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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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Atman
1987
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Taoasis
1987
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Behind the Evident Void
1988
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Pipes Of Peace
1988
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El-Hadra - The Mystik Dance (collaboration with Klaus Wiese & Ted de Jong)
1990
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Prophecy
1991
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Calm
1992
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Psychic Dome
1992
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In Search Of Sanity
1993
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Silent Lucidity
1993
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Lifecycle
1994
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Ambience
1995
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Gates to Mystery
1997
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Through Past in Future
1997
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Lanzarote-Spirits
1997
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The Soil of Awareness
1998
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True North (collaboration with Amir Baghiri)
1998
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The Clear Light of Death
1998
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Elixir
1998
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Electric Bowls
1998
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Namakar
1998
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Awaken the Empire of Dark Wood
1998
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Towards the Sound
1998
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Mind Riders
1998
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The Fountain of Remembrance
1998
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Dissolution
1999
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Emerald
1999
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Himalaya
1999
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Distant Light
1999
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Hidden Deep
1999
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Thödol
1999
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Space
1999
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Himavat
1999
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The Spheres of Lucid Dreaming
2000
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Equilibrium
2001
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The OM-Drones
2001
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The Hollow (collaboration with Jim Cole)
2001
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Expanding Horizon (collaboration with Alio Die)
2002
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Holy Domain (collaboration with Klaus Wiese & Carsten Agthe)
2003
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Dharma
2004
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The Last Bright Light (collaboration with Jim Cole)
2004
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Aurora (collaboration with Siegmar Fricke)
2005
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Deep - Breath - Silence (collaboration with Jim Cole)
2006
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Conscience (collaboration with Tomas Weiss)
2006
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Transpersonal
2009
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Calibration
2009
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Praha Meditations (collaboration with Alio Die)
2010
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Sky
2010
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Quiet Calling III (collaboration with Tomas Weiss)
2011
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Bloodmoon
2012
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Second Gift of Life
2012
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Mosaic (collaboration with John Haughm)
2012
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Alchemystery
2012
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Wisdom of Fate
2012
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Dämmerung
2012
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First Gift of Life
2014
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Ad Lucem (collaboration with Rüdiger Gleisberg)
2014
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Harmonia Mundi
2014
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Short Stories
2015
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Wisdoom
2015
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Auræ (collaboration with John Haughm)
2015
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AeroAreA
2015
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Liana of Spirits - Rank of Souls
2022
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Traumwerk
2022
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Interstellar Ambience
2022

MATHIAS GRASSOW Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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The Concerts...
1999
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Beyond the Silence - Live at Gut Saunstorf (collaboration with Carsten Agthe)
2012
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Born in Me - Live
2018
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Drone Day Wiesbaden - Live -
2020
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Live at Gut Saunstorf 1st of August 2020
2020

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

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Spiritual Archieves
1997
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Forgotten Memories - The DAT-Retros
2000
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Himalaya / Bliss
2002
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Insights
2004
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Uttarakuru
2012

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

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Quiet Memories
1998
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Tranceformation
1998
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Source Passions
1998
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Sylphidae
1999
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Phrases
2001
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Neural Response (collaboration with Tomas Weiss)
2009
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Sacred (collaboration with Tomas Weiss)
2009
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Nebelmeer (collaboration with Agalloch)
2010
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A-Childs-Colour-Play Pt. 2 (collaboration with Tomas Weiss / split with Dissecting Table)
2011
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Four Hands Stage - Part I (collaboration with Cornelia Kern)
2017
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Four Hands Stage - Part II (collaboration with Cornelia Kern)
2017

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

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

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
Prog Reviewer

— 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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