Thrill Element features deep ethereal soundscapes. With elements of rhythmic layering, the songs are awash in complex Ambient/New Age textures. With foundations of percussives and bass on some cuts, the overall presence is of an ambient and spatial environment. Thrill Element is a major side effort of Jazz/New Age artist Michael Lee Thomas. With this project, more emphasis is put on Ambient/New Age composition. Some pieces are atmospheric while others lean toward a light Jazz Fusion. A different side of Michael Lee, highly reflective of his earlier New Age releases.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
It gives many more deserving artists the ability to expose their art and dream to the world.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Yes, if the label was artist friendly and interest was based on creativity and not just the bottom line.
Thrill Element is a side project of Michael Lee Thomas and Darksilver Records America. The project was developed to feature material composed with a more Ambient/New Age style. The cuts were recorded in the same studio as Michael's other CDs, but reveal a more ethereal feel. The project was conceived in 1999 while Michael Lee was on hiatus from previous production. Although a rhythmic presence is still reflected, the tonal colors and soundscapes are complex in a more eclectic way. The debut CD, 'Navadeen Protocol', was released in 2000, with the Second CD, Sureal Dream', launched in 2001. Between 2002 and 2010, Seven more Thrill Element albums were released. In 2013, a Special "Best Of" Two volume, Two CD compilation set will be released featuring select Thrill Element songs previously released between 2000 - 2010. The CD set will contain 28 cuts with 14 songs on each disc. The Tenth CD, 'Oceans On Mars', will debut in sometime in 2014. All of the Thrill Element recordings are released through Darksilver Records America. Although initially a side effort, Thrill Element has become and been recognized worldwide as a viable and successful musical endeavor.
Brian Eno and Pink Floyd were major influences along with Tangerine Dream.
St.Thomas, Virgin Islands
'Navadeen Protocol'(2000); 'Surreal Dream' (2001); 'Chasing Light' (2002); 'Time Climate' (2003); 'Living Shadows' (2006); 'Thoughts Through Water' (2007); 'Contrast In Darkness' (2008); 'Fountain Of Skies'( 2009); 'Echo Breathing' (2010); 'Time Of SoundDreams' Book' 1 (2013); 'Time Of Soundreams' Book 2 (2013); 'Oceans On Mars' (2014)
'Oceans On Mars' Cover Art (2014)
'Time Of SoundDreams' Book II Cover Art (2013)
'Time Of SoundDreams' Book I Cover Art (2013)
'Echo Breathing' Cover Art (2010)
'Fountain Of Skies' Cover Art (2009)