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Reviews are in for Ambient Highways!

August 25, 2015

I’m starting to get some great reviews for Ambient Highways!

I wanted to take a moment and share a couple for you!

Album Review on Sleeping Bag Studios!

"…the overall result of the songs and the layout of Ambient Highways has resulted in a very relaxing and thoroughly excellent experience. Each song building on the last progressively throughout the album as it plays, the music continually finds itself to a wide-array of energies and emotions and never loses the listener by becoming ‘over-ambient.’ Through a massive presence & subtle-personality to each of these creations, Ambient Highways retains a charming & captivating magic all the way through. Entirely enjoyable."

Click here to read the full review!

Amazon Review from Sean McDonough on Amazon!

"Ambient Highways pushes my "this is awesome" button each time I listen"

"This release gets regular playtime in my listening schedule right now, and I don’t expect that to change anytime soon."

Read the full review here!


Take a moment to read then when you have some time and of course “Listen” to Ambient Highways!

Be sure to sign up for the email based newsletter by visiting my official music site at

I’m just Keeping the Dream alive!

– Keith Richie

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Ambient Highways: Volume 1 – Issue 2

August 16, 2015

Ambient Highways: Volume 1 – Issue 2


What’s new!

It’s been a couple of weeks now since I’ve released Ambient Highways, and I’ve been busy during my free time promoting the release on Facebook, my music site, and submitting it to as many music review sites as I can.

I also created an Album Art video playlist on YouTube.  That playlist even has a Vangelis/Blade Runner tribute version of the song “V Feeling”, which was a major inspiration for the song itself.  Be sure to check it out!

As an independent artist, it takes an enormous amount of personal time and dedication to get the word out when you have something new and can be very tedious, but also very rewarding. 

Every time I release something new, I always try to look at how I can improve my process; engage existing fans and find new fans; and share my love of this craft through hopefully music that you find entertaining and enjoyable.

I’m diligently trying to find new ways to get my music out there into the world to be heard. What I truly need now, are reviews from existing fans to share with potentially new fans.

With that said, have you had the chance to listen to Ambient Highways?  What are your thoughts and would you like to hear more releases like this?

If you have heard it, would you care to write a review of it?  I’d love nothing more than to have some reviews either positive OR negative to share.

Use whatever service you want to provide your review.  If you use Amazon for music, place your review here! Use iTunes? Place your review here!  The list of digital distribution sites are at the bottom of this post that you can use to decide where.

Don’t want to write a review? That’s ok, but if you like the music, how about sharing either a link to my Facebook music profile; my official music site; or a link to any of the digital distribution/streaming sites from the list at the bottom of this post!

Or, just simply share this post!.

I saw a great image quote this morning that pretty much sums up what you can do to help.

“If you like an artist, author, or musician, but you can’t afford to buy the art that they make, share your love of their work with other people.
Let every one know about the work that you love and who made it.
Tell people why they should be reading it, listening to it, or looking at it.
It really does make a difference.
You have the power to help art and artists thrive.”

You can see the original image quote here.

What’s next!

I hope to start working on some new music next weekend.  Some of that will include

  • New Synthpop styled tracks that didn’t fit into the theme of Ambient Highways.  This would fall in line to the type of work I did on “For the Willow Wept…”.
  • Possibly another Halloween Themed/Dark Ambient style album I would like to have done and released again by October of this year.  I really enjoyed creating “March of the Inanimate”, and would like to do another follow up to it.
  • Starting work on a 10 year anniversary edition of “The Maestoso Interstellar Suite”.


Thank you for taking the time to read this call to action!  I hope you are enjoying Ambient Highways as much as I have in creating it.

If you have received this newsletter from a friend, or read it on my blog be sure to sign up for the email based newsletter by visiting my official music site at

I’m just Keeping the Dream alive!

– Keith Richie

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Ambient Highways: Volume 1 – Issue 1

August 2, 2015

[Update 8/6/2015: Updated locations to buy and stream ]

Ambient Highways: Volume 1 – Issue 1

Welcome to the inaugural issue of my new newsletter devoted to my musical endeavors; Ambient Highways.

