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Time Traveller: In viaggio con i Wimshursst's Machine
In viaggio con i Wimshurst’s Machine

Veri e propri viaggiatori del tempo, saltano da un’atmosfera all’altra in modo naturale, come se nulla fosse accaduto.
Un progetto completo e ammirevole quasi tutti strumentale che si articola in un doppio cd per un totale di 37 brani che include anche un libretto a colori sul quale troviamo i testi, le illustrazioni originali di Daniele Scerra ed il racconto di Duilio Chiarle (ispirazione per la band per questo terzo lavoro).
Partiamo dal passato (past è infatti il nome del primo cd) muovendoci tra sound celtico e jazz con gocce di elettronica e suoni naturali (come lo scorrere dell’acqua e il rumore di cicale in sottofondo che fa da ponte tra il brano “Seven lost cities” e “Bayside waltz “ .
Pezzi che ci trasportano facendoci viaggiare con l’immaginazione tra le capanne degli indiani d’america fino alla corte del Re Artù fino a rompere il silenzio dello strumentale con “Broken silente” dobe all’hambient soft è unita la dolcezza sinuosa della voce femminile .
Pezzi che sembrano nati per accompagnare le immagini di qualche colossal di qualsiasi ambientazione temporale si tratti.
Rimango sbalordita ascoltando “Rise and fall of the anasazi”: incredibile come riescano ci si rilassi al suono celtico per poi cadere nel rock con tanto di batteria e chitarra elettrica, tornando alla pace con il brano successivo fino ad aprire l’ultima porta che ci conduce alla seconda parte del viaggio.
Un racconto accompagnato dalla musica o la musica accompagnato dal racconto a voi la scelta su come vivere un cd particolare lontano dai canoni del commercio ma assolutamente maturo e con un chiaro marchio di fabbrica.
I The Wimshurst’s Machine nascono appena nel 2003 da due appassionati di computer che danno il via ad un progetto a metà tra l’elettronica e l’acustica, dando vita ad un’unione impossibile tra atmosfere etniche, d’ambiente, rock ed elettroniche.

--http://www.grigiotorino.it/?p=6370
Time Traveller: a truly masterpiece!
An incredible, amazing double Album that I really reccomend to everyone who likes good music!! Two hours full of awesome musical images and different styles perfectly blended: a beautiful voyage. Lots of other musicians are involved in this project and this makes the TWM's album even more interesting and captivating. TWM made a great conceptual, creative, musical work here and every song gave me special, different emotions: my personal congrats to the band! I expecially loved the arrangements and the pure sound quality: the global production is absolutely top-notch. Take your time and have a listen to this outstanding double Album: you'll never forget it. In a simple word: a masterpiece!
--Corrado Rossi on http://www.cdbaby.com/twm4
Time Traveller: 5 stelle!
Lascio l'analisi suono/tendenza ai conoscitori d'oltre oceano più quotati.Personalmente,trovo questo doppio cd dei TWM,unico et innovativo.Un genere di musica che ad ogni ascolto,come il dipinto di un grande maestro,ti da sempre un'emozione nuova.Un gruppo di altissima sensibilità,in crescente evoluzione,dalle magiche e introspettive sonorità.Grazie per l'ottima musica e buon lavoro.
--Vittorio Besio (on http://www.cdbaby.com/twm4)
Time Traveller is best described with just one word: Quality.
Eclectic, warm, REAL music of and for the world is what first comes to mind listening to this double CD. Not only is this ambitious, well-thought-out and tightly organized collection of songs put together by eight very talented minds, but they bring quite a few of their friends into the mix, which adds color, dimension and diverse cultural influences to the sound. The sound quality and production are first-rate, very ear-pleasing and natural. The jewel case and booklet art are very eye-catching and interesting, combining a sense of mystery, history and mythology that expresses well what the music itself conveys. Smooth jazz is what this music loosely could be considered, but it is so much more than that. It has much more spice, more dimension, more power than that label would suggest. All in all, a wonderful offering from The Wimshurst's Machine, and very highly recommended.
--Lonesome Dave, on http://www.cdbaby.com/twm4
Time Traveller: PACKAGING - ARTWORK - BOOKLET - CD LABEL - MUSIC = AWESOME !!!
PACKAGING - ARTWORK - BOOKLET - CD LABEL - MUSIC = AWESOME !!!
Reviewer: Jim Mattson aka eX1
TIME TRAVELLER is the Most Incredible CD I have seen in a very long time. The Packaging - Artwork - Booklet and CD Labels are Extremely Professional and then it Gave me the Chills when I heard the very first Notes to start off Disk ONE - THE PAST! Wooooo Hooooooo Wow!! Then Disk TWO - The FUTURE oh My !!!! The Music and Production is Incredible. I am so Impressed and cannot say enough Awesome things about this CD. I know I have said this before but You and Your Band are Definately on The Top of My List of Favorite Groups and I sincerely hope you guys hit the Big Time. You certainly Deserve it. Thank You for Making My Day.... with Your Music !!!
--Jim Mattson (aka eX1) on http://www.cdbaby.com/twm4
A traveller who didn't ask for glory
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...

