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Odysseys To Marrakech & Istanbul by nachtricht Odysseys To Marrakech & Istanbul
9 tracks

Running time: 1:19:20
Released: 07/2016

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Occasionally on our space journey, Nachtricht calls in on our parent planet – Earth. In recent times visits have been made to Turkey, including Istanbul, and Morocco, including Marrakech. Musically what is most noticeable in such parts, beyond the array of various string and flute instruments, is the percussion and rhythms. All manner of items are used to create what we hear as an exotic mix of rhythmic sound. For any instrumental accompanist the first problem – and the second and third – is that there is no BPM to work against.

With the greatest acknowledgment and respect for those...
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Moebius (Test Of The Infinite)   Play song





Rothersphare by nachtricht Rothersphare
12 tracks

Running time: 1:13:18
Released: 07/2016

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One of my (many) favourite guitarists is Michael Rother, whom I was lucky enough to see at a UK gig a few years ago (working with our recently lost electronic music friend Dieter Moebius). It was a wonderful evening of Teutonic electronica right in my own back yard - bliss!

Following Rother's brief stint with the embryonic Kraftwerk, and the difficult years of Neu and beyond (Cluster), light began to creep in with Harmonia (Deluxe) owing a little, perhaps, to one Brian Eno. But for me it was the deft touches of some (not all) of the songs on the first...
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Stelenfeld (Field of Stars) by nachtricht Stelenfeld (Field of Stars)
8 tracks

Running time: 1:18:24
Released: 07/2016

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This is a very different Nachtricht journey, an intense one, mostly of the mind and of the heart. My personal response (though I am not Jewish) to the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, which I have visited a few times.

The bland, obliquely angled and sized stones stand as markers to what the 20th century (and before, and doubtless the future) did to one particular group of human beings at the hands, knives, and guns of others.

The stones are already wilting under the heavy weight of the suffering they represent, even as the traffic skips past and the shopping ans business continues....
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Spatial Awareness by nachtricht Spatial Awareness
10 tracks

Running time: 2:23:52
Released: 10/2015

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Double Album
Disc 1: tracks 1-6
Disc 2: tracks 7-10

Travelling over time through the Cosmos in my craft Nachtricht I have encountered the most wondrous and unexpected objects, actions and experiences. This double album is a miscellany of those many collisions avoided (if only just), accidents witnessed, and mysteries negotiated. Some are frozen moments of stasis, soundscapes that barely move at all, while others are flowing narratives, always with the drizzle of guitar falling lightly from above.

Come with us on this odyssey and share our increasing awareness of the multiplicity of wonders that lie out there is space, in the knowledge that...
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The Invisible Universe by nachtricht The Invisible Universe
5 tracks

Running time: 1:16:45
Released: 10/2015

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Recently while on a Rhineland tour we were given an unscheduled two hour stop at the site of the Effelsberg radio telescope in Germany and I was inspired to write the music I’d planned for a while on the work of radio telescopes to provide data otherwise out of our sight. Until year 2000 Effelsberg had been the largest fully steerable radio telescope on earth. A hiking path leads past the telescope, and along the way we found cherries to pull from the trees and eat. In 2004 part of the site was turned into a planet trail with...
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Rosetta by nachtricht Rosetta
5 tracks

Running time: 1:08:48
Released: 10/2015

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For those interested much is available to be read about the Rosetta robotic space probe mission, so I will try not to repeat such information here. But my Nachtricht spacecraft, veteran of comet observations (see the Nachtricht ‘Cometalia’ album) had to visit first hand such a spectacular project, arriving to perform the first successful landing on a comet’s surface.

