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file under: Ambient, Berliner Schule, Electronic Music, NewAge, SpaceMusic, Hypnotic, Spacerock

1/2008 | 72:15 minutes

 

 

 

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01 - anticipation  5:06
02 - journey  3:48
03 - encounter  5:30
04 - strength  5:27
05 - child  4:40
06 - setback  3:47
07 - descent  4:00
08 - life  5:37
09 - joy  4:55
10 - change  4:45
11 - equal  4:59
12 - rise  6:01
13 - aspiration  4:54
14 - riot  4:38
15 - return  4:08

 

 

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"divemaster 08" ist die neu compilierte und vollständig neu überarbeitete Ausgabe des Albums "Divemaster". Die Spiellänge wurde durch sechs weitere Titel um über 30 Minuten erweitert. Das Album lebt von weichen und verträumten Harmonien, die gezielt durch monotone Sequenzer-Songs unterbrochen werden. Durch rhythmische Tracks, Ambient-Instrumentals und auch E-Gitarren-Tupfer ist "divemaster 08" ein sehr abwechslungsreiches und zugleich mitreißendes Album, das zum Abtauchen einlädt. 


"divemaster 08" is the new recompiled and completely reworked version of the album "Divemaster". The playtime has been extended by 6 additional tracks by over 30 minutes. The album lives from soft and dreamy harmonies, which are intercepted specifically by monotonous sequencer sounds. With its rhythmic tracks, ambient -instrumentals and E-guitars as well, "divemaster 08" is a diversiefied and at the same time entertaining album, that invites the listener to descent.

 

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  • Artikelnummer: cdr-ex0801
  • Gewicht: 1 Stück
  • Hergestellt von: MellowJet-Records


 