If you were going to try to capture the essence and mood of a sunrise in sounds alone, then TWM have accomplished it with Mountain sunrise - an amazing album opener if ever there was one that brings bird song, keyboards, and strings straight into your moment while you bask in the widening light and colour that of sunrise brings with it!
Fatherland strengthens and binds your enchantment with some soft percussion and mesmerizing keyboard, sax, and vox meanderings. It's such a beautiful piece that can be played at low volume for hints and hues and loud volume for complete saturation of spirit.
Up to the road and back again is a superb musical accomplishment with incredibly smooth and stylish arrangements and equally smooth and stylish musicianship to match. The production is excellent but it's the composition that stands out like a diamond on a vast shore of pebbles!
Mystical sea captures the naturally occurring shoreline and waves to blend and balance the seascape with the creatively inspired soundscape that Wimshurst's Machine are undoubted masters of. Some superb sax work parades itself through the track like a multicoloured epitaph to everything we would want to find in such soul food. Rich and dreamy, Mystical Sea is truly something to behold!
Freedom calls is that little excursion of the heart to the soul complete with the kind of pan-european sweeps, keyboards, sax, and percussion we all have as soundtracks to our more pleasant dreams. Watch out for the tightly synchronized strings and piano sounds... beautiful!
A long journey is the piece that could have earned TWM the 2004 Best International Audio Therapeutics Award! The track constantly has you wondering how on earth these musicians manage to get any sleep when they're producing works of this magnitude! Cleverly conceived bass and percussion work are finely balanced with the atmospheric sax and keys that wind their way around your emotions like spiraling all-embracing hugs. It's an amazing piece of work by any standard and my favourite TWM track so far! Watch out for the funk bass riffs that appear here and there... brilliant!
Magic lights is bass and percussion focused with incidental piano riffs and just the right amount of passages of sweeps and pads added for extra comfort. Celtic death ballad meanwhile, features some very clever synth and inevitably superb sax work to make the track shine like a million suns! Then... comes the female vocal parts.. enchanting, mesmerizing, and ultimately soul enriching.. the engineer must have been a constant state of euphoria! Watch out for the jazzy piano and horn fills that give the track added depth and dynamics!
Indian shores takes you by the collar all the way across the kind of planes you wish could physically exist somewhere upstairs... that place you'd run to whenever you're feeling a little too introspective! The percussion is outstanding as it delivers the kind of East Asian beats we all know and love and then there's the intricacies of the sax playing... charming... seamless... exotic! A fabulous piece of music that epitomizes the ingenuity and excellence that is The Wimshurst's Machine at their best!
Intermezzo: The Folly opens up a whole new world of vision in sound. There's some fantastic acoustic guitar playing here.. set at exactly the right amount of compression and separation with a tad of echo complete with bird song. Then, we get to Variations over the folly with it's semblances to A long journey but with some extremely nice guitar and bass exotix. It's a piece for the new millennia certainly with it's astonishing array of pipes and synth collaborations.. by far my most favourite track SO FAR!
Electrolife is such a brilliantly composed sound collage when heard through the speakers that you're yearning to hear it through headphones within the first few moments. When you do... you are completely, helplessly, hopelessly blown clean away! Electrolife is beyond borders for me... so I'll call it contemporary traditional electronica scaping!
Night celebrations is officially, and without a doubt, my favourite track on the album. There's so much going on here that a couple of hundred plays might just get you to where you wanna go! Excellently composed and arranged, the track is unquestionably TWM's anthem piece and should the band be performing live at any time... it's worth the flight and ticket price just to experience this one in front of a very very large audience!
Rainbow (dedicated to Iris) opens with some very sharp synth FX that are quickly replaced by some truly original and stylish guitar and sax. It amazes me when musicians are this expressive collectively and TWM know lots and lots about this kind of effective expression! I can think of a fe hundred movie soundtracks where Rainbow fits quite nicely!
The fall of the ancient town (electronic symphony in D minor) is the kind of collated finale track that many soundtrack artists aspire towards. Keep an eye on the keyboards that seem to have come spiraling out of the spire of some famous cathedral just to be part of this magnificent epic! Voices, sweeps and pads rebound across the floors, walls, and ceilings leaving you completely voluntarily bound and gagged in amazement. The title section beginning with the brass section is so dutifully delivered and engineered that it's hard to remind yourself of the fact that TWM are still unsigned. As the finale to this wonderful album, 'The fall of the ancient town' sums up TWM's mastery of instruments and arrangements. It sums up TWM's innovation and excellence and reminds us all that indeed there is still plenty of beauty and love to be found in contemporary soundtrack music - the kind that the Wimshurst's Machine are breaking new ground with all the time!

