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Simply Gorgeous

From the artists' website:

"Like a weightless dream, the main theme is exposed in Light-Matrix Portal, where a gentle swirl of chords leads us, as a Gothic doorway, into a magnificent space. The main theme remains on all the pieces in a subtle way, spreading mystical, delicate scents through labyrinthine passages ascending and spiraling to the vaults. Max presents the album’s flow through different sonic zones sequentially, as if we proceed on a walking meditation through a 13th century cathedral."

To consider "Ars Lucis" as merely a sequence of songs is to do it a great injustice. This is one of those rare albums where the whole is so much more than the sum of its parts. Each song is a chapter in an 80-minute story that transports the listener through the spiritual awakening that often accompanies the great holy places of the world. Max's fine touch and deep affinity for progression and variation are on display at the highest level. If you haven't yet heard Max's music, this is the place to start.

A true dreamscape

Max Corbacho continues his development as one of the world's top ambient composers. With the virtual flood of darker drone work being released today, and when it seems harder and harder to find truly atmospheric ambient, this release is a breath of fresh air. Heavengly ambient swells, gentle wisps of sonic changes. It is similar to "Breathstream" and "Talisman," two earlier works from Max. The music does have range and doesn't stay completely in the realm of touching atmospheres (as with the first song)--the album eventually ventures into darker and quieter relams, but overall this retains a beauty that is becoming, unfortunately, more difficult to find in today's ambient music.

Ars Lucis

As stated on Max's official website, "frozen architecture music" suits this album perfectly. At first, I thought the album sounded very one-note. After many listens, this is certainly not the case. The listener has to focus in on all of the tiny elements that Max uses in his musical palette in order to gain a true appreciation for the album. This album is for listeners who love deep, meditative ambient music.

1.) Light-Matrix Portal (5/5) - Sets the theme of the album. The overall sound of the song is very light on the ears and sounds like light being filtered through glass. I particularly enjoy the sound of the choir that occasionally increases in volume thus increasing the atmosphere of the song.

2.) Narthex (5/5) - This song kind of reminds me of the sound that plays when Playstation 2 starts up. The elements in the background heighten and the song glistens throughout.

3.) Pillar Ascension (5/5) - Some of the progressions on this song remind me of "Three Circles" off Max's album The Talisman. Quite relaxing, feels as though you are being lifted off the ground!

4.) Transept Sapphire Glass (4/5) - The voices make another entrance and grace the song with some longform chords. I feel that the song could've been developed just a little bit more (primarily the "movement" aspect of the song, as it just kind of meanders).

5.) Choir Ecstasy (4.5/5) - This song reminds me of Halo 2! As one would guess, the choir pad is the prominent element in the song. The song to me is just kind of there, but is a bit more developed than Transept Sapphire Glass.

6.) Keystone Meditation (5/5) - One of the highlights of the album. All elements that include low end "filtered brown-noise" drone in the background, choir pads and the semi-quiet disjointed bell-like arpeggios of the song blend together perfectly.

7.) Mirabilis Structura (5/5) - The album comes full circle! Simply a great way to end an album.

OVERALL: 33.5/35 = 96% A

I'm not that great at writing reviews but I just felt compelled to get his name out (at least a little bit). Max is an incredible musician. Support him and buy the album!


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

Combining digital and analog modeling synthesizers, samples, natural field recordings, and computer sound processing, Spanish composer and keyboardist Max Corbacho has used music to express his vision of outer space. His debut album, Vestiges, released in 1999, interpreted the sounds of the universe, while his second outing, Far Beyond the Immobile Point, reflected on the darkness of deep space. Corbacho continued the theme with his 2002 album,...
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