Pauline Anna Strom ‎– Trans-Millenia Consort

Ether Ship Records ‎– AR3289
Vinyl, LP, Album



Mixed at Independent Sound, San Francisco, CA.
Manufacturer: Arkay Records, San Jose, CA.
© 1982 Trans-Millenia Music Co. ASCAP
℗© 1982 Ether Ship Productions

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AR3289-C Pauline Anna Strom Trans-Millenia Consort(Cass, Album, RE, Unofficial) Ether Ship Records AR3289-C US 2002 Sell This Version
AR3289-C Pauline Anna Strom Trans-Millenia Consort(Cass, Album) Ether Ship Records AR3289-C US 1982 Sell This Version
SM48 Pauline Anna Strom Trans-Millenia Consort(Cass, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Unofficial, C48) Sanity Muffin SM48 US 2013 Sell This Version


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January 8, 2018
edited 10 months ago
Most of the works on these tapes have finally been released on glorious CD courtesy of Rvng Intl. Absolutely superb, alien, time-altering, mysterious synth miasmas from the equally obscure Miss Strom. Miss out at your own peril.


November 9, 2017
Otherworldly and anomalous, hushed and hallucinatory, Pauline Anna Strom's unique style of inner space music reaches across time to futures and pasts far from our own.

Trans-Millenia Music compiles eighty minutes of Strom's most evocative work, composed and recorded between 1982 and 1988, for the first authorized overview of the enigmatic Bay Area composer.

Pauline Anna Strom introduced her music to the world in 1982 with Trans-Millenia Consort, a collection of transportive synthesizer music providing listeners a vessel to break beyond temporal limits into a world of pulsing, mercurial tonalities and charged, embryonic waveforms.

Strom's solicitation into the unknown continued through a half dozen more stellar releases during the decade, which, despite their singularity and mastery, slipped into the more obscure annals of want lists and bootleg editions.

Though Strom's work developed during the dawn of San Francisco's influential new age and ambient scenes, her music remains non-programmatic, an adventurous tangent diverting from the era's ideological tropes.

The artist's own path to creative maturation was atypical. Raised by her Catholic family in Louisiana and Kentucky, she was tragically deprived of sight due to complications from a premature birth.

This impairment would sensitize her to listenable worlds with great acuity and creative engagement, the loss becoming a formative aspect of Strom's spiritualist take on the power of music.

Recalling her youth, Strom says she was "a loner and heretic." Seeking solace and solidarity, she moved to the mecca of California's counter culture with her husband, a G.I., who was assigned duty in the Bay Area during the decline of the Vietnam War.

Having dabbled with piano as a teen, Pauline's passion for music reignited when synthesizers became central to the serene scene of San Fran FM radio in the mid-70s.

Inspired by the electronic music of the instrument's early ambassadors (Klaus Schulze, Brian Eno, Tangerine Dream), Strom purchased a Tascam 4-track recorder and a small array of synths (Yamaha DX7, TX816, CS-10) to navigate her own universe of space music.


December 2, 2013
edited about 1 year ago

essential new age. this blind woman stands up to the most ascended of them with such electronic harmonic beauty. every track is simply stunning. i feel the wisdom of an ancient sage coming through this woman. i noticed the cassette is available right now too. best not sleep on it.