11 October 2012

WMRI - Amethystine Cave

Record: 2010 • Edition: 2012 • USC-WR-1210.0103

Lowered to underground to the violet depths you'll hear the majestic music of cave. Highly melodic stuff (sequences included).

Tracklist: 01.Stalactite (20:45) 02.Stalagmite (21:30)

Composed by WMRI. All instruments programmed, keyboards and synthesizers played, music written, arranged and mixed, artwork by Mike Winchester. Cover photo by Michael Lubinski.

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  1. Вот он, русский альбом года. Не ждали? Я тоже. Отличная "берлинская" электроника по заветам Tangerine Dream, Клауса Шульца и Пита Намлука. Два трека по 20 минут. До составления топа я и помыслить не мог, что это наши. Был уверен, что какие-нибудь очередные голландцы, там почему-то лучше всего такую музыку пишут в последнее время. Интересно, играют ли они (или это один человек? я так и не понял) лайвы. Я бы сходил :) [2010-12-27 14:03:00]

  2. I posted a link to Emerald Sky by WMRI a few weeks back, without any real comments or further exploration.

    In the time since then, I’ve been exploring a lot more of WMRI’s music. And I’ve been really enjoying what I’ve found.

    WMRI is Russian synthesist Mike Winchester. He has quite a few releases spread throughout the Internet, on sites like Jamendo, AmieStreet, Bandcamp, etc. (Jamendo has probably the deepest collection of his works around.) And while much of it is quite good, I feel that his work really shines on a series of recent releases that he alludes to as the “Ambient Gem Series”.

    The releases that (so far…) seem to make up this series include: Emerald Sky, Ruby Canyon, Amethystine Cave & Citrine Lake.


    Amethystine Cave starts more ominously than the others, with shifting drones and the tinkling of crystal stalactites (the two tracks on this collection are appropriately named Stalactite and Stalagmite. But as our eyes adjust to the dark we become more settled and accustomed to the strange sounds all around. This one includes some Berlin-school-like sequences in places and some generally more dark ambient textures.


    All in all, I find the entire Ambient Gem Series very coherent. You can see in the design of the cover art that there is a consistency throughout. The pieces all fit together into a larger whole. I’d probably say Emerald Sky and Ruby Canyon are my faves at this point, but I’d recommend them all. [June 16th, 2010]