Brueckner, Michael

The ambient and electronic musician from Germany.
Brueckner, Michael
Alien Nature + Michael Brückner - The Dark Path
Artist: Alien Nature + Michael Brückner
P: 2017
On this CD they have composed music that is mainly in the Berlin School style. It combines driving, exciting, pulsating sections with eerie interludes. At times there is a little menace and unease about the music which fits the title perfectly.
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Betzler + Brückner - Triplet

Artist: Brückner + Betzler
P: 2016
On saturday, october the 29th, tommy betzler, sammy david and michael brückner appeared as additional act in the „upper room“ on 2016‘s e-live festival at oirschot, the netherlands.
they performed three sets (two shorter and one longer) at the beginning of the festival and in the breaks between the acts on the main stage.
the three tracks on this album - although studio recordings - reflect their first two sets (which were largely improvisations). The bonus track is a live-in-the studio version of the closer of the third, and longest set.

michael brückner: synthesizer, keyboards, electronics & programming
tommy betzler: e-drums, gongs, percussion
sammy david: guitar on track 1, 2 & 4 and on live videos (bonus dvd)
fryderyk jona: moog voyager on track 1 & 2, additional keyboards and sequences on track 4

the bonus dvd features video footage of most of the second and third set - however only in lo-fi sound and video quality, which still might give an impression of the actual event...

The first orders get a free DVD as a special gift.

 

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Betzler + Brückner - TWO

Artist: Brückner + Betzler
P: 2016
Anyone who likes the ambient and Berlin School style of Michael Brückner may like this album anyway, but this time its added by some more rhythm, when Tommy Betzler plays real analog drums. Another highlight are Brückner`s guest musicians on guitar (Sammy David) and on clarinet (Fryderik Jona) Hearing clarinet in electronic music is very special and pretty unique. 

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Bridge to Imla - One January Evening

Artist: Michael Brückner & Hans Dieter Schmidt
P: 2018
This album was recorded live in late January 2018 on an evening of live electronic music featuring a solo set by synthesist Ralph Baumgartl, (not included in this release, but it was excellent!) a set by Bridge To Imla - with percussionist Volker lankow on three tracks and finally a jam session involving all four musicians.
Most of the bonus tracks (see below) were recorded at a rehearsal by Michael Brückner and Hans-Dieter Schmidt one week prior to the event, except for...
...the studio version of „The Dream-Quest To Unknown Imla“ which Michael insisted on doing, because he had messed up his mellotrons flute solo at the concert when he looked into a blue laser beamer by mistake. ;-)
released June 29, 2018 Bridge To Imla is: Hans-Dieter Schmidt: synthesizer, keyboards, EWI (electronic wind instrument) Michael Brückner: electronics, synthesizer, keyboards ...with: Volker Lankow: percussion, loops, soundscapes & samples on tracks 8 - 10 and 16 - 21 Ralph Baumgartl: synthesizer & keyboards on tracks 16 - 21
cover photography: Norbert Zumdiek concert photography: Stefan Trippler cover design: Michael Brückner event catering: Anke & Tommy Betzler
Special thanks to Jürgen Linde for providing beverages! :-) And VERY special thanks to Mathias Brüssel for his safety recording of the BTI performance - it turned out that we needed it...! Finally, a BIG "Thank You" to our wonderful audience - some of You travelled a long way to be with us on that January evening!

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Brückner + Brüssel - Ondes Intergalactiques Live at the Cosmic Nights 2015

Artist: Brückner + Brüssel
P: 2015
This album contains the recording of Mathias Brüssel's and my performance at the 3rd Cosmic Nights electronic music festival at the planetrium of Brussels' Belgium, on Friday evening, May 29th 2015 - plus various tracks that were either recorded in the five preceeding rehearsals in which we conceived the music and prepared for the concert (the bigger part), or which were otherwise produced in connection to that event.
This means there are several (and partly considerably different) versions of "ondes intergalactiques", our three part "suite" for the festival, but also tracks we rehearsed as possible encores (at the actual concert though non of the performing artists played an encore, and so we skipped our's too).
Also there are other improvisations we played as little "asides" during the rehearsals, partly to test various sounds, or strategies, or aspects of the main tracks.
Finally, some tracks were inspired by the experience and spirit of the festival as a direct reaction to being there, and some of these are included, too.

