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Marvin Ayres started playing and composing music in late 80's as one of the founding members of The Government, also making at that time several contributions with artists like Culture Club, Simply Red, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Prefab Sprout.

In 1999 he was assigned to the avant-garde label Mille Plateaux and began to work on two ambient albums <i>Cellosphere</i> and <i>Neptune</i>, both released during that year..

Ayres has recorded a diverse selection of ambient and 'string design' albums, as well as produced a number of sensual jazz and film soundtracks that combine classical technique with free-form modern music.

His reputation as producer and performer came to the attention of Jaki Liebezeit (ex CAN), who invited him to re-mix tracks and tour with Liebezeit's band Club off Chaos in early 2001. Ayres is currently commissioned by Einsturzende Neubauten's electronica music publishers Freibank , and his compositions have been featured on five of Freibank's 'For Films' albums.

His latest studio album <i>Eccentric Deliquescence</i> is a mix of modern ambient/dreamy sounds, that make you think of nothing except the melodic/chaotic sounds that came throughout the speakers.

He has an ongoing project with Sonja Kristina (Curved Air) called Mask. They have just finished producing the second Mask album 'Technopia', which will be released on Repertoire records in till the end of 2009.

In March 2009 he began composing/recording a surround sound orchestral suite which will be completed probably in May with an accompanying tv documentary following and exploring the making of this album.

Marvin Ayres is a modern prog musician, giving us a dreamy/space soundscapes could put a great part o us, listeners, in a capsule of sound.

<b>:::ProgShine (Diego):::</b>

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Harmogram SuiteHarmogram Suite
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Cellosphere by Ayres, Marvin (2000-07-28)Cellosphere by Ayres, Marvin (2000-07-28)
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Burning Shed 2007
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 Neptune by AYRES, MARVIN album cover Studio Album, 2000
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Marvin Ayres Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars The shape of strings to come.

Consolidating his musical idiom and expanding it the same way, Marvin Ayres' (violin, cello and organ) "Neptune", 2000, is close in spirit to droning progressive electronics, minimalism and Cosmic music stylings yet it also beholds a close relationship with classical music structures, therefore offering an exquisite and strange atemporality which forces the listening experience into surprising realms that move back and forth in time and are as creative as to turn out sometimes hyper beautiful, others droning-hypnotic, or deep down melancholic, or even at times insidiously menacing to even be felt truly avant garde or Rock in Opposition's chamber kind of works in the tenor of slow paced Univers Zero's or Art Zoyd's ones. (This being a reference not a comparison.)

But Ayres' "Neptune" delivers more than just this crossover direction in stylings, his musical language continues to grow as a result of focused experimentation and an acute sensibility of his instruments possibilities.

His close to genial compositions, unpretentiously, do offer and explore new directions, new details and re-newed moods to actually challenge his own well established attributes in performance and composition, or to put it simply, his works are truly daring, far from any kind of comfortable zone, which many artists mistake as style.

Missing this jewel is denying oneself the possible glimpse of the future, in the so much traveled and trampled by polite but plagiarists electronic musicians, direction of the Cosmic Progressive Electronics worlds to come.

**** 4.5 (the last two compositions sound like fillers, nice as recording experiments, but nevertheless fillers) PA stars.


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 Cellosphere by AYRES, MARVIN album cover Studio Album, 1999
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Marvin Ayres Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
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— First review of this album —
5 stars We are all well aware of those many amazingly hypnotic musical introductions, bridges or grand finales, where or from where, most musicians start or transform or finish their well learned prog songs.

Stuff like the opening 40 seconds or closing of Yes' "Close to the Edge", to set a super famous example or Robert Fripp's radical 30 second permanent transformation from Punk to Drone, in his exceptional "Under Heavy Manners", 2nd solo release, for example. What will have happened if they just stood there and developed all their music structures fom those abstract moments of windy seagulls or distant electronic waves? As Fripp did, in fact , but both references will fit in to describe what to expect, music wise, from this Marvin Ayres, 1999, "Cellosphere", like a combination of those both musical overture/bridge sections, just as an example, I repeat.

"Cellosphere" as it obviously implies, is played entirely, so we are told with violin and cello, of course all electrified and layered, to perfection, I may add.

Drone like hypnotic, 3+ 1 bonus, fast/mid/slow tempo, compositions filled with swirling or linear, sometimes menacing, most truly attractive, others bordering between sweet dreams/nightmares, multiple melody lines, playing around their own harmonies or counterpointing the same into new, ever evolving, structures.

