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.