Waterfront, by Bert Strolenberg
Immersion ( Jun, 2013)
"Waterfront" is the debut collaborative work of Spanish
ambient composers Ran Kirlian and Landru (aka Patxi Hernández),
both co-owners of the online ambient label Altera Orbe.
About an hour of the 72-minute outcome was created live in the
studio with no set plans or ideas. The additional music was added
in a later stage to enhance the overall pulse and flow of the recording.
Fans of dreamy, darker-shaded music roaming in the organic-ambient
drift category should find quite some of their liking here.
Imagine background ambience landscapes provided by digital and
analogue synthesizers with a slight doze of real ethnic instruments
thrown in besides moody field recordings. The continuous flow of
textures merges drone pads and ethereal ambiences created by Ran
Kirlian and the hypnotic and melodic sonic riffs along some tribal
percussion loops composed by Landru. On "Alluvium", the
sonic drift is smoothly set in motion with assorted percussion,
evoking a kind of Tibetan feel in the tradition of David Parsons
without immersing that deep. A primordial atmosphere with beats
sets off on the final track "Metamorphism", but after
a couple of minutes things start drifting along once more.
Overall, "Waterfront" is an excursion through slow-paced
sonic dimensions and atmospheric landscapes providing a calming,
slightly spiritual, but above all a mysterious realm. Keep this
one in mind if you like to add something to your list of deep-listening/late-night
The Physics of Heaven, by Bert Strolenberg at Sonic
Immersion ( Apr, 2013)
As Oöphoi, aka Italian deep-ambient composer Gianluigi Gasparetti,
flies with the angels since a couple of months, Spanish soul-spirit
and musician Ran Kirlian decided to release his wonderful collaboration
with him, based on unfinished recordings by Oöphoi between
2009-2011 and additional stuff created by Mr Kirlian between 2012-2013.
As the release was meant to materialize before Gianluigi’s
passing, and the latter wasn’t able to make that happen anymore,
Ran Kirlian started out a sonic quest wherein he tried to stay close
to the initial goal of his music. During that process he remixed
two large soundworlds in order to a create a solid flow that also
worked as a kind of argument for both of them. After Mr Gasparetti’s
approval, Ran then started adding his own layers of sounds and polish
and sculpt the final result towards an album that merged and expressed
both their ideas about life and death.
"The Physics of Heaven" ended up as a continuous space
of unleashed serenity and gently flowing non-rhythmic tapestries
lasting for over 70-minutes. It’s an overall soothing, peaceful
and profoundly ethereal ambient landscape radiating many colours
as it explores the transition between life and death through different
spiritual traditions and mythologies as the contemplative washes
break on an imaginary eternal shore.
If you’re looking for something to caress the mind and soul
smoothly, "The Physics of Heaven" will be most satisfying.
The Physics of Heaven, on Darkroom
Rituals ( Apr, 2013)
Review in russian from Dark Room Rituals Online Magazine, google
Formation , by Richard Gürtler on Discogs
( Apr, 2013)
Spaniard Ran Kirlian, one of the driving forces behind Altera Orbe
label, has released in October 2012 his third official solo CDr
release "Formations", mostly based on live improvisations
during 2009 and 2011. After dark ambient styled "Dissolution"
and deep space-infused "Continuum" Ran Kirlian now delves
into mysteriously fragranced and uniquely shaped sonic terrains,
masterfully bridging deep organic mindscapes with delicate tribal
groove escapades.The most challenging part of this blend is the
use of overtone voices, which adds a quite distinctive dimension
to already hauntingly immersing soundsculpting.
"First Hours" ignite this mystifying journey with stunningly
expressive overtone magics intriguing with intensely primordial
ambience. Top-notch intro!!! Cavernous rumbles enrich eerie voice
drones on "Aerthanna", later smooth and slightly cyber-tech
flavored tribals step in, superiorly blending primitive culture
with modern sound wizardry. Another massively absorbing expedition,
bravo, Ran!!! Ancient woods are calling, "Crimson Trees"
keep the path, with 14 minutes the longest "Formation".
