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  • Audio CD (October 24, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merck
  • ASIN: B000J10G5Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,441 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Fully re-mastered version of debut full length, which was released independently on Gammaphone Records in fall 2004. Hip hop infused beats, hypnotic melodies & dynamic syncopated textures blend to create a dense, atmospheric listening experience.

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Truly genius work.
LightSnMusic
Truely amazing in every way, I hope everyone gets a chance to listen to it at least once.
Eric Fuentes
For the most part this is an incredible album in my opinion.
Myxomatosis

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Myxomatosis on January 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
First and foremost, for the uninitiated, Tycho is an electronic / ambient project from the San Francisco based artist and producer Scott Hansen. "Known in the design world as ISO50, Hansen's bucolic, sun-drenched design style serves as a backdrop for the music which so closely echoes his visual sentiments."

-Now that you know who Tycho is, let me catch you up on the album in question "Past Is Prologue", which is a re-issue of the album Sunrise Projector that is nearly identical; expect for a few added tracks which add a nice touch.

I had been meaning to buy Sunrise Projector for some time after hearing it, and before I had the opportunity to, Past Is Prologue was released. The sound isn't so much like most down tempo electronic music, if done wrong this album could've very well ended up being just another overly synthetic electronic album. But the ambiance here is where the true beauty lies. Never before have I heard such a creative blend of nature mixed with personality to form a distinct sound. Think the Boards of Canada meets The Postal Service w/ out the singing of course (this is ambient music people).

The subliminal undertones that work their way into each song may only be recognized upon the third or fourth listen. Soft voices speaking about planting trees and world unity go further than one would think. As gimmicky as it may sound these voices add such a pleasant feel, something everyone can relate to. The swirling beats surrounding crackling melodramatic thumps feel like something from another world. Seriously, this album is alien & common at the same time. With voices being drawn into the equation the parameter of these songs could have been easily thrown off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Morrill on April 17, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Its just so soothing, relaxes you thuroughly. My favorite is "Dictaphones Lament", it makes you think of past memories, the good ones, and really feel them again. Funny thing is, there is a video for this song and thats pretty much what its about, so obviously thats what he was shooting for.

Anyways, im very glad I got the chance to hear this as it helped open up a whole new world of music to me, and for that I am very greatful.
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Finally I can say the day has arrived, after years of searching, I found an electronic artist equal to Boards of Canada for the whole idm collage of sound. I can not believe Tycho eluded me for all this time, with an EP dating back to 2002 ("The Sceince Of Patterns"), and even a track included on the "Movers and Groovers 2" compilation. I stumbled upon Scott Hansens material on a long quest towards finding electronic music that glows wamrly, and isn't just pretensious noise. I wanted more than anything to find an artist that could spark the genuine emotions Boards of Canada has done for me time and time again.

I'm not saying Tycho is a Boards of Canada knock off, I'm suggesting however out of the thirteen tracks on "Past is Prologue" a majority of them hover over there sound. What I really like about this album is the warm layers of electronic music done so in a manor where it doesn't feel like somebody tacked on random stale patterns (something all too common when you hand over the synthesizer). Musically its dual nature makes some tracks suitable for parties and others for calm listening nights. The beats are up there, but aren't breakcore heart skipping. Succession of ambient placement grants the background natural soothing calmness of say a windmill. This gyrating effect plays out perfectly, songs stick to there theme and its rewarding to listen to. Some artist go all over the map, and it's relativly easy to do this when you have so many options at hand for a genre that isn't format specific, resulting in a loss of character towards a song.

These songs build up nicely, sometimes there are soothing female vocals in the background similar to something off of Royksopps "Melody AM".
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By Eric Fuentes on September 23, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Perfection... Simply Perfection!!!

This album is what I call the perfect album. From the first track to the last, Perfection!!!

The other two reviews sum it up in physical words, and even spirtual. I literally have listened to this cd over 100 times and probably play it once a day.

This is more like a Life Soundtrack for me. No matter what mood I am in this album takes me to another place. I just came back from camping and this album was repeated numerous times by everyone there.

Truely amazing in every way, I hope everyone gets a chance to listen to it at least once. Or at least 3 or 4 times to truly enjoy all the other tunes you didn't catch the first time.

Crank it up, turn the terrible up and clean out the bass for the beautiful lows... And just enjoy LIFE!!!
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