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Music for Microworlds

by Max Waves

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イタリアのコンポーザー、Max Wavesの作品がbandcamp(そしてJamendo)においてフリーで公開されています。Labelは一応Elektronische Musik Union(EMU)となっていますが、これはやはり便宜上のものではないかと、そう思います。

 Jamendoにおいても人気を博しているようですし、レビューも多く寄せられているようなので、すでにある程度の認知度をもっている様子。そんなのあえてここでとりあげなくても、とは思いましたが、聴くほどに染み込んでくる作品だったので、やっぱりピックアップ。

 客演しているPixiegutsというのは、オーストラリアのMarie Cravenという女性ヴォーカリストで、Max Wavesとだけでなく、他にも多くのElectronic musianと競演してきています。彼女と組んだ2曲―”Reflections”, “Distant”が特にすばらしい。キーワードは”夜”。”夜”の底を漂うような絶妙の浮遊感、”夜”という時間がもつ隠微な秘密めいた感覚、そして陽が消えた後の”夜”にある冷たさ、けれどそこにある鋭利な美しさ。すべてが内包されている。そのエレガントな衣の下にある、退廃的な表情が私を魅了してやまない。

 他のトラックにしてもAmbient musicの体裁でありながら、Lounge的な向きのある、しっかりとメロディを持っているものが多くて、いずれも聴きやすい。M-2のシンセサイザーにあるどこかAncientな感覚が現実を遠ざけ、水中をどこまでもたゆたっていくような終わらないゆらぎが、精神を解放する。M-4のじんわりと広がるシンセ音が与えてくれる不思議な安堵感もたまらない。その裏にある細かいエフェクトやAmbienceが作り上げる冷たい音空間の中で、その感覚に浸りきる。M-5もピアノの音を生かした、ミニマルながらメロディックなトラックで気持ちよく聴ける。
 ラストだけが聴きやすさを回避したような、宗教音楽にも通じるような声部が出たり入ったりする、Ambient/Drone/Experimentalな仕上がりになっている。それまでと流れを変えて、あえて暗い方向に落とし込んで終わりにする形には、何か意図が込められているのでしょうか。

 今作を聴いて気になった方は、Max Wavesの作品はJamendoにおいて多数公開されているので訪れてみてください。またbandcampにおいては今作収録の”Distant”が”Smokers Club Remix”という形でフリーで公開されていまして、これも文字通りクラブ仕様のイカした仕上がりになっています。是非聴くなり、ダウンロードするなりして、楽しんでください。あとはPixiegutsの声が気に入ったという方も、彼女のHomepageから別名義も含めたリリースを辿っていけると思いますので、探索してみてください。
www.lifewave.sitemix.jp

“Nachtmusik” è datato 2007 ma è stato necessario e doveroso (nonché piacevole) recuperarlo ad una memoria ancora inesistente sulle nostre pagine per parlarvi oggi con maggior cognizione di “Music For Microworlds”, l’ultimo “figlio” sonoro composto da Max Waves.
Perché tornare indietro di oltre tre anni? Perché lì, in quelle poche tracce, in quel “corto” lussuoso c’’erano già gli embrioni di ciò che la musica di Max è oggi: uno stupendo ambient-IDM raffinato ed aperto a soluzioni non programmate e nemmeno scontate.
Sei tracce per cui l’artista trevigiano sente la necessità di incontrare con timidezza la voce e Pixieguts, monicker dell’australiana Marie Craven che tramite web ha raggiunto il Nostro nel mondo delle sintonie intellettive, ha dipinto con la sua voce le tele sonore, in due situazioni, che in entrambi i casi la richiedono morbida, attraente e raffinata come la musica che ‘circonda’ le note emesse da corde vocali allenate con amore e dovizia.
“Reflections” e “Distant” diventano allora la ‘raccolta’ di una testimonianza che in Germania è scuola: la miscela tra elettronica rarefatta e malinconica con la voce calda e modulata su atmosfere crepuscolari, nuance ardenti come per molte produzioni Chandeen o Schiller, entrambi teutoni e non è un caso.
Poi quattro tracce in cui Max rimane di nuovo solo con la sua musica, la sua forma d’espressione che vaga tra lande ‘space-oriented’, “98 Drops On The Window” ne è emblema, che tornano nel finale con “Twareg Rose”, stupenda ed esoterica di nuovo figlia dell’elettronica di stampo elevatissimo che in Klaus Schulze vede una stella fermissima in un firmamento teutone articolato e raggiante.
Tra l’altro in “Twareg Rose” l’impressione di captare una voce simile a Lisa Gerrard è tangibile e chi è un attento conoscitore della regina ex Dead Can Dance, non avrà difficoltà a lasciarsi catturare da questo brano ricco di fascino occulto e mistico.
Ci piace parlarvi di Max Waves; ci piace e ci indigna perché nel ‘junk-sound’ italico trovano spazio artisti di carature inferiori e di idee grossolane quando non sono clonazioni di stereotipi mainstream.
Il nostro scopo è anche questo e non sarà mai un problema offrire una pagina a chi, seppur sulla border-line, sente il bisogno di divulgare la propria musica perché noi, au contraire, sentiamo forte il bisogno di non perdere di vista la nostra sete di note."
Nicola Tenani
www.soundsbehindthecorner.org