It is very important to me to point out the big role that Mathias Brüssel had in this project:
As some might know, the two of us form the improvisational electronic duo "Le Mansarde Hermetique".
When it was confirmed in late 2014 that I would perform at the Cosmic Nights festival, I invited him to join - first of all because we do harmonise very well in a live situation, but also because I wanted to make a performance that would work without any prerecorded backing tracks (which are to some degree unavoidable if You try to present complex music alone).
I'm happy to say that we reached this goal to at least 90 %. Generally speaking Mathias was in charge of most of the live sequencing (however he also played some chords, effect sounds and melody lines in all tracks) while I took care of the soloing and the chord progressions in the first place (although I also was responsible for one sequence in each track, and for some of the effect sounds).
In the first three months of 2015 I was very busy with other projects, and in this time, Mathias developed first versions of the basic structures for all three parts of the suite, while I only threw in some vague ideas and had the luxury of giving my opinion on ideas he presented to me (...usually I would just answer: that's great, yeah, go on, please!).

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Brückner + Everling - Sparrows

Artist: Brückner + Everling
P: 2014

Brueckner & Everling is the cooperation between Michael Brueckner and Detlev Everling. Brueckner is well known for his big number of ambient albums, he released since more than 20 years. Detlev Everling is a professional musician playing French Horn mainly in an orchestra, but as well in different projects. In this cooperation french horn as an analog sound as well as a processed and edited sound is a very interesting and rare combination with the synths and effects of Michael Brueckner. Additionally female vocals in two tracks give this album another unique character.

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La Mansarde Hermetique (Michael Brückner + Mathias Brüssel) - Haunted Attic

Artist: Michael Brückner& Mathias Brüssel
P: 2017
La Mansarde Hérmetique (founded in 2013) is the eletronic improvisation project of Mathias Brüssel and Michael Brückner, both electronica & ambient artists from Mainz, Germany.
Both are also involved in solo projects and other collaborations, and are active in the German ambient / electronic music scene since 25 years and more...
Their debut album is - as all of their music - based on various improvisations that were recorded in La Mansarde Hérmetique’s regular monthly sessions in 2017.
The name of the project is an homage to "Le Garage Hermétique" by French comic artist Jean Giraud aka Moebius, who sadly died in 2012.
Mathias Brüssel: electronics, synthesizer, keyboards
Michael Brückner: synthesizer, keyboards, electronics

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Mathias Grassow + Michael Brückner - Polar Vortex

Artist: Mathias Grassow + Michael Brückner
P: 2019
Michael Brückner (Germany) has been creating Ambient and other forms of electronic music since 1992. Enigmatic drone visionary Mathias Grassow has been occupied with music since the late 1970s. Mathias and Michael first met in 2011 after finding out that they actually lived near to each other. They discovered that they shared not only their musical tastes, but also had similar spiritual leanings and drew from nearly the same sources of inspiration. With “Polar Vortex” they have created a magic ambient journey that leads us from mystical regions of the north to realms even beyond.

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Michael Brückner - 100 Million Miles Under The Stars

Artist: Michael Brückner
P: 2012

The debut of this new german artist is full of floating melodies, sequenced Soundscapes and mystic atmospheres.

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Michael Brückner - A calm but steady Flow

Artist: Michael Brückner
P: 2012

This is his 84.th album and the 18 tracks are mixed in one go. It ranges from dark ambient thru mystic psychedelic till sometimes with dance elements.

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Michael Brückner - Antiferromagnet

Artist: Michael Brückner
P: 2006

This is a CD which was produced and played in 2003 and mastered in 2006. The music is pure ambient and reminds us to the works of Nik Tyndall at his Sky Record times.

