'Archives is a set of outtakes, alternate mixes and reworked versions from the vaults in Westlake, Ohio. Mark Dwane - the MIDI-guitarist's MIDI-guitarist - composed and performed these pieces from 1984 through 1995. It is a limited edition (500 copies) release. This CD features all the good things that listeners expect from synth guitar ambience - and then some! Mark's very dramatic style grabs listeners right away. There are no subtleties here. This music 'whacks listeners up side the head' like a two by four. It is not a painful experience at all. Deep listeners will feel the drifting effects as they enter a semi-conscious journey. The journey goes to different zones as Mark takes a retrospective and introspective tour of his brilliant career. This is more essential space music from a master of the craft. It has both historical and musical integrity.' -- Jim Brenholts / Ambient Visions ----- 'This [is] a superb collection of previously unreleased works and alternate mixes by Dwane. It's a collector's item, limited-edition CD-R, not available in stores. Only 500 have been burned; each being numbered and personally signed by Mark. Dwane has updated, extended, re-worked, and refined the best tracks collected out of his earlier MIDI guitar releases. I enjoyed this CD-R a great deal and it is worth grabbing as a good representative taste of the Dwane soundworld. He does amazing things with a guitar! In fact, you will rarely think a guitar is being used but that Tangerine Dream or Vangelis were all in the mix! I was especially happy when chatting with Dwane, before receiving this release, suggesting he extend certain songs from The Monuments of Mars, when he informed me Archives indeed had already included an extended version of TMoM's 'Eternity.' I wished he'd extended that track to about 10 or 15 minutes but I'll take even five minutes of eternity of the 'Dwane-man'. Recommended head-trip!' -- John W. Patterson.
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