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William Aura – Half Moon Bay

William Aura
Half Moon Bay
Style: New Age
Label: Higher Octave Music
Catalog Number: HOMLP 7002
Released: 1987, 80's
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Released on the cult new age label Higher Octave Music, William Aura’s Half Moon Bay is a highly sought after New Age gem that was one of the first few records in the genre to incorporate world-adjacent downtempo dance elements. Revered as a pioneer in the developing alternatives in “New Music” at the time, Aura introduced recently discovered digital sampling techniques and matched them with traditional acoustic eastern instruments. With tracks like “Heartbeat” and “Dream Dancer,” a case can be made that Aura was well ahead of his time, and these tracks can be compared to some of today’s modern downtempo flavors. To compose the record, Aura built a studio that faced the ocean, taking inspiration from his panoramic view of the Atlantic, and reigned in the tropics’ natural world with classic 80’s synths like a Yamaha DX7 along with Indian sarods and flute. The album as a whole is an amalgam of dreamy and atmospheric moods with the optimism and positivity that is perfectly matched by album’s cover featuring a guy smiling into a Northern Californian sunset whilst wearing a full pastel suit.

– DM

Recommended – A3 Mirada, B1 Dream Dancer, B3 Heartbeat

Tags: Downtempo / Electronic / Private Press / World
Tracklist:

A1 Come My Way
A2 Sacred Secret
A3 Mirada
A4 Half Moon Bay
B1 Dream Dancer
B2 Sea Of Love
B3 Heartbeat
B4 Coral Blue

Credits:

James Allen – Engineer, Keyboards, Sampling
Paolo Antonio – Lyre, Synthesizer, Wind Synthesizer
Chris Byerley – Drum Programming, Percussion
Gerlando Compilati – Percussion, African Percussion, Sampling
Eric Denton – Engineer, Fender Rhodes, Keyboards
Christopher Hedge – Engineer, Percussion, Synclavier, Synthesizer
Rick Henderson – DX-7, Programming, Sarod, Synthesizer
John Hildebrand – Producer
Emilio Roma – Percussion, African Percussion, Sampling
David Thomas – Keyboards, Synclavier
Richard Tibbitts – Alto Flute
William Aura – ARP Synthesizer, Arranger, Bass, Digital Sampling, Drums, Engineer, Ensemble, Guitar (12 String), Keyboards, Mixing, Percussion, Synthesizer, Written and Produced by

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