Thomas P. Heckmann is the artist whose storming tracks as Age, Exit 100, and Drax are the core canon of early German techno. For his first eponymous album, the master of TB-303 throb and acid-streak rhythm turns to the space-searching qualities of ambient music, with soft beats and electronic respiration marking the steadily tilting movement of expanding sonic planes.
Like such classic albums as Brian Eno's APOLLO and Tangerine Dream's PHAEDRA, RAUM plays with perspective. Heckmann's music exerts centrifugal force in seven phases. At times you are left to orbit--floating freely, peering down with wonder as cloudbanks part, stellar bodies dance, and tendrils of synth emerge from RAUM's unfixed center to seek the corners of infinite space. Occasionally, Heckmann tugs on the astral tether, drawing one into the source of sound to be enveloped by its pulsating glow. RAUM is an exceptional ambient achievement that allows one to experience sound from within and from without.