Title: Deep Space Topography
Release Date: 01 October 2008 (Remastered 2011)
Genre: Electroacoustic / Ambient
License: CC BY-NC-ND
Label: Murmure Intemporel
[Ed. Note: This review has been retracted due to the artist removing the Creative Commons license from the release. This is an automatic retraction with a rating of 0.]
Once again my wanderings around the social networks and internet have turned up an interesting find. And this find, again, is causing me to break one of my guidelines for reviews on the site: try to review works that are fairly recent, say within a few months. This release is actually six years old (with a three year old remaster). Tales – Deep Space Topography is worth checking out. This is really old school electronic music, also referred to as the Berlin School of electronic music. Tales is the brain-child of Jean-Luc Herve Berthelot. He has been producing large-scale sonic explorations that cross the boundaries of many types of themes from Marco Polo to Celtic and Asian themes. Berthelot’s works date as far back as 1997’s Stonehenge For Eternity. Critically speaking, his albums have been quite well received and draw comparisons to Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, Brian Eno and Steve Halpern. This release is the third volume in his Interstellar Memories Series (following Interstellar Memories, and The Seskian Wars). This is a release of sweeping synthesizer soundscapes with tightly improvised melodic lines. There are no sequencers at work on this music, and the attention to detail is not just obvious, it seems to have been a law Berthelot. I have been a long time follower of Berlin School style electronic music, dating back to my college days in the 1980’s. I was unaware of Tales however until I came across these releases on Murmure Intemporel. I’ve written previously about how copyright tends to limit the life of an artists work. And here is proof of this situation. Were it not for a label like Murmure Intemporel, and the ability to release music under a Creative Commons license, these works would be lost. But now, many releases like this excellent recordings can still find their place in our collections, and artists that might have otherwise been lost or forgotten have the ability to keep their works alive. This is wonderful music that I am glad to see is still available to the listening public. A note from JHLB: About “Tales – Deep Space Topography”, it’s an homage to the album “Zeit” of Tangerine Dream, so it’s an electronic-ambient work without sequencer.