It’s time for another trip down memory lane. We’re back in the year 1988 when Bernd Kistenmacher made the decision to release this compilation on his private Timeless Sounds label (a name he would change into Musique Intemporel one year later) with the aim to introduce electronic music from Berlin.
The 62-minute compilation features solo music by Mario Schönwälder, Rolf Trostel and Bernd himself of which the biggest part wasn’t released anywhere else or saw any kind of re-release later on. Mr Trostel offers three sequencer-based, classical EM compositions which -compared to his albums- offer a more melodic orientation embedded in smooth pulsating (under)currents.
The two tracks by Mario Schönwälder sound more elegant, but there’s a sense of simplicity and dreariness on “Force Down” I find hard to appreciate. Kistenmacher’s contribution “Heart Beat” is the highlight of the album, presenting an 18-minute classic EM piece reminiscent to retro Schulze and the fine music of his album “Head Visions”. Schönwälder’s repetitive piano exercise “Le Mur” closing the album is a rather sad and pastoral piece.
|You can see what reviews I have done of these artists on the Bernd Kistenmacher Mario Schönwälder artist pages
Or on the Various Artists page