Servant Of The Secret Fire (Drones, Atmospheres and Dreamscapes Vol. 1)

by Michael Brückner

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Aiwé 13:30

about

DRONES, ATMOSPHERES & DREAMSCAPES
is a new series of releases - featuring exactly what it says!

SERVANT OF THE SECRET FIRE is - quite obviously - inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien. However it's not an actual adaption of any particular book, story or character by him. Instead, it's a musical contemplation about the worlds he created, about the philosophical and spiritual ideas behind most of his work and also about his life.

Tolkien and the cosmos he has created has been one of my major inspirations in many ways ever since I read "Lord of the Rings" for the first time (in 1990, I think...) and I kept returning to his work in circles again and again - and actually just recently, during the past few months and still now as I type these lines.
During the same time, most of the music on this release has been conceived and recorded, and the thoughts and moods I was in after reading something by, or about, Tolkien and discussing it with others were mirrored in - or at least influenced - the resulting pieces.

It wasn't so much the heroic elements - the events, the storyline, the action! - on which lay the focus, but more the cosmology behind it all, the evolution of Tolkien's universe, the passing eons, the inherent forces. Which of course lends itself nicely to the kind of music featured here...

Michael Brückner, April 2020

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released April 26, 2020

All music conceived, performed and recorded by Michael Brückner, 2018 - 2020 (but mostly in 2020)

Mixed & Mastered by Michael Brückner

Cover art & album design by Michael Brückner

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I dedicate this album to the memory of a good friend, listener and generous supporter who passed away in 2018 - John Kelly!

The closing track on this album had originally been recorded as a private gift for him, but he couldn't stay with us long enough to receive it.

"Aiwé" is a Quenya word (from the language Tolkien invented), meaning "little bird". When I met John for the first time on the internet, he was using the online name "Sparrow"...

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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.

More is to come...
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