Interkosmos

by Fanger & Kersten

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With a title that refers to the Russian space program and its golden age in the seventies, this CD presents an electronic music of a clear cosmic nature, with elements from the purest GermanTechno, certain touches of Symphonic Rock and traits typical of the trend known as the Berlin School. Yet this is not a simple remembrance of the trends that were shaped in the seventies, but rather the music is obviously contemporary, modern, fresh. The tracks are created by means of sequencer rhythms, percussion, extraterrestrial atmospheres and melodies that range from the mysterious to the heavenly. An album full of strong emotions that will no doubt fascinate the followers of electronic music in its most radical side.
(c) Edgar Kogler , Amazing Sounds

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An angelic vocal sigh and vocoded introduction combine with a gob smacking sequence to make the opening title track a real beaut. This is the best Fanger and Kersten collaboration I have heard by a long way. The cover is also rather fun looking like a piss take of a Cosmic Jokers album (though the music is nothing like it). When it arrives the rhythm is a real driving one. The sort that would get your foot right down to the floor. What's more the lead line is also spot on. A delicate plucked melody starts New Times (betazoid woman mix). A rapid rumbling sequence combines with sonic splashes to create a tranquil mood until the sequence is beefed up half way through. A playful melody then becomes the main feature. Calm descends and we float into Deep Sleep The sequence sounds as if it is a helicopter getting closer and closer. Very faint voices can be heard and soft lead motifs dance amongst the rotor blades. A beat with attitude enters at the three and a half minute mark. It is a really dirty one that becomes more and more insistent. This is a cracker though the title is rather misleading.
Nightshift continues straight on without a break but things are stripped down to whispered voices allowing the new track to emerge from around them. A swirling Spyra type sequence becomes the main focus. The whole effect is rather psychedelic and way out, man. Mesmerizing stuff. Things fade away and we float into the twenty three minute Searched which adopts another swirling sequence but this time a bit like something Pete Namlook might come up with. A melodic sequence is layered over the first. This track is also rather psychedelic, listen to it after a can of Tennants Super and the mind creates all sorts of weird and wonderful pictures (did with me anyway).
Black Hole finishes the album off with a sequencer blast combined with an infectious rhythm. Around the half way mark we get a more delicate section though still rhythmic but we are back to a pump up the volume section a couple of minutes from the end.
To sum up this will be liked by fans of Spyra and the good fax label stuff. It is not a retro album but I think some fans of that scene will also find this very enjoyable. (DL, Neu Harmony)

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A power-plant of EM. If you like to hear more than only some words thru a vocoder announcing the "EXPO 2000" than listen to the music of ´Interkosmos´ (MRCD 7039). Sure - the title-track will intenionally remind you of Kraftwerk, but the whole CD is not a plagiarism! On ´Interkosmos´ Fanger & Kersten combine different well-known EM styles with their own Mind-Flux style to create a varied CD with 6 fine tracks. (Lothar Lubitz, 1999)

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On the opening 10 minute track, they come across as a more than passable version of Kraftwerk circa "Radioactivity" period. Then, on the near nine minute track two, it's Schulze-with-Gottsching style sequencers, electronic percussion and crystal clear electric guitar melodies taking centre stage. Track three isn't really like anyone and, with its shuffling percussive rhythms, bouncy synth lines burst of synth background cascades/tinkles and bits of melody lines, is really all a bit faceless but pleasant enough. The near 16 minute fourth piece manages to surprise the hell out of you by being totally spacey yet complete with cyclical rhythms, bouncy synth overlays and a sort of flowing set of lead synths that isn't really spacey yet isn't really melodic, in the tune sense, more some uncharted hinterland between the two, all delivered with quite a sparse feel to the sound throughout. The next track at 23 minutes, continues the feel and mood of the previous one and, while sounding not exactly like it, is spacey and ethereal enough for the two to be almost one vast, near 40 minute, cosmic epic but in its own stark little way, more a mix of Namlook/Hemsiphere than Roach/Boots, if you see where I'm at. The final 8 min track is a more sprightly affair with xylophone like percussion, throbbing bass, electronic drums at a laid-back pace and assorted exotic samples and deep synth layers, almost trying to end the album at the opposite end of the time frame ('90's) from the beginning. (www.cd-services.com)

