1. Cosmic waves [10:15] MP3 soundclip of Cosmic waves [0:29]
  2. Milky way [7:56] MP3 soundclip of Milky way [0:31]
  3. From Myzar to Alcor [12:14] MP3 soundclip of From Myzar to Alcor [0:28]
  4. Departure to Sirius [8:14] MP3 soundclip of Departure to Sirius [0:29]
  5. The Barnard's star [9:58] MP3 soundclip of The Barnard`s star [0:28]
  6. La Superba [12:54] MP3 soundclip of La Superba [0:30]
  7. Cygnus X [8:50] MP3 soundclip of Cygnus X [0:27]
"Music for the Stars II" is the continuation of the project Alpha Lyra, started in 2005. The seven new titles are once again inspired by the cosmos and some stars that have struck my imagination, because of their specificity, or their name.

Myzar and Alcor are beautiful double stars of the constellation Ursa Major.
Sirius (Alpha Canis Majoris) is the brightest star in the sky. It takes about eight years for its light to reach us.
The Barnard'star is the star that has the largest proper motion. Located at a distance of 6 light-years, it is the fifth closest star to Earth after the Sun and the triple star Alpha Centauri.
La Superba is a star barely visible to the naked eye in the constellation of Canum Venaticorum. Its brightness varies over a period of 160 days. This is one of the reddest stars in the night sky.
Cygnus X-1 is located in the constellation Cygnus, at 8000 light years from our solar system. Its characteristic is to be in orbit around a black hole X-ray emitting.

2010. Press Information Boys! Do the music of Alpha Lyra has matured! Since 2005, that is "Music for the Stars I" released, Christian Piednoir has surrounded his ambient music of a musical opaqueness as much lyrical as cosmic. An ode to stars, "Music for the Stars II" is tinted by influences of great American synthesist. Those who like the morphic sweetness Kevin Brahemy, Michael Stearns's crystal clear arpeggios and Steve Roach's heavy hypnotic pads will be delighted by this beautiful album of oniric tenderness and a poetic musicality.

From 'Cosmic Waves' first reverberating waves one is letting lull towards Alpha Lyraís cosmos. Synth lines sway with a metallic heaviness, stifling discreet arpeggios which try to pierce this dense synth nebulosity. Heavy and slow 'Cosmic Waves' unfolds with an astral gravity, guiding a somber cosmic choir towards a more ethereal passage. This musical bright interval is stuffed with slender synth layers which are enlacing in an oblong cosmic ballet where weak pulsations draw hardly a cadence which wonít reach maturity, submerged that they are by enormous morphic strata. Although more aerated 'Milky Way' stays of blackness and coldness cosmic music. We are hearing there shooting stars paraded among pulsations which feel oneís way into an abyssal blackness where choirs and strata interlace in a cosmic oblivion. 'From Myzar to Alcor' gives the first signs of an animated life. Heavy sequenced chords unfold and wave in loops on breezes of a hybrid synth which frees sinuous lines and astral c hoirs. Tenderly 'From Myzar to Alcor' movement is livening up of this astral procession where sequences and synth layers merge in a beautiful cosmic ballet. Except that sequences are multiplying and dispersing nervously on a musical structure always floating, creating a soft duality which will ease in a cosmos more poetic than somber. A very nice track, quite as 'The Barnards Star' is a splendid ode for stars starting with a slow movement where limpid chords are dancing. Chords which hop and flutter in an astral sea filled with strata and layers of melodious synth. Itís a splendid track where the dance of sequenced chords recall Michael Stearns's wonderful cosmic universe in Chronos. With its long cynical breaths which cross the walls of atony on heavy and resonant breaths from a cosmic synth, 'Departure to Sirius' is intriguing. Sequences are emerging in midway. They dance and wave in loopy spirals in a world of cold and caustic reverberations. And the more 'Departure to Sirius' progresses, the more sequences are getting vigor to undulate in a strange cosmic waltz where strata and choirs modulate somber sinuous lines, before releasing their last breaths. 'La Superba' is delicate. By far, itís the most melancholic piece of music on "Music for the Stars II" with its sad layers of a solitary synth which lull its thoughts at the bottom of stars. Slow and suave we can hear there their crystalline arpeggios drag their sighs. They try to form a movement, but they get astray in the melancholic immensity that lives in 'La Superba', another great track which brings us in the depths of us. 'Cygnus X' encloses "Music for the Stars II" with a sequential movement which moves stealthil y towards heavy synth nebulosity. A track in the same lineage as 'From Myzar to Alcor' and where Steve Roach's steams perfume this stunning astral procession. Sequenced chords move with hesitation beyond cosmic streaks and vaporous choirs. They draw an uncertain rhythmic of which resonant chords are getting astray in the depth of morphic strata. Strata and abyssal choirs which, here and everywhere on "Music for the Stars II", stifle a rhythm in constant permutation and which progresses in a wonderful universe to multiple electronic tones. A universe dominated by strata and choirs of a synth as weighty as oniric.

I had great pleasure to listen this last opus of Alpha Lyra. Christian Piednoir amazes with his profound morphic strata which imprison his rising and emerging rhythms, as well as his crystalline arpeggios which eventually end to escape from their synth holds to mold beautiful limpid melodies. Itís a beautiful album of ambient music, with just enough rhythm to avoid being annoyed, while crossing cosmic plains from artists so much influential as Michael Stearns and Steve Roach.

2010. Sylvain Lupari / gutsofdarkness.com & synth&sequences.com