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Elysium Planitia

by Palancar

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Abalos Undae 03:21
Elysium Mons 07:38
Aureum Chaos 09:31
Olympus Mons 05:59


We have another Palancar release in store for you today, this time a re-release of a title originally from 2003. Called "Elysium Planitia", this is a collection of ambient space music that was described by one fan as "the quintessential Mars album". Originally released commercially on Blue Water Records, this album is now re-released and available freely under Creative Commons via Earth Mantra.

The 'prequel' in many ways to Darrell Burgan's 2010 Palancar release "Serenitatis", "Elysium Planitia" is intended to be a sound track to accompany an imaginary visit to the red planet. Each piece is named after a particular location on Mars, and each attempts to evoke the sights and sounds that one might experience if one could visit such an exotic locale. Unlike "Serenitatis", the music of this release is more tightly focused on pure space music, with more emphasis on ambience and sound design, and correspondingly less rhythm and traditional melody.

Though the album is primarily solo pieces, Palancar was joined by Gwydi on "Aureum Chaos", and by FootFall on "Olympus Mons".

Darrell is proud of the music in this album, and hopes listeners find the music both enjoyable and inspiring.


released May 30, 2011

Music composed, performed, produced, recorded, and mastered by Darrell Burgan, except for "Aureum Chaos" by Darrell Burgan and Gwydi, and "Olympus Mons" by Darrell Burgan and John Lewis.

Originally released commercially on Blue Water Records in 2003. Re-released under Creative Commons on Earth Mantra in May 2011.

Original photography from Mars images made available to the public domain by NASA.




Palancar Dallas, Texas

Hello, my name is Darrell Burgan. I am an electronic/ambient musician who has recorded under my own name as well as under the name Palancar.

I've also recorded as part of several collaborations, including Cluster Balm, Copal River, Labrathisattva, Flute of the Fallen Tiger, and have released music with Lucette Bourdin and the mindSpiral and Different Skies projects.
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