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by Matthew Florianz

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belfeld 09:03
smelt 07:29
schemer 08:22
schlucht 07:29
spiegelend 15:46
maalbeek 12:27


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I would choose to classify the music of Matthew Florianz as ambient traditionalist or rather, "originalist", in the sense that he maintains an unsettling, sombre tone throughout his work, restricts his palette, and like Brian Eno and Harold Budd before him, creates atmospheres and "landscapes" hitherto unheard and only possible to visit through sound. Shut your eyes and you shall see.

Like his earlier albums, Maalbeek evokes someplace where no one else is - and it is a place that is vast. It is a place where the sun is always hidden by cloud, without vegetation, smoothed over, leaving space for your own imagination to wander. Your imagination becomes your avatar in this strange land. To create this very special feeling of comforting desolation he uses synthesizers and piano, but never anything resembling a conventional melody will decorate the landscape as his fingers grace the keyboards.

As fine and consistent an artist vision as you can find.


released August 5, 2008


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Matthew Florianz Cambridge, UK

Ambient environment soundscapes is where sound design, field recording and tonal composition converge. I enjoy the random chance of a sound found in the wild, or exploring a synthesizer to create something unexpected: A space where your imagination can explore.

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