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Michael Brückner - Challenge 29

Artist: Michael Brückner
P: 2007
Blend of beat driven contemporary and more classic electronica, with some ambient moments. Some tracks are rather experimental, others more accessible and melodic.

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Michael Brückner - Drones

Artist: Michael Brückner
P: 2001
All of the 45 original tracks of "Movies Moving In My Head" were solely created with the wonderful music / sound software "Metasynth" - the original concept of which is to translate pictures into sound, by the use of different sets of rules to interpret the pixels in a given digital image. These "sets of rules" also include microtonal musical scales that can be edited or created by the user. On top of this basic idea, there are different extra levels of sound manipulations to further be applied to the resulting sound file. The resulting possibillities are endless.

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Michael Brückner - During A Lull And Other Tales

Artist: Michael Brückner
P: 2018
This time, the album on offer is (almost) pure Berlin School - sequencer driven space music based on (mostly) minor chord progressions provided by analogue(ish) synth strings and mellotron(ish) choirs, above it all the inevitable moog(ish) soloing - that kind of thing (with only a few gimmicks thrown in for variety). I tend to see it as a slightly darker and more monochrome brother to last year's "Trees Of Olivanda" (You might notice there's also the theme of water again in the cover art - which this time I borrowed from some old masters of the Romantic era...).
The album title also is an allusion - I guess it's quite plain, isn't it...? :-) Most of the tracks have been recorded already a year ago or even more. Actually the core of the release is formed by three tracks I had submitted for a compilation curated by the people of the EMPortal - which sadly never happened (so far), so after a long wait, I decided to use those tracks on this album instead.

One of these tracks- the title track of the album - is actually a new mix of something I had put on SoundCloud still more time ago, and which quite a few listeners said was cool - one of them even asked if it would be on an album one day: well Mike, here we go... I also used part of another "SoundCloud favorite" from early 2017 for another track; the two additional tracks (plus the bonus track) were improvisations I recorded in the spring of 2018 and edited them slightly to complete this album (which in fact was finished in August 2018 already, but I decided to release it only after P'Faun's "The Golden Peacock"). And I guess that's it... Thanks for Your attention, and once the album is there: ENJOY! :-)

 

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Michael Brückner - Eleventh Sun

Artist: Michael Brückner
P: 2012
This is pure ambient.

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Michael Brückner - Eroonian Avady

Artist: Michael Brückner
P: 1999
Different space ambient styles. With uncommon electronic sounds.

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Michael Brückner - Five Minutes

Artist: Michael Brückner
P: 2003
This album owes it's title to a special "technique" I used while producing the tracks:
Within five minutes (!) I would "paint" a complete piece (sequences, chords, melodies, beats) in my MIDI editor without listening - just going by the visual "score" - resulting in a tune I otherwise wouldn't have invented.
If the outcome of that first step was interesting, I would develop it further, keeping as much as possible from the first sketch.
Interestingly, these "deaf flights" proved in most cases to work (if sometimes in somewhat strange ways).
Most tracks have a vague 80s feeling about them, due to the soft synths I used - for technical reasons that is:
because I worked on a slow computer back then - compared to todays standards - and only some already older VST synths would be ressources friendly enough to allow me to do the experiment at all. Incidentally, these were early Prophet and PPG clones which lend themselves easily to 80s style electronic sounds.
So, even if the album may sound like a slightly misguided attempt at 80s electro-pop, it's in fact experimental (as in "result of an experiment").
There's also one actual song, featuring the beautiful voice of Cilia di Ponte.

 

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Michael Brückner - Gokuro

Artist: Michael Brückner
P: 2003
Another album I always had been rather fond of; for some reason I felt it sounded somewhat „Japanese“. It contains a rather odd mix of contemporary electronica, dance, electro-jazz, ambient and „ethnic“ flavours.

