An album of guitar and synthesizer soundscapes, Macula Transfer was composed by Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese in 1975 and 1976 during the different airline flights that give the tracks their titles. Though the LP does make good traveling or background music, most of it is emotionally ambiguous, without enough detail or variety to reward active listening. An exception is the standout track "Quantas 611," a slow, moody synth piece that would sound at home on Brian Eno's Music for Films or Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works, Vol. 2. "OS 452," with its driving rhythm guitar over synth washes, sets the pace for the rest of the LP. "AF 765" adds organ and solo guitar to the mix, with a quickening pace at the end that prefigures techno tracks like Moby's "Thousand." "PA 701" features more complex rhythms, with chorus effects reminiscent of those used by Popol Vuh.
AllMusic Review by Michael Waynick