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Reviews

Gracie Productions: review of Single Glance digital single (genre: guitar pop-rock) by Tony Bucher (USA)
"I really like your voice! The chorus on this song is VERY catchy. This song is a throwback to the sounds of the 70s and 80s which is a very cool thing... I definitely look forward to hearing more from you. You have a lot of talent!"

Music Dish: review of Single Glance digital single (genre: guitar pop-rock) by Eric de Fontenay (USA)
"Single Glance is a lyrically and musically solid mid tempo love song that is so catchy, it's almost contagious. A fun song, 'Single Glance' was produced by UK producer, Stuart Epps who has worked with renowned artists including Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, George Harrison and Robbie Williams. Duc's breathy vocal style is reminiscent of Melody Gardot, and her vocal performance on this cut it perfect. It's pop with a definite country twist to it, and great hooks and breaks. The harmonies are well done, and it's a very well-produced track that has driving guitars and rhythms, layered with melodic keyboards. While it's about the attraction one feels from a single glance, the song itself is suitable for any occasion from hanging with friends to cruising in the car or just lifting your mood on a rainy day. Duc scores big with this track, which pop and country music lovers will adore."

Single Glance was also featured in the Pop section of the Music Industry News Network site.

The Music Feed: review by Luke Dailey (USA)
"Australian composer Catherine Duc manages to convey a sense of accomplished artistry even before listening to her music. She’s compared to brilliant artists like Royksopp, and Phillip Glass. Catherine swallows you whole with a fully realized music landscape. It’s art of the highest order."

Sounds Behind The Corner: review by Nicola Tenani (Italy, in Italian)
"Between burning of incenses, evaporated scents, to the search of essences of worlds always others, this is in the style of Enya, Enigma, Deep Forest or Delerium. It transmits harmony and positivity to all listeners. We recommend it."

Skope Magazine: review by Jimmy Rae (USA)
"Catherine Duc will guarantee to put your entire self at ease with her world full of joy, wonder and happiness. If this Australian artist can’t relax you and make you forget about life for a minute, then I don’t know who or what will."

Longe Magazine: feature (USA)
Original press releases of Visions and Dreams featured. Scanned extract of hardcopy magazine also available.

Target Audience Magazine: album review by Jerel Johnson (USA)
"Catherine Duc is a very talented artist with her own unique spin on world music with a talent for taking diverse elements and making it work." [click link above for review]

Raised on Indie (USA)
Essence of Dreams selected as track of the day.

PDX Reviews: album review by Phil Adams (USA)
"Your music is amazing. One Autumn Day and In The Light of Day are incredible."

New Reviews: album review (UK)
"Catherine Duc seems to be hot news on the instrumental scene, and with good reason. People who are into their instrumental music will be thoroughly impressed with the diversity of instrumentation and influence that this album offers." [click link above for review]

Dark Room Magazine: album review by Nicholas Tenani (Italy, in Italian)
"The sonorous world of Catherine is immense and sensitive...class with refinement and taste. Every piece succeeds to evoke beatiful landscapes." [click link above for review]

Indie Music Digest: album review by Cyrus Rhodes (USA)
"Some truly impressive moments. Catherine Duc is a brilliant composer, and if you are a fan of all things ambient you should dive head first into Visions and Dreams as soon as possible." [click link above for review]

Women's Radio: album review by Brian Ball (USA)
"Visions and Dreams speaks to the listener on deeply intimate levels by way of (mainly) instrumental fantasies that touch on boundaries of trip hop, ambient, world, experimental, classical and contemporary - all while maintaining a keen sense of musical integrity and pioneering edge."

Celtic Rock: album review by Jessy (Germany)
"For friends of relaxation and any meditations in the sunshine one can present Vision and Dreams confidently." [click link above for review]

Radio Australia Australian Bite (Australia):
"A blend of Celtic and world melodies with electronica and atmospheric soundscapes." [click link above for review]

Muzik Reviews: album review by Dennis Mersmann (USA)
"If you’re already a fan of worldbeat or ambient (any similar genre) then this album is definitely a worthy addition." [click link above for review]

Snob's Music: album review by Peter Kearns (Canada)
"Where Duc does stand out from many New Age musicians in that several of her tracks are actually catchy. Catherine Duc's music is as good an example of New Age as any I've had the occasion to hear." [click link above for review]

