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JUTA TAKAHASHI - Across the Flow (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Angel (cd)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Hymn (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Moonlit Flowers (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Quiet Rain (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Remembrance (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Seabound (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Silence (cd)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - The Door into Winter (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Transcendence (CD/Digital Download)

 
TANGENT PROJECT - Surface (cd-r)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Booster (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - DM 2.1 (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Izu (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - One Times One (Ep)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Phaedra 2005 (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Quinoa (CD-EP)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Soundmill Navigator (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - The Endless Season (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Views from a Red Train (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Winter in Hiroshima (cd)

 
TANGRAM - Flow (cd-r)

 
TANGRAM - Tepidarium (cd-r)

 
GLEN TARACHOW - Waterclock (cd)

 
TAU SAGITTARII - Sensory Data (Digital Download)

 
TELOMERE - Astral Currents (cd)

 
TELOMERE - Lux Primordia (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
TELOMERE - The Stellar Sea (cd)

 
TELOMERE - Zoetosis (cd)

 
TEMPS PERDU? - Athanor (cd)

 
TEMPS PERDU? - Earth Story (cd)

 
TEMPS PERDU? - Terra Incognita (cd/Digital Download)

 
TERRA AMBIENT - The Darker Space (cd-r)

 
TERRA AMBIENT - The Gate (cd)

 
TERRA AMBIENT - Wanderlust (cd)

 
TERRA SANCTA - Exile (cd/digital download)

 
TERRAN SPIRAL - Time to Slide (cd-r)

 
IAN TESCEE - A Travelerís Guide to Mars (cd)

 
IAN TESCEE - Breathwork (cd-r)

 
THAMNOS - WIR (cd)

 
ALEX THEORY & DANIEL PINCHBECK - Emergence 2012 (cd)

 
THIS - Zone (cd-r)

 
STEVE THOMAS - More People have been to the Moon (cd)

 
ROBERT SCOTT THOMPSON - Poesis Athesis (cd)

 
ROBERT SCOTT THOMPSON - Silent Shore (cd)

 
THOUGHT GUILD - Continuum (cd-r)

 
THOUGHT GUILD - Electric Curios (Digital Download)

 
THOUGHT GUILD - Third Voyage (cd-r)

 
TI-CAL - Coriolis (cd)

 
TIDAL FORCE - Nebula (Digital Download)

 
TIME BEING - A Dimension Reflected (cd)

 
ALEX TIUNIAEV - Artificial Symphony (cd-r)

 
TM SOLVER - Axon (Digital Download)

 
DAVID TOLLEFSON - New Eyes on the Universe (cd)

 
TONEFLOAT:IKON - Streams of Consciousness (Series) (Lp)

 
ISAIAH TORAN - Another Way Home (cd)

 
ISAIAH TORAN - Whispering Quietly (cd)

 
TOSS POWER TRAPS - Earth Rot II: Music For Iceland (Digital Download)

 
COLIN TOWNS - Full Circle (cd)

 
TRANSCEIVE - The Circe Complex (Digital Download EP)

 
TRANSCEIVE - Transformation 88:98 (cd)

 
TRIPPLE S - Poles (CD/Digital Download)

 
TRIPSWITCH - Geometry (cd)

 
TROIKA - Goddess (cd)

 
TROIKA - Troika II Dream Place (cd)

 
JOHAN TRONESTAM - Far Away (CD/Digital Download)

 
JOHAN TRONESTAM - Roots and Legends from the North (cd)

 
EMMANUEL TUTS-SCHIEMSKY - Muze in de Storm (cd-r)

 
EMMANUEL TUTS-SCHIEMSKY - Rust voor de Stilte (cd)

 
TUU - Mesh (cd)

 
TUU - Terma (cd)

 
TUU - The Frozen Lands (CD-EP)

 
TWOFISH - Zero Crossing (cd-r)

 
NIK TYNDALL & BERND SCHOLL - Dreamspheres (cd)


TERRA AMBIENT
Wanderlust
CD, Lotuspike, 2009
After a hiatus of five years, Jeff Kowal, aka Terra Ambient, returns with "Wanderlust", described by Jeff as an emotional sketchbook of some major changes in my life.

In more than one way, the music on it has something of a grand design, featuring some sort of soundtrack with both expansive as miniature sound excursions. The music, which has a great entrance with the powerful "Myth", is given all the space to slowly build into subtlety ("Visionquest") or expansiveness.
It also sees a return to the use of synthesizers and sophisticated electronics, next to a wide range of treated sounds from electric and acoustic guitars, drums and percussion and flutes.


The outcome is a varied tapestry of ethno-tribal, strong organic flavoured music, gritty elements and fluid, transparent, overall textural synth pads next to deep bass grooves.
The use of flutes and, frame drums and ethnic sequencing made me vaguely think of Robert Rich ("Mudfoot"), although Solitaire and Steve Roach also came to mind. Between all this, the airy, dreamy and deep immersive impact of the title track creates a expansive, reflective space of its own.
Especially the subtle, multi-layered sound textures give this music a great sense of density and depth, which must have been quite a job to accomplish.

It all makes "Wanderlust" an absolute joy to listen to.
All in all, well done, Mr Kowal!

Website: www.terraambient.com

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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