Mathias Grassow

Mercurius

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Mathias Grassow and Klaus Wiese collaborated on Mercurius. Four soundscapes for "Tibetan singing bowls" and electronics make up this CD. Wiese recorded the bowls over a ten-year period from 1988 through 1998. Grassow added the electronics and mixed the disc from 1998 through 2000. This is delightful "refrigerator hum" ambience. Wiese's bowls complement Grassow's drones and Grassow's drones complement themselves. The soundscapes are dense and foggy and completely organic. There are no samples, so the organic feel comes from electronics and acoustics. Grassow is that good. His arrangements bring out the best in these atmospheres. Fans of Alio Die, Stephen Philips, and Deep Chill Network will find this disc essential. Serious collectors will like this disc for its unique and eclectic qualities. Casual fans will have to listen first.

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