All tracks composed and recorded by Andreas Akwara|
- Movements I
- Movements II
- Movements III
- Movements IV
- Movements V
- Movements VI
- Movements VII
- Movements VIII
Additional mastering Ron Boots
"Inspiration has allowed me to enter the depths of space still further."- Truly so.
Using Gregorian Chants, Orchestral instrumentation and majestic Synths Akwara builds soundscapes unheard of before.
"Synthetic Horizon" is essential, "Occult Sanctum" even more!
Comment dire? Autant Andreas AKWARA m’avait enthousiasmé avec son Synthetic Horizon, avec son ambient bien pur sur lui, autant Occult Sanctum me dérange. Pourtant, la démarche du musicien est intéressante ne fut-ce que pour stigmatiser l’attention de l’auditeur qui peut rapidement s’étioler avec ce genre musical.
Ainsi, le Movement I inclut des ambiances à la Jean-Michel JARRE, le Movement II fait appel à des chants grégoriens, le Movement III mélange harmonies féminines et percussions kraftwerkiennes, et ainsi de suite avec les Movements suivants. Mais la musique d’Akwara y perd ses valeurs et certains morceaux se verraient facilement stoppés avant leur vraie fin tant est grand l’ennui qui s’en dégage.
Évidemment la démarche du musicien est une démarche d’ouverture, certainement pour lui au premier chef, mais les puristes (j’ai tendance à en être) y verront plutôt une sorte de trahison. Akwara y perdrait ses premiers admirateurs sans être sûr de toucher un autre public.
2010. LouLou / Prog-résiste
Andreas Akwara is a brilliant electronic musician. He has created some outstanding cds that combine sequencer e-music and ambient atmospheres. The best of that style – by far – is Synthetic Horizon.
The tracks have no titles. They are "Parts I – X". Thus, there are no preconceived notions or expectations. The listeners are free to allow the music to dictate the experience. Andreas' soundscapes contain deep atmospheres, dramatic crescendos, heavy sequences, nature samples, symphonic synths and some glitchy dissonance. It is quite a melting pot of sounds and Andreas' sound design skills make it work – seamlessly as a continuous work of art.
It usually comes back to style and the need to categorize music. This is not pure ambience. It is not pure sequencer e-music. It is equal parts of both, combined excellently and deftly.
It is an awesome and essential CD!
Jim Brenholts / Ambient Visions
Andreas Akwara es un sorprendente músico electrónico, sus discos combinan secuencias electrónicas con paisajes atmosféricos por eso no debemos de escuchar sus trabajos con ideas preconcebidas. Este "Occult Sanctum" es una muestra de lo que este hombre es capaz de crear, en su disco "Pathos" nos adelantaba sus posibilidades, en este trabajo nos lo confirma.
Ha usado cantos gregorianos, instrumentación orquestal y los sintetizadores para crear ese "Santuario Oculto" que debemos de descubrir para alcanzar la magnitud de los que se nos avecina.
2007. Roberto Vales / Ultima Fronteira
This release from 2007 offers 71 minutes of majestic electronic music.
Haunting tonalities churn in the background, while more strident electronics establish a pulsating frontal presence that gradually slides into a melodic flow of piercing notes and rich chords.
As the music progresses, soothing rhythms enter the mix along with bouncy sequencing that gets things tastily moving. The introduction of choral voices lends a cathedral touch to the tune. A passage of saxophone contributes a striking diversion, giving way to cascading water drenching the choir.
The third movement introduces chirping diodes to the heavenly melody. Remote strings are ponderously strummed, creating a pleasant tension that hints at even greater ascensions to come.
Buzzing keyboards and portentous drum beats lend the next passage an escalation of melodrama. A certain hesitancy overcomes its reluctance and the music swells with astounding stamina. Conventional percussion rises from the thick electronic miasma to capture attention with a strong rhythmic presence.
Peppy tempos further enliven things with the fifth movement. The velocity of the music is increasing, accumulating power with each passing moment. The rhythms gather vigor and volume as the electronics coalesce into a demonstrative melody of ultimate conviction.
The sixth movement is brief and temperate, acting as a recuperative rest stop.
In the seventh passage, wavery electronics prepare the audience for a stratospheric expansion.
The 16 minute finale is soft and moody, allowing ambient soundscapes to flourish as a foundation for the pensive reprise of many previous elements in a sedate structure. The end is tender and reassuring.
Akwara displays a distinct reverence in his compositions, evoking spirituality untainted by religion, stirring the soul with dramatic music. A richness permeates these tunes, injecting a density to the airy flow that remains delicate despite its serious devotion.
Matt Howarth / Soniccuriosity
The music contained in this album by Andreas Akwara shows a very personal approach. The style of the pieces is for the most part near to Ambient and to Minimalism. Several pieces or passages possess a distinctly sinister, dark character. Others have soft, relaxing atmospheres. The result is a journey through hypnotic sonic worlds, that appear to have been taken out of surrealist dreams.
2008. Dominique Chevant
I have been listening to AKWARA's latest release for a couple of days now.
His album "Synthetic Horizon" appears to me as one of the most brilliant pieces of electronic music on the market and definitely set high expectations.
These expectations were more than fulfilled with Movement I. An absolutely outstanding and brilliant track. Never heard anything quite like it before, and this is what really gets me moving on this mans music. Andreas Akwara's music is very unique. Almost from another star.
Movement I is highly complex and I needed to listen to it a couple of times to understand it. A highly complex arrangement of sounds and later melodies make it an absolute must for anyone looking for music for the brain. I think it can compare to the brilliance of classic Composers of the sort of Beethoven, who could also arrange such complex arrangements which disclosed their melody behind a wall of different tones. I suggest listening to it at high volume or headphones.
Movement II and III also make me very happy combining fine electronics with Gregorian chants. The first 5 minutes of Movement IV were also very nice, but then it became a bit boring, for my liking.
Track 5 again is a powerful track full of harmony and sequences, in the typical unique style of Akwara.
Track 6 brings things down to more majestic fields and reminds more of the Music the composer plays on his last album.
Track 7 sounded again to weird for me. Is is hard to describe.
Akwara closes up with a very atmospheric piece of experimental music which later on comes back to the Gregorian chants evoking a sort of mystical character.
Even tough I didn't quite fancy two tracks, just Movement I makes the album worth every dime. Seldom before have I heard a track so full of power and majesty!
2007. Paul Fieldmann / USA