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29 April 2017
Jonathan FeBland aka Nicholas Land in the studio

Jonathan FeBland (aka Nicholas Land)

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I’m just announcing the death of a good friend and talented composer Jonathan FeBland (aka Nicholas Land) after a long battle with cancer.

Jonathan and I started our first studio together in 1984, recording ‘The Seasons’ for New World Music, a collection of Jon’s classical music pieces. It was a joyful and exciting time for both of us, just starting out in the music business, with a studio all of our very own.

In 1985, Jon and I collaborated on three albums for New World, producing the chilled ambience of IONOSPHERES (under the pseudonym KARMA), the funky SPEED OF SOUND (as ‘Whitelight’) and the epic spiritual vocal album LEGACY, as ‘Whitelight and friends’.

I also worked with him on his excellent sequel to ‘The Seasons’ called ‘Wonders of the World’, again featuring a selection of Johns superb classical tone poems set in an electronic soundscape.

Although our collaborative efforts diminished over the ensuing years, we continued to be good friends, sharing our crazy Monty Python sense of humour, coming up with endless nonsensical lyrics for John’s songs that would often result in crying with tears of laughter.

I am proud to be carrying his musical legacy forward in my own way with the re-recording of the LEGACY album that we wrote together all those years ago.

Jon, I shall sorely miss your zany humour and your astonishing ability to, as you would have put it, ‘write a pretty good tune or two’.

God has acquired a formidable composer. I hope he puts you in your rightful place in charge of the orchestra!

Jonathan also maintained his own YouTube channel with many performances of his original musical compositions: https://www.youtube.com/user/FeBlandMusic

Jonathan’s brother Adam has setup a YouTube channel dedicated to promoting recent performances of Jonathan’s music, which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEV1y15Jb-dkLh6owPiVVyQ

Clifford White & Jonathan FeBland

The Seasons by Nicholas Land (Jonathan FeBland)Jonathan’s first album The Seasons was released on the New World Music label in 1984. Jonathan chose to adopt the pseudonym of Nicholas Land, to differentiate this music from his classical work. The album comprises of light and uplifting ‘tone poems’ reflecting the joy and happiness of the world outdoors.

You can now listen to The Seasons in its entirety on YouTube.com.

Wonders of the World by Nicholas Land (Jonathan FeBland)The sequel to The Seasons, Wonders of the World was a collection of tracks depicting some of the most famous landmarks in the world. This was released in 1985 on the New World Music label. In a similar style to the The Seasons, this album again display’s Jonathan’s melodic and carefree musical styles, suffused with optimism and joy.

You can now listen to Wonders of the World in its entirety on YouTube.com.

Beyond the Sky by Jon LandMany years after the New World releases, Jonathan returned to the genre with this compilation album of remixes of some of his best known New World material. He also agreed to drop the Nicholas Land pseudonym, choosing the slightly more recognizable Jon Land variant of his name.

Shimmering Moon by Nicholas Land (Jonathan FeBland)Shimmering Moon, part one of Jonathan’s Landscape Collection painted calm and gentle vistas of sound as a relaxing backdrop to warm summer evenings and as restful interludes.

Night Echoes by Nicholas Land (Jonathan FeBland)Part two of the Landscape Collection continued in the same style as the first, providing a smooth and restful bed of gentle music for peace and relaxation.

Clifford White & Jonathan FeBland (Nicholas Land) mixing an albumA rare shot of Jon and I mixing one of his albums. You can see how the hours have worn away the seriousness of the mixing process. We would often descend into hilarity and giggles. Or sulking silence, depending on the total of that months royalty statement!

Jonathan FeBland (aka Nicholas Land)The composer in a restful pose. I will sincerely miss you Jon. I still want to know – what is a henge anyway? (his private joke) x

Classical Beauty
First To Love // The Lifespring
  1. First To Love // The Lifespring
  2. Journey’s End // Ascension
  3. Hallowed Ground // Ascension
  4. Music Box Lullaby // Ascension
  5. Ascension // Ascension
  6. Arrival // Twilight Paradise
  7. Church of Light // Ascension
  8. Mr. Elemental // Ascension
  9. The Calling // Ascension
  10. Golden Sunrise // Ascension
  11. The Last Snows of Winter // The Lifespring
  12. Inspirations // Nature's Symphony
  13. The Never Ending Dream // Revelation
  14. Transmigrations // Nature's Symphony
  15. Tears of Innocence // Revelation
  16. Worlds in Motion // Nature's Symphony
  17. Revelation // Revelation
  18. The Golden Years // Nature's Symphony
  19. The Blessed // Revelation
  20. Forevergreen // Revelation
  21. Rapture // Revelation
  22. Eternity’s Ocean // Revelation
  23. Into Infinity // Revelation
  24. The Journey Begins // Revelation
  25. Poseidon // The Gods of Olympus
  26. Reawakening // The Healing Touch
  27. Hermes // The Gods of Olympus
  28. New World // Atlantis
  29. Eternity // The Healing Touch
  30. The Power Within // The Healing Touch
  31. Ares // The Gods of Olympus
  32. Atlantis // Atlantis
  33. Aphrodite // The Gods of Olympus
  34. Gods of Olympus // The Gods of Olympus