El Retorno Del Gigante: album review by Gustavo Bolasini (Spain)
"Standing out is the fascinating 'Incense' with an ethnic Arabic touch and great sonorous dramatic quality and the gorgeous 'In The Light of Day' with delicate and stirring orchestral adjustments developing to a charming Celtic melody. A good work of this artist, effective instrumentalist and original composer Catherine Duc. " [click link above for review]

Faeries and Angels Magazine: album review by Adrienne Dumas (USA)
"Visions and Dreams by Catherine Duc is a relaxing and purely hypnotic CD that takes the listener on a beautiful musical journey. We at "The Faeries and Angels Magazine" highly recommend adding this CD to your collection of New Age and meditative music!" [click link above for review]

Reflections of Darkness: album review by Sebastian Huhn (Germany)
"Visions and Dreams is pure ambience and mood. Every single song on its own takes you on a journey. Everybody who’s having a soft spot for moody ambient music replete with natural instruments of all kinds won’t be disappointed." [click link above for review]

The Celebrity Cafe: album review by Courtney Thompson (US)
"Visions and Dreams takes you on an ethereal and exotic journey through instrumentals, influenced by Electronica and World beats stemming from Ireland and Latin America. If you like Enya and the Pure Moods compilations, then you can’t miss Visions and Dreams." [click link above for review]

Nightwaves: (Canada)
"Exquisite and a joy to listen to. Highly recommended for fans of Enya, Deep Forest, Ennio Morricone and the Tea Party." [click link above for review]

Indie Music Review Net: album review by Gary Levinson (Germany)
"Visions and Dreams is a high-quality new age album which brings a bit of peace and tranquility to today’s ever-tenser world." [click link above for review]

Lone Reviewer: album review by André Jackson (Germany)
Note: written in German. [click link above for review]

First Coast Community (USA)
"Soothing and relaxing music." [click link above for full review]

Music To Work To: album review by F.J. Ubalde (USA)
"I highly recommend this CD to anyone thirsting for fresh new music not heard everyday. This is definitely music for the heart and soul." [click link above for full review]

She Unlimited (USA)
"Visions And Dreams is an album by one of today's truly gifted, experienced and musically diverse artists, Catherine Duc, and she has excelled. You the listener will gain something. Highly recommended." [click link above for full review]

Bella Online: album review by Shelia M. Goss (USA)
" I not only found the CD relaxing, but motivating. If you're trying to work on something creative, listening to Visions and Dreams can help spark those creative juices." [click link above for full review]

Rambles: album review by Sherrill Fulghum (USA)
"Duc has molded new age forms and numerous musical styles from around the world -- Middle and Far Eastern, Celtic, Native American, etc. -- with ambient sounds to create some beautiful melodies with flawless perfection." [click link above for full review]

Indie Music Group: album review by Doug Morris (USA)
"I would strongly urge you to buy this album if you enjoy New Age music. You can't go wrong with this one!" [click link above for full review]

Vibe Rate: album review by Jim Mullen (USA)
"Catherine Duc's inaugural offering, Visions and Dreams, serves as the soundtrack of a serene journey through distant, yet overlapping, times and space. Each song is it's own destination on this delightful sonic trip. Like an amazing storyteller who structures their tales with an open-endedness that allows the reader to come to their own, either preamble or, conclusion, this talented songstress does the same with her music." [click link above for full review]

Sonic Curiosity: album review by Matt Howarth (USA)
"Duc's multi-instrumental delivery produces music of soft and earthy sentiments. Her compositions are tranquil and possess heart that communicates without lyrical content. Engaging melodies are keynote here, spurning flash and pomp and going for sonic sincerity." [click link above for full review]

Luna Cafe: album review by Anna Maria Stjärnell (Sweden)
"Many others are attempting a similar sort of sound, but few are as adept at it as Duc is. Her debut sees her establish a style she can be proud of." [click link above for full review]

Music Industry News Network (mi2n.com) (USA)
Front page feature about Los Angeles Music Awards, December 2006.

Maximum Ink: album review by Andrew Frey (USA)
"An amalgamation of worldwide musical rhythms and melodies that are subtly and sublimely cajoled into a contemporary ambient musical epiphany."

