Hemisphere – Now


Release data: Hemisphere – Now CD, Groove Unlimited, 2001 Accessible, adventurous, darker and slightly unsettling moods all pass by on Ralph Knappe-Heinbockel’s and Thorsten Reinhardt’s fifth album “Now” that -compared to the previous albums- also sounds more contemporary. Besides the groovy-oriented, rhythmic-infused electronics on “Red” and “Black”, also vintage 70’s electronics with slight melodic flavors can be found here as well some excursions in abstract-minimal…

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Hemisphere – Beyond the Darkness


Release data: Hemisphere – Beyond the Darkness CD, Cue Records NL, 1996 Most of Hemisphere’s recordings have a strong cinematic impact, and “Beyond the Darkness” by the combo Ralph Knappe-Heinbockel and Thorsten Reinhardt is no exception. Although kicking off with a rhythmic piece with some progrock guitar, the music descends into deeper atmospheres of synthetic spaces soon thereafter. It’s a haunting and mesmerizing aural environment…

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Hemisphere – Intruders


Release data: Hemisphere – Intruders CD, Cue Records NL, 1995 The first impressions of the cd artwork and the sonic content of “Intruders” are rather dark but not uninviting. The 70-minute instrumental journey features narrative compositions that address gothic flavoured spheres occasionally along three more symphonic/melodic- pieces made in collaboration with Christina Fester. Despite the various darker lands and corners visited, the feeling of hope…

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Hemisphere – From Inside the Cyclone


Release data: Hemisphere – From Inside the Cyclone CD, Groove Unlimited, 1997 Despite a few contemporary, melodic-oriented rhythmic tracks opener “Zombie Attack” is one of them), there is a mellow/dark current on the 72-minute “From Inside the Cyclone”. That flavour is felt well on the gloomy “Galaxy of Terror”, which resembles the in-depth air of previously released Hemisphere long-tracks. Still present is a cinematic narrative…

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Hemisphere – Early Reflection 1980 – 1990


Release data: Hemisphere – Early Reflection 1980 – 1990 CD, Cue Records, 1997 This album of previously unreleased material came out in a period a lot of retrospective recordings by others saw the light of day. Still, I find it most interesting to dig into the sonic origins of a musician, in this case the first steps by Ralf-Knappe Heinbockel aka Hemisphere, established in a…

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Hemisphere – Outdoors


Release data: Hemisphere – Outdoors CD, Cue Records, 1994 On his third album “Outdoors”, Ralph Knappe-Heinbockel (aka Hemisphere) presents both rhythmic-driven, melodic pieces along free form ambient compositions. Once again, I feel Ralph is at his best on his non-rhythmic soundscape pieces such as the delightful “Backwoods Echo”, or the smooth but intense textural breezes of “Arctic Circle” and “Quiet Pictures”. On the tempo tracks,…

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