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"THE OM SOUND"

THE OM SOUND – QUOTES – Reviews

The Om Sound by Suzanne Doucet is ambient music taken to such an extreme that it's almost mind blowing.
David Delay, New Age Music Index, USA

The all encompassing primordial sound. Suzanne captured the receptivity of the interactive energy of the creation and the creative force.
Martin Weber-Caspers, Radio Lelystad, Netherlands

The ultimate CD to travel the cosmos while sitting still. Suzanne has created masterwork of ambience.” Scott Hartley – First Light Music

The OM Sound will literally launch you into other states and realms. Absolute best of the best in this genre. Scott Hartley – First Light Music


Description:

Harmonic Healing Music for Reiki and Yoga and deep meditation and relaxation. The OM represents the center sound of the Universe. This ultra sublime version was composed and channeled originally for a TANTRA VIDEO – “Jewel in the Lotus”. Over the years those who had heard Suzanne’s “soundtrack” asked her for an audio copy. And after receiving reviews like David Delay’s below, Suzanne decided to put this recording out on CD.

"The Om Sound by Suzanne Doucet is ambient music taken to such an extreme that it's almost mind blowing. I think it's a superb classic. Music that is constant, always the same, yet always changing. It may be too constant to call this "wallpaper music", but it is extremely holographic, in that you can start the CD at any point and it's all the same, yet always changing. One low base synth organ like chord held constant throughout the piece, with small variations in the background barely perceptible, almost subconscious. My non 'New Age Music' friends just stare at me blank and say "I could have done that with one finger!". It's the small variations in the background that hold it together. This is music that's always changing yet always the same. An interesting paradox that Suzanne Doucet has superbly mastered. If you just glance at it it's just a base chord, but if you listen closely, there's always things happening, so it never gets stale. Hypnotic music to meditate by. (Very hypnotic)"
- various


"TRANQUILITY SERIES"


5.0 out of 5 stars A Review by Jim Brenholts, December 12, 2006
By Tajalli "Tajalli Moonstar" (USA) - See all my reviews
"Sacred Forest" is a strong combination of nature sounds, chants, drones
and ethnic acoustic instruments-- all with overtone qualities and effects.
Suzanne Doucet and Chuck Plaisance are masters of this art form and
this installation of their Tranquility Series is -- like the entire series --
an awesome meditation and relaxation tool! It might be trite and cliche
but it is difficult to translate this disc's impact into mere words.
The gentle atmospheres caress deep listeners warmly and lovingly.
The atmospheres are looped, layered and sequenced to form one smooth
soundscape. Again, this is an essential among essentials. ~
-Jim Brenholts - Jim Brenholts


"David Delay"

SUZANNE DOUCET A good friend of Constance Demby, Suzanne Doucet is a superb musician from Germany where quite a few superb newage artists come from. Her music should be widely available but it often isn't. The music is available from the web site. Contact: www.newagemusic.com (Only New Age Music) [group 1] Om and Hum (1989)[****] A superb classic that still hasn't been released, but if you ask her as I did she might sell you a copy. One low base synth organ like chord held constant throughout the piece, with small variations in the background barely perceptible, almost subconscious. My non 'New Age Music' friends just stare at me blank and say "I could have done that with one finger!". It's the small variations in the background that hold it together. This is music that's always changing yet always the same. An interesting paradox that she has superbly mastered. If you just glance at it it's just a base chord, but if you listen closely, there's always things happening, so it never gets stale. Hypnotic music to meditate by. (Very hypnotic) Try: RICK MILLER Starsong GILES REAVES Sea of Glass [group 2] Reflecting Light (1987)[****] Two 26-minute tracks. Track 1 is a masterpiece in my opinion. Beautiful slow quiet music. The piano takes the lead with some synth sounds holding together in the background. Five carefully chosen piano keys are played one at a time in sequence, followed by a brief pause. The sequence then repeats itself, but each time it repeats it's different, there's a change somewhere, it's never exactly the same sequence. The sound is nice. Good music to unwind with. In a different version she is toying with combining Reflecting Light with some environmental sounds. I prefer the original without the wind sound added. Track 2 is a bit faster with keyboards and some flowing sounds. Try: [group 4 below] [group 3] Resonance (2000)[****] Another masterpice of ambient music. Try: ... [group 3.5] Shasta (2001)[***] Another excellent one with that special Suzanne Doucet touch.

