Tranquillity

Frank Makowski (born in 1968) got into electronic music through popular electronic music from France in the late 1970s but what really pulled the trigger for him was the developing Berlin School style of the early 1980s. Early on he began experimenting with tape recorders, fm receivers and an old EKO Tiger organ (that still is part of his studio equipment). By late 1980s he evolved his workflow by changing to digital recording equipment, supporting computer technology and state-of-the-art synthesizers and samplers. In the early 1990s the first official releases appeared, followed by theater and film music projects and numerous live performances. Apart from working as a soloist, Frank also collaborated early with other local EM artists, such like TIMEWAVE, which led to his concert debut at the first KLEM NRW Festival in 1993 (where he became sort of like a "performer in residence" as the two subsequent festivals saw him playing as well). Also, he played with Olaf HUERLAENDER Hellenkamp & Peter Gallin and released an album of rather harsh and weird industrial stuff ("Mirkom"). In 1994 all these efforts led to the release of his first solo CD "The Spectre Within". The music released under the TRANQUILLITY moniker is more focused on melodic hooklines and driving sequences. Up tempo tracks overweight soundscapes. One might say, that it shows his more traditional and mainstream, less experimental, approach.
Tranquillity
Frank Makowski - Canon der Finsternisse
Artist: Frank Makowski
P: 2019
Makowski dedicates this Album to the thousands of sun and Moon eclipses in the past and future thousand years.
By playing ambient, dark ambient and slight orchestral music, his music represent the perfect feeling for watching an eclipse.

The "Canon of Eclipses" (German "Canon der Finsternisse") by Theodor Ritter von Oppolzer is one of the great works of modern astronomy. It compiles ca. 8000 Solar and more than 5000 Lunar eclipses between the years 1207 BC and 2161 CE.
Oppolzer presented his work to the public in 1885.
Tragically by time of the official publishing in 1887 at the Imperial Academy of Sciences of Vienna he wasn´t among the living any more. Only 45 years old he died in 1886.


 
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Tranquillity - Core

Artist: Tranquillity
P: 2001

Frank Makowski´s third solo appearance. More reminiscent to atmospheric and ambient influences than his older releases, but still rooted in the classic electronic music of the Berlin School. All tracks composed, performed and produced by Frank Makowski.
Immediately an ominous fast sequence strikes up getting 'Well Known Territories' to an energetic start. Pads swell and swirl underneath as the sequence becomes even more strident. There is a mean 'don't get in my way' feel to the music but this is actually as light as the album gets as all the tracks contain sinister undercurrents. 'Tranquillity' is one half of Ramp and even though this CD most certainly has an identity of its own its obvious that working within ramp has rubbed off in the darkness department. 'Overtones' is an atmospheric track which just drips malevolence. A deep drone gets louder and louder as if an alien craft is getting closer then passes overhead. The sounds picked are superb as the drones overlay each other, swirl. and constantly increase and decrease in intensity. One to be listened to on headphones with the lights out.'Aural Sediments' utilizes more dark drones, acting as a background for cracking sounds as if electricity is arcing then a superb moody sequence starts up. A slow melody plays over the top contrasting to the increase in pace and threatening nature of the sequence. The cracking effect has now become more rhythmic and great slabs of sound burst forth. Just before the half way mark we get momentary respite from the mayhem. A ball breaking bass sequence quickly develops however, added to by a slapping / splashing sequence. This could be music for some incredibly destructive cosmic battle. The sequences start to come in waves as layer after layer of devastation spews from the speakers. The sounds twist and distort, laser fire blasting through it all. Wonderful stuff! 'Harbinger' is another incredible dark slab of picture music. It begins with odd vocal effects as if hearing voices echoing from the bottom of a vast lift shaft, distorted by the echo so that what they are saying can't be made out. Think of TD's 'Wahn' without the manic drumming. 'State of Hysteria' begins with a 'train' type sequence, this is added to by another sequence which is brighter, bouncing along quite nicely. A great lead line is included, the second sequence is cranked up and mutates giving itself a harder edge. We are now really starting to hurtle forwards at great speed. Its another fantastic and powerful number. More is added all the time and already by the half way mark we have reached a glorious overload. Turn up the volume and throw your head back! We are brought back from the brink just in time as the track is stripped down to little more than the basic sequence. More effects are then added as are additional sequences and at any moment you think that we are going to return to the mayhem of before but gradually things wind down to the end. What a stonning CD.

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Tranquillity - Deus Ex Machina

Artist: Tranquillity
P: 1996

Frank Makowski is the man behind Tranquillity. His penchant for sequencing is clear. With this latest release he continues the sequencing theme. After a while though some of the tracks do grow in stature which perhaps bodes well for the longevity of his music. The opener 'The Number of the Beast' has some great sequencer lines combined with tight drum rhythms. 'Straight to the Void' is 14 minutes of rhythmic textures which sounds very industrial at times, while 'The Logic of Love' returns to the sequencer dominated formula.

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Tranquillity - The Spectre Within

Artist: Tranquillity
P: 1994

Debut album of the project TRANQUILLITY by Frank Makowski. Music heavily influenced by 80s Berlin School era. Still after all these years, the CD has still a catchy feeling with the nice melodies.

 

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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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