Kevin Braheny Fortune & David Helpling Interviews
This weekend on Echoes, two generations of Ambient Artists, Kevin Braheny Fortune and David Helpling
It’s the return of a New Age pioneer when we talk with Kevin Braheny Fortune. He went 22 years without a new album, but now he has four releases of ambient music including his Dreamwalker Meditation Music trilogy. In the 1980s his name was mentioned alongside Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Michael Stearns and Richard Burmer and his albums, The Way Home and Lullaby for the Hearts of Space are considered classics. He’s a musician who is as comfortable soldering diodes into circuit boards as he is communing with spirit guides. He disappeared for about 20 years, during which he worked as a sex therapist. He talks about his name change, spirit guides, sex therapy, years of silence and his new music.
Some weekend listeners will also hear Guitarist David Helpling. He takes us into the runic and oceanic influences of his January CD of the Month, Rune. Helpling is a southern California musician who has been a favorite on the show for about 25 years. He’s recorded all his albums on the Spotted Peccary label, noted for their deep ambient music. His three recordings with Jon Jenkins were all CD of the Month picks. But for his latest solo album, he’s gone truly solo, creating an album with just a guitar, a bass and a lot of processing. Rune was the Echoes CD of the Month in January. It’s a concept album, a tone poem based around the Nordic Rune for ocean. He talks about ambient guitar, the ocean and ancient runes.
Read the CD of the Month review of David Helpling’s Rune
Read the CD of the Month review of David Helpling and Jon Jenkins’ Found
Read the CD of the Month review of David Helpling and Jon Jenkins’ The Crossing