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Outer Space - Inner Space

Flanger Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD (5 Nov 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B00005Q369
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 318,553 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Outer Space/Inner Space
2. Galak
3. The Men Who Fell From Earth
4. Inner Spacesuit
5. Le Dernier Combat
6. Unosietecero
7. It Ain't Rocket Science
8. Hirnflug

Product Description

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Outer Space/Inner Space is the third album from Flanger, a project consisting of Teutonic duo Burnt Friedman and Uwe Schmidt (aka Atomheart), two respected and impressively prolific producers in their own right. Individually they each have a reputation for creating sonically adventurous and deliciously irreverent music: their joint excursions are truly no exception. In contrast to their debut LP ("Templates", an intricate patchwork of fragmented sound sources designed to avoid loop-based structures) Inner Space... seems to represent some kind of continuation of the space-age jazz ethos started (but sadly not maintained) by 1970s fusion dons such as Herbie Hancock and George Duke. Their playful and intriguing production techniques (stuttering beats, grainy pulses, random throbs) are added to by a host of live instrumentation--bongos, drums, analogue keyboards, vibes, sax--that throws up futuristic feel-good jazz-funk grooves. There's a range of flavours, from the thoughtful, meandering jam "Galak" and forthright funk of the title track to the wayward, frenetic electronic grooves of "The Man Who Fell From Earth" and the improbable time signatures of "Le Dernier Combat". Intricate, innovative, unruly and unpredictable, this is another essential instalment of the Flanger saga that will appeal to beat-headz, jazz-freakz and goatee-strokers alike. --Paul Sullivan

BBC Review

It's jazz, Jim, but not as we know it....Flanger's two previous records on Ntone recast early 1970s spacey jazz fusion as the product of a software engineers fantasy. Blurring the lines between what's been played and what's been digitally generated, Burnt Friedman and Uwe Schmidt's music was playful, eartickling and occasionally ridiculously funky. Friedman's solo work in particular (check 1999s wonderful Con Ritmo) has been playing with notions of real and cyber musicianship, forcing crisp, funk derived drum patterns into hyperspeed blurs that Jack DeJohnette would be hard pressed to replicate.

Inner Space takes things a bit further by introducing real instruments into the mix, courtesy of a bunch of Latin American rhythm players and Danish soloists. The resulting brew is warmer and more organic than previous outings; Thomas Hass's tenor and Carsten Skov's vibes provide a harmonic sophistication and coherence lacking in Schmidt and Friedmann's limited keyboard skills, leaving the duo to concentrate on providing texturally rich and rhythmically propulsive backdrops, which is after all what they're best at. The music here is in a constant state of flux; sonically incredibly rich and marrying warm Zawinul-esque Fender Rhodes piano with digital glitches, dubby atmospherics, intricate layers of percussion and Friedmans trademark drum manipulations.

The second half of "La Dernier Combat" drags the propulsive funk of Herbie Hancocks Thrust into the 21st century with a ferocious slap bass and percussion dialogue topped off by fat analogue synth riffs, while the opening "Outer Space/Inner Space" is possibly the strongest track, mainly due to Hass's probing tenor explorations which dig deep into Friedmann's intricate rhythmic matrix. Elsewhere the single "Inner Spacesuit" is a clavinet soaked groovathon, while the closing "Himflug" suggests the MJQ as the inhouse band on board a Cuban space station. Flanger's strongest suit is their refusal to lazily appropriate notions of jazz cool in the manner of many of the so called 'Nu Jazz outfits'. Theirs is a brave new world where the tenor saxophone and the Powerbook can sit happily alongside each other in a virtual jam session. (Inner)Space is the Place. --Peter Marsh

