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Patrick O'Hearn

In the early '80s, this bassist and synthesist was mired in the glitz and grind of pop music as a member of the group Missing Persons. Then friend Peter Baumann, best known for his work with Tangerine Dream, made O'Hearn an offer he couldn't refuse. Baumann had visions of starting a record label catering to his first love, contemporary electronic music, and he wanted O'Hearn to become a charter member of the new company. Nearly a decade and a half-dozen albums later, O'Hearn is still amazed at the success of Ancient Dreams, the richly hued debut release that established his career as a solo artist and helped launch the Private Music label. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Oregon, O'Hearn was exposed to a wide variety of music by his parents, who were both working musicians. Though he studied cello, violin, and flute, he gained early experience playing bass with his parents' lounge act. As his musicianship began to excel, he found himself accompanying jazz greats like Joe Henderson, Joe Pass, Tony Williams, and Charles Lloyd. While living in San Francisco in the mid '70s, he played with Frank Zappa and co-founded the visionary progressive band Group 87 with Mark Isham and Peter Maunu before joining Missing Persons. O'Hearn's style reflects all of these experiences within the context of a highly personal electronic sound. During the late '80s, however, his innovative vision seemed to blur under the strain of the commercialism infiltrating the new-age and contemporary instrumental realms. Urged on by increasingly conservative, pop-oriented executives at Private Music, O'Hearn conformed to more conventional song forms on albums like Between Two Worlds and Rivers Gonna Rise. His music suffered from excessive predictability as a result. The record label even released some crass disco mixes of the composer's most tuneful selections on the embarrassing Mix Up. Fortunately, O'Hearn's good musical sense prevailed in the long run. His more recent releases Eldorado and Indigo are both admirable, highly satisfying albums. He is, however, the last remnant of the Private Music label's original roster of innovative, electronic-based instrumentalists. So Flows the Current marked his second release of the new millennium, issued in early 2001. ~ Linda Kohanov, Rovi
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Very intense piece. Love
Monster.
I really enjoy these Bio's Its nice to know where these people come from,and how they got to where they are.
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Phenomenal! Patrick O'Hearn does a masterful job of creating tension and anticipation in his music, without drama. Everything builds in seek of a resolution! Quite moving! :)
Unbelievable music. SO much feeling into it. 10/10
Meditative groove, deep
I'm really getting into his music- such cool sounds and quite calming. Still getting over that he was in Missing Persons! Awesome New Wave, early 80 's band- loved them when I was little kid
You hear the intense yet successful struggle that he endured - and now is shining - still and forever!
edwartoskijd
One of the most powerful pieces of emotional music I know of ... brings a tear to my eye every time.
So awesome!
Home
nancy_carrol l 4
The album picture and the music are achingly beautiful. Great depth of feeling.
This song is really good but it's also creepy in my opinion
pengey
Excelltnt --relaxing - Exciting!!
By far this is where I'm at, thank u for this moment. Peace
i love gutiar music
Deep,deep,de e p . . I ' m impressed..
p.stockton5
Takes me to a nice place in my mind..a moment of contemplatio n in a chaotic space.
Holy cow! Sweet music indeed.
j.p.l.1
Nice music but someone give that little hippie a hair cut and a job! :)
This clams me down when I do homework thanks :D
sweet
FANTASTIC... . .
This gives me the sensation of floating down a calm river in a inner tube on a late summer afternoon.
I am a child of the 60's & listened to & loved most of all of the mentioned artist mentioned in his bio. How did I miss Patric O'Hearn? Wonderfully peaceful & transcending . Wonderfully peaceful. Great to knit, crochet & sew by.
zingeser
Glitz and Grind??!! Missing Persons were a hip, New Wave group featuring Zappa drummer little Terry Bozzio. They were great! Not pop, and pretty progressive. So that was not a waste of time for ol' Patrick. Anyway, I like everything he's done.
Peaceful and takes me away ...
Wow amazing
I wish they would offer his album,
"RIVERS GONNA RISE " on iTunes & on Pandora radio. Still think it's his best. Also check out Patrick's Bass playing on Frank Zappa's "SHUT-UP & PLAY YOUR GUTIAR" 3 CD set.
Totally different music styles , showing how talented he (P.O'H) is, & Frank Zappa was!
I have almost every CD he has made absolutely one of the masters of this music.
deedee_macke y
Such a beautiful song. So transcending
pil1i_bell1_
Discovered him on KTWV 94.7 fm "The Wave" in 1987.
Exactly instead of the pop stars, why everyone listen to these REAL artists and see what music really is @Jack Edwartoski
NICE STUFF. BIG CHANGE FROM ZOOT ALLURES
alfredo3199
Love the music it is so peacful
wevancheck
I have had his CD's for years. His talent is deep and mystical. It's not driving in your car music.
O.o
edwartoskijd
Out of the music pieces which touch me to the core, heart and soul and mind, this is possibly the most penetrating to my being. When I randomly hear it, its effect lasts for days.
The eighties
aquariusjeff 0
POH is the sh$t!
A SONG IS A STATIC. It is born in the mind, soul and spirit, is communicated by the physical universe and continues its existence in the mind, soul and spirit of a static.
very well
Not all songs need words to make them beautiful.. ��
Carol christmas
sweetbulldog 5 6
Good song:D
Some sounds are just priceless ..this is one..
Just discovered him about month ago because of wonderful Pandora! Really interesting musical background- that's wild he was in band Missing Persons from the 80's, WAYYY different music!!
Hope...empow e r i n g . . . b u t hints of wonder in slight despair
atlantabodyf i r m
Very interesting musical past
mrxbath
I like this woman's bio of O'Hearn.
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