Below are track-by-track descriptions of the songs on the Visions and Dreams album. These provide a map to the places you'll come across on your aural journey. You are also free to explore each place at your leisure, and make your own special discoveries...

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Essence of Dreams

Genre: Ambient Groove MP3: Full promo song
Your first glimpse of the land of Visions and Dreams begins here. Over the next ten songs, you will be taken to different exotic places which may only exist in your imagination and dreams. The mysterious sound of a shakuhachi flute calls to you, while a downtempo groove arises in the background. If you decide to enter, you'll discover more ethnic instruments including panflute, dulcimer, kalimba and taiko drums. These textures are combined with acoustic nylon guitar, strings, chimes, ambient female vocals, Gregorian choir and warm ambience.

Dancing in The Mist

Genre: Celtic Electronica MP3: Sample
Find out what lies beyond the mist... Traditional Celtic instruments including violin, tin whistle, harp and bodhran are fused with modern elements of atmospheric synths and electronic beats. Acoustic percussion, guitar, bass and lush strings provide the backing for this celebratory song to life.

Evocation

Genre: Ambient Groove MP3: Sample
An air of intrigue calls as the sound of the grand hall clock strikes one... Follow a shakuhachi flute and ambient background vocals through shadowy corridors; where grand piano, acoustic guitar, dulcimer and chimes combine with dreamy textures, melodic bass and a mid-tempo ambient beat.

One Autumn Day

Genre: Celtic Pop MP3: Full promo song
One Autumn Day brings change and a chance to reminisce on your memories. Traditional Celtic instruments are fused with an introspective pop arrangement. This song features violin, tin whistle, harp and mandocello. Piano, bass, guitars, strings, a drum & bass influenced pop beat, and a touch of ambient background vocals and keyboard timbres develop the wistful mood.

Secret Sanctuary

Genre: Worldbeat MP3: Sample
Travel through a lush rainforest and discover your own Secret Sanctuary. Here, you can find rest and rejuvenation as you listen to panflute, Bolivian flute, acoustic guitar, South American percussion, and ethereal keyboard textures and vocals. In the background, the sounds of a peaceful river and the call of birds echo through the forest.

Heart of Andalucia

Genre: Classical Electronica MP3: Sample
Experience the romance and energy of this Spanish region as two guitars, flute and castanets combine against a backdrop of lush strings, airy textures and background vocals, and a beat pulsing the rhythm of life. Swept chimes and atmospheric sounds echo the richness of Andalucia's history.

Midsummer Twilight

Genre: Chillout MP3: Sample
Take some time to relax by the ocean on a warm Summer's evening. Flute, violin, acoustic guitar and acoustic bass are layered with crystalline keyboard sounds and a tranquil rhythm - an ideal soundtrack for your dreams, as you watch the gentle waves rolling into shore.

Incense

Genre: Ambient Groove MP3: Sample
A mysterious ambience and wisps of airy strings invite you to experience the exotic scent of Incense. You'll be taken through a labyrinth of rich instrumentation - ethnic flute, fiddle, dulcimer, guitar, atmospheric sounds, ambient vocals, and Arabian rhythms fused with a modern drum & bass beat.

Rivulet

Genre: Worldbeat MP3: Sample
Find yourself by a serene Rivulet, and discover the charm of the Orient with koto, shamisen, pipa, and temple gong. Flowing melodies of alto flute, violin and strings are layered with glistening keyboard textures over a mellow rhythm.

In The Light of Day

Genre: Celtic Orchestral MP3: Sample
You reach the final destination of your journey with a Celtic-flavoured orchestral composition. Violin, harp and flute melodies are layered with lush strings, French horns and orchestral percussion. I hope you have enjoyed your travels, and you are always welcome to return whenever you need to find a place for your Visions and Dreams. This song was awarded an Honourable Mention in the 2005 Unisong International Songwriting Contest.

 

Album credits

Composition, arrangements, production, ambient background vocals: Catherine Duc.
Mastering engineer: Toby Learmont, Sony Music Australia.

Thanks to: All my friends, family and listeners for your support; Toby and Wayne at Sony; Elise, Richard and the team at Media Technology; Adrielle, Evan and Tim at Cranbourne Music.

 


Single Glance (digital single)

Genre: Pop Rock MP3: Sample
Full song is available on Amazon, iTunes and other online music websites. This was recorded with my UK band and produced and mixed by Stuart Epps who worked with Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac.
Credits: Catherine Duc (music, lyrics, lead & backing vocals, keyboard), Stuart Epps (solo guitar, backing vocals, tambourine, mixing, mastering), Paul Hirsh (bass, acoustic guitar and electric guitars), Jonny Marter (drums), Juliet Rose Epps (backing vocals).

Single Glance instrumental (non-album track) *** NEW ***

Genre: Pop Rock MP3: Full promo song
Instrumental version of my song Single Glance in the style of Fleetwood Mac. Mid-tempo guitar pop-rock with a classic sound.

The Bells of Birrarung (non-album track)

Genre: Contemporary Classical MP3: Full promo song
Short composition written for the Federation Bells - a set of 39 brass bells located at Birrarung Marr near Federation Square in Melbourne. Premiered on 12 June 2012. Video of the live version also available at YouTube.

Metamorphosis (non-album track)

Genre: Film Score MP3: Full promo song
Film underscore with moods ranging from dramatic to triumphant. Atmospheric textures blended with oboe, strings, brass and orchestral percussion. If you wish to commission original music for your productions, please contact me for a obligation-free quote.

Voices of The Deep (non-album track)

Genre: Ambient Pop MP3: Full promo song
Immerse yourself into the deep blue, and be surrounded with the ethereal sounds of whale songs mixed with dreamy synths, acoustic guitar and and an uplifting beat. This short piece was composed for the International Fund For Animal Welfare (www.ifaw.org), who provided the recordings of whales.

 

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