- Space time continuum [15:45]
- Ghost in the machine [12:09]
- Cryogenics [12:52]
- Footprints in the sand [13:08]
- Fading lights grow brighter [7:32]
Retro sequences, soloing, mellotron
€ 7,90 – € 10,00
Released: 2007 By Groove Unlimited
Retro sequences, soloing, mellotron
CD, MP3, FLAC
LouLou / Prog-rsiste –
Le lectorat de Prog-rsiste est la crme des lecteurs. Donc, si je vous dis que Stephen Humphries peut tre considr comme un ‘Old Faithful’ de l’e-music, vous comprendrez o je veux en venir. Car, l’instar du geyser du Yellowstone Park, le synthtiste anglais qui se cache derrire CREATE sort un album chaque anne depuis Reflections from the Inner Light, en 2004. Et depuis ce premier jet, les albums connaissent une qualit croissante.
A l’instar de la plage ponyme qui ouvre l’album futuriste. Cela commence par ce qui est un dialogue avec un ordinateur avant que diverses squences viennent s’amorcer en couches multiples, sur lesquelles viennent se poser mlodies thres et atmosphriques, et accords cristallins. Le fait qu’Humphries ait dornavant principalement recours de vrais synths plutt qu’ des mulations, mme les meilleurs qui soient, n’est certainement pas tranger cet tat de chose. La musique et les compositions tout en restant synthtiques y perdent leur ct artificiel et y gagnent en chaleur.
Cela confirme Humphries comme un leader de l’e-music en ce dbut de XXIe sicle.
2010. LouLou / Prog-rsiste
Sylvain Lupari / Canada –
For its 5th opus, Create invites us in a entre deux. A skilful mixture between the cosmic vapors of Biospherical Imagery and the fierceness of Kindred Spirits. Not that Space Time Continuum has a violent temperament. It sails between random and the minimalism with melancholic exhalations.
The title track reveals a very spacey cosmic intro where a voice announces with regret, nothing can be done, or change. The tonality is equal to what the waltzing images of 2001 A Space Odyssey induced; a kind cosmico-dramatic fusion on calm, but arid, ethereal. The slow orchestral movements sail on a gloomy sea. Follows, a beautiful line with ascending reflections which cascades with softness, maintaining this chimerical vision of a space drama. The rhythm is soft and move slowly in spiral, like an abstract voyage in a synthesize sinuosity. A bit as Phaedra, a beautiful ghostly flute floods the emptiness. This opens a passage to heavy percussions, with hasten beats, moulding finely to a minimalism carrousel which filters its melody through synths with piercing and etching solos.
Ghost in the Machine offers an atonic and spacey opening, to sound effects with twisty and eclectic vocal breaths, as a crumpling of emotions. The movement settles with slowness, as if we look at an interstellar ballet where the gravitational movements are of a poetic tangibility. Light percussions install a sober rhythmic march, dress by beautiful languorous solos and short mislaid melodies to livid colors.
The crystalline flutes of Cryogenics start a parallel structure to Ghost in the Machine. Tasty the intro permutes in a nervous and hiccoughing sequence about the 5th minute mark. The world of Create becomes more agitate and offers a dense and animate musical coloring. Mellotrons are dancing on haphazard sequences, but structured on a steady rhythm, offering the best ingredients of a corrosive and mocking Create.
Footprints in the Sand starts quietly; amber-colored and fluty Mellotron which sails between the worlds of TD, Phaedra style, and Air Sculpture before offering an intense and insistent sequential movement. The sonorous impulsion is slow, but rushes by heavy spiral sequencer which progresses on increasingly dense and rhythmic cylindrical tangents layers. An impressive musical journey which circulates through superb corridors, to ghostly and orchestral synths. The comparison with the nebulas waves of TD, at the time of Phaedra and Force Majeur, is impossible to circumvent. By far, the best part on STC.
It is all with carefully that Fading Lights grow Brighter finishes Create 5th opus of. Strongly atmospheric, nebulosity of sphere of influences is heavy and is heartfelt on a space march on dubious tempos.
After each Create album, we are amaze to mention it has to be his best. As if Stephen Humphries controls the art to mark-down and innovate. In fact, the English synthesist is unaware of the rules of membership, in order to have a better modelling of him with the progressive passion that dictates him his approach.