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Michael Brückner - Hikari (2CD)

Artist: Michael Brückner
P: 2016
One of the finest and most consistently interesting artists working in the modern progressive-electronic field is German composer Michael Brückner. Keeping the heels of one foot in the doorway of the vintage electronic masters whilst mostly occupying a varied and colourful take on contemporary styles, each album sounds completely different to his last, and Michael's music is as far removed from slavish and lazy hero worship as you can hope to find in modern electronic genres. His first release of 2016, `Hikari' (Japanese for `light') reveals many different musical personalities across a range of emotions, often darker without being bleak or hostile or avoiding a sense of hope, and varied without ever becoming unfocused. The centrepoint of the album is a twenty-eight minute six-part suite entitled `The Race'. It's an eerie, dream-like mix of vocal samples, shimmering electronic washes and dark drones with a multitude of cool contemporary beats. Some passages take on an uneasy nightmarish ambience of long stretching stillness, others dance through subdued and gently grooving chill-outs. It's a very modern sounding piece with only the gentlest of vintage influences seeping in, and it oddly balances a calming air with darkening shadows beautifully. `Tygerlillie's Travelogue' appears in two different forms, and in the same way as this approach on Brückner's superb 2013 `Naura' release brought forth interesting results, the two interpretations offer subtle yet crucial differences. Groaning Mellotron choirs with a careful symphonic flair opens the more overtly vintage-flavoured `Wild Mix' with trickling emerging sequencer patterns and Jarre-like colourful effects, but caressing washes of synths and sprightly Klaus Schulze-esque upfront soloing weaves in and out of the atmosphere, creating an unhurried dreaminess. The `Disciplined Mix' is frequently boisterous and powerful, with more upfront skittering programming and regal enveloping Mellotron bursts.

Essentially the title-track, `Light' is an ethereal and heavenly gentle drone sparkling with an embracing warmth, where twinkling ripples of sequencer patterns unwind, cascade and retreat, and the touching ending is full of hope and heart. Two improvisations then follow, `Sarkis' has a moody drama to it with churning waves of synths rolling around programmed beats, and `Yasashī Yorokobi' is mysterious and even sadly romantic with a more sedate and precious Kitaro-like thoughtfulness, a very lovely way to finish the set. `Hikari', available on Rick Chase's AmbiOfusion label, with gorgeous eye-catching cover art by Steven Barber, might be long, but great stretches of the album work beautifully as intelligent background music yet still full of movement and colour. The frequent percussive elements mean this album sounds constantly lively, the drone aspects are subtle yet never meander on forever to dead-ends, and many of the different soundtracks reveal heart and genuine feeling in a genre constantly dismissed as being cold and clinical, never an easy thing to achieve. This imaginative and often deeply emotional collection is another victory for Michael Brückner, on such an inspired creative roll over the last few years after his superb recent collections `Two Letters from Crimea',`Two' with Tommy Betzler and `Ondes Intergalactiques' with Mathias Brüssel, and it gets 2016 off to a fine start for this talented and contemplative modern progressive-electronic artist.

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Michael Brückner - Naura

Artist: Michael Brückner
P: 2013
In March 2013 Brückner was approached by the label "Klangwirkstoff", who release music based on (or tuned to) natural, or "cosmic" frequencies (...going back on the ancient idea of a "music of the spheres"), for a contribution to one of their various artists compilations.
Triggered by this request, he started working on a track using a.) binaural effects and b.) tuned to the earth's magnetic field's basic resonance at 7.83 Hertz. The result of his efforts is this album, which has by now been released by Klangwirkstoff Records. It containins two variations of the main tune, and two other tracks, which are based on the same material. The degree of "binaurality" and "cosmic tuning" varies a bit, with track four having only the tempo as a reference, and otherwise using just standard chromatic tuning in the key of A. Please note that this is an experiement and a bit of "sonic research" in the first place, so any comments on (positive or negative) effects of this music are very welcome. Please also note that it's recommended to listen to this album in the original order, and on a system that is able to reproduce deep bass frequencies. Headphones may help to a deeper experience, too...

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