Reviews written by Fredrik Cole

Tau Ceti
Reviewed: August 05, 2008
Artist: TiLT
Oh f*ck! Wait, am I allowed to say that here? Ah, whatever, since the track is of such quality, clarity and impressive character my vocabulary pretty much flew out the window! Do you mind if I just sit here in ave while my eardrums are shivering with excitement? Thank you.
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Infinity
Reviewed: March 06, 2008
Artist: Vsx
I often say that when it comes to music - less is more. This track is sheer brilliance in that regard. Beautifully background strings accompanied by sweeping loops that switch in their resonance and arpeggio, very Robert Miles-esque. And for me that's a good thing.
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The Water Formula
Reviewed: December 21, 2007
Artist: DuskWire
Man, the beginning before the bass kicks has me in ave. It is absolutely breathtaking. For me it's truly sad that the remainder of the song doesn't quite build up to the huge monumental expectations the beginning laid out for me. Still, it's a beautiful song and deserves a "4". It could have, if
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New June Day
Reviewed: December 21, 2007
Artist: Likuid
This piece of music is very reminesque of notes and styles I used myself when composing music back in the tracker days. This song has a great idea but unfortunately never takes off. It stays solid, it stays safe, it stays average.
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140 días
Reviewed: December 17, 2007
Artist: Likuid
A laid-back piece with one acoustic guitar, a piano and drums. It has been done before, heard before, but usually most songs like those manage to retain a lot of originality and interest. This song though falls a bit short in that regard and doesn't do it for me. Overall a little bit below average.
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An Agile Mind
Reviewed: August 17, 2007
Artist: TiLT
I have come appreciate TiLT's music and it was with a high degree of interest I pushed "play" on this song because of its tracking base compared to other songs. The beginning is absolutely fabulous with the build-up almost equally interesting only to fall slightly short when it kicks into high gea
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Far Away
Reviewed: July 15, 2007
Artist: Ivory
An ambient track with a twist that has ots of different rhythms layered over each other. Doing this there's always the delicate balance between going over-board and being in the slightly safe zone. You're safe, a job very well done. The song has a quite nice arrangement with a great feel.
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Zhou Mo Hao
Reviewed: July 06, 2007
Artist: Likuid
The chinese and asian inspiration comes across in the track but, unfortunately, the song itself has a great deal of flaws that results in quite deducted general impression. I will explain all of the aspects regarding my rating of 2 below.
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Nova Observatory
Reviewed: July 04, 2007
Artist: TiLT
Wow. What a rich piano sound that layers in different melodies accompanied by a well played swaying-bass and soft string arrangements. This is beautiful music, I can't say much more.
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Hello Morning
Reviewed: July 04, 2007
Artist: DuskWire
A nice chillout track with good feel. It has a sweet and above all a functional yet suggestive and haunting rhythm, also layered with nice strings and soft melodies.
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Mirando Fotos
Reviewed: June 29, 2007
Artist: Likuid
It's a very slow start with a simple guitar later accompanied by a very clear and nice piano melody. The song however, just builds up the same way without any melodic changes that at least surprise the listener. Sure there are some note punctuation changes but not enough. The composement overall st
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Thinking
Reviewed: June 28, 2007
Artist: thekhin
Pretty cool song. Sure it has it highs and lows but still lightly enjoyable. The whole atmosphere of the song gives me some mixed vibes like Dido, Björk and other electronical elements. One thing that could have lifted this song to another level could have been to include a lead melody in between v
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Post Tenebras Lux
Reviewed: June 28, 2007
Artist: LLB
First up this is a song that would stand quite flat in comparison to many other efforts out there. However, in its own regard the song has an interesting view and a will to show itself. The choirs is probably the best arrangement with a nice blend between male and female voices harmonising fairly we
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Next To Mental
Reviewed: June 28, 2007
Artist: thekhin
The song is in a way, interesting. For me it is definitely experimental, almost borderline an extended sound effect. I really like the windy effects that play in the background, same goes for the synthesized loop. The single chord strike however raises a big questionmark for me. Sounds the same all
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04 Space Odyssey
Reviewed: June 28, 2007
Artist: yasahi
This is ambient at its purest and finest form. I'm currently situated in an office with florescent lighting, but while listening to this I find myself somewhere completely different. It's calm, relaxed and beautiful. What a wonderful piece of soundscape...
