Welcome to the music of Altus


As with any artist who has a lot of music, it can be a little daunting for a newcomer to know where to start. And in the case of Altus where everything is free, there's nothing holding someone back from downloading the entire discography in one sitting. There are a few drawbacks to doing this.

1. Downloading a lot of music in one sitting means there's a good chance you may not listen to all of it.
2. Even if you do, it may not be enjoyed to its full potential due to the backlog of albums downloaded. It could even feel like a chore.

My suggestion is to take the time to listen to one album, as you would a purchased CD. This goes for any music you might download freely.

If you're still reading this, I assume you've sampled my music and want to delve deeper. Here are more suggestions to get the most out of Altus.

1. Download my latest releases first and continue backwards chronologically. I'm always proud of my latest work and I'd like you to hear it first.
2. I don't expect anyone to enjoy all my work, so make use of the audio player available on each album's page. That way you're not wasting your time downloading something you won't enjoy.
3. Only download one album every week / every two weeks / every month . . . whatever works for you. The point is to take the time to enjoy and savour each release.

I truly hope you enjoy the music of Altus, and keep coming back for more.
Curious to know more? Sonic Immersion has all the details, including what came before Altus.

Frequently Asked Questions


Who is Altus?

Mike Carss  ~  Located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Why aren't you offering FLAC for free anymore?

My back catalogue (up to the beginning of 2015) will remain free (FLAC and MP3). From that point onward, FLAC will be available to purchase on Bandcamp. MP3 will continue to be a free download from my site. Unfortunately I don't have the resources I once had, and every dollar makes a difference. Making music costs money, and this project has gone beyond being just a hobby.

What is FLAC?

FLAC is an audio format, similar to MP3, but with no compromise to audio quality. It is also known as a lossless format. Up to the beginning of 2015, FLAC files are identical to CD quality. Any music purchased from Bandcamp are slightly higher than CD quality. They're excellent for long-term archival purposes, and they can be transcoded to future audio formats that don't exist yet, with zero loss of quality in the conversion.

Can I play your music on my radio show/podcast?

Absolutely! I would love to know where and possibly when my music will be playing. Thank you for your support!

I'd like to use a track for commercial use (film/TV/games).

Please contact me with details to work out a license. I also have no problem in making changes, adjustments, or remixing an existing track to fit your needs.

I really enjoy your music. Will you be releasing more?

Absolutely. There are a number of ways to stay informed of future releases.

Are you planning on releasing another Winter Embrace album?

No, the series is complete, but check out The Sidereal Cycle 3. The theme is identical.

Any other creative endeavours?

I've been working on a completely different music project called Burlorke, as well as a novel called Deeds of Their Past.