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  DIGITAL NOMAD
    by HARALD GROSSKOPF
  Posted: 01.21.2003
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TRACK LISTING

1. Gamma Knife
2. Sea Of Tranquility
3. Cryonic Suspension
4. Come Pass The Gate
5. Diving At The Reichstag
6. Urban Glamour Zone
7. Alien Inspectors

  LABEL:  AMP Records
  RELEASED:  2002

HARALD GROSSKOPF

DIGITAL NOMAD

First a little history lesson; Harald Grosskopf is a bona fide Krautrock legend, having drummed with the legendary bands Ash Ra Tempel (and Ashra as they later became known), Wallenstein and on many Klaus Schulze albums (including the classic "Moondawn") as well as participating in the legendary, drug soaked Cosmic Jokers sessions and producing the classic solo album "Synthesist" in 1976. Since then he has proved himself something of the nomad that the title refers to, working on a number of varied projects before releasing this album on the British AMP Records label in september 2002.

The 7 tracks here are a potent mix of techno, electronica, trance and ethnic musics and throughout Grosskop (and Steve Baltes, whose help was invaluable in the making of this album) proves his mastery of producing truly progressive and innovative music that doesn't rely on self indulgant noise mongering or deadly dull ambient minimalism. This music has purpose, drive and while it is outwardly accessable it's always likely to surpise the listener as you never truly know what is coming next. This is evident during the opening "Gamma Knife" where an easily enjoyable piano lead interacts with ethnic voices and deep bass drums or the slowly unfolding spacey ambience of the following "Sea Of Tranquility", both of which prove that they know how to lay on the atmosphere nice and thick. The touching majesty of "Cryonic Suspension" seems to be going the same way until the muscular second half announces itself and carries on the established theme. The overall effect is like taking a magical ride on a flying carpet.

Grosskopf's drumming proves invaluable in contributing towards the very complicated rhythms that are used throughout including the racey and infectious "Diving At The Reichstag" or "Alien Inspectors" where a melange of electronica and tribal rhythms slowly mutate into another driving climax. The chunky "Urban Glamour Zone" and "Come Pass The Gate" where a host of varying rhythms interlock pefectly again prove the musicians' worth.

Any album like this needs a few listens before it shows it's true potential and rather than relying on any commercial whimsicality the intriguing and sometimes intoxicating mix takes it's influences from the world as we know it and beyond.


RATING: 8

Artist Link:  http://ampmusic.demon.co.uk
 

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