Arctic Mist: album review in Spanish by Jorge Sergio (Spain)
"Visions And Dreams is an exultant, full disc of light with evocative melodies. It mixes so many different styles that he is difficult not to be surprised by the coherence that it shows as a whole." [click link above for full review]

New Artist Radio: album review by Phillip Hardy (USA)
"Visions and Dreams is an accomplished work of modern instrumental music that is melodic and relaxing to the soul. The sound production is professional, the arrangements are dynamic and the World beat essence of different countries evokes many moods and images." [click link above for full review]

Artist, Repertiore and International Licensing (Australia)
"As an award winning composer, Catherine Duc has an achieved an excellent cohesive tone... a truly inspired collection of work." Essence of Dreams is also on the compilation CD that's packaged with the magazine. [for full review see A&R Magazine issue #25]

About.com: album review by Mike Stier (USA)
"Rating: 5 stars. Her music is graceful and majestic with an invasive sweeping grandeur all the while utilizing an array of electronic instruments, leaving you with a feeling of empowerment." [click link above for full review]

Indie Music: album review by Catherine L. Tully (USA)
"Visions and Dreams pleased me immensely. With Celtic overtones and an electronica feel that ranges from relaxing to uplifting, this CD is a winner." [click link above for full review]

Morpheus Music: album review by Paul Jury (UK)
"Exotic fantasy compositions that draw on elements of Celtic, global mood music and melodic ambient." [click link above for full review]

Media Search: album review by Anna Kosmanovski (Australia)
Each song on the album is a perfectly crafted journey. The Melbourne based artist paints a picture with her array of ambient sounds, Celtic music influence, all glazed with an other worldly sounding electronic base." [click link above for full review]

International Online Music: album review by Colin Lynch (USA)
"I hope that music lovers and appreciators everywhere get a glimpse of what I have from this remarkable piece of work from a remarkably accomplished musician composer." [click link above for full review]

Mondo Blu: album review by Paul De Micheli (Spain)
"There is a clear sense of cohesion to the CD, so that you come away with the impression that you are being guided along the journey through Duc's personal soundscapes. Inspired and inspiring." [click link above for full review]

Ocean View Press: album review by Rob Watts (USA)
"Catherine Duc invites the listener along with her on a journey of relaxation and imagination. This is an album that truly deserves to be experienced." [click link above for full review]

Nature and Health magazine: featured CD of June/July 2006 edition (Australia)
"Australian musician Catherine Duc has created an enchanting CD."

Prediction: featured CD of the month (UK)
"There is much for the ambient music fan here... This album gets a big thumbs up from us." Rated 'superb'. [for full review, see Prediction magazine May 2006 issue].

First Coast News: album review by Paul Zimmerman (USA)
"A beautiful album of intricate and blissful sounds that is a journey worth taking." [click link above for full review]

Amazing Sounds: album review by Alejandro Hinojosa (Spain)
"An album that no doubt deserves an attentive listening." [click link above for full review]

Download.com: review by music editor (USA)
"It's hardly surprising that this Melbourne composer has a film degree, her ambient soundscapes could easily find their way onto a movie soundtrack: a coming-of-age tale, say, set in a mysterious foreign land, with Duc's mix of Celtic folk winds, lush synth washes, and pulsing percussion underlining a dramatic meeting of cultures."

Wavelength: album review by Tyrone Warner (Canada)
"Each track is a carefully crafted atmosphere composed of a unique and articulate language which tells a story full of images and emotion... a master at composing and performing." [click link above for full review]

Top40-Charts: news feature (USA)
"Duc blazes trails for New Age music on her new album, arriving at a novel and intoxicating blend of Celtic and ambient music. This is music to take note of." [click link above for full review]

Muse's Muse: album review by JJ Biener (Canada)
"While touching on Celtic, New Age and Ambient genres, Catherine has produced a series of pieces that embody the best aspects of each of these styles. They are well written, well produced and they are accessible to the casual listener... She consistently constructs musical pieces of depth and complexity that capture the imagination and compel the listener's attention." [click link above for full review]

Nightflying Entertainment Guide: album review by Doug Treadway (USA)
"Ah, the new world . a land of visions and dreams and softly lilting melodies . you know, it's hard to find words to describe this music as it is almost too ethereal for words. You just have to listen to it and get lost."

