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Remaster

by The Wimshurst's Machine

A relaxed, intelligent mix of acoustic and electronic music, from chillout to rock, from ambient to progressive electronica, with jazz and world influences. This is an award-winning 2 CDs set with a remaster of the 1st 2 CDs of the band.
Genre: New Age: Progressive Electronic
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1. Mountain Sunrise (remastered)
4:53 album only
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2. Fatherland (remastered)
4:46 album only
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3. Up to the Road and Back Again (remastered)
3:03 album only
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4. Mystical Sea (remastered)
5:57 album only
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5. Freedom Calls (remastered)
5:23 album only
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6. A Long Journey (remastered)
5:04 album only
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7. Magic Lights (remastered)
3:02 album only
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8. Celtic Death Ballad (remastered)
4:12 album only
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9. Indian Shores (remastered)
4:31 album only
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10. Intermezzo: The Folly (remastered)
1:06 album only
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11. Variations Over The Folly (remastered)
3:09 album only
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12. Electrolife (remastered)
3:07 album only
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13. Night Celebrations (remastered)
3:26 album only
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14. Rainbow (remastered)
4:35 album only
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15. Preludio: The King's Hall (remastered)
1:52 album only
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16. The Fall of the Ancient Town (remastered)
6:29 album only
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17. Wind Sailer (remastered)
5:40 album only
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18. New Horizons (remastered)
2:51 album only
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19. Charming Mechanics (remastered)
5:37 album only
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20. Across the Seas of Space (remastered)
3:17 album only
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21. Dance of the Earth (remastered)
5:22 album only
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22. Library of Alexandria (remastered)
4:23 album only
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23. O Alquimista (remastered)
2:57 album only
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24. Nemesis (remastered)
4:45 album only
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25. Ghosts of Fallow Ground (remastered)
4:15 album only
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26. Discovery (remastered)
4:04 album only
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27. The Call of Adventure (remastered)
5:18 album only
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28. Philosopher's Stone (remastered)
4:00 album only
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29. Intermezzo: Captured (remastered)
0:43 album only
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30. Prisoner (remastered)
3:07 album only
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31. Meditations (remastered)
2:50 album only
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32. Intermezzo:The Torture Machine (remastered)
0:54 album only
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33. Torquemada (remastered)
3:11 album only
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34. The Escape (remastered)
4:42 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Se parlate italiano, cercate al fondo del testo inglese e troverete la vostra lingua!!! :-)

ENGLISH:
"Listening to the TWM you'd travel into a relaxing world of good music. TWM plays a mix of acoustic and electronic music, sometimes inspired by ancient or traditional tunes (Irish, indian or spanish), mixed with modern sounds, from chill-out to jazz, with a mix of acoustic and electronic instruments. The music of TWM is something that will make you dream. A dream you won't forget."
(published TWM review)

The Wimshurst's Machine is a project born by the music passion of each component and a mad idea, developed between friends and colleagues with little time to play together "in person". Thanks to modern softwares and computers (as Propellerhead Reason, Apple Garage Band, Sound Studio Pro and Apple Soundtrack), it has become possible to play together even when living apart, recording each track separated from the others with modern "home made studios".

This Wimshurst's Machine's album is a remastered collection made of two CDs in a non-crystal case package (the 2007 remastered versions of "A traveller who didn't ask for glory", 2004, and "The Alchemist", 2005). Since is not the common jewel-case, we recommend the purchase WITH the case. In this album you may read (and listen to) two short stories. The first one ("A traveller who didn't ask for glory", who also was ) tells about an ancient traveler that obtained glory while he was searching for himself across the world. The second story is "The Alchemist" (who was also TWM's second album, 2005) and here the storytelling is about an Alchemist, during the spanish late middle age.

In this collection you may find 34 tracks for more than 2 hours of award-winning music, ideally the soundtrack of the stories the CD itself is telling (that you may also hear in the "Traveller & Alchemists" audiobook version), flowing as in a movie.

Now available also "Time Traveller", a new studio album made of 37 tracks for a double CD edition with more than 2 hours of new music, lots of important collab tracks with artists such as Corrado Rossi, Queenie, Lisa & KMP, Andrea Ferroni, DCallen, Gamma Leonis, Trulala and Scott Hill and a short novel written by Duilio Chiarle (based on the CD concept, in italian) and illustrated by the great Spectrum Artist 2006 Daniele Scerra.