ONLY NEW AGE MUSIC (I combine these albums here under SUZANNE DOUCET since these albums all sound similar, the musicians all seem to know one another, and they're all on the same label: "Only New Age Music". The musician's names on each album follow the date.) [group 4: These all sound quite similar even though the artists names are all different.] Nightflight (1987,Christian Buehner & Helge Schroeder)[***] Transmission (1987,Suzanne Doucet & Christian Buehner)[***] Mystic Traveler (1987,Christaal)[**] Good stuff but short pieces. Visions from Atlantis (1987,Christian Buehner & Helge Schroeder)[***] The Voyage Beyond... (1987,Selected pieces from the above CDs)[***] [group 5: More "World Music" like. An East-West blend.] Divan I Khas (1990,Al Gromer Khan)[*] Birds of Passage (1990,Karl Schaffner & Lothar Grimm)[*] [group 6] Heart Life (1990,Only New Age Music)

THE OM SOUND – QUOTES – Reviews - Bio

The Om Sound by Suzanne Doucet is ambient music taken to such an extreme that it's almost mind blowing.
David Delay, New Age Music Index, USA

The all encompassing primordial sound. Suzanne captured the receptivity of the interactive energy of the creation and the creative force.
Martin Weber-Caspers, Radio Lelystad, Netherlands

The ultimate CD to travel the cosmos while sitting still. Suzanne has created masterwork of ambience.” Scott Hartley – First Light Music

The OM Sound will literally launch you into other states and realms. Absolute best of the best in this genre. Scott Hartley – First Light Music


Description:

Harmonic Healing Music for Reiki and Yoga and deep meditation and relaxation. The OM represents the center sound of the Universe. This ultra sublime version was composed and channeled originally for a TANTRA VIDEO – “Jewel in the Lotus”. Over the years those who had heard Suzanne’s “soundtrack” asked her for an audio copy. And after receiving reviews like David Delay’s below, Suzanne decided to put this recording out on CD.

"The Om Sound by Suzanne Doucet is ambient music taken to such an extreme that it's almost mind blowing. I think it's a superb classic. Music that is constant, always the same, yet always changing. It may be too constant to call this "wallpaper music", but it is extremely holographic, in that you can start the CD at any point and it's all the same, yet always changing. One low base synth organ like chord held constant throughout the piece, with small variations in the background barely perceptible, almost subconscious. My non 'New Age Music' friends just stare at me blank and say "I could have done that with one finger!". It's the small variations in the background that hold it together. This is music that's always changing yet always the same. An interesting paradox that Suzanne Doucet has superbly mastered. If you just glance at it it's just a base chord, but if you listen closely, there's always things happening, so it never gets stale. Hypnotic music to meditate by. - NewAgeReviews


"RESONANCE"

QUOTES & FACTS:

RESONANCE charted at #5 in Music Choice's SoundScapes program. Debuted at #4 in New Age reporter's top 100 Radio charts.

