On his third album “Outdoors”, Ralph Knappe-Heinbockel (aka Hemisphere) presents both rhythmic-driven, melodic pieces along free form ambient compositions.
Once again, I feel Ralph is at his best on his non-rhythmic soundscape pieces such as the delightful “Backwoods Echo”, or the smooth but intense textural breezes of “Arctic Circle” and “Quiet Pictures”. On the tempo tracks, the rhythms and accompanying sequence though stay rather static and monotone, in my view resulting in a less inspiring outcome. Also note the short track “Jim’s Philosophy”, a sonic homage to the late Jim Morrison.
The full display of Hemisphere’s captivating soundscape magic curls up on the vibrant and highly imaginative 21-minute title piece, where the listener enters fascinating, vast spaces beyond. This piece of timeless music alone, an invitation to travel into another dimension, is the incentive to buy this fine album.
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the Hemisphere artist page
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