This release feature new works by newly discovered artists who are leading innovators in field of ambient atmospheric music.
This is the precursor to "The Ambient Expanse", yet is much more of an unconnected anthology than the Roach-driven classic. There are a number of newer artists on here, several from the Mirage/Oasis stable. The music here gives many facets of the ambient genre.|
- Hiroki Okano - Cosmic Wind [6:15]
- Kerry Norman & Peter Ball - Toll [9:25]
- Robert Scott Thompson - Frontier [8:24]
- David Knight - Spiritus Dei [8:40]
- Stephen Bacchus - Subterannia [5:18]
- Danna, Mychael & Danna, Jeff - Ontario [7:47]
- Steve Roach - Slow Rapture [10:00]
- Paul Tedeschini - Drifter [7:12]
- Jeff Pearce - From the Quiet Hours [6:02]
- Frank Quasar - Chiron [4:53]
There's Hiroki Okano's "Cosmic Wind", a dark drone with flute sounds like a merging of Robert Rich and early Kitaro. Peter Ball's long "Toll" is decidedly in the Eno school with hints of "Music For Airports." Up-and-comer Robert Scott Thompson previews his "Frontier" album with an eight-minute piece, a strange, symphonic sound portrait.
British synthesist David Knight gives us an eerie synth chorale, with some influence from the early Germanic school. Stephen Bacchus' contribution is much different than the music of his Oasis albums, "Subterranea" being in a strange, abstract style that he would explore further on the "Ambient Expanse."
"Ontario" is by long-timers Mychael Danna and Tim Clement, who have released music on the Hearts of Space label. It is a combination of resonant synths and environmental sounds, and is one of the compilation's best tracks.
Steve Roach gives us ten minutes of "Slow Rapture", clouds of melodic sound juxtaposed with oblique and mysterious fade-ups, as good as could be expected. Paul Tedeschini's "Drifter" is a great piece of moody ambient with synths and indigenous flutes and is of the set's deepest moments.
Guitarist Jeff Pearce's "From The Quiet Hours" also nods to Eno, with Alesis Quadraverb and Lexicon Jamman mutating the guitar into muted, melodic chords fading in and out.
Belgian Frank Quasar completes the 10-track set with "Chiron", the theoretical tenth planet, a sparkling ambient ending to an excellent set.
1999. Peter Thelen / Expose