The Five Gazes

Forrest Smithson

Deep. Ominous. Expansive and Adventurous. An energetically sophisticated journey of ambient electronic music, carrying the listener to new territories of other-worldly textures and atmospheres. Excursions of beauty and power into metagalactic space.

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Toccata Mesa Spirit

Forrest Smithson

Sombre aural landscape after a desert winter's rain. Companioned by a contemporary classical piano and string ensemble excursion, bringing forth the power and energy found deep within the native southwest desert terrain.

These pieces are the direct result of personal excursions into the high desert canyons of Northern New Mexico.

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The Healer's Way

Forrest Smithson

Ambient, acoustic-electronic pieces marked by inimitable harmonies and a lyricism that creates an aural journey through contemplative and imaginative spaces

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A Right Use of Will

Forrest Smithson

Deep, energetic expressions of ambient electronic creations. Rich, musical landscapes contribute to an other-worldly mood, carrying the listener through imaginative, expansive spaces. Excursions into new territories of lyrical textures and atmospheres.

About Forrest Smithson: A lifelong musician, Smithson creates masterful excursions into new territories of lyrical and modern musical textures and atmospheres. Forrest has long nurtured a deep musical connection. A student of many influences, from avant-garde, film music, modernist electro-acoustic music, to medieval and early music, his music is colored with elements necessary to bring diverse qualities into a unified expression. In recent years, the musical expression of the inner growth occurring in his own life came into very clear focus, resulting in five recent commercial releases, including Sphere to Locus 29, Dreaming Time, OOTI with a ZMR #3 ranking for all of 2015, and Reversal of Thought. Dreaming Time was a “Best of CDs of 2013” by Backroads and a top-10 ranking on ZMR in 2014. Smithson’s last release, Journey of the Outshining Source, was a ZMR top-10 and was nominated for best ambient album for 2017 by Zone Music Reporter and One World Music. Tracks from several of these albums have been played on highly regarded shows such as Hearts of Space, Spotify, Echoes, Sirius XM “Spa”, Star’s End, and Ultima Thule. Smithson’s albums are available at online sales sites such as ForrestSmithson.com, iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. “My experiences in life are deeply mirrored in my music. My life’s work is to help people transform themselves, to move into an experience of wholeness that honors their individuality and uniqueness of expression.”

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The Accomplished View

Forrest Smithson

A journey of ambient electronic pieces, colored with Forrest's hallmark harmonies and a lyricism that evokes travels through imaginative spaces. Creating masterful excursions into new territories of lyrical and modern musical textures and atmospheres

The Accomplished View

About The Accomplished View: A journey of ambient electronic pieces colored with the uniqueness of Forrest’s hallmark harmonies and a lyricism that evokes stories of travels through imaginative spaces.

“Throughout this CD, the rich musical landscape establishes an other-worldly mood, with a sense of intelligent spontaneity, while creating thoughtful, sophisticated and subtly emotional spaces,” remarked Smithson.

Forrest’s favorites and personal recommendations range from the captivating and soothing ambient jazz pieces “Deep Blue View” and “Tranquility Drops” to the mysterious journey of “Given” and the calm, uplifting “The Lighted Way”.

The new release is Smithson’s sixth ambient album release, following The Jouney of the Outshining Source, Reversal of Thought, Ooti, Dreaming Time and Sphere to Locus 29, all of which were well received among radio broadcasters and listeners worldwide.

About Forrest Smithson: A lifelong musician, Smithson creates masterful excursions into new territories of lyrical and modern musical textures and atmospheres.

Forrest has long nurtured a deep musical connection. A student of many influences, from avant-garde, film music, modernist electro-acoustic music, to medieval and early music, his music is colored with elements necessary to bring diverse qualities into a unified expression.

In recent years, the musical expression of the inner growth occurring in his own life came into very clear focus, resulting in five recent commercial releases, including Sphere to Locus 29, Dreaming Time, OOTI with a ZMR #3 ranking for all of 2015, and Reversal of Thought. Dreaming Time was a “Best of CDs of 2013” by Backroads and a top-10 ranking on ZMR in 2014.

Smithson’s last release, Journey of the Outshining Source, was a ZMR top-10 and was nominated for best ambient album for 2017 by Zone Music Reporter and One World Music. Tracks from several of these albums have been played on highly regarded shows such as Hearts of Space, Spotify, Echoes, Sirius XM “Spa”, Star’s End, and Ultima Thule. Smithson’s albums are available at online sales sites such as ForrestSmithson.com, iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.

“My experiences in life are deeply mirrored in my music. My life’s work is to help people transform themselves, to move into an experience of wholeness that honors their individuality and uniqueness of expression.”

