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Origin England
Genres New-age
Years active 1983 (1983)–1988 (1988)
Labels Audion Recording Company
Past members
  • John Dyson
  • David Ward-Hunt

Wavestar was an English new-age instrumental music duo active in the 1980s. [1] Formed in 1983, the band consisted of John Dyson and David Ward-Hunt, [2] both of Sheffield. [3] Dyson and Ward-Hunt shared production and arrangement of the band's music. Both musicians contributed synthesizers, keyboards and sequencers, while Dyson also played guitar. [3] [4]

New-age music is a genre of music intended to create artistic inspiration, relaxation, and optimism. It is used by listeners for yoga, massage, meditation, reading as a method of stress management to bring about a state of ecstasy rather than trance, or to create a peaceful atmosphere in their home or other environments, and is associated with environmentalism and New Age spirituality.

An instrumental is a musical composition or recording without lyrics, or singing, although it might include some inarticulate vocals, such as shouted backup vocals in a Big Band setting. Through semantic widening, a broader sense of the word song may refer to instrumentals. The music is primarily or exclusively produced using musical instruments. An instrumental can exist in music notation, after it is written by a composer; in the mind of the composer ; as a piece that is performed live by a single instrumentalist or a musical ensemble, which could range in components from a duo or trio to a large Big Band, concert band or orchestra.

Sheffield City and Metropolitan borough in England

Sheffield is a city and metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, its name derives from the River Sheaf, which runs through the city. With some of its southern suburbs annexed from Derbyshire, the city has grown from its largely industrial roots to encompass a wider economic base. The population of the City of Sheffield is 577,800 (mid-2017 est.) and it is one of the eight largest regional English cities that make up the Core Cities Group. Sheffield is the third-largest English district by population. The metropolitan population of Sheffield is 1,569,000.

The duo formed after Dyson responded to an advertisement placed by Ward-Hunt. [5] They toured throughout the United Kingdom as well as playing in France and released three albums, Mind Journey, Zenith and Moonwind. [2] Allmusic in its review of 1987's Moonwind, released on the now defunct US label Audion Recording Company, [5] noted influence of Tangerine Dream, Kitaro and the electronic rock of Europe, describing the album as "excellent electronic music" and "a rather essential space music release." [3] In its 1988 review of Moonwind, Stereo Review recommended its readers "keep an ear out" on the band, [6] but the band dissolved shortly thereafter without issuing any more albums, stressed by the bankruptcy of Audion Recording Company's parent record label, Jem Records, which never issued funds to the pair for the Moonwind release. [2] [5]

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom (UK), officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi), the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world. It is also the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

France Republic with mainland in Europe and numerous oversea territories

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Dyson continued to work solo, releasing albums and contributing to various compilations. [2] Ward-Hunt died in 1999. [5]

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In 1997, Dyson released a fourth Wavestar album, Out of Time, composed primarily of material the duo had recorded between 1986 and 1988, which was intended to have gone into the follow-up to Moonwind. [5]

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