Again strangely flavored and hauntingly tapestried with few elusive
melodic passages for fully intense shaman's healing journey. This
is Ran Kirlian at his most organic and magical!!! The next piece,
"Formations I", shifts to more serene and aerial spheres,
gently expanding and drifting into more massive panoramas, enriched
on the back by few distant cybernetic fragments.
The gates of "Dark Territories" are unlocked and the
listener is taken into fascinating nocturnal, deeply contemplative
sceneries, which later percolate into lushly vibrant tribal canvas.
"Forgotten Survivor" calms down at the beginning with
darker drones, but later mild downtempos join the stage, expanding
and relieving at the same time. "Quh Ong I" reveals with
monstrous drone, that quickly steps down into quieter zone, but
soon the ghostly overtone dissonances intertwine. Immense, rough,
excessive, shrilling, but always deeply mesmerizing and transcendental,
an "all-inclusive" bliss designed for your nightly musings!!!
Once again, bravo!!! Expansive drone landscapes lead "Quh Ong
II" until radiant shamanistic tribals invade, coalesce and
encompass us with its hypnotic rite. Highly effective finale!!!
Ran Kirlian has ventured with "Formations" into incredibly
spectacular spirited terrains, quite uncharted when comparing to
his previous two albums. More spins are required, but as soon you
reach your deep immersion, all the mysteries behind "Formations"
are revealed. Max Corbacho gets credit for the final mastering job.
A superb performance by Ran Kirlian!!!
Continuum, by Richard Gürtler on Discogs
( Nov, 2012)
Busy release schedule of Altera Orbe label has brought to us during
June 2012 another thrilling release by Ran Kirlian, in Castellón,
Spain based ambient sculptor, entitled "Continuum". As
indicated by its title and really gorgeous cover images, Ran Kirlian
this time, when comparing with his previous "Dissolution"
album, ventures into profoundly celestial domains.
All tracks on "Continuum" were recorded during the period
2005-2010. Ultra deep drone wizardry is immediately unveiled on
"Amos Neheran Arr", rather shorter invitation to take
absolutely spectacular journey to leave the Earth's surface. "Apeiron"
continues on enormously transporting continuous flow of stellar
dronescapes precisely embellished by assorted industrial and organic
rumbling sounds. Ran Kirlian offers here a truly mindscaping sonic
odyssey, the gates to The Void are unlocked!!! The next composition,
"Ikuinen Mitätön", slowly expands into more
massive wall of drones, graciously drifting through spacial emptiness.
English translation from Finnish is "Eternal Void", this
is another precisely fitting track title. "Messier 83"
enters into slightly more quiet spaces with conspicuously swirling
washes with heavenly choirs.
The title composition, "Continuum" is the longest piece
on this journey, getting over a 15-minute mark. It glides colossally
through smoothly expanding subtlety and stillness and captures immensely
beautiful dimensions. "Stella Ignea" clocks over 10 minutes
and dives promptly into more monumental soundworlds, flavored with
various high-tech fragments and metallic rumbles. Another hugely
visualizing and immersing listening experience!!! "Órbita"
returns to rather tranquil and organic soundscaping, quite cinematic,
although the end of the track progresses into more massive and intense
passages. "Momentum" closes this voyage with another batch
of monstrously invasive and evolving, nearly otherworldly dronescapes,
lasting 13 minutes.
If you prefer your intergalactic voyage darker than the darkest
and deeper than the deepest, then "Continuum" is made
just for you!!! And by the time I am posting this review, a new
album by Ran Kirlian "Formations" is available via Altera
Orbe, so stay tuned...
Waterfront, by Richard Gürtler on Discogs
( Jul, 2012)
"Waterfront" is the first collaboration between two Altera
Orbe creators, Ran Kirlian and Landru, both emerging talents and
kindred spirits from respected Spanish ambient scene.
