Solitaire is the brainchild of German synthesist Elmar Schulte, a project devoted to ambient/electronic music.
For some albums and Solitaire’s debut “Altered States”, Schulte collaborated with the classically trained composer/musician Rüdiger Gleisberg.
In a couple of weeks Elmar and Rüdiger together composed the music for “Altered States”, which featured 80% of the songs they played at the concert. While working on it, the duo got inspiration from foreign landscapes, deserted and wide open spaces, which explains the cinematic impact of the outcome.
The title of this classic album is actually inspired by the same, well known movie with William Hurt. The music itself consists of seven intense and rather dark clouded ambient tracks with a few classic influences here and there. “Splendid Harmony” features a nice atmosphere with some vocal sounds and repetitive motifs. Overall, the grand sounding textural pieces also contain occasional ethnic rhythms.
For those looking for an exiting, cinematic recording, start searching for this gem.
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