Michael Uyttebroek

Time Vision

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Uyttebroek's Time Vision unites worldly drum beats and numerous percussion instruments representing the primordial use of the drum itself with a handful of synthesizer arrangements and keyboard flights. The final product creates less of an impact than expected, but some interesting rhythms do result from Uyttebroek's use of unconventional instruments, such as the tongue drum, the kess kess, the doum doum, and an assorted gathering of roto toms and brass chimes. Three of the tracks, "Flight," "Earth and Sky," and "Melomorn," seem to obtrude more than the others since they allow for the best integration of keyboards and percussion. Although the synthesizers are easily heard, their involvement could have been heavier and a tad more lively, in order to carry out Uyttebroek's concept of uniting the old world with the new to its full extent. Most of the tracks apply subtle rhythms and sophisticated tempos to the background of synth, resulting in a contemplative new age atmosphere rather than a hectic one. Time Vision accomplishes its task in bringing the drum to life, but suffers from a slightly platitudinous new age style.

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