All tracks composed and performed by Ralf Wadephul except of a bit of sax and guitar played by friends. There's no e-guitar been used here! The record contains some vocal samples.|
- To Earth? Why Not! [1:00]
- Cosmic Cruiser [3:46]
- 1st Sunlight [4:43]
- Endless Blue [5:58]
- Into The Thunder [5:27]
- Suffering Sharks [7:09]
- Neptun's Cave [10:53]
- Paradise Island [5:29]
- Praying For Rain [5:14]
- Dancing With The Clouds [4:54]
- Melancholy Of Nature [5:09]
- Sunset Raga [3:01]
- Going Home [4:34]
The music tells the story of some cosmic cruisers visiting Earth and accompanying a drop of wather. They then experience all sorts of wonder. It's dedicated to all who believe in wonders.
Some might remember this musician from the short period he worked with Tangerine Dream back in the late eighties. Ralf, who nowadays works as freelance recording and sound engineer, states the music on this album was inspired by the tracks composed during TD's '88 North America Tour. In 2006, the album "Blue Dawn" (released under the name Tangerine Dream) saw the light of day, which contained several of Ralf's unreleased tracks, to which Edgar Froese added some guitar next to contributing some of his own pieces. But according to the statement on his website, Ralf thinks the outcome on that cd wasn't the thing he had in mind.
The concept album "When Aliens meet a drop of Water" contains a 67-minute musical kaleidoscope of his original versions of these tracks, which carries on in TD's style of the late `80s.
Although he sticks closely to that trademark, the featured music holds some thorough symphonic/rock elements, not in the least by some powerful e-guitar (played by a friend) on the second and third track. This e-guitar shows up in more parts later on. There's even a bit of melodic sax, played by another friend, accompanying the fine electronics of the fourth track "Endless Blue".
Personally, I find "Into the Thunder" the best piece on the album with its fantastic vibe, up-tempo sequencing, soloing and smashing guitar solo.
It's a pity the next track "Suffering Shark" isn't that catchy.
"Neptun's Cave", clocking at almost 11 minutes, starts out moody, but soon gets up-tempo and unfortunately a bit too freaky to my taste in the mid-section.
"Praying for Rain" is a rocking excursion with thunder drums and grand sounding symphonic synth pads.
Near the end, "Sunset Raga" is another strong track with its embracing warm synth pads, simple but very effective.
"Going Home" concludes powerful with fierce, almost screaming e-guitar soloing.
All in all, this excellently produced album is proof Mr Wadephul knows his (musical) ways with his electronic gear. Let's wait and see if hef can come up with another album of the same calibre.
Bert Strolenberg / Sonic Immersion
Ralf Wadephul was a member of Tangerine Dream in 1988 on the album Optical Race and on their tour of that same year. Comparisons from that album to this one, despite the 20-year time lag, are unavoidable. Your appreciation for When Aliens Meet a Drop of Water will depend almost entirely on your opinion of Optical Race. If you like it, you should buy without hesitation. Being a fan of old school TD, I have always been rather ambivalent about this EM style. I found some songs on Optical Race excellent, such as "Mothers of Rain" and "Turning Off the Wheel," but I found others completely disposable and forgettable.
The bright harpsichord-like patch, so prevalent from this TD era, appears early and often on Wadephul’s album. Guitars add just the right sizzle on "Cosmic Cruiser," jump starting the album rather well. Make no mistake, this is a synthesizer album, but the focus is on melodic tunes rather than improvisation or experimentation.
The resemblance to TD on tracks like "1st Sunlight" is truly uncanny, and shows how much influence Wadephul must have had during his brief stint with the band. The interplay between the guitar and synths really shines here. Saxophone adds a mellow feel to "Endless Blue," and again the TD reference is unmistakable. Tracks alternate between rocking and mellow throughout.
When I’m in the mood for something upbeat and light that goes down easy, this album will fill the bill quite nicely.
2008. Phil Derby / Electroambient Space
This release from 2008 features 67 minutes of energized electronic music.
W.A. Dephul is Ralf Wadephul.
Lavish keyboards are joined by searing guitars and impulsive rhythms to produce this instrumental tuneage.
The electronics are versatile and energized, possessing an epic flair that boosts the listener with every lively chord. Delicately dreamy keyboard passages swim amid the more puissant layers of engaging harmonics. More imposing keyboards frequently appear, elevating the flow with their urgent timbre. Once set in motion, these melodies enter looping phases that persist in a constant ascension, resulting in a steadfast escalation of elation and drama.
E-perc provides ample propulsion to these songs, delivering tempos that are crisp and commanding. The rhythms are often marvelously complex, attaining a state of emphatic intensity that judiciously borders on overkill.
Guitars contribute a nimble presence with blazing emotional riffs that glimmer with celestial beauty. These guitars establish a strident demeanor, often rivaling the electronics for dominance of the tunes and resulting in delightful pinnacles of sonic enthusiasm.
Saxophone lends a romantic edge to the passion of a few tracks.
These compositions exhibit a striking power applied to melodies of appealing character. The influence of 80s period Tangerine Dream is very evident, especially in the soaring space guitar outbursts and the compelling manner in which percussion drives the melodies to dizzying altitudes.
Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity
W.A.dePHUL (Ralf Wadephul) is an experienced musician with excellent skills, not only as a performer but also in the creative arena. He was a member of Tangerine Dream during 1988-1990.
In a personal style that enters both Synth-Pop and Contemporary Instrumental Music, the artist offer us a sample of what he is capable of doing. The 13 themes of this CD are very interesting, combining rhythmic structures of sequencer and percussion with romantic melodies and Cosmic traits. In "Praying for rain", the masterpiece of the album in my opinion, the composer utilizes electronics with great imagination, succeeding in creating musical structures far from the most usual trends, and which besides happen to be melodic, bewitching, with a powerful rhythm.