Ombra - Revisited

by Michael Brückner

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Ombra - Revisited, industrially pressed CD

    together with

    Ombra - Original Version from 2010, as CD-R

    in a double standard jewel case with full artwork

    plus

    Bonus tracks from the original album sessions in late 2009, as download

    plus (...and that's the clue!!!)

    additional personalised album

    Your Second Shadow, as CD-R, in a hand manufactured cardboard case with full artwork

    What does "personalised" mean...?

    Each instance of this album is - unique - (meaning each individual album is different from any other of it's "brethren", yet is related to them in concept and musical content)

    Please read the main album info text for full explanation...

    * please note: the standard version and the special version TOGETHER are limited to a total of 100 copies; the Bandcamp robot can't count them back correctly, so the number of remaining albums - might - not always be up to date. However, I will strive to update it manually on a daily basis...

    ** please also note: the special version is (highly) recommended, because of the - brilliant - additional and personalised album "Your Second Shadow" that is included in it - for only five bucks more... ;-)

    Includes unlimited streaming of Ombra - Revisited via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    ships out within 14 days
    edition of 100 

      €22 EUR or more 

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Ombra - Revisited, industrially pressed CD in standard jewel case with full artwork

    plus

    Ombra - Original Version from 2010, as download

    plus

    Bonus tracks from the original album sessions in late 2009, as download

    * please note: the standard version and the special version TOGETHER are limited to a total of 100 copies; the Bandcamp robot can't count them back correctly, so the number of remaining albums - might - not always be up to date. However, I will strive to update it manually on a daily basis...

    ** please also note: the special version is (highly) recommended, because of the - brilliant - additional and personalised album "Your Second Shadow" that is included in it - for only five bucks more... ;-)

    Includes unlimited streaming of Ombra - Revisited via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ... more
    ships out within 5 days
    edition of 100 

      €17 EUR or more 

     

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about

First, the summary in a nutshell:

Originally, Ombra was recorded in late 2009 / early 2010 an released as a free digital download on the pages of the Moscow based ambient community "AmbiOne" (it's not available there anymore, though).

Now, the album sees a re-release as industrially pressed CD in a limited edition of a total of 100 copies on Hagen von Bergen's label BI-ZA Records.

On this occasion the album was completely remastered, partly remixed, several tracks were even rearranged, or completely reworked.

Together with this CD comes also the original version from 2010, and a wealth of bonus items.

In which form (download or CD-R) the original version is included, and how much bonus content comes with it, depends on which version of this current You choose - there are two...

A. The standard version contains:

1. the (industrially pressed) CD "Ombra - Revisited" as a physical item, in a standard jewel case, with full artwortk; it's a limited edition (100 copies), and in the cover there's a little field for number, name, and a little autograph by me...

2. the original version of "Ombra" (as first released in early 2010) as download

3. a considerable amount of bonus tracks which all come from the sessions which resulted in the original release of Ombra (with one exception)


B. The Special Version contains:

1. the (industrially pressed) CD "Ombra - Revisited" as a physical item, in a standard jewel 2-CD case, with full artwortk, together with...

2. the original version of "Ombra" (as first released in early 2010) as CD-R (so NOT industrially pressed, but still "physical"...)

3. a considerable amount of bonus tracks which all come from the sessions which resulted in the original release of Ombra (with one exception)

4. the * personalised * additional album "Your Second Shadow", as CD-R in a (to 90 %) hand made cardboard "case" (completely designed by me) with artwork, and a (very brief) handwritten personal message from me inside...

But what exactly does "personalised" mean...?

It means, that all the 100 albums are, while basically similar and containing "related" material, DIFFERENT from each other for EACH individual person who is purchasing them...

Finally, the history lesson - this is from an oldish interview, where I spoke about the evolution of the original version of Ombra:

"Already a long while ago, Timothy Bukrin suggested that I could release some of my music at Ambione (Thank You for that, Tim!). I agreed, and decided to produce a new album for this occasion instead of using one of my older recordings.

At that time, I had already started several projects that seemed promising, but for one reason or another they all didn’t develop like expected, or at least not into a direction I felt was suitable.

Then, in the summer of 2009, my wife Cäcilia and me were invited to perform at the wedding party of two old friends, and in addition to composing some tracks for that occasion, I also produced two long tracks (about an hour each), to use them as a sonic background that could be faded in or out while I was performing with the synthesizers.

One of the tracks consisted of long spheric sounds, all playing the note F, while the other was a mix of atonal drones and noises. In both tracks the sound colours were constantly changing, sometimes smooth and slowly, sometimes dramatically.

Now, while developping my live set, it became clear at some point that I would not make use of these background tracks, and I put them on my archive harddisk.

In December 2009 then, while checking unfinished material, I gave the two tracks a re-listen, thought they were interesting and decided to try and produce some extra material (like pads, drone, chords, sequences and beats) that could be mixed against those first tracks in an ebb-and-flow fashion, to get one long, ever-evolving soundscape.

To produce those pads, chords etc. I first invented short phrases, recorded them and fed them to a sampler to toy around with them and process them further. This simple technique yielded so surprisingly good results, that in the end the “pads” evolved into pieces that were complete in themselves, and after doing three of them I realized that this could finally grow into an album that was suitable for my release on Ambione (so I gave the whole project the working title “Ambient Russia”).

In the end, the original long tracks were prominent in just two or three pieces, and in some of the transitions. I liked the resulting album very much, and sent it to some friends to get their feedback, which was positive."

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released July 20, 2014

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about

Michael Brückner Mainz, Germany

Born in Heidelberg, Germany, later settled down near Mainz.

Earns a living as a graphical designer.

Ambient and other electronica since 1992.

Accumulated an extended back catalogue (more than 90 albums by end of 2011, number still growing).

Since 2007 offers his music in the internet, via the usual platforms.

Sometimes gets reviews + airplay.

Very rarely plays live.

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