Keith Richie | The Maestoso Interstellar Suite (10 Year Anniversary Edition)

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The Maestoso Interstellar Suite (10 Year Anniversary Edition)

by Keith Richie

The Maestoso Interstellar Suite 10 Year Anniversary Edition is not just a re-master and re-release of the same album from years ago, but is a brand new listening experience for listeners.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. The Maestoso Interstellar Suite, Pt. I
36:27 $4.00
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2. The Maestoso Interstellar Suite, Pt. II
31:17 $4.00
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3. The Maestoso Interstellar Suite, Pt. III
28:16 $4.00
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4. The Maestoso Interstellar Suite, Pt. IV
26:48 $4.00
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This album is a labor of love for me. This album is not just a re-master and re-release of the same album from years ago, but is a brand new experience for listeners. The original material was cleaned up, enhanced, and re-mastered as well as extended onto a second disc of completely new material. A two-hour space music epic consisting of 4 parts to ease the mind and calm the spirit. A new prelude begins the experience and eases you into the parts and movements on a musical tour through interstellar space.

This album is actually delivered in two different formats. The first of which is The Maestoso Interstellar Suite 10 Year Anniversary Edition which is delivered in its intended listening format containing four parts with various movements bridging the music together. The logical places for the movements are as follows:

The Maestoso Interstellar Suite Part I
•00:00 Prelude
•04:20 Movement I (Event Horizon)
•18:10 Movement II (Naked Singularity)
•32:09 Intermission I

The Maestoso Interstellar Suite Part II
•00:00 Movement III (Inertial Frame of Reference)
•09:29 Movement IV (Redshift)
•15:00 Movement V (Time Dilation)
•26:36 Movement VI (Causality)

The Maestoso Interstellar Suite Part III
•00:00 Movement VII (Cryosleep)
•10:00 Movement VIII (Dark Matter)
•17:10 Movement IX (Gravity Waves)
•23:29 Intermission II

The Maestoso Interstellar Suite Part IV
•00:00 Movement X (General Relativity)
•06:47 Movement XI (Escape Velocity)
•11:41 Movement XII (Aphelion)
•20:24 Postlude

The second format, is Singularities – Music from The Maestoso Interstellar Suite. Singularities contains the individual movements from the various parts of The Maestoso Interstellar Suite as individual songs with unique starts and endings. Whereas The Maestoso Interstellar Suite presents the music as individual movements bridged together into four individual parts, those individual movements were extracted for shuffle play and broadcasting in the form of the Singularities release.

The track listing for Singularities is as follows:
•Prelude
•Event Horizon
•Naked Singularity
•Intermission I
•Inertial Frame of Reference
•Redshift
•Time Dilation
•Causality
•Cryosleep
•Dark Matter
•Gravity Waves
•Intermission II
•General Relativity
•Escape Velocity
•Aphelion
•Postlude

For the reason behind this release type, please read the following article:
An Interstellar Double Feature

Dedication

I want to dedicate these albums to the brave individuals past, present and future who put their lives at risk in our attempt to reach the stars. I truly hope I live to see the day where we reach another celestial body once again. Whether it be our moon, or Mars or even further. That experience would be ever so delightful, and I’m thankful for those who reach out where I can not.

Carl Sagan once said “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” And whether you choose to purchase The Maestoso Interstellar Suite 10 year Anniversary Edition and listen to the experience as originally intended or purchase Singularities – Music from The Maestoso Interstellar Suite (Or both if you would like all of the experiences :)), I hope you find peace and relaxation through it all and your imagination carries you to worlds that never were as you begin this interstellar voyage with me.

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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
Having previously reviewed as well as being completely awestruck by Keith Richie’s album “Ambient Highways”, I received “The Maestoso Interstellar Suite” with great enthusiasm. The two-hour remastered edition of this album, originally released ten years prior, has been cleaned-up, enhanced and extended onto a second disc of completely new material for a whole new listening experience! Weaving symphonic electronic, ambient and space music elements together, notable comparisons can be drawn to Tangerine Dream, Christopher Franke, John Carpenter, Vangelis and Carbon Based Lifeforms, all of whom Keith cites as musical influences.