A more contemporary writing where his emotions are etch with heart, sense and heat. Space Time Continuum is a sublime cosmic voyage on nervous and arrogant sequencers, an element which follows Create to each creation.
2007. Sylvain Lupari / Canada
Bert Strolenberg –
Stephen Humphries, aka Create, explains in the booklet he found it time to release an album of shorter tracks as the previous two cds contained only very long tracks.
Well, the five tracks on Space Time Continuum” continue in the characteristic Create-tradition
This is the album by Create I have been hoping for ever since I heard the demo to his first album. To me the CD marks something of a coming of age, his very best album so far.
Deep, windy, swirling vortex sounds abound at the beginning of the title track. We get a sample of the computer from ‘2001 A Space Odyssey’ telling Dave that all is fine. Softer silken pads make a fleeting entrance then the vortex returns. Another sample from the computer gives things a darker twist before returning to soothing drones and ethereal wordless choral effects. A slow high register sequence emerges. A heavyish rhythm nicely fits alongside the pulsations. Lead lines of varying intensity, some flutey whilst others laser sharp, are released one by one. A further melodic sequence joins the party. An impressive feature of the track is some lovely use of Mellotron. Indeed this can be said of much of the album.
‘Ghost in the Machine’ has a very weird but extremely effective sound at the beginning. It is almost as if it is speech but so distorted as to turn it into unintelligible crackling static. Are we hearing someone trying to communicate with us or is it just our imagination? A soft contrasting melody floats through it all. It’s an excellent opening section which gets even better with the introduction of more ‘tron’ and soft pads adding just a touch of melancholy. A slow deep rhythm and percussion line take things gently forward.
‘Cryogenics‘ begins with a lonesome flute and yet more Mellotron. It’s all rather moody but also beautiful stuff. A slow pulse gives a little structure whilst sedate sequence starts to form. A rapid sequence is deployed increasing the excitement levels. More sequencer lines seem to be coming all the time and as the note count per second increases so does the pleasure level. An excellent track.
Well if you still haven’t had enough tron, yet more gets ‘Footprint in the Sand’ underway. A slow five-note sequence emerges from the lovely dreamy atmosphere. Things continue to build in classic Berlin School fashion as a second sequence joins the first, morphing nicely.
‘Fading Lights Grow Brighter’ is appropriately all rather shimmering until ethereal Mellotron arrives. We then get a really effective, extremely bass heavy, melodic motif that provides just the right darker contrast. A sequence does arrive but it’s rather subtle, fitting in with the mood of the rest of the track. Overall though I did think that the track was a bit plodding.
The rest of the album was much better, the first track especially being a real belter!
Stephan Schelle –
Im Herbst 2007 erscheint mit der CD Space Time Continuum der mittlerweile fnfte Silberling des Briten Stephen Humphries
Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity –
This release from 2007 offers 61 minutes of astral electronic music.
Create is Stephen Humphries.
Grinding machinery is swamped by astral tonalities, establishing a backdrop of celestial demeanor laced with heavenly chords. Meanwhile, more keyboards trigger an assortment of glistening electronics that provide the central melodies. These frontal threads slowly evolve a modicum of pep while remaining studious and pensive. A slow-build process propels the progression, riffs and cycles regularly entering the flow and enhancing the musics density.
Utilizing a variety of sounds, Create fleshes out each song with a diversity of crisp timbres and atmospheric textures. Bass tones lurk deep in the streaming structure, supporting the bevy of twinkling effects and dreamy sequencing.
A bit of e-perc is present in the music, usually somewhat immersed so as to soften the beats, relegating the rhythms to a deep immersion where their role becomes subliminal.
These compositions embody a tasty melange of cosmic airs rooted with earthy sentiments. This mingling of outward expansion and organic sources offers a balanced temperament, the spacey passages are grounded by a human perspective.
A science fiction theme runs through this music, with the first and last tracks dealing with astronomy, a cyberspace piece, and an instrumental ode to cryogenics. Diverging from this genre, one track (Footprints in the Sand”) concentrates on humanitys historical survival.
2008. Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity“
Ren / NL –
Very nice soundclips!! recommended!
2007. Ren / NL