TETSU INOUE
World Receiver

BEAUTUMN
Northing

[Infraction Records, www.infractionrecords.com]

RUDY ADRIAN
MoonWater

MARKUS REUTER
Trepanation

[Lotus Pike, www.lotuspike.com]

You can take the term ambient simply for what it is. It's sounds from the surroundings or chill out music to do whatever you feel like doing.
Released a decade ago on Instinct Records, "World Receiver" brought Tetsu Inoue many accolades. People stood up and actually took note of what this Japanese electronic-ambient guru was up to. A decade down the road and Infraction Records decides to re-issue the long out-of-print masterpiece. As far as ambient recordings go, this one is way up there with KLF's seminal "Chill Out", Pete Namlook's better stuff [pick most FAX albums] or even Brian Eno's classic "Music for Airports". The project Inoue undertook was a massive task. He travelled to Japan, Thailand, Pakistan, Germany and US to gather source materials and field recordings. Then, he went into the studio to mess around with electronics on source materials. Though bursts of synthesizers are evident throughout the record, it's the samplers and broken-up source material that leaves the biggest impression on the listener. The hour-long recording possesses a natural flow that streams in and out of your headphones. From left to right, from up and down, listening to Inoue record [and especially this one] has a feeling of totality to it. Inoue planned for the listener to be completely immersed in these sounds. Though there appear blotches of electronics on the record, all of this music sounds insanely organic. In the laughs of the kids, the carousel ride sounds or the sounds of the streets, it's as if someone is giving you a big hug in times of dire need. Inoue provides that utter sense of comfort and warmth that is priceless. Even metal-heads would go soft when tripping on these sounds.
Beautumn's release is another world altogether. In meshing electronics, keyboards and distant whooshes of samples, he [Alexander Ananyev] comes up with something that is equally soothing as it is electrifying. Hints of percussive notions are quoted within his pieces. Mostly though, it's an even flow of minimal instrumentation. He draws the sound out as long as that's possible, then releases them free, only to introduce other new, more exciting motifs. For an ambient record, the sounds are surprisingly never static. Strewn with a mesh of uninterrupted stream of ideas, these are sounds that are keen to soothe, but they won't necessarily send you off to dream world. They can bathe you in a warm glow of intense relaxing mass, but you won't automatically drift off. This is what ambient music could sound like if the right people are tweaking the knobs. When the right mind-set is in place, this music is able to whisk you off to galaxies far, far away.
With his first release on the Lotus Pike label, "MoonWater" turns out to be an easy going affair from composer/performer Rudy Adrian. In using an outdated 512K Mac and the grand Yamaha SY77 synth, Adrian was able to come up with an hour's worth of gliding, peaceful sounds. This is music of a reflective nature. It's got that grand aural feel in certain moments, while in others it simply blows slowly like a wind on the Sahara. The scenery gets somewhat busy when Adrian decides to use the wood flute in conjunction with the synth. Some shakers are heard sparsely throughout the album, but for the most part, it's just the synth and the sequencing software. One complain I could bring up is the lack of anything exciting drives me to distraction. Last thing I want is to use this disc as background music. It would be that much better if slight nuances were thrown in for variety. Other than that, Adrian's release is pleasing enough to use as subtle bedtime sounds.
Two words can describe Markus Reuter's latest CD "Trepanation" - soft and subtle. It's obvious enough after the first track, the guy thinks big in terms of music. He probably worshipped Tangerine Dream as a kid. This sort of influence rubbed off on him in a big way. A wallop of synths drowns out just about every single track on the release. Crossing the line over to new age from ambient, the heavily textured guitars are evident all around as well. On "No Part of Me Could Summon a Voice", Reuter is using atmospherics to their fullest - washed out rain drops, sound of rain which combines well with the glistening synths. Too often I find a few of the longer pieces to be drifting aimlessly, looking for a purpose or reason for being. Maybe that was the whole point of this record? If that's the case, let the music be your guide and feel welcome to use "Trepanation" as background music for household chores at will.

