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The Four Seasons

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Spring - Nature is Awakened
Summer - The Intensity of the Sun
Autumn - A Stormy Nature
Winter - The Silence is Infinite
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Total Tracks: 4   Total Length: 73:59

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The Four Seasons


Minimalistic ambient with occasional sequencer rhythms.'Spring' is a lush and gentle piece, a quiet and meditative experience. You hear birds in the background and all kinds of gentle experimental sounds and piano on top. A beautiful relaxing piece.'Summer' is rather quiet for the first half, then a slow rhythmic beat pops in...with the sound of thunder in the background. This then fades away into a gentle and warm wave of ambient pads. 'Autumn' has a quiet intro then a strong sequencer rhythm enters, it gains and looses in strength, occasionally morphing into other rhythms. Some nice melodic pads appear for a short while, resulting in a swirl of sequencer beats and pads. This soon fades into a lonely beat, and then all becomes quiet.'Winter' is a relaxing and reverent piece, despite what the title might imply it is not a dark piece all all, on the contrary the music is light and airy, like gentle snow-fall or a snow-covered landscape under a clear blue sky.

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They Say All Music Guide

Four Seasons is a collection from Pete Namlook’s individual CDs dedicated to the seasons. The seasons have had major roles in shaping modern music since the 1700s with Antonio Vivaldi’s major symphony “The Four Seasons.” Piotr Iliach Tchaikovsky also composed a symphony of the same name. Frankie Valli started a pop group called the Four Seasons. Wendy Carlos created Sonic Seasonings, an electronic epic complete with samples and atmospheres. In fact, all of the referenced works have loads of atmosphere. Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky created acoustic atmospheres. Namlook builds his atmospheres from deep drones; they are electronic atmospheres. “Summer” is arid atmospheric minimalism. Namlook approaches this opus from the lazy side. The music is neither bright nor dark; the rhythms and pace are slow. It is, for all intents and purposes, beatless. This is “lemonade” ambience — it is best out on the deck with a chilled aperitif. “Autumn” is a mysterious soundscape with some desert ambience overtones and textures. It is a transitional piece with rhythmic ambience and atmospheric minimalism. The music implies darker skies, cold winds, and rustling leaves. “Winter” is, as expected, a very cold and very gray soundscape. Namlook combines deep minimalism with some very light sequences and steady atmospheres. The winter solstice is a time to regroup, so this soundscape continuously folds in on itself and regroups. “Spring” is the final transition, as a rebirth occurs. Namlook’s atmospheres are warm and inviting as natural samples surround a low drone. This joyful soundscape rejuvenates the listener and strengthens the soul. This is a great set. The only remotely close comparison is the aforementioned Sonic Seasonings. There are also similarities to the desert ambience of TUU, Ma Ja Le, Temps Perdu?, and Biff Johnson. This set is totally essential. – Jim Brenholts

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