Stephen Bacchus: Ambient Origins
His pacing is very slow, which can either be considered sleep-inducing or contemplative, depending on your mood. He doesn't rely on spectacular special effects like endless reverb or "wall of sound" buildups. To appreciate this music, you must watch for small changes in the sameness, just as you would with any "minimalist" composer. Most of the music has a wintry, "interior" feeling, evoking long grey afternoons in a chilly Northern city (Toronto), though in two pieces ("Subterrania", cut 5, "From the Ashes," cut 8) he does add some "industrial" clanking and grinding noises to his mix.
Bacchus' sonorities are consistently austere and restrained. This is somber, serious music; if it is used for the mood-setting purpose that ambient is supposed to fulfill, you will find yourself wondering why your room is so cold and dark.
Record Label: MIRAGE