About Stationary Travels

SG508 2012 11 01 First Light of Dawn Quiraing 1102 x 350
image © copyright Russel Sherwood Photography (used by permission)

About the blog:

Thank you for visiting!  Stationary Travels is based in Richmond, Virginia. It is a place to discover, share, and talk about great instrumental music from all over the world – music that tells stories without words or that is capable of transporting you far from wherever you currently find yourself. The scope of coverage embraces a variety of predominantly instrumental genres such as experimental ambient, drone, field recording, modern composition, post rock, emotional electronica, acoustic, and original soundtrack. Whether you are seeking inspiration & energy, peace & relaxation, or just something new and beautiful, hopefully you will find it here.

You can expect frequent posts featuring noteworthy songs, album streams, and videos as well as news of upcoming releases, reviews, and extensive links to help you find artists, labels, streams, podcasts & more. You can also access featured playlists right here on the site as well as specially curated mixes available on the Stationary Travels Mixcloud channel.

Contact and submission guidelines

If you are an artist, label, or agent who wishes to submit material for consideration of review or inclusion in mixes & playlists, inquiries as well as digital assets can be submitted via StationaryTravels@outlook.com. Requests to premiere tracks, videos, or album streams are also considered on a limited basis assuming, of course, that they fit within the stated remit of the blog and that sufficient advance notice is provided.

Bear in mind that ST is a personal project run by one individual as a labor of love. The simple fact is I only have the time & energy to respond to so many messages and I can only cover a fraction of the material I receive. Generally, I have found artists to be extraordinarily understanding about this, but I am sure it can be discouraging nevertheless. In the event your inquiries have gone unanswered, patient persistence is sometimes rewarded, but if not, please do not interpret the lack of response as a snub or a critical judgment of the work being presented. More often than not, it is just a matter of one overwhelmed person making imperfect choices.

About the banner images:

Many of the images that appear on this site (especially in the Field Journal posts) are generously provided by  Russell Sherwood. Russ is based in the spectacular Isle of Skye and specializes in fine art and creative landscape photography.  You can see a much wider range of his work and professional services on Facebook or at Zenfolio or perhaps you might even get a chance to visit his gallery or take on the scenic Harlosh peninsula loop road near Dunvegan. It is certainly at the top of my personal bucket list!

About the name:

Th name of the blog was inspired by the title track to the 1984 album Stationary Traveller by Camel, whose albums I discovered in high school and which were seminal in my appreciation for the power of instrumental music to create a sense of place or evoke memories & emotions without the use of words. Andy Latimer remains one of  my favorite guitarists, both as a player and a writer to this day.

– Brian

“Stationary Traveller” (1984)

“Ice (live)” (1993)

23 replies to About Stationary Travels
  1. Hi Brian- Sure missing ST on Spotify, but value the ST BLog and guidance toward good new music. Russ Sherwood’s wonderful photos are now on interpretive panels we have designed all over Scotland- thanks to you. Hope all is well with you – David

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  2. Thanks for all the great mixes, Brian. Really helpful for me to get in a different headspace when I’m writing. I find I’m often skipping back on some songs because of the mood they evoke. Keep up the great work!


  3. Hi Brian, found your site purely by accident after searching for a review of ‘Dear Avalanche’ by Lights & Motion and have got immersed in your Blog and now listening to your playlist on Spotify. Its so great to find a site with an appreciation of this type of music and associated themes. Thank you


  4. Cheers from India! I have had a fantastic, life-saving experience listening to the stuff you’ve brought together here. Thanks a ton, you are doing amazing work here and you should never stop. Thanks again and lots of love. 🙂


  5. Hello and cheers from Canada – found you on soundcloud and clearly you’re on a similar vibe. Thanks for all the leads on gorgeous music. Glad I’ve found you. Have a good one brother!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Hi,

    My name is Dan Armstrong and I’m 1/2 of the UK electronic ambient music production team known as Confluent Phase. The other member is ambient artist, Simon Matthews (Tales of Ten Worlds, also involved with Cryostasis)

    I’m contacting you with a query about submitting material for review.
    We’ve got a small non-exclusive licensing deal with Resonant Music in the U.K. and are being released on Lee Norris’ new label “Fantasy Enhancing” later this year. He’s also responsible for the TXT label.

    We’re now looking to secure some reviews from well-respected blogs – hence getting in touch with you.
    Can I send you some links?

    Kind regards,


    Confluent Phase
    @confluentphase (Facebook, Twitter & instagram)


  7. Hello I’m trying to reach l’Anson (Hugh Carswell) on Jura. I’m about to published (wordsindeed.ca) a book that has a chapter on his aunt, the gifted violist An Mines, and want him to know. Many thanks! John Parry


  8. Thanks for your kind words on my blog, and the link to here…. I’ll be back for sure. This site is a treasure trove… J


  9. Hi Brian, Stationary Travels still my go-to site for new and interesting instrumental music. I’ve now retired from museum design and spending much time looking at Russ Sherwood’s landscapes in the flesh.
    Thanks for everything.
    BTW – You spring to mind every time I drive past Stirling and the Castle hoves into view.
    David Campbell


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