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Klangwelt — XOIO
(Spheric Music SMCD 6102, 2006, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2008-01-01

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XOIO is Gerald Arend's (aka Klangwelt) third CD release. Gerald plays New Agey electronic music. The majority of his music fits within the trance-techno realm making it great for the dance club scene, but unfortunately it is extremely monotonous and boring on the home or car stereo. Most of the nine tracks on this CD are too long and a bit like the electronic doldrums of the late 90s, sampled voices and driving beats. Unlike Klaus Schulze, the undeniable Master of Long Music, there is no development of ideas in or movement to Klangwelt's music. Most of the time you feel like he is stuck on auto-pilot. There are moments peppered throughout the disc where you think he is stepping out of the box (the roller coaster sounds and eerie opening to "Fun-fair," the jet flying overhead on "Bed of Clouds," and the Jon Anderson-like sampled vocals on "Spirits") , but alas he is not. Klangwelt is a competent keyboardist and I expect that there is a market out there for this kind of mindless music, but it just isn't for me.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Klangwelt

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http://www.sphericmusic.de
http://www.klangwelt.info

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