Arcanum

Arcanum is the project name of Bernd Franz Moritz Braun, based in cologne.
Arcanum
Arcanum - Alaska

Artist: Arcanum
P: 1996
Released in 1996, the artist behind Arcanum is Bernd Franz Moritz Braun and he's come up with a quality synth album here which doesn't exactly break new ground, but what it does cover is presented with polish and expertise. The opening track 'Alaska' features 20 minutes of careful sequences and lush synth pads and textures. This is not for fans of "in yer face" wall of sound EM, but may appeal to Space Music fans who would perhaps like something a bit less desolate and more lively. 'Behind the White Sea' is a lush symphonic affair with a genuinely strong theme which brings to mind Robert Fox. 'Megaptera' is a lighter piano led piece containing some deft sequencing, and the lighter more contemporary theme continues on 'Awakening' and especially 'Final Recall' which is a grandiose slab of symphonic mood music which may even be palatable to other members of the family who usually abandon the room once anything EM related hits the player.

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Arcanum - The Ancient Saga

Artist: Arcanum
P: 1999
Bernd Franz Moritz Braun, who records under the shorter moniker Arcanum, brings us another very good sample of German electronics. He blends relaxing, drawn out synthesizers with pleasant arrangements and melody, creating the sort of mood that new age enthusiasts seek, but without sounding "new age."
The disc consists of three very long tracks, beginning with "Close to the Edge." Bearing no resemblance to the classic Yes track/album of the same name, this is a slowly evolving piece which evokes feelings of warmth and peace. Though the music changes slowly, the music does cover a lot of ground, becoming quite energetic as it goes along. The last six minutes or so strike me as a bit over the top, with one repeating passage in particular seeming a bit melodramatic. Fortunately, the music crests in this fashion only a few times, then levels off, leaving the end result still largely enjoyable. "Shadowland" is a very nice track that reminds me of a lesser-known emusic artist, Apeiron. There is a little more restraint here, and I love the crisp, unusual percussion toward the end as the energy once again intensifies.
Synth oboe strains open the 33-minute title track, begging immediate comparisons to latter-day Tangerine Dream, but it is much better than that. There are beautiful melodies sprinkled throughout the song, which is subdivided into six parts, though they flow quite seamlessly together. The melodies are made with harp, acoustic guitar, and harpsichord-like tones. Halfway through, drums come pounding in, lending a much more majestic tone. This carries through nearly to the end, then the oboes return to close out a very beautiful musical journey. Arcanum manages to create synthetic music with a depth of emotion that isn't always found in the genre.

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Arcanum - The Man in the Mirror

Artist: Arcanum
P: 1997
A beautiful tune played on the piano with choral synth backing starts ‘Echoes of the Past’. Things are left to drift serenely before a delicate rhythm picks the pace up slightly and acts as a framework for yet more piano melodies. Later on a flute takes the lead and is one of the best uses of this sound I have heard all year. The way the piano then returns as if in answer is stunning. The overall mood is rather melancholy and really pulls at the heart strings. The emphasis on this track and most of the album is on melodic content and atmosphere. Four of the seven tracks are over ten minutes so we don’t have pretty little sketches, instead we get tracks that are as complex as human emotions. The slow ringing of a bell introduces ‘Welcome to the Twilight Zone’ and is very different to the last number with sequence, rhythm and electric guitar taking centre stage. This a perfect example of how drum and guitar sounds can be used in a laid back manner rather than heavy metal EM. Peter Mergener could very well have come up with a track like this. An acoustic guitar sound opens ‘Circle of Dreams’. This time though I think that the lead lines are just a bit too sentimental and sweet but maybe I’m just not romantic enough. Next up we have ‘The End of the Rainforest'. The rhythmic sequence is simple but hypnotic even though it isn’t that high in the mix. The lead line weaves spells over it. Just after the half way mark a gentle sequence replaces its predecessor and a driving rhythm makes an entrance but even this somehow manages to retain a delicate quality. Acoustic guitar returns on the title track, weaves its spell and is then joined by piano. Very pleasant - could be too pleasant. ‘Timehunter’ is very different from the rest of the album in that it has much more in yer face rhythmics but still with great melodic qualities. There is a much greater feel of optimism on this track. Finally we have ‘New Horizons’ which finishes the album in a gentle reflective way, moody and romantic but not too much so. Would be fantastic to play on a summers day looking out over the craggy hills of the Penines. (DL)

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