Red Moon Rising

by Maps And Diagrams

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Maps And Diagrams takes us back to the analogue kosmische universe with his album Red Moon Rising. A joyful journey of modulation, movement and deep exploration.


Norman Records:
As the title and the artwork suggest, we're in for a celestial ride as Tim Martin dons his kosmische cap for nine micro astral odysseys on this C30 tape. Expect glistening synth scapes with playful warm and hypnotic melodies. He gets some hypnotic little sequences going as the tracks gently evolve. Phil is reminded of some of the retro-70s sci-fi sounds being broadcast from the Ghost Box label and on several occasions you can visualise Patrick Moore narrating images of Milky Ways and black holes. The perfect soundtrack to an evening's stargazing.

Red Moon Rising is marked by a seeming textural simplicity. Most of the nine songs are constructed around minimalist layers of keyboard, making for a propulsive and occasionally dance-y listen. From the first notes of the opening track, “Lost In Space,” you’re sucked into a mesmerizing maze of contrapuntal synth lines, ping-ponging bass lines and buzzing electronics that encase slowly morphing, ultramelodic motifs. Unlike the borderline stasis and cloudy haze of The Voices of Time, the compositions of Red Moon Rising are endlessly restless, churning rhythms and melodic figures through ongoing augmentation and diminution. Separate electro-lines fuse and divide over undercurrents of rhythmic repetitions. As unified as the overall sound is, the separate electronic lines have distinctly different timbres, making it easy to follow any one part through the entirety of a song section. The composer’s constant use of arpeggios and the manner in which different sounds complete each other’s melodic/rhythmic patterns before fracturing into separate lines has a strong Baroque quality, making for a space age take on Bach miniatures. The entire album clocks in at just 30 minutes, with each track serving as a mathematical etude that develops an economy of material into rich prisms of counterpoint and texture.


released April 1, 2011

All tracks written and produced in 2010 at Roadmap Studios, Cambridgeshire, UK.



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