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Nocturnal Emanations

Bert Strolenberg, www.sonicimmersion.org

"Nocturnal Emanations is the 4th album of the Spanish ambientcomposer Max Corbacho, which again is worth the long wait. It features typical quiet longform ambient-spacemusic divided in 8 tracks, in which transparent synthwashes slowly develop and desolve. A certain comparison to the current ambient excursions and light drone-textural worlds of his US collegue Steve Roach (again) can't be denied, but next to that, Corbacho has arranged a beautiful backing with a vast aray of environmental sounds and fx's, giving the musical painting an almost dense atmosphere. The slow flowing and morphing soundscapes, sometimes accompanied by distinct ambient percussion and sequencertreats (in which a slight high-tech component like Vir Unis is obvious), even gain effect when experienced in the evening or at night when using headphones. Stillness and introspectiveness all make up for over 73 highly atmospheric music, which seems to be the standard for such recordings since a few years."

 

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