"A rarely achieved perfection in serenity" Michael Hoppé, Grammy nominated recording artist

"I think it is a masterpiece." David Delay, Santa Barbara

"The Music of RESONANCE takes on visual qualities and otherworldly realms with a grace and ease that is easy to be with, and can be revisited often." Lloyd Barde, Backroads


REVIEWS:

LISTENERS:
Reviewer: newmusik from Los Angeles, CA
This disc is a classic. It has been a really long time since I have heard New Age Synth Music that is as good as Resonance. When I played this CD for the first time I was instantly carried away into another realm. I particularly love the first track on this CD. Suzanne Doucet and Gary Miraz have a great musical synergy that is evident throughout this entire disc. This disc is a must have for any New Age music collection

Reviewer: Beth Lerch, communications manager Resonance is clearly a heartfelt project. Positive sounds, unique rhythms flow from this magical pairing of artists, creating a wonderful heart/mind space that is very conducive to relaxation and entertaining at home.

Reviewer: farid horezco from Los Angeles, CA USA
An advice : make yourself comfortable, take big breathes and get ready for the Exceptional Journey that propose you these two artists Suzanne Doucet and Gary Miraz with their latest release: Resonance. Let yourself transport through the waves of Resonance, do not limit yourself and live fully amazing experiences of timeless journey. Let it go with this release. A magical experience fullfilled with beauty, humility, simplicity and Love. To be recommended.

5 out of 5 stars Maximum Lush!, May 29, 2002
Reviewer: John Balint (Santa Barbara, CA USA) - See all my reviews
Resonance now takes the place of Brian Eno and Harold Budd's "The Pearl" as my favorite ambient/synth album. Doucet and Miraz' playing complement each other beautifully. As anyone who has ever recorded synthesizer knows, the key to success is two-fold: First, the sounds themselves must be top-notch. There are a lot of cheezy synth patches in the world, and happily, none of them find their way onto this album. Secondly, since synthesizers are potentially cold and mechanical sounding, the PLAYING has to be expressive and sensitive. Again, Doucet and Miraz do not disappoint. My favorite track is the opening "Dancing Shadows" which features a haunting melody played on what I believe is a vintage Moog synthesizer, or a darn-good imitation thereof.

As for the mood, I would say that in a word, Resonance is REASSURING. Although it definitely has all the best features of space music, for me, there is just enough melodic/harmonic content to keep me in my body, and ultimately, after a few tracks, I end up feeling like all is well after all. This one is staying in my rotation for a long time to come.

I suggest you buy it. Listen to Resonance in the morning, and add a little bliss to your whole day.

EDITORIAL:

This is a deep listening CD of collaborative musical meanderings by Suzanne Doucet and Gary Miraz. Their CD is built on impressionistic, surrealistic improvisations. Light pulse rhythms,unusual sounds and effects, often from a distance, and space music built on melody and shifting drone layers is what develops over the course of six rather lengthy tracks. Like liquid portraits, the music of "Resonance" takes on visual qualities and otherworldly realms with a grace and ease that is easy to be with, and can be revisited often.
Lloyd Barde – Backroads Music

Suzanne Doucet is a true new age practitioner, mogul, and performer. She has used her musical integrity and business savvy to create her own mini-empire. Gary Miraz is a visual artist of wide repute. He combines spirituality with creative energy to create meaningful and expressive works. His musical virtuosity stems from and adds to the depth of meaning. Resonance is a nearly perfect blend of acoustic and electronic keyboards. Miraz and Doucet share the boards -- key and sound -- and production on this holistic atmospheric offering. The soundscapes are perfect vehicles for meditation and relaxation. This CD will appeal to fans of Zero Ohms, Liquid Mind, and Brannan Lane.
Jim Brenholts, All Music Guide
- various


"Amazon Reviews"

AMAZON REVIEWS

MOUNTAIN SONG – also released as TIBETAN RHYTHMS


5 out of 5 stars Crem de la Crem, Capo da Capo, December 28, 2001
Reviewer: A customer from Livermore, CA USA
Have had this one for about two years and it is a daily ritual with me. Visitors love it too!

