“Relaxation is a key to balance,” that’s Chuck Plaisance’s underlying principle for his work. Whether he teaches voice lessons or he records and arranges Nature Sounds, he works on the placement of sound. Creating harmony and balance through the frequencies of sound is what our world needs” comments Chuck.
Growing up in the Louisiana Wetlands left a strong imprint on Chuck Plaisance’s artistic nature. In the wilderness area known as Bayou La Forche, Chuck grew up fishing, trawling and frogging and being enraptured by the sounds of nature. “You could put me in the best studio in town but I still prefer recording live out in nature”, he reflects. “When I began producing records, I was never satisfied with the sound effects that were available, so I started my own library of nature sounds.”
Recording those sounds has taken Plaisance around the globe to some of the most picturesque settings in existence. For eons, musicians and artists have explored their soul through nature and for Plaisance, the connection began at age 13. A natural vocalist, he was soon fronting a popular Top 40 band covering ballads and rock hits by such diverse artists as Cat Stevens, James Taylor and Elton John. “I became a great mime”, he remembers. “It became my mission to discover my true voice. That led me to teach others how to unmask their sound.”
“When the vocalist is able to place the sound correctly, it results in a much more consistent performance. My best advice to anyone wanting to sing is to learn to relax and become a vessel for emotion to flow through,” says Plaisance. Chuck also worked hand in hand with Nicole LaVoie of ‘SoundWave Energy’, Chuck co-produced and mastered a 48 - CD series of Sacred Healing Frequencies encoded with positive subliminal messaging. ”
During the past 20 years Chuck innovated a unique form of binaural sound recording by incorporating a microphone that simulates human hearing to the degree that it creates the impression of surround sound into his sessions. Incorporating this technique in the present recordings he has also produced a variety of recordings for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Shartse Monks, Ozaki Utaka, Gwinko, Brenda Wilde, plus earthquake drills for Disney. Additionally, he produced a series of children’s audio books and cassettes, including ‘Miranda’s Magic Garden’.
Suzanne and Chuck met in 1990 and decided to produce relaxation albums that combines Chucks beautiful nature sound archive and Suzanne’s music. They started producing a series of recordings with pure SOUNDS OF NATURE composed and arranged like songs and a second series with a blend of music and Nature sounds entitled TRANQUILITY series. Their albums have sold all over the world. Their latest production includes HEALING VIBES featuring Paradiso and GARDEN OF THE GODESS with shaman musician friend Tajalli.
“I devote my total being to whatever I’m doing,” says award winning composer and producer Suzanne. This principle being the underlying factor in Doucet’s success has seen her through many transitional phases of her illustrious career.
It all began in West Germany where as a three year old, Doucet discovered an innate talent for all art forms. Instinctively, she was always drawing, playing music, singing or writing. By the age of 18, Suzanne was an established pop star in Germany. Her earliest songwriting ventures in 1966 centered on poetic lyrics dealing with life, love and other deep issues. But in order to get an opportunity to finance and record these ‘message’ songs, she initially performed a variety of pop tunes. She was several times #1 in the German music charts.
She also made her mark as a film composer, as an actress and a television host and was seen regularly on nationwide T.V. in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Suzanne had already traveled all Europe, the far East and the United States by the age of 25, when after recording a consciousness - expanding sound collage trilogy album ‘Trip/Flip Out/Meditation’ she took a sabbatical from the music business to go on a spiritual odyssey. After she returned from a trip to the Middle East, she developed her own style of new age music while exploring many areas of metaphysics including astrology, music therapy, tarot, yoga and the caballah. “This was my going within period,” says Doucet. “My father a psychologist had studied with Carl Gustav Jung and this led to my researching the metaphysics of music, specifically the Pythagorean school of harmonics.”
After moving to the USA in 1983 Suzanne and her husband James Bell (a certified yogateacher and visual artist) established Only New Age Music the world’s first specialized new age music retail outlet in the trendy Melrose district in Hollywood. It became the local hub for aficionados and other visionary artists. Robert Redford, Sylvester Stallone, Prince, Steve Martin, and other stars bought regularly at Only New Age Music. Since 1995 it became the online store newagemusic.com
Suzanne released several instrumental music albums. Her piece ‘Forever’ from the album ‘Reflecting Light’ was used by Shirley Maclaine on her best-selling video ‘INNER WORKOUT’. ‘TRANSFORMATION’ and ‘TRANSFORMATION’ produced with Christian Buehner was played on New Age radio all over the world and her latest album ‘RESONANCE’ with Gary Miraz climbed to #5 on the Music Choice and New Age Radio charts.Her latest album TANTRA ZONE released in 2005 was recorded with her shaman friendTajalli.
Her video production ‘Star Flight’, received the Silver Award at the Houston International Film & Video Festival. Suzanne produced 3 International New Age Music Conferences and directed and produced the first ‘New Age / World Music Festival’ at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles featuring artists, such as Paul Horn, Stephen Halpern, Tajalli and Tim Wheater. Now Suzanne maintains a busy practice as a consultant as well as producing and composing.
“Since I met Chuck Plaisance, we had the idea to combine our efforts and travel to the most wild and sacred places, to record and produce relaxing sounds blended with harmonic music. With the current productions we have started to manifest our dream.”