Palantir

Behind the Name Palantir, we find the musician Christian Schimmöller who is based at the label of Lambert Ringlage.
Palantir
Palantir - Empire of Illusions

Artist: Palantir
P: 2000

It is obvious from the get-go that a lot of care and pride went into this CD.First, there is the very nice, unique tri-fold digipak with beautiful cover art.The CD booklet neatly tucked into a notch in the center. Detailed credits in both German and English. The music itself was carefully recorded, with a special 3-D recording technique. This is all well and good, of course, but what about the music? Honestly, I'm still digesting it. It is a multi-layered work full of imagery. I have to say, the first time I played it, it didn't sit right with me at all. The 3-D effect includes certain clichés, like doors slamming and glass breaking, as if to say “look at me, I'm 3-D!” The clearly intended pièce de résistance, the 18-minute title track, is mostly free word association, with simple words repeated by a man and a woman over atmospheric electronics and sound effects. By the way, if you want to follow along, the words sort of roll along the bottom of the inside cover. I was really put off by this track the first time. But others, like the dark Exhibit A, with haunting whispers, ominous drones, and distant booming drums, were immediately to my liking. As I started to delve deeper and listen again, I began to appreciate the craftsmanship that Christian Schimmöller, a.k.a. Palantir, put into it. In a remote sense, I'm reminded of Jean-Michel Jarre’s most experimental album, Zoolook. Palantir explains that Empire of Illusions is all about dreams and dreamworlds.The almost 80-minute disc is a kaleidoscope of sonic images, created largely by background noise and vocal samples, in addition to music with generally uplifting melodies.Each track joins the next with a minute or so of ambient noise, talking, animals, and other sounds. Actually, these short bridges of sounds are very interesting in and of themselves, although it is where some of the excesses in the binaural recording occur. Sometimes it fits, and sometimes it just seems like noise. But then, it’s not unlike some dreams I have, where I'm suddenly whisked away to another location, and for the life of me I can't figure out how the dream transitioned from point A to point B. Palantir maintains a mostly light and bright mood throughout, one might even say dreamy. Spend some time with this one to reap its rewards. Unique and recommended.

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Palantir - Refuge in Fantasy

Artist: Palantir
P: 199
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"For best experience listen with headphones" Following this advice from the booklet we go for an escape into the fantasy of Christian Schimmöller. Right into the garden, where an orange dream leads us to the waters of life, reaching the ocean with chanting whales, next to the old forest where we see the starlight, ascending past fountains to a flight, falling down at it's climax to the fantastic world in our heads. There we soon get into a time loop where time slowly elapses.Despite of the ideal Gandalf shining through in the music now and then because of similar arrangements, Palantír's music in not a copy of Gandalf's. The fact that the "grand"-master could take a big deal of "take it easy" from his follower, for that he doesn't fall into oblivion in the future, becomes aware when listening to such titles as Orange Dream, Gil-Galad and Elapsed Time. We can really be looking forward to what this talented "newcomer" will bring out of his exciting fantasy world after finishing his studies to the audio-engineer.

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V/A - Colours

Artist: Lambert,Parsick,Apeiron, u.a.
P: 1996
This is a rare collection of unreleased tracks by the listed artists. This compilation was once made to introduce new artists on the Spheric Music label and some of them started their career just after this release!


 

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