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Deepspace — The Black Orchid Galaxies
(Projekt no#, 2024, DL)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2024-03-22

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Deepspace is back. Already again. It seems like just last month I was writing about his latest independent release The Architecture of Flowers, but now with The Black Orchid Galaxies he’s back with the Projekt label, a sprawling fifteen track, 78-minute kaleidoscopic swirl of powerful, heady ambient sounds and wild mysterious turns that drift across the heavens with shimmering beauty. This is the fifteenth release by Australian anbient artist Deepspace (a.k.a. Mirko Ruckels), and his third solo release for Projekt Records. While the album at hand is entirely instrumental, it can be seen as the journey of a scout ship “The Garden Orb” as it journeys through a previously unmapped cluster of dwarf galaxies on a mission seeking habitable areas for a newly expanding Earth civilization. Using an expanded sonic palette of dreamy synthesizers, droning space guitars, sequencers, and occasional percussives, the sounds at hand encompass everything imaginable in a vast widescreen panorama of auditory bliss. There is stillness, sonic acceleration, powerful meteor showers, deep bends and twists in the space-time continuum and more as the protagonists find their way through an endless world of ambient translucence and the far reaches of shimmering colorful worlds. The tracks range from as short as a couple minutes (“UnsettlingData” and “Recreational Space Couch”) to as long as a full album side (“Travelling Vast Distances”) and all points in between. Most interesting, and perhaps disorienting, are those where the entire soundworld changes pitch slowly — it happens like that on several cuts, it’s a somewhat alarming feeling but eventually everything levels out and one is back in equilibrium again. Beautiful sounds abound everywhere, The Black Orchid Galaxies is by far the most engaging of Deepspace’s Projekt releases to date.

Filed under: New releases, 2024 releases

Related artist(s): Deepspace (Mirko Ruckels)

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