Going through my collection, I stumbled upon this classic recording of Ohio-based synthesist Mark Dwane, which I purchased right after its release in 1988.
Inspired by Richard Hoagland’s book of the same name, the cd offers some dynamic, highly cinematic space music. It’s a mysterious soundtrack about an ancient Martian civilization and its desolate landscape scenery.
The haunting sonic story is put down in nicely layered symphonic tapestries and sweeping (sometimes recurring) themes. Sometimes there’s a hint of ‘80’s Tangerine Dream, as heard on “Water Age”.
Until today, the digitally recorded “The Monuments of Mars” still sounds fresh and exciting, and remains an album to cherish.
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