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Alien Encounter

When I was first asked to record this album I had the feeling it would be an easy project! (This was after all not the first time I had come across the subject.)

However when I began working on the music it became apparent that there were a lot of subtleties which would need attention. I'm particularly pleased with some of the effects I ended up using, for instance I have been told the clicking sounds resonate with people who have experience in this area! Finding other world type sounds without resorting to cliches or too many gimmicks was a challenge to say the least!

The whole of the first half of the album has a flow which, as a listener I find very evocative of the sort of inner journey which is a constant source of inspiration for me. Track 3, 'Another Blue Light' was built up around a sample loop taken from the song of the same name from the Expandis album 'The Complete Home Expandis' written by Dave Miller.

The original track is a very haunting but positive ballad which is concerned with the loss of a friend or loved one through death. I remember playing this track at gigs where so much energy was created that it was almost too much to continue! Strong emotions being carried to the surface! Somehow the atmosphere produced trancended any feelings of loss. Hopefully a small hint of those emotions have been distilled into a positive feeling of hope that we are not alone.

Alien Encounter

Album Details

Released 1996 by New World Music.

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  1. Arrival Of The Mother ship (2:47)
  2. Encounter (3:33)
  3. Another Blue Light (9:33)
  4. Travelling Without Moving (5:26)
  5. Receiving The Message - Arrival (4:55)
  6. Visions From The Home World (23:50)


  • Phil Thornton - Vocoder, e-bow guitar, keyboards, percussion, didgeridoo, rain stick.
  • Grant Young - Fretless bass
  • Asher Thornton - Alien whisper
  • Jan Thornton - Droid effects

Composed, arranged and produced by Phil Thornton at the Expandibubble studio, Sussex, England.

With thanks to Mum, Kay, Isaac, Astra, Eden and Apollo.


~ Original sleeve notes by Carmen Willcox ~

Phil Thornton launches the listener into a direct experience of the mysterious!

Streams of subtle, enticing and mesmerising music flood your perceptions, held together by a precise and hypnotic rhythm and entrancing sound effects. Thornton manages to keep this composition pleasurable and beautifully enjoyable, whilst at the same time transporting the listener to the very edge of an unknown, and unknowable alien reality, where sound and emotion intertwine in a delightful, shared communion.



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