The title track from the album "Descending" by Tim Motzer & Markus Reuter.
Tim Motzer - guitar, electronics
Markus Reuter - touch guitar, electronics
Theo Travis - alto flute
BJ Cole - 12 string pedal steel
Pat Mastelotto - traps & buttons
Doug Hirlinger - cymbals & metals
Philadelphia guitarist Tim Motzer and German touch guitarist Markus Reuter's duo project of dark ambient improvisations features UK flautist Theo Travis, the gorgeous pedal steel work of BJ Cole (the Orb, Brian Eno), Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, Stickmen, xtc) traps & buttons, and spatial cymbal work by Doug Hirlinger. A stunningly beautiful record.
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Descending began as an ambient duo project between Tim Motzer and German touch guitarist/composer/producer Markus Reuter (Tuner, Centrozoon, Stickmen, Crimson Projekct). Reuter came to Philadelphia in 2008 after an initial meeting in Munich while Motzer was on tour. Working with baritone and touch guitars, loopers and electronics, Motzer & Reuter created ethereal soundscapes during sessions at 1k recording studio and for an in-studio radio broadcast. Later, Motzer invited UK flautist Theo Travis to contribute to the project. The two played on Nine Horses-Snow Borne Sorrow album by David Sylvian, Burnt Friedman, and Steve Jansen. Travis, who tours with Steven Wilson and GONG, added beautiful flute melodies and chordal loops to “1200 Sundays”, and the haunting glitch guitars of “Emanuella”. Enter another British musician, BJ Cole, lauded by Sting as “the worlds greatest steel pedal player”. His gorgeous work unfolds wonderful textures, densities, and mysterious layers of melodies to “We Were”, “Sound of the Sun”, “Ritual Observance”, and “Descending”. King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto recorded electronic percussion between his furiously hectic schedule with Stickmen and Allan Holdsworth. Additional spatial cymbals and metals were added by NYC drummer Doug Hirlinger (BASE3).
Descending is a deeply sublime and stunningly beautiful work revealing more with each listen. Timeless and infinitely rich, Descending will certainly appeal to fans of Brian Eno, Frippertronics, Supersilent, and Sylvian (with whom four of the musicians on this album have worked).
01 12OO SUNDAYS
03 WE WERE
04 SOUND OF THE SUN
05 RITUAL OBSERVANCE
Produced by Tim Motzer and Markus Reuter
Assembled & mixed by Tim Motzer March-April 2010
Pre-mastering by Markus Reuter
Mastered by Jeff Chestek at the Hat, Philadelphia, April 2010
C 2010 1k Recordings
P 2010 One K Music Co. (BMI)