This is actually a revival of my old newsletter from years ago titled “Past Times”.  I decided that I needed to revive the email based newsletter as I was working on my next album also titled Ambient Highways.  I figured a rebranding of newsletter was in order, and chose the albums title as the name of the newsletter to go hand in hand with it’s release.

Therefore, with this inaugural issue, it is with great joy and satisfaction that I announce the release of my new album Ambient Highways!

Ambient Highways represents what I consider some of the my best music yet .

Starting with Neutrino and it’s particle like sequences that rise and fall through out the track and then being thrown immediately into a 1940’s noir like state with V Feeling (a homage to the classic Greek composer Vangelis), you won’t feel as if this album is repetitive at all.

The albums title song Ambient Highways comprises lush pads and a soft melody surrounding the listener in a blanket of symphonic electronica.

Additional songs on this release range from a melancholy like feeling to an exuberant state in their overall composition, yet pulls the listener through theses emotions with the albums crescendoing track Keeping The Dream Alive.

If you’re looking for some ambient-style music that is relaxing and easy to listen to, then check out Ambient Highways.

Thanks to Sean, Eric, Mike, Geoff and Spencer for your patience and feedback as I brought this album to completion.

I would also like to give a very special thanks to my fiancé Kayla.  Without her I honestly don’t think the end product would be where it is today.  Her patience; guidance;  and constructive criticism truly helped me bring Ambient Highways to a new level in the final result. I love you Kayla!

You can currently purchase Ambient Highways directly from CD Baby here:  As it is distributed to the various digital music sites (Such as iTunes, Amazon, Xbox/Groove Music) I’ll update this posting and be sure to let you know.

If you have received this newsletter from a friend, or read it on my blog be sure to sign up for future updates by visiting my official music site at

I’m Keeping the Dream Alive and I hope you enjoy!

– Keith Richie

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Ambient Highways is beginning it’s road to completion!

July 17, 2015

Ambient Highways

Work on my next project "Ambient Highways" is starting to really come together.

If you haven’t listen to the entire set yet, I encourage you to do so via the link to the playlist on SoundCloud in this posting as I have made adjustments here and there.

Throughout this week I have:…

  1. Made a couple of slight tweaks to some tracks (Neutrino, Ambient Highways and Arctic Shores)
  2. Added and tweaked Xenogensis
  3. Tweaked Faiths’s Song and added it back into the playlist
  4. Also brought back in Keeping the Dream alive, and will be the next track I focus on cleaning up and leveling out more.

Based on feedback, it looks like I may still leave the title of this release as "Ambient Highways". All though not a pure ambient release as I initially thought, the songs have come together nicely enough that I think they all fit well together enough to include in a single album.

I have also adjusted the playlist a bit based on listens and feedback. The current stand out tracks so far seem to be Neutrino, V Feeling and Ambient Highways.

At this point, I have just at 50 minutes of music which is certainly enough for a full album, but there may be one more song I add over the next couple of days.

Once that is complete, it’s time to turn on super scrutiny mode and make any final adjustments after listening to everything yet again all the way through, many many times.

As I’ve noted before, I’m going to go back to physical releases. Just like a book, there is nothing like having that physical product in your hand, even if it does just get ripped to your music player, and then set in a box. With that in mind, I’m planning on a limited series of autographed copies (More news to follow on that).

Therefore work on the artwork and liner details will commence over the next couple of weeks. I want to include enough liner material to make it worth your while to have the physical version in your possession.

So, give it a listen all the way through and let me know your thoughts!

Thank you for your support!

– Keith a.k.a. (Maestoso)

My new site dedicated to music!

June 25, 2015

My new Music Site dedicated to my musical endeavors is Live!

Music Site Launch

I’ve been working on this site to provide a more user friendly and modern web based experience for all of my fans.

  • Read more about my history and what music means to me!…
  • See press releases and reviews!
  • Stream or buy from my entire catalog!
  • Sign up for the newsletter!

There is plenty more to come!

Check it out!!!!

Also of note, to always here works in progress of music I’m working on, be sure to check out my WIP list on SoundCloud!


– Keith

Only $2.99 for a full album!

June 1, 2015

Don’t want to pay $9.99 per album? Well you don’t have to!

