Ruhlmann + Celer – Mesoscaphe – CD- Spekk

Spekk constantly revitalise the minimalist scene by introducing a host of new talent in a stream of beautifully presented releases that either defy description , or break new ground. The fusion of Ruhlmann and Celer offers up a conceptually refreshing set of recordings based around Jacques Picard’s Mesoscaphe submarine system that surfed through the Gulf Stream in the late 1960’s, accumulating a range of acoustic, biological and light data, as well as providing valuable information on the effects of long term submarination on the human body and psyche. This engenders a fascinating conceptual hook for a series of muted atmospherics, that evaporate over an oceanic froth and murk. As indicated by the titles, each of the three long form pieces is divided into separate “movements” not unlike a classical symphony, unfolding a narrative saga in sound. As one would expect, the atmospheres are spare, mystical and sombre, ranging from tonal edifices to harmonious, lyrical pieces, bobbing along on the swell of an oceanic backdrop, and dripping, aqueous swatches with muted metallic clanks and creaks, sourced directly from the mesoscaphe, that resound with submarine ambience, conjouring images of claustrophobic entombment, and scientific rigour. Wherever you stand on the minimalist divide, suspended between near silent, haunting atmospheres, or distended tonalities populated with subtle atmospherics, your taste will be most assuredly saturated with the delicious, delightful debut of Ruhlmann and Celer. Absolutely essential. BGN




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WHITE_LINE was set up three years ago, in order to play and promote the work of artists and musicians working under the banner of "minimalism", in all its many guises. This has led to a regular and highly successful mix slot on the Garden of Earthly Delights radio show in the UK, and guest appearances on Resonance FM (frequenzen show). We now aim to extend the remit of the mix slots by reviewing (as often as possible) material that encapsulates and crystallises the minimalist ethic, and hopefully we'll be leading artists and audiences alike towards a deeper appreciation of this and other marginalised genres. I welcome your comments, and criticisms, and would love to hear from labels and artists who would like their work showcased on the show, or reviewed here. We regret that due to time constraints, we cannot review everything that is sent to us, but will endeavour to give exceptional work an "honourable mention" at the very least, and links to quality sites that we think worthy of mentioning. I am trying to support labels and artists as much as possible by promoting their work, not least because I am a stereotypical "struggling artist" myself, but also because there are so few younger artists entering this particular scene, and there is a danger of it becoming the sole domain of a handful of forty somethings who really ought to be doing something better with their time! Having worked for most of the more reputable underground magazines in the early 90's, I was never afforded the luxury of taking time and care over reviews, as deadlines and column space were always hanging like the sword of Damocles over me. With WHITE_LINE, I have the luxury of being able to review when I have time, and I am receptive to a particular mood, and hopefully this will reflect in the quality and length of some of the reviews. If you like what you see, please link to me to encourage more traffic through the site, and cross promote whatever is happening out there. Address for promotional material: 45 Drovers Walk Spring Park, Kingsthorpe Northampton NN2 8BB UK

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