--Colin Lynch, International Online Music Magazine, 2007
Time Traveller
“Time Traveller” is a large and eclectic collection of creative tracks. The CD speaks to you with a passion for life. An expansive set of musical wisdoms come together as one, each harmoniously telling its part of the legend. The blending of abilities like electronic mastery, vocals, instrumentation and percussion is well balanced. The Wimshurst's Machine does some exciting things in bringing many skills together. Some tracks are meditative and mystical like chants, while others deliver spirited down-tempo grooves. Each song is a new phase of a journey; a gift of true artistry and raw creativity. Songs such as "Romanza" and its beautiful acoustic guitar work illustrative the many talents of The Wimshurst's Machine. There are many very interesting and creative sounds and rhythms included throughout the tracks. When you grab a copy of this musical journey, keep an ear out for "The Moon.” This song shines with beautiful female vocals!
--RadioIndy review (RadioIndy website and CDbaby)
This is true talent
This bunch of people is amazing. They can do an amazing music and their style is sophisticated and always very original. I admire their musicianship. The album is great, relaxing, a great performance.... I highly recommend you to buy this album and all the others by TWM.
--(Sarah Micol, talented italian singer)
Best independent group out there in this genre
Well, see all those other reviews - 5 stars 5 stars 5 stars all the way. I don't know why some label is not beating down their door; this group is excellent. New age/chill/electronica/jazz - if you HAD to categorize them, but I just call this darn fine listening.
--(Doug Lobdell on CDbaby.com/twm1)
Irresistible, sweet music for your mind and soul.
On this CD TWM has enlisted several of their friends from other genres to assist them. I should know, I was one of them. They're not afraid to be flexible, to expand their horizons. This CD has them not only bringing in outside players' styles to blend with their own, but reaching into other styles of music, using the Pink Floyd/Marillion method of using spoken vocal segments and sound effects. They weren't content to dig a groove that became a rut. This recording breathes, with heavier guitar and bass lines, techno keyboard and vocal work and a variety of singing styles combined with the great talent that was already present in this eight-man ensemble. This represents a growth through restless exploration of new territory of an already fine sound which incorporates British and American influences with their very recognizably European style, to great effect. You won't listen to it just once.
--(Lonesome Dave of Gamma Leonis on CDbaby.com/twm2)
“The Wimshurst’s Machine” are simply quality!
These guys are in my top ten all time favourite Artists. They produce intelligent concept Albums with high production values and superb musicianship. Always interesting as well as musically intriguing “The Wimshurst’s Machine” are simply quality! “The Alchemist” … a mystical, magical concept with a very insightful story that will grasp the listener’s attention from the beginning to the end with original, infectious productions. Project Overseer Productions rates this Album highly, and is a `must buy`!
--Chris Bishop (Project Overseer Productions)
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!!
--(David Pendragon, on cdbaby.com/twm2 and tower records)
The Wimshurst's Machine band review
Although it is true that the bulk of the music I get to listen to per year comes through this list system, regular readers will know that I often choose artists and/or tracks if I feel the need a bit of special attention. The only problem is that there are LOADS of artists out there worthy of that attention and only so much time to deal with it.... Wimshurst Machine have been on my 'to do' list ever since I first met them when they won Friday Night Live (over at POP with one of the best tracks out of a night of dynamite tracks.

Not that TWM need to worry that much about what a small fry like me thinks about them, their play figures and the heavyweight reviews they carry on their page show that people have been taking notice of this band for some considerable time. Gilmore late to the party as normal then eh? Summing up TWM musically is nigh on impossible because they touch so many bases, so let's just take some tracks at random to get a flavour of what makes them so special. Take Mystical Sea, for example. Here's a track that topped the World Music, New Age AND Acid Jazz SC charts; no mean feat even though SC has innumerable genre classification problems. Mystical Sea did deserve to top all three charts because it does contain large elements of all three genres and that is just plain ferkin amazing. It's also one of the most laid back, chilled out tracks I have had the pleasure of hearing this year with some sax licks that would have Jim (of Jim and Lisa) green with envy.
Then there's Magic Lights, billed as part electronica and part acoustic (the drums) which topped the Ambient, Trip Hop AND Electronica charts. Again a fairly conventional track style but elevated to something quite unique by the sheer musicianship on display here. Listen, I KNOW how out of whack Soundclick's charts are which is why normally I don't take any notice of them, but Wimshurst's Machine definitely haven't clocked up over 100,000+ plays by anything other than being one of the most musically talented bands on the site. These boys don't need to 'game' they ARE the game.

While it's true that not everyone will appreciate their sophisticated laid back, jazz influenced music, there are going to be large areas of SC's audience who are going to lap this up. For an example of this expertise, you can pretty much take your pick of any of the tracks on their page, I just happened to choose the tracks I have mentioned. Meditations, for example, has some of the smoothest horn playing and is a beautiful, beautiful track. Discovery explores Floyd's outer space trip (aided by collaborators this time) and is much more the side of TWM I particularly respond to. A great song, lovingly performed. Then there's Dream Processor, a collab with my old electronica mate dcallen, also btw a Friday Night Live panellist. I know Dave (dcallen) and his sound well, and the way TWM has added to dcallen's already prodigious technical touch is a wonder to behold. And then there's Celtic Death Ballad, a traditional Irish ballad treated to a blistering TWM treatment - to my ears one of the very best tracks from this band of endless best tracks. Eventually, I am forced to say that there are somewhere in the region of 25 to 30 tracks on their SC pages. Try one, and I bet you try another one, especially if you like the genres mentioned.

