What's Real?

July 1, 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 1, 2012
  • Label: Rixa White
  • Copyright: 2012 Rixa White
  • Total Length: 59:32
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  • ASIN: B008G25HZC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #986,138 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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It didn't matter what I was reading because well... good music is good music.
Jason Frost
Definitely a must for Electronic Music fans but I would highly recommend it to listeners of other genres such as jazz, classical, and easy listening.
Archie Mercer
I sat in my recliner with a good pair of headphones and listened to this album and enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 26, 2012
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I'm probably not the best source when it comes to musical opinion, as I've been told my taste in music is... "limited" (putting it nicely). However, I do like to have some music going in the background when I'm working on various things, and it helps if it's something that is upbeat yet not demanding of my mind... as in wanting to sing along. What's Real? by Silentaria is perfect for my tastes, as it reminds me of a few other artists that I enjoy and go back to continually.

I would stick this in my mental category of "New Age", although "Electronica" wouldn't be inaccurate, either. What makes this enjoyable and memorable for me is that it doesn't dwell in what I consider "Ambient", where a number of random notes seem to be thrown together and repeated for five minutes. Rixa White creates some solid melodies and weaves them together electronically in such a way that I enjoy the experience, but I'm not at a loss as to remember the tune five minutes after it finished.

As I've listened to the tracks, I have a few artists that come to mind as in "oh, that sounds like something <X> would do." I definitely think of Mannheim Steamroller and Enigma more than once during the album, and Trans Siberian Orchestra comes to mind in a couple of places. Hopefully White would not consider that an insult, as I like those groups a lot. I'm also amused that a couple of riffs made me think of music from my Commodore 64 days. What's funny is that White used to compose music on a C-64, so I don't know if it's accidental or on purpose that the C-64 came to mind with no prompting.

I expect to have many productive hours working away with What's Real? playing along in the background. It's well worth the time to check out the sound clips and decide for yourself.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darcia Helle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 17, 2012
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I have a vast, eclectic music collection. But I'm a rocker at heart and favor real instruments over synthesized music. Because of my slight bias going into this, I was pleasantly surprised by this album. While many albums within this genre have a monotonous feel to them, each song here has a different mood and a different feel. This is the type of music I can have playing in the background while I'm working. I find it soothes as well as helps spark creativity. There's a story to the sounds, if you sit back and let your mind feel them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C G Scammell TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 30, 2012
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I was offered the chance to listen to this music for review purposes. I found that the more I listened to the tracks, the more I enjoyed them. This is a well-mixed collection of instrumentals, all of which are unique.

While I am not a fan of heavily synthesized music, not all tracks sound like they come from the help of a synthesizer. The first track, "Mirage," is a very soothing track. The second one, however, is more upbeat with a human voice synthesized into it.

Synthesized music works best when there is a wide range of instruments to be heard. The third track, "Oceans of Illusion," is a prime example of synthesized music that works well. The music sounds like a muted orchestra as the song progresses, with only the popping sound of the synthesizer in the way of authencity. This track never becomes overbearing and is one of my favorites.

"Vital Doubts" is more upbeat and displays more of that popping sound I do not care for in synthesized music, but it is followed by a contrasting song, "Curtain Over Eyes," that begins with the sound of waves but then progresses more into an upbeat rhythm.

"Sorrowful Truth," along with the first track, are my favorites. This song uses a wide display of violins and percussion for a soothingsong that is neither depressing nor too fast. There's an aura of a bird in flight during this song. The seventh track, "Deceived," is much like the preceding song but with more percussion and synthesizer. This in turn is followed by a more mellow song, "Real Fantasia," which starts out sounding like gentle waves but then breaks into a more dancy rhythm after the first minute.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 19, 2012
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This review was written based on a promotional copy afforded to the reviewer.

I don't often listen to new age or electronica, but Silentaria's WHAT'S REAL? has really grown on me. It might not be super accessible to begin with; it's a (largely) wordless concept album that focuses on a lost being's birth and subsequent questioning of the fabric of the world around it. The self-taught Rixa White has composed 11 dense tracks of electronic new age goodness.

The opening track "Mirage" begins with the wail of a synthesizer -- it sounds like a cry, not unlike a whale's croon. From the get-go WHAT'S REAL? sounds somewhat alien, but there's something about it that still feels human about it all. The album does a great job of combining conventional chord shifts and scales with exotic-sounding flourishes. "Mirage" sets a good tone for the album -- it lets the listener know exactly what they are in for with WHAT'S REAL? The music here is really intricate, repeated listening will uncover hidden details that audiences may have missed out on the first (or fourth) time around. Silentaria's compositions work really well in two important dimensions: the music is nice to have in the background. If listeners just want an album to work, study, or exercise to, WHAT'S REAL? works nicely. BUT, if listeners want an album they can pore over, pay close attention to, and navigate, the album works nicely on that front as well. It's a balancing act that pays off well. The closing track, "Echoes from East," provides a bit of a disappointing ending for the album -- it does indeed sound foreign, but it ends by slowly fading out. I was expecting a grand exercise in catharsis, but it never quite came.
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