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STEPHEN BACCHUS - Ambient Origins (cd)

 
STEPHEN BACCHUS - Etherium (cd-r)

 
STEPHEN BACCHUS - Pangaea (cd)

 
STEPHEN BACCHUS - The Keep (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
JONATHAN BADGER - Metasonic (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI & MATHIAS GRASSOW - True North (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI & NIMH - Entities (cd-r)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI & WEE BANDITS - A Brief History of Light (cd-r)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Bluebox Collection (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Cages (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Dreamresources (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Exosphere (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Light Textures (CD-r)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Live Long and Proper (CD/Digital Download)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Planet X (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Prayers for the Earth (cd-r)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Rooms (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - The Serenity (CD)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Time (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Winterscape (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Yalda (cd-r)

 
CHRISTOPHE BAILLEAU - Air Resort (cd)

 
RENE DE BAKKER - Almost Human (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
RENE DE BAKKER - Rene de Bakker (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
RENE DE BAKKER - Returning Winds (CD/Digital Download)

 
BANCO DE GAIA - Apollo (cd/digital download)

 
BANCO DE GAIA - Maya (20th Anniversary Edition) (cd)

 
BAFFO BANFI & MATTEO CANTALUPPI - Frontera (cd)

 
BARBELO & JORGE REYES - Ethnoaural (cd)

 
SIDDHARTHA BARNHOORN - Pillars of Light (Digital Download)

 
SIDDHARTHA BARNHOORN - Structures of Light (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
DAN BARRIO - This Physical World (cd-r)

 
EVAN BARTHOLOMEW - Caverns of Time (cd)

 
EVAN BARTHOLOMEW - Secret Entries into Darkness (cd)

 
KEVIN BARTLETT - Glow in the Dark (cd)

 
KEVIN BARTLETT - Near Life Experience (cd)

 
KARL BARTOS - Communication (cd)

 
LYONEL BAUCHET - The Secret Society (Digital Download)

 
HOL BAUMANN - [Human] (cd)

 
PETER BAUMANN - Machines of Desire (LP/CD/Digital Download)

 
ADRIAN BEASLEY - Powerhouse (cd-r)

 
BEEHIVE PLAINS - Tape (cd)

 
MICHEL BEKKERING - Cosmopolitan Dances (cd-r)

 
DENE DE BENEDICTIS - A Lone Reply (cd)

 
DENE DE BENEDICTIS - Salvaging the Past (cd)

 
MICHAEL THOMAS BERKLEY - Arctic (cd)

 
MICHAEL THOMAS BERKLEY - Images from Earth (cd)

 
BERLIN HERITAGE - Land of the Rising Sun (cd)

 
BERLIN HERITAGE - Phoenix (Digital Download)

 
BERNHARD - Down on Earth (cd-r)

 
RON BERRY - Osiris (cd)

 
DAVE BESSELL - Analogue (cd)

 
DAVE BESSELL - Black Horses Of The Sun (CD/Digital Download)

 
BETWEEN INTERVAL - Autumn Continent (cd)

 
BETWEEN INTERVAL - Legacy (CD/LP/Digital Download)

 
BETWEEN INTERVAL - Radio Silence (cd-r)

 
BETWEEN INTERVAL - Secret Observatory (cd)

 
BETWEEN INTERVAL - The Edge of a Fairytale (cd)

 
BETZLER & BRüCKNER - Triplet (CD/Digital Download)

 
BEYOND BERLIN - Fine Tunes (CD)

 
BEYOND BERLIN - Music for Cosmic Nights 2013 (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
AMIN BHATIA - Virtuality (cd)

 
MARK BIEHL - Landscapes (cd)

 
BIOSPHERE - Shenzhou (CD)

 
BIOSPHERE - Substrata (cd)

 
THE BLACK DOG - Music for Real Airports (cd)

 
THE BLACK DOG - Radio Scarecrow (cd)

 
TIM BLAKE - Blake’s New Jerusalem (CD/Digital Download)

 
DANIEL BLANCHET - L’Harmonie des Mondes (cd)

 
SERGE BLENNER - Musique de Chambre (cd)

 
DANIEL BLOOM - Event Horizon (cd)

 
BLUE STONE - Breathe (cd)

 
BLUETECH - Phoenix Rising (cd)

 
BLUTIGER FLUSS - Dawn of Mars (cd-r)

 
BLUTIGER FLUSS - Rings of Saturn (cd-r)

 
BLüCHEL & VON DEYLEN - Bi Polar (cd)

 
BLüCHEL & VON DEYLEN - Mare Stellaris (cd)

 
CHRIS BOCAST - Through the Airlock (cd)

 
WOLFGANG BOCK - Cycles (Lp)

 
CLAUS BOCKSTANDT - Voyages (cd)

