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New Music Review By Mark Hjorthoy
Tangerine Dream – Raum
I had my doubts about this release when I first heard about it. Seeing as there were no original members left in this project, it made me wonder what the “replacements” have to offer a name as legendary as Tangerine Dream? I made sure that I listened to the entire album in one sitting, to at least show it some respect before I carve into it. By the time I got to the last track, I was hooked. It’s a wonderful and logical progression towards a new era of TD. when I heard that they acquired sequences created by Edgar Froese before his death, and used them throughout the album, it solidified how fortunate he was to have found these talented musicians. They bring the project forward, while respecting the legacy of its past. This album sparkles with life, and sounds like a perfect vision of the future of Tangerine Dream. I was let down when it ended. It made me excited for the next release. Give it a listen and you’ll hear what I’m talking about.
Valery Vermeulen – Mikromedas AdS / CFT 001
What do you get when you cross a scientist, with a pure math genius, who is also a musician? You get the best person to create an album based on data from black holes. Musicradar best describes this release as such: “Mikromedas AdS /CFT 001, runs data generated by simulation models of astrophysical black holes and extreme gravitational fields through custom-made Max/MSP instruments, resulting in a unique kind of aleatoric music that’s not just inspired by scientific discovery, but literally built from it.” The depth of programming needed to achieve this sonic masterpiece is mind boggling to me. Then I had the pleasure of speaking to Valery about his practice (tune in next week!), and from that conversation, I became even closer to this project. The placement of sounds and tones is nothing short of revolutionary. I suggest you go to his website www.valeryvermeulen.net and read his explanation of the project before listening. Not that you NEED to, to enjoy it, but it allows you to think while you dream. Understanding the background, makes sense of the foreground. Bravo Maestro. A new era follows you, and I will follow you too.