5 out of 5 stars Meditating in the web of life, November 5, 2000
Reviewer: Ary from Catonsville, MD United States
The unpretentious nature of this recording won my heart the first time I listened to it. The occassional chicken, birds, barking dog and galloping horse add not only ambiance, but are a refreshing reminder that we are all part of a living community. I highly recommend this CD for anyone who likes to meditate - or simply sit and muse - outdoors. The "om"s in the background are just right, and I enjoy the natural sounds of the countryside. I find it especially nice because it doesn't take itself too seriously. Along with the serene melodies, it has a forthright quality of "this is life, with all it's distractions and other living beings, that we are all part of, no more no less". What it may lack in "sophistication", it more than makes up for in soul. Not for those looking for a monastery type atmosphere, however.

4 out of 5 stars Great "Om" and Farm Animals for Good Measure, August 18, 2000
Reviewer: John R. Klein Jr. from Marietta, GA USA
This one's a bit different. I wouldn't call it "environmental", and I wouldn't call it "meditative", but I WOULD call it a peaceful combination of both. The "Om" is exactly the right volume, pitch and resonance. Quite relaxing; very enjoyable trip. I do, however, feel the horse gallop sounds were out of place.

5 out of 5 stars not for the hermetically-sealed meditator..., May 7, 2000
Reviewer: A customer from North Texas, USA
If you believe that the only way to meditate is in a closed up room with nothing to distract you from the sound of your own breathing, then of course you will hate this CD. For those who find that nature offers the best meditation, however, you should thoroughly enjoy it. The animal sounds are great...remind me of when I lived in the country,instead of in sterile suburbia, where I now reside. The "om" is just right, the music pleasant without being intrusive. Overall, it reminds me of the "Soft Wave" recordings of a few years back with the dolphin sounds. I must admit I haven't tried this CD outside of my vehicle, since I refuse to take it out of my car CD player for an instant. It has made my tension-filled commute so much more pleasant...keeps me from honking my horn and cursing the other drivers, since I don't want to spoil the peaceful environment the sounds and music create. That alone is worth the price! So don't listen to the "neigh"-sayers...get your own copy and get back to nature! (and the running horse is too kewl!)
5 out of 5 stars Listen and Draw Your Own Conclusions, April 22, 2000
Reviewer: Bill from Portland, OR
I bought this disk because I was fascinated by all of thecontroversy surrounding it. Talk about either loving it or hatingit. There is no middle ground on this disk. It's either a 1 star or a 5 star. I've never seen anything like it on Amazon. I can't say that I am a big fan of these types of recordings not have I ever been to Tibet or anyplace remotely close to it. I've tried to meditate on occassion without much success. The UPS man has an uncanny ability to ring the door bell at just the right moment. I'm not sure this is the sort of disk you can meditate to. Although if you do want to meditate I think this is a great training disk. It really will teach you to avoid and tune out all of those extraneous distractions. Overall, I thought it was a pretty cool disk...its worth buying. Actually, the more I listen to it the more I think that maybe I should go to Tibet.


5 out of 5 stars Been There ... Done That, March 15, 2000
Reviewer: Carla Naylor from Tulsa, Oklahoma
You will either hate this disk or you will love it. For my part I loved it. I've spent a lot of time trekking in Nepal. This is really what the place sounds like. Listening to the disk brought back memories of my treks. I felt that I was sitting in my hotel room in Katmandu listening to the sounds of the street below only in this case I had soft, meditative, music as an accompaniement. This is the music I wish I had had with me when I was trekking. If you are into "sonic wallpaper",the sort of smaltz that the big new age labels put out, this disk is not for you. It's to real, to gritty. If you want to capture the sounds and feelings of trekking through the Himalyas while soft meditative music plays in the background then this disk is for you. Listen to it, close your eyes and for a monent you can feel the cold wind of the Kumbu glacier swirl around you at Everest base camp.