"Semplicemente stupendo! Max, musicista sempre alla ricerca di sonorità stilose e eleganti, con questo album riesce a regalarci nuove emozioni chill-ambient arricchite questa volta dall’inedita collaborazione con Pixieguts, cyber-interprete australiana della voce calda e sensuale."
www.ianny.it

"A really nice whole production!
All the sounds are top arranged and played pro.
A very balanced sound selection with an innovative overall concept and not to forget the super voice what brings the right warmth in the entire album!
Yes this album is produced with great feelings and professions!"
C.J.

"A music to listen not to hear!"
Fabrice Gear

"The soft yet controlled voice of Pixieguts will warm your heart and amaze your ears... the music is exquisite, gentle, ambient, and deliciously mellow for the shattered nerves after a trying day... this is music for the night - soothing... magical..."
Orangeupurple

"Je lui mettrais 9/10 car la perfection n'existe pas. Mais quand on aime ce genre de musique d'ambiance, cet album est un MUST, envoutant, poetique, avec une pointe de melancolie: le rendu est exceptionnel. Personnellement c'est le troisieme morceau (Distant) qui m'a le plus marquer, le duo avec Pixieguts est vraiment sublime et inoubliable, la voix assez profonde de la chanteuse entremeler a la sublime musique de Max Waves arrivent a nous transporter au dela du reel.
Je ne trouve pas grand chose a redire sur l'album, a part peut etre que le dernier morceau est un peu en dessous des autres; mais bon c'est un detail.
En conclusion, je vous conseille de l'ecouter avec attention et de savourer cet instant magique!!!"
[vote 9/10]
Baptiste B

I LOVED "Nachtmusik", so downloaded this first to have a listen before reviewing. However have just listened to Reflections...and having wiped all the tears off the keyboard have just got to say this is the best track I have heard this year. You really should send this out to a few labels...this is absolutely sensational. Pixieguts' voice just sends shivers..the soft 'rap' towards the end is amazing, the lyrics are magic...poetry standard, and your soft accompanyment with just the keys & gentle strings sets it off beautifully. I haven't listened to the rest yet, but Reflections is 10+10+10. Thanks to all of you for making and sharing a truely great song.
[vote 10/10]
PJR

Nehmen sie Tempo aus ihrem Leben - hören sie dieses Album - erreichen sie ihr Ziel! Weg vom Stress - hin zu Max Waves! Super!
[vote 9/10]
Sonnenjagd

Une ambiance de détente aérienne, de songe régénérant, de pause relaxante nous enveloppe d'une douceur bienfaisante... les deux pistes avec le chant de Pixieguts sont un régal de vérité, de chaleur et de sincérité.
Bravo et merci!
[vote 9/10]
San064

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released March 27, 2010

"Reflections" lyrics by: Andrei Masliev and TRavvy
"Distant" lyrics by: Andrei Masliev

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His production is inspired by Germanic and Japanese electronic music drawing its influences from artists such as Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Kraftwerk, Peter Baumann although his works also contain echoes of Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre, YMO, Tomita e Ryuichi Sakamoto. ... more

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Track Name: Reflections (feat Pixieguts)
what have i found in this time and place
maybe i have caught my stride
maybe i have seen a sliver of the world
maybe i will remember

caught my stride
for my hands and feet
i have
maybe i am lost
caught my stride
for my hands and feet
in this time
in this place

what have i found in this time and place
maybe i have caught my stride
maybe i have seen a sliver of the world
maybe i will remember

in reflections
maybe i will remember
in this time
in this place
i have found awe
i have found a pace

caught my stride
for my hands and feet
i have
maybe i am lost
caught my stride
for my hands and feet
in this time
in this place

[RAP] even taking a breath
was a temporary way of feeling free from pain
that wasn't in my nature
just stop at a river get a drink and sit by an old gum
and that the whiteness underneath would come through
i wasn't looking for a brainwave
that the whiteness underneath would come through
in a little peek, a little ray
like something was there to get me
that wasn't in my nature

what have i found in this time and place
maybe i have caught my stride
maybe i have seen
a sliver of the world
maybe i will remember

what have i found in this time and place
maybe i have caught my stride
maybe i have seen
a sliver of the world
maybe i will remember

maybe i have seen
a sliver of the world
Track Name: Distant (feat Pixieguts)
lyrics by Andrei Masliev