Uwe Cremer / Thomas Rydell — Time Trilogy
(ThomasRydellMusic trmcd004, 2016, CD/DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-03-14
Time Trilogy is the second collaboration between Uwe Cremer (aka Level ∏) and Swedish soundtrack composer Thomas Rydell. As suggested by the title, there are three long tracks on the album: “Ticking Tyrant” (19:51), “Zeitnot” (8:10), and “Time Machine” (16:07). These three tracks are amazing examples of what can be done by merging Krautrock, electronic music, and soundtrack styles. “Ticking Tyrant” opens with a sound bite about clocks running our lives, leading into a swelling majestic orchestral cinematic intro followed by electronic rhythms, electronics, and Uwe’s electric guitar. The steady motorik tic-tock beat continues throughout the piece with the music building and shifting between instruments ala Mike Oldfield. About the 14 minute mark there are crowd cheering sounds followed by more orchestral music, this time reminding me of Gustav Holst’s Planets, especially “Saturn.” Uwe’s soaring guitar solo takes over, then closing the piece with subtle demonic chuckling, whispers, and a loud alarm to jolt you back to reality. “Zeitnot” is an outstanding Tangerine Dream influenced pentatonic sequencer-driven piece that also includes guitar riffs ala Manuel Göttsching. And the final track, “Time Machine,” is another tour de force. Uwe and Thomas begin the journey by revving up their time machine accompanied by ticking and clock chimes. There are also elements of a music box, eerie sounds, acoustic guitars, and chimes that interweave simple cascading note sequences. “Time Machine” is a relaxing journey that once again builds like a Mike Oldfield composition, integrating orchestral elements. This instrumental track ends with church bells, Uwe’s guitar soloing, and the machine slowly running down. The wonderful pairing of musical styles on Time Trilogy is so well executed that you would never guess that it was a collaboration over the internet. Looking forward to their next joint release.
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