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Create — From Earth to Mars
(Groove Unlimited GR 120, 2005, CD)

by Roel Steverink, Published 2006-05-01

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Why is it, that outside the realm of EM-admirers, few people, even people who do like EM, don’t like Klaus Schulze’s music? The answer lies in its static structure, where other artists make it elastic, the KS structure is rock solid. But this staticness is also the strength of his compositions – it lets the composer burn his fiery fires of sound on top. The same goes for Create. Much like Bernd Kistenmacher, this young Brit Stephen Humphries builds his compositions on this concrete foundation. The static sequencers are the jumpboard for strings, effects and solo adventures. To maximally enjoy the endeavours is to let the rhythm drive you away in pictures of sound. There is, however, a danger that Humphries stacks too many sound layers in the frame, especially since everything is squeezed together in the mix, so little breathing space is left. In the long run I miss the hypnotic quality the music of Schulze and Kistenmacher had. It’s really sad but, despite the high level of composition and arrangement this cosmic music is being destroyed by a far too dry a mix.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Create (Steve Humphries)

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