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.
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 !!!
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!
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.
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)
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.
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!!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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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
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Educational Text book to improve drummers and all musicians sight reading skills and phrasing concepts go to www.barryharvey.com
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).
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.
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!!!”
Best regards from your new fan,
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!
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.
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!
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