Alley of Dust and Soul


Alley of Dust and Soul
Performed By AeTopus
Album UPC 737885590820
CD Baby Track ID 10750532
Label 12Ton Productions
Released 2013-04-01
Rated 0
ISRC QMX3C1100029
Year 2013
Spotify Plays 41
Writer Bryan Tewell Hughes
Songwriter ID 1710617
Pub Co CD Baby Publishing
Composer Bryan Tewell Hughes
ClearanceFacebook Sync License,Traditional Sync,YouTube Sync ServiceOne Stop
Publisher Admin CD Baby Publishing
Rights Controlled Master and Publishing
Rights One-Stop: Master + 100% Publishing
Original/Cover/Public Domain original
Country United States - Washington
Lyrics Language Instrumental


A fusion of Electronic synth atmospheres, orchestral instrumentation, and tribal/ethnic flavors that is timeless, placeless, and faceless - yet hauntingly familiar in its humanity and emotion.


Composer Bryan Tewell Hughes deftly combines ethereal electronics with organic and acoustic elements to create lush, complex pieces that expand the imagination and fill the aural palette. Since he began recording as AeTopus in 2002, he has created music and sound that elaborates on the grey area between New Age, Dark Ambient, and Gothic styles. As a musician and audio craftsman, Hughes’ skill and attention to detail are attention-grabbing and unique. Each AeTopus album is a flowing, thematic work of sonic art wherein universal concepts emerge, illustrated with a hybrid of orchestral ambience and tribal flavors.

Angels and Machines (2013) is a specialty EP borne of dark, subtle imagery from the vaults. Included is a remix of 2002’s Reflecting in the Glass (originally from Memories of the Elder), and a guest appearance by Seattle vocalist and stage performer Vivian Lee. Mixed by Bill Simpkins of Alpenglow Sound Studios and mastered by Alex DeGrace of Suite Sound Labs, Angels and Machines is also a technical masterpiece worthy of intimate audiophile scrutiny.

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Bryan Tewell Hughes began taking piano lessons at age 6, and immersed himself in visual arts and amateur filmmaking as a young man. His passion for science fiction and fantasy films and their soundtracks would later help set the tone for his musical pursuits, and a fascination with the ideas of abstract expressionist painting would be translated into the world of sound. Hughes credits his grandparents for introducing him to Electronic music in the 1980's, and names Kitaro, Ray Lynch, and Tangerine Dream as some of his early influences. A former tattoo artist, he holds degrees in Fine Arts and Psychology.

During the 1990's, Hughes played bass guitar in blues, Reggae, funk, and punk bands in the Pacific Northwest before settling into a more experimental, studio-based identity. After releasing a solo Industrial album, AnthroPile: Take in 1999, he revisited his more contemplative musical roots and embarked on AeTopus - a project that he has remained passionate about to this day. He currently works out of his Bellingham, Washington studio.

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