 
IAN BODDY & BERNHARD WöSTHEINRICH - Hemispheres (cd-r)

 
IAN BODDY & ERIK WøLLO - EC12 (Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY & ERIK WøLLO - Frontiers (CD/Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY & PARALLEL WORLDS - Exit Strategy (cd)

 
IAN BODDY - SID SMITH - JANE MOLLOY - Other Rooms (Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - After the Rain (Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - As Above So Below (Lp/CD/Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - Aurora (cd)

 
IAN BODDY - Chiasmata (cd/Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - Continuum (CD/Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - Liverdelphia (cd/digital download)

 
IAN BODDY - Sepulchre (Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - Slide (CD/Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - Strange Attractors (Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BONE - Aera (USB-Drive/Digital Downloa)

 
RICHARD BONE - Alternate Realities (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - Anthology (Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BONE - Beleagured Blossoms (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BONE - Experiments ’80-’82 (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - Images from a Parallel World (cd/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BONE - Infinite Plastic Creation (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - Saiyuji (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - Short Waves (cd-r/dvd-r)

 
RICHARD BONE - Sudden Departure (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - The Eternal Now (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - The Ghosts of Hanton Village (cd-r)

 
RICHARD BONE - The Spectral Ships (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - Vertical Life (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BONE - Vesperia (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - Xessex (The Palindrome Project) (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
BOOTH & CREEK - Lightwaves (cd-r)

 
RON BOOTS & FRIENDS - By Popular Demand (cd)

 
RON BOOTS & FRIENDS - Joie de Vivre (cd)

 
RON BOOTS & IAN BODDY - Phase 3 (cd)

 
RON BOOTS & JOHN KERR - Juxtaposition (cd)

 
RON BOOTS & JOHN KERR - Offshore Islands (cd)

 
RON BOOTS & MORPHEUSZ - From the forgotten rooms of a lonely house (cd)

 
RON BOOTS & SYNTH.NL - Refuge en Verre (cd)

 
RON BOOTS, KEES AERTS & HAROLD VAN DER HEIJDEN - BAH! Live in Sweden (cd-r)

 
RON BOOTS - 80's Box (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Acoustic Shadows (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Ante Oculos (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Area Movement (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Beyond the Boundaries of Twilight (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Current (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Derby! (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Detachment of Worldly Affairs (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Different Stories and Twisted Tales (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Dreamscape (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Ghost of a Mist (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - La Caída de Hormigón (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Liquid Structures in Solid Form (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Mea Culpa (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Of Desolate Places And Urban Jungles (cd-single)

 
RON BOOTS - Screaming Whispers (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - See Beyond Times, Look Beyond Words (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Signs in the Sand (CD/Digital Download)

 
RON BOOTS - Standing in the Rain (CD)

 
RON BOOTS - Tainted Bare Skin (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Too Many Secrets (cd)

 
BOREAL TAIGA - Arctic Remixes (Digital Download)

 
BOREAL TAIGA - At Gutú (Digital Download)

 
BOREAL TAIGA - Glacia Form (Digital Download)

 
BOREAL TAIGA - Isopectic Isotac (cd-r)

 
BOREAL TAIGA - Polar Reflections (Digital Download)

 
BOREAL TAIGA - Return to the North (Digital Download)

 
BOREAL TAIGA - yg:drasil (Digital Download)

 
ANNEMARIE BORG - In Nomine Tellus (CD)

 
BOUVETøYA - Interstellarphonic (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
MEG BOWLES - A Quiet Light (cd)

 
MEG BOWLES - Blue Cosmos (cd)

 
MEG BOWLES - The Shimmering Land (CD/Digital Download)

 
KEVIN BRAHENY & TIM CLARK - The Spell (cd)

 
KEVIN BRAHENY - Galaxies (cd)

 
KEVIN BRAHENY - Lullaby for the Hearts of Space (Mc/CD)

 
KEVIN BRAHENY - The Way Home (cd)

 
BRAIN LAUGHTER - In the Land of Power (cd)

 
BRAIN LAUGHTER II - Not Far from a Distant Sun (cd)

 
BRAINWORK - Ten (cd)

 
STEVE BRAND - Avatara (cd)

 
STEVE BRAND - Bridge to Nowhere (cd-r)

 
STEVE BRAND - SoulSpiral (cd-r)

 
THOM BRENNAN - Satori (cd-r)

 
THOM BRENNAN - Shimmer (cd-r)

 
THOM BRENNAN - Signals in Moonlight (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
THOM BRENNAN - Silver (cd -r)

 
THOM BRENNAN - Stories from the Forest (cd)

 
THOM BRENNAN - Vibrant Water (cd-r)

 
OLIVIER BRIAND & BERTRAND LOREAU - Interférences (cd)

 
BRIDGE TO IMLA - The Radiant Sea (CD/Digital Download)

