Various Artists

Amplexus

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In 1995 the Amplexus label commissioned several artists to create mid-form (approximately 20 minutes) compositions. The label released them as limited-edition (1,000 copies) 3" CDs in unique packaging. Projekt Records combined three of them into a single, standard-size CD. Amplexus contains three electro-tribal selections: one each from Thom Brennan, Vidna Obmana, and Steve Roach. "The Transcending Quest" is Vidna Obmana producer Dirk Serries' piece. In its original format it has three movements: "Moonstream," "The Quest," and "Authentic Space." This is somewhat of a transitional effort for Serries. It combines his early trademark minimalist style with his burgeoning electro-tribal ambience. It is a deep and personal statement. Brennan's piece, "The Path Not Taken," is one solid stand-alone composition. It combines his penchant for thick rhythms and dense atmospheres. He merges those qualities in a bio-rhythmic soundscape. And, per biblical custom, "the best shall be last." "The Dreamer Descends" is vintage Steve Roach space music. He combines his pure electronic style with very subtle yet dense atmospheric effects. This 20-minute journey has two distinct movements: "The Dreamer Descends" and "True West." He covers a lot of territory in that short time. That is the beauty of Roach's journeys. They are full of contrasts, compliments, ambiguities, and oxymorons. He makes them work with seamless transitions and smooth segues. This is a truly unique CD. It is similar in feeling to Soundscape Gallery One. Both discs have a desert ambience theme.

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