A mere 16 years separate the original release of Digital Moonscapes and this remastered edition from East Side Digital, yet it seems almost a leap from the primitive to the advanced in terms of the effect on the sound of this album from synthesist Wendy Carlos. Even though the original album was a digital recording, the subsequent mastering process appears to have wreaked havoc with the tonal qualities of her work, rendering it harsh and unpleasant. This new edition, with its revised cover art, is quite the revelation. The tonal qualities are no longer harsh and tiring to listen to, the music has an impressive depth to it, and there is a new level of detail that simply was not noticeable in the original. The digital instruments of Carlos' LSI Philharmonic resonate gorgeously, depicting cosmic phenomena and icy moonscapes with quiet power and grace. Those with an interest in electronic music should not overlook this new edition.
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AllMusic Review by Steven McDonald