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My review of "Cosmos Vol. I" CDr by Ran Kirlian & Jaja
« on: January 26, 2014, 06:24:40 AM »


Ran Kirlian & Jaja "Cosmos Vol. I" CDr

One of the leaders behind Spanish Altera Orbe label, Ran Kirlian, has released during April 2013 two long awaited collaborative projects. One of them is "Cosmos Vol. I", the first installment of his space journeying with fellow German voyager Jaja. Jaja is constantly exploring space regions since 2011 through her numerous free download albums released via Cyan Music label (Jaja is a co-owner of this free audio netlabel) while Ran Kirlian has ventured deeply into these realms on his acclaimed "Continuum" CDr album (June 2012, Altera Orbe).

Deep space hums sharply invade "Majestic", the opening, 19-minute long piece. Dronewalls quickly transmute into heavy weight category, colossally expansive, but celestial choir-like infusions and some intangible high-tech undulations soften this invasion. Cascading from monumental, ear-bending passages to more calmer, rather warmer and relieving spacefields. The next piece, entitled "Particles", has a similar length and drifts graciously through spatial grandness. Cybernetic outbursts, vibrations and disturbances and ominous clouds of alien sounds emerge continuously and meticulously amalgamate with dronescaping stellar panoramas. Drifting with ethereal grace calmly and safely through diverse intensifications and culminations with arising, well-hidden rhythm fragments, organic traceries and heavenly choirs. Powerfully transporting experience, a potential magnum opus? Shortest "Full Of Stars", clocking over 14-minute mark, reveals with rather tremulously droning scenario, reinforced by harsher and intenser, ear-tickling layers. Floating, ebbing and expanding with massively unfathomable, transcendental dronewalls hauntingly interplaying with majestically soothing, nearly contemplative solitudes. "Communion" with nearly 28 minutes the longest piece closes this journey with abyssal breaths, while ethereal choir-like drones are guarding above and warmly monstrous, wide-screen soundwaves fill the air. Distant, industrialized mind-benders keep on emerging here and there. This is certainly a gracefully grandiose pinnacle, where voluminously transporting effect is quickly guaranteed!!! As a devoted space drifter, I couldn't ask for more intense finale!!!

Both creators dedicate this voyage into celestial domains to the magnificence of the Cosmos as well as to famous American astronomer, educator, author and science popularizer, Carl Sagan. I hope Ran Kirlian & Jaja are working on the next volume, because this first chapter left me breathlessly fascinated. As far I know this is a limited edition (not sure if 25 or 50 copies), so if you are one of those deep space connoisseurs, don't miss "Cosmos Vol. I", 80 minutes of pure stargazing magic awaits here!!!

Richard Gürtler (Jan 26, 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia)


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Re: My review of "Cosmos Vol. I" CDr by Ran Kirlian & Jaja
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2014, 03:02:27 PM »
This is a great release... recommended.
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Re: My review of "Cosmos Vol. I" CDr by Ran Kirlian & Jaja
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2014, 04:08:34 PM »
This is a great release... recommended.

Hi John,

i do understand that you want to support artist having an importance on your RM board. Being a bit political incorrect concerning "community actings", i think it´s a bit problematic and clashing with your position here as an administrator, who - in my opinion - should act much more unbiased (like APK and Mike). Just posting/responding (recently) on posts concerning artists related to RM leaves for me a strange smell. I would´t mentioning all of this, if i had seen you active on other (non RM related) reviews or post but unfortunately that wasn´t the case so far.

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Re: My review of "Cosmos Vol. I" CDr by Ran Kirlian & Jaja
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2014, 04:13:24 PM »
I think it's fine if he says he likes it or not.   ;)

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Re: My review of "Cosmos Vol. I" CDr by Ran Kirlian & Jaja
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2014, 05:06:03 PM »
Anyone have a link to some samples? I can never get the Cyan Music site to load.

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Re: My review of "Cosmos Vol. I" CDr by Ran Kirlian & Jaja
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2014, 07:16:34 AM »
Tomas, I post about music I love - on rM, on twitter, on facebook... sometimes it's people who post on rM or are on my label - often times it's not.

I really like this album.  Steve Brand is my friend - re: the Over-soul post.  I also posted about LOST with Immersion recently - which had nothing to do with music at all. I also posted to the gear thread although my advice wasn't really wanted there - and that's ok. 

I've posted how much I like your stuff now and then. 

I really shouldn't feel the need to defend myself, but I've been here since Mike opened the form well over a decade ago.  I go in phases of posting a lot here and posting a little here - depending on my time. 
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Re: My review of "Cosmos Vol. I" CDr by Ran Kirlian & Jaja
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2014, 07:18:24 AM »
chris23 - the album is released on the label Ran co-owns, AlteraOrbe.  If you look at this page you'll see the link to this album and his amazingly excellent collab with Oophoi:  http://alteraorbe.es/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=50

Note - alteraorbe was ".com" up until very recently - it's ".es" now (spain).
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Re: My review of "Cosmos Vol. I" CDr by Ran Kirlian & Jaja
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2014, 11:15:34 AM »
I really shouldn't feel the need to defend myself, but I've been here since Mike opened the form well over a decade ago.

I don't think you should have to defend yourself either, John.  You like what you like.

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Re: My review of "Cosmos Vol. I" CDr by Ran Kirlian & Jaja
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2014, 07:00:31 PM »
Thanks for the link, John. I'm not sure how I missed that the first time around!

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Re: My review of "Cosmos Vol. I" CDr by Ran Kirlian & Jaja
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2014, 06:49:52 AM »
Chris - up until about 2 weeks ago all links went to alteraorbe.com - and all searches will pull those.  It literally just switched and Ran and Landru are working on getting their ".com" back.   A bit of a mess during a server migration. 
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