From the backcover of this cd I learned “Cosmic Works” is a live-in-concert recording made in Chico, CA, USA on 01-27-2001. Marc Handschuh, aka Rising Star, presents us a continuous evolving soundscape blanket of spacious textural sounds, divided in seven pieces.
Well, this is pretty atmospheric, spatial and rather tranquil stuff with sparse use of melody and rhythm, which Mr Handschuh describes as a meditative earth and space journey. There’s a peculiar organic (and occasionally also a world-music) edge to Rising Star’s imaginary sonic creations, e.g. surfacing on “Earth Works” and “Forcefield”. “Relax!” on the other hand is very smooth and elevating. It’s a pity though the simplistic but fortunately also short “Soft Tones” winds down the album, tearing down the previously created spacious realm rigorously.
Despite the typos and the flashy, amateurish cd-art, the 60-minutes of overall serene but earthy music of “Cosmic Works” (like his other albums intented to bring “inner space” into your life) is worth checking out.
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the Rising Star artist page
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