Originally released in 1992 on Musique Intemporelle.|
- Night Crossing [12:06]
- Deep Cut [9:27]
- Inner Life [3:45]
- Turning Point [6:12]
- Exciting Impression [6:55]
- Moments of Darkness [8:10]
- Spirit of the Age [3:33]
- Destination Infinity [13:37]
- Tales of the Backside [5:11]
- Final Memories [5:04]
- Stars [5:47]
Recorded and mixed by R.K.H. at the "Hemisphere Studio" from August '91 to July '92
Remastered by Ron Boots
All titles composed, played and produced by RALF KNAPPE-HEINBOCKEL.
Ralf Knappe-Heinbockel - 2x Korg Wavestation E-MAX 1, Roland D550, Roland D10, VFX, Phophet VS, Oberheim DPX 1, Kawai K3m, Voice
In 2005, German electronic music musician Ralf Knappe Heinbockel sadly died. He was only 44. Under the artist name Hemisphere (first solo and later as a duo together with guitarist Thorsten Reinhardt) he was a master in the field of melodical, ambient music, provided with a rhythmic twist and music that is highly appreciated in the ranks of electronic music fans. This is quite right as it always comes with a standard high quality.
In 1992, Ralf’s second album as Hemisphere, "Destination Infinity", was released on the German label Musique Intemporelle. Now, in 2006, Groove Unlimited presents a new version of this early masterwork, remastered by Ron Boots, and with a (dark and gloomy) bonus track "Stars".
During the times of "Destination Infinity", Ralf’s music was a perfect mixture of progressive rhythmic electronic rock and ambient atmospheres. Sometimes, there is still a small hint of musicians like Tangerine Dream, but clearly the distinguished "Hemisphere-sound" can already be heard. A sound that later became renowned and household.
Great and warm ambient pieces like "Deep Cut", "Moments Of Darkness", the title track and "Final Memories" prove that. Sequences also play a part in the music: "Turing Point", "Exiting Impression" and "Tales Of The Backside" are fine examples of this.
"Destination Infinity" is one of the many highlights in the career of Ralf Knappe Heinbockel.
Hemisphere: a name that has to be remembered.
Retro fans will have plenty to appreciate in this, a 2006 release of music recorded in 1991-92 that sounds at times like vintage synthesizer music from 1983.
Specifically, the computer drumming in "Night Crossing" sounds like it belongs squarely in the middle of Klaus Schulze’s Audentity album. Bright synth melodies keep pace with the energetic beats for an invigorating beginning to the album.
But that quickly changes on "Deep Cut", which goes back to Hemisphere’s signature sound, dark ambient atmospheric space music. The late Ralf Knappe-Heinbockel truly had a sound unlike other EM acts, in his own unique niche just this side of Berlin school and that side of dark ambient.
"Deep Cut" brightens considerably in its latter half, sounding more like classic Jonn Serrie planetarium music.
"Inner Life" fades in quickly, immediately up to speed with a light rhythm and upbeat melodious synths.
"Turning Point" is clear as crystal and smooth as glass as softly tinkling sequencing carries it along. This one reminds me of Waveshape, a personal favorite.
Unlike its namesake, "Exciting Impression" is a nicely understated number, finding a mellow groove early and going with the flow, vaguely reminiscent of early Steve Roach works.
"Moments of Darkness" is dark and dank, but with the usual meandering restless Hemisphere spirit that keeps it from being merely ambient.
After the unusually bright and bouncy "Spirit of the Age," the 13-minute title track brings us back to formless textures, alternating bright shimmers with gloomy echoes into the depths, complete with sounds that spiral downward as machinery seems to churn around it. This is the characteristic sound that would define Hemisphere on future albums such as Beyond The Darkness.
Destination Infinity is a worthy exploration of the band’s origins along with hints of the all-too-brief future to come.
2006. Phil Derby / Electroambient Space
The brand of Space Music created by Hemisphere in this cd is characterized by a clear protagonism of melodies. These spread throughout different registers, ranging from the stately to the melancholy, with marked romantic airs in several passages, as well as some mysterious touches. The dense orchestrations increase the strength of the compositions. The use of sequencers is also wise, as it provides the music with a greater personality.
This release from 2006 offers 80 minutes of sultry electronic music. It is a re-issue of Hemisphere's second album from 1992, and features a bonus track.
Hemisphere is the late Ralf Knappe-Heinbockel.
Stately chords unfurl with regal disposition, establishing an engaging platform of heavenly electronics for auxiliary patterns that thicken the mix with their liquid cycles. While loops are generated and allowed to run, evolving subtly as the music progresses, embellishing strains are introduced which interweave and produce a tasty density that resonates with endearing majesty.
At times, ambient tonalities are stretched into lavish sonic panoramas, then peppered with deeper tones to give the soundscapes an earth depth. Other times, fragile keyboard chords provide a lush, pastoral flair to the atmospheric tunes.
Invigorating e-perc provides propulsion to several of the tracks, tracing thrilling beats into complex rhythmic structures which flow excellently with the slippery keyboards and slithering astral textures. Snappy exchanges deliver rewarding tempos to the dreamy tunes.
The compositions are relaxed, yet steeped with a solid passion that conveys great expanses of humbling proportion.
The title track embodies a descent into a cosmic realm where machines conspire with spiritual fancies to produce a cohesion that transcends commonality and generates a vista of immense promise.
Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity
I own the original 1992 version. A very good album to have in anyones collection.
2004. Randy Pemberton / USA
L'année dernière disparaissait à l'âge de 44 ans Ralf Knappe-Heinbockel, et avec lui un des e-musiciens les plus talentueux de ces 20 dernières années. Destination Infinity, à présent ré-édité (et remasterisé), était son deuxième album avec un Outdoors uniquement bien accueilli lors de sa sortie en 1991.
Son successeur connut le même engouement. Et pour cause. Les nostalgiques d'une certaine époque y retrouvaient, en alternance, des éléments directement issus du Klaus Schulze cosmique, album Mirage, et d'autres inspirés du Tangerine Dream electro-pop d'Exit, gentil mais diablement efficace. Quand ce n'est pas un subtil mélange des deux avec de longs à-plats de synthés délicatement syncopés. Cet album est un joyau que tous les amateurs d'e-music se doivent de (re-)découvrir. D'autant plus qu'il bénéficie d'une piste supplémentaire en cadeau, Stars, tout-à-fait dans la ligne de l'album.
2010. LouLou / Prog-résiste