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All Things In Place (Get Me There)
The Favour


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Michael Begg is a Scottish composer, sound artist, and musician. In 2000, making use of new affordable computer technologies, he began to experiment in computer mediated composition. Along with long time collaborator Deryk Thomas, he produced a series of recordings intended for use in theatre which became the first Human Greed album, Consolation. Michael began contributing to Clodagh Simonds' Fovea Hex project in 2007 with an appearance on the track "Long Distance" on the EP Allure. He has since appeared on every subsequent Fovea Hex recording, and is a core member of the performing iteration of the ensemble. Begg has released a number of recordings in his own name, working more progressively towards a territory comprising site specific thematic work, contemporary classical music, and studio experimenting. Hans-Joachim Roedelius is a German electronic musician and composer. He is best known as a co-founder of the influential krautrock groups Cluster and Harmonia. Roedelius' solo career began with Durch die Wüste in 1978 and then Jardin Au Fou in 1979. The first of the lengthy Selbstportrait series was released in 1979, being material done beside his work with Cluster and Harmonia, without the input of his collaborators. Mostly recorded on simple two-track equipment, the Selbstportraits make up the backbone of Roedelius' early solo recordings. This album is the first collaboration between these two outstanding musicians and brings together the best of both worlds. Full tracklist: 1. All Things In Place (Get Me There) 2. Not Far Away. Further 3. The Favour 4. Gratefully Indifferent 5. A Liminal Moment. Price: € 18,-/copy incl. worldwide shipping.

A sancirla, a distanza, e intervenuto il pregevole Two Gather In The Waiting Room, eccellente nell apertura a tratti trascendente di All Things In Place, ad incanalarsi in un evidente solco Eno, cui segue l elegante, elusiva, stasi romanticamente nostalgica di Not far Away, Further, l inevitabile episodio magistralmente cosmico, The Favour, che su affine matrice contempla l ausilio di una componente ritmica nella successiva Gratefully Indifferent, mentre a chiudere provvede A Limimal Moment, inizialmente irradiante una pacificante soavità, che si svela illustra nel suo progressivo immeggersi in un oscurata onirica e spettrale.
(Blow Up, November 2020)

Voilà un point commun entre les deux artistes, le moment liminal, l approche, la définition de la bordure formant le centre de l œuvre de Begg. Alors, à bien écouter, car c est une musique ambiante qui capte l oreille, on comprend que les fameuses périphéries, les fantômes bourdonnants, comme autant de respirations célestes, sont les effluves crépusculaires de Michael Begg. Brouillard d abord, cette peinture s épaissit et forme, dans les morceaux suivants, l ocre et le brun d un ciel le cédant à la nuit. S ajoute, comme dans les plus chatoyants albums de Paul Schütze, un instrumentarium subtil, tant synthétique qu acoustique qui, rappelant encore les bornes posées par Cluster et Eno, n en reste pas moins vivant et contemporain. La présence des cordes et la douce chaleur nostalgique d une trompette, œuvres de membres du Black Glass Ensemble de Begg, finissent de mener la respiration à son point de chaloupe, car c est un album qui laisse à flotter, entre jour et nuit, terre et air, en attente.
(Fear Drop, January 2021)

The album features five pieces of sumptuously beautiful, relaxing, ambient electronica that ooze class from the first note. Album opener All Things in Place (Get Me There) is an ethereal masterclass of dispersed piano tones and minimalism. Effortlessly simple, yet perfectly crafted. (...) Overall, the album is a masterclass in ambient electronics, at times beautiful and at others creepy, but always dripping in atmosphere. The tracks range in length from just over five minutes to almost ten minutes and never feel overlong, they dont outstay their welcome and continue to wash over you in an extremely pleasant way. This is a great reminder of why I love ambient music.
(Musique Machine, January 2021)