Gulan - Space Projections. Ambient & Space music
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Audio CD, April 14, 2009
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Space Projections, the latest album by Gulan, has exceeded the expectations of all diehard Gulan fans. This in itself is a great achievement, for there are many who consider Cassiopeia, his earlier album, as the ultimate ambient music phenomenon. The earlier albums - Antigravitation and Sphere, in addition to Cassiopeia - convinced a large number of music enthusiasts about his unique ability to create space music by blending various musical genres. If anybody doubted his ability till date, Space Projections would erase such doubts. This 55-minute album comprising of nine tracks is his best work so far.
Just as Gulan's music is a rare and novel blend of music, the personality of the musician is also unique. The music industry and his fans love hype and trivia. In Gulan's case, not much is known about him apart from a few basic facts about his nationality and age. For those who are curious, he was born in Latvia in 1974. His actual name is Andrei Gulaikin. Gulaikin was shortened to Gulan as the raw music talent of the man began to express itself in various forms of space music. Gulan is not a show man or a man who seeks publicity. He is involved in experimenting with and creating new forms of music in his music studio in Latvia called Gulan Music Studios.
Space Projections: The New Album
Many musical experts have spotted threads of influence of Klause Schulze, Michael Stearns, and Robert Rich in Gulan's music. However, on the whole, his music is a stunning and novel variety of space music. This facet of his music is very much evident in Space Projections, as well. In a sense, Space Projections starts where Cassiopeia and Sphere end.
As is the norm with space music albums, this album is packaged with an artistically designed cover that can easily find its way to an art gallery. The album starts with three versions of the title track: Space Projections 1, Space Projections 2, and Space Projections 3. The first one is the best. The track is resplendent with pleasant sounds and fresh tunes and shows you why Gulan is regarded as a master of blending electronic sounds. Perhaps this mastery can be attributed to his formative years which he spent in fiddling, playing, and experimenting with electronic synthesizers.
The next three tracks, Basic Algorithm, Floating in Space, and The Black Hole, are also refreshingly fresh. These tracks lift you to a tranquil mood of meditation and a cosmic state of mind. You can submit yourself to the hypnotic power of music and let the vibrant textures of space music take over.
The remaining three tracks, Heavenly Lights, Airway 7, and Good Bye, remind you of Gulan's previous tracks, especially those rhythmic numbers in Cassiopeia. The last one, appropriately called Good Bye, is a remix. These tracks are masterly creations of ambient music of such high quality that it would be hard for a space music fan to not listen to them over and over again. In short, Space Projections could well turn out to be the album that truly establishes the global prominence of the Latvian prodigy.
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