Great music ooozes out of this band and you'd be foolish not to wallow in it a bit.

Couldn't recommend these guys highly enough.

--(Steve Gilmore, Soundclick forums)
The Alchemist CD review
Italy's The Wimshurst's Machine is a cross between the ambient/chillout sound of Sweetback (Sade's band members), a dreamy landscape that plays as the perfect soundtrack for a romantic art film, then topped off with a couple of adult radio friendly songs thrown in for good measure. That is what you will get with TWM's "The Alchemist".

TWM combined exotic traditional sounds from around the world, dressed up with chilling, thought-provoking and sensual grooves that stimulate and relaxes the body and soul. The Alchemist is formatted perfectly, creating a successful union between Smooth Jazz and Electronica.

"Nemesis" and "O Alquimista" are two good examples of music that would go over very well on Adult contemporary stations. Now don't get confused because I keep using Adult Contemporary to describe The Winshurst's Machine sound, these guys are also extremely cutting edge when it comes to their sound and execution, which is contributed to a passion, an intensity and a vision within their music that definitely sets them apart from the their contemporaries within the Smooth Jazz And Electronica genres.

Other Highlights include the Paul Weller-ish "Discovery (John Glenn's Adventure)", the dreamy "Ghosts Of Fallow Grounds" and "Library Of Alexandria".

The Alchemist by The Winshurst's Machine is a classic piece of Italian Smooth-Electro-World Music. A must hear.

4.5 STARS (out of 5)

--(Maurice Edwards, EOM Entertainement, http://www.eomentertainment.com)
The Wimshurst's Machine
From Torino,  Italy comes this incredible band, The Winshurst's Machine: their mission, to boldly go where no band has ever gone before...

Modern, fresh, invigorating everything from chill out to jazz, a potpourri of sound ranging from  acoustic to electronic and whatever else lies in between. Good music,  great music,  coming from a creative adventurous spirit that has as  one of it's main concepts the idea of music for a better world.

Another fine example of what can be accomplished when artists focus on making music  instead of simply trying to make  a fashion statement.

--(Jinju-Wickman "Promoting independent music to the world", 2005)
Prisoner: Super Coolness!!!!!
Super Coolness!!!!!
The drums are great, I like your touch, very nice cymbal work, the groove with the brushs feels good, the over all sound is very open and airy, you really created a cool vibe and mood. I love the sax, you have a nice tone, very tasteful playing, you certainly captured a mood, which I find to be very cool, mysterious and relaxing. The production is perfect for the song. Garageband needs an extra credit box for sax!!
--(skeeboknight, jazz artist from Macon, Georgia, Garageband.com)
Charming Mechanics: Excellent job
Nice smooth intro, really sets the mood from the beginning.

I really think you did an awesome job on the lead horn, the sound is nice and clear and there's a subtle use of reverb on there that gives it that "warm" sound. nicely done.

Also the mix between the 2 horns is excellent they complement eachother nicely.

The subtle keyboard and drum track really finishes it.

Overall this track is well performed and produced greatly.
nice chillout tune, the sun is setting... keep it up

--(Anx from Volendam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands, garageband.com)
"The Alchemist" - TWM 2nd album
What can you say about THE WIMSHURST's MACHINE that has not already been said by so many others? Fans and critics alike continue to be impressed by the evocative instrumental compositions of these talented musicians. The band's CD, THE ALCHEMIST is a joy to listen to, and many of the cuts from it can be heard throughout both The Weekday Mix and on Weekends (preceded by a great station ID coursety of band member, Augusto). "THE ALCHEMIST" is a story from start to finish, but a story about what, or whom? That question has now been answered by band member, Duilio, who has written a song-by-song, movement-by-movement synopsis of the entire CD in issue #16 of the band's e-mail newsletter.
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To purchase "THE ALCHEMIST", log onto www.cdbaby.com/twm2 and order it online. Duilio's prose narrative makes a good accompaniment to the listener's enjoyment of this CD, but still the best way to enjoy "THE ALCHEMIST" is to sit back with eyes closed and cell phones off.
--George Spelvin - "George's Jungle radio" newsletter
Wind Sailer: Rock on, Ambient Groove track!
Groove is the first word that occurs to me here, and that is so not usually the case with Ambient genre tracks.

Live sounding drums, woodwinds and a smart, interesting melody shows pros at work, this could slide easily into any of several other genres, imo.

It kicks and asks to be danced to.
Top marks.

--(mikewhitney2 from Hayesville, North Carolina, garageband.com)
Wind Sailer: Very Impressive
I loved the completely serene vibe of this song, and feel it was very well-crafted. The exotic beats, (whatever kind of) fluttery flute, jumping staccato basslines, and soloing classical guitar that were used made it feel very tribal and (to me) very Celtic at the same time.

A very very impressive piece of which you should be equally proud.

I'd love to hear more by you, and I'm about to favorite this song. In fact, this is the first time I've ever decided to give something perfect marks across the board.

