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Markus Reuter — Digitalis
(Hypnos hyp 2128, 2000, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 2001-07-01

Digitalis Cover art

Reuter is a German Warr Guitarist creating ambient music of a very individual nature. This is definitely at the abstract end of the Hypnos catalog, a music whose sense of melody is unlike any other. Tonally, the twelve tracks here feature a wide cluster of notes that pluck like a muted harp, shimmer like a desert mirage, and twist, spiral and resonate like a ghostly, hallucinogenic carnival ride. Probably the main criticism that can be leveled at this CD is the fact that, at first, this technique does not tend to vary much, and while the CD specifies different tracks, it is difficult to tell the difference between them. The most distinct dynamic change comes during “Radiating Blackness” (track eight) which reaches near silent levels with very quiet, low timbres, a far cry from the busy variety before. And after this, while the latter titles vaguely resemble the earlier, they head for more introspective territory. The more spacious half of Digitalis culminates in the 15-minute “Holy,” a lovely and less abstract piece than what came before. Overall, a promising solo debut, notable for its unusual sonic qualities.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 22, 2000 releases

Related artist(s): Markus Reuter

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http://markusreuter.bandcamp.com/album/digitalis

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