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G.E.N.E. - Flying-Fish (cd)

 
GALACTIC ANTHEMS - Abstract Circuitry (cd-r)

 
GALACTIC ANTHEMS - Galactic Anthems (cd)

 
GALACTIC ANTHEMS - Semper Fidelity (cd-r)

 
GALACTIC ANTHEMS - The Other Side (cd-r)

 
GANDALF - Colors of a New Dawn (cd)

 
GANDALF - Erdenklang & Sternentanz (Earthsong & Stardance) (cd)

 
GANDALF - Gallery Of Dreams • plus live! (CD/Digital Download)

 
GANDALF - Journey to an Imaginary Land (Lp/CD)

 
GANDALF - More than just a Seagull (cd)

 
GANDALF - Sanctuary (cd)

 
GANDALF - Tale from a long forgotten Kingdom (LP/CD)

 
GANDALF - To Another Horizon (Lp/CD)

 
GANDALF - Visions (LP/CD)

 
GANDALF - Visions 2001 (CD)

 
GANDALF & FRIENDS - Live in Vienna (cd & dvd)

 
RUBEN GARCIA - Colors In Motion (cd)

 
RUBEN GARCIA - Maybe Forgotten Forever (cd-r)

 
RUBEN GARCIA - Through The Looking Glass (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL GARRISON - Point of Impact (cd)

 
THE GATELESS GATE - Landslag Norður Íslands (The Landscape of North Ic (Digital Download)

 
THE GATELESS GATE - Near North (Digital Download)

 
THE GATELESS GATE - Oceans are moving from the Arctic to the south ref (Digital Download)

 
THE GATELESS GATE - Sibir (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
GAYLENE - Journey to the Surface (cd-r)

 
GEIGERTEK - Endless Night (Digital Download)

 
GEIGERTEK - Soundtrack for City Living (CD/Digital Download)

 
GEIGERTEK - The Timeless Mind (cd-r)

 
MICHEL GENEST - Crystal Fantasy (Lp/CD)

 
GEODESIUM - A Gentle Rain of Starlight (cd)

 
GEODESIUM - Arcturian Archives (cd)

 
GEODESIUM - Music from SpacePark 360 (CD/Digital Download)

 
GEODESIUM - Stella Novus (CD/Digital Download)

 
DAVID GERARD - The Dream Chamber (Digital Download)

 
DAVID GERARD - The Realm of Knowing (cd-r)

 
AD VAN GERVEN - Hatching (cd)

 
TIM GERWING - Being to Being (cd)

 
TIM GERWING - Scorpius Rising (cd/digital download)

 
TIM GERWING - The Butterfly Effect (cd)

 
GRAHAM GETTY & STEPHAN WHITLAN - Even Higher Green (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
GRAHAM GETTY & STEPHAN WHITLAN - Higher Green Session (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
GRAHAM GETTY - EMP3 (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
GRAHAM GETTY - The Lattice (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
GRAHAM GETTY - The Sound of the Cloud (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
HOWARD GIVENS & CRAIG PADILLA - Life Flows Water (CD/Digital Download)

 
HOWARD GIVENS & MADHAVI DEVI - Source Of Compassion (CD/Digital Download)

 
RüDIGER GLEISBERG & MATHIAS GRASSOW - Ad Lucem (cd)

 
RüDIGER GLEISBERG - Baktun (cd)

 
RüDIGER GLEISBERG - Chronicle 1986-93 (cd)

 
RüDIGER GLEISBERG - Symphonic Arts (cd)

 
GLENN MAIN - Ripples (CD/Digital Download)

 
GLIESE 614 - Serenity (cd-r)

 
THE GLIMMER ROOM - Grey Mirrors (cd)

 
THE GLIMMER ROOM - Tomorrow’s Tuesday (cd/digital download)

 
GLOBAL COMMUNICATION - 76:14 (cd)

 
GLOBAL COMMUNICATION - Pentamerous Metamorphosis (LP/CD)

 
GOGOOO - Long, lointain (cd)

 
GOLDMUND - Corduroy Road (LP/CD)

 
GOLDMUND - The Malady of Elegance (CD/Lp)

 
STEVE GRACE - Cobalt Blue (Digital Download)