Why this name?
There is nothing as fascinating as an old technology, so we chose this old precursor that made possible even the use of electricity in modern times. The choice happened by chance, talking in a brewery, while looking for an original band name that would show the world how complicated but fascinating our project is.

Influences:
That's very difficult to say. We just play what's going on in our heads and hearts, so I must say each one of us likes different kinds of music, but the union of the 8 of us created something that looks like "Café Del Mar" or "Buddha Bar" as a 1st impression. We like the idea to set a mood for the complete album, that has to be an experience in itself and not "just" a collection of songs.

Equipment used:
We do have plenty of acoustic instruments, from Saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor and bari), clarinet, flutes, guitars (classic and spanish), trumpets, dulcimer, bagpipes, mandolin, drums and lots of others... but we have also plenty of electric guitars, many different MIDI keyboards/controllers and so on. At the same time we also use powerful softwares, to record our music professionally but at low cost.

The Alchemist:
The Alchemist in an album made of two parts. The first part is dedicated to mankind and the thought, inventions and dreams who are always part of the human history.
The 2nd part is a suite of 8 tracks that give the title to the album itself: "The Alchemist", that you may listen as separate songs (with the exception for the 2 intermezzo tracks) or taste reading the story in the album booklet while listening to it as they were it's soundtrack.

Before let you go...
While several bandmembers do support a non-profit organization for distance adoption of Madacascar's children (with personal donations), the band (as band) also decided to give the money raised with the CD sales for Charity (50% of the money raised out of expenses), precisely, and support the Partners in Health project. The PIH Vision: At its root, their mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone. When a person in Peru, or Siberia, or rural Haiti falls ill, PIH uses all of the means at their disposal to make them well—from pressuring drug manufacturers, to lobbying policy makers, to providing medical care and social services. Whatever it takes. On internet: http://www.pih.org
We hope you'd enjoy TWM music, and if you'd like to use our music as a soundtrack, you have just to ask us with an email: we are inexpensive, since we have other jobs and play music just for the pleasure of it.

*****

ITALIANO:

Questo doppio CD (che viene presentato in una particolare confezione non standard, ragione per cui suggeriamo venga acuistato CON la confezione) è una raccolta rimasterizzata dei due primi CD pubblicati dai The Wimshurst's Machine ("A traveller who didn't ask for glory", 2004, e "The Alchemist", 2005).

The Wimshurst's Machine (o più semplicemente TWM) è un gruppo che nasce nel 2003 dall'unione di due appassionati di Computer music, Augusto Chiarle e Fabio Rodi, producendo musica elettronica a cui vengono aggiunte sonorita' acustiche, etniche e d'ambiente. Al nucleo primordiale cominciano quindi a collaborare alcuni altri musicisti (Roberto Canone, Massimiliano Baudissard, Antonio Rapacciuolo, Daniele Scerra, Duilio Chiarle ed Elvis Bergero, al momento), alternandosi nei vari brani senza prevaricazioni a seconda delle necessità.
Le musiche sono di volta in volta elettroniche, re-interpretazioni di brani tradizionali irlandesi o antichi, influenzate dalla passione e dal gusto dei singoli componenti.

Una recensione ha scritto:
"Ascoltando i TWM farete un viaggio in un mondo rilassante fatto di buona musica. La musica dei TWM è fatta di suoni elettronici ed acustici, a volte ispirato da brani tradizionali (indiani, irlandesi o spagnoli), misti a sonorità moderne dal chillout al jazz, dal new age all'ambient, il tutto suonato con un misto di strumenti acustici ed elettronici. La musica dei TWM vi farà sognare. Sogni che non vorrete dimenticare."
(recensione pubblicata)

Influenze:
Sono tante, quindi è difficile da definire una fonte d'ispirazione vera e propria: gli 8 membri della band arrivano da esperienze molto diversificate (Jazz, funky, elettronica, leggera, classica). Sicuramente l'effetto complessivo è simile a quanto potete trovare in compilation del tipo di "Buddha Bar" o "Cafè del Mar".

Perché questo nome?
Non c'è nulla di così strano e affascinante come un'antica tecnologia, così abbiamo scelto il nome del primo generatore elettrico dell'umanità per rappresentare il nostro complesso ma (speriamo) affascinante progetto musicale. La scelta è stata casuale, avvenuta parlando tra amici in birreria, ma il nome è rimasto.