“The Maestoso Interstellar Suite Part I” opens with deep drones, astronaut-like voices and shooting star effects, conveying a notion that one is about to embark on an intergalactic voyage. Thunderous drum intervals joined by a symphonic melodic arrangement of vintage and modern synthesizers add to the feeling of anticipation, as one gets the sense that perhaps they’re not alone on this journey, but are part of a crew of interstellar explorers. Clocking in at just under thirty-six and a half minutes, it’s the longest piece on the album boasting many twists and turns, before ultimately winding down with the shooting star sounds and astronaut speak. Ethereal timbres open “The Maestoso Interstellar Suite Part II”, where misty tones and gurgling swirls eventually lead into a pulsating rhythm and heavier sequencers. Influences of Tangerine Dream are especially notable on this track, with the tonal and percussive qualities bearing distinctive hallmarks of the band’s “Stratosfear” album. Dissolving at about the halfway point, the rhythm returns towards the latter part of the piece, this time revving thing up at a more marching pace. A semblance of deep space exploration in a universe teeming with life permeates “The Maestoso Interstellar Suite Part III”, where the familiar shooting star sounds accentuate a violin-esque melody and crystalline textures that seem to spiral outwards. A steady drumbeat enters, subsequently dissipating at about two-thirds of the way through, before the melody transitions and rhythm returns for another sequence in the composition. At twenty-six and a half minutes, “The Maestoso Interstellar Suite Part IV” is the fourth and final composition, showcasing the finest elements of the three previous tracks. This metamorphosing composition is topped-off with ghostly operatic voices that further enhance the piece’s beautifully eerie quality, as added bleeps and signal sounds convey surreal images of alien worlds appearing on a distant frontier. Epically moving yet contemplatively serene, the composition dreamily concludes in an otherworldly haze.

Upon listening to this masterpiece, I concluded that in a different time and place, Keith Richie would have been the guy tapped to join Tangerine Dream in the year 2000. Being among my favorite recent musical discoveries, I am simply floored by the quality of this artist’s output, with “The Maestoso Interstellar Suite" barring no exception. Playing out like an imaginary soundtrack to a sci-fi mini-series, each composition serves as its own episode or chapter in a story full of cinematic adventure, cosmic exploration and emotional resonance. Nothing short of spectacular, this is simply a must-have for fans of emotive sci-fi and classic electronic space music!
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Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio

How can I not recommend this to you
An extract of the full review
When something is your very soul, it is hard to bare it to the world and say, this is me, come listen, but here on this latest release Keith Richie he has done just that. From the very early days of my induction into the world of Electronic music I was lucky enough to have been bathed with such sonic masters as Tomita and of course the great Vangelis.
I adored the work Albedo 0.39 and in some way I feel like I am experiencing 1976 all over again, this album is simply off the scale, of course years flown by since the great man’s work, in fact 30 of them and on The Maestoso Interstellar Suite 10 Year Anniversary Edition Richie has taken that grand sound and brought it completely up to date.
Listen to Part 1, beginning with the Prelude and into the first movement titled Movement I (Event Horizon), the excited and wide eyed sounds of the explorer in the audio capturing the sounds of music in space, the masterful way Richie has captured that moment is in typical Vangelis mode. When you listen to this album dear reader and listener, it will feel like you yourself, have actually taken a journey through the realms of the universe and I guess in a way you will have.
Each part of this album is like a suite within an opus, for example the segment at 17 minutes into part 1 titled Movement II (Naked Singularity), gives you a sense of liberation and emptiness, it’s as if we are floating, and after the powerful opening one can visualise the sheer vastness of space itself, the freshness of this album is sublime. At the 20 minute mark a rhythm begins to form and through the sequences, we begin to pick up pace and intent. One thing is for sure dear constant listener; this is an album that once started, is impossible to leave until that journey has been completed.
We drift with the current of the continuum into Part 2 which begins with Movement III (Inertial Frame of Reference). The feeling and senses almost tell us that we have moved into a region of space that we must scan and explore. The synths begin to create a far deeper image for us all to enjoy, the swirling sequences manifest a real sense of gently drifting at cruising speed, a gentle tap on the thrusters from time to time as we pass great gas giants and planets so spectacular for the mind to behold. Keith Richie’s sheer class as a producer of superb synth based music is all consuming.
A segment of pace is upon us now, as some extremely rhythmic percussion kicks in at around 10 minutes which forms Movement IV (Redshift), this is the artist at his best, this is the Richie style in full flow as we transverse the solar system to a beat that could be from the very sun itself. As we arrive at a new region of the galaxy, the mood changes, it’s as if we have stopped to marvel at the view. At around 20 minutes there is a slight sense of tension built in here through Movement V (Time Dilation), this really adds to a feeling of the dramatic. Then we are off once more as the tempo picks up with some subtle but deliberate percussion, which could almost take us into the realm of progressive rock towards the end of the piece.
The second half of our journey starts with a very careful and tentative beginning as Part 3 is upon us with Movement VII (Cryosleep). Audio from our virtual Captain is relayed to us, as he mentions his crews sleep periods into a date file for transmission. Through this fantastic track one can feel both the loneliness and the concentration of the crew member. Even though we are in deep space, Richie has given this composition a real night time feeling. An essence of a dream perhaps floats past, and then the intensity begins to slightly increase as we approach the 5 minute mark.
The sheer melodic nature of this piece is almost wondrous in parts; the energy of Richie’s arrangement is beyond beauty. There is a slight energy shift at the 10 minute mark as Movement VIII (Dark Matter) begins, almost a sense of apprehension, perhaps the crew member has had to make a slight course correction, but soon a pattern and an even tempo is once again found. That energy shift continues as a timely segment of percussion increases the dynamism of the piece.
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