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Richard Durand – In Search of Sunrise 8

April 24, 2010

Trance international – special edition
Richard Durand – In Search of Sunrise 8

Trance international - special edition Richard Durand - In Search of Sunrise 8The initial discussion at Black Hole Recordings offices started by the water-cooler and ultimately moved into the label’s main meeting room (large music-industry-sized table fitted as standard!). With Tiësto ready to pass over the ‘In Search Of Sunrise’ controls, the question on the table was: who would take over as the new mixer and creative compiler of the series? Many a cup of strong black coffee was drunk and everyone, office-wide was canvassed for their thoughts. The outcome though (rather un-dramatically!) was undivided.
 
From that point, events took a turn for the mischievous…
Black Hole teased & tweeted, they laid false trails and floated elaborate (alright, misleading!) ‘clues’. All of which were designed to keep everyone guessing and maybe even put you off the scent altogether… Until, of course the time was right.
 
It was just around that time that we bumped into them in Miami and (really, bless ‘em!) they dropped the whole exclusive straight into Trance International’s lap! We didn’t even get to buy them a beer.
 
The answer you’re all after is actually a completely organic one, and proves the most intuitive of moves forward for ISOS.
 
Richard Durand seemed to have a substantial presence on the scene back before many of us knew what he looked like, let alone played & produced. One minute he wasn’t there, the next he was everywhere. This was down, to quite some great degree to the aforementioned world’s former no.1 regularly marking him out as the new talent to watch. With almost head-spinning, neck-twisting speed, he came good on Tiësto’s early affirmations.  
 
Floor-slaying remixes were followed by highly imaginative singles and then in 2009 an album that kicked speaker-ass and endorsed his entire career to-date. In terms of sheer consistency of quality, he has very few peers. Hearing him guide ISOS into the next decade, imprinting his own intrinsic audio-signature onto the series will be something that every right-thinking trance-head will need to hear. So those now watching and waiting to see what the South African edition of the series will bring, well speculate on (until May anyway). But gambling against Richard carrying it off? We wouldn’t bet against it for all the coffee in Holland.
 
Wanted: 10 Trance International readers ready to receive a copy of In Search of Sunrise: South Africa, signed by Richard Durand.
Qualifications: Opened mindedness and a genuine, deep-rooted love of good trance music!
 
 
 
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BT – These Hopeful Machines

March 12, 2010

BT – These Hopeful Machines

on Black Hole Recordings

 BT - These Hopeful Machines BT returns with long awaited sixth album ‘These Hopeful Machines’

 
Internationally renowned artist, visionary producer, film composer and technologist BT is back with These Hopeful Machines, a double-disc opus that carries listeners through 2 hours of sweeping orchestral arrangements, pulsating electronic beats, heartfelt vocal melodies and even simple acoustic guitar. Out February 19 (Black Hole Recordings), These Hopeful Machines embodies BT’s ability to weave both his technical prowess and compositional mastery that reminds listeners why he is the composer that all other composers and producers study.
 
These Hopeful Machines is the follow up to 2006’s This Binary Universe, an album that created an entirely new genre of evocative electro-acoustic music. Keyboard Magazine wrote in a review, “In a hundred years, it could well be studied as the first major work of the new millennium. It’s that good.” These Hopeful Machines continues to evolve BT’s distinct technical, lyrical and compositional vision and execution, but his usual melodic complexity and bleeding-edge electronic techniques permeate the album from start to finish.
 
Album opener and third official single “Suddenly” opens to a minute’s worth of glitchy breakbeats made using BT’s own software, Breaktweaker, before morphing into a powerful, guitar-driven anthem that is among the album’s most memorable songs. The track “The Emergency”, is instantly a classic BT dance hit designed to linger long after the song ends. The album even features BT’s first cover, a reinterpretation of “The Ghost in You” by The Psychedelic Furs. The song was recorded on tape, giving it a familiar and sentimental feeling while maintaining BT’s distinctive style. There are also multiple collaborators on This Binary Universe, like Rob Dickinson vocals on “Always” and “The Unbreakable”, Jes, (formerly of Motorcyle) on “Every Other Way” and “The Light In Things”, and The Police’s Stewart Copeland who lends a drum breakdown to “Every Other Way”.
 
From an early age, BT, born Brian Transeau, demonstrated a remarkable aptitude for playing and understanding classical music. He was heavily influenced by avant-garde and romantic composers such as Stravinsky, Bartok, Debussy and Rachmaninov. His biggest influences, however, were from everyday sounds that most would take for granted, from noticing the meter of the grandfather clock in the foyer to the micro-rhythms of crickets and cicadas to the ambience of passing trains at night.
 
“When examining my creation process, it makes perfect sense why I am a forced technologist”, he explains. ”I frequently face the fact that the tools I need to compose music simply don’t exist. It is like being an architect without bricks or mortar. I routinely create my own bricks and connective tissue as the diving off point to the compositional process”.
 
The drive to actualize the tools BT envisions has led to his evolution as one of the most cutting-edge programmers and technologists in music today. He has expanded this reach into a visionary software venture, Sonik Architects which launched its critically- and commercially-acclaimed iPhone application, Sonifi™, last fall.
Says BT, “My ultimate goal is to keep the emotional counterpoint and the integrity of the song intact, even when pushing the envelope with style and technique. The faster things get, the less people are willing to take in a body of creative work. There are so few things now that will engage us. The intent of consuming music is usually to have an awareness or a feeling, to have a truly, empathic connection to others. My hope is to create something that makes people feel that they have consumed something that completes a void. I want to create something lasting”.
 