--(Jaerivus from Agawam, Massachusett, Garageband.com)
O Alquimista (unplugged tribute to Paulo Coelho)
lovely
Hmm, nice background rain effect reminds me of beginning of Air - La Femme D'argent.

Wow, this is all over the place. It took me ages to work out a time signature. I like this very much.

The guitar is subversively rhythmical and well performed.

The flowing improv sounding counterpoint between the two lead saxes is beautiful.

Harmonically, it goes everywhere but it somehow never stops delivering the tune. Simply lovely.

This is one of the most original and accessible pieces of contemporary jazz I've ever heard.

--(sixytwit from Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire, UK, Garageband.com)
Wind Sailer
Great sound take.
The guitar sound take is brilliant, panning superb, the fx over the guitar is awesome, just the right amount of R verb, the drum part is engaging, this song has been made with lots of skills. Great job.
--(D5 from Liege, Belgium, Garageband.com)
Charming Mechanics
Actually, very good. I was impressed. Keyboards? Keyboards did they work in a humble manner. I like it. I was not asked to say anyting about "drums", but they are especially good: in the right place and time and in the amount exactly necessary for this kind of music. When "drums" appeared all the song got quality of "flying". Of course, thanks to music played by horns and keyboards. This piece of music has one very important feature: it starts from nothing, slowly devolops, engages you for a moment and afterward disapears. To my mind it proves a high quality: not to be at "the same level" all the time.
--(MegaSystem from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Garageband.com)
New Horizons
Pure Escapism
This delicate piece is a real aesthetic experience. The combination of woodwinds and guitar against a backdrop of birdsong transports the listener to a wonderful place, a creative and imaginative setting to assuage any furrowed brow. Slow and measured the woodwind immitates a woodland call, it's gentle vibrato trilling out melodically beneath a canope of imaginary music bringing life to an otherwise airless panoply of natural sounds. It tells a story of hope and peace with a reassuring commentary that doesn't conform to the norms of song construction. The slightly jazzy riff at the heart is a playful addition. It may be a cliche but when the guitar beaks away from it's steady rocking rhythm and plucks out it's own little contribution it litterally turns the recipient's heart into a heavenly harp. Very satisfying.
--(KITMAC from Leicestershire, United Kingdom, Garageband.com)
Freedom Calls
watching the stars
Feels like when you are watching the stars in the middle of the night suddenly you feel a nice warm summer breeze it feels so good that it makes music and this is the song you would here ... warm beutiful , its perfect.
--(DAFFYtheDUCK from Jönköping, Småland, Sweden, Garageband.com)
Night Celebrations
top notch
Nice dark pulsing resonant synth at the into sets the mood foor things to come. Nice interlacing of supporting synth voices and I like the quality of the drum sounds which sould live to me instead of canned samples.

The guitar work is a nice touch- this song is somewhere between electronica and pop music which gives it a very accesible quality and makes it marketable. I am a big fan of instrumental music, but in this case I wonder how the addition of a vocal track would have impacted the overall composition of the track.

This is top notch work and top notch composition. My only criticism is that the bass line is underdeveopled. Other than that- bravo!!

--(Jaedynconley from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Garageband.com)
Up to the road and back again
Very sweet
Beautiful ambience created. Nice soft sax throughout the piece.

I like the subtle percussion that keeps things moving in a very ethereal piece.

The vocals are angelic, and add just enough to contribute to the serene mood. The harmonies are very effective as well.

Overall production sounds very good. The underlying parts and soloing are viable contributors.

There is a nice build as the piece goes on, but the mood remains consistant.

Very nice job. This song is a desireable ambient piece, that will allow your imagination to flourish.
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--(mindbender_tb from Lockport, New York, Garageband.com)
Library of Alexandria
the night was sultry
Like a thief in the night this tune slips in and slinks into the city, scurrying about and turning it's attention from this to that.

Soul baby, thats what it's all about. The pitched percussion patch you used it really nice and the guitar and sax work are excellent.

When I hear something like this part of me shudders,...please write to me and tell me you didn't use ACID loops or Apple's Garageband. This tune is evocative and imaginitive. I speaks with a voice all it's own. I would hate to know that this relied heavily on sample use and wasn't wholly from the depths of your imagination.

The interplay of the instruments is exceptional. The guitar work is awesome- wonder if anyone has compared this to Genesis yet? The guitar work of Mike Rutherford? The keyboard work of Tony banks? No?? No one has made the comparision????? Bullsh!t. If they haven't, you have homework!! Check it out. Check out the albums: "ABACAB", "We Can't Dance", and "Invisible Touch". Theres also a touch of "Rush" in this as well.

The mood of this is pervasive. It seeps in and innundates, it permeeates and touches the soul.

excellent work.

--(Jaedynconley from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, garageband.com)
The Escape (Finale) - The Alchemist pt.8
A rare kind of piece; an electronic composition with a rich melodic content.

It's not an attempt at real classical. It's still in the rock field, but the riffs are obviously influenced by classical rather than blues.

The mix of Spanish guitar is really well done and gives another dimension. The percussion is strong while not intruding, with a very natural non-machine sound.