CD pubblicati:
Il primo CD pubblicato ("A traveller who didn't ask for glory", 2004) è basato sul concetto che la vita degli antichi esploratori (vedi ad esempio Marco Polo) era pervasa di avventure incredibili, purtroppo quasi sempre violente ma comunque meravigliose. Nel CD si racconta la storia di un viaggiatore che trovò la gloria mentre cercava se stesso esplorando il mondo, le cui avventure potrete leggere nella inlay card.

Il Secondo CD pubblicato ("The Alchemist", 2005) racconta invece la storia di un alchimista vissuto nel tardo medioevo spagnolo e delle sue disavventure. Idealmente la colonna sonora di una storia, lunga più di un'ora, che vi farà vivere le sue stesse esperienze, che potrete seguire leggendole nel libretto del CD. Questo album è diviso in due parti. La prima raccoglie brani tematici, legati alle scoperte, invenzioni ed alla curiosità che da sempre accompagnano la storia dell'uomo.
La seconda parte è invece quella che da il titolo all'album: una suite di 8 brani dal titolo "L'Alchimista" che potrete ascoltare come singoli brani (eccezion fatta per i due brevi intermezzi) o che potrete assaporare seguendo la storia narrata direttamente qui (oppure ascoltandone la versione audiobook con "Travellers & Alchemists").

Ora disponibile su CDbaby anche il nuovissimo doppio CD "Time Traveller" (2007), una produzione in grande stile fatta di due CD, 37 brani per più di due ore di musica, ricca di collaborazioni importanti con artisti come Corrado Rossi, Queenie, DCallen, Scott Hill, Andrea Ferroni, Lisa & KMP, Gamma Leonis, Trulala, con un racconto originale (in italiano) scritto espressamente da Duilio Chiarle e inserita in un booklet di 18 pagine a colori, illustrato da Daniele Scerra (Spectrum Artist 2006).

Mentre diversi membri della band supportano con le loro donazioni un'organizzazione no-profit che si occupa di adozione a distanza di bambini del Madagascar, la band in quanto tale ha deciso di aumentare gli sforzi e di destinare una buona parte dei proventi dei CD pubblicati (per la precisione il 50% degli incassi, salvo le spese) ad un'organizzazione no-profit che si occupa di curare le malattie infettive nel Terzo Mondo: Partners in Health. La loro missione è sia medica che morale. E' basata sulla solidarietà oltre che ssolo sulla carità. Quando una persona in Perù, o in Siberia, o nelle zone rurali di Haiti si ammala, P.I.H. usa tutto ciò che ha a disposizione per farli stare bene (incluse pressioni sulle case farmaceutiche e quelle sulla politica), per provvedere alle cure mediche ed ai servizi sociali. Qualunque cosa richieda. Su internet: http://www.pih.org

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Colin Lynch

Magnificent!
If the Wimshurst's Machine's (TWM) music were available on prescription, they could, quite conceivably put the pharmaceutical industry out of business! Their debut CD 'a traveler who didn't ask for glory' was produced in 2004 and features some of the most inventive and inspiring instrumental/soundtrack pieces ever to have been confined onto an audio CD for the benefit of the masses. Here, you'll find healings and explorations and innovations in sound courtesy of some extemporary masters of Keyboards, Sax, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Clarinet, Cornet, Trumpet, and Drums. It's all in the music folks and I'm gonna have to explain what happens when you press the play button... (see the website link, of the IOM Magazine, for the complete review).
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Chris Boshop - Project Overseer

In one word, “AWESOME” seems the most appropriate!
Your productions are an `inspiration` and I’m sure to many others as well. In one word, “AWESOME” seems the most appropriate! Now I’ve had a serious listen (many times) to your CD, I started to think about `Will Ackerman` of Windham Hill fame (one of my favourite artist/producers) your album has the quality & feel of a `Windham Hill` production, and if this was an `Ackerman’s` production, he’d be mighty proud for sure! One of my good friends `Jeff Oster` records with Ackerman, I’m sure if he hears your work, he’ll think much the same. Oh, as a producer, you stand as one of the best in my book, as you allow for depth, space and natural dynamics to flow, giving each performance a comfortable, relaxing Hi-Fi experience of real people playing intelligent music!
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Dave Long

