FANGER & SCHÃ–NWÃ„LDER : Analog Overdose â€œThe Ricochet Dream Editionâ€ (double CD on Ricochet Dream)
The â€œAnalog Overdoseâ€ series of CDs by Thomas Fanger and Mario SchÃ¶nwÃ¤lder have featured some of the most exhilarating electronic music released in the new millennia. Released in 2004, this â€œRicochet Dream Editionâ€ continues that tradition, offering 157 minutes of new material.
With the exception of a 3 minute track, all the music contained in this release comes from live performances and studio sessions in Berlin in 2002. Fanger and SchÃ¶nwÃ¤lder are joined by Bas Broekhuis on drums on one track (that itself is over 50 minutes long).
The music found in this release exemplifies a fabulous maturity in the long-form style. Languidly dreamy openings progress without hurry, unfurling delicate textures and flowing harmonics, generating a soporific medium that is rife with anticipatory majesty. Elongated crystalline patterns undulate with serene eloquence. Luxurious keyboards provide heavenly embellishments that lace the tranquillity with a subdued vigor, hinting at impending pinnacles of incomparable gamut.
And when those pinnacles arrive, they are seething with cosmic elements and emotional pulsations. Sequenced passages of enormous vitality emerge, heralding exhibitions of grandeur. Rhythms are produced by non-percussive sounds cycled into enticing loops that refuse to remain static, evolving with copious enthusiasm. The music becomes an intricate sonic tapestry in which threads intermingle to create even more complex paragons. With each passing moment, a sense of imminent splendor increases.
â€œ10 P.M. at Bad Sulzaâ€ (the 53 minute epic track) begins with a soothing prelude of symphonic endowment which swiftly enters a rhythmic stage of delightful distinction. Glorious riffs surface and commence their own evolutionary growth, blending and separating as fresh melodies are generated. Dazzling effects provide brief diversions in the translucent flow, allowing invigorating new melodies to dawn amid the ongoing ingenuity. Having suitably mesmerized and revitalized the audience, the music adopts a sedate posture for its pleasant conclusion.
Frequently, it seems as if interdimensional barriers have fallen and the listeners are hearing undiscovered exemplary gems performed by a Tangerine Dream from an alternate reality.
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1. CD1 Electronic Mirrors CH. II-IV (28:10)
2. CD1 Encore (23:25)
3. CD1 Liquid Tape 6 (2:51)
4. CD1 Ems No. 1 (4:01)
5. CD1 Liquid Tape 3 (Sentimental) (19:47)
6. CD2 Liquid Tape 4 (The Liquid Art) (8:56)
7. CD2 Liquid Tape 5 (16:27)
8. CD2 10 P.M. At Bad Sulza (53:08)