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The Child Set Free

by Human Metronome

Follow these sounds that guide you through an ancient forest. You'll soon discover that the path you walk is the least of your concerns. instead nature's flow awakens your playfulness and reconnects you with the source which created all this beauty.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Gi
19:13 album only
2. Makoto
12:20 album only
3. Yu
6:50 $0.99
4. Jin
7:48 $0.99
5. Meiyo
13:15 album only
6. Konshi
14:24 album only
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Album Notes
A short Inside view on The Child Set Free and reviews. (For more info and extended sound clips go to: www.resonatingearth.com)

Inside view

This first solo release of Human Metronome (a.k.a. Eelke van Hoof) consists of six tracks. These songs were constructed in a loose and spontaneous manner. The aim was to make music in a childlike fashion without troubling the mind too much with details. But during the process of producing, mixing and conceiving the artwork, perfectionism was always lurking just around the corner (mastering was done by 33 Tetragammon, a.k.a. Wasili Papadopoulos). But all in all the creative flow kept being undisturbed and the music was birthed in a relatively short amount of time.
The setting of the album takes place in an organic world full of life where man is in sheer wonder about the beauty of its environment. In this space he forgets his old life of worries about survival and mundane trivialities and discovers his playful inner child. At the end of the day he sits in a cave overlooking the forest and releases a deep sigh: he finally realizes he has found the key to true wisdom.

To emphasize the organic qualities of this music the different sounds, instruments and field recordings are spatially placed in a specific manner using binaural post production techniques. As sound sources soft synths, instrument modeling synths, percussion, bamboo flutes, guitars and field recordings have been used.


This album by Dutch ambient project Human Metronome aka Eelke van Hoof is a factory-pressed CD (not a CDR), containing six tracks in all. "Gi" begins with concrete textures of dripping water and natural soundscapes (something
that sounds like very distant bird calls). It's an extremely relaxing experience. When subtle and slow percussion is added, the organic nature of the music comes to the fore. It's not very electronic, in fact you could call this "organic ambient", but it's very convincing, not to mention the excellent quality of mixing and recording. Subtle flute playing gradually comes to the fore, somehow stressing the meditative nature of the music. Fans of the deeper Steve Roach in his organic mode will find this to their liking. Reflective guitar surprisingly appears towards the end of the track which sounds pretty eerie on top of the droning, humming soundscape. The second track "Makoto" begins with a subtle soundscape full of concrete textures, all soaked in distant reverb. Bamboo flute makes an appearance once again, as various acoustic / ethnic percussion sounds fill the space. And... that's it. It may sound simple but in fact the music is very meditative and primeval. You somehow don't want it to become flooded with sounds. It's good as it is: sparse, echoing and hypnotic. The third track called "Yu" takes us to darker realms. It's still fairly meditative, the percussion is still there and the flute still casts its spell, but the drones and significantly more menacing. "Jin", on the other hand, is based on an insistent percussive rhythm, making it a relatively
active track. The other elements are basically the same, though - rain sounds, other unidentifiable concrete textures, bells, subtle clangs, drones... Sound of Tibetan bells (or something that sounds similar to them) introduces "Meiyo". It's the most organic and meditative (also the most minimal) piece on the album. It basically consists of just the already mentioned bells, concrete textures (a waterflow of sorts) and... that's it! Towards the ends of the track, however, a bit of variety is provided by some percussion rolls. The last track "Konshi" brings back the drones. It's a sonic mantra that just envelops you. Of course,
there are no melody and no beats; it's just a pure flow of sound. "The Child Set Free" is an album that will be enjoyed by those who like organic music and Ritual Ambient. It's great to just sit back and relax to.

Artemi Pugachov, Encyclopedia of Electronic Music


This release from 2010 offers 74 minutes of playful ambient music. Human Metronome is Eelke van Hoof. Mastering was done by HM's frequent collaborator Wasili Papadopoulos (aka 33 Tetragammon). Utilizing a soft synthesizers, percussion, bamboo flutes, guitars, and a variety of environmental sounds, HM strives to create an organic world for the audience, but the music concentrates on an introspective quality that divorces the listener from their surroundings, plunging them into a realm of the inner child and setting that spirit free.
Delicate electronic atmospherics establish a sparse auralscape that is then seasoned with a human presence through winsome flutes and languid beats. The electronics are extremely vaporous, maintaining a tenuous definition with reality through expansive tonalities that achieve the illusion of distance. Periodically that remote vista is brought closer by increased density.
Plucked strings introduce a subtle tension to the sonic flow, then that stress is softened by bending the notes into fluid chords that remain elusive by immersion in the textural soundscape.
The flutes enhance the music's airy quality with their breathy expressions, evoking the presence of nature in a manner that surrounds without becoming intrusive, allowing the listener to focus on their own psyche.
While maintaining a distinct ambience, these compositions realize a child-like character through the playful application of the fragile elements, producing a lithesome structure that flexes not unlike a series of serene waves caressing a beach. The result promotes a state of comfortable introspection.

Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity



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Richard Gurtler

Highly meditative organic soundscapes!!!
Human Metronome aka Eelke van Hoof comes from Eindhoven, The Netherlands, with two full length CDs on his discography (one of them is co-work with 33 Tetragammon entitled "Resonating Earth" from 2009) plus another 4 download only albums. "The Child Set Free" opens with "Gi", over 19 minutes long minimally and naturally sounding slow-motion soundscape enriched by some gentle tribal drumming and occasional bamboo flute. More drones and sharper strings appear later and add more tension. Quite meditative and exotic experience. By the way, the titles are based on some of the virtues of Japanese Samurai. The sounds overlap into the next piece, "Makoto", this one seems to be more experimental, but again with some nicely fitting flute and drumming and still quite simple in its structure. Echoed, deep and mysterious. "Yu" keeps its experimental feel with flute and rainy sounds. Also "Jin" is carried by raindrops, but with more rhythmed drumming in first half, some metallic and other more strange sounds appear too, later this piece moves back to its less active organic mood. "Meiyo" is centered around singing bowls and always presented environmental recordings, again sounding minimal and natural while towards the end variety of percussive sounds steps in. Closing "Konshi" is by far the most floating droning soundwall on the album, a fascinating sonic vista! "The Child Set Free" album is recommended for all those who prefer more static organic ambience, so don't hesitate to explore highly meditative soundscapes of Human Metronome. I will keep an eye on this Dutchman.

Richard Gürtler (Bratislava, Slovakia)