The Giant Illusion (A Compilation)

by Michael Brückner

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Eric Ghost I've been enjoying this album as my introduction to Michael's work for a few months now. It hints back to some of my earliest forays into electronic music (Tomita, Jarre, Kitaro) and yet it goes well beyond into more contemporary sounds and those that seem to be of a style that is uniquely Michael's. Elegantly mixed, it makes for a smooth and relaxing escape into a sea of tranquility. Favorite track: Valkoire.
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This album, which I designed as an introduction to my work especially for the Free Music Archive, basically is a compilation of older tracks - most of them ambient, and most of them released before on different albums between 2004 and 2015, except for two previously unreleased titles, which I however had used as giveaways and bonus items for listeners on several occasions (so some of my listeners might be familiar with them already).
Perhaps these two tracks will be a part of some "proper" album in the future.

This compilation is mixed in an uninterrupted flow, which means that starts and ends of some tracks are slightly different than on the original albums. Also, two or three tracks were slightly remastered.

Here are more details about the individual tracks:

CD 1

1. Small Steps Towards The Light (Alrah'ir)

Previously unreleased "suite", recorded ca. 2007 as a "giveaway" for members of the Brückner group on LastFM (which went offline when this platform was relaunched a few years ago).
Originally the title was only "Alrah'ir" (a fantasy word without meaning), but on this occasion, I felt it needed a different title.

2. Les Oiseaux De Valheyda

From my album "Le Jardin Oubliée" (2013, Ancient Language Records)

3. The Goddess Of The Amber Trees

From my album "Thirteen Rites of Passage" (2014, SynGate Records)

4. Tala Magna

From my album "Five Small Nails" (2004, self-distributed)

5. Valkoire

From my album "Oddwind" (2009, self-distributed)

6. This Fading Memory - Part 1

From my album "100 Million Miles Under The Stars - The Supplementary Volume" (2012, self-distributed)

7. Salam'ander

From my album "Salaméander" (2004, self-distributed)

8. Return Inside (Endless Mind Portal - Outtake A)

Previously unreleased; a different mix of sounds originally used for my album "Endless Mind Portal" (2011)

9. Island

From my album "Five Small Nails" (2004, self-distributed)

10. Flüchtig

From my album "Scattered All Over - Contributions, Collaborations and other rare tracks" (2015, self-distributed).
It is also part of the V/A compilation "Jetzt und Hier - ein Album für Flüchtlinge Vol. 2", curated by Martin Neuhold.

CD 2 (Bonus)

1. Rübezaal

Previously unreleased, recorded and produced in September 2016

Oh, and: approaching footsteps!
(You'll understand that once You hear...) ;-)



released August 4, 2016

All music conceived, performed and recorded by Michael Brückner between 2004 and 2015.

Cover artwork and design by Michael Brückner (based on different public domain photos).




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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