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Pluto's Melancholy... Music From a Dismissed Planet - Volume 1

by The Lily Pond Orchestra

First of two volumes of electronic music that takes you from a walk in the woods to a walk between the stars.
Genre: New Age: Space
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Long Way Home
11:01 $0.99
2. Invisible Oceans
10:49 $0.99
3. Of Myth and Memory
8:41 $0.99
4. Neptune Rising
7:57 $0.99
5. The Silver Wind
8:42 $0.99
6. Dawn Shadows
13:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Lily Pond Orchestra is Douglas J. P. Lee... that's it... everyone else is either trans-dimensional or silicon based...

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts in February, 1953... I fell under the spell of music at a very early age - at 9 years old I wanted to join the Beatles... Played my guitar in many Rock and Roll bands during the 60's, 70's, 80's and wisely kept my day job...

As a very young boy I had a special place for science fiction movies specifically "Forbidden Planet". It was hearing of that incredible sound track that truly set my course! As I matured, the music of Charles Ives, Edgard Varese, Claude Debussy, Frank Zappa, and John Cage became my staples. I taught myself electronics by building a synthesizer. I began the project in the mid 70's and it's not done yet.. 'Tis the nature of the beast - it's a work in progress. I am also mostly self taught in music composition, having only taken a brief moment of Harmony and Theory, finding my remedial keyboard skills problematic... God Bless sequencing programs! By way of general information I've played guitar for over 40 years, electronic, acoustic, and lap steel. My keyboard skills are rudimentary, as true independence of hands baffles me...

The Lily Pond Orchestra is more of an idea rather than a thing... It's named for a LOVELY spot in Massachusetts. There are no missing ships or unexplainable disappearances... just frogs and turtles, birds and squirrels and assorted other shy critters. It's place for contemplation... I compose, arrange, and do whatever else is necessary to get the sounds into a tangible form to share, and they never seem to come out as I had originally "heard" them...



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Billy Surgeoner

Beautifully crafted music.
I\'ve had this CD for a few months now and keep returning to it. This is more than just a \"New Age\" or \"Ambient\" album. The music is well conceived and adventurous. The opening \"The Long Way Home\" is quite powerful and melodies seem to appear from out of nowhere. The second track \"Invisible Oceans\" is almost a soundscape with a cosmic wind sound and high strings coming and going. \"Neptune Rising\" starts with a kind of deep space growl that sounds almost like a ships foghorn then moves into some unusual synth chords and melodies with subtle choir drifting in and out. Very dramatic.
\"The Silver Wind\" has a kind of sad, yearning quality to it. The first track I heard by the Lily Pond Orchestra and still a personal favourite.
The last track, \"Dawn Shadows\" starts with what sounds like a clock chime on the synth and finishes the album in an almost ethereal, serene manner with strings and bells.
It\'s hard to tell whether this music is composed or improvised but it always takes you on an interesting and rewarding journey.

Congratulations on GrIndie Award
RadioIndy is proud to present The Lily Pond Orchestra a GrIndie Award for their CD \"Pluto\'s Melancholy... Music From a Dismissed Planet - Volume 1.\" A GrIndie Award is RadioIndy\'s stamp of approval that this CD is an excellent quality CD. Please join us in congratulating this artist on this accomplishment.

Harvey Wasserman

Pluto's Melancholy... Music From a Dismissed Planet - Volume 1
Sweet, haunting, peaceful...It's lonely out in space, but there is beauty in the solitude. Listen for yourself and you will understand...


I listen to \"Pluto\'s Melancholy\" you know, It helps me go to sleep. I didn\'t want to tell you for concern of how you would take it ;-). Seriously, It helps me meditate beyond my pain and lower my blood pressure. It\'s a whole universe I can get lost in, ( I mean more than this one here.) And it never sounds the same. Unlike mostly everything else, you could never get \"used\" to this stuff. What sounds simple on the surface, most certainly is not when you listen.

Chris and the Reviewer Team

Creative, Ambient New Age Album
“Pluto’s Melancholy…Music From a Dismissed Planet – Volume 1” is a creative, ambient new age instrumental EP from The Lily Pond Orchestra. The Lily Pond Orchestra is comprised of one man, Douglas J.P. Lee, who is the mind behind every aspect of the making of this album. The album title should suggest a concept, and Lee embraces and well-achieves this concept by creating an interpretation of what Plutonian music sounds like. The result is a thoroughly haunting, drifting, meditative, contemplative, and peaceful ambient sound. Through the mediums of synthesizer and keyboard, Lee paints a picture that truly shows what it means to be a digital musical artist. The recording quality is also very good and succeeds in allowing the listener to drift off as carelessly and as happily as possible. “Of Myth and Mystery” has a very new age-y feel as Lee turns up the synthesizers for our listening pleasure and makes you feel as though you are drifting between stars. With “The Silver Wind,” Lee uses the synths to create a howling, fire engine-like wind that hovers and makes you wonder how Pluto got such a strong atmosphere. “Pluto’s Melancholy…Music From a Dismissed Planet – Volume 1” is a unique, creative, and imaginative album that truly embraces music as an art form. If you enjoy ambient new age and electronic music and miss Pluto being the ninth planet of our solar system, check out The Lily Pond Orchestra.