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Bernd Kistenmacher biography
Bernd Kistenmacher is a german producer and musician specialised in spherical "kosmische" synthscapes. He started his career in the 80's with a handful of sonic, epic synthezised electronic efforts taking inspiration from Klaus Schulze and the Berlin electronic school. His musical releases deliver complex, achieved floating dreamy-like melodies floating throw deep cerebral spaces. Published in 1987, "Wake up in the sun" can be considered among his classic albums. He also collaborated with the drummer and synthesist Harald Grosskopf (Wallenstein, Klaus Schulze, The Cosmic Jockers...) for the long piece "Stadtgarten Live" (1995)

Similar artists: Klaus Schulze, Robert Schroeder, Rolf Trostel, Adelbert Von Deyen


Head-Visions (1986)
Wake Up In The Sun (1987)
Kaleidoscope (1988)
Outlines (1989)
Characters (1991)
Live & Studio Tapes (1992)
Starting Again (1995)
Stadtgarten Live (1995)
Thoughts (1996)
Compiled Dreams (1997)
Contrasts Vol I (1998)
Contrasts Vol II (1999)
My Little Universe 8 CD-Box (1999)
Un Viaggio Attraverso L'Italia (2001)

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BERND KISTENMACHER top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.51 | 9 ratings
Head Visions
4.00 | 8 ratings
Wake Up In The Sun
3.67 | 3 ratings
Musique Intemporel
3.08 | 6 ratings
3.40 | 5 ratings
3.50 | 4 ratings
4.00 | 3 ratings
4.00 | 3 ratings
Un Viaggio Attraverso L'Italia
3.75 | 4 ratings
Celestial Movements
3.75 | 4 ratings
Beyond The Deep
3.67 | 3 ratings
Let It Out!
4.00 | 4 ratings
4.00 | 4 ratings
4.33 | 3 ratings
4.00 | 3 ratings

BERND KISTENMACHER Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)


BERND KISTENMACHER Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 2 ratings
Compiled Dreams
4.67 | 3 ratings
My Little Universe
4.00 | 2 ratings
Best of - Patterns of Light

BERND KISTENMACHER Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)


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 Head Visions by KISTENMACHER, BERND album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.51 | 9 ratings

Head Visions
Bernd Kistenmacher Progressive Electronic

Review by clarke2001
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Bernd Kistenmacher, not so known electronic musician from Germany, deserves more recognition: his music would certainly appeal to the fans of Berlin School of electronic music.

Kistenmacher offered his debut album, 'Head Visions', to a number of music labels in 1986. He was rejected because ''his music is too 'seventies oriented' and nobody will listen to it today''. At the same time he was selling copies to fans all over globe just by the word of mouth. He established his own private label, 'Musique Intemporelle'.

The 1986 was the year when The Greats of electronic music had not yet hit the rock bottom of their creative landscapes (as, say, 3 to 5 years later), but they were certainly not in their creative apex neither: Schulze was noodling with pot-pourri of electronica and pseudo classical music, Tangerine Dream were experimenting with digital equipment and electric guitars, and Kraftwerk were, of course, doing techno pop. Paradoxically, Kistenmacher debut with obsolete music came like a breeze of a fresh air.

'Head Visions' comes with three lengthy pieces (plus one bonus track that fits fine).

Fans of old Tangerine Dream will immediately recognise Kistenmacher's influences: first track, side-long 'Ruckstürz' is lovely, meditative, floating tapestry of analogue chords which blends into a pulsating sequence with additional layers of portamento melodies.

'Quitting Time', a second track, is truly fabulous piece: totally hypnotic, precise, and haunting. After twelve minutes or so, the song cools down by repeating the sequence backwards.

'La Tendresse' is keeping the quality level - this time there are no sequenced patterns, only atmospheric harmonies, resembling nature calls (fans of TD will immediately draw a parallel with opening dissonances on 'Force Majeure'). This one wraps album nicely, but there's a bonus track on a 1992 release (recorded live in 1990, I guess it's an excerpt since it starts and ends with fade in/out) that continues in the same style, and thankfully keeps the quality on the same level: the high pitched sequence that melts into counterpoint tones balancing between melodies and chords, making a waiving pad, while there's a bass guitar-resembling pattern in the background, very sparse, with some electronic percussion that resembles maracas and sound natural and logical. Despite the sound wallowing in intersected melodies, it's airy rather than dramatic, and dreamy rather than tense.

Bernd Kistenmacher, a youngster who looked like he was a member of a hair metal band in the 80's, did a tremendous work here. I'm more than willing to check the rest of his output. Highly recommended to the fans of 70's electronic music.

 Head Visions by KISTENMACHER, BERND album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.51 | 9 ratings

Head Visions
Bernd Kistenmacher Progressive Electronic

Review by philippe
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Head Visions is the debut LP of german composer Bernd Kistenmacher. His music is in the direct conitinuation of 70's Berlin space electronic music. Each track features floating, serene, aquatic & epic ambiences based on vintage synthesizers. This first album is really achieved, reaching a high state of maturity, pre-figuring the release of a few little classics. The opening theme is a dreamy-like and melodic composition using extended synth chords, minimal spaced out patterns based on sequencers. This is very closed to Klaus Schulze's late 70's efforts, very calm and lienar, providing powerfully flowing electronic waves that create a charming trip throw the unknown. Quitting Time is a realy hallucinatory, vibrant electronic epic featuring eerie ambiences and moving, repetitive electronic rhythms & hypno loops. Once again it reveals real references to Schulze's majestic abstract soundscapes. La tendresse is my favourite track on this one, a cosmic-proto new agy piece, always bringing to the fore tranquill-spacious synth lines punctuated by conrete noises & effects. The album reissue features a live extract released in 1990 for programmed percussions and epically meditative synthscapes. A pleasant listening that can ravish every fan of 70's kosmische music.
 Kaleidoscope by KISTENMACHER, BERND album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.08 | 6 ratings

Bernd Kistenmacher Progressive Electronic

Review by philippe
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars If people are not familiar with Bernd Kistenmacher's music I must say that is very reminiscent of Klaus Schulze mid period and in particular with the new musical direction taken at the beginning of the 80's with albums such as trancefer. Consequently the synthesized ambiences are gorgeously epic and accessible at the same time. You won't find any experimental arrengements or dark, moody drone sequences. The atmosphere is very light, soft and evocative, including a lot of melodic fragments, hypno-rythmical patterns, helicopter-like drums, numerical synth vibes. All the songs are flowing and moving but we can immediately recognise the typical 80's functional-easy listening-space music behind it. Time to time it features really common-like, mainstream melodies for a nice nocturnal electronic romance (Quitness & Ecstasy). The cover definitely reminds me Moondawn from K. Schulze, but the comparison stops here. Kaleidoscope contains a warm serie of sci-fi kosmische melodic electronic suites. A valuable listening but nothing really challenging for the genre. From the same artist, Wake up at the sun is a much more amazing & convincing release neglecting the entertaining pop-ish aspects of Kaleidoscope. Recommended for fans of Rolf Trostel, Robert Schroeder and Klaus Schulze at their most academic moments.
Thanks to Philippe blache for the artist addition.

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