With his keen instincts for ascending melodies, luminous arrangments and shimmering orchestrations, it is a safe bet that new age composer and artist Troy Reed probably learned his craft at some lofty music academy. Guess again. The Missouri based artist has absorbed most of what he knows simply from experiencing a vast world of music. 'It's not just listening,' he explaines, 'it's absorbing. I closed the books and opened up my heart.' In this era when the sound of an entire symphony can simply be coaxed from a hard drive, Troy's approach is refreshingly low-tech and relatively organic. Emotionally-charged songs and soaring musical suites emerge from a vivid palette of musical hues. At the center of the music is the acoustic piano. Indigenous world music is another key ingredient. Troy's self-motivated musical studies have delivered a breadth of influences including traditional Chinese and Japanese wind and string instruments, African percussion, Celtic melodies and liturgical boy's choir. Troy believes that since music is the universal lanquage it should expand to encompass new cultures and rituals as well. 'I think there's a lot to learn from everything in global music,'he reveals.' There are so many types of people and the music is ingrained in them. ' There is a pronounced wide-screen scope to his work. 'I want to go someplace in my mind,'he says,'so I decide: what's the composition that's going to make this journey? 'in his Passion and Light Studio, where he manipulates his sonic ingredients, it's a delicate balance, configuring diverse elements that shade, but never overshadow the melodies that are at the epicenter of his expressive and embracing artistry. Ultimately, these eloquent melodies are channeled from pure emotion and imagination. 'it's like any art form, 'he says, 'a multitued of factors inspire' especially my relationship with my Wife.' Troy's favorite season is Autumn. 'There's something about the Northern air. It's change, the trees, emotions, my life. I've always been a sensitive person. I think that's why I chose this musical path. The music I do is that which best reflects my emotions and my way of thinking. I just do what I hear in my heart.'