11 October 2012

WMRI - Ruby Canyon

Record: 2010 • Edition: 2012 • USC-WR-1210.0102

Sound of canyon in two parts. Dense textures and minimal variation.

Tracklist: 01.Stone Curves (17:03) 02.Solid Mass (27:22)

Composed by WMRI. All instruments programmed, keyboards and synthesizers played, music written, arranged and mixed, artwork by Mike Winchester. Cover photo by Alex E. Proimos.

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  1. WMRI was an Amiestreet stalwart trading in ethereal ambient drones. There was a lot of it, and for free. Some of it is really rather nice, and I've found myself returning to this one, which is very relaxing and I see can still be had freely from Jamendo. I recommend Ruby Canyon by WMRI [...] for going-to-sleep music. [Feb 7th 2012, Mar 27th 2012]

  2. I posted a link to Emerald Sky by WMRI a few weeks back, without any real comments or further exploration.

    In the time since then, I’ve been exploring a lot more of WMRI’s music. And I’ve been really enjoying what I’ve found.

    WMRI is Russian synthesist Mike Winchester. He has quite a few releases spread throughout the Internet, on sites like Jamendo, AmieStreet, Bandcamp, etc. (Jamendo has probably the deepest collection of his works around.) And while much of it is quite good, I feel that his work really shines on a series of recent releases that he alludes to as the “Ambient Gem Series”.

    The releases that (so far…) seem to make up this series include: Emerald Sky, Ruby Canyon, Amethystine Cave & Citrine Lake.


    Ruby Canyon consists of two tracks (Stone Curves & Solid Mass) that do really well at representing enormous layers of rock. The sounds are dense and slow, moving at an almost geological pace. There really are no rhythms to speak of as the deep drones are punctuated by layers of higher pitched stabs that jut out at places but don’t really interrupt the overall flow of the pieces.


    All in all, I find the entire Ambient Gem Series very coherent. You can see in the design of the cover art that there is a consistency throughout. The pieces all fit together into a larger whole. I’d probably say Emerald Sky and Ruby Canyon are my faves at this point, but I’d recommend them all.

    [Brad Ross-MacLeod • June 16th, 2010]