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Altered carbon

Altered carbon

7 Oct 2008

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  • Original Release Date: 7 Oct 2008
  • Label: Alex Tronic Records
  • Copyright: (c) Alex Tronic
  • Total Length: 1:07:26
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  • ASIN: B004N3420Y
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Macready on 17 Nov 2008
Format: Audio CD
I bought it on iTunes then had to buy it on disk , cos I wanted to hold it in my hand - call me old skool but there's nothing old skool about Neu Gestalt's Altered Carbon. I've loved electronic music for years and listened to many different types in the genre but nothing really prepared me for the sound of this album. There's a depth to this work that suggests it wasn't approached lightly, the sounds really seem crafted as opposed to pre programmed, the textures alone , those crackly textures are mystifyingly delightful . How does he do it? I've no idea! Deep bass drums , crackles and glitches , synth washes and sharper tones all come together to deliver a very satisfying and chilled mood . It seems slow but it isn't , the sounds draw you in and then Neu Gestalt surprises you with a beat and new sounds which develop the track further. It's just great electronica and it doesn't seem to do anything by accident, its all carefully structured . I love this album and you will too and this is coming from a guy who was sent behind the couch as a small child by Delia Derbyshire's Dr Who theme even before the scary monsters appeared. Since when did acousmatic sound become so embraceable? Sure you can think you know what's making that sound , but some of the sounds defy imagination. Try the closing measures of Frozen Ground for example . Artefact has parts that I've found myself whistling when I didn't even realise they had sunk into my subconscious! I wonder what Delia would have made of it? This CD wont disappoint you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By fionnula on 13 Nov 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent ambient/electronica album.... check out neu gestalt's site on mymusic to hear examples of beautiful tracks on this album. You will not be disappointed!
My personal favourite is Paradigm Shift, deep warm classical base overlayered with electronica of fading crackles, subterranean heart beats, alternating cosmic bleeps, distant dark oriental bells and enigmatic keyboard surface playing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Gurtler on 17 July 2012
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November 2008 marked the debut album of Neu Gestalt for Alex Tronic Records, both based in Edinburgh, Scotland. "Between Her Dreams" is leaded by dreamy, evocative washes, which are delicately supported here and there by slowly swirling pulses and crystalline glitches and hisses, all masterfully blanketed by warmly languid cinematic nostalgia. "Glyph" is slightly more dynamic with fragile, bubbling and bleeping effects, relaxing mid-tempo melodies and expressively blooming drifts. Welcome to the lush sonic garden of Les Scott, the sole protagonist of Neu Gestalt!!! "Convergence" is slightly more minimal moodscape, yet still packed with broad palette of gently flickering escapades. "Artefact" integrates again more active beats, hauntingly melted with glitchy ingredients and vivid piano and synthetic textures. "Fissure" dives at the beginning into rather mysterious terrains, but soon some minimal, cyber-tech noises backed by warmer washes take the lead. The next piece, "Frozen Ground", comes with razor sharp synthetic rhythms that steal the show, I love so much these vibrant vintage sequences, warmly inviting and fully entertaining composition, attractively assembled with polished details, definitely one of my fave on this journey!!! The title composition "Altered Carbon" comes directly out of the cybernetic lab with fragilely lucid pulses and hisses wrapped by hypnotic atmo zones. "Trace Elements" unfold with cinematic washes and soon cascade into smooth, beat-infused terrains, always surrounded by crackles and nostalgic moments. Catchy electro beats take "Levitation" into the most active phase reminiscent of old EM school with some catchy, soft EBM elements thrown in. A really nice piece!!! It awakened some of my long-burried memories.Read more ›
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By Baxter Tocher on 23 Oct 2014
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A fabulous slice of intricate electronica from an Edinburgh-based musician. Wonderful in every way.
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