“Tiefschlaf”, containing the music performed live during a sleep concert in Wuppertal, Germany in September 2011, marks the formal debut of Sphäre Sechs, aka German ambient composers Martin Stürtzer’s (also known as Phelios) and Christian Stritzel.
The 55-minute recording consists of six phases, making up a continuous tapestry of massive, dense and overtly dark dronescapes. While the smooth morphing drift of slowly unfolding layers and synth washes carries on, the listener ventures deeper and deeper into the core of mysterious shadowlands. Sometimes, the rhythmless outcome touches ground with the vast soundscape paintings of Steve Roach, such as in “Phase II” and “Phase V”.
The occasional use of soft bells and gongs gives the endless soundscapes of “Tiefschlaf” an intimate, almost soothing nature. What I especially like on deep ambient recordings like this is the hidden massiveness and power. Both give extra body and impact to the fascinating and constantly whirling alchemy of serene and sweeping atmospheres for drifting off into (what indeed feels like) an endless dream state.
All in all, “Tiefschlaf”, a limited edition digipack release of 500 copies, is meant for deep, focussed listening.
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