About Purple Dawn....
Released in 2006, Purple Dawn is a collection of ambient, sometimes haunting compositions written and performed by Bill Bryan.
I (Bill) play recorder, guitar, bass and synth on this album, as well as an obscure instrument called a theramin, which my nephew built.
The theramin was invented in 1920 by a young Russian physicist, Lev Sergeivich Termen. It's not only the oldest electronic instrument, but the only one that's played without physical contact.
As a massage therapist and a musician, I wanted to produce my own music for my clients. I also wanted to produce a musical work specifically geared toward the body's instinct to relax.
For instance, I kept the tempo at a consistent 120 beats per minute so that from song to song, the body maintains the same rhythmic pulse. This idea proved to be successful as several parents of autistic children found that this music was helpful for getting their children to settle down for reading time.
The name Purple Dawn is derived from the idea of hope - that during the darkest times, one looks to the dawn as a sign of victory. As the dawn of Easter Sunday brought hope to a lost planet, so, too, do we look for that hope to be revealed.
Purple Dawn has received airtime on NPR, XPN, XM, and Sirius Radio.
Included here are three selections:
What people are saying about Purple Dawn:
"Ambient compositions using theremin, recorder and guitar; 'an offering of sound for the mind, body and headphones.'" -Brian Williams, The Dilominac
"This is music that moves you. Haunting and melodic, with beautiful variations in tempo and theme that will take you on a journey through half-forgotten dreams, and longings of the spirit. I love it more every time I listen to it." - Gina Loree Marks, shiatsu practitioner and owner of Embody Grace.
"This is a sweet listen, very relaxing and enjoyable. In an age where stresses of the day can overwhelm a body, this cd is cool refreshing tonic. Do yourself a favor: get comfortable, slip on some headphones, and lose yourself in Purple Dawn. I think it's just what the doctor ordered, and then some." - Porkroll