of recordings dating from 1993 to 1996, Emotional Engramm is the final
work from the groundbreaking German electronic-experimental transcendentalists
-- Maeror Tri. The CD has been released by Iris Light, and with its
seven extended and deeply evocative pieces, it is a worthy farewell
Tri -- 2/3 of which will continue to create music as Troum.
1. Landscape Of Visionary Thoughts
The music on Emotional Engramm is developmental rather than structured;
it is not moved forward by the propulsion of rhythm or beat, neither
is its flow accreditable to melody, although threads of harmony and
melodics do play an important part in Maeror Tri's musical needlework.
Above all, the experience of listening to the pieces on this CD is
akin to looking into a kaleidoscope, and slowly twisting it to make
the little shards of colored glass assume new and always intricate
Of Visionary Thoughts," for example, opens with rumblings so
deep and subdued that they seem like a aural fata morgana.
Slowly, twinkling electronics fade in, and establish a mood as of
a synthetic orchestra tuning their instruments for a suite. The sounds
gradually bleed into each other, and evolve into vibrating and echoing
tones that emit a chromatic brilliance; as these sounds grow stronger
they take on the quality of something enormous passing by, and disappearing
out towards the stars. The piece then drifts into a saturated
cloud of atmospherics, out of which rises a fragile, yet strangely
familiar rudiment of a melody. It hovers above the thundering and
turning engines that fire up far below, levitating on the powerful
updrafts of sound. And -- miraculously -- as everything else fades
at the end like some bad memory, this increasingly faint progression
of notes linger momentarily, before it too evaporates into the space
A vast construction
of sustained tones meet the listener at the outset of "Nebulos."
The incomprehensible murmur of voices duck in and out of this deafening
structure, while a distant hiss ever so slowly comes into focus, and
reveals itself as the hypnotic sound of rain. At first the soothing
impact of each raindrop is audible against the fabric of cosmic drones
that remain present in the background; later the rainfall intensifies,
and then finally subsides altogether, leaving "Nebulos"
to end, the way it began, with otherworldly, almost solid, objects
of ringing sound.
The sound of
water is also used on "Undisonus," although here it has
been manipulated into the heavy breaths of some enormous organic entity.
Clacking beats and soaring atmospheres are almost drowned out by the
wash of aquatic interference. Maeror Tri does not stay at the edge
of the ocean for the duration of this piece however. Soon, the listener
is gently carried away, and, throughout the remainder of the piece,
held aloft on sheets of sustained, shimmering harmonics.
The other four
selections are equally evocative and visual, but it serves little
purpose to wring apart the language of words to describe these musical
compositions, which in all truth elude any attempt at capturing their
essence through verbal acrobatics.
While listening to Emotional Engramm I was overwhelmed by memories
and images from when I was a boy. Even more strikingly perhaps, certain
thematic sequences on the CD gave me deja vu of melodies
that I composed in the silence of my thoughts many years ago, and
only hummed or whistled when I found myself absolutely alone. I have
no way of being sure that Maeror Tri's music has actually given me
back these most private memories and compositions of mine, or whether
the triggering of such sensations in the listener is an intrinsic
quality of their music. All I do know is that I like to listen to
this CD more than just about anything else, and I cannot recommend
it highly enough.
by Michael C. Lund