The theme of this CD is an immersion in the microscopic world of atoms, in search of the one that is not yet known!
"Physicists are rarely poetic when it comes to naming atomic particles ! And the names of the temporary atoms are even less so. These purely theoretical atoms do not exist naturally, but researchers are convinced that they will bring them to life. They will then change their surname, and will generally take the name of the discoverer. They are called Uuu 111 for Ununium (un = 1 + 1 + 1), Uub 112 for Ununbium (1 + 1 + bi = 2), Uut 113 for Ununtrium (1 + 1 + 3 = tri), etc.|
- Uuu 111
- Uub 112
- Uut 113
- Uuq 114
- Uup 115
- Uuh 116
- Uus 117
- Uuo 118
- Uun 119
- Lúltime atome
Scientific but not very glamorous! Uun 119 is not yet part of history, it must be at the bottom of a notebook of a brilliant physicist... And what about the “ultimat atom” ? The particle that germinates in the brain of a mad scientist, or a mere dreamer, or maybe in the imagination of an electronic musician ? "
An album on atoms! Is it interesting you? With a series of titles bearing different nicknames of atoms in search of life and names, Alpha Lyra concocts an EM which flirts with the different variables of these atoms in an album where ambient music is delicately propelled by a nameless rhythmic life. “Ultime Atome” is a superb continuity to the very good Between Cloud and Sky album with figures of ambient rhythms camouflaged in a swarm of synth pads with contrasting tones and where the translucent side is never too far from the sibylline state. And if my cranial space is not overloaded with painkillers, I'd dare to say that it's a neutron concert dictated by a musician who flirts dangerously with the boundaries of being and non-being.
Cottony mist breezes open the "Uuu111" experience. A slight manipulation of the sequencer carves a traveling rhythm whose minimalist approach hosts a concert of translucent synth pads filled by radiations and others filled by heavenly voices. Filaments of an azure blue cover this delicate approach which melts too quickly in the silence. No problem, the beefy "Uub112" shows its rhythm all in radiation while jumping of its fragile feet under an avalanche of waterlogged layers. Fire and water are elements which draw contrasts all over “Ultime Atome”, either with heavy oceanic layers or by those voices of fire which furrow the tumultuous elements of the last Alpha Lyra album. After these two animated titles, "Uut113" returns to the more ambient signature of Christian Piednoir. If there is a slight pulsating movement, it's buried and ochered by a duality between the ether and the angelic which squabbles this fascinating musical poetry on abstract elements of our daily life. The attention to detail is omnipresent in this album where a real texture of iodine grows up to our ears in each chapter of this “Ultime Atome”. "Uuq114" is a small jewel structured on an approach of a sequencer in mode Steve Roach. And what about the synth layers where spectral voices are lost in a mist? Pure Steve Roach, just like "Uuh116" while "Uuo118", another track animated of a fascinating tumultuous structure, offers a concerto of pearls which dance with their mirrored reflections in the echoes of multiple effects of reverberations. "Uup115" is an ambient title astonishing musical. If one listens attentively, one notices the genesis of a melody quite sublime in its frame of foggy voice. The synth pads are quite striking. Ditto for "Uus117" which lays down a seraphic veil to the multiple ambient structures of this album. "Uun119" lays cavernous layers which circulate in an endless corridor. "Ultime Atome" is in the pure Alpha Lyra tradition with an ambient pattern where burst out bubbles carrier of a melody fragmented and scattered and of which the tinklings are floating in a universe filled of misty layers and of sibylline lines. Thus concluding an album which survives very well to Between Cloud and Sky, even if the subject is devilishly more delicate. A beautiful album that we listen the head going adrift, but not too much because we can miss elements that will come to haunt us over the next listenings.
2018. Sylvain Lupari / synth&sequences.com
It is always difficult to translate into simple words the music which one likes because as Klaus Schulze said when he spoke about MIRAGE: " I have difficulty in finding right words, I am a musician not a poet"
The bombast of the first track, Uuu 111 with its dramatic intensity that quickly comes to counterbalance a soothing chorus.
The Smoothing Uub 112 with its ethereal choirs.
Then Minimal Uut 113.
The magnificently sequenced track Uuq 114
The track Uuup 115 : majestic !
Uuh 116 with its nice sequence and its hypnotic rhythms.
Uuo 118 with its crystal notes all in echos and reverbs.
Uun 119 and its slow and repetitive pattern.
And finally the delicate and soothing "The ultimate atom"
We think of course to Paul Sauvanet (Alpha Lyra never denied this major influence) but also to other talentuous pioneers of the genre like Daniel Blanchet or Constance Demby.
About the nice cover I don't know who realized it but the idea of this blue border like an old book is very nice and reminds me the binding of an old book (why not " one, two, three the infinity " by George Gamow ?)
And these atoms dancing on cover could be as well galaxies so much the Infinitesimal world looks like the infinitely Big.
This last opus shows again the maturity and talent of Christian to create magnificent "soundscapes"
A big BRAVO to you, Christian for this "Ultimate Atom": it is an excellent CD!
This is the ideal music to reach a state of awakened consciousness.
An highly recommended sonic 61 minutes of pure delight!
2017. Alain Lamri / France