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Nein, Fanger & Kersten sind nicht das deutsche Pendent zu Kruder & Dorffmeister. Die beiden firmiren ansonsten unter dem Namen Mind-Flux und stehen seit mehreren Alben für feine Techno-Kunst. Eine kraftwerksche Vocoderstimme führt in das Album ein. Sie singt uns von "Vergangenheit - Neue Zeit - Interkosmos - Unendlichkeit". Dazu gibt es schwerelosen, kühlen Electro, der an ihr letztes Mind-Flux-Album "Kontinuum" erinnert. Mit fortschreitender Dauer nehmen allerdings die ambienten Momente der Platte zu und transportieren den Klang in den EM-Sektor. Schöne Scheibe, die zwischen Komputer und dem entspannten EM-Feld schwebt. (Nils Fischborn für Magazin Eclipse)

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..Ganz besonders muß aber auch immer wieder die enorme Fähigkeit von Fanger und Kersten herausgestellt werden, ihre Kompositionen zu keinem Zeitpunkt langweilig oder monoton werden zu lassen und sich mit fast spielerischer Leichtigkeit auf einer konstant anspruchsvollen Ebene zu bewegen. Hier sei insbesondere auf die beiden ebenfalls längsten Titel auf "Interkosmos" hingewiesen. "Nightshift" (15:54) und "Searched" (23:14) sind keine tanzbaren Titel im eigentlichen Sinne, aber an den beiden ausgefeilten Stücken läßt sich die Gratwanderung zwischen dem früheren Musikverständnis analoger Eelektronik und der neuzeitlichen Auffassung elektronischer Klanggebilde ganz besonders eindrucksvoll veranschaulichen: 2 außergewöhnliche Stücke, die ihre ganze Faszination erst bei genauerem Hinhören vollständig entfalten. Sie werden jeweils durchgängig von einer sanft pulsierenden Rhytmik getragen, über die sich ein festgelegtes Arrangement an ausgesuchten Klangfiguren bewegt. Ein kompliziertes Klanggefüge, das sich dem Hörer bei oberflächlicher Aufmerksamkeit nur bedingt erschließt. Richtig zugehört sind hier nämlich feingesponnene, aneinander überlagernde und sich ständig verschiebene Soundstrukturen zu entdecken, die von den beiden Klangkünstlern über die gesamte Spiellänge mit Tendenz zur Steigerung unaufhörlich variiert werden. Musik, die auch über lange Strecken zu fesseln weiß und bei bewußtem Hören einen sanften Rausch entwickelt.
Was FANGER & KERSTEN besonders wohltuend von anderen Vertretern dieses Genres unterscheidet, ist die Fähigkeit, ihren Kompositionen immer einen wohldosierten Groove beizumengen, so daß sie sich von den oftmals technisch bis metallisch klingenden und dadurch etwas steril wirkenden Arbeiten anderer Kollegen angenehm abgrenzen. (Stefan Behn)

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Con un título que alude al programa espacial ruso y a su época dorada en los años setenta, este CD presenta una música electrónica de claro carácter cósmico, con elementos del Tecno germano más genuino, ciertos toques de Rock Sinfónico y rasgos propios de la corriente conocida como Escuela de Berlín. Pero no se trata de una simple rememoración de las tendencias que se forjaron en la década de 1970, sino que la música es claramente actual, moderna, fresca. Las piezas están elaboradas a base de ritmos de secuenciador, percusión, atmósferas extraterrenales y melodías que oscilan entre lo misterioso y lo celestial Un disco rebosante de emociones fuertes que sin duda entusiasmará a los seguidores de la música electrónica en su vertiente más radical. (EDGAR KOGLER, Amanzing Sounds)

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released June 1, 1999

All tracks written and produced by Thomas Fanger and Michael Kersten. Femal voice track one: Sepietta Klimetschecka. Mysterious voices track five: Luna B. & T.F. Cover desing by kati@mbdf.de

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