Sonically it's extremely rich with sound effects and many instruments including cello and flute sounds, all working together but maintaining a big airy feel.

Very classy stuff.

--(mcarolan from Surfers Paradise, Qld, Australia, garageband.com)
The Fall of the Ancient Town
Perfect!
Very nice start! I really like horns! Love those horns! (British cornet?!)( it reminds me of a very good player called Antonio Rapacciuolo from italy) They has a very nice sound. Nice melodi line. Then the violine and the flute comes thru! Very cool! Nice melodi line! Ahhh the guitar, this person plays well! Nice akustic sound. The song is grabbing me!! Nice sound on the drums. Like the work on the hi-hat. Maybe the snare could be a little stronger/sharper..
That woman...she is singing fantastic...is it real or is it a sample? Now the saxophone is playing....He is playing very good! This is a very nice song! The melodi line is very nice. All of your instruments sounds very good. I forgot...the bass...very nice! U sound like a very nice band in GB called The Wimshurst`s Machine. If U are not them, look after them on GB! I give U 5 stars!!
--(Liable from Lillehammer, Oppland, Norway, GarageBand.com)
Ghosts of Fallow Ground
Very emotional intro tenderly dives into enigmatic and emotional athmosphere where everithing is vital!! Amazing vocals gives the song very deep and in same time very warm feeling. The superb combination of jazzy motives with native (folklore) motives [violins;)] makes this arrangement one of the finest masterpieces i've heard recently ;) Piano parts are very strong emotionaly and give the track very tender taste, but also give a great supplement to the arrangement, making it very tight and tender in the same time!!! Every little part of this incredible song is done with the finess and professional touch!!!! Describing it with 1 word - Gold!!!
--Alex Valkov, Sofia, Bulgaria
The Alchemist CD review
On this CD TWM has enlisted several of their friends from other genres to assist them. I should know, I was one of them. They're not afraid to be flexible, to expand their horizons. This CD has them not only bringing in outside players' styles to blend with their own, but reaching into other styles of music, using the Pink Floyd/Marillion method of using spoken vocal segments and sound effects. They weren't content to dig a groove that became a rut. This recording breathes, with heavier guitar and bass lines, techno keyboard and vocal work and a variety of singing styles combined with the great talent that was already present in this eight-man ensemble. This represents a growth through restless exploration of new territory of an already fine sound which incorporates British and American influences with their very recognizably European style, to great effect. You won't listen to it just once.
--Dave Long, musician, USA
The Wimshurst's Machine - "Mystical Sea"
Another slow flowing Chill Out tune with moving pads and beautiful piano lines... but outstanding! Reminds me in the works, Craig Armstrong did in the 90s. You'll definitely enjoy the way, how saxophones and that incredible soprano voice come together, it's like a mysterious story, beginning with someone who is sitting in a boat, on his journey to somewhere... These guys are masters in creating ambient atoms, with excellent production skills for electronic sounds and acoustic instruments, with great saxophone and voices here. "The Wimshurst's Machine" is a project with six excellent musicians, and you'll find many other songs on their site at Soundclick, little adventures in Jazz, Rock and Electronic - some of them much more acoustic than this track, nevertheless it's definitely Chill Out. "Mystical Sea" can be downloaded, there are two CD's available, one of them has the interesting name "A Traveller who didn't ask for Glory"!
-- By Syngularity (Pascal Gregory ) on http://rcatcommunications.com
Mystical Sea, by The Wimshurst's Machine
MUSIC - Rating: (9)
Very nice and chill. It's mellow and jazzy, but it does not have that cheeseball weather-channel-background- music vibe that a lot of synth-heavy jazz has. The solo sax is smooth, and the solo work is tasteful. It's not a solo written for the sake of showing off skills. Instead it conveys feeling and sets to mood. The gentle movement of the supporting instruments is great, and the sax solo drifts, but it never strays too far from home. The pulses nd light percussion are perfect. Anything else would be too harsh and would ruin the mood.

Lyrics - Rating: (9)
None... Solo sax, but lyrics would ruin something like this. The only human voicework I could see with something like this would be some sort of syllabic humming or singing. No words. Only sounds. It sounds like you pull that out every once and a while, but it sounds synthesized. It doesn't have the warmth that a human voice has.

Arrangement - Rating: (8)
I like the solo sax, but there are some other interesting sounds being used. It might be nice to hear some of the synth work jump into the forefront and let the sax step back and help create the atmospherics.

Production - Rating: (9)
The synths and piano create an awesome atmosphere and set the tone perfectly for the sax, but it still sounds synthesized. You can create some amazing ambient sounds with creative mic techniques. You could then dump those sounds into a computer and manipulate them in the digital realm. It might give your compositions a bit more of an organic feel to them. The effects on the sax really add to that dreamy and gentle mood.

Vocals - Rating: (10)
None... Solo sax. It's got a gentle warmth that only a sax can bring, and it carries the track well. It would have been nice to hear something else pop and out to duke it out with the solo sax because six minutes of nothing but the sax is close to getting boring. It would have been cool to hear something else in there just to break it up.

