RENé VAN DER WOUDEN
CD-R/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, REWO Records, 2011
It is my impression Dutch synthesist René van der Wouden has evolved to a skilled painter of sonic landscapes on the 77-minute "Panorama".
The recording, of which the four tracks were composed between September 2008 and November 2010, sets off with the almost 32-minute "Underwater Sideviews". This lengthy freeform ambient composition sketches bright, tranquil and easy-going farscapes connected to the water element, featuring a slight touch of Vangelis.
Next is the 6-minute "Invisible Pathways", a vibrant and expressive piece with nice sweeping and colorful synth washes. Things take on a smooth space music shape on the minimal "Milky Way Dreaming" (my personal favorite on the album) with its fluid and gentle textural renderings and tantelizing scattering sounds. They all nicely drift and shapeshift for almost 26 minutes. Things are nicely put to an end with the happy and easy-going soundscapes of "Panoramic View" to which a touch of melody is added. This is stuff to relax with (or chill-out if you like).
"Panorama"is available as cd-r and in lossless audio format from MusicZeit.