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Michael StearnsPlanetary Unfolding

Label:Continuum Montage – CM 1004
Vinyl, LP


A1In The Beginning. . .
A2Toto, I've A Feeling We're Not In Kansas Anymore
A3Where Ever Two Or More Are Gathered. . .
B1Life In The Gravity Well
B2As The Earth Kissed The Moon
B3Something's Moving

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All material recorded live at Continuum Studio, L.A.
Mixed at Audio Affects, Sherman Oaks.
Synthesizers by Serge Modular, S.F.

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  • Rights Society: BMI

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Planetary Unfolding (Cassette, )Continuum MontageCM 1004US1981
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Planetary Unfolding (Cassette, Album)Continuum MontageCM 1004US1981
Planetary Unfolding (CD, )Sonic AtmospheresSA002US1984
Planetary Unfolding (LP)Sonic AtmospheresSA107US1985
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Planetary Unfolding (CD, Album, Reissue)Sonic Atmospheres307US1985


swk24's avatar
There’s no mincing words about the music on this album. Cosmically yearning, breathing, heart-thumping, head-spinning, essential ambient. Walks the line between minimal and maximal while never letting the tension falter. Get it, play it, sink yourself down into it, keep at it until you finally get it. Be inspired.
slowmend's avatar
Truly a masterpiece. There are not many (if any) deep space albums that evoke such beauty throughout its entire runtime. It's a visionary dive into forever. Essential.
patientot's avatar
Edited 6 years ago
This album is available as a CD on Demand product or a Bandcamp Download (FLAC is an option) through Michael Stearn's website or Bandcamp page. Do not pay the ridiculous prices people are asking for this album here and on eBay.
hazertag's avatar
Needs a repress! I think a lot of people got turned on to this via "I Am The Center".
buriedinsounds's avatar
Listening to this for the first time jaw has literally dropped on the floor. Simply one of the most beautiful, awe-inspiring cosmic synth albums I have ever heard. Way ahead of its time based (certainly based on a lot of similar music being made today) and utterly essential. If only I could rate a 6/5
inri7777's avatar
One of the most beautiful space album ever made, especially the track "Life in the Gravity Well". A gem which isn't known as it would deserve.
TIM's avatar
I picked this up in 2004 when I was at a second hand record store because of the cover (1985 version). Just had a picture of a planet and I really like spacey ambient music that drifts from nothingness. I was glad I did. This album is very dense and layered with reverb for the time. Almost spacey out 76:14 global communication type parts throughout. The great thing about this record is how well it flows between the tracks. there are no breaks except to flip the record over. Michael talks on the notes about how he had a dream about earth and how it wasn't a solid mass but sounds held together like atoms by the resonance of the sounds. One of the top 10 pre 1990 ambient space records of all time definitely.