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars space oddity 11 Feb 2002
Format:Audio CD
To categorize this heady, experimental album as a latin jazz-fusion record that flirts with electronica, or exactly the opposite remains a riddle. Masterminded by two jazzheads, somewhere between Santiago de Chile and Cologne, Germany,"Inner Space-Outer Space" is a noteworthy musical combination where animaginary Kraftwerk cover band would perform Sancho Panchez' repertoire. The display of musicianship is phenomenal, owing as much to live instrumentation as programming, and offers a complete departure from the nu-jazz and broken beat sounds of other outfits like Jazzanova, Beanfield and Les Gammas. With all its bold complexities and explorations of new musical territories , the album remains fully accessible and highly enjoyable, with or without a space suit
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 July 2014
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It's great!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Even more avant garde than their last stuff! 8 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Whereas Midnight Sounds had a latin feel, this release is influenced by freeform jazz. It works well in places, particularly in the percussion driven title track, but on other songs the techniques can sometimes seem a little extreme and startling. All in all a quality release with enough good moments to counteract the bad ones. Still prefer Midnight Sounds though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the dynamic duo strike again 2 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
the ever brilliant atom heart together with the burnt fried man, going further into that weird
electronic jazz hybrid than ever before
the single inner spacesuit is a classic
and this is prime ninja stuff
guaranteed dancefloor poison!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Space Coconut 15 Jan 2002
By mgdraw@pacbell.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
To categorize this heady, experimental album as a latin jazz-fusion record that flirts with electronica,
or exactly the opposite remains a riddle. Masterminded by two jazzheads, somewhere between Santiago de Chile and Cologne, Germany,"Inner Space-Outer Space" is a
noteworthy musical combination where an imaginary Kraftwerk cover band would perform Sancho Panchez' repertoire. The display of musicianship is phenomenal, owing as
much to live instrumentation as programming, and offers a complete departure from the nu-jazz and broken beat sounds of other outfits like Jazzanova, Beanfield and Les
Gammas.With all it's bold complexities and explorations of new musical territories , the album remains fully accessible and highly enjoyable, with or without a space suit.
4.0 out of 5 stars Flanger - Outer Space/Inner Space 22 Feb 2011
By scoundrel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
On Outer Space/Inner Space, Burnt Friedman and Uwe Schmidt's third outing as Flanger, they return to the skittering electro-jazz that marked their first album, Templates. Although "Galak" hearkens back to Midnight Sound with its mellow pseudo-Latin jazz feel, a few of the tracks are more like "The Man Who Fell From Earth," with lots of clicks and blips. This album seems to blend their previous two together for something different: "It Ain't Rocket Science" lays the horns over some off-kilter rhythms, while "Hirnflug" gleefully throws in everything including the kitchen sink. For lovers of weirdo electronic jazz, you already know you want this album.
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Electronic Jazz Masterpiece 11 Nov 2010
By technolagnos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
This is an amazing album produced by amazing musicians. This is the new jazz sound, free from stereotypical-boring sequential solos from spoiled, well mannered, upperclass Berkley graduates. In this album you will find content and justified mixture of electronic sound and jazz music. Ambience, vibration, frequency engineering and improvisation in the context of audio experience and not of technical efficiency. This is original music from great musicians that have nothing to prove. A masterpiece album for our well being.
4.0 out of 5 stars Outer space - inner space in my mind 27 Mar 2008
By Marcin Ponicki - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought Flanger's "Outer space" on my friend's advice. I knew it much earlier - I just had to listen to this convolute sounds for long time to decide, if I liked it or not.
This is difficult music, full of complicated rhytms and surprising music passages. An electronical world is mixed here with real instruments, which - as swimmers, who desperately need breath - surface from time to time.
All of this creates its unique style, definitely one of a kind, which sometimes reminds me the music of polish group "Skalpel". And sometimes - nutty Amon Tobin's sounds.

Now, after all this time and all my adventures with "Outer space" - I can only truly recomend the record.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average 19 Aug 2004
By Jeremy Webber - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm a very open-minded person, and music is perhaps my favorite thing in life. I love techno, post-rock, jazz, all that stuff, but this isn't something I haven't heard before. The CD is good, but its only good the first time, and it declines for each listen. It doesn't make that extra step that makes a good album, perfect.
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