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Journey of the Outshining Source

Forrest Smithson

Deep, energetic expressions of ambient electronic soundscapes, emerging from the integration of experiential intensities, lyrical and abstract elements converge to invite awareness into an auditory world where the movement and expression of unity unfolds

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Reversal of Thought

Forrest Smithson

Ambient electronic soundscapes. Powerful and graceful sonic narratives of contemplative lyricism. Auditory presentations delivering a new patterning for open receptivity. Supporting the expansion of unity within the aural landscapes of awareness.

Forrest Smithson: Reversal of Thought

About “Reversal of Thought”: Reversal of Thought emerges to weave together elements of the dream of separation into ambient electronic soundscapes of auditory unity and grace, inviting new relationships to be experienced as part of a purposeful whole. Pieces of unique auditory variability provide vehicles for the interplay of diverse energetic relationships, pooling the original potency of awareness into an intimate relationship with the unknown coming to be known.

Reversal of Thought is Smithson’s fourth ambient album release, following Ooti, Dreaming Time and Sphere to Locus 29, all of which were well received among radio broadcasters and listeners worldwide.

About Forrest Smithson: A lifelong musician, Smithson creates masterful excursions into new territories of lyrical and modern musical textures and atmospheres. Forrest’s musical creations emerge from a natural affinity for embracing diverse elements and variables of sound, holding them in awareness as a unified event, creating sonic presentations of wholeness within form.

Forrest has long nurtured a deep musical connection, studying composition, piano, trumpet, guitar and electronic music and majored in music during college. A student of many influences, from avant-garde, film music, modernist electro-acoustic music, to medieval and early music, his music is colored with elements necessary to bring diverse qualities into a unified expression.

As Forrest states, “What emerged was a strong improvisational style that incorporated various modal influences with unrestricted movement, extended harmonizations, and a free counterpoint, all contributing to an overall harmonic color while always retaining a sense of movement and expansion.

In recent years, the musical expression of the inner growth that was occurring in his own life came into very clear focus, resulting in four recent commercial releases - Sphere to Locus 29, Dreaming Time, OOTI, and Reversal of Thought. Dreaming Time earned a spot on the “Best of CDs of 2013” by Backroads (Lloyd Barde) and a top-10 ranking on ZMR for January of 2014.

Smithson’s last release, OOTI, found it’s place on many ambient stations’ rotations, ranking #3 on ZMR’s top 100 airplay chart for 2015. Smithson’s albums are available at online sales sites such as ForrestSmithson.com, CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, and Rhapsody.

In addition to his passion for music, Smithson has also built a career assisting people with developmental disabilities, helping them to better fit into their community and improve their lives: “My experiences in life are deeply mirrored in my music. My life’s work is to help people transform themselves, to move into an experience of wholeness that honors their individuality and uniqueness of expression.”

“Engaging in deeply personal musical expression is a true soul medicine for me. It is like showing up at a well, and in that well is the vast expanse of my life’s experiences, existing as intensities waiting to be drawn up and woven into expressions of unity that convey the beauty and mystery of life,”

Forrest Smithson

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Reversal of Thought (Radio Mix)

Forrest Smithson

Ambient electronic soundscapes. Powerful and graceful sonic narratives of contemplative lyricism. Auditory presentations delivering a new patterning for open receptivity. Supporting the expansion of unity within the aural landscapes of awareness.

Forrest Smithson: Reversal of Thought

About “Reversal of Thought”: Reversal of Thought emerges to weave together elements of the dream of separation into ambient electronic soundscapes of auditory unity and grace, inviting new relationships to be experienced as part of a purposeful whole. Pieces of unique auditory variability provide vehicles for the interplay of diverse energetic relationships, pooling the original potency of awareness into an intimate relationship with the unknown coming to be known.

Reversal of Thought is Smithson’s fourth ambient album release, following Ooti, Dreaming Time and Sphere to Locus 29, all of which were well received among radio broadcasters and listeners worldwide.

About Forrest Smithson: A lifelong musician, Smithson creates masterful excursions into new territories of lyrical and modern musical textures and atmospheres. Forrest’s musical creations emerge from a natural affinity for embracing diverse elements and variables of sound, holding them in awareness as a unified event, creating sonic presentations of wholeness within form.

Forrest has long nurtured a deep musical connection, studying composition, piano, trumpet, guitar and electronic music and majored in music during college. A student of many influences, from avant-garde, film music, modernist electro-acoustic music, to medieval and early music, his music is colored with elements necessary to bring diverse qualities into a unified expression.

As Forrest states, “What emerged was a strong improvisational style that incorporated various modal influences with unrestricted movement, extended harmonizations, and a free counterpoint, all contributing to an overall harmonic color while always retaining a sense of movement and expansion.

