Exposé Online banner

Markus Reuter — 6 Reflections
((Not on label) no#, 2014, DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2017-02-13

6 Reflections Cover art

Maybe we can blame it on Robert Fripp. He started doing solo performances with the use of a tape recorder back in the 70s, dubbing it Frippertronics and spawning a whole new type of music. Maybe he wasn’t the sole innovator in this field, but he’s certainly the best known, and it’s safe to say that most of those who have carried on this field, which has come to be known as looping (I’m using the term somewhat loosely to cover a lot of things that aren’t strictly based on actual loops, but may be extensions and additions to what loops can do), were influenced or inspired by him. Markus Reuter has emerged as a prominent practitioners of the technique in progressive music. (There are lots of more pop-oriented artists also doing these things, but they’re outside my scope.) As with Fripp’s general modus operandi, many of Reuter’s solo pieces on 6 Reflections are built up from ambient soundscapes of slowly shifting tones on which he stacks melodies and other material. His instrument of choice is a touch guitar of his own design, and its tones are subjected to about every possible modification, from simple reverb and echo to triggering synthesizers, so his palette is effectively infinite. These pieces generally take a leisurely approach to development, drifting from texture to texture, though it’s far from ambient. “Glaus Haus 2” starts out with tentative notes picked out to build a sort of progression, but then loops them into something not quite regular, occasionally applying a kind of stuttering effect, along with what sounds like backwards wave forms. But Reuter’s genius is to blend all of these things together into something that sounds beautiful and organic in spite of the digital trickery. Each of the five pieces (the sixth is a remix of “Glaus Haus 1”) has its own identity based on differing tone colors and narrative flow. With “Veronica,” he introduces a very Frippian lead line, though the backing washes feature more keyboard-like sounds than you would expect in Fripp’s work and the note choices are Reuter’s own in spite of the familiar tone. He also ends this one rather abruptly, which comes as quite a jolt. “Glaus Haus 3” has erratic backing parts built out of vibraphone-like tones, and builds the densest sonic backdrop of the set. 6 Reflections is a lovely effort, one of those special recordings that can function equally well as ambient background or engaging foreground — as long as you’re not looking to dance, of course.


Filed under: New releases, 2014 releases

Related artist(s): Markus Reuter

More info
http://markusreuter.bandcamp.com/album/6-reflections-free-download

Latest news

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Jeff Greinke - Virga – It’s been a while since I’ve heard anything new from Jeff Greinke, probably my own fault since he has close to 20 releases to his credit now and I’ve heard less than half that number – mostly...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues