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CADENCED HAVEN - Peregrination (cd)

 
CALLISTO - Nyx (cd)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Aureal (Digital Download)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Axiom (Digital Download)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Behind the Shadows (cd-r)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Cracks in the Air (Digital Download)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Desert Dawn (Digital Download)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Eigenspaces (cd-r)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Eunomia (Digital Download)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Exile (Digital Download)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Hidden Path (cd)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - In this Moment, In the Place (cd-r)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Light Echoes (cd)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Nights of Brightness (cd-r)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Psychedelic Voyage (Digital Download)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Strange Vision (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - The Following Rain (Digital Download)

 
JAVI CáNOVAS - Transfiguration (Digital Download)

 
CARBON BASED LIFEFORMS - Hydrophonic Garden (cd)

 
CARBON BASED LIFEFORMS - Interloper (cd)

 
CARBON BASED LIFEFORMS - Twentythree (cd)

 
CARBON BASED LIFEFORMS - World of Sleepers (CD/Digital Download)

 
CARBONEIDS - Synthsyg (cd)

 
SYLVAIN CAREL - Caravansary (CD/Digital Download)

 
SYLVAIN CAREL - Time and Tide (cd/Digital Download)

 
MARTIN CARRADUS - Analog (cd-r)

 
BRYAN CARRIGAN - Below Zero (cd/Digital Download)

 
BRYAN CARRIGAN - Fall into Winter (CD/Digital Download)

 
BRYAN CARRIGAN - Focus (CD/Digital Download)

 
BRYAN CARRIGAN - Inspired (CD/Digital Download)

 
BRYAN CARRIGAN - Passing Lights (CD/Digital Download)

 
BRYAN CARRIGAN - Windows (CD/Digital Download)

 
ROBERT CARTY & BRANNAN LANE - Climatic Infusion (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY & BRANNAN LANE - Dreamswirl (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY & GERARD GEARY - Mount Meru (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Ancient Flow (Digital Download)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Beautiful Depths (Digital Download)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Ethereal Deserts (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY - In Neptune’s Wake (Digital Download)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Natural Wonder (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Oceanic Space (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Paradise Earth (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Photonic Movements (Digital Download)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Skyhearts (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Spore (Digital Download)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Starlight Volume 1 (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Starlight Volume 2 (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Starlight Volume 3 (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY - Suntales (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY - The Inexplicable (cd-r)

 
ROBERT CARTY & SYLKEN - The Endless Vista (cd-r)

 
CHARLIE CASE & JONN SERRIE - Out of the Blue (dvd)

 
CASTLEVIEW - Artifacts (Digital Download)

 
DOLORES CASTRO - Fifth Dimension (cd)

 
CATALIN - First Breath (cd)

 
CAUL - Let the Stars Assume the Whole of Night (cd)

 
CELER - Climbing Formation (cd/Digital Download)

 
CELER - Without Retrospect, the Morning (CD/Digital Download)

 
CELL - Hanging Masses (cd)

 
CELL - Live at Kumharas-Ibiza (Digital Download)

 
CELL - Phonic Peace (cd)

 
CENTROZOON - Lovefield (cd)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Abstract Ambient Form (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Ambient Archive (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Beneath the Ice Flow (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Deconstructing Silence (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Indefinite Duration (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Interpolation (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Livescapes_3 Sono Luminarium (CD-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Livescapes_5 Church of ambient sound (Digital Download)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Livescapes_Inception (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Livescape_2 Alternating Frequencies (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Lunar Tide (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - More than can be heard (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Music for Cloud Watching (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Music in Ambient Motion (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Music in Suspended Animation (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Optimum (cd-r)

 
PETER CHALLONER - Subsequence (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
PETER CHALLONER - The Other Side of Time (cd-r)

 
CHAR-EL - Heaven and Earth (cd)

 
CHAR-EL - Resurrection (cd-r)

 
CHAR-EL - Worlds without End (cd)

 
CLAUDE CHEMIN - Esthésies (cd)

 
MICK CHILLAGE - Infinite Perspectives (CD/Digital Download)

 
STEEN CHORCHENDORFF JøRGENSEN - Internal Moments (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
JOHN CHRISTIAN - Sol Invictus (CD/Digital Download)

 
JOHN CHRISTIAN - Susbarbatus (cd-r)

 
CHRONOS - Helios (CD/Digital Download)

 
CHRONOS - When Mars Meets Venus (CD/Digital Download)

 
CHRONOTOPE PROJECT - Chrysalis (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
CHRONOTOPE PROJECT - Dawn Treader (CD/Digital Download)

 
CHRONOTOPE PROJECT - Dharma Rain (cd-r/digital download)

 
CHRONOTOPE PROJECT - Event Horizon (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
CHRONOTOPE PROJECT - Ovum (CD/Digital Download)

 
CHRONOTOPE PROJECT - Passages (CD/Digital Download)

 
CHRONOTOPE PROJECT - Solar Winds (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
SUZANNE CIANI - Seven Waves (LP/MC/CD)

 
SUZANNE CIANI - The Velocity of Love (LP/Mc/CD)

 
CIRCULAR - Moon Pool (CD/Digital Download)

 
CIRCULAR - Nanotopia (CD/Digital Download)

 
CIRCULAR - Substans (cd)

 
THE CIRCULAR RUINS - Empathy Test (cd)

 
CIRCULUM MUSICUM - Phases (cd-r)

 
TIM CLARK - Tales of the Sun People (cd)

 
VINCENT CLARKE & MARTYN WARE - Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle (cd)

 
CODE INDIGO - MELTdown (cd/digital download)

