New Releases and Reviews - New album: Frank Makowski - Canon der Finsternisse

xcenter - Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:42 am
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Hi folks,

it´s been a while since my last release... years...
Time runs like hell.

Finally I can announce a new album.
Available as digital download and physical CD via Bandcamp:


ubikman - Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:07 pm
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Superb news, Frank. CD ordered!
xcenter - Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:13 am
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Thx a lot, Darren. It´s already on its way. Hope you´ll enjoy it! Smile
xcenter - Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:20 am
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BTW Achim Breiling has written a very nice & kind review of the album for the german prog-rock page "Babyblaue Seiten" ranking it 13 points out of 15.
The original text in german language can be found here:

xcenter - Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:23 am
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And for those of you not familiar with the language I´ve done a quick-and-dirty run through a translator for you:


Frank Makowski - Canon der Finsternisse

Frank Makowski from Unna, born in 1968, has been active as an electronic musician for over 30 years, more precisely since the end of the 80s of the last century. Inspired by the Berlin School, his works have mostly appeared under project names such as „The Speed Of Dark“ and „Tranquillity“, most recently the album "The Dark Water Edition" in 2007. In the mid-1990s, Makowski was also one of the founders of „['ramp]“; however, he left the formation at the beginning of the new millennium. After a long pause, Makowski now presents a new solo work with "Canon der Finsternisse“ („Canon of The Eclipses"), apparently the first, which appeared under his bourgeois name.

Although one will think of some dark horror story in the title, the album was inspired by the same astronomical book by Theodor Egon Ritter von Oppolzer, published in 1887. The work includes calculations of 8000 solar and lunar eclipses, including graphical overviews, that took place between 1207 BC and 2162 A.D., and is still a kind of standard work of astronomy. The CD comes in a high-format cardboard slip, adorning a graphic from the book, in which, in addition to the CD, there are three postcard-sized prints showing the front page and other artworks from Oppolzer's work, and on the back of which information about "Canon der Finsternisse", Oppolzer and the album. Very nice!

According to the theme, the music glides very cosmically and floating through the ear canals, ambient-like, but also retro-electronic, without falling into typical Berlin sound worlds. Rather free and formless, the tone mixes here weighed delicately to kernider reverberating, setting the play of celestial mechanics, the endless expanse of space and the emptiness of the cosmos in tone. In addition to various electronic sound sources, a piano, or a very good imitation of such a sound, is also decisive. In addition, there are again and again (especially in the three Canon numbers) subtly reverberating choral voices. I suspect the latter are stock sounds, or were created very authentically digitally. Nevertheless, together with the electronics, they create a very dense, hypnotic-mysterious atmosphere.
All sorts of other processed sound, lonely piano lines (which can even be heard soloistically in the short "Streulicht", alienated vocal inserts, even different drum patterns (which in turn sound extremely real), appear in the music, embedded in voluminous halls, sounds, waves, chirps, slings and plings, and produce a hypnotic, if very ethereal, floating there, all in all surprisingly varied head film. One could almost pack this music into modern classical music (post-classical?), and in fact someone like Joep Franssens created quite similar music with "Dwaallicht", albeit with additional use of a string orchestra.

"Canon der Finsternisse" offers a timeless, rather calm and shapeless forward, densely woven, subtly and deep into the ear canals, progressive-electronic-intensive music that has its roots in the „kraut“-electronics of the 70s of the last century, it absorbed some minimal music à la Riley, but then developed into a completely independent, new set of sounds. Comparisons could be drawn to the more recent works of Atomine Elektrine (Peter Andersson), who sets the universe in tone in a similarly independent way, but can do without piano and choral voices.

If you appreciate contemporary electronics, you shouldn't be without this album. Impressive!

Achim Breiling / 2019

BruecknerAmbient - Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:31 pm
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« xcenter » wrote:
BTW Achim Breiling has written a very nice & kind review of the album for the german prog-rock page "Babyblaue Seiten" ranking it 13 points out of 15.

...from my own experience and observation, I can state that it's not easy for an electronic album to receive a 13 points review at the BS.
Usually not more than 11, in some cases 12, but hardly ever more (including reviews of classic TD albums and such...).

So - congratulations and: well deserved!

xcenter - Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:18 am
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Thanks, Michael.
Yep, looks like I´ve done the one or other thing on the album quite right. Smile
xcenter - Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:39 pm
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Bill Fox is actually airing music from the new album.
Big "Thumbs Up" for him! Very Happy

His show "Thought Radio" is available terrestially in the USA or worldwide as stream via Internet:

THOUGHT RADIO(TM) ON WMUH: http://thoughtradio.org
Thought Radio(TM) features electronic, ambient, and spacemusic at the
beginning, an eclectic mix of genres in the middle, and winds up with
Progressive Rock.

In Phase 1, you'll hear new music by Frank Makowski.

Tune in at 6:00 am EDT/GMT-4 on 91.7 FM or on the internet at
Thought Radio(TM), hosted by Bill Fox, is the Saturday edition of The AM/FM Show.
You can expect to hear electronic, ambient, spacemusic, Progressive Rock,
and an eclectic mix of other genres. The show airs from 6:00 am to 8:00
am EDT/GMT-4 on WMUH Allentown, 91.7 FM and streaming on the internet.
xcenter - Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:04 pm
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Another superb review on Ambientblog:


Things are moving… Smile
xcenter - Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:22 am
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