Time Rival – Cambrian Explosion
Time Rival – Cambrian Explosion
Music Spot

Time Rival – Cambrian Explosion

Each month we shine the spotlight on one SoundGym member by reviewing one of their tracks for our Music Spot feature. This month we focus on `Cambrian Explosion` by @Michael Southard, AKA Time Rival.

Southard is based in Richmond, Illinois, and Time Rival is his ambient project. He wants his music to `cure road rage, help you sleep, and evoke your deepest emotions`.

He has been making music for twenty years, but until the birth of his first child, it had only ever really been a hobby. His outlook shifted drastically when he looked into his son's eyes for the first time and realized that he had to be a positive role model.

What better way to do that, he thought, than to follow his long term dream, and try to carve out a career as a musician.



Southard`s decision is to the benefit of all of us – as we can all now lose ourselves in Time Rival`s eerie, atmospheric world. `Cambrian Explosion` is simple, sparse and yet incredibly evocative.

There are synthwave influences here as well as the more obvious ambient inspirations, and the Vangelis-like synth tones invoke shadowy, futuristic landscapes.

This track is a lesson in how much can be achieved with relatively little, providing each element is selected with care and precision.

If you want to hear more of Southard`s work, a good place to start is his Bandcamp page. You can also check him out on Twitter, Soundcloud and Facebook.

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