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About Jim Ottaway and his Music

Life is music!

I am an Australian composer, producer and studio performer of original instrumental music covering many genres including space ambient, electronic, dance, new age, relaxation and music for film and television.

From a young age, I have always loved listening to music. Music is a major part of my life. Life is music!

My major musical influences include Tangerine Dream, Edgar Froese, Vangelis, Pink Floyd, Enigma, Johannes Schmoelling, Christopher Buckman, Tony O'Connor, Christopher Franke, Lisa Gerrard, Code Indigo, Gary Wright, Steve Winwood and Radio Massacre International.

I have been fortunate to work with a few internationally successful musicians including Rick Fenn (10CC), who provided guitar solos on two of my tracks, 'Takin' the Time' and 'Interlude', and Ted Ottley, international composer and author, with whom I have just completed a challenging recording and production project. Ted along with Scottish pianist Alan Park (Beggar's Opera/Cliff Richard) and Australian synthesist Christopher Buckman have provided me with invaluable advice and support, and much encouragement, over the last 10 years.

Since 2004 I have released over 25 independent albums in Australia… commencing with my first release 'First Light', a light relaxing ambient album (my most popular release in Australia to date), culminating in my recent albums 'Invisible Vortex' (2015), 'Southern Cross' (2016), 'Timeless e-Motion' (2017), 'Deep Space Blue' (2017), 'Yesterday Passing' (2018), and 'Beyond the Purple Sun' (2019). 'Beyond the Purple Sun' is my thirteenth international release. Click here to view my music catalogue and to listen to short sound samples of some of my albums.

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At the 14th annual Zone Music Reporter Awards (2017) held in New Orleans on 12 May 2018 'Timeless e-Motion' was awarded Best Electronic Album and 'Deep Space Blue' was awarded Best Ambient Album. 'Deep Space Blue' was also nominated for Album of the Year.

During 2016 'Southern Cross' was awarded a Silver Medal at the 2016 Global Music Awards in the USA. In 2017 'Southern Cross' and 'Invisible Vortex' received nominations in the Zone Music Reporter Awards and One World Music Awards for music released in 2016. 'Deep Space Blue' was awarded a Silver Medal at the 2017 Global Music Awards. 'Deep Space Blue' has also been nominated for Best Electronic Album in the One World Music Awards for music released in 2017. In 2019 'Yesterday Passing' received a nomination for Best Electronic Album in the Zone Music Reporter Awards (2018). In 2020 'Beyond the Purple Sun' received two nominations for Zone Music Reporter Awards (2019)... Album of the Year and Best Ambient Album. In 2020 'Beautiful Desolation' received a nomination for Best Ambient Album in the 7th Annual One World Music Radio Awards (2019).

Since 2010 twenty-two of my tracks have been chosen as finalist in various Australian music/songwriting awards including 'The Long Haul' and 'Out of the Darkness (Instrumental)' which were awarded 5th place and 7th place respectively in the Instrumental Category of the 2015 Australian Songwriting Awards (ASA); 'Live the Dream' which was awarded 4th place in the Instrumental Category of the 2014 ASA and 'Sojourn' and 'Oh Baby... Yeah!' Top 4 finalists in the Electronic/Dance category of the 2010 Q Song Awards and the 2011 Queensland Music Awards. Here are links to two of my nominated tracks:

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