All titles composed, arranged & performed by Andreas Akwara and additional mastered by Ron Boots.
- Solar Eclipse Part I [6:01]
- Solar Eclipse Part II [7:49]
- Solar Eclipse Part III [5:41]
- Solar Eclipse Part IV [3:41]
- Solar Eclipse Part V [10:12]
- Solar Eclipse Part VI [10:37]
- Solar Eclipse Part VII [7:39]
- Solar Eclipse Part VIII [10:01]
Andreas Akwara - keyboards, synthesizers.
Also, hier ist ein Musiker wo man sich gleich fragt "Wer ist das!" Eine CD welche von Anfang bis Ende immer besser wird, obwohl sie schon auf sehr hohem Niveau anfängt.
Part 3,4, 5,7 und 8 sind absolute Meisterwerke wo ich sogar soweit gehen würde zu behaupten, dass wenn der junge Jean Michel Jarre heute seine Genialen Anfangswerke umgesetzt hätte, er sicher dieses Album gemacht hätte.
Zum Teil fand ich ein paar knackser etwas störend, es waren aber nur ein paar. Beeindruckend fand ich vor allem die Vielseitigkeit und die Fähigkeit sowohl atmoshpärische Welten aufzubauen als auch packende grooves zu erzeugen und alles unter immer wieder wechselnden schönen melodien.
Diese Musik packt einen, sie gehört sicher zu den hochwertigsten Sachen die ich in den letzten Jahren gehört habe.
Vor allem die vielen Nebengeräusche und Sounds die nicht einfach nur Plump in die Musik fallen sondern dezent im Hintergrund versteckt bleiben.
2002. Michael Bozenhardt / Germany
"Electronic music has many different faces. Such as we. Each one tells a story. Grasp what your mind allows. Wandering through space and time. Discovering the 4th dimension." This is how Andreas Akwara introduces his music in the booklet of the album "Solar Eclipse". Akwara’s music is truely a discovery. It brings the listener on a journey through space or through whatever journey the listener is on. Fill it in yourself and let the music lead you because his spacemusic is excellent suitable for this.
The album is divided into 8 parts, "Solar Eclipse Part I-VIII". It is spacemusic but actually nothing you’ve heard so far. Sometimes it is rhythmic like in Part III, Part IV and Part VII, sometimes quiet and smooth like in Part II and Part VI and sometimes filmic like in Part VIII. This makes the music almost a soundtrack to a still to be made science fictionfilm or documentary. Feel like Carl Sagan standing on the bridge of a spaceship and travel amongst the stars and planets. To accomplish this spacey atmosphere Akwara uses great sounds and effects.
With "Solar Eclipse" Andreas Akwara may well have set a new standard for spacemusic.
2003. Paul Rijkens
brilliant electronic music from outer space.....
who is this new genius on the field?
the album expresses the deeper side of EM, brilliant feeling and a distinct sense of melody. Solar Eclipse Part VI should be one of the al time great releases....
thanks Ron, for discovering this brilliant guy!
thanks EMUSIC for playing ther stuff!
2003. jose avanitidio / Spain
"Solar Eclipse" is a work where the personal focus of its author stands out.
Breaking barriers, it merges space symphonism with the densest passages of Ambient and the rhythms of a percussive appearance typical of Techno or Synth-Pop. The notes, rather than forming concrete melodies, build suggestive sound kaleidoscopes, which evoke the immensity and the majesty of Space.
2003. Edgar Kogler
I have the chance to listen to the first track "Solar eclipse part I" and I enjoyed the great orchestral synthesized textures, my perception of the mood in which it was composed was a very relaxing soundtrack with artistic and spiritual meaning.
2003. Exavier Rivas / USA
On this CD by German electronic musician Andreas Akwara you will find eight pieces of Space Music. The music flows gently, dragging you to the depths of the cosmos. This is perfect late light listening to put on the headphones and just sit and relax after a hard working day.
The album is divided into eight parts called "Solar Eclipse Part I", "Solar Eclipse Part II" etc. Each track has all classic components of Space Music with some extras. You will find drifting tonalities, atmospheric pads, laid back rhythms and occasional sequences and synth effects. Pretty evocative and calming stuff. Once in a while Andreas uses some unusual and experimental textures that sets this work apart from the majority of Space Music albums.
This is original and interesting music that is sometimes rhythmic, but is generally very relaxing and slow.
2004. Artemi Pugachov / Encyclopedia of Electronic Music / Russia
Not a Groove label as such, but distributed by them, is an eight-part opus by Andreas Akwara entitled Solar Eclipse.
More images of space abound, yet this is not classic Berlin style sequencer music at all, the sequencing being mostly low-key and closer in style to the pulses found on Steve Roach/Vir Unis albums.
It might only be in comparison to the others in this group, but the album suffers a bit from thin synthesizer sounds and a production not quite up to par. They impart a homogeneity to the proceedings that adds a bit of blur to what is a growing, unique style of electronic music. The closest comparison I can make is that to German Nik Tyndall, whose floating, shimmering style of music doesn’t resemble his 70s ancestors or the usual ambient artists. I’d certainly like to hear what Akwara could do with some fuller-sounding patches as this seems to be a promising niche.
Clearly Euro-electronic is striving to surpass its influences while attempting to evoke the same sort of emotion and impact these same influences did for the new crop of artists. And really there is no label more intrepid than Groove where this is concerned.