Limbus 3 — Cosmic Music Experience (AKA New Atlantis)
(Germanofon 941042, 1969/1995, CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 1996-03-01
Germany is a virtual goldmine of experimental music, and it still awes me how cutting edge some of the music was from the late 60s / early 70s. Limbus 3 were a very unusual outfit, bridging psychedelic, jazz, avant garde, Stockhausen, and Harry Partch. Using a vast array of instruments (unusual and conventional), effects, and proto-electronics, Limbus 3 weave a shimmering mystical web, a gestalt of the past, present, and future combined and come up with quite a Cosmic Music Experience. For many, I suppose this would be too far out there – the scuttling strings and rattling percussives get rather free at times. On the other hand, some of this is very early space rock like early Tangerine Dream, Kluster, or Agitation Free and is essential listening to fans of these groups. Fans of Ligeti, Xenakis, or other sonic pioneers may also find this of interest as well – it's a unique multi-faceted musical fusion.
Related artist(s): Limbus 3 / Limbus 4
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