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Leaving Terra Firma
By Stephen Peppos
Label: Sonic Bear Music
Released 1/8/2017
Leaving Terra Firma tracks
1. Leaving Terra Firma
2. Magnetic Fields
3. Vita Secundom Vita
4. Everlast
5. Sea of Joy
6. Translucence
7. Praesentia Animi
8. Moth on a Purple Flower
9. Affluere
10. Amor Dei (featuring: Seay)
11. To See
12. Finalis
13. Cold but Warm Peace (Hidden Track)
The End Result Is Calm....
Leaving Terra Firma is the fifth studio release for Stephen Peppos. He has also produced over 2000 tracks for his original music libraries, composed national TV jingles, and worked with some of the best music library companies in the world. To say that the man has talent and experience is an understatement.


The recording came out at the beginning 2017 and it offers a listener an opportunity to escape the everyday life syndromes we fall into at times. Life can be routine, boring or utter chaos, and regardless of the state we are in now, we do need help to refocus or just get some “me” time. The time to center, relax and drift off into another reality empties out the mind and the soul, which brings a sense of calm.

Leaving Terra Firma not only suggests that we leave the ground it helps you to do so for your own wellbeing. Stephen orchestrates the soundscapes that are created then you gradually find yourself falling away into the ambient textures and layers. I would classify this music as ambient however the new age qualities are very strong as well. The lure and power of the spacey sounds and orchestrations are as inviting as they could be. There is a different place that awaits us when we leave this earth and perhaps this a preview of what it will be like.

Although the 13 tracks are dissimilar, the ultimate result is they all have the same effects and results. The subtle nuances of the keyboards are heightened by the supporting orchestrations and instrumentation. The universal language of the soul coincides with the music. This is not coincidental; it is a fact and if you listen to this entire recording you will realize the importance and relevancy of what artists like Stephen Peppos accomplish with his music.

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
March 5, 2017
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