Mathias Grassow & Thomas Weiss – Conscience
- Catalogue Number: ERA 2041-2
- EAN: 8594048312413
- Release date: 27.11.2006
- (P)+(C) 2006 NEXTERA & respective authors
An authority between the human made ego and his creator.
The conscience is a regulator and gives always precisely feedback about our emotional actions.
Everyone has the free will to accept this. Many people have forgotten to follow their inner voice.
Instead their decisions are depended on status symbols and social standards.
This music don´t want to entertain you, but give you a view inside your "self".
As soon as we have spirit, mind and body together we are practising the truth.
Composed & performed by Mathias Grassow & Thomas Weiss in 2006.
Mathias Grassow: Thanks to Klaus Wiese and Ted de Jong for sound support on "Foresight", Gordon Danis, my parents & family.
Thomas Weiss: Thanks to God for his immense love & kindness as well as Georg Michalski for everything in the past, present & future - open your eyes and you will see.
Mathias Grassow & Thomas Weiss:
Thanks to Markus Vogt for his grateful graphics & support.
Mathias dedicates this record to the memory of his father. May he rest in peace.
Artwork & Cover design by Markus Vogt
24-BIT Digital Mastering by Karel Kourek at RA Studio, Prague, Czech Republic. http://www.rastudio.cz/
ReviewsREVIEW FOR AMBIENT VISIONS by Jim Brenholts
While Mathias Grassow has been creating ambient music since about five years before he was born, Thomas Weiss is a newcomer to the ambient community.
Conscience, their first collaboration, is about as close to perfect ambient minimalism as it gets. Mathias has been the ultimate drone master for years and he continues to perfect his craft. This disc starts with a low drone that envelops listeners with its overtone qualities and subtle pitch changes. Mathias and Thomas build layers of atmospheres upon and from this drone. The atmospheres are gentle, cerebral and serene and they control the pace - slow, so slow as to approach standing still.
That is the unique characteristic of this set. The music evolves slowly and deliberately. It seems to hang forever in listeners neuropathways as it triggers serotonin and neuroprenephrin activity. On the surface, the overtones have no substance or purpose. As they enter the biosonic feedback device (read: brain), they define themselves anew and allow listeners to float at will.
For such a low-key soundscape, this CD evokes and promotes lots of activity -all of intangible and unquantifiable. While it might be impossible to dance to this music, it is just as impossible to prevent one's insides from dancing to it. The music infects the mind, the heart, the spirit and the soul with its positive energy.
With this release, Thomas leaps to the forefront of the ambient community. Association with a master qualifies as a major endorsement. Mathias, with more than 100 releases in his discography, qualifies as a master. This CD is as good an introduction as any for his music. It comes with the highest recommendation.
Reviewed by Jim Brenholts for Ambient Visions
REVIEW FROM VITAL WEEKLY number 553, week 47
MATHIAS GRASSOW & THOMAS WEISS - CONSCIENCE (CD by Nextera) Although I'm not familiar with the entire body of work put out by Matthias Grassow, I must say what I heard was not bad at all. Ambient with the big A, but always with a slight touch of experimentalism, keeping it away from the dreaded new age posse. Here he teams up with one Thomas Weiss, of whom I know nothing, but he thanks 'God for his immense love and kindness'. The four piece on this CD sound exactly I would expect this to sound (which in itself is a pity since a surprise is always nice). Deep washes of synthesizers, with sparse, slow melodies and in the ornament side some far away, alienated sounds. Ambient with the A, as I said. It's not an album where big or new things happen, but Grassow and Weiss walk a well-known path: through a misty forest on an early sunday morning, with a touch of sunlight. One where even the firmest non-believer could think God exists. The cover tells us that the music doesn't want to entertain us, but 'give you a view inside your 'self''. Perhaps I am just too much a non-believer and merely want to enjoy the music and the spiritual side is a bit beyond me. (FdW)