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Triumphant Return by mindXpander

Today I received word that mindXpander, a Swedish spacesynth duo, released an album on 28 January 2012 titled "Triumphant Return."

If you don't know of the spacesynth genre, not to worry. Neither did I until recently. I have, in fact, loved the genre for decades without actually knowing what it was called. I would, probably wrongfully, describe it as a modern take of the best oldschool "mod" music from the golden Amiga era of the 90s. The duo started making music using Pro Tracker on the Atari, so maybe I'm not entirely under water with my comparison. I find it to be a treasure that melodic elements have been kept intact in the music of mindXpander, even 20 years on!

The album contains 7 lengthy tracks (durations range from 05:30 to 07:32) with a nice variety of tunes. Production quality is excellent and the instruments used are crisp and sound very unlike default presets and patches. I have some insider information from David of mindXpander that quite a lot of time is spent creating new awesome sounds using modular synths. Personally I would freak out if a saw a single cable today, but these guys clearly know what they are doing.

One of my favorite tracks on the album is #4, "Hoshi No Koe", as it reminds me very much of a mod tune named "Space Debris" by Captain. Space Debris is a legendary track that got me involved in making music to begin with back in the 90s. Listening to Hoshi No Koe brings me back memories. Great memories. The difference is that now I can enjoy a crisp modern production and the mix sits great in my Sennheiser PXC450 headphones.

Another great track from the album is the first one, "Blue Creatures." I must admit that the initial 13 seconds are a bit "cliché" (synth music with a typical bassline) - but give it a few seconds and the experience quickly turns into a very enjoyable uplifting melodic journey.

The genre is different from the music I make, but you may find melodic similarities as this style has influenced me a lot over the years. Personally I bought Triumphant Return as an MP3/FLAC album on bandcamp before even reaching the midpoint of Blue Creatures. If you like it as much as I do, consider supporting mindXpander by purchasing Triumphant Return and enjoy it offline in very high quality =)

I will also take this opportunity to inform everyone that I'm working on a little surprise Imphenzia project. Keep your eyes and ears open!

Three new tracks released

Three new Imphenzia tracks have been released (click to listen to clips: Liquid Generator, Liquid Generator [Crystal Edit] and Evolution [Extended]). You can also check out this video teaser I posted on YouTube for the new track:

 
The past six months Imphenzia trance tracks have been suffering attention somewhat due to being very busy with the relaunch of Imphenzia Soundtrack. The soundtrack section is a new library of music focused mainly on rapid availability of music for independent game developers (indigamers) and custominzing the site with a fully features shopping cart with automated discount bundeling and direct download access to mp3/ogg/wav versions consumed hour upon hour of development. I've also been receiving requests to create custom music for some indiegames and which has been very exciting and fun. These tracks will be available for promotional use once the games have been released.

Now that the Soundtrack site is fully functional I can focus more on Imphenzia Music again and to celebrate, I've instantly created the new trance track "Liquid Generator". It features a progressing intro (DJ-friendly I am hoping) and then launches into a digital mayhem of melodies. I wonder if it will be too much of a sound scape for some fans, but hopefully feedback will tell :) I'm happy with the result and even though the BPM is slower (140bpm) than some of my more recent trance tracks, I get the feeling that the pace is higher due to the beat and rapid transforming melodies.

Following the creation of Liquid Generator I decided to also make a slower (110bpm) chillout version of the track by extracting the melodies and making it over all calmer with an offbeat rythm. My future aim is to always release a calm version of every trance track I release as some listeners prefer the slower ones. Personally, I like both full on trance tracks and the soothing slow ones so why not :)

The extended version of Evolution was actually created a few months ago but it wasn't publically released. It's basically just a refurbished version of the track with instrument replacement and an extended less hectic layout.

I hope you like the new music and don't forget to spread the word of Imphenzia to your mates. There is no big publicity engine behind Imphenzia and I am totally in the hands of my fans when it comes to spreading the word :)

Thanks all!

New Trance: Mind Machine

I've been working hard to make a new track that is more DJ-friendly than most of my other tracks and the result is the recently released "Mind Machine". The main aim of my music have always been focused on the casual listener rather than a dance floor but I want to make sure I also cater for this market and hope to raise the awareness of some DJs about Imphenzia.

So, what's Mind Machine then? Over 7 minutes of progressively building trance with a central core of melodic and euphoric trance. The track has also been released through TuneCore which means that it will eventually appear on sites like iTunes, Napster and eMusic.

I hope you like this new release and please let your friends know about it =)