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Nocturnes

by Max Corbacho

In this new work, Max Corbacho vanish the edges and shapes of sound to introduce the listener to a surreal landscape of ghosts textures, blurring the time and projecting a new world, hidden before the sunset.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Dark Sky Opening, Pt. 1
4:47 album only
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2. Dark Sky Opening, Pt. 2
24:41 album only
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3. Dark Sky Opening, Pt. 3
23:21 album only
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4. Stellar Time
11:44 album only
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5. Ghost of the Moon
9:04 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Night, that period of magic time in which shadows blur shapes, colors and along with silence and stillness induces a state of special perception, creating a new universe. In this new work, Max Corbacho vanish edges and shapes of sound to introduce the listener to a surreal landscape of ghost textures, blurring the time and projecting a new world, hidden before the sunset. This new collection of sound spaces reflects the emotion felt during several sessions of night photography during the last years. The characteristic elements in the sound depth of Corbacho are firmly present: Dense harmonic layers of synthesizers combined with rich overtones flow freely in time like shadows in a dreamlike, fuzzy blooming of colorist chords and textures. "Showing the photograph of the place where I have been in the artwork is, as I perceive it, to share with my listeners a complete experience, a way of connecting the music with the place where it was inspired. The most vivid memory of these nights is silence, stillness, the twinkling light of the stars and the sweet fragrance of thyme that impregnates everything in these regions of Aragon in Spain."

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Richard Gurtler

Colossally expansive and breathtakingly immersing listening experience!!!
If I recall correctly, the title "Nocturnes" has been resonating in the connection with Max Corbacho for few years already. For the first time announced by Hypnos, roughly about 3 years ago, unfortunately it was in the period of time when Mike and Lena were slowly evanescing from their publishing activities (yet Hypnos is still alive as a mail-order and forum). Secondly, I have encountered "Nocturnes" back in the summer of 2016, when hanging in Max Corbacho's studio in Barbera del Valles, near Barcelona. Lots of great memories revive... along with fruitful discussions held with Max about the long-deserved release of this recording. And now finally the dreams came true, "Nocturnes" CD is here!!! Out on Max Corbacho's newly created label Silentsun since May 19th, 2017, the album comes in a catchy matte 4-panel digipak graced by immersing nocturnal photographs taken by the artist himself in Aragon, a northeastern region of Spain, these photography sessions also remain as the biggest inspiration for "Nocturnes". Additional credits are given to visual master Michael Rodriguez Pletz, who has already collaborated with Max Corbacho on "Splendid Labyrinths" and "Future Terrain" artworks. The mastering credit goes to Ian Hawgood, his name can be found also on "Future Terrain".

The journey is ignited with quietly expanding "Dark Sky Opening", a title precisely reflecting its name as well as awe-inspiring immenseness of arid landscapes of Aragon. Max Corbacho's multidimensional expansive gracefulness sweeps across effortlessly like refreshing nightly breeze. Inconspicuous climaxes with ear-tickling glimpses persistently percolate throughout the grandiosely panoramic magnitudes, known as a purely quintessential sonic insignias of this Spanish Maestro. Yeah, this nearly 53 minutes long epic composition proficiently displays the soundcarving magic of Max Corbacho, where phenomenally engrossing spatial vastness is meticulously reinforced by infinitely billowing and warmly tenebrous meridians. Max gives the max again, these utterly powerful quietudes will always be my sonic medicine!!! A jewel like "Nocturnes" was worth the long wait!!! The next piece, "Stellar Time", reaching almost 12-minute mark, straightly dives into gargantuan depths, where celestially infused drones exquisitely amalgamate with magmatic humming monoliths, titillating dissonant perplexes and balmily nuanced undercurrents. A truly mind-blowing odyssey transporting the listener into jaw-droppingly unfathomable nothingness, where monstrous serenity with disastrous reverberations are tenaciously engulfing. This track undoubtedly showcases Max Corbacho at the very top of his most intense abysscaping!!! So it's quite obvious "Ghost Of The Moon" clandestinely enters this scenario and glides on the wings of diminuendoing thickness, with less density, yet more resonating sharpness with oscillating vertexes, bridged with hidden, but glimmeringly emerging yearning sceneries, before surreptitiously transmuting into tranquilly vanishing horizons.

74-minute "Nocturnes" album again reinstalls Max Corbacho to the foreground of atmospheric soundscaping, his signature sonic meditations belong to the most colossally expansive and breathtakingly immersing listening experiences. This Spaniard is a stalwart soundforger par excellence, certainly don't miss his stellar discography filled with many other gems like "The Ocean Inside", "Ars Lucis", "The Talisman", "Splendid Labyrinths", "Nocturnal Emanations"... The flame is still burning brightly and as far I know, few more chapters of "Nocturnes" are in the stove, so stay tuned for more!!! Bravo, Max!!!

Richard Gürtler (Jul 26, 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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Morpheus Music

Immersive ambient immensity.
STYLE
May 2017
Smooth, drifting ambient electronica.
Nocturnes sees Spanish ambient master Max Corbacho delivering some of his most silken, airy ambient fabric to date along with some uneasy dark shrouds that lift and curl in the unseen slow-motion currents of the night. The enormous opener wafts by in delicate filaments of sound, overlaid one upon another, hypnotically heaving, becalmed, meandering. This is a tranquil composition that naturally wells up and over the listener, submerging, buoying up, carrying one afloat... Subsequent tracks see what had until now been background shadow bleed forward, building an uneasy weight that gathers subtly in Stellar Time and more prominently in Ghost of the Moon. There is a distinct sense of infinite space and the immensity of empty sky that is obviously heightened by the accompanying artwork and track titles revealing the inspiration for this rather personal project.

ARTWORK
Nocturnes is presented within an elegant digipack of twin panels adorned by Max's own atmospheric imagery captured over a series of night photography sessions. An otherworldly panorama spreads across the outer cover - the enormity of the bejewelled night sky acting as backdrop to the album and track titles. Within, another crepuscular vista glows with curious nocturnal warmth, credits and backgroud information once more set out upon the sky. The disc is clasped upon the right inner panel repeating the cover art in reverse. The engrossing beauty of the visuals enclosing this music invite the listener to experience something of the wonder that lead Max Corbacho to compose the music of Noctunes.

OVERALL
The discography of Max Corbacho has grown into an impressive body of work over recent years, given weight by the artists' depth of commitment to the genre. Here Max Corbacho presents a complete musical/visual experience inspired by after-dark excursions into wild open spaces. The soft-edge subtleties, the serenity of after hours and the feel of the vastness of the open air are all threads picked up and woven into this enveloping production. The three tracks range from the huge Dark Sky Opening at fifty two minutes fifty seconds through the eleven forty four Stellar Time to the concluding piece Ghost of the Moon at just over nine minutes. Promotional material explains, "In this new work, Max Corbacho vanishes edges and shapes of sound to introduce the listener to a surreal landscape of ghost textures, blurring time and projecting a new world, hidden before the sunset. The characteristic elements in the sound depth of Corbacho are firmly present: dense harmonic layers of synthesizers combined with rich overtones flow freely in time like shadows in a dreamlike, fuzzy blooming of colorist chords and textures." Why not listen for yourself at Max Corbacho's extensive Bandcamp page or explore more of the release at the official Max Corbacho web site.
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