Wind and Wire: album review by Bill Binkelman (USA)
"An excellent debut album. Catherine Duc should garner plenty of attention from lovers of infectious rhythm-laden new age or chill-out music." [click link above for full review]

Times of Acadiana newspaper: album review by Arsenio Orteza (USA)
"There's New Age music you notice and New Age music you don't. What places this album among the former is the verve that Catherine Duc brings to a genre that's now more than a quarter century old." [click link above for full review]

Collected Sounds: album review by Amy Lotsberg (USA)
"The melodies are refreshing and lovely. The songs range from Celtic to electronica and other realms in between." [click link above for full review]

New Age Reporter: album review by R.J. Lannan (USA)
"I knew after one minute of play that I was going to like this stuff. Visions and Dreams the newest album by Catherine Duc is an amazing amalgam of Ambient, Celtic and World themes. This is animated waves of beauty and light and fire." [click link above for full review]

Melliflua: album review by Dene Bebbington (UK)
"It's clearly an album by someone who knows where they're coming from in terms of influences, and who knows how to make use of it in their own style. This is a very accessible album that has a commercial feel, which should give it an appeal to a wide audience." [click link above for full review]


Interviews

Celi Britto: interview with Jaisal Sonale about what lead me to music, singing and online promotion (Australia)

Crimson Moon: interview with Summon about my musical influences, inspirations and side projects (USA)

Vents Magazine: interview with Rafael Jovine about how I got started in music and my influences (USA)

Every Woman Radio Show: interview with Wendy Oakley about my music studies and inspiring words for achieving your dreams (USA)

Chaos Control: interview with Bob Gourley about the creative and recording process on 'Visions and Dreams' and my upcoming album (USA)

Two Groove: interview with Tyler Groover about the past, present and future (USA)

Lost Frontier: interview with Javier Bedoya about Celtic music, travel and my next album (Spain, in Spanish)

The Fabulous Woman: interview with Janine Slayton about my musical influences and inspiration (USA)

The Spiritual Significance of Music: interview with Justin St Vincent about the spiritual significance of music (USA)

Underground Interviews: interview with Virginie about composing and live performances (France)

Quiescence Music: interview with piano teacher, Edward Weiss about composing, creativity and advice to new age music pianists (USA)

The Current State of The Australian Music Industry: interview about using MySpace for independent music (Australia)

Mystic Soundscapes Radio: radio interview with Pete Havey about my album and plans (USA)

Wiki Music Guide: interview with Abby (Phillipines)

Arctic Mist: short Interview with Jorge Sergio (Spain)

IOM Magazine: interview with Colin Lynch talking about my music influences, career and plans (Canada)
"My earliest and main influences were ambient-groove artists like Deep Forest and Enigma... I was fascinated at how they mixed world music with modern rhythms and synthesizers and this inspired me a lot with my music." [click link above for full interview]

Australian Music Online: talking about the making of my album and Australian music (Australia)

Voices and Visions: short interview with Sandy about my musical influences (USA)

Dainty World Beat: interview with Thomas Lau about the making of Visions and Dreams (Germany)


