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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Günter Schlienz - Autumn

Autumn is a time for contemplation of both beauty and how quickly the world moves with us upon it. The changing color of leaves coupled with cold winds jolting the consciousness from the long humid and hot summer. The world baked for so many long months is now cooling. This process seems to free the mind and allow realization time is moving. Günter Schlienz has composed a pastoral and serene alluring ambient paragon. His sounds subtly mirror this change, pacing organic matter and its decent to the earth below.

Just about an hour, Autumn is arranged in three very distinctive tracks. The first "Oktober" is the longest and most uplifting. Notes played with a gentle sway, tones like light sparking through an ever expanding opening in the forest canopy. Birds seem to whistle in some synthetic speech just as graceful as true field recordings. Life is abundant and this spectacle in sound floats in harmony with the vibrant surroundings. "September" is a little darker. Clouds loom as arctic air pushes down into the lower continent. The drone of winter is looming and Günter captures this in comparison to the shimmering sounds on the previous track. Fortunately keeping away from the ensuing gloom, "September" is more mysterious than it is melancholy. More contemplative than heavily overwhelming. "November" is quiet. Ice has gripped the planet's surface and the notes move almost motionless. Frozen in place as the Aurora Borealis dances in electric harmony with the patterns this track forms. Like deities singing in celestial voices, "November" maintains the aesthetic grace the composition came into existence with.

This was released on the Polish label Zoharum in an edition of two hundred and fifty. Less than twenty percent of these compact discs remain and are available from the labels bandcamp page. Housed in a beautiful tri-panel medium configured by Rutger Zuydervelt of Machinefabriek and mastered by Łukasz Miernik. 

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Günter Schlienz site - bandcamp