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DiN 2
Distant Rituals by Ian Boddy & Markus Reuter

Limited to 1,000 copies

Markus Reuter is a member of the eclectic Europa String Choir. Playing 8 string touch guitar Reuter, bends notes and blends tones with Ian Boddys sublime atmospherics. Watch the goose bumps rise as dense dark cloudscapes give way to luminous bliss in this fascinating collaboration.

Track listing:

1) A Beginning in Light (8.33)
2) Within the Space Between Things (3.47)
3) Trace the Memory (8.56)
4) Distant Ritual (6.03)
5) Presentation of an Offering (11.09)
6) Voices of Doubt (4.44)
7) A Delicate Re-Enactment (12.14)

All tracks composed, played & produced by Ian Boddy & Markus Reuter, November 1998 - February 1999.

Ian Boddy - Electronics, rhythms
Markus Reuter - Warr Guitar, textures

To hear the tracks from this album go to www.mp3.com/ianboddy.

Review by Andy G of C& D Compact Disc Services

Reuter is an electric guitarist. But not your normal electric guitarist - oh no - this guy creates huge flowing soundscapes that are a synth fans dream; full of multi-textured, multi-faceted layers of gorgeous sound that will take you to heaven. So, imagine a guy who can do all of this, playing music with Ian Boddy, whose emerging talents as one of the finest ambient music sound sculptors around, are gaining him ever more recognition, and you have an album that is nothing short of mind-blowing in its beauty, originality, accessibility and just the whole immense sound of the creative compositions and improvisations. The opening track, with a distant organ-like undercurrent, and its encroaching layers of synths and textured guitars gives you the feel of every cosmic music classic from early Cosmic Jokers to modern Hypnos/ Fax lebel efforts, a brilliant cosmic intro to what turns out to be a truly amazing opening track. What makes it even more of an enjoyable album as a whole, is the fact that - shock, horror - they do use rhythm in the music on a couple of tracks, albeit slow yet solid percussive/synth layers that only serve to enhance the melodic quality of the music and provide sufficient variation to keep you hooked for the duration. The combination of Boddy's synths and drum samples and Reuter's soaring, effectively used and beutiful electric guitar on track 3 in particular is just one of the highlights on an album that oozes passion, atmosphere, grace and quality, at 9 minutes , a track that would have been equally enjoyable at three times that long. Track 4 presents a setting of richly textured synths and almost Fripp-like guitar textures that flow and drift with great sensitivity, strength, and one of those soundscapes of which you just can't get enough. Track 5 is another rhythmic job, this time combining all the elements of melody, space and texture within the rhythmic framework that has an almost drum'n' bass quality to it, and all the better for it. The final two tracks are back to ethereal, celestial multi-textured space music epics with lots of flowing layers that really transport you off into another universe. As a complete album of truly original soundscapes and varied landmarks, this is a total success from start to finish. More, please.

A Listeners Guide To Distant Rituals

I've been listening to the final mix of the Distant Rituals CD by Ian and Markus. I'm struck by the depth and beauty of the music. There's a real warmth to the overall sound and the mixture of Markus' Warr guitar and Ian's electronics work together in all sorts of unexpected ways.

On A Beginning In Light as the gothic architecture gradually unfurls, at the 3 minute 50 seconds mark, a strange howling, repeating siren like sound, comes in. I asked Ian about it recently. Oh its from a tape loop I did back in the seventies. I just never knew what to do with it at the time. We reckoned that Markus would have been 5 or 6 when Ian recorded that loop at Spectro Arts Workshop in Newcastle!

Within The Space Between Things is a brooding, smouldering piece of atmospherics with Ian working on the colour and shading.

Trace The Memory contains a truly blissful solo by Markus. The pure clear tones weave effortlessly around the swirling rhythms which Ian deploys. The drums are half speed and the gorgeous sub bass sound with a killer bass line that would keep many a dance club fan more than happy. In fact there's something deceptively joyous about this piece, despite its languid, rolling beat.

Distant Ritual goes off into more mysterious territory, with sounds and the shades of melody shimmering in a heat haze. Reuter uses shards of sustained notes to etch away at the backdrop of sounds. Strange voices lend a sense of dark, menace as the track ebbs away. Chilling but totally thrilling. It may well be my favourite cut on the album after the opening track.

Presentation Of An Offering fades in with a deep, meandering bass and what could well be the sound of thighs being slapped in some obscure Tyrolean dance macabre. After a while the bass sound develops a parping rasp which I confess did little for me. Markus and Ian laugh contemptuously at my objections and tell me to stick to the label co-ordination (whatever that is).

Its just possible that this track could become a dance floor classic. Listen out for the cathartic gurgling at the 4.00 minute mark as filtered whisperings become a shuffling, brushed jazz kit and Markus slaloms up and down the scales. Invigorating stuff.

Voices Of Doubt starts with impressionistic washes of colour. Its dark and foreboding and reminds me of some aspects of Boddy's Continuum. It blends seamlessly into A Delicate Re-enactment. The faraway thrum of machinery shrouded in a cold, swirling mist of sound begins life as a dark ambient exercise. This gives way to a delicate plucking of notes and a slow unravelling of melody and form. Its moments like these where its not what you play but what you leave out that becomes as important. Personally, I could take a whole album of this stuff but then again I am more than a little biased.

Sid Smith - Strategic Support