December 12, 2008
:: New Release - "Winter Embrace III"

Winter Embrace III
Winter Embrace III

Long-form symphonic/minimalist ambient. A journey through white wilderness, and discovery of hidden vistas.

I hope you enjoy this final chapter to the Winter Embrace series. There's not much I can say. I feel that the music "speaks" for itself, and that my thoughts and emotions come out much more clearly through it.

Season's greetings from Altus.

December 02, 2008
:: Coming December 13th - Winter Embrace III

I'm happy to announce that Winter Embrace III will be available to download in the early hours of December 13th. Ambitar Radio at StillStream.com will be the place to be at 10pm EST (Friday, December 12th) to be one of the first to hear this new release. A download link will be available in the StillStream chatroom first, and then on my site once the show is finished.

This will mark the final chapter to the Winter Embrace series. Originally I had only planned on doing two, but last year a number of people were asking when part three was coming. So I decided I would do one more for the end of 2008.

You'll find that it's similar in style and theme (especially comparing it to part one), however I've "limited" myself to using only real instruments and the human voice. There are no synths in this one. It's still ambient in style, but there are a couple symphonic outbursts that would remind you of The Grand Expanse - "Towards the Galactic Centre".
That was my first foray into teaching myself to create a more symphonic/soundtrack sound, and Winter Embrace III is my next step. I've still got a ways to go, but I'm happy with the results so far.

It's made me happy to see a lot of people really enjoy the Winter Embrace series. Thank you all for your kind comments and e-mails over the years. I truly hope you enjoy this final piece during the last days of 2008 and into 2009.

August 04, 2008
:: New Release - "Macro"


Introducing Macro from Altus.  A series of 22 short tracks covering a broad range of sounds, from melodic ambient to atonal soundscapes, and a few oddities inbetween.

The story behind this release is while I work on new music, I usually start noodling with different sounds.  I end up getting carried away and while the music is good, it's not appropriate to the project I'm working on.  These tracks allow you to hear some of the things I end up coming up with.

Keep in mind that these aren't simply raw ideas.  I've expanded on the initial sound or idea and polished it up for a enjoyable listening experience.

Given that each track is it's own entity (a rare thing with my work), there's no wrong way to play this album.  Pick and choose your favourite tracks, or simply randomize the track listing for a slightly different listen every time.  Have fun with it, that's the idea.

I hope you enjoy hearing some of these "behind the scenes" sounds I'm sharing with you.

June 22, 2008
:: Coming Soon - "Macro"

A new release is on the horizon. I still have a fair bit of work left to do on it, but I hope to have it available in July or August.

In the spirit of Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works II and Palancar's Précis, it will consist of brief thoughts and ideas. A mix of melodic and atonal ambient.

I'm looking forward to sharing it with you!

April 13, 2008
:: New Release - "Rapid Eye Movements"

Rapid Eye Movements
- Available exclusively at Rain

This new release treads the darker territory between Artifacts of Distant Memory and Only One Earth to Destroy. I wrote this not as a sleeping aid, but more as a sonic voyage through one's dreams and the secrets they can reveal.

March 15, 2008
:: Coming Soon - "Rapid Eye Movements"

Just want to let you know that Rapid Eye Movements will be available to download exclusively on the Rain Netlabel in late March/early April.
Last Tuesday, Stephen Philips of Kite Radio played the album in it's entirety. Thanks Mr. Duck.

Check back for updates.

January 29, 2008
:: Live Performance - "The Grey Horizon"

The recording from the StillStream.com live show last Saturday is now available to download. Aptly named "The Grey Horizon" by Hannah Shapero (Altocumulus), this is melodic melancholy.

Altus - Live (Jan 26, 2008) "The Grey Horizon"

Thanks to Darrell Burgan (Palancar) for being such a gracious host, as always.

The video stream seemed to be a hit as well. However, in my attempt to "make it more interesting to watch", I was supposed to be wearing a bunny suit (long story) but don't actually own one. Norm (Normal) was kind enough to fix that error... ;)


December 08, 2007
:: Live Performance Available to Download "Toward the Winter Solstice"

After a few delays, the live performance I did at StillStream.com (on December 1st) is now available at archive.org to download.

Altus - Live (Dec 1, 2007) "Toward the Winter Solstice"

Thanks to Darrell Burgan (Palancar) for hosting the show, and to Hannah Shapero (Altocumulus) for naming the performance. And if you're wondering, I'll be doing more live stuff. I had a lot of fun doing this, and truly didn't think I could do this kind of thing.

November 01, 2007
:: New Release - "The Grand Expanse"

The Grand Expanse

The music conveys my thoughts much better than any words I could type. I truly hope you enjoy this release. This one is special to me.

July 02, 2007
:: New Release - "Singulus"


I'll start off by saying that none of this music is new. This is simply a compilation of my single tracks from multi-artist releases. It does contain a few oddities which probably haven't been heard by many people, such as Frequency Junction and Voice in the Machine.

Track listing:
1. Mercury
2. Frequency Junction
3. Voice in the Machine
4. Home Away From Home
5. Horizons (Part 2)
6. Led Astray
7. Night People
8. Green

In any case, you now can download all these tracks in one convenient spot.