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MATHIAS GRASSOW

Progressive Electronic • Germany


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Mathias Grassow is one the leading figures of the "sacred" space music, multi-instrumentalist and sound researcher. He started his career during the late 70s but delivered his first solo release in 1987. He has experimented a wide diversity of sound aesthetics and music styles but has continuously approached the transcending-meditative territories of music. He collaborated with a bunch of well known artists from the classical ambient movement (Klaus Wiese, Jim Cole...)

His synthesized soundscapes are dominated by Liturgical, dense, spiralling and impressionistic abstract motives. Close to the 80s L.A school of electronics (Steve Roach...) with the impulse of a more fundamental-elevate dark state (Popol Vuh, early Deuter...)

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Pipes Of Peace
1988
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Psychic Dome
1992
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In Search Of Sanity
1993
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Ambience
1995
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Transpersonal
2009
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Sky
2010
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Mosaic (with John Haughm)
2012

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 Mosaic (with John Haughm) by GRASSOW, MATHIAS album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Mosaic (with John Haughm)
Mathias Grassow Progressive Electronic

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

— First review of this album —
3 stars MOSAIC is a collaboration between the expansive ambience architect MATHIAS GRASSOW from Germany (who has released over 150 albums) and JOHN HAUGHM most famous as vocalist / percussionist / guitarist of the US metal act Agalloch.

This ambient soundscape finds GRASSOW on synthesizer, field recordings and samples and HAUGHM on vocals, voices, guitar, pedalboard, shaker, Waterphone, bowed banjo, bones, cymbal, chimes, bells, singing bowl and bodhr'n.

The album of nearly 45 minutes consists of three tracks all titled MOSAIC followed by a respective I, II and III. The final track extends past the 21 minute mark and pretty much swallows the entire second side of the vinyl edition (turquoise blue, wickedly cool!)

This type of music is difficult to rate because the effect is not based on technical playing skills at all but rather in creating an otherworldly effect that helps the mind drift away into another consciousness altogether. In that regard it achieves its goal quite well.

The positives of this album are that it's consistent and never breaks the hypnotic spell which dominates the entire running time. It's minimalism guarantees that no unnecessary elements interfere with the goal of achieving a hypnotic session of inner bliss with droning synthesizers and sundry extensions.

The negatives include the fact that this album doesn't stand out very much from the gazillion other similar acts out there achieving the same purposes. This is not sophisticated like Tangerine Dream or Klaus Schulze. While effective in its goal, it's not very unique and therefore despite a pleasant listening experience won't invite return visits. Still though, very nice.

 Transpersonal by GRASSOW, MATHIAS album cover Studio Album, 2009
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Transpersonal
Mathias Grassow Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
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— First review of this album —
4 stars Released in 2009, by hyper prolific electronic composer/performer Mathias Grassow's "Transpersonal", continues his deep "dark ambient" transition as opposed to earlier works which somehow New-Agy, even then, pointed to less melodic structures and a far more relevant position for sonic environments, even if they turned toward noise, but not like this, many years laters.

Very different from his 1986 "At The Gates Of Dawn" and "Panta Rhei" or his also very new-agy, 1987, "Atman", very different indeed. But then again time, as you know, happens.

Anyway, "Transpersonal", is dark yet human. It builds its slow-paced structures from recognizable elements, very much like Alio Die in this regard, but twists its direction to more obscure environments, which demonic Lustmord opened up shamelessly.

Coming to terms in between, "Transpersonal" is hypnotic as it is nightmarish. Meticously performed, its three, 20+ minutes each, compositions explore minimal and simultaneous sonic layers, multiple layers. Yet perfectly recorded, every single sound is crystal clear, as its long melodic lines stand out as lighthouses among pitch dark and menacing backgrounds .

For "Dark and Bright Ambient" and "Drone" Prog/Electronic followers and adventurous Avant Garde audiophiles.

****4 PA stars.

Thanks to philippe for the artist addition.

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