If you order my music direct from CD Baby, you can buy every item in my entire catalog for only $2.99 each!

This gets you the the Full Digital Album (MP3/MP3-320 or FLAC) if purchased directly from CD Baby!!!!

KeithRichie-MarchoftheInanimate32 March of the Inanimate

A homage to classic horror soundtracks featuring eerie, creepy and foreboding ambient music.
Purchase Digital Album for only $2.99
KeithRichie-FortheWillowWept32 For the Willow Wept…A collection of soothing electronic music about those once lost and those found
Purchase Digital Album for only $2.99
KeithRichie-LaFamilleDuSolenoide32 La Famille Du Solénoïde

A musical tour through our solar system inspired by the book “The Planets” by Dava Sobel.
Purchase Digital Album for only $2.99
KeithRichie-TheMaestoso32 The Maestoso Interstellar SuiteDreamy, majestic, and ambient space music album. One continuous piece of music split across 6 movements, sure to relax and calm the spirit.
Purchase Digital Album for only $2.99



– Keith

Do what you absolutely love, are you?

December 21, 2014

For the past 20+ years I’ve been a professional software developer, and I love that. I truly do. I love the creative aspects of it so much, but there are plenty of things about this business that I dislike.  I love writing software for myself. I love learning new technologies. But it’s not what I absolutely love.

What I DO absolutely love to do, is create music.

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I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching and thinking over the past year, and I think I want to shift my priorities more into taking some risks to possibly take my music, and actually make a living at it.  You may have noticed some of this transition on my blog site here, and my social activity.

They always say, do what you love, and I think I’m at the point in life where I can start turning that love and passion into something.

A trip down memory lane

My renewed focus is truly more than just a trip down memory lane.

In 1982, I was finishing up Junior High.  I spent all my Christmas money to purchase my very first keyboard/synth.  The Casio VL-1


Man, does this thing bring back some memories.  Remember that song “Da Da Da” used in the Volkswagen commercial?  Yep, that’s the VL-1 Rock-1 Rhythm playing in the background. 

I would bring my VL-1 with me to school every day, as I was in Band playing Saxaphone at the time, and when i wasn’t doing schoolwork, etc…You’d see me in the corner of the band room, playing this thing all the time.  What did I play on mine?  The various themes from  Star Wars, ET, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters (Yep, All John Williams soundtracks), Superman, the John Carpenter movies, HalloweenThe Fog, Escape from New York, etc..  I think it was this year that solidified in my head, that I wanted to do soundtrack work.

Blade Runner was released and Vangelis once again amazed me with his amazing soundtrack.  I just could not figure out how to get the VL-1 to mimic those wonderful sounds :).

I absolutely loved playing with that little wonder.

High school rolled around, and our band instructor let me check out and take home the schools Moog Prodigy all the time.


So many compositions recorded on tape lost in history.  It was heaven for me.

Soon I started investing in my own hardware.  As a teenager without a lot of money, I relied on birthday/christmas cash gifts and what little money I had at the time from working odd jobs to purchase my own synths.

The first synth I ever purchased was  the Casio CZ-101

Casio CZ-101

I would spend hours creating new sounds and songs.

When I had a decent job, I saved every paycheck I had (Well most of it) and invested in the Korg Poly 800.

Korg Poly 800

During all of this time, I knew what I wanted in the end.  I just didn’t act on it.

For nearly all of the 90’s and the early 2000’s I didn’t do any music while I focused on family, etc.  The mid 2000’s I was able to pick back up my passion.

Over the past few years, I’ve tried to work on my craft in a bit of a hobby fashion, but I’ve come to realize that what I do on a day to day basis is not truly what I absolutely love. 

I’m moving past the feeling that self marketing myself is like a stigma.  That’s always been tough.

Trust me, I’ll still be doing software development for my primary source of income for some time, and keeping up with technology. I can’t just “up and change career focus” on a dime, but expect to see my virtual presence focused more on music from now on.  But from now on, I want to start truly doing what I absolutely love.

So, what’s next? Stay tuned, as there are many things in the works, and do what you absolutely love!

To an interesting future!

– Keith


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