Thursday, 28 June 2018

Ken Martin- Spheres "Space For Music “ 2004 US Electronic,Ambient,Berlin School


Ken Martin- Spheres  "Space For Music “ 2004 US Electronic,Ambient,Berlin School
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"Spheres” follows the Berlin series tradition. Ken Martin is a very prolific and superb sounding electronic musician and we are proud to have him as a part of the Space for Music roster of artists. 
At 55 minutes in length, “Spheres” is a recording for the sequence lover. Every song, with the exception of 10 minutes or so, has Ken’s landmark sequencing sounds, mixing with textural space. Ken Martin is one of the best selling artists at Space for Music. The “Spheres” release shows Ken in his musical element. Sequences and melodies in the tradition of the great synthesizer artists from the 70s. I never get tired of this style of electronic music. 
Ken prolifically creates comforting electronic sounds that groove and float the listener to familiar fields and new sonic territories as well. We find Ken working in his classic electronic style. 
Lover’s of his Berlin series, will be equally satisfied with Spheres. The musical saga continues… ~

Ken Martin has been making music in the pioneering Berlin school sound for years, and thankfully Space For Music has been releasing quite a bit from his archives. Spheres showcases a variety of his space music from 1989 through 2000, which was remixed by Martin in 2004. The result is another solid outing of music suitable for journeying to the far reaches of the galaxy. “Cloudance” floats around for a while before settling down into a slow sequence and a beautifully laid-back synth solo, soaring high above the rest. As is so often the case with Martin, he doesn’t go down the well-worn path of building up layers of sequences; rather, he opts for a slower, subtler approach. For instance, “Cathedrals of Neptune” is, well, cathedral music. A church organ plays slowly, regally, enhanced just so by a smattering of other synths. “Tranquility,” as you might expect, is also a quiet one. Martin maneuvers these delicate sonic landscapes quite skillfully, adding just the right nuances to keep the listener fully engaged. “Spheres” takes a more traditional approach with the obligatory string pads, a simple four-note bass sequence, and a lovely oboe synth lead. And yes, this one does build up in some fashion, but it stays low key, and Martin makes this approach work time and again. “Blackholes” is abstract and spacey, a cool ambient mind trip, as is all of Spheres. I can’t recommend it highly enough….~

Tracklist 
1 Clouddance 11:48 
2 Cathederals Of Neptune 2:58 
3 Tranquility 9:55 
4 Spheres 10:26 
5 Blackholes 11:34 
6 Rotation And Magnetism 7:55 

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