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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tim Motzer / Markus Reuter: Descending

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Sometimes, with albums built from file-shared overdubs, the sum of the parts can be greater than the whole. Happily the reverse is very much the case with this engaging collaboration between guitarists Tim Motzer and Markus Reuter. The core of this elegantly dreamy music was recorded at a concert given by the duo in 2008, with guest contributions added over the following couple of years. As a result, the original improvisations have been weathered and abraded with ...

INTERVIEWS

Markus Reuter: (R)Evolutionary Touch Guitarist

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German touch guitarist Markus Reuter stands at the forefront of the international ambient music community. From his various collaborations with King Crimson alumni and electronic music pioneers Ian Boddy and Robert Rich, Reuter has crafted a busy schedule of his own recordings, lent his own ear and expertise to engineering and production work in parallel with leading classes on the unusual 8-stringed instrument he uses to promote his art. This interview is the first of two parts documenting Reuter's efforts ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dagobert Bohm / Markus Reuter / Zoltan Lantos: String Unit

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Billed as Ambient World Jazz, and described as “crimsoid ingenuity seasoned with Oregon and Shakti, it's certainly a good capsule description of this intriguing record by acoustic guitarist Dagobert Böhm, touch guitarist Markus Reuter and violinist Zoltán Lantos. An album of elegant beauty, String Unit might, at one time, have been unceremoniously lumped into the New Age category, a certain kiss of death to many. But despite being easy on the ears, all smooth surfaces and without a single jagged ...

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Markus Reuter: Digitalis

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Hypnos Recordings always brings us fascinating music. Digitalis comes from Markus Reuter in Germany. Like Hypnos' Jeff Pearce, Reuter uses only electronically modified and custom-built guitars to make his sounds, and as in much of Pearce's work, Reuter records “real-time." Again like Pearce, you'd never know that Reuter was playing a guitar or any other stringed instrument - it sounds just like a synthesizer.

Despite the commonalities, Reuter and Pearce are very different. Reuter, in Digitalis , uses the overwrought ...