Soul AscendingSoul Ascending is a series of dramatic, sonic vistas falling easily within the Ambient or Spacemusic genre - where inventive use of soundstage is the norm in the first place. However, its wide dynamic range and frequent changes of scenery give it a distinctive je ne sais quoi all its own, allowing it a certain uniqueness within the larger category. The mystical music of Soul Ascending takes us to a place beyond mere emotion and on to a realm of pure being. Using a generous palette of real and virtual instruments both Western and exotic, George combines elements of melody, percussion, and soaring, complex harmony (with the presence of bells across several octaves throughout) in ever-varying proportions, designed for induction of altered states of awareness. In places it is calming - even hypnotic - without being overly repetitive; at other times we are spellbound by powerful ensembles of tribal drums and voices, simultaneously borrowing from the celestial future and the primal past. Last, it is assuredly not religious in the modern sense but it s hard not to recognize its spiritual power as it threads into our psyche. Soul Ascending is uncompromised, adventurous music crafted for meditation, resonance, and deep listening. This is indeed wild, enriched sound, sometimes tender, always intense, of-and-for the spirit - quite literally soul music, offered as a bona-fide auditory happening, a wide-screen experience of exotic places and times well beyond this one.