Top Bar
Musique Machine Logo Home ButtonReviews ButtonArticles ButtonBand Specials ButtonAbout Us Button
SearchGo Down
Search for  
With search mode in section(s)
And sort the results by
show articles written by  
 Review archive:  # a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

The Rhein Strom - Von Der Rheinquelle Bis Hafen Karlsruhe [Gruenrekorder - 2016]

Von Der Rheinquelle Bis Hafen Karlsruhe (Of The Rhine Source To Harbor Karlsruhe for none German speakers) takes us on fascinating field recording journey down one of Europe’s most mighty rivers. Traveling through different season,  and stopping off at twenty  track one stops along it’s nearing 600 Km length.  The Rhein Strom [Rhine River]  project brings together respected german field recordist & sound artists Lasse-Marc Riek ,  & location scout and photographer  Thomas M. Siefert.

As you’d expect from the  Gruenrekorder label- the packaging is a colourful, well thought-out, visual rewarding. The full colour digi-pak takes in on it’s front cover a photograph from with-in the Rhein’s water looking up into green grass,  hills, woodlands & summer blue skies of it’s banks. The inside takes in a close-up picture of the Rhien’s water, and this carries on the disc face too.  The release also comes with a fold-out double sided colour inlay, and this features pictures from all along the river showing Lasse-Marc Riek, and general river pictures. As well as line graph following the progression along the river,  with each track.

In all we have 21 tracks, and a total album  runtime of seventy three minutes. The album opens with the track vorderrheinquelle (front Rhine source); which as it title suggests finds at the  waterfall source of the river in wintertime ( according to the picture linked to the line graph).  This first track comes in at just over the six minute mark, and is a wonderfully layered & crystal clear recording of rapidly bubbling & rushing water.  From here on we move from more distant recordings of the river, with bird song backing. Onto close-up splashing wave recordings, through to lulling trickles & washers.  Onto the rushing of the train tracks  that run along the river, through to the distant sound of a road & gentle shore washings. Onto the chatter of people as the walk along the rivers mighty banks, through to the crunch of the shoreline. Length wise each track comes in around the one & six minute mark, and as you’d expect with a field recordist of Lasse-Marc Riek calibre, each track is perfectly capture & edited. So you feel like your there, and your mind never wonders, as Lasse knows exactly when to finishing a track to keep you captured by the sounds

One of the questions asked in the linear notes is Would you recognize the Rhine by its sound?, and surprisingly I’d have to say yes to this question. As a few years back we took a weeks river cruise down the Rhine, and I must say quite a few of the sounds here do bring back memories for me. All told this is another very worthy addition to Gruenrekorder  Field Recording Series, and well worth checking out if you enjoy more water based field recordings.

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Roger Batty
Latest Reviews

The Rhein Strom - Von Der Rheinqu...
Von Der Rheinquelle Bis Hafen Karlsruhe (Of The Rhine Source To Harbor Karlsruhe for none German speakers) takes us on fascinating field recording journ...
170822   Sometimes Aunt Martha Does Dr...
160822   Elsinore - Slow Murk Façade
160822   RJ Myato - Itchy Blood
160822   Den Sorte Død - Undergangen
150822   Layman/godNOISEgod - No Name
150822   Rafael Anton Irisarri - Agit...
150822   Worship - The Stare
120822   Whiplash - The Roadrunner Years
120822   The Last Son - The Last Son( ...
120822   Columbia Noir #5:Humphrey Bog...
Latest Articles

The Night Porter & Slowgurn proje...
The walled noise scene, within the UK, is sadly rather small, but it’s certainly growing. And one of the key figures in this growth is Hertfordshire-ba...
020822   The Night Porter & Slowgurn p...
200622   The Worse Album In The World ...
240522   Noir On Powerhouse Films - Fr...
260422   Schloss Tegal - Back To The ...
230322   The Residents - Fifty Years ...
170222   Dave Phillips - The Humanimal...
270122   Glemt - Dark and Deranged Spi...
211221   Best Of 2021 - Music, Sound &...
211221   Koobaatoo Asparagus - Califor...
011221   Anti-Worlds Releasing - Cinem...
Go Up
(c) Musique Machine 2001 -2017. Celebrating 16 years of true independence!! Mail Us at questions=at=musiquemachine=dot=comBottom