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Manuel Göttsching



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2 stars Manuel Göttsching goes ambient

"Die Mulde" is certainly one of the worst album in the german electronic pioneer's discography, next to ASHRA's "Tropical Heat". Although released in 2005, the first four tracks are in fact a single continuous 40 minutes piece composed in 1997. At this time, ASHRA began touring in Japan and Netherlands. The last track was initially recorded in 1981, and reworked by Göttsching in 2004. Musically, the style of this record is much more ambient than his usual works.

The short experimental opener "Schöpferische Stille" features sonorities reminiscent of TANGERINE DREAM's "Phaedra". The title track is a flat and boring tune, with dated sound effects and not many variations. The synthetizer sequence of "Die Spiegel" is in the style of MOTHER MALLARD'S PORTABLE MASTERPIECE CO., however less inspired. At the end of the nineties, this was not very innovative. "Zerfluss" is more rythmic, but the early 90's cheesy sound effects does not make it interesting either.

Unrelated to the computer company, "HP Little Cry" has a soothing ambiance, more typical of ASHRA, however without sequences. There are a few discrete guitar incursions. Difficult to say what material comes from 1981 or from 2004. But the problem of this composition is its monotony. This track is not bad per se, but it does not justify a 30 minutes duration.

"Die Mulde" shows the german musician venturing into a new musical territory for him. His works are usually much more rythmic and his arrangements, more complex. This album may be appreciated by some ambient music lovers, but not by most Göttsching fans...

Modrigue | 2/5 |


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