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Kubusschnitt — The Cube
(Neu Harmony NH013, 2000, CD)

by Phil Derby, Published 2000-10-01

The Cube Cover art

If you are still searching for the near-perfect modern equivalent to Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze from their peak form in the 70s, you may find something tantalizingly close with this stellar release. Kubusschnitt is, amazingly, four guys from four different countries who have, as of this writing, anyway, never actually played together all at once. This makes their accomplishment all the more amazing. The best Teutonic music brings forth images of distant outer space voyages, and a sense of drama and adventure, alternating open sonic expanses with energetic sequencing. This disc has all of that and more. From the opening barrage of "Cube," a 24-plus minute epic sequencer fest, to "Ra," a simple but beautiful expansive piece, this disc seems to have it all for electronic music purists, in abundance. The aforementioned title track has three distinct musical movements, all of them outstanding. Classic sounds emanating from the Minimoog, the ARP Odyssey and 2600, and many others, will have retro fans in analog heaven. The rapid-fire layers of sequencing only let up for a couple of minutes in the middle of the 28-minute "Alpha Three," otherwise it is all intense electronic energy. "Hypercube" is a brief, more energetic version of "Cube," adding beats and Andy Bloyce's great guitar work. By the time it is over, you may find yourself exhausted but deliriously happy.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 20, 2000 releases

Related artist(s): Kubusschnitt

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