Akikaze – Fantasmagora


Release data: Akikaze – Fantasmagora CD, Criminal Records, 1996 “Fantasmagora” is the second cd-release of Pepijn Courant on which he reverts to old work from about 12 years ago that he has reworked and polished for this cd production. It features four long “parts” with a strong classical-symphonic as well as an unusual slant. We hear a lot of sampled wind instruments, such as trumpet…

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Andreas Akwara – Solar Eclipse


Release data: Andreas Akwara – Solar Eclipse CD, Private Release, 2002 “Solar Eclipse” is the second effort by this German synthesist, and a concept album of space music. Those who think that the music can be laid alongside existing cosmic compositions will have to conclude that Akwara has managed to find a rather different sound and approach. Floating passages are alternated with symphonic parts, and…

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Alio Die & Mathias Grassow – Expanding Horizon


Release data: Alio Die & Mathias Grassow – Expanding Horizon CD, Relapse Records, 2003 This is an ambient double cd by Italian/German ambient duo Alio Die (aka Stefano Musso) and Mathias Grassow. Beforehand I had a feeling it was going to be a hefty one, and it proved to be so with 2x 70 minutes of meditative drone music. Grassow & Alio Die’s widely spaced…

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Robert Rich – Sunyata


Release data: Robert Rich – Sunyata Mc/CD/Digital Download, Soundscape/Hypnos Recordings, 1982/2000 Robert Rich’s 1982-debut “Sunyata” grew out of all-night concerts and was reissued on cd in remastered form. A student at Stanford University at the time, Robert was already concerned with the fact that music is capable of altering consciousness, and the intended psycho-active stimuli on “Sunyata” are a first statement of this. Of the…

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Brannan Lane / Vidna Obmana – Deep Unknown


Release data: Brannan Lane / Vidna Obmana – Deep Unknown CD-r/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Brannan Lane Music, 2002 One of the many cds that Brannan Lane had planned for 2002 is this collaboration with his Belgian colleague Dirk Serries. It’s not a full-length collaboration but one that is limited to the first three tracks. The overall atmosphere is misty, slightly mysterious but also soundscape-like, there is a…

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Simon Lomax – Notes from the Void Vol. 1


Release data: Simon Lomax – Notes from the Void, Vol. 1 CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Council of Nine, 2021 The process creating the music for “Notes from the Void” turned out a little different than Mr Lomax used to do on previous recordings: a friend and personal mentor suggested a title as a starting point along an ambitious deadline for each track. Simon learned this new approach…

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