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Przemyslaw Rudz

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4 stars Przemyslaw Rudz's debut album, coincidently, starts off sounding like a fresh venture into the cosmos for the first time. Summa Technologiae kicks off with a drone that soon turns into a propulsive synthetic beat, keeping the atmosphere both spacey and simple to serve as a good starting point for the mental journey ahead. The second track, "Two Evolutions", is one of my favorites off of this album and features slow and subdued electronic noises that simulate deeper space that build to become more beautiful and celestial as the track moves on, and the mood of this track reminds me of a planet rich with vibrant aquatic life. After the slow cosmic ambient Berlin-school style interlude track "Space Civilizations", "Intellectronics" features a strong outer-space yet industrial type of mood that builds and swells with distant beats that recall European electro-house, and sort of sounds similar in mood to Solaris' masterpiece Marsbeli Kronikak. The centerpiece for Summa Technologiae, though, is the nearly 18-minute "Phantomology" which begins with beautiful and slow resonant cascades of glistening light backed by dark growls from light-years away distant exploding stars, all before evolving into a modern Kraftwerkian electro-pop dance experiment with various experimental electronic explorations in sound and ending with the same deep ambient glistening beauty that it all started with. The last two tracks, "Creation of the Worlds" and "Pasquinade on Evolution", are two nearly-danceable space-meets-dance pop tracks that run together as one and really sets the ending mood of the album on a slow and beautiful note.

Summa Technologiae, being Przemyslaw Rudz debut album, I decided to save for last when listening to and reviewing his current discography because I wanted to end at the beginning. Being so intimate with his later releases, I was certain that this debut album would be Mr. Rudz's weakest album, but I was fortunately very wrong on my assumption; actually, all of his albums are of the highest quality in this type of electronic music, and this album fits right in with his later albums as wonderful, delightful, and introspective additions to anyone's collection of music from deep space and beyond. If you're looking for a chill and adventurous album with a strong cerebral merit, then look no further than Summa Technologiae

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