About the Artist
Imagine exploring the frontiers of space where endless wonders unfold. RAY'S music can contribute to numerous personal experiences including meditation, massage, yoga, therapy, stress relief, relaxation, love-making, healing, spiritual thought, prenatal care, sleep preparation, substance abuse recovery, hospice care, rave dance chill-out, or simply listening.
"p"An award winning engineer in both the music business and television industry, Ray Leonard also is a New Age recording artist in his own right known as RAY, whose album takes the listener on a musical trip through the universe using gently-melodic space music.
"p"RAY's main musical influences are Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, and Enya. RAY, who composes all his own music, is inspired by nature sounds and scenery, reading, meditation, his son, personal events in his life, and the thrill of experimenting in the recording studio. All of his music is created on synthesizers.
"With my music, I don't care if someone puts on headphones, closes their eyes and imagines space, or they put the album on at low volume in the background at a dinner party so they can talk over it," explains RAY. "There are many ways to utilize music. The sound can gently wash over you creating a sense of peace and relaxation, or you can listen closely and hear many of the little nuances that I added into the mix, sometimes up to forty tracks. Â Synthesizers can do amazing things. Not only can they emulate nature sounds or acoustic musical instruments, but they also can create brand new sounds, even notes beyond human hearing. There's nothing more exciting than creating a new sound which no one in the world has ever heard before. By blending all of the possibilities in an orchestral manner, it becomes a very powerful medium. The music has a freshness because there are those new elements blended with traditional sounds in a surreal fashion. As the composer, arranger and performer, I try to take each new piece into previously unexplored territory. I believe listeners feel like they too are discovering something exciting and new."