Musicianship - Rating: (8)
It's hard to tell what was played and what was programmed, but the sax solo is first rate. Great chops.

Originality - Rating: (7)
The I like hearing the atmospherics under the sax, but it is dangerously close to becoming just another smooth jazz track. Were it not for some of the more creative synth stuff you do, it would have sounded hokey and boring. Try using more bold and interesting sounds. You can do some great stuff with editing programs. Instead of dumping effects on certain sounds, try creating your own, especially for the percussion.

Marketability - Rating: (7)
There are educated and adventurous fans of music out there who really enjoy atmospheric and instrumental music. This stuff is a bit tame compared to a lot it out there, even compared to other music as mellow as this. However, sometimes you just want to hear something that is mellow and pleasing to the ears. A lot of college and non- commercial radio stations have specialty shows or segments of programming devoted to music like this. There is a market for it. Check out labels like Thirsty Ear and Eighteenth Street Lounge. You'd fit in nicely with labels like that. They might be able to give you some great leads on where to take this. Play some shows. Any kind of exposure you can give yourself would be such a help.

General comments - Rating: (9)
Very smooth and very well played/programmed. The atmospherics are great and lay a solid foundation for the solo. It would have been nice to hear something to break up the monotony of the sax solo, but sax's wandering is nice. It lets you get lost.

Soundtrack composers - Rating: (10)
You've already a got a sense of the role background music has to play.

--Reviewer: the editors of CMJ Alert (New Music Report) and CMJ New Music Monthly (on GarageBand.com)
"A traveller who didn't ask for glory" by The Wimshurst's Machine
Brilliant ! ! !
Absolutley brilliant! This cd is truly amazing I love it. I am a musician myself and I am inspired and in awe at the level of creativity and artistic greatness. I recommend this cd to anyone, its great relaxing music, works good for me sitting in rush hour traffic. This group has encouraged me to go to italy to study music on the sole purpose that there is just something in their music that is so hard to come by in the states. To sum it all up this cd is AWESOME! Their music will touch your soul.
--(Arjay, CD-baby.com customer)
The Wimshurst's Machine new album
is under development right now. I have heard the demo songs from their new album and was blown away. Still under construction these songs sound so beautiful, original and crystal clear that this will be rated as my absolute favorite chill out album of 2005. No kidding. Augusto and his bandmembers have covered all their bases in this by far outstanding production. By the way, The Wimshurst's Machine song 'Magic Lights' has won this Summer's music contest at Broadjam.com, the "San Diego tour guide CD", that will be distributed in 50.000 copies. (2004) Congratulations to you all, guys! It's a well achieved and deserved goal!
--(Patric Bakkenist, news in the http://www.nephilim.nl website)
The Wimshurst's Machine
Since most of us don't have the luxury of traipsing across the globe, we'll have to settle for the worldly music of the Wimshurst's Machine. It is easy to imagine yourself peacefully lounging in a scenic land while listening to these compositions, which use a wide array of acoustic instrumentation backed by ambient electronica.                        
--(editor's review, music.download.com)
"A Traveller who didn't ask for glory" CD review
The tracks are perfect for introspection and for driving. My favorite so far is 'night celebrations.' The band makes many interesting choices in the course of the arrangements, and I agree with them. The saxophone on 'mystical sea' is great - with such a full tone I first thought it was a tenor. I like it most toward the end when you stretch out and play more outside the expected tonality.
--(David Matthews, musician, Garageband.com)
"A Traveller who didn't ask for glory" CD review
I loved the cd!  The production and mixing is top notch! What sets your music apart from others in the same genre is that it has an improvisational quality to it.  The sax and keyboard playing is very melodic and addictive. The acoustic guitar has that romantic Italian flavor to it.  The programming is creative very well done and doesn't overwhelm the other instruments. It's hard to single out a favorite song but if I had to it would be "The Fall of the Ancient Town".  I like the story behind it in the insert.  It was very well thought out and written. I have had many listens from it and enjoy it very much!
--Kevin Bottorff, musician, Radio Dystopia
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.
--(Dave Long, musician, CD Baby reviews roster, september 2004)
Fatherland
A herbal bath of a track. Warm, liquid, soothing. You can almost feel the condensation forming as you lay back and immerse yourself in it. Less Acid-Jazz than Prozac-Jazz, it's carefully crafted and wonderfully laidback. Stuff like this isn't really above structure and individual instrument parts, of course. This is all about the mood. Mostly, the sounds are subtle, seductive and draped in a hazy ambience. The rhythm is perky but never leads the pace. That role falls to the serpentine clarinet which weaves its way overhead. The background details are nice too: Enya-esque vocals, delicate piano and a strange clicking hum thing that, to me, sounded a little like sub-tropical insects of the night. (Hmm. Maybe there is some acid jazz in there!)
--(frank and Nancy, Garageband.com)
Celtic Death Ballad
Do it to me
Mysterious, with a trumpet, or could be a flugelhorn. Nice tone whatever. Female voice is gorgeous. Reminds me of Ella Fitzgerald on a parallel. The feel is fine with the exchanges between vocal and trpt. and the the sax joining in. The piano sound and playing is fabulous. The bass guitar is great.
The parallel being if you have a great melody you don't have to have words but just a vocal sound singing like an instrument playing it.

