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Markus Reuter: Monde trilogy

Monde vol 1

Monde vol 1

Markus Reuter: the Monde trilogy
Released: May/June/July 2019
www.iapetus-media.com
www.markusreuter.com

Modern times are not conducive to delicacy, so Markus Reuter‘s Monde trilogy may seem an indulgence – too luxurious and attuned to the long-view of life to have much of a message. Yet, past its overt calm we may feel something urgent running beneath this music’s smooth surface. Each one of the three disc set’s 27 tracks feels newborn, yet somehow ghosts beckon from every piece. On the Monde trilogy Reuter reclaims those silvery strands from the neglect of New Age and Ambient Music, and weaves them into an atmosphere so sensuous that we may easily lose ourselves within, but of such potency that we may just as easily find our self once inside. The sedated, softly sonorous string sounds, derive their sonic bloom from a learned balance of intuition and restraint – which Reuter commands after decades of studio experimentation and concert execution. His realizations were made in real-time performances with an electric guitar, and the associated processing effects, under quiet listening conditions. In touch with streams of creativity powering his mind, by way of the currents of electricity running through his guitar, Reuter’s compositions are honed, but not overworked. He has designed a gorgeous palette of textures and tones, arranged in pastoral consonance – which makes for our constantly renewed aural interest. From a single point of charged spark, to an expanse of the ether, this music shines in the brilliance of its imaginative scope. Aligning with the values of good Spacemusic it bestows a mental state that runs counter to that of the world outside. So long as we remain open to the seduction of Monde‘s understated drama and beautiful natural sound, may we enter its eerie darkness, to return later… up through reassuring light.

Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END18 July 2019

Bernhard Wostheinrich

Elsewhere

Elsewhere

Bernhard Wostheinrich: Elsewhere
Released: 7 December 2018
www.iapetus-media.com
www.redundantrocker.com

Bernhard Wöstheinrich really puts the “extra” in extraterrestrial. Suspicions of his unearthly origins will be upheld upon listening to Elsewhere (68’44”), an album of Electronic Music that confirms his expanded ideas of the cosmos and infinite space. The classic works of the original Berlin-School have nothing to fear, as Wöstheinrich is more comfortable with self-expression than with translation. This wayward album will arouse the imagination of listeners, as it explores an aural space along contours which remain obscure. Sounds arise, vibrate, and recede, but do not travel along a linear plane. Conveying a unique ambiance the mood moves through a vast emptiness. The upper strings tremble over a thickening bass, then, with cold deliberate pressure, chase the harmonies into an upper atmosphere. With echoing patterns of sequencer notes, we are treated to a delightful acceleration in energy. Repeating motifs motor up, propelling us through distant starlit stretches – then reorder down into a languid drift. As the spacey lines meet, combine, and evaporate each of the four tracks move into a distinctive section of stillness. In tones edged in platinum Elsewhere rings of a far-ranging sonic intelligence – which is felt in its unrestrained directness of expression. By overcoming the limitations of contemporary music Bernhard Wöstheinrich better expresses his un-conforming ideas. Existing in stark contrast to the mainstream, Elsewhere communicates the harsh and heavy reason for staying awake in a world of the self-anesthetized.

Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END11 April 2019

TaboTago: Kymatica

Kymatica

Kymatica

TaboTago: Kymatica
Released: 18 April 2018
www.iapetus-media.com
tabotago.wordpress.com

Bernhard Wöstheinrich, Andreas von Garnier and Leander Reininghaus are the Spacemusic ceremony celebrants TaboTago. These three minds are a fascinating interconnected machinery. Steeped in the brew of the Berlin-School their album Kymatica (52’12”) conjures well that particular era’s vague air of cosmic mystery. Throwing off currents of nervous, wiry energy this music portrays a specific moment of human interaction. The three musicians concentrate intently on the task before them. As their jam sessions deepen, they becoming oblivious to the rest of the world, which enlarges the sense of real contact and cooperation. Kymatica‘s six skillfully navigated tracks should make it obvious that there are real people involved in the realization of this music, and not a one of these pieces is the result of casual interactions with algorithms or automated applications. As sequencer patterns bolt from the starting line, seemingly with a pack of demons at their backs, Mellotron flutes, strings and choirs sweeten the air with their dulcet strains and affecting harmonies. Further in a discourse for electric guitar and synths has an air of self-interrogation – achieving an uncanny directness. It is an anthem for anyone who has raged alone at the night, sending questions into the darkness. But hearts should always mend by morning, and Kymatica quickly moves beyond the sunrise and back into starlit terrain. Minor-key chords are split apart into mechanistic and echoing arpeggio notes, winding out, then sustaining like an engine in its power zone. Lead lines bring focus to the story of the song, while modulated effects scatter in the wake of locomotion. TaboTago is an innocent wild thing, at the mercy of a ruthlessly predatory species – which is to say we the listeners. Kymatica is much more than the result of transforming an electrical current into sound. This work warns us that the future is out there – unstoppable, and on its way… asking what will it bring? and will we be ready?

Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END2 August 2018