Together we flew past Mars and the asteroids 21 Lutetia and 2867 Steins, before reaching the comet 678. It is hoped that the mission will provide a better understanding, not only of comets themselves, but also of the early solar system.. It...
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Astrolab by nachtricht Astrolab
5 tracks

Running time: 1:09:43
Released: 10/2015

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On this heavenly trip the spaceship Nachtricht visited the locations of the best and less well known science laboratories of the skies, tracking their horrendously fast yet simultaneously apparently still passage through our near Earth space. But the history of such man-made satellites is more long-term
and comprehensive than these few, if important, examples. These heavenly bodies of earthly origin are designed to remain in low Earth orbit for long periods of time, usually with the ability for other
spacecraft to dock with them. Currently the I.S.S. - International Space Station - and Tiangong are the only operational space stations in orbit....
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Cometalia by nachtricht Cometalia
7 tracks

Running time: 1:16:06
Released: 10/2015

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Nachtricht is back from an astral journey on the tails of multiple comets, those mostly tiny Solar System bodies made of ice and rock, the nucleus containing frozen water, super cold methane and nitrogen, plus metallic bits of Solar System debris left over from its formation. When heated by the Sun these parts begin to sublimate. The mixture of ice crystals and dust blow away from the comet nucleus to create a double tail, the dust one that we normally see and a plasma one which forms when molecules of gas are excited by interaction with the solar wind. This...
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Watersphere by nachtricht Watersphere
7 tracks

Running time: 1:19:46
Released: 04/2013

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Another day, another voyage, as Nachtricht points its prow into the coastal waters of the islands of Gt. Britain, Ashra style, echo guitar meandering through the best and the worst of our sea weathers hear the deck running dangerously with angry water, the engines struggling to hold the vessel in place against the forces of nature feel the rocking of the ship, the battering of the uncontrollable elements but witness also the beauty of that horizon, the glint of sunlight burning through stormcloud and kissing the very surface of the ocean wonder at the lightning and its thunder accept the...
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Provisional Impaxe by nachtricht Provisional Impaxe
3 tracks

Running time: 1:18:11
Released: 04/2013

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Originally a 72’ guitar improvisation echoing the early solo work of Manuel Gottsching, set against a grounding loop of synth bass and percussion, the whole has been deconstructed/ reconstructed to form overlapping parts (halves, thirds, quarters) using the so-called ‘woman tone’, but with pick up selection changes throughout, making for an interweaving sound structure throbbing against interacting minor and major scales that chase one another relentlessly across the Stratocaster fretboard, driving, and hopefully spellbinding finally an embroidery of novation mininova lines and pads (great to be twiddling knobs again!) – all best absorbed into the system accompanied by...
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Originally a covers band guitarist I became intrigued by the sonic possibilities of early synthesisers and for a while made EM without guitars.Those were the days of UK Elektronica, EM discussions with Steve Joliffe, Tim Story, Ian Boddy (now on the Zeit team I see - good man!), Paul Nagle, Andy Garibaldi, and the Freeman brothers. Music was distributed on cassette - mine on Colin Potter's ICR label with a sample(of the album Fuji, Pillowbook of Dreams) included on INKEYS no 9.

I bought my first synth, a broken MOOG Satellite, cheap because the shop didn't know how to repair it. Somehow I had it up and running in a few days. Then I bought a MOOG Prodigy from Rod Argent in Denmark St/ Tin Pan Alley, while Jools Holland was boogieing in the background ona white grande - not Lennon's. Then a string Synth from Mick Clarke, who's EM album Games was a minor hit in Europe. Lastly (at that time) a Sequential Circuits Pro One from a guy who claimed to be in Rory Gallagher's band - hardly sounds likely but you know what these musos stories are. . .

For a while I gave up producing music, distracted by marriage, family - and the day job! Now I've returned to the fray I'm combining synth and samples with guitar textures (I'm an FX junkie) plus guitar synth, in a guitar driven EM, sequences and all, but trying to avoid the all too common 'rock out' option.
My inspirations include Gottsching/Rother/ Pinhas/Hillage on my Oceans of Space double CD, while for my Voices of Cissbury Ring and Glimpses of Infinity albums I defer more to the ambient colours of Roach/Rich/Obmana. Cosmosis sees a more Fripp/Pinhas soundscape, mainly improvised, originally intended as the backdrop to a radio science discussion programme
Ultimately though my music is me, Nachtricht, no more, no less. I hope you like it.

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