- Audio CD (March 28 1995)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD, Audiobook
- Label: Universal Music Canada
- ASIN: B0000074CC
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
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Rubycon CD, Audiobook
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Import LP pressing of their album originally released in 1975. EMI. 2010.
Deuxième album de l'ère Virgin, Rubycon (1975) confirme, voire radicalise l'option électronique prise par Tangerine Dream un an auparavant. Majoritairement synthétique et abstrait, cet opus déploie maintenant les climats spatiaux et disloqués du groupe sur deux longs morceaux de 17 minutes chacun (peut-être, à l'ère du CD, aurait-on eu droit à un seul et même titre). Si l'amorce de l'album se fait sur des sons percussifs nappés d'écho, bientôt rejoints par des sonorités plus rayonnantes, on ne tarde pas (au bout de la 7e minute quand même) à entendre les convulsions caractéristiques des séquences de Moog de Chris Franke qui, avec l'aide des motifs ou des nappes légèrement plus mélodiques de ses acolytes, pousse le premier titre jusqu'à la rupture. La deuxième partie, au démarrage plus ambient, est à peu près bâtie sur le même modèle pour un résultat encore plus marquant et magmatique : très belle séquence, vorace, mouvante et dynamique. Un an après le succès de Phaedra, son illustre prédécesseur, Rubycon place définitivement le trio en orbite haute. --Fabrice Privé --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It is similar to Tangerine Dream's previous album, 'Phaedra', in that it is music that melts. But they take it a step further this time. I think it might have had to do with the advancements in the technological prowess of their equipment at the time, but on this album they were able to sustain the mood set by their synths for longer periods of time, thus the two sidelong pieces. But it is in the aural painting with such a wide palette of colors and textures, and at the same time mimicking the mania that might occur from sustained meditation on a frightening theme that sets it miles apart from their previous work, and all work to follow. Not only their work, but also every other attempt at extended tone-poem pieces that has been composed by an electronic artist.
The beginning and of each piece are either nightmarish introductions or narcotic-like releases from the sequencer onslaught of the center of the pieces (and centerpieces). The mellotrons mimicking human voices on the start of 'Part II' is almost a direct quote from Ligeti's 'Requiem', and whether they knew this at the time or not, Tangerine Dream might have been touched by the same divine musical muse. The climax of each piece is evocative of an auditory house of mirrors, or an acoustic maze - even on repeated listenings, the sense of not knowing where the piece might take you is intense. I'd rather not use the analogy of an acid-trip beginning, climaxing, and ending, but I have a strange (and rather strong) feeling that this is what The Dream might have intended.
Many have stated that they like to use this album as background music, or music to fall asleep to. I agree, it can be used like that. But Tangerine Dream at this time in their career played this material live at almost deafening volumes, and I highly recommend that you try it with the volume on 11 once or twice.
One may question whether or not this album is 'music'. Well, if you are open minded, you will agree that music is any organization of sounds that is either pleasing to the ear, or elicits an emotional response when played. Yet this is sound that is synaesthetic. It is music that you will see with your ears.
The power of "Rubycon" lies in its ability to take the listener away to unexplored territories of the mind, the entire journey almost ecstatic in nature. The genius of Franke & Froese are at work with every note and glorious chord on this album, almost incapable of being described, but if you have any musical taste at all you will let the harmonies of "Rubycon" take you to new dimensions of deep, meditative thought. And for that reason, this album, as with all of Tangerine Dream, is best as a private experience, fully savored with a good pair of headphones after a hard day's work or right before bedtime.
"Rubycon," as with earlier music from TD, is relatively short, and for that reason you need to put REPEAT ON. I have fallen asleep to Rubycon and drempt wonderfully, having wakened several hours later in an almost angelic state. TD seems to have a set of keys to the alpha and theta brainwave "gates," and how they did that is certainly unknown. Put they put their "keys" into their music. So how in the world can you put a price on such feelings? Buy this album today, if you don't already have it, as it can only help to whittle away at any negative emotions in your life, especially aggression and violence. If you are not familiar with electronic music, give it time. At the end, you will not at all regret such an acquisition. Top recommendation!!