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Pillars of Light

by Siddhartha Barnhoorn

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Award winning film composer Siddhartha Barnhoorn's album "Pillars of Light" is his first ambient release as a solo artist.

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"The Floating World" the sixth track from this album was used in the game The Stanley Parable and Paul Leeming's Mars One application video which you can view here:

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released May 1, 2011

The Origin of Pillars

"Pillars of Light" is a personal project touching upon my fascination and love for ambient music.

My aim with this album was to create a collection of evolving, spacial ambient pieces and to structure those into a coherent, organic musical experience. The album touches upon themes like space and time, dynamics and silence, darkness and light with hints of mysticism. Aiming to express a sense of timelessness in the music.

The atmospheric musical experience was created from a surreal blending of acoustic and electronic instruments. Using ethnic instruments like the didgeridoo and the shakuhachi, and moulding these sounds into new textures. The guitar also plays a prominent part in the whole album. Especially using it in a loop-based manner along with the wonderful ebow. All the elements were moulded into each other with various audio processing techniques to create a hybrid electro-acoustic mix. Resulting in a dense, surreal, yet peaceful, evolving soundscape.

Working on "Pillars" was both a cathartic experience as well as the achievement of a personal dream.

Siddhartha Barnhoorn

produced & mixed
by Siddhartha Barnhoorn
in Sid Barnhoorn Music & Sound Studios in Katwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands

Didgeridoo performed by Jaap Pluimgraaff,
recorded in Noordwijk, The Netherlands
All guitars , shakuhachi and synths performed by Siddhartha Barnhoorn,
recorded in Katwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands

Artwork by Gary Tonge

Many thanks to my father, Leo Barnhoorn and to Jaap Pluimgraaff & Niels Guijt for their feedback while working on Pillars.

@2011 Siddhartha Barnhoorn

Review by Marie-Anne Fischer:
I have listened to all your tracks from 'Pillars of Light' and really enjoyed each new musical journey. I had the general feeling of being at peace in a beautiful environment wanting to do nothing else but listen and absorbing the ethereal sounds. With each track I like the slow and subtle build up forming new musical ideas and evolving into a beautiful spacial and warm sounding atmosphere. The synths combined with other instruments and effects continually keep the sound 'therapy' going and make it a unique and inspirational experience. I love all tracks and as a package it delivers a complete feeling-experience done with so much precision and professionalism. Thank you so much for sharing.

I wish you the best of luck and success!

Review by Niels Guijt:
Amazing album! A true journey through life! It's a masterpiece Sid!

Review by John Serrie:
Very nice and excellent textures, your music tells a great story; stay with it!



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Award winning film composer and multi-instrumentalist. Composed music for over 70 films. Known for his music in the "Embrace Life - always wear your seatbelt" commercial, OPPO Mobile campaign starring Leonardo Dicaprio and more...

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