Composed, performed and produced by Andreas Akwara
Andreas Akwara explores several avant-garde musical trends in "Quantum", contributing his personal vision of each one of them.
- Quantum Part 1 [5:14]
- Quantum Part II [11:10]
- Quantum Part III [8:37]
- Quantum Part IV [6:08]
- Quantum Part V [4:03]
- Quantum Part VI [18:11]
- Quantum Part VII [5:00]
Starting from an approach based on electronic sonorities, he creates themes that enter Ambient, Space Sequencer Music, the most risky aspects of New Instrumental Music and some stylistic directions which are harder to label.
Akwara combines melody, rhythm and resonant atmospheres in a very fluid manner, achieving a perfect union of all the elements in the music.
The last two Albums of Akwara didn't really get me going. A little set back, after such a brilliant Album as Synthetic Horizon definitely was. Quantum however definitely surpasses what I felt as brilliant on that former album.
Tracks 2,3,4 and 5 are a perfect blend of highly spiritual and powerful EM only very few artists have come up with.
I cannot explain the sort of energy I feel, when listening to it on my System.
I wonder were Akwara gets that energy from.
Apart from Track 1 which comes very Vangelis like, the album has very unearthly sound structures.
Actually Quantum could have set complete new standards for space music. Amongst EM Composers, I think Akwara may have set himself apart from many others.
One more album like this, and I consider his name amongst the big ones.
2009. P Southsky / USA
Nuevo trabajo del compositor de origen turco "Andreas Akwara", un hombre que siempre nos ha gustado, con un perfil musical muy apreciado por los seguidores de la música electrónica del estilo de TD o Klaus Schulze.
"Quantum" es el título de su nuevo trabajo, un disco donde la electrónica vuelve a ser el elemento fundamental, el estilo de la Escuela Berlín se hace palpable en las notas que podemos escuchar, música espacial, secuencias, temas que se van desarrollando poco a poco, todos los ingredientes para que los que apreciamos este estilo musical podamos seguir con compositores actuales disfrutando como lo hicimos en su momento con los grandes nombres clásicos.
"Quantum" son siete temas que nos sumergen en el espacio, ese lugar que siempre ha desbordado la imaginación del hombre, ese lugar que ha servido como fuente de inspiración para muchos músicos y que incluso nos ha brindado un estilo llamado música espacial.
Dividido en siete partes, la música de "Quantum" nos va invitando poco a poco a viajar por ese universo, con un comienzo muy al estilo espacial, se podría decir que de cine, como una marcha que nos va preparando para lo que nos vamos a encontrar, para afrontar el camino por el espacio profundo, hasta llegar a la parte VI, un auténtico homenaje a los clásicos, 18 minutos de secuencias, de sonido espacial, de buena electrónica y terminar con el relax después del camino realizado.
Andreas Akwara, un compositor que nos sigue demostrando trabajo tras trabajo que la música electrónica - espacial sigue muy presente y viva y que podemos seguir imaginando ese espacio infinito, lleno de misterios de la misma forma que lo hicimos hace unos años.
2009. Roberto Vales / Ultima Fronteira
"Quantum" is a demo I received of Andreas Akwara's newest work. The album has 7 tracks and clocks at just less than one hour.
Track 1 kicks off with some impressive effects - thunder, droning bass and EMS-like twitters. Soon a moody synth pad appears, really nice. In an unexpected move, military drums appear out of nowhere, combining curiously with the rather gentle music and textures. We then get fat analog lead lines that remind on Vangelis' playing on the Yamaha CS80. There's also a great melodic sensibility to this track. Fine stuff.
In stark contrast to the somewhat bombastic first track, the second part is drenched in subtle, choir-like synthesizers and effects. This is dramatic and nice music, almost sacral in its tone. The track then proceeds to include all types of fat, sawy synths and wonderful cosmic effects. Intense and rewarding listen, this one. Just make sure you're using headphones when listening to this. I often got the pleasant "been there, heard that" feeling when listening to this track, as it's very much in line with the classic period of Electronic Music (1970's - early 1980's), which means lots of room for experimentation and a special, "cosmic" atmosphere, pure mind trip.
The third track begins on an even softer note, with phased pads and gentle twittering effects. It is not long, however, before a nice, rich, analogue bass sound appears, reminding a bit on classic Jarre. The bass is supported by all kinds of pads and effects.
The fourth track is essentially a continuation of the previous number, in a more subdued mode. The bass is all but gone, the pads are more restrained and the effects are subtle as ever. It's glowing softly, with occasional sparks of synthetic sounds and twitters. Choirs appear during the course of this track, adding a touch of mystery.
Intense effects get the next track underway. Subtle guitar tones give way for a rapid sequence very untypical of Andreas' oeuvre. However, to call this "Berlin School" would be somewhat misleading, as there are no prominent solos and the sounds are more in line with typical Andreas Akwara Space Music style. The sequencing becomes more manic and intense towards the end. However, the music never strays from that classic Andreas Akwara sound. This particular track is just a tad too long, with not so much variation. Good for creating atmosphere, though, or just as a means to relax your psyche and just let go with the flow.
The last track is an atmospheric outing, with floating pads, slightly symphonic textures and a few (not very prominent) effects. With its CS80-like sounds and lots of pads, it takes us straight to Vangelis territory.
I feel that "Quantum" is a more intimate work from Andreas, it shows us his more gentle side and yet manages to be adventurous and engaging. Recommended to all fans of Andreas Akwara's music and to those who love the gentler, more relaxing side of EM.
Artemi Pugachov / Encyclopedia of Electronic Music
This release from 2009 offers 58 minutes of harmonic electronic music.
Vibrant electronics and rhythms generate melodies of grand proportion, rich with emotion and full of epic inspiration.
Some tracks pursue abstract structure, toying with layers of moody atmospherics that establish a soaring demeanor. Other tracks transform this whimsical meandering into masterful accretions which reach a delightful harmonic density.
Much of the electronics possess a grandiose stature that lends colossal impact to the riffs. Deeply toned texturals sweep across the sky, sprinkling the landscape with auxiliary electronics of inventive definition. Swishing waves, buzzing diodes, twinkling keys, growling tonalities, sparkling glitters, piercing punctations--all contribute to flavor the flow as that nucleus musters stamina and puissance, ultimately achieving a demonstrative presence of sonic euphoria.
While most of the pieces explore celestial wonder with churning ambience, a few tracks exhibit compelling melodic substance. Cyclic chords skate across pensive foundations, creating a mounting tension that communicates a sense of accomplishment.
Percussion contributes to some of these tunes, with subtle fashion in most applications, with authoritative nobility in some choice instances.
An earnest grandeur marks these compositions. While many of the songs display an initial sense of delicacy, things invariably evolve into expressions of vibrant depth.
Matt Howarth / Soniccuriosity