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Into the Dark [PREVIEW]
Reviewed: June 28, 2007
Artist: TiLT
It's always hard to judge a musical piece when you don't have the whole piece. Sort of like building a puzzle with only half the pieces. However, what this song does show in its a-bit-over-a-minute tale is music written with passion, medieval influences and great musicianship. I for one would love
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The Library
Reviewed: June 28, 2007
Artist: TiLT
It's a relatively short and erie piece of music. Soft with a mysterious touch based on a simple yet suggestive piano melody that follows by a soft oboe. This undeniably shows that simple is sometimes the very best way to go. This is beautiful. It just ends too abruptly, that's the only downside I
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Lucid Dreams
Reviewed: June 28, 2007
Artist: TiLT
The beginning has my body and mind in ave. Seriously. The soft bass sets in at a perfect timing driving the song away with a lead melody reminiscent of a little early Sarah Brightman up-tempo. The backdrop padwork together with the rapid playing loops are just candy for my ears. Subtle middle-part w
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..And the winner is
Reviewed: June 28, 2007
Artist: thekhin
Starts off very straight with traditional beats that maintains freshness with nice alterations. Lead melodies are certainly trance-sounding however there's no real power, sting or drive to it. To me this has been heard many times before and a typical trance melody that was on the frontline a couple
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Watching a Deep Blue Ocean
Reviewed: June 27, 2007
Artist: Analysis
First up, this song is very minimalistic in contrary to the trance genre. Personally, I'd almost fit this into the chillout drawer instead. But despite genre, this song is beautiful, no denying the obvious. For seven minutes straight I am entertained, drawn away into a different state of mind, I'm
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Snowfall
Reviewed: June 27, 2007
Artist: TiLT
I always, when listening to a song for the first time, have the artists own interpretation of the track in mind while forming my own at the same time. This track certainly ewokes the feeling of falling snow, for me something of a mix between Harry Potter and Edward Scissorhands. From a pure movie-fe
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Aleutian Sunset
Reviewed: June 27, 2007
Artist: oupa
Taken into account what this piece was composed it fills it's purpose. It's the typical background music you hear to enhance something else that requires more attention. However, despite a track being arranged for a backdrop still requires attention to alternate enough to maintain interest. For me
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Into the East
Reviewed: June 26, 2007
Artist: TiLT
I can pretty much say everything I need to about this song with one simple word: Stunning. Stunning out of the aspect that the melodies are in perfect harmony and plays with just the right timing to create the musical landscape between soft and easy in contrast to big and bold. The song is relativ
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Path of Regrets
Reviewed: June 26, 2007
Artist: TiLT
Broken hearts are sometimes the best sources of inspiration, I know that too. What I also know is that this track is...good. Not extraordinary or great but undeniably good. It has a dark touch with a slowly rising optimism about a better day around the corner. Definitely quality music, I'd be lying
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On the Razor's Edge
Reviewed: June 26, 2007
Artist: TiLT
Initially the overall rating for me falls in between "3" and "4". The monotonous bassline is a really cool touch to the track and I absolutely dig the sharp and tweaked lead combined with groovy, industrial beats and soft sweeping pads. An oustanding and well thought-thru mix. Ah heck, a "4" it i
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Orbiting Saturn
Reviewed: June 26, 2007
Artist: solo
The intro sets a comfortable yet slightly dark scene that soon follows with more musical layers, building a musical wall of sound so rich and thick you could almost cut it with a knife. But it flows, flies and relaxes. Doesn't push you, instead it reels you into a relaxed state of mind. The only t
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Of One Achord
Reviewed: June 26, 2007
Artist: Nukkels
This is what I refer to as a diamond in the ruff. A song that in it's current state isn't much to be thrilled about but something that with a head of work could be extraordinary. But imagination is not what I'm basing my review on but the hard facts, and in that regard, this isn't all that impre
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Windy Visions
Reviewed: June 26, 2007
Artist: CrazyMan
What a truly great mix of styles. Classic up-tempo beats with ambience instruments setting a rich scene for a pulsing drive. It's a crazy crossover track between genres and what then strikes me as the most impressive is that it works seamlessly. A cool track that only has very minor flaws that can
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Light Beams from Water Drops
Reviewed: June 26, 2007
Artist: Error303
A musical environment sounding rich, crisp and beautiful. A very distinct and deep rhythm sets the base for a song that weaves a soundscape using sweeping strings and soft bell arrangements. I get a little "under water" feel from this track, and all is pleasant. Very nicely done..
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Lain
Reviewed: June 26, 2007
Artist: Qumran
As I'm not familiar with the anime tv-series this song is based on I can't make the reference. As a stand alone track though it has ups and downs. The initial beat is deep and rich but the soon-to-follow rapid hi-hat brings a stress factor to a chilled song. Contradition. Soft lead melody that unf
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Death of the Faceless Man
Reviewed: June 26, 2007
Artist: DuskWire
I must tell you, the first minute of the track is absolutely stunning! Conflicting instruments with such a rich musical environment is a sucessive formula any day of the week. Why heading into the Western part towards the end has me confused and draws the track into an environment initially unfamili
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Changes
Reviewed: June 26, 2007
Artist: Void Pointer
There are semi-hidden influences from many styles in this track. Soft industrial-tweaks, oriental guitars and the classic ambient strings flowing almost chordlessly in and out of each other. It's relatively short, which from the ambience point of view is a downside as the message of the song doesn
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Distance pt. 2 - Rivers
Reviewed: June 26, 2007
Artist: lilelk
I'm a sucker for pan-flutes, there's no denying it, and this track has plenty of it. In comparison to the background though there's is the sense of too rapidly composed and too many melodies bounce into each other, creating an environment perhaps not all the pleasant on the ear. There's too much
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Distance pt. 1 - Mountain Trickle
Reviewed: June 26, 2007
Artist: lilelk
I had the artists song inspiration when initially listening to the song, however I don't get the same feeling. Instead it falls a bit short with the background music suffering over the very nicely performed electronic guitar. This song falls under the category "played once, not likely again".
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Arriving Fool's Paradise
Reviewed: June 26, 2007
Artist: lilelk
There's almost something rare about tracker songs today and my old tracker heart grows just a little warm over the simple fact. Songwise though this is certainly an ok piece with very nice musical backgrounds layered into the main piano-based melody. It's a song that even though it doesn't leave
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Just Cant Move
Reviewed: June 23, 2007
Artist: Wiseman
The beginning certainly had me on the edge of the seat, sounding really promising and interesting. However, it unfortunately never took off. It sounds all fair, solid and straight throughout but not really inspirational. The changes that does exist feel like they belong to different songs and each p
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