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Projekt Records inaugurates an ongoing reissue series of 13 influential works from American electronic ambient composer Michael Stearns, starting with this groundbreaking and long out-of-print 1981 album. Featuring the sound of the Serge Modular Synthesizer in 6 movements, the slowly evolving atmospheric swirls of this early spacemusic classic are a journey within inner and outer space.

His essential masterpiece tells the story of the cosmos not with words but with mighty, emotional sonics, as powerful today as 41 years ago. From our subatomic origins to our intergalactic destiny, the universe is made of sound held together through resonance where atoms, cells, oceans, plants, animals and humans are all part of a complex orchestration.

Stearns is one of the first Americans to tune his synthesizers to the "key of space," adding a Californian earth-sensitivity to the mix.

"Michael Stearns' Planetary Unfolding defines the word breathtaking. He doesn't just take you somewhere, he makes you hear music differently, taking you deep into the vibration of sound. Planetary Unfolding transforms the space of your listening and your mind. It's a monumental work of ambient music." -- John Diliberto, Echoes Radio.

An absolute must-have album loved and long sought-after by fans of the finest electronic music has to offer.


Michael Stearns is a multi-genre composer, sound designer, and soundtrack producer. His credits include music for television, feature films, planetariums, twenty-two IMAX films and 17 solo albums. He a pioneer of American electronic music from his 1977 self-released cassette up through his 2021 Beyond Earth & Sky collaboration with Steve Roach. He has created music for NASA, Laserium, Disney Films, HBO, 20/20 and the Berkshire Ballet. His award-winning scores for Ron Fricke's non-verbal global film masterpieces Chronos, Sacred Site, Baraka and Samsara have been heard by audiences around the world.

Michael Stearns | Planetary Unfolding | CD

SKU: PRO394-2
  • 1. "In The Beginning…”
    2. “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not In Kansas anymore.”
    3. “Wherever two or more are gathered…”
    4. Life in the Gravity Well
    5. As the Earth Kissed the Moon
    6. “Something’s Moving”

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