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JUTA TAKAHASHI - Across the Flow (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Albion (cd)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Angel (cd)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Hymn (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Light and Shadows (CD)

 
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)

 
TAKLA MAKAN - Technicollage (Digital Download)

 
TANGENT PROJECT - Surface (cd-r)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Booster (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - DM 2.1 (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Izu (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Josephine the Mouse Singer (CD-EP)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Mala Kunia (CD-EP)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - One Times One (Ep)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Particles (CD-EP)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Phaedra 2005 (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Quantum Key (CD-Ep)

 
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 Traveler’s 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 - Pale Blue Dot (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
ROBERT SCOTT THOMPSON - Poesis Athesis (cd)

 
ROBERT SCOTT THOMPSON - Silent Shore (cd)

 
THOUGHT GUILD - Continuum (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
THOUGHT GUILD - Electric Curios (Digital Download)

 
THOUGHT GUILD - Third Voyage (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Black Soma (CD/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Dream Tempest (CD/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Further Rooms (Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Heather Spa (Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Hollow (CD/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Hypersona (CD/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Lithea (CD/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Memories in Whitescreen (Lp/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Pulse Dive (EP/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Seconds & Forever (Lp/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Shadowplay (cd/digital download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - The Infinity Room (LP/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Tomorrow's Explorers (EP/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Void Dance (CD/Digital Download)

 
TI-CAL - Coriolis (cd)

 
TIDAL FORCE - Nebula (Digital Download)

 
TIME BEING - A Dimension Reflected (cd)

 
TIME BEING - A Place to Belong (CD/Digital Download)

 
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)

 
THE TOWER TREE - Transposing (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
COLIN TOWNS - Full Circle (cd)

 
TRANSCEIVE - Exit to Nowhere (CD/Digital Download)

 
TRANSCEIVE - The Circe Complex (Digital Download EP)

 
TRANSCEIVE - Transformation 88:98 (cd)

 
TRIPPLE S - Poles (CD/Digital Download)

 
TRIPSWITCH - Geometry (cd)

 
TROIKA - Faeries (CD)

 
TROIKA - Goddess (cd)

 
TROIKA - Shaman (cd)

 
TROIKA - Troika II Dream Place (cd)

 
JOHAN TRONESTAM - Far Away (CD/Digital Download)

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

 
JOHAN TRONESTAM - Space Collection (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
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)


TROIKA
Troika II Dream Place
CD, Enso Records, 1997
The fantasy/fairytale and dreamy instrumental music known from Troika’s fine debut album "Goddess" sees a nice continuation on David Arkenstone & companion’s second effort "Dream Palace".

Form and structure are still kept simple, with bits of world music and slices of drama noticeable during the ride. The tranquil spheres passing by in the 48-minute journey are lush, vibrant and spiced with the proper dose of exotic percussion, and accompanied occasionally by enchanting voices. Overall, the soft pastel (20-bit mastered) sound design airs a certain enchanting grace, which I feel is best expressed on the symphonic-hinted "Bridge to Heaven".

The calming and the ethereal have found a balance here, leaving room for a bit of contemplation as the listener descends gradually in the flow of the slow lane. There are a few weaker moments though, such as the uninspired sounding "Vision Walk".

Keep in mind though this aural bliss making up "Dream Palace" is New Age music, despite the line ´an ambient adventure´ on the back cd-sleeve.

Website: www.davidarkenstone.com

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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