Chuck Wild's Liquid Mind series should be required listening at rehabilitation centers, mental health facilities, and anywhere that cooler heads are required. (It might even work in the U.S. Congress.) Many listeners and readers might remember that a hospital in England used to play one of Brian Eno's albums in its delivery rooms; the music apparently had a calming effect on the expectant mothers and fathers. Liquid Mind IV: Unity is more of the same — thank goodness — from Wild. These deep psychoactive atmospheres are calm and gentle respites from the highways and byways of life.
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Chuck Wild's Liquid Mind projects are designed to create zones for relaxation and meditation. As stated in the liner notes of Liquid Mind III: Balance, “...From contemplation, I learn patience, from patience I learn balance, in balance I find harmony....” This gentle melody is a seamless string of deep atmospheres. Wild's symphonic synth creates deep pockets of calm and gentle resting places. While his soundscapes have a definite pace, there is no overt rhythm and there are no beats. This is a sound world for contemplation and healing.
Liquid Mind V: Serenity is the crowning achievement, so far, of Chuck Wild's Liquid Mind series. This CD is so deep that it should carry a warning against listening alone. It is, truly, the deepest of the deep. Wild's altruism is holistic; even the cover design and artwork are serene. He dedicated the CD to his new godson, and presumably the photo of the infant on the sleeve is the same baby. The infant has a serene look of childlike innocence. The soundscapes match the look. They are the ultimate in relaxation and serenity.
Chuck Wild must be one of the most serene individuals of all time. He creates dreamy floating atmospheres under the pseudonym Liquid Mind. Liquid Mind VI: Spirit is another relaxation treasure. Wild recommends this disc for yoga and massage. Experts agree. Every one of his solo efforts is in the ultimate relaxation zone. This disc follows his proven format. The atmospheres are dripping with pastoral textures and symphonic timbres. The engineering techniques create overtone qualities that tap directly into brain wave activity.
With David Lanz having successfully made the transition from new age pioneer to smooth jazz artist, there are very few pianists remaining whose sole focus is the gently rhythmic, deeply melodic, and healing music that defines the classic genre. Kevin Kern is a newly minted Steinway artist (joining the prestigious ranks of, among others, Vladimir Horowitz, Herbie Hancock, and Billy Joel), and plays his latest set of stunning, soothing, and captivating melodies on The Hamburg Concert Grand — which he calls one of the most lyrical instruments he’s ever performed on.