Sep 2011 26

Dirk Geiger - Autumn FieldsDirk Geiger
Category: IDM/Ambient
Album: Autumn Fields
Stars: 3.5
Blurb: Geiger molds environmental sound clips, droning melodies, and strangely relaxing glitches into rainy day artwork for the mind.

 

It’s difficult to explain the appeal of ambient music over the past couple of years, but there is no denying that it only seems to be getting stronger. In the hands of German musician Dirk Geiger, it takes on a life many other artists can only hope to catch a glimpse of. Using environmental sound clips, glitches, and melodic drones, Geiger paints a lovely picture with Autumn Fields.

The album opens with “Gewitterregen,” the natural tune of thunder and rain accompanied by soothing piano. It is reminiscent of those meditation CDs that are so popular with yoga instructors and holistic healers. Then there is “Autumn Life,” one of the gems of the album. A mellow tune, the sound of a car driving on a wet street, children playing, and then the glitchy beat kicks in and it’s as if the listener is shuffling along a busy street, taking his time, enjoying the world around him. It is the longest track on the album, but one you’ll listen to again and again. “Noise Format” is not the most interesting piece, with more than two minutes of radio tuning and dull drones, but “Night in Haskovo” brings back some of the atmosphere by sitting the listener in the middle of a busy public scene where you can listen to the voices of a city as it bustles around you. All of the five additional pieces (and two remixes) are works of art in their own right. Blending calming melodies with familiar environmental sounds and gentle glitches that do nothing to take away from the overall mood, Geiger has managed to capture his love for his world into an audible media; not an easy feat.

If ambient music is here to stay for a while, we can only hope there is more like Autumn Fields: soothing, vibrant, and able to draw in the listener into a familiar world full of new wonders.

Track list:

  1. Gewitterregen
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  5. Botanic Garden
  6. Minus10
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  8. Overhead Projection
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  11. Overhead Projection (Access to Arasaka Remix)

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2010-09-14

Charity VanDeberg (CharityV)

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