Released during the May 2012 through their Altera Orbe label. "Alkali"
opens the journey and dives quickly into shadowy cavern with gentle
primordial tribals, various tinkling bells, gongs and rumblings,
all surrounded by mysteriously majestic drifts and spiced by rattlesnake-like
sounds. A deeply magical prologue!!!
Continuous cavernous feel invades also the next, 15-minute long
piece, "Diffraction". Nearly free-floating atmospherics
are joined by assorted high-tech fragments. Some repeating mechanical
noise, evoking vaguely tribal-infused claps can be detected as well,
but to me, this sound, even if quite hypnotic, is a bit dissonant
to the overall mood of graciously soaring ambiences. But otherwise
this soundscape is soothingly absorbing. These profound soundscapes
are explored also through "Interdimensional", which paints
again a hauntingly sculpted synergy between darker drones and cyber-shamanistic
collages. "Pulsating Core" gets more massive with gently
swirling gurgles, soon floating through celestial realms and tranquilly
expanding towards the end into more mechanical escapade with more
dominating, sharper sonic outbursts.
A pure sonic bliss precisely merging the talents of both protagonists,
the drifting wizardry of Ran Kirlian and cyber-futuristic adventures
of Landru!!! Magnífico!!! "Alluvium" unveils quietly,
but soon it reaches the most active, tribal-driven terrains highlighted
by gently tinkling percussive elements, but always covered in sublimity
and mystery. Explosively thrilling!!! Deeply organic intro of "Waterfront"
exactly portrays the title and slowly transforms into slightly more
intense, but peacefully flowing seascapes. The closing "Metamorphism",
second longest piece getting close to 15-minute mark, opens with
strangely odd buzzes and squeaks, but it soon slips into tribal
paths leaded by slowed down, heavier beats, primordial ingredients,
and circling, nearly hallucinogenic effects, discovered already
on "Diffraction" and again injected with some disquieting
feel, all blended with spectacularly intense and panoramic soundscapes.
"Waterfront" is deeply expansive and mysteriously enchating
journey!!! I am awarding extra points also for the elegant design
of the digipak packaging. This collaborative work deserves your
support, go for it!!!
First time I noticed this Spanish ambient sculptor few years ago
through ad21music links, at that time several download only albums
were available via Ran Kirlian's website. Since I was always a big
collector of plastic objects only, the time was slowly passing until
the March of 2012, which marked the birth of Altera Orbe label and
website, run by Ran Kirlian with other Spanish electronic artist,
Landru. So I was back again to start focus on Ran Kirlian's music,
more especially when one of his albums, "Dissolution",
was available on CDr format. Originally, the album was released
back in 2009 and it features 11 tracks recorded during the period
between 2005 and 2009.
The album unveils its secrets with "Amalgama", a dark
ambient soundscape enhanced by larger dose of assorted spooky sounds
on the background that irregularly step in and fade away. Drones
of much heavier caliber invade "Dark Matter", no wonder,
a piece with this name is ready to drift the listener far away from
reality. The soundwall is quite massively constructed, but on the
back few deep heartbeats, tribal ingredients, noisier eruptions
or celestial voices emerge from time to time. Nicely unsettling
piece!!! Abyssal drones occupy the next piece "W-M31",
and even if I have no idea what means this title, I keep on drifting
away. The piece is in its last third more elevated, again with all
kinds of otherworldly effects and disruptions. The name of the next
piece, "Atmosfear", easily suggests what is to come. Soaring
drones, mysterious voices, on-site recordings of thunderstorm, various
cavernous or industrial rumblings, an all-inclusive journey into
your most obscure imaginations!!! Exploration of unfathomable spaces
continue on "Syrtis Major", freezing, heavy drones are
fuelling your spacecraft on this breathtaking odyssey, amazing!!!
