|Ambiant Otaku||S O L O|
of February 2000, a reissue of Ambiant Otaku on Kuhlmann's Ambient
World label has been confirmed!
Karmic Light opens the set with a hi-end band of frequencies and ribbons of synth chords ringing and alternating left and right. Until about halfway into the track, this intro of sorts continues to fill itself out with various textured waveforms. At that point the track takes on all the beauty of the early 2350 Broadway sessions like Vision of Pulse or Hands of Light. The gliding waves and spacial-effect folds swoosh through the listening area like audible solar winds. The track fades away lightly....
Low of Vibration: Cross something like a distant and more permeating Data Haiku with occasional spheres of monstrous sub-bass and you get this beatless beauty. You can sleep to it or crank it. An instantly mood-altering sequence of notes is introduced and you rest back for 12 minutes in this pleasing earful. The sounds of this track possess ceremonial qualities and a bright and warm summer afternoon is transformed into a ritual of relaxation.
Ambiant Otaku: This one takes us away from the brightly lit atmospheres to a psi-fi futurist territory of distant impulsive rumblings and an assortment of pseudo-apprehensive warning sounds. All together, the title track is by degrees more intense and is the only track here that might be described as Dark. Several sequences of tones wrap themselves around the listening area turning it into a retro-twilight zone. Being the shortest track, it acts nicely as a segue between the first and second halves of the album. Elicits images of time-warping gateways and fiery blade-running skies.
Holy Dance: If this isn't the album's best track it's certainly the most "active." Many different subtle elements come together and create a very musical passage that should impress even the hard-to-please. Notes appear with shimmering globular qualities, a synth solo drifts like a lazy tide, and an infra-bass pulse keeps it all in time, binding together the weightless sounds with an intricately woven web of metallic slivers acting as hi-hats. Echoing textures fill in the corners and give the track a definite cohesion not often heard. This track was also on the resident Ambient Cookbook and the reissued Fax Compilation version put out by Instinct.
Magnetic Fields is the album's longest track at just under 18 minutes. I find myself playing this track more in the PM than the AM, though I'm sure it could also make for great sleeping material. A delicate series of notes trace the outlines of cycling chords. The mandala on the front cover suggests a basic, simple form that extends in all directions to ultimately become a complex but recurring pattern. And the album as a whole is kind of like that. Simple notes come together and eventually weave themselves into continually dazzling combinations.