Absolutely fantastic music for intelligent people.
This is an extremely well-done musical journey. It's a concept album based on an original story written by one of the bandmembers (see liner foldout). The music is unhurried, well-thought-out and yet not stale; it flows and drifts but does not drag. Many people would at first blush mistake this for "elevator music," and it sort of would fit into the smooth jazz listener's taste nicely, but it's more than that. There is a depth, an originality, a moodiness that draws you in and holds you like a lover on a nighttime excursion down the Seine, filled with romance, taste--it makes you feel something--something very pleasant. That aside, it's very orderly, neat, both the music and the overall scheme are. It is as professional a performance as I've heard by anyone. The production is very crisp and even.
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Patric Bakkenist

I am honestly, deeply impressed. A+
Airy atmosphere's, eastern moods, influences from modern- and worldmusic come together in a unique and timeless experience while listening to The Wimshurst's Machine. The melodies and sounds are carefully selected and put together, layer by layer, song by song. One can not escape from the spell this band casts as one hits the play button. The sound quality is absolutely gorgeous. The arrangements are so light and airy that this music actually gives a reviving touch to the listeners mind and soul. This is what this kind of music is all about. To pull the listener out of the Carthesian theatre, away from his or her daily routine into a dream like state, which makes it easy to absorb the comforting mood that breathes thrueout the songs, whispering to the subconsciousness that all is good. The compositions are timeless and very refreshing. Some songs are done by the book, but never without loosing sight on surprising elements. The natural sound of this band's music is stunning and clearly done by professionals. I am honestly, deeply impressed. A+ from the Dutch! Best regards from your new fan, --(Patric Bakkenist, musician, The Netherlands)
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Soul Summation

Wonderful!!!
Your music is just soooo wonderful. I can realy hear a difference between the mp3's and the album... the clarity and depth are much improved. Nice job on the whole package design as well - you used the space very efficiently. The songs are very professionaly mixed and mastered... each sound is clear and well placed and ballanced extremely well with the whole. Its a real treat to hear some of the unpublished ones as well. :) Very soulful and smooth and professional. I'm finding the album much more of an adventure as a whole then just each song individualy. This album will be spending a LOT of time in my player. I can't wait till my wife hears it as well, as I think she will realy enjoy this...
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Bryan Anthony

Wonderful adventurous explorations and journeys in sound!
The Wimshurst's Machine (an 8 piece band from Italy) makes ambient electronic / acoustic music that incorporates traces of jazz, traditional, and modern (often other worldly) sounds and textures. This is heavenly dreamy music that will take you, the listener, on adventurous journeys of the imagination. A good example of this is 'The Ghost's Of Fallowfield', an awesome track that could best be described as a soundtrack for the ears. Superbly recorded, well produced, 'THE ALCHEMIST' is sure to please the most discriminating listener. The alchemy begins form track number one, 'Wind Sailor', a haunting tune that incorporates what appears to be a digereedoo complimented by breathy flute sounds that really do give the listener an impression of floating, high above the clouds, on a pillow of wind. A chillout album that is both relaxing and adventurously dynamic. TWM can be soft and jazzy, like a combination of legendary bands like 'Soft Machine' and 'Weather Report' with shades of Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre thrown in for good measure, not as an after thought, but as an integral part of the sound that is unique to The Wimshurst's Machine. My personal favorites are, in this order: 'The Ghost's Of Fallowfield', 'Wind Sailor', 'Charming Mdchanics' and 'Across The Seas Of Space'. Oh yeah, let's not forget the wonderful jazzy sax solos you will find scattered here and there throughout this delicious album. Definitely worth a five star rating. Check it out. I know you will agree!
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Earth Songs

TWM is wonderful
TWM is wonderfully ambient music along with what I feel to be, their own unique style. Which allows the mind and emotions of thoughts to travel in a wonderful journey of enjoyment listen to their music. Great Job TWM!
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David Pendragon

One of my favs!
This band you NEED to hear,these players are producing some of the finest sounds around.Rich textures with built in visuals...in your head!!!!. Each piece has its own unique feeling of a story somewhere in there,the titles involking thier own "storylines" Aside from that its just so dam' well played and produced.I can only wish that this band will hit the road and come on down to Australia,I will be at EVERY concert, in the meanwhile I guess Ill just keep listening to thier recordings,ah well, such is life. My verdict? A GEM!!
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