 
COLD SUN - Four Patterns (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MATT COLDRICK - Music for a Busy Head (CD/Digital Download)

 
COLLAPSAR - Beyond the Event Horizon (cd)

 
COLOURFORM - Visions of Surya (cd)

 
COMMON GROUND - Common Ground (CD)

 
COMPUTERCHEMIST - Aqual Measure (cd-r)

 
CONNECT.OHM - 9980 (CD/Digital Download)

 
CONTINUUM - Volume 1 (cd)

 
CON_SENSE - Code Sent (cd-r)

 
CORAL CAVE - Panorama (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
CORAL CAVE - The 4th (live) (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MAX CORBACHO & BRUNO SANFILIPPO - Indalo (cd-r)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Ars Lucis (cd)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Arte Magnetica (Digital Download)

 
MAX CORBACHO - BreathStream (cd)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Deep Time (Digital Download)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Far Beyond The Immobile Point (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Future Terrain (Digital Download/CD)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Lost Links (Digital Download/CD-r)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Moontribe (cd-r)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Nocturnal Emanations (cd-r)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Nocturnes (CD/Digital Download)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Nocturnes II (CD/Digital Download)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Source of Present (CD/Digital Download)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Splendid Labyrinths (CD/Digital Download)

 
MAX CORBACHO - The Ocean Inside (cd/Digital Download)

 
MAX CORBACHO - The Resonant Memory of Earth (cd)

 
MAX CORBACHO - Vestiges (cd)

 
ROBERT CORY - Point of Origin (cd)

 
THE COSMIC ARC - Free Your Head (Digital Download)

 
COSMIC GROUND - Cosmic Ground (cd/digital download)

 
COSMIC GROUND - Cosmic Ground 2 (CD/LP/Digital Download)

 
COSMIC GROUND - Cosmic Ground III (CD/LP/Digital Download)

 
COSMIC GROUND - Cosmic Ground IV (CD/Digital Download)

 
COSMIC GROUND - Live (CD/Lp/Digital Download)

 
COSMIC HOFFMANN - Astral Journey (cd-r)

 
COSMIC HOFFMANN - Electric Trick (cd)

 
COSMIC HOFFMANN - Hypernova (cd-r)

 
COSMIC HOFFMANN - Outerspace Gems (cd)

 
COSMIC HOFFMANN - Space Gems (cd-r)

 
COSMOMOOSE - Cosmic Invasion (Digital Download)

 
COUSIN SILAS - The Sound of Silas (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
BEN COX - On Water (cd)

 
ROBERT HAIG COXON - The Silent Path (cd)

 
JAMIE CRAIG - Illumination (cd)

 
CREATE - In the Blink of an Eye (cd)

 
CREATE - Lost on an Island of Adventure (cd)

 
CREATE - Space Time Continuum (cd)

 
CHARLES CREVIER , FRANCOIS KIRALY AND JEAN-FRANCOI - Music from the Sky (cd)

 
CSILLAGKöD - All the Time (CD/Digital Download)

 
CSILLAGKöD - Silent World (CD/Digital Download)

 
CYBER ZEN SOUND ENGINE - Ausländer (cd)

 
CYBER ZEN SOUND ENGINE - Cooperation (CD/Digital Download)

 
CYBER ZEN SOUND ENGINE - Moonscapes -How stones become enlighted- (cd)

 
CYBER ZEN SOUND ENGINE & MATT BORGHI - The Intercepted Transmissions (cd)

 
CYCLOTIMIA - Wasteland (cd)

 
CYMPHONIC - Dimensionata (cd)

 
CYMPHONIC - Strataradialis (cd)

 
CYSCAPE - Deep Sea Explorer (cd-r)


COSMIC GROUND
Cosmic Ground
CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2014
With the project Cosmic Ground, German synthesist Dirk Jan Müller decided to return to the origin of pure electronic music like he’d done in the early '90s. In the previous 22 years, he had been a member of the psychedelic/krautrock band Electric Orange, where vintage gear and assorted electronics also played an important role.

For this project though it was time for something different, as the composer decided not to use any guitars or drums. Instead, he fully relied on his experience and trusted collection of vintage gear (including modulars, organs and assorted instruments of analogue origin) to compose his sequencer-driven tracks alongside passages of dronescapes and ambient/choir textures.

Like Brendan Pollard, Redshift, the classic TD line-up and others working with such gear only, everything was triggered and played by hand, making things happen in the moment as not the slightest MIDI was used during the whole recording process. The massive, pounding and almost constantly modulated sequencer-patterns alone already kick ass.


The further outcome awakens great spirits and captivating moods from the early and mid ’70’s, featuring this lovely grainy and melancholic sound spectrum. There’s a great drive and emotive trail found in each of the four tracks, all displaying a variety of powerful, evocative and tantalizing sounds plus loads of mesmerizing white noise. On the 33-minute "Ground", quite some psychedelic musings and not too subtle interludes are encountered in the mid-section as the track further unfolds and evolves in mysterious directions. Psychedelic soundscaping also starts off on "The Plague", slowly transforming to more dreamy flavors.

It left me quite flabbergasted and with glowing ears in the end. Listening to these 78 minutes of music with headphones is a real blast, revealing even more detail, hypnotizing waves and intrinsic movements.
All in all, Cosmic Ground’s self-titled debut is an impressive and highly recommended recording that no vintage-fan should miss out on. Bravo Dirk Jan!

P.S Each factory-pressed cd comes with a download-code for the full album, which offers one more track as a bonus.

Website: www.cosmicground.bandcamp.com

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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