 
STEVE GRACE - Flow (Digital Download)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW & CARSTEN AGTHE - Beyond the Silence (Live at Gut Saunstorf) (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW & JIří MAZáNEK - Inner Path (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW & TOMAS WEISS - Farewell -In Hommage To Klaus Wiese- (cd)

 
GRASSOW / GLEISBERG / BAGHIRI - Arcanum (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Bloodmoon (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Dämmerung (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Sonnenwende (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Tamanoshima (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - The Darklight Quest (CD)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - The Lanzarote Concert (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - The Nightquest Sessions (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Uttarakuru (cd)

 
MATHIAS GRASSOW - Wisdom of Fate (cd)

 
THE GREAT SCHIZM - For the Ancient Ones (Digital Download)

 
GREEN ISAC - Groundrush (cd)

 
GREEN ISAC - Passengers (cd/digital download)

 
WILLIAM GREGG - Epiphenomenon (cd/Digital Download)

 
WILLIAM GREGG - Source of the Hardware (cd)

 
JEFF GREINKE - Virga (cd)

 
JEFF GREINKE - Weather from another Planet (cd)

 
JEFF GREINKE - Wide View (cd)

 
THE GREY ENCOUNTER - Dark Matter (cd-r)

 
THE GREY ENCOUNTER - State of Decay (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
MIKE GRIFFIN & DAVID FULTON - The Most Distant Point Known (cd)

 
M. GRIFFIN - Sudden Dark (cd)

 
GRINDLESTONE - Tone (cd)

 
UWE GRONAU - Midsummer (cd)

 
UWE GRONAU - Visions (cd/Digital Download)

 
HARALD GROSSKOPF - Synthesist (Lp/CD)

 
HARALD GROSSKOPF - Synthesist 2010 (cd)

 
PERTTI GRöNHOLM - Winterplanet (cd)

 
PHILIPPE EMMANUEL GUEBLE - 9 Memories-Tracks (Digital Download)

 
PHILIPPE EMMANUEL GUEBLE - Fire & Remembrance (cd-r)

 
PHILIPPE EMMANUEL GUEBLE - Fire & Remembrance (cd-r)

 
GULAN - Cassiopeia (cd-r)

 
GULAN - Prologue (cd-r)

 
GULAN - Sphere (cd-r)


RUBEN GARCIA
Through The Looking Glass
CD-R, Trance Port Special Editions, 2009
After a wait of nine years, there’s finally a new album by pianist and synthesist Ruben Garcia, known for his minimalist style and sounds, whose music more than once resembles the quality heard on the ambient works of Harold Budd and Brian Eno.

As mentioned in the press sheet, the music of "Through the Looking Glass" is a tad different from the outcome heard on his previous albums, as its sees Ruben turn to a bit more melodic and rhythmic style.
There’s still a lot of space and emotion embedded in these nicely rendered instrumental outings, which are nicely kicked off by the engaging soundings of "Pantoun".

Things turn further moody and rhythmic on the lush tune "La Mesa Terminada", on which Richard Bone joins on percussion, and whose musical influence can be heard here as well.
Next are the dreamy and smooth sonics of "From the Bottom of the Sea", a track which previously appeared on the retrospective compilation "Maybe Forgotten Forever", so not that new.

The title track follows, being the most dynamic track on the album, offering xylophone sounds, spacious synth textures and a fresh rhythm complementing them. On the other hand, the repetitive structure of the 20-minute "My Minimalist Life" shows little to no progression as it evolves. This track should at least been cut by two third, as it now drags on an on quite annoyingly.

Fortunately, the straightforward, hypnotizing 12-minute "Pulse" is next with its whirling, high-tech (Vir Unis-like) sequence pattern and beautiful airy soundscapes topping it. A great track indeed.
The cd rounds out very nicely and overtly quiet with the moody "Italian Café", featuring a Hohner Melodica pleasantly hovering over a smooth sequenced synth backdrop.

All in all, the 62-minute "Through the Looking Glass" (mastered by Loren Nerell and A Produce) is a collection of instrumental tunes of which I expected a bit more, but which has a strong finale.

Website: www.closetolerancemusic.org

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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