Some info about the reviewer:
Barry Harvey has been playing drums now for 45 years, Chain first formed in 1968. Recorded 30 L.P's. and 29 singles between the members! This includes groups, CHAINS, HARPOON_ON, RICK_and_theGoose_Duo and Jazz trio featuring DOUG_Barry_Bruce_Trio New band called "Brother_Goose" just formed and is a great feel groupYOU HEARD playing Long_Boogie_Train

Additional Information about the reviewer:
Educational Text book to improve drummers and all musicians sight reading skills and phrasing concepts go to www.barryharvey.com

--(Barry Harvey, double bass and drum player, GarageBand.com)
Celtic Death Ballad
Smooth Horn
the horn got me as soon as it started then the voice
very hypnotic i like this style very much.you would like my music as well.this works for me.

(Richard Lee has been on the scene since he was a teenager.He's played with Mic Jagger,Rick Derringer,Donald Fagen,Blues Travelers,Taylor Dayne,McCoy Tyner,Stanley Jordan and Tom Jones just to name a few).

--(Richard Lee, pro jazz trumpet player, Garage Band.com)
Indian Shores
Great chill out piece.               
A very interesting song which have influences from dead can dance to ethnic-mediterranean music! The saxophone is absolutely cool and thats important cause i ve listened to many songs whith a sax which didnt fit in.But if it follows the mood,like this one,it can be very cool.
--(garageband.com review, Reviewed by: spacedyevest83, Athens, Attica, Greece)
The Wimshurst's Machine on Broadjam.com
Dear Broadjam Member,
We checked in on our Italian Pro MoB's this week, and we liked what we saw. Start with "Magic Lights" by the Wimshurst's Machine. This song has a smooth, ambient feel that soothes the listener while still keeping them interested. (...)

The Wimshurst's Machine (TWM) is a project created by the musical passions of each member and by a central idea that was developed between friends and colleagues with little time to play together. Thanks to modern software, it has become possible to play together even while living at distant locations. TWM uses plenty of acoustic instruments from saxophone, clarinet, flute, guitar (classical and Spanish), trumpet, dulcimer, bagpipe, mandolin, drums and many more. But the band also plays several electric guitars, MIDI keyboards/controllers, and so on.

TWM’s first album was based on the notion that ancient explorers lived most of their lives through violent but incredible adventures. In this album you hear a story that tells about an ancient traveler that obtained glory while he was searching for himself across the world.

“Very good bassline synth and a great piano accompaniment. I loved the start. I'm a sucker for slow build-ups and dark, seductive synths. I just LOVE the intro!!!”
(Broadjam Engineer)

--(Broadjam Member Newsletter: 8-12-04, #165)
The Wimshurst's Machine
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)
Freedom Calls
Very nice and moody!
I liked how this started out with very mellow drums and then the strings came in and then the main melody of the piano. It was a vey nice progression. This is a great chill out track! It reminded me a little of Robert Miles stuff. Very melodic and soothing, and very well produced. Nice job!
--(garageband.com review, Reviewed by: Absolutbebe, New York)
Freedom Calls
Wow! This is a hit!
definitly a garageband hit from what i am hearing from the beginning. i see that it picks up more and more.
the strings are very dramatic and that drum drop in comes in very smoothly. this has a great beat and i really love the piano. i could really see this in a movie.. as it is catchy and unique in its own way.
great job on the productions.
--(garageband.com review, Reviewed by: unisoundz from Union City, California)
Freedom Calls
This track starts out on the minimal tip with a nice minimoog-ish bassline with soft hihats and then breaks into the main body of the song which is a full arrangement of lovely strings, piano, moving melodies and hooks that catch the heart,feet, and mind... The track flows and introduces new elements which I appreciate, never a dull moment here.. I absolutely love the saxophone (bari or tenor?) and later...gorgeous female vocals.
The mix is ambient, tight, and percussive..everything is in its right place.
This track brings to mind..Moby, Massive Attack, Garbage, and Tricky.. I loved it!
You made my playlist!

Great Job!
--(Garageband.com review, Reviewed by YeshaBluestein Bethany, Oklahoma)
The Wimshurst's Machine music
Very well done music with a mix of acoustic and electronic rhythms. The background ambience adds to the already sensual flavor. The Wimshurst's Machine's Mystical Sea is a perfect blend of all that I said above plus a little light jazz added in. Downtempo fans will like The Wimshurst's Machine's Magic Lights and I have many of them listening into the station. A track with a smooth and deep rhythm. Truly a wonderful group and I am glad to have experienced their art.

You'll find this radio and music on:
http://www.live365.com/stations/mudgie_daotter

--(Ken Anderson, The Riverbank, 5 stars radio station on live365.com)
The Wimshusrt's Machine: Music for your dreams
Listening to the TWM you'd make a travel into a relaxing world made 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.
--(The Unicorn magazine, Italy 2004)