Silent Witnesses Of Industrial Landscapes by Gert Emmens & Ruud Heij

Gert Emmens & Ruud Heij

Silent Witnesses Of Industrial Landscapes

7 tracks

Running time: 1:19:04
Released: 09/2008

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  01   Silent Witnesses Of Industrial Landscapes Overture - 10:24
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  02   Elements In Decay - 12:59
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  03   Liquid Ore Finding Its Way - 13:02
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  04   When Night Falls - 8:28
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  05   Point Of No Return - 7:55
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  06   Setting The Wheels In Motion - 18:12
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  07   Silent Witnesses Of Industrial Landscapes Finale - 8:04
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If you like sequences, more sequences and
still more sequences placed in a Berlin
School setting read on! No messing about
here, we get straight into the ball
breaking title track. Windy, ventilation
shaft type effects remain in isolation
for less than thirty seconds before the
first sequence surges forward- and a
lovely rapid one it is too full of power
and excitement. The backing now consists
of ethereal pads and twittering effects.
Another sequence starts up. A really nice
atmospheric lead weaves this way and that
over the top.

Next up is the massive forty-four minute
'A Journey Through Time'. It is split
up into six parts however so to make it
easier to review I will take each section
at a time. 'Part 1 (Solaris)' sees a
sequence deployed immediately. It is
another rapid one which initially does its
own thing before soft pads are brought in
providing a welcome contrast. As with the
opener it isn't long before more sequences
come to join the first. The lead line this
time is somewhat more strident than in the
first track but even so my attention was
attracted more to the ever shifting wall
of pulsations as each element of them
morphs first one way then the other. The
first lead departs and is replaced in the
fifth minute by a softer flutey one but it
doesn't hang around long as we start a
slow fade to dark gloomy atmospherics.
These continue straight through to 'Part 2
(Red Clouds over a Misty Swamp)'. With a
sub title such as that the mind can't
help but be drawn to certain images. The
ones that came to my mind were of a
humid insect infested atmosphere. It was a
nice break giving the mind chance to
recover from all the intense pulsations -
for a good five minutes anyway, until
another quick paced sequence arrives for
'Part 3 (The Rise and Fall of Atlantis)'.

On this album sequences tend to hunt in
packs so there is no surprise when the
first is joined by another. They bounce
off each other nicely until we get another
short transition period through to 'Part 4
(Waiting For The Day to Come)'. Things now
almost sound like a battlefield after the
fighting has moved on. Explosions can
still be made out in the distance but all
that can be heard closer to hand is
windswept desolation with the sound of
spectres flying over the top. It's all
quite moving but also a little spooky. The
sequences return for 'Part 5 (Crystal
Tears)'. This time the pulsations are a
little more restrained than before fitting
in appropriately with a track thus named.
Even when the inevitable second sequence
makes an entrance and the excitement level
increases there is still a feeling of
tenderness, helped in no small way by more
lovely flutey synth backing.

'Part 6 (The Day the Moon will leave us)'
takes us back to a mood of melancholy
reflection. I expected the next track
'Moments of Unexpected Sadness' to be a
bit of a floater but that didn't prove to
be the case as a sequence bounces forward
within the first minute and a very nice
one it is too. I suppose the title comes
more from the backing which is suitably
wistful, especially the mellotron at the
end. The sequences get even better on
'Conspiracy of Two Forces' chugging along
wonderfully and morphing this way and
that, keeping the attention locked on. A
moody lead line, pitch bending as it goes,
provides that bit of 'attitude' which fits
perfectly with the sequence as it gains
even greater power and menace.

'Driving Home on a Rainy Night' is yet
another sequencer fest backed by tron
right from the off but at just four
minutes it is the shortest track and acts
more like a coda to finish the album off.
If you liked their first album 'Return
to the Origin' you should also like this
though it is even more in your face -
which tends to be no bad thing for most
sequencer fans I know! (DL)