Return To The Origin by Gert Emmens & Ruud Heij

Gert Emmens & Ruud Heij

Return To The Origin

5 tracks

Running time: 1:10:39
Released: 03/2004

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  01   Vortex - 17:37
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  02   Return To The Origin - 14:13
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  03   Solaris - 8:34
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  04   Life In Motion - 18:06
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  05   So Long - 12:09
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Ruud is better known for his valuable
contributions to two of the main retro /
sequencer driven bands around, Free System
Project and Kubusschnitt. Gert has a
number of solo albums available in similar
territory. Here they combine to produce
another excellent Berlin School tour de
force. We begin 'Vortex' with wonderful
deep space drones rising and falling like
solar flares exploding into the ether only
to be dragged back to the star from whence
they came. Amongst them we get a
collection of lovely analogue sounding
cosmic twitters and effects as well as
sparing use of distorted unintelligible
voices very low in the mix. From this
exquisite atmospheric beginning emerges a
rapid ballsey sequence which hits the spot
perfectly, positively thundering along.

Another brace of higher register but just
as rapid sequences quickly fall into
formation increasing the excitement still
further. Just as impressive however are
the underlying pads and effects which
complement the whole perfectly. The title
track starts with lovely soft ethereal
tones over which floats a delicate
sequence. A second deeper and meaner one
adds an urgency and the pulse starts to
race even faster as a laser sharp lead
line flashes over the top. The feeling of
energy and speed is just as intense as
on the opener though with something of a
moodier twist. There is a section in the
middle where things are stripped down to
the mutating main sequence which then
takes off with even more menace and oomph.
The backing also becomes quite intense
until it all calms down to a lovely
melancholy finish. Fantastic stuff. The
sequences keep coming with 'Solaris'. A
pair bounce off each other, keeping the
quality as high as before. A lovely deep
bass line falls into formation providing
yet another stab of mid 70s inspired
brilliance. Each sequence mutates as they
go providing a shifting backing for
a dreamy lead. 'Life in Motion' has quite
a delicate beginning with little twitters
of sound shinning through a low volume
breezy drone. Gradually more mournful pads
come to the surface.

The opening section last for five minutes
and provides a welcome interlude from the
fairly constant sequences we have had so
far. This sort of variety is essential as
even for me seventy minutes of almost
constant sequencing would be too much. It
makes the sequence, when it does come,
even more effective especially when it is
of this quality, sounding very Schulzian
from the 'Mirage' period. We then get some
TD type sequences joining it blasting
forwards on a wonderful ever-changing
throbbing soundstage. Runs of notes come
and go whilst others remain darting this
way and that. What a wonderful track. We
calm down for the finish floating through
the ether straight into the final track
'So Long'. Again a soothing interlude is
created then shattered with the arrival of
probably the fastest sequence so far. I
just closed my eyes and let my mind surf
on the exciting wave of pulsations. If you
are into sequencer based music this is an
essential purchase. (DL)