Comments from the media and music industry


Name: Alex Forbes - Billboard Charting Songwriter (Hayley Westenra, Cyndi Lauper & Taylor Dane) (USA)
Comments: You have a very pretty voice, with a nice texture and an emotional connection to what you're singing. Nice atmosphere, skillful songwriting and good musicianship.
Name: Steven Kent Murphy - Professor of Music, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (USA)
Comments: Catherine Duc's Visions and Dreams is both refreshing and relaxing. Her ability to charm the cerebral senses is immediately evident in the first track of the album. Catherine's sound is surprisingly acoustic, although the music here is apparently inherently electronic. She's not afraid to sound human. Duc's music accompanies every day existence in many ways from meditation to entertaining friends. It's even great on long road trips.
Name: Richard - Behind The Mike Show (USA)
Comments: I am amazed at your skills as a writer and composer. Job well done. Keep up the fantastic work. I hear a lot of talent there.
Name: Vinny Ribas - CEO, Indie Connect (USA)
Comments: I absolutely love it! It is great music to have on while I am working late.
Name: Steve Murphy - Professor of Music, IUPUI, Indianapolis (USA)
Comments: Catherine Duc's Visions and Dreams is both refreshing and relaxing. Her ability to charm the cerebral senses is immediately evident in the the first track of the album. Catherine's sound is surprisingly acoustic, although the music here is apparently inherently electronic. She's not afraid to sound human. Duc's music accompanies every day existence in many ways from meditation to entertaining friends. It's even great on long road trips.
Name: Megan - Program Producer, Soundfront Underground Radio (USA)
Comments: A beautiful album.
Name: Craig - DJ, 3WAY FM (Australia)
Comments: I am very impressed.
Name: Liani Solari - Editor, Wellbeing Magazine (Australia)
Comments: I listened to your CD and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Name: Renee Gelpi - Host, Galaxy CBC Digital Radio Network (Canada)
Comments: Your music on Visions and Dreams is glorious. Excellent writing and arranging brings out exciting emotions. Loved it.
Name: Doug Cole - General Manager, KOCV 91.3FM, Odessa, Texas (USA)
Comments: Good stuff!
Name: John Ziegler - Program Director, KUMD 103.3FM, Duluth (USA)
Comments: Really nice record! One Autumn Day is the early favorite amongst staff.
Name: Arsenio Orteza - Music Reviewer, Times of Acadiana Newspaper (USA)
Comments: I received your disc, played it a lot, enjoyed it, and reviewed it.
Name: Miguel Angel Flores - DJ, Cadena Regional Murciana 103.2 FM (Spain)
Comments: From this moment we are promoting this marvellous project.
Name: Bill Binkelman - DJ, KFAI 90.3 FM, Minneapolis (USA)
Comments: Excellent work. Wonderfully smooth chill-out with lush melodies and infectious beats.
Name: DJ Ron Slomowicz - Dance/Electronic Music Guide, About.com (USA)
Comments: Imagine Enigma exploring Celtic music and you might have an idea of Catherine's sound... a nice mix of ambient grooves, Celtic electronic and worldbeat.
Name: Bob Timm - World Music Guide, About.com (USA)
Comments: (World Fusion Guide Pick) Ambient music with Celtic overtones.
Name: Unisong (USA)
Comments: (Review for Essence of Dreams) This theme is wonderful. Good sounds/texturing. I can hear it as music for television. It's dreamy, good job! Excellent title. Keeps you guessing. It has a metaphysical feeling to it.
Name: Tim Ritchie - Editor of Presentation & Production, ABC Radio National (Australia)
Comments: Haunting and uplifting at the same time, there's Gaelic elements and a hint of the Andes. The subtle mood swings always bring you back to a peaceful place.
Name: Dean Macy - A&R, Epilogue Records (USA)
Comments: Your music/orchestrations are beautifully done. It is always a pleasure to hear music performed and recorded well.
Name: Jennifer Warner - About.com Dance Music Guide (USA)
Comments: Beautiful composition. Congratulations on winning the Philips competition!
Name: Sabrina Dawn Heiberg - DJ, CFRO 102.7FM, Vancouver (Canada)
Comments: I enjoyed your music, it was a pleasure to listen to.
Name: Alan Boyd - Rockus Ezine (Australia)
Comments: I liked what I heard and am looking forward to hearing more.
Name: Josie Criddle - Australian Jukebox Ezine (Australia)
Comments: You've done a superb job!
Name: Jenny Milich - DJ, Ozbox 107.3FM, Albury (Australia)
Comments: Congratulations on such an excellent result. So proud of you. Good luck and I am still spinning your CD on a regular basis. I like to aim at a mellow kind of music and it fits in beautifully with that theme.
Name: Kate Lalak - Philips (Australia)
Comments: Congratulations on being one of the winners of the Philips Competition. The standard of entrants was unbelievably high and so impressive. Full credit to you for being voted one of the best.
Name: Vic Sagerquist - Paramount Pictures, Hollywood (USA)
Comments: Very nice indeed. Good work.
Name: Chorus of Tribes - artist on Etherean Music label (UK)
Comments: The overall theme is very mellow and tranquil. The production is also very good.
Name: Jack Rooney - Director, Cyberfilms (USA)
Comments: I just wanted to encourage you to continue producing music; I like your sound; wonderful harmonics. Keep up the good work. I will pass along your link to others.
Name: Michiko & Chris - DJs, Shonan Beach FM (Japan)
Comments: We enjoy the album.
Name: Ronny Schober - Supervisor, Studio and Mastering Quality Control, Sony DADC (Austria)
Comments: I love your music. Keep going on with good work.
Name: Jennifer Kallen - DJ, KSER 90.7FM, Washington (USA)
Comments: I got your CD... adding it into rotation next week!

 

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