Disc 1
1. Suddenly
2. The Emergency
3. Every Other Way
4. The Light Of Things
5. Rose Of Jericho
6. Forget Me
 
Disc 2
1. A Million Stars
2. Love Can Kill You
3. Always
4. Le Nocturne De Lumiere
5. The Unbreakable
6. The Ghost In You
 
 
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Cosmic Gate – Back 2 Back 4

March 12, 2010

Cosmic Gate – Back 2 Back 4

Cosmic Gate - Back 2 Back 4Funny as it might seem, it takes a lot for a group to ‘recover’ from the runaway success of a global top 10 single… especially when it’s one of their first. Possessing both innovation and determination in equally large measures, Bossi and Nic Chagall were never going to sit back and let that happen… By any measure you care to choose, Cosmic Gate’s regeneration is complete… 2.0 achieved. The ghost of ‘Fire Wire’ laid to rest… once and for all.
 
Last year saw them produce and deliver their forth consummately fine artist album. A ‘slam-dunk’ as they say on the other side of the pond, what ‘Sign of the Times’ did in terms of contributing to the success of Cosmic Gate’s ‘09 is hard to overstate. A highest-climber move into the top 20 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 chart, a clutch of hot-house singles & remixes and a small matter of a couple of 2010 International Dance Music Award nominations – all after effects of a hugely embraced album.
 
Now for their first major manoeuvre of 2010, the lads are bringing back their much-loved Back 2 Back compilation album for a (possibly slightly overdue) 4th outing. Compiled and mixed throughout the course of their recent South America tour and even more specifically whilst on the Rio de Janeiro leg, the 2 discs serve as new maps to their musical minds. From the deeper, more progressive half of their brains, disc 1 summons sound-scaping atmospherics including Greg Morrison’s ‘Another Suggestion’, Blake Jarrell’s ‘Galapagos’ and the Moonbeam produced, Daniel Mimra vocalled slow-burner ‘Look Around. As it reaches, and then crosses the halfway point, Nic and Bossi start to open the gate and allow more melodic entities to enter. Estiva & Temple One’s ‘November Lovely and Cosmic Gate’s own remix of Kyau & Albert’s ‘I Love You’, numbered among them.
 
Back 2 Back 4’s second disc brings in more heavyweight studio operators. Rank 1 & Jochem Miller’s current collaboration ‘The Great Escape’, Ronski Speed’s ‘Denva’ and – in its Nic Chagall remix form – Marco V & Jonathan Mendelsohn’s Coming Back’ all lie in wait. C.G. themselves are also well represented here… Inspired by their time in Rio, their next single ‘Barra’ (the video for which has just gone online on their YouTube Channel) opens the disc while and fan-favourite ‘London Rain’ has also been given a special Back 2 Back 4 re-shape for inclusion.
 
If this audio-fusillade sounds all too appealing, well we might be able to help in putting a copy of Back 2 Back 4 into you hands. Black Hole has given us 10 copies, signed by Nic and Bossi to put up for grabs. All you have to do to be in with a shout of grabbing one is to tell us your top 3 Cosmic Gate tracks or remixes. Easy!
 
Back 2 Back 4 Mixed by Cosmic Gate is out on the first of March thru Black Hole Recordings.
 
< BUY here Back 2 Back 4 (LIMITED SIGNED COPIES) >
 
Tracklist
CD 1

  1. Mike Shiver & Aruna – Everywhere You Are (Duderstadt Rmx)
  2. Glenn Morrison – Another Suggestion
  3. Moonbeam feat. Daniel Mimra – Look Around
  4. Boy Hagemann – Night Vision (Original Mix)
  5. Patric La Funk – Calisto
  6. Blake Jarrell – Galapagos
  7. Jason Van Wyk – Once Again (Original Mix)
  8. Estiva & Temple One – November Lovely (Estiva Mix)
  9. Kyau & Albert – I Love You (Cosmic Gate Remix)
  10. Lost Stories – Flight 447
  11. First State – Cape Point
  12. Michael Angelo & Solo feat. Denise Rivera – Alone (Ashley Wallbridge Rmx)
  13. Alex Armes – Hypnotize (Original Mix)
  14. Spartaque & Slava Flash – Open Air
 
CD 2

  1. Cosmic Gate – Barra (Extended Mix)
  2. David Forbes – Katsu (Original Mix)
  3. Mat Zo – 24 Hours (Oliver Smith Mix)
  4. Lange presents Firewall – Wanderlust
  5. Alexander Popov – Metropolis (Original Mix)
  6. Rank 1 vs Jochen Miller – The Great Escape (Extended)
  7. DJ Eco presents Pacheco – Staring At The Sea (Original Mix)
  8. Marco V feat. Jonathan Mendelsohn – Coming Back (Nic Chagall Remix)
  9. Cosmic Gate – London Rain (Back 2 Back 4 ReDub)
  10. Jer Martin – Ten Minutes To Midnight (Original Club Mix)
  11. George Acosta feat. Fisher – Tearing Me Apart (DNS Project Remix)
  12. Ron van den Beuken vs Crossed Eyes – Terminal 44 (MDJ Remix)
  13. Ronski Speed – Denva
  14. Swen Weber – Xonque (Julian Vegas Remix)
 
 
 
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