ghost in the machine
Dutch magazine IO Pages, in the person of Robert Schuller, have published a review for Ghost In The Machine in edition 140. Some quotes:
- Ghost In the Machine is a change in the right direction
- atmosphere and moods are the key ingredient now
- I like the innovativeness of Earthshine
The original Dutch version is below. Thank you Robbert.
Ghost In The Machine
Op het vierde album van Earthshine in ruim twee jaar tijd gooit men het roer stevig om. De instrumentale werken die Peter Cox onder dit pseudoniem uitbracht, werden tot nu toe maar zuinigjes ontvangen in iO Pages. Ghost In The Machine laat een omslag horen die naar mijn mening naar de goede kant uitvalt. Het album bevat slechts vier lange composities, waarin piano en synthesizers het voortouw nemen. Een nieuw instrument in het muzikale palet waarmee Cox werkt is de midi-gitaar. Veel klanken op het album zijn afkomstig van dit apparaat; heel duidelijk ligt de nadruk op sfeer. Dat lijkt de componist beter af te gaan dan de ritmische begeleiding.
Ik vond dat laatste op eerdere cd’s het zwakke punt van het Earthshine project.
Cox houdt gelukkig de inzet van de drummachine op Ghost In The Machine binnen de perken. De keren dat de computergestuurde
bas en drums uit het hok mogen, ontsieren meestal niet al vliegt hij halverwege het afsluitende Steam Up That Engine net even uit de bocht qua programmering in combinatie met houterig solospel. Toch bevalt de vernieuwingsdrang van Earthshine me wel. Wordt ongetwijfeld vervolgd.
As Steve Sheppard from One World Music wrote: “you really have to listen to the opening piece on the album called HAUNTED is the House. In my view this first offering, is the single best piece of work Earthshine have created thus so far, it morphs from Jarre to David Wright and then towards the end, with the slight but very relevant percussion, shifts towards fellow Dutch EM performer Frank Pells in performance. The balance of the composition and the arrangement is simply perfect and creates a superb sense of ambience that one could literally feel like one was about to enter a realm, an old haunted mansion of great mystery and fear. The level of apprehension at both the start and the end of this track leaves you musically full filed, but with a sense of suspense always hovering with intent somewhere around!”
If you want to hear in, here the video for the track:
Steve Sheppard from One World Music Radio has written a totally mindblowing review of my coming album Ghost In The Machine. Here are some quotes for you:
- Ghost in the Machine is the latest release from Earthshine and with each collection of songs, Peter Cox; the ever so talented Dutch multiinstrumentalist, just gets better and better.
- In my view this first offering, is the single best piece of work Earthshine have created thus so far, it morphs from Jarre to David Wright and then towards the end, with the slight but very relevant percussion, shifts towards fellow Dutch EM performer Frank Pells in performance. The balance of the composition and the arrangement is simply perfect and creates a superb sense of ambience that one could literally feel like one was about to enter a realm, an old haunted mansion of great mystery and fear.
- This album is a four piece collection of long form compositions, the keyboards feature in a delightful and very artistic way on the second song called Reverse IN going forward. Cox has manifested a really clever piece here with the use of the keyboard strings to create an aged sound throughout the composition and a somewhat careful piano performing the role of narrator in the early stages.
- The start of this track is sublime; most electronic fans on listening to it will be in rapture. This reminds me of some of the deeper and darker tracks of both Kevin Kendle and Geigertek, both masters of this genre. Cox has built something quite brilliant here, and one can almost see the Ghost in the Machine!
Read the full review on the OMWR website (link above) or click here: omwr-ghost-in-the-machine
The recent Borderlands show on One World Music Radio, played the track Reverse In Going Forward in it’s full 9:42 glory. Presenter Steve called it a kind of progressive new age track 🙂 and also mentions Ghost In THe Machine being the best album so far. Thank you Steve!
You can listen to the podcast below, and it features many of genre greats. I am very honoured to be included in this wonderful show with beautiful music!
- HAUNTED is the house (11:58)
- reverse IN going forward (9:42)
- philosophy of THE mind (9:31)
- steam up that ENGINE (13:33)
Which gives it a total playing time of 44:44 🙂
Hot on the heels of its predecessor comes this 4th Earthshine album. And one that is pushing boundaries like never before. But trying new things is important, even if you do not know beforehand where the music will take you. So sit back, close your eyes and enjoy the journey.
Part of this album was recorded with the ROR guitars Expressiv midi guitar.
To celebrate this coming release, I sponsored playlist 56 on One World Music. Here it is (also contains some parts of this album)
Yes, quite unbelievable perhaps, but another new album is already in progress. The title is going to be Ghost In The Machine, and the very first sample of what you can expect can be seen and heard here: