Pete Namlook and Klaus Schulze, two towering figures in
electronic music, combine their talents and craft on their
continuing series of THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOOG releases.
Each volume contains one named track which is divided into
several sections. On IX (May 2002), the duo offers "Set the
Controls for the Heart of the Mother", yet another in a long line of
jumbled up Pink Floyd titles. On this album, the music's
trajectory rises immediately into low-earth orbit. This mood is
powered with the pulse of layered analogue percussion cycling
softly beneath the wandering counterpoint of electric piano and
vintage synth leads. Elsewhere, the rhythmic element comes
from steadfast sequencer driven synth tones - excellent
examples of the fat, full and fleshy tonal attributes of this classic
style of spacemusic. Between these forays into rhythm, melody
and harmony, we are briefly transported into the chilling void of
deep space with movements where subtle changes in the
timbral plane is all that remains to focus on. The list of explorers
in this genre is expanding. The more skilled within these ranks
bring with them, at the very least, proficiencey and enthusiasm.
But what sets THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOOG IX apart from this
group is its innovation - the rarest of all creative traits.
Tune in this weekend to STAR'S END for music from THE DARK
SIDE OF THE MOOG IX
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