- Tom Sekowski


<<< poprzednia recenzja następna recenzja >>>
 

RECENZJE

+ Z'EV - Metaphonics
+ Brush - Brush!?
+ Ariesta Birawa Group - Ariesta Birawa vol. 1
+ Zipps - Be Stoned! Dig The Zipps
+ Satya Sai Maitreya Kali - Apache/Inca
+ Charlemagne Palestine / Tony Conrad - An Aural Symbiotic Mystery
+ Toshinori Kondo - Fukyo
+ Max Richter - Songs from Before
+ Esmerine - Aurora
+ Jean-Luc Guionnet/Pascal Battus - Parmakli
+ Bill Horist - :Projects
+ Łukasz Ciszak - auxin
+ Tomasz Bednarczyk - Summer Feelings
+ volcano! - Beautiful Seizure
+ TR 21 - Deceased City
+ Transforma & O.S.T. - Synken
+ Reynold - La Cite d'en Haut
+ Radical Face - Ghost
+ Patrick Pulsinger - Dogmatic Sequences 1994 - 2006
+ Phelan Sheppard - Harps Old Master
+ Oblong - Indicator
+ Milenasong - Seven Sisters
+ Kapitan DA - Kapitan DA
+ Hug - Heroes
+ Housemeister - Roadmovie
+ A Hawk & A Hacksaw - The Way The Wind Blows
+ The Go Find - Stars On The Wall
+ Gescom - MiniDisc
+ Damero - Happy In Grey
+ Console - Pan Or Ama
+ Classic Cuts: Knight Action - Single Girl / Los Angeles T.F. - Magical Body / Mike Dunn - So Let It Be House / Dopplereffekt - Gesamkunstwerk
+ Christ. - Blue Shift Emissions
+ Blue Raincoat - Everything Is A Piece Of Something
+ Bloodysnowman - Bloodysnowman
+ American Gigolo III - Mixed & Compiled By Princess Superstar
+ 7 Up! - Singles Only 1978 - 1982

- - - - - - - - -

+ loudQUIETloud - A Film about The Pixies DVD
+ BRENT FARISS / BILL THOMPSON - August - September
+ TOM RECCHION - Sweetly doing nothing
+ STEN SANDELL TRIO - Oval
+ MAGIC CARPATHIANS & LECHISTAN'S ELECTRIC CHAIR - Mirrors
+ WALTER & SABRINA - Chioma SuperNormal - The Dark Album
+ POSITIVE KNOWLEDGE - First Ones / JOEL FUTTERMAN / ALVIN FIELDER / IKE LEVIN - Live at the Blue Monk
+ ANTHONY BURR / OSCAR NORIEGA / CHRIS SPEED - The Clarinets
+ JESSE ZUBOT - Dementia
+ CHRISTIAN WEBER - 3 Suits & A Violin - Osaka Solo
+ HERIBERT FRIEDL - Back_Forward / BERNARD GUNTER / HERIBERT FRIEDL - Trans~
+ HORKESKART - Live in Solitude / CINC - Polyphonic Poetry
+ BOB MARSH / THERESA WONG / BRYAN EUBANKS - Luggage
+ JOHN BUTCHER / PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE - Concentric / RODRIGO AMADO / KENT KESSLER / PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE - Teatro
+ NORBERT MOSLANG / GUNTER MULLER - Wild_Suzuki / NORBERT MOSLANG - Burst_Log / MASAHIKO OKURA / GUNTER MULLER / AMI YOSHIDA - Tanker
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS / ANDREA CENTAZZO - Fire
+ RM74 - Fireproof in 8 Parts / RM74 / RLW - Pirouetten / HERPES Ö DELUXE - Kielholen
+ ÖLVIS - Bravado
>> TETSU INOUE - World Receiver / BEAUTUMN - Northing / RUDY ADRIAN - MoonWater / MARKUS REUTER - Trepanation
+ DRAKKAR SAUNA - Jabraham Lincoln
+ FLUORESCENT GREY - Lying on the Floor Mingling With God in a Tijuana Motel Room Next Door to a Veterinary Supply Store
+ HOLGER CZUKAY - Radio Wave Surfer - Good Morning Story
+ DO MAKE SAY THINK - You, You're a History in Rust
+ CLAUDIO PARODI - Horizontal Mover (homage to Alvin Lucier)
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Women of the World: Acoustic - A New Groove - One World, Many Cultures
+ BAD BRAINS - Live at CBGB 1982 - CD/DVD
+ JOHANNES BAUER / THOMAS LEHN / JON ROSE - Futch / STEVE LACY - Live at Jazzwerstatt Peitz
+ VOLCANO THE BEAR - Egg and Two Books
+ IRENE SCHWEIZER / FRED ANDERSON / HAMID DRAKE - Willisau & Taktlos
+ KOTRA AND ZAVOLOKA - Wag the Swing
+ CLINIC - Visitations
+ KUSH ARORA - Underwater Jihad
+ A WITNESS - I am John's Pancreas / PURE SOUND - Yukon
+ MONTA - The Brilliant Masses
+ SHELLEY BURGON / TREVOR DUNN - Baltimore
+ SATANICPORNOCULTSHOP - ..Aiff Skull EP
+ FRANCOIS HOULE - Aerials
+ KAZUMASA HASHIMOTO - Gllia / YASUSHI YOSHIDA - Secret Figure / MIDORI HIRANO - LushRush

- - - - - - - - -

WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Laibach - relacja z koncertu w Palladium, Warszawa 10.12.2006
+ Singing is communication - wywiad z Marit Posch alias Damero
+ Something unique - wywiad z Mikael'em Stavostrandem (Bulgur Brothers)