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Aeon 05:05
Abrasax 07:11
Sophia 07:45
Fire Mist 01:52
Mythos 19:13


Originally released on Larry Fast's Audion Recording Company, Mythos combines layers of guitar with Michael Masley's otherworldly bowhammer cymbalom, and Bob Stohl and Kat Epple's woodwinds, synths, and light percussion.

Chosen as one of The 25 Best New Age Compact Discs
(Alongside such other “new age” albums as Dark Side of the Moon, Autobahn, Dig It, and Thursday Afternoon.)
—Stereo Review 1987 Compact Disc Buyer’s Guide

“The five hypnotic songs on MYTHOS engender a dreamy tranquility, yet remain interesting enough to hold your attention. Obscure ethnic instruments ground the guitar/synthesizer songs with an ancient earthiness.”
Performance: 8
Sound: 10
—CD Review

“Features free-floating contexts that are strong without being overbearing and beautiful without being cloying. The drones, spiraling arabesques, and eerie, electronic colorings in MYTHOS leave plenty of room for listeners to transcend themselves.” —Jazziz

“Unlike many electronic/space music recordings, the focal instruments here are guitars, not synthesizers. Cleveland gets a remarkable variety of sounds out of them, too. He avoids the extremes of ambient innocuousness as well as anarchic harshness, and leaves one looking forward to his next work.” —Option

“Cleveland himself does everything but play the guitar straight; he uses Ebow, violin bows, Thumbo, and the cymbalom’s Bowhammer to elicit long droning chords from his instrument. Side two is a 19-minute Frippertronics loop, with flutes, bells, and cymbalom floating in and out. Very empyrean. —Electronic Musician


released October 2, 2012

Barry Cleveland: acoustic and electric guitars, synthesizers, bowed dulcimer, tape loops
Michael Masley: bowhammer cymbalom, xylophone
Bob Stohl: flute, synthesizers, Lyricon, bass recorder, bells, gong
Kat Epple flute, bass flute, synthesizers, bells
Produced by Barry Cleveland/engineered by Tony Mills
Recorded at Spark Studio, Oakland, CA
Digitally remastered by Barry Cleveland at ElevenEleven Recorders, Redwood City, CA (2012)


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