10.01.2012
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Sylvain Lupari Guts Of Darkness www.gutsofdarkness.com: Divemaster 08 est emblématique du nouveau label Allemand MellowJet Records; une MÉ dynamique, libre de toute contrainte qui embrasse une diversité intemporelle sans frontières musicales. Si Inside et Outside the Cube étaient des compilations de titres inédits, ce nouvel opus de Exposed (K.H.Reiers) est un remixe dune 1ière parution (Divemaster) avec 6 nouveaux titres et une durée additionnelle de 30 minutes. Un opus dune grande diversité qui est sans doute le reflet dune multitude dinfluences de Exposed. Anticipation ouvre cette dernière création de K.H.Reiers avec une approche atmosphérique bigarrée. De beaux échantillonnages vocaux, aux effluves de sirènes galactiques, sur une séquence cristalline qui fraye dans un cosmos brumeux avant dopter pour un tempo délicat, léger et accrocheur. Une approche très TD années 80. Journey est plus agressif avec des séquences bouillonnantes et nerveuses sur un rythme circulaire, lourd qui croisse sur de multiples solos de synthé. Plus délicat, avec de fines séquences sautillantes, Encounter roule sur un beat sensuel avec un clavier nostalgique qui ressemble aux trames sonores des films Français des années 70. Un beau titre mélancolique, gratifié dun beau solo de synthé. Avec son rythme torsadé sur de fines cymbales et son synthé qui ourle sur une structure exploratoire Strenght évolue dans les sphères très analogues des années rétro. Child est une autre perle sur Divemaster 08. Séquences zigzagantes, à la sonorité xylophonée, sur un mouvement fluide et hésitant, Child est un titre accrocheur avec de belles séquences titubantes et un beau synthé mélodieux aux refrains lyriques. Après un Setback qui se moule en harmonies à Child, Descent offre une structure séquentielle ondulante et rapide sur un beat qui vrille, comme une descente dans un trou cosmique. Life propose une ambiance jazzy lounge galactique. Un titre entre les aromes de Blade Runner et le style club de Namlook, avec une belle ligne de basse sensuelle et un clavier romantique. Tout en contraste Joy fourmille de séquences lourdes et névrotiques, dignes de Jarre sur Magnetic Fields, alors que Change nous propose un titre sombre sur grosse orgue et choeurs fantomatique à la Jim Kirkwood. Avec son rythme haletant, truffé dinterludes synthétisés, Equal est un carbone des œuvres contrastantes de Baffo Banfi, alors que Rise trempe dans une ambiance romantique à la Legend de TD, mais avec une approche plus acoustique. Un superbe titre qui vaut ses 6 minutes. Poursuivant son introspection des courants musicaux analogues, Aspiration propose un titre aux harmonies qui rappelle Space Art et les premiers mouvements séquencés analogues, tout comme sur Riot et Return qui conclut sur une douce approche atmosphérique à la Jean Michel Jarre. Divemaster 08 est un pur divertissement musical pour les amateurs dune MÉ séquencée des années analogues. Un album étonnamment varié qui complète à merveille Inside et Outside the Cube. (vendredi 11 avril 2008)
10.01.2012
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Sylvain Lupari Guts Of Darkness www.gutsofdarkness.com: Divemaster 08 is emblematic to new German label MellowJet Records; dynamic EM, free of all constraint which embraces a timeless diversity without musical borders. If Inside and Outside the Cube were compilations of new titles, this new opus of Exposed (K.H.Reiers) is a remix of a 1st release (Divemaster) with 6 new titles and 30 minute an additional music. An opus of a great diversity, which is undoubtedly the reflection of a multitude of influences on Exposed musical approach. Anticipation opens this last creation of K.H.Reiers with a variegated atmospheric approach. Beautiful vocal samplings, to galactic sirens exhalations, on a crystalline sequence which clear in a misty cosmos before choosing a delicate, light and hooking tempo. A very TD approach of the 80s. Journey is more aggressive with bubbling and nervous sequences on circular, heavy rhythm which grows on multiple synth solos. More delicate, with fine hopping sequences, Encounter rolls on a sensual beat with a nostalgic keyboard which recalls those 70s French nostalgic soundboard. A beautiful melancholic track with great synth works. With its twisted rhythm on fine cymbals and its synth that hem on an exploratory structure, Strenght evolves in the very analog spheres of the retro years. Child is another pearl on Divemaster 08. Zigzagging sequences, with xylophonic sonority, on a fluid and hesitant movement, Child is a catchy track with its sweet staggering sequences and its melodious synth with beautiful lyric refrains. After Setback which is moulding in harmony with Child, Descent offers an undulating and fast sequential structure on a spiral beat, like a descent in a cosmic hole. Life proposes a galactic jazzy lounge ambiance. A title between the aromas of Blade Runner and the style club of Namlook, with a beautiful sensual bass line and a romantic keyboard. All in contrasts Joy swarms on heavy and nevrotic sequences, worthy of Jarre on Magnetic Fields, whereas Change proposes us a dark title on a big ghostly organ and choruses that smells like Jim Kirkwood. With its panting rhythm, stiff of synthesized interludes, Equal is a carbon of the contrasting works of Baffo Banfi, whereas Rise soaks in a romantic ambiance, as TDs Legend, but with a more acoustic approach. A superb title which is worth its 6 minutes. Continuing its introspection of the analog musical currents, Aspiration proposes a title with the harmonies that points out Space Art and the first sequence analog movements, as well on Riot and Return which concludes on a soft Jarre atmospheric approach. Divemaster 08 is a pure musical entertainment for fans of sequence and analog EM. A surprisingly varied album which completes with wonder Exposeds Inside and Outside the Cube.
10.01.2012
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Stephan Schelle, 2008 musikzirkus-magazin.de: ... Das durch Synthiesounds, bei denen auch Akustikgitarrenklänge beigemischt sind, weite Klangflächen öffnende Rise, geht durch den ganzen Körper und sorgt für eine angenehme, relaxte Stimmung. Und Aspiration hat eine kleine Portion von Elektronikpop, da Instrumentierung und Melodie wieder sofort ins Ohr gehen und daher sehr radiotauglich sind. Mit Return entlässt uns dann Exposed alias Karl-Heinz Reiers aus seinem sehr harmonischen Album. Karl-Heinz vereint auf seinem neuesten Werk auch wieder eine ganze Reihe an sehr schönen Melodien, die sofort ins Ohr gehen. Auch diese CD €“ selbst wenn sie nicht ganz an die beiden ersten heranreicht €“ ist für die Freunde melodischer Elektronikmusik bestens geeignet. Nicht umsonst prangt auf dem Cover die Genrebezeichnung harmonic EM. Eine CD, die man auch gut im Auto, während einer sonnigen Landpartie hören kann.
10.01.2012
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Dave Law, April 2008 www.synthmusicdirect.com: Reverberating tones then strange sampled vocals provide quite a spooky start to 'Anticipation'. An excellent sequence momentarily materialises then fades away. A new quite robust sequence takes over then a two note melodic motif hangs in the air before echoing into the distance. An exquisite lead line shines above the rhythms and pulsations like sunlight refracted through a crystal. What a lovely start. An incredibly rapid sequence gets 'Journey' underway. Unbelievably an even faster one falls into formation with the first. A devastating rhythm then adds to the wonderful mayhem. 'Encounter' calms things down a little as little water droplet type notes gently drip from the speakers. A steady rhythm and soft pads take things forward then a lovely lead line sooths the senses still further. A second lead adds extra bite as its laser sharp melody flashes forth. Rapid sequences return for 'Strength' as yet another searing lead line solos above the pulsations. There is something of a Michael Garrison feel to proceedings. Subtle it ain't but excellent nevertheless. 'Child' has a suitably bright and playful melody which is complimented well by a steady rhythm and contrasting, almost melancholy lead line. A really lovely track. 'Setback' actually isn't too dissimilar in mood to the previous number but this time lead duties are provided by virtual guitar and very effective it is too. Sequences are cranked up a further gear on 'Descent', spewing way too many pulsations to count. The lead lines are in marked contrast however being slow and thoughtful, some excellent sounds being chosen. 'Life' is initially completely devoid of structure, just soft pads floating into the distance but eventually a slow cool relaxed rhythm enters along with an equally as blissed out meandering lead. Just chill out. 'Joy'returns us to helter-skelter sequencing and flashing leads. It is well titled, as it was so full of energy and happiness. There was even a little Jarre in there I think. Gregorian Chants get 'Change' underway and as they depart the inevitable sequence takes centre stage. The gothic feeling is emphasised by organ then female wordless vocal pads. What a wonderful piece. Not for the first time I thought of some of Ian Boddy's earlier pre DiN works. 'Equal' is another real belter, notes coming thick and fast. 'Rise' is completely different as an excellent acoustic guitar melody soars above gentle melodic synth backing. What a wonderfully gorgeous track and a welcome contrast to the rest of the album. 'Aspiration' returns us to bubbling sequences but the stunning quality of the melodies is, if anything, even better than on the previous number - Ultravox or OMD without the vocals maybe! Whatever the comparison, it is quite exceptional. 'Riot' is as playful as 'Child'- but faster in the sequence department- and those lead lines- anthemic or what! Bet it would be brilliant live. 'Return' is very different, certainly the moodiest track on the album. The pace quickens at around the half way mark but there is still a feeling of restraint found on very few others tracks here. Maybe it's the artist's way of proving to us that he can also turn his hand to subtle. If exciting melodic sequencer driven music is your thing then you really must try this out. All the tracks are in three to six minute range and tightly composed. It is an ideal demonstration of how sequences can be used outside the Berlin School setting but still pack quite a punch. Exposed is a new name to me and one of my own personal favourite discoveries this year.