 
JOHN BROADDUS - 4 at 18 (cd)

 
JOHN BROADDUS - A Strange Mint (Digital Download)

 
JOHN BROADDUS - Afield (Digital Download)

 
BAS B. BROEKHUIS - The Escher Drawings (cd)

 
BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHöNWäLDER - Blue (cd)

 
BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHöNWäLDER - Green (cd)

 
BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHöNWäLDER - In Repelen (cd & dvd)

 
BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHöNWäLDER - Live @ Dorfkirche Repelen 2 (cd)

 
BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHöNWäLDER - Red (cd)

 
BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHöNWäLDER - Red Live @ USA (CD/Digital Download)

 
BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHöNWäLDER - Repelen 3 (cd)

 
BROKEN HARBOUR - Broken Harbour (cd-r)

 
BROKEN HARBOUR - Gramophone Transmissions (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
BROKEN HARBOUR - The Geometry of Shadows (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
VINCENT BRULEY - Dauphins et Baleines (cd)

 
VINCENT BRULEY - La Nature s’endort (cd)

 
BRUNETTE MODELS - Last Poem (cd)

 
MICHAEL BRüCKNER - Endless Mind Portal (Digital Download/CD-r)

 
HAROLD BUDD & BRIAN ENO - Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror (CD)

 
HAROLD BUDD & BRIAN ENO - The Pearl (cd)

 
HAROLD BUDD & CLIVE WRIGHT - A Song for Lost Blossoms (cd)

 
HAROLD BUDD - Lovely Thunder (Lp/CD)

 
HAROLD BUDD - The Room (LP/CD)

 
HAROLD BUDD - The Serpent (In Quicksilver) / Abandoned Cities (cd)

 
HAROLD BUDD - The White Arcades (cd)

 
BUDD/GRACIA /LENTZ - Music for Three Pianos (CD/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BURMER - Bhakti Point (CD/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BURMER - Invention (cd)

 
RICHARD BURMER - Mosaic (CD/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BURMER - On the Third Extreme (CD/Digital Download)

 
BYSENSES - Frigments-Fragments (CD)


MICHAEL BRüCKNER
Endless Mind Portal
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD/CD-R, Private Release, 2011
For fans of atmospheric ambient and cosmic music, the album "Endless Mind Portal" (released as a download in early August 2011) by German composer Michael Brückner may be a treat.

The three-hour recording (a concept album on the discovery and exploration of the universe) features lengthy and profound space music, true soundscape dwellings mostly without rhythm along rhythmic/sequenced excursions, all meant as the artists pranam to the old and ancient masters of the Berlin School style of music.
The two hour content of the first "disc" form the main "story", while the tracks on the last one are additional and/or alternate versions of the projects compositions, presented as bonus tracks.

Mr Brückner’s improvised sonic creations are mysterious and sacred while they smoothly evolve in a dynamic ebb and flow sense, at times in a sequenced or rhythmic style. A few remarks though.

The entrance to "Through the Portal" is slightly experimental before immersing in gentle synth pads and later on a more rhythmic, less dreamy concept. Personally, I’m also not too happy about the rather loud female vocal incorporated in the 30-minute "Inside the Endless Mind" and the spoken text by a computer voice shortly after it. This in contrast to the nice, complimentary spoken German lines by Michael’s daughter on the same piece. The rock-button is even pressed on the 21-minute "Leaving the Endless Mind" where Michael freaks out with solos, and poignant drums and bass synth for a couple of minutes. After that, the music gently settles down again on an canvas of warm pads slightly similar to Pink Floyd’s long and spacy intro of "Shine on your crazy diamond".

While absorbing the atmospheric side of "Endless Mind Portal", I often felt connected to the textural stuff of Schulze’s "Mirage" and Bernd Kistenmacher’s track "La Tendresse" along the music of Michael Stearns, Altus and Mon0.

The "bonus disc" of the release features a chill-out and an alternative mix of two of the previous tracks along three new pieces. Of the latter I particularly like the flowing and smoothly sequenced "Störtebecker (Live)", again slightly echoing Old School Schulze. The music of "Berlin Schoolboy" heads a bit in the rock-oriented direction as explored on the 25-minute "Leaving the Endless Mind" on the main release. The choir pads and its overall driven nature are nice, although the various breaks and tempos on it are not always very logical.

For me, the main attraction of "Endless Mind Portal" (that comes with some very beautiful cover art) are the great slow flow ambient/space music sections. For patient listeners I especially recommend the first two completely textural tracks that easily evoke multiple grand cosmic images in a grand and timeless fashion.
Chapeau Michael for these well-accomplished soundscape journeys!

A three cd-r version of the release including artwork is for sale direct from the composer.

Website: www.facebook.com/bruecknerAmbient

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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