5 out of 5 stars Outstanding Value-Little Price for a Large Reward, March 2, 2000
Reviewer: David from NW Arkansas
I was somewhat skeptical about ordering this CD because the pr - Amazon


"Review Links"

http://www.windandwire.com/doucet_and_miraz.htm

http://eer-music.com/EER_MUSIC_REVIEWS_04/Doucet.html

http://www.windandwire.com/december/healing_space.htm

- various


Discography

Instrumental:
Transformation 1982 (reissued 2007)
Transmission 1983 (reissued 2007)
Reflecting Light I (cassette only 1983)
Reflecting Light 1984 (reissued 2007)
Brilliance (cassette only)
Isis Music Sampler (cassette only 1984)
The OM Sound (produced 1986, released 2006)
Shasta - Sacred Mountain (produced 1995, released 2006)
Sounds of Nature (1997 series 0f 22 CDs reissued 2005-2007)
Tranquility Series (1998 series 0f 22 CDs reissued 2005-2007)
Resonance (2001)
Tantra Zone (2005)

Co-Producer:
Healing Vibes
Celestial Touch
Ethereal Journey

Visual Music (director, producer, music):
Star Flight (Silver Award Houston)

appears on:
Feather on the Wind (COVR award)
Celestial Touch (2 NAR awards)

Europe singles:
Das geht doch keinen etwas an / Sei mein Baby
#1 hit record 1964

Europe Albums:
Rot wie Rubin (LP only, Award Zopot)
James Tierleben (1966, reissued on CD 2006)
Die grossen Erfolge (1968, 1981)
Suzanne Doucet International (1969)
In Essig und Oel (1974)
Reisefieber (1980)

Avant-Garde Tripple Album 1970 on Phillips:
Zweistein - Trip - Flip Out - Meditation
(Psychedelic Krautrock Kult album reissued by Captain Trip 2007 Japan)

Japan singles 1966:
Be my Baby/
So Long

USA 1968:
Cry my heart / Swan song

Suzanne also wrote songs for European artists such as Udo Juergens, Mirreille Mathieu, Margot Werner, Rex Gildo, Wencke Myrre, Mike Brandt, Anja Hauptmann, Su Miriam, Ilanit, Judy Winter

She hosted 2 popular TV shows with guests such as Keith Emerson, Yes and the Bee Gees

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Bio

Suzanne Doucet is a former pop star from Europe, the former President & Founder of Only New Age Music, Inc. and the International New Age Music Network. She became one of the pioneers in the new age music industry in West Germany and is now recognized as one of the foremost authorities on the subject worldwide.

She has lived in the USA since 1983.She also made her mark as a composer , as an actress and a television host and was seen regularly on nationwide T.V. in Germany and Switzerland. Suzanne signed with Liberty Records in 1968 and recorded with Les Reed (Tom Jones' producer) in England. She released her first single in the US "Swan Song" (Bee Gees) and recorded "Suzanne Doucet International" an album in seven different languages.

She financed her world travels by releasing a consciousness - expanding sound collage trilogy Trip/Flip out/Meditation. on Phonogram in 1970. She returned in 1971 and continued her work in the music business. For the next ten years, she developed her own style of new age music while exploring many areas of metaphysics including astrology, music therapy, tarot, yoga and the caballah.

In 1983 Doucet realized her life-long dream of moving with her daughter Natascha to California. With husband James Bell, they began a grass-roots campaign of distributing Isis Music via the alternative - holistic network.They established Only New Age Music, in 1987 the world's first specialized new age music retail outlet in the world. From the moment the store opened in the trendy Melrose district, it became the local hub for aficionados and other visionary artists. Robert Redford, Sylvester Stallone, Prince, Steve Martin, Michael Nouri, William Schattner, Sonja Braga and other Stars bought regularly at Only New Age Music. Simultaneously, Doucet established the International New Age Music Network.

Her latest recordings include The OM Sound", "Shasta - Sacred Mountain", "Tantra Zone" with Tajalli, "Resonance" with Miraz and the "Sounds of Nature Series" and "Tranquility Series" with Chuck Plaisance.