In recent years, the musical expression of the inner growth that was occurring in his own life came into very clear focus, resulting in four recent commercial releases - Sphere to Locus 29, Dreaming Time, OOTI, and Reversal of Thought. Dreaming Time earned a spot on the “Best of CDs of 2013” by Backroads (Lloyd Barde) and a top-10 ranking on ZMR for January of 2014.

Smithson’s last release, OOTI, found it’s place on many ambient stations’ rotations, ranking #3 on ZMR’s top 100 airplay chart for 2015. Smithson’s albums are available at online sales sites such as ForrestSmithson.com, CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, and Rhapsody.

In addition to his passion for music, Smithson has also built a career assisting people with developmental disabilities, helping them to better fit into their community and improve their lives: “My experiences in life are deeply mirrored in my music. My life’s work is to help people transform themselves, to move into an experience of wholeness that honors their individuality and uniqueness of expression.”

“Engaging in deeply personal musical expression is a true soul medicine for me. It is like showing up at a well, and in that well is the vast expanse of my life’s experiences, existing as intensities waiting to be drawn up and woven into expressions of unity that convey the beauty and mystery of life,”

Forrest Smithson

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Ooti (Radio Mix)

Forrest Smithson

Electronic soundscapes of spaciousness and ease. Graceful accompaniments to the unfolding intelligence of the heart. Immersing awareness in deep reflective spaces of open receptivity. Creating a pool of nurturance within the embrace of acceptance.

OOTI (Observations of the Invisible)

Graceful accompaniments to the unfolding intelligence of the heart. Immersing awareness in deep reflective spaces of open receptivity. Creating a pool of nurturance within the embrace of acceptance.

Here are three invitations to rest awareness within the openness of active receptivity, the embrace of acceptance

West A 120

Fields of delight arising from energetic patterns of harmonious inclusion, where heretofore unnoticed relationships emerge to entice awareness into the natural ease of expansion

Decorated with gestures and nuances that deliver the experience of an effortless openness, heart intelligence comes forth to occupy the focal point of attention

Nurturance for a soft, alert, awareness residing in receptivity, anticipating the extraordinary

Welcoming a true alternative to unconscious contraction

Safety, comfort, surprise and discovery occur within the harmoniously woven textures of fluidity

The embrace of acceptance ensues as the harmonious relationship of the elements within diversity are seen as necessary to the unfolding of wholeness

Windtap

An active, participatory receptivity aligns awareness with the remembrance of the movement and expression of the purity of beingness

Here, ease and rest are revealed as the given gifts of the open receptivity that is natural to the intelligence of the heart

Visitations from realms of aural subtlety deliver the experience of an effortless openness within the field of awareness

Breathstring

Now, a deep release of contraction within the energy body is activated by the choice of consciousness to reside in the expansion and ease of heart awareness

Providing a sustained invitation for being in companionship with the spaciousness of acceptance, all within an energetic field of equanimity

Guiding awareness into a deep sense of expansion that is supported by the intrinsic value of open ease, residing in the safety of the self knowingness of divine worth

Gently enticing awareness into an open field of harmonious relationship where no strain exists

Setting awareness adrift in the expanding sea of the embrace of acceptance

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Ooti

Forrest Smithson

Ambient electronic soundscapes, graceful accompaniments to the unfolding intelligence of the heart. Immersing awareness in deep reflective spaces of open receptivity and creating a pool of nurturance within the embrace of acceptance.

Graceful accompaniments to the unfolding intelligence of the heart. Immersing awareness in deep reflective spaces of open receptivity. Creating a pool of nurturance within the embrace of acceptance.

Here are three invitations to rest awareness within the openness of active receptivity, the embrace of acceptance

West A 120

Fields of delight arising from energetic patterns of harmonious inclusion, where heretofore unnoticed relationships emerge to entice awareness into the natural ease of expansion

Decorated with gestures and nuances that deliver the experience of an effortless openness, heart intelligence comes forth to occupy the focal point of attention

Nurturance for a soft, alert, awareness residing in receptivity, anticipating the extraordinary

Welcoming a true alternative to unconscious contraction

Safety, comfort, surprise and discovery occur within the harmoniously woven textures of fluidity

The embrace of acceptance ensues as the harmonious relationship of the elements within diversity are seen as necessary to the unfolding of wholeness

Windtap

An active, participatory receptivity aligns awareness with the remembrance of the movement and expression of the purity of beingness

Here, ease and rest are revealed as the given gifts of the open receptivity that is natural to the intelligence of the heart

Visitations from realms of aural subtlety deliver the experience of an effortless openness within the field of awareness

Breathstring

Now, a deep release of contraction within the energy body is activated by the choice of consciousness to reside in the expansion and ease of heart awareness

Providing a sustained invitation for being in companionship with the spaciousness of acceptance, all within an energetic field of equanimity

Guiding awareness into a deep sense of expansion that is supported by the intrinsic value of open ease, residing in the safety of the self knowingness of divine worth

Gently enticing awareness into an open field of harmonious relationship where no strain exists

Setting awareness adrift in the expanding sea of the embrace of acceptance

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Dreaming Time

Forrest Smithson

A gracefully unfolding sonic narrative, woven within soundscapes of contemplative lyricism, bringing forth a sustained connection to open receptivity. The creation of vibratory environments for activation, remembrance, integration and expansion.

