The music available here is split between three different projects. Check out the Discography for a complete list of albums.


The Altus project began in 2001 and has continued to blossom to this day. The majority of releases revolve around the ambient and new age genres, but has also delved into neo-classical, dark ambient, and electronica. In 2018, a decision was made for any future ambient-style works to be released through a new project, Loneward. From that point onward, music released under the Altus moniker will used to explore new ideas outside the ambient/new age genre.


The Loneward project began in 2018, and lives solely within melodic ambient territory. Its purpose is to provide a consistent listening experience across its discography. If you enjoy one Loneward release, you'll enjoy them all.


The Burlorke project began in 2016, and explores a mix of 80s / 90s synthpop, new wave, and darkwave, without being derivative. This is an outlet to explore very different moods and ideas that fall outside the scope of above projects. Out of the three, this receives the least amount of energy and could easily be considered a side project.

Who runs Altus Music?

Mike Carss, based out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Its humble beginning took root in 2001, and thanks to the many loyal listeners gained over the years, it slowly grew over the course of two decades to become a viable independent record label. 2022 marks the first year that it transforms from a passionate hobby to a proper company.

Playing music on Radio / Podcast

You're welcome to play any music on your radio show or podcast. Courtesy Bandcamp download codes are available for most albums. Please contact me with your request.

Music for commercial use (film / TV / games)

Please contact me with details to work out the cost for a license. Making changes, adjustments, or remixing an existing track to fit your needs is possible. Original music can be produced for the right project.

Free Music / Tips Appreciated

On this site, you'll find all the music between 2001 and 2020 is freely available to download. If you helped yourself to any of the music and enjoyed it, tips are appreciated.