ARS LUCIS - review by Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity | Max Corbacho Ambient Atmospheric Space Music
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Ars Lucis

 

This release from 2009 offers 74 minutes of regal ambience.Corbacho plays sequencing, synthesizers, and atmospheres.Ethereal electronics achieve a stately presence that remains rich with sedative properties.Vaporous textures unfurl to fill the chamber, then undulate to bring these attenuated layers into endearing contact with each other, merging to produce a delicate density that retains a demonstrative softness.

 

All of the auxiliary electronics share this mellow touch. Twinkling with crystalline beauty, the tones reverberate with an airy character as if the sounds themselves can convey an airborne buoyancy.Although melodic hints lurk within the fluid mix, this music relies mainly on harmonic structure to achieve its idyllic dreaminess.

 

While these compositions embody a discriminating celestial flair, their expansive presence is imbued with a divine elegance that excellently captures the awe inspired by viewing cathedral architecture (which from the song titles we learn is the album’s general topic). The simplicity involved is quite deceptive, for what seems to be sparse is in actuality a lavish compendium of gentle pulsations. These lucid creations divulge majestic splendor with each tenuous passage.

 

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