Dreaming Time ( Find longer samples and other works at: www.forrestsmithson.com )

The creation of vibratory environments for activation, remembrance, integration and expansion.

Dreaming Time I

A gracefully unfolding sonic narrative bringing forth a sustained connection to open receptivity.

Creating a space of responsive belonging for the uniqueness of each emerging expression of awareness within this sea of consciousness.

As the experience of wholeness permeates awareness within form, diversity of expression populates the field of oneness in recognition and acknowledgement of this realization of unity.

Dreaming Time II

The will of the Heart-Mind vibrates the intensities that lay latent within the energetic sphere of consciousness.

Creating a magnetic center within awareness that embraces the awakening elements that have been coaxed into movement.

As the energetic elements of diversity move, the Heart-Mind coalesces them into expressive relationship.

As the will of the Heart-Mind sustains this relationship, unity is presented to awareness and the experience of wholeness comes into availability within form.

Movement and expression pass-through unobstructed, intersecting at the focal point of the Heart Mind’s awareness.

Dream Time III

Aural delicacies and sonic swells merge, arising to create thick woven textures of sustained mystery.

Awareness swims in an auditory palette of colors and sounds, poured out over each other, laced with rhythmic patterns that signals of cohesion, creating deep permeable streams of sonic diversity.

Sounds from differing spaces and times intersect, each sustaining it’s own unique sonic voice, energizing through contrasting rhythms and expanding the harmonic qualities of each other, exchanging places, creating patterns of relationship, leading, following, and echoing in an expansive space of unity.

Dreaming Time IV

Bell like tones introduce the presence of an alter for awareness to abide in receptivity.

Ethereal voices sustain a pathway into a region of sonic nurturance where the intent of the Heart-Mind is revealed in harmonious relationship with humanity, nature, and the mystery of the unknown.

Readying awareness to express the unified embodiment of reverence and awe, as the unknown and the known are woven together and stirred into a movement of calm assurance.

Leaving awareness in a state of silent receptivity, awareness coalesces the various into wholeness.

copyright: forrest smithson 2013

Forrest’s musical creations emerge from a natural affinity for embracing diverse elements and variables of sound coming from multiple locations and holding them in awareness as a unified event.

This ability to unify elements of varied energetic qualities, in differing states of unfoldment, is brought forth to create sonic presentations of wholeness within form.

Forrest is devoted to a process of embracing the intensities as they occur within the daily awake time of ordinary life.

This journey towards the mastery of open, active receptivity functions on the practical level of establishing a deep, stable, living location within the heart for birthing the emergence of unity awareness and bringing it into context of musical expressions.

This true intersection becomes a place within for establishing a direct relationship with the unknown. This relationship with the unknown coming to be known is embraced and navigated by an awareness born of the joining of heart and mind.

As intensities ripen into availability, the energetic elements move to join in the process of unification, bringing elements that were previously experienced in separation into the experience of unity awareness, contributing then to the sonic expression of wholeness.

Forrest was born in 1956 and has been a musician all his life. When younger he studied piano, trumpet and guitar. He studied composition privately, but mostly he has self studied which has been the most efficaciously fitting for his musical development.

Throughout his life Forrest has had a strong desire to bring the energetic elements within his life’s events and relationships into musical expression and has made many privately distributed recordings to share with family and friends.

In the last few years, the musical expression of the inner growth that was occurring in his own life came into very clear focus. He quickly intuited the process that he sensed he needed for this expression to be served.

The musical category for his music seems to be best described as Immersive Electronic Soundscapes, even though Ambient, Avant Garde, and Experimental descriptors also apply.

Forrest prefers a long form for the pieces he creates. The desire to bring to expression the emotional and spiritual elements guides each pieces’ unfolding nature.

The music that Forrest brings forth is the music that he himself longs to hear. So his process of creation is consistent with being in alignment with his own truth.

Forrest is always working on a number of pieces simultaneously. There are other CD projects in the finishing processes and numerous other projects that are in various stages of unfoldment.

Here, we hope that the listener senses and discovers the niche appeal of these works and find a recurring place in each one’s musical catalog.

Forrest’s music is available through various distributors worldwide, such as Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, Google, CD Baby, CD Universe and others. Products may also be purchased at his artist’s site.

www.forrestsmithson.com

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