age-ambient-music-for-film-and-television-licensing/ On to the other news, WOW, I can't believe it's already been 5 months since "A Haunting Presence" was released. I've always had the notion that I don't like to just sit around, and plus "the inspiration" has hit me, so work on the next TwT album has begun. One song is already completed & it turned great. As for the direction, album title, etc. The direction is Melodic, Atmospheric & Progressive. Album title, still nothing. Well, I'll keep posting as things keep rolling.