You are passing "Dissolution", the title track, emphasized
by cave water falling drops. A truly exciting exploration of the
damp, shadowy world of underwater caves. A real stunner!!! Now comes
"Deflection", the heavy drone is still there, but this
time some fine flute work joins this deeply immersing journey to
explore the mysteries of prehistoric cave art. Another fascinatingly
beautiful excursion!!! "Labyrinth" is quite unsettling
with its freaky effects, but the hazardous search for majestic and
ornate cave decorations and structures continues. "Selenium",
the longest piece on "Dissolution" clocking just over
12 minutes, returns to more solaced, slightly less monstrous state
with tranquilly floating, but still monumental ambience. "Inconnu"
marks the return to rather abyssal, colder waters, blending mammoth
drone wizardry and organic ingredients with industrialized breathings
and frightening rumblings. Another big one, and spooky one!!! Scary
drone painting of closing "Ágora" dives even deeper
with mysterious whisperings and ocassional metallic creakings and
"Dissolution" is sculpted with finest essences of dark
ambient genre, but don't be scared of it, it surely requires more
listening sessions, but then it reveals all the ghosts of subterranean
and primordial worlds. Mágico & delicioso!!! I hope Ran
Kirlian will release in the near future more of his downloads on
physical formats. In any case, I will keep an ear to the ground...
Richard Gürtler (Apr 08, 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia)
in Motion by Bert Strolenberg, Sonic Immersion (2005)
This release from Spanish ambient composer Ran Kirlian is another
long form journey encompassing dark landscapes and ideas, taking
the listener on an extended trip of 78 minutes. As Kirlian explained
to me, synthesizers aren’t that prominent compared to his
other recordings, they act more as support for the major layers
of organic and industrial environments.
The music itself is a bit drone-like at times, but also moving
to more floating nature at times. Rather minimal shaped, it’s
accompanied by treated voices, some organic sounds of metals, stones
and field recordings. It is no easy music to listen to, but it is
still worthwhile and rather hypnotic when listening through headphones.
by Bert Strolenberg, E-dition Magazine (2005)
The album “Sleeper” was born from two large floating
sessions the Spanish ambient musician Ran Kirlian recorded in the
summer of 2003. Both are based on pure improvisation, with some
treated field recordings played randomly. Later on, as Kirlian ran
over the recordings, he added voice, some additional sounds and
grooves to make the music fit in the concept of an evolutionary
process on dreams and sleeping. The outcome is an album that is
highly atmospheric, but which also features several tribal elements
like the claypots which show up in “Other Place” next
to his voice. “Sleeper” is a continuous vast textural
landscape floating by, able to transport the listener’s mind
to a remote places and dense atmospheres. I’m sure fans of
Roach and freeform tribal ambient will love this sonic scenery for
the mind . Well done.
Bert Strolenberg, now driving Sonic
Point review by Bert Strolenberg, E-dition Magazine (2004)
Ran Kirlian is a Spanish ambientmusician who I came across surfing
the site of Max Corbacho. Kirlian’s started loving ambient
in the begin of the ’90 after he heard Steve Roach’s
concept-albums “Western Spaces” and “Desert Solitaire”.
In 2000 he started to explore his own musical pathways, and after
he discovered Napster he decided to share his music with the outside
world. Melting Point (remastered in 2003) offers a 11 tracks of
vast ambient atmospheric music, a tasty melting pot of tribal electronics,
some dark ambient and a good portion of spacemusic. On the beautiful
track “Cave of Forgotten Fires” the Dutch musician Patrick
van de Ven plays groove percussion, rainstick and ethnic flutes.
Especially the assorted tribal percussion and textural landscaping
interact very well on this CD. Its a continuing atmosphere with
some sparse minimal elements, heading towards new horizons in time
and space. They come close to what Kirlian is trying to establish:
creating dense atmospheres which inspire ritualistic environments,
cold and desolate spaces and landscapes. Yes, this CD is well done.
Main Editor & Journalist E-dition Magazine