The Spanish musician Max Corbacho has grown into one of the absolute masters in ambient/spacemusic. His albums are like an ocean of peace and tranquillity. Well, oceans are the central concept on his double album The Ocean Inside. Max sees the mind as an ocean with constant changing waves. In his music he goes as deep as a bottomless ocean. He has the gift to create a wonderful carpet of sounds with what seem a few sounds and only a little shifts in atmosphere. That is a wonderful thing. In this kind of music, a lot of musicians are active who produce only sounds but no atmosphere and certainly not music. Corbacho does! The first seven pieces of the first cd are one continuous whole of the most beautiful sounds that Max creates with a pallet of synthesizers and samplers. The sounds are soft and fine. They really are like the ocean but I can also imagine a journey into the mind when I listen to the music. Especially Web Of Eyes sounds nicely full. Towards The Bottomless Sea, that is almost a half an hour long, is even softer and also very imaging. This approach is carried on on the second disc with Dive In. Here, the tracks are also continuous. Awaken is an excellent composition here. Deeper Into The Ocean, the last track on the album, goes deepest in my opinion with great repetitive and slowly moving sounds, comparable with the early music of Steve Roach. You need to open yourself to this absolutely fantastic music. If you do, The Ocean Inside is a tremendous experience.
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