It is not the common string work coming from acoustic string musicians who plug their instruments. So, Jean Luc Ponty'S, nor ELO'S, nor Eddie Jobson'S, nor great Lakshminarayana Shankar's solo releases, this ain't.

This is contemporary progressive electronic music upbrought by a keen understanding of both Cosmic music and the infinite possibilities electrified STRING instruments can offer. In the right hands of course, and Marvin Ayres surely knows how to take full advantage of all this.

This is worth EVERY penny it costs!

***** 5 (flawless masterpiece) PA stars.


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 Eccentric Deliquescence by AYRES, MARVIN album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Eccentric Deliquescence
Marvin Ayres Progressive Electronic

Review by ProgShine
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01. Androgynous Weave That's the way it begins, it is like a cosmic journey. The strings weave an infinite bed for the dreaming, interesting how the music unfolds in an almost tragic and emotional way. The music is like a window, everything is received and assimilated, a mixture of classical contemporary and X Files.

02. Soured Alchemy The piano, with a transcendental melody; the cello joins an almost prophetic, spacial, surrounding ambience. Imagine yourself in a great room without the ceiling, under the glance of the stars. After these words I just can't say anything at all! Use your imagination.

03. I Wish I Was The Sky If the title of the music already tells us much of the initial idea, the instruments only transport us to the target dream. A voice, alone, like saying to the world that is glimpsed below. Have you ever dreamed you were flying?

04. Elegiac Collage A buzzing! A bee? Maybe the constant confusion in our heads. This music reminds me a little of the Progressive Electronic Rock done in the second half of the 70's, like Synergy, Tangerine Dream, Quartz and Kraftwerk. In the next part the course change, the string quartet enters on scene and their scarce notes with the constant tone of the violin in the background spread a sweet sadness on air while the low notes of the piano do the listener wake up for reality.

05. Forever Is Now In spite of the chaotic feeling that each of the tracks loads, Forever Is Now brings a light scale of sadness in his melody, the violin loads the sadness of the centuries while the cellos confirm the existence of another series of feelings inherent to the soul and of the world. I think the melody really brings the right sense the title of the music. The final narration complements in a magisterial way all the feeling loaded by the song.

06. Bark That Is Bearing Like a nice surprise this song have a great and beautiful vocal, as if he was singing in a great empty Cathedral. Just the voice and world. Perhaps the confirmation of his own existence. In the second part of the music more and more voices are incorporates to the first voice in a stifling sensation.

07. Tail Peace A simple and tenuous line between sanity and reason. A barely said truth, or an idea in heart.

08. Do You Hear Me Now What had begun in the track 6, Bark That Is Bearing, continues here. The vocal arrangements progress in a canonical form, the voices and the way in which the music was arranged sends us for such situation.

09. Harold A cello, only one instrument and nothing more. I think that is necessary to have courage when such a simple but so daring arrangement is done.

10. Bitter Beauty His minimalist orchestrations reach the ears in chaotic way. It is difficult to get used to the sounds that go out from the stereo, a hypnotic and massive wave, it would not be any exaggeration if I was saying that it is very easy to enter in hypnotic state listening to this track with earphones in the darkness of your room.

11. Insomnolence In this track the gloomy and daring piano sends us to the best scenes of the European terror movies. The strings that pass by human tearful voices give the impression of entering in a strange and gentle world. The daring details overcome themselves, but in a cautious and minimalist way, nothing of what we call a 'waste of notes'.

12. Neurasthenia It is astonishing! I am really perplexed with the sound of this album. Despite of knowing (partially) what will come next and in spite of the 'Musical formula Ayres', each track transports us for a completely unusual and gloomy places and scenes. It is really impressive!

13. Coiling Compotation Simply chaotic! Maybe saying that will frighten you, but it is like to watch to Monty Python. It's a complex, sophisticated humour, but absurdly amusing. This music is quite similar.

14. Durdy A guitar! It appears for the first time in the album, and if the previous track seemed chaotic, that one changes everything. A very right ending for an album that follows in tortuous ways in our musical world.

I'm absolutely sure that each time I listen to this record (and there will be many) more and more details will appear. It is a disc to listen carefully and by pieces, like a big puzzle. Definitely a disc that speaks to the heart, the feelings. A real masterpiece!

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