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Check out Andy Butlers CD as well Re:Bernhard Wagners' beautiful new CD reviewed

canīt wait to hear it, Bernhard lets swap man!
By the way i also recomend Andy Butlers CD,wonderful
live looping compositions,i heard it 3 times in a row
and every time i play it i discover a different trick!
full of surprises and fantasies,highly recomended!

--- "loop.pool" <looppool@cruzio.com> wrote:

> I had an amazing musical week.................taking
> in Goth night with new 
> DJs;  seeing Nine Inch Nails
> rip it up at the Santa Cruz Civic; performing live
> looping with video 
> accompaniement at Gavilan College's New Digital
> Media Center;
> playing acoustic traditional jazz with really good
> musicians in Pebble 
> Beach.
> The week was full of a huge variety of really
> excellent music and I rented a 
> car with a fantastic stereo
>  to get to everything.
> My constant companion on those long drives to and
> from the gigs was the 
> brilliant new CD by Bernhard Wagner,
> the talented guitarist from Zurich, Switzerland.
> After listening to all that
> music....................going out 
> clubbing............seeing NIN rage at the Civic,  I
> cannot
> get the title track to "The Fourth Night" out of my
> head.    It's as 
> compelling a piece of music as I've heard
> in a good long while and it really attests to the
> excellence of this first 
> output by Bernhard that it sticks in
> my head so much.
> I've seen Bernhard play a few times now and so it
> was a pleasant surprise to 
> hear him sing on (only ) the title track.
> He has a really nice voice and I truly hope he
> continues to sing on 
> subsequent outings.  I can't say enough good things
> about this1st track.  I simply love it.
> "The Fourth Night" is also a perfect late night
> driving home 
> CD...................and by the time you are
> completely lulled by
> the minor scales and the polyrhythmic interplay of
> long fading delay lines 
> that make the record so trippy and delicious
> Bernhard will suddenly change up and bring really
> fascinating and 
> challenging new music timbres into the mix.
> This is my kind of late night
> listening.................there are definite 
> ambient qualities to the music but it is constantly
> morphing
> into new and unheard territory.
> In the center suite of tunes that run from track 3
> through 6.............it 
> is not until several minutes into the fifth track
> that the guitar
> tones suddenly add distortions and then takes a
> sudden left turn with 
> glitchy replacements of the original piece.
> The tracks have individual names here but these
> three piece really read as 
> one long piece.
> Track 7, "Le Menhir"  takes the most chances on the
> record and is one of my 
> favorite pieces.   Bernhard's use of the
> replacement functions in the Gibson EDP is really
> exquisite on this piece. 
> Challenging the ear of the listener but never
> completely alienating nor losing site of the melody
> and mood of the piece. 
> It's really a great track.
> Track 8,  "La Lueur"  hits a loop at around 8
> minutes that is what Peter 
> Gabriel should be including in his most recent
> outputs
> (instead of what he is).................This loop
> would make a fantastic pop 
> song if developed along those
> lines.................or maybe
> Gabriel should just hire Bernhard Wagner to play in
> his band.  It would be a 
> fitting place for this expansive and talented
> guitarist.
> That's another thing I love about this recording:  
> There are constantly 
> times where I could hear really good pop songs
> coming from loops or passages 
> that he plays and yet the CD is not a pop record in
> the slightest.
> Right at the end of the record on Track 9, "Math
> Town"  it suddenly changes 
> up and gets the most funky and almost dance oriented
> that the whole record 
> has to offer.    It's cool piece and as a drummer, I
> was itching to lay down 
> some fat groove over it.
> Bernhard finishes off the CD with a brief reprise of
> the wonderful title 
> track....................playing the CD on
> continuous play I went through 
> the whole thing twice a couple of times and it just
> all flowed perfectly.
> What's wonderful about this record is that at
> several points it hints at 
> being a different project.................ambient, 
> experimental, pop, 
> funk............and yet,  it all remains a cohesive
> whole.  It is really 
> rhythmic and yet, there isn't a drum set to be heard
> on the whole thing.
> It's really an impressive first outing and I can't
> wait to hear what 
> Bernhard Wagner has up his sleeve for his next CD.
> Go out and buy this CD for yourself or a loved one
> for Christmas.  You'll be 
> glad you did.
> Rick Walker
> loop.pool 


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