Robert Carty is a keyboardist who debuted in the vein of
Tangerine Dream's cosmic music.
The style of Soulscape (1990) was basically still synth-pop
(Chrysalis), ethno-disco music (Dreams Of Home) and
pop muzak (Miranda), although the melodic fantasy Ethereal
and a few atmospheric tracks dispensed with the traditional structure.
The most accomplished tracks of Atmospheres (1991) were
the dramatic overture of Secret Reserves (mantra-like melody and
pounding percussion) and the pop-jazz theme of Macro, but the album
showed progress towards a more abstract form of music
(the oneiric floating melodies of Painting Of Skies).
As his technical skills improved, Carty decided to turn towards a more
contemplative, meditative, ambient style.
Natural Wonder (1992) contains ten medium-length
slowly-unfolding electronic vignettes. Each is also an intensely spiritual
The pastoral, elegiac tone of Winged Heart betrays an Eastern languor
a` la Kitaro.
The slow-motion mystery Inner Steps and Insight,
the minimalist droning and repetition of Vortex and Love Life,
the ecstatic fibrillation of Returning Conscious evoke both
Steve Roach and
The music is rather derivative and lacks an emotional or technical element
that sets it apart from the stereotype.
Skyhearts (1994) added flutes and natural sounds.
Other than occasionally increasing the doses of melodic content
the album displays the same lack of development: the
eight-minute fresco of Visions is static and uneventful, and, ultimately,
pointless. The density and intensity of Spirits Flow partially remedies
the problem, but it is in the 12-minute panorama of Deeply Urging that
Carty finally transcends his limits and creates a world of his own.
High Meditations (1996) and Sky Reaching (1996), which contains
two lengthy suites, moved towards music for relaxation.
Horizons Call (1996) introduced an ethnic emphasis.
Silent Dreams (1997) and Deep Spirit (1997),
continued the trip
towards contemplative music, and Flowing (1997) returned to the format
of two lengthy suites.
Earth Ground (1997), Spanish Spaces (1997), Life Rhythms (1997) explored more ethnic elements.
The Magical Life (1997) featured vocals.
As usual with prolific artists, quantity eventually took a toll on quality.
The Mystic Choice (1998),
Cloud Full (1999),
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