Thorsten Sudler-Mainz and Thorsten Rentsch - keyboards, vocals, guitars, percussion, Computers and the whole studio equipments|
- All Galaxies Sun [2:20]
- Cosmic Rain [5:12]
- Supernova [5:19]
- Passing The Pulsar [5:55]
- Drift Upon The Sky [14:15]
- Lightyears [2:35]
- Planet Dawn [5:05]
- Trimelar Starflight [11:55]
Eva Wolf, Antje Schulz and Ann Kareen Mainz - vocals
Klaus H. - guitar, Dobro
Stefan Höllering - Saxophone
Matthias Krauss - keyboard, guitar
Sibi Siebert - drums
Mario Argandona - percussion, Didgeridoo
In October 1996, Thorsten Sudler-Mainz and Thorsten Rentsch travelled to a house on the Dutch coast. In their luggage they were carrying a selection of instruments and the vision of a new and unique music-project called ART OF INFINITY.
This proved to be the foundation stone for the debut album New Horizon released in 2000. The two masterminds of ART OF INFINITY are musicians and producers who realise and supplement their ideas and concepts by adding guest musicians. Thorsten Sudler-Mainz is responsible for most of the compositions. In addition to the keyboards he plays a wide range of instruments and invented the style of "Spoken Words" for ART OF INFINITY. Thorsten Rentsch plays keyboards, guitar and other instruments. He is responsible for the overall sound. Among others, he worked together with Eric Woolfson (Alan Parsons Project) as sound engineer.
The London based Internet label "peoplesound.com' came to notice New Horizon and promoted the album in the Internet. The track Evolution was used as background music for a documentary film and music magazine Eclipsed released the song Ocean in Space on the sampler The Art of Sysyphus Vol. 17 (Sysyphus Records). In 2003 the album New Horizon was played on the headphones on all planes of the renowned airline Aerolloyd.
While their first album New Horizon deals with the subject of genesis and evolution, in their new album Dimension Universe the listener is going on an endless journey into space.
2004. Press information
Two Guys Named Thorsten
Is it possible for two men, both named Thorsten, that play virtually the same instruments to meet up in the middle of Europe and form a band that plays Ambient Electronic Space music? Successfully? You bet.
Thorsten Sudler-Mainz and Thorsten Rentsch found themselves in the Netherlands in the mid-nineties and came up with their concept for Art of Infinity. There, their album New Horizon was born and to follow it up they produced the 2004 release, Dimension Universe. The music is fresh and invigorating with the surprising element of polysyllabic tribal chant on many of the cuts (think Karl Jenkins Adiemus et al). Both Sudler-Mainz and Rentsch play keyboards and percussion as well as vocals and programming.
There is some stirring added vocal work by Eva Wolf and Antje Shulz. Sudler-Mainz also provides his inventive style of "Spoken Words" in some of the songs.
Dimension Universe is Space Music, not so plain and not so simple. The voyage into to far off space begins with the thrilling track All Galaxies Sun, which has some interesting acoustic Dobro work. You feel yourself hitchhiking onto the tail of a comet as you are hurled into space.
Cosmic Rain with its medium tempo introduces you to the tribal chant vocals. They are not overpowering, that is to say, they are not used as the lead instruments as in Jenkins music. They add to the flow of the tune, invite your mind to connect with the travelers and take the trip into space.
Drift Upon the Sky, the longest cut on the album at 14:15, is a cowboy space opera in one act. Everything you need to visualize the action of the story is in the music. Our hero, traveling through space is pulled into another dimension. He or she is captured by unsavory characters and with the help of their fellow slaves make a valiant escape attempt. Sadly, all hands are lost. But only is this dimension. You can picture your own story, but the music is lush with synthesized samples and emotional saxophone riffs. It is just about the best cut on the CD. Except for
Trimelar Starlight, which is just as complex and just as exhilarating as Drift Upon the Sky. The chant is beguiling as you pulse though the galaxy in search of your next adventure. It makes you think that infinity is just around the corner in another dimension.
Somehow, these two electronic wizards have blended the ultra new and the traditional to form an exciting novel mix of music that takes you on a journey far out in space with only your thoughts and dreams for company. You may never want to return!
2004. RJ Lannan
Art of Infinity show in this CD a wide range of stylistic directions as well as a good dose of imagination. During the eight themes that constitute this release, we can hear traits from styles like Atmospheric Pop, Ambient, Jazz, Symphonic and World Music.
The melody is ever present in all the music. This is an album where the electronic instruments are skillfully mixed with ethereal vocals and successful orchestrations in the adequate moments, thus giving the CD a soft beauty that will no doubt appeal to a wide audience.
Art of Infinity is a German band founded by Thorsten Sudler-Mainz and Thorsten Rentsch. The concept album "Dimension Universe" is their second release, described as their endless journey into space.
Well, my first impression of the music was that it had a slight IC-flair from the old days (but that vanished quickly), as keyboards are accompanied by sax, e-guitar, female vocals/choirs, percussion and drums.
The outcome, of which the genre received the label-description Art Progressive, is not what I would classify as space music, as even a short drum ‘n bass influence shows up in the second track.
I also found the spoken words and sax in the longest track "Drift upon the Sky" useless and utterly boring, which also goes for the screaming guitar sounds and bland choir contributions.
In addition, there’s no sharp edge to be found in the music that makes things a bit more interesting and captivating. It’s easy-going melodic instrumental music which sounds uninspired and loungy.
All in all, the musical content on the eight tracks sounds far too soft, predictable and polished to my ears, missing a good dash of adventure and a good kick in the ass.
2010. Bert Strolenberg / Sonic Immersion