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Music post #2 – Listen, The Snow Is Falling review

Relaxing, interesting, peaceful 12″ vinyl record from Germany

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Klimek is Sebastian Meissner, who released this lovely music in the year 2005.  He has been fairly prolific in the electro-ambient world, releasing works for Mille Plateaux and Kompakt, two giants of the Teutonic scene which have probably suffered quite a lot since the near-demise of sales of physical copies of music – everyone downloads now or listens through streaming services such as Deezer and Spotify, so like all of the music industry, they have suffered.  But you didn’t need me to tell you that.

The two tracks on the first side of the record are similarly titled, going by the names of “Snowfall (33°53 N / 35°31 E)” and “Snowfall (42°54 N / 74°46 E)” respectively.  The mood is not by any means dark, and the music flows along nicely making this good music to fall asleep to:

The second side starts off in a similar way, and is a little bit disappointing in terms of overall quality, after the excellent first half.  The second side appears to be based on classical recordings, manipulated into electro-pieces.  The harp features on “Danses Profanes (10°30 N / 66°55 E)”.  I do enjoy this sort of modern take on classical works, which can be a little dull – a bit of digital processing can prevent boredom and add beauty.

The EP ends with “Gymnopedie No. 1”, which provides a change of mood, going from melancholy and peaceful to forcefully happy.  It is, of course, a famous classical piece, and if you can combat the ennui due to it’s popularity, you might find some joy here:

UPDATE: YOUTUBE VIDEO REMOVED…FOR THE TIME BEING, PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO GYMNOPEDIE #1. SORRY ‘BOUT THAT.

http://grooveshark.com/s/Gymnopedie+number+1/4Pb79T?src=5

You can visit Meissner’s website, Random Industries, at sebastianmeissner.me, if you like.

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21 Comments

  • Two beautiful songs, here, and great insight. I’m happy to have stumbled across your blog!

  • If it sounds that good on YouTube, I can only imagine how good it sounds on vinyl. It is music to fall asleep to, but in a good way! It’s so calming and almost surreal when using great headphones.

  • This is great sleep or study music. Music that relaxes you and does distract from the task at hand. It sounded well put together, and it is something i’d toss on if I was in need of something to think/write to.

    • Completely agree. You mean “doesn’t distract”, not “does distract”, don’t you? But yeah, the music’s relaxing and can make someone thoughtful. Not distracting but at the same time, it’s very melodious.

  • Relaxing music, though it is something very different than what I’m used to. Perhaps that’s not a bad thing – after all, expanding our musical knowledge only helps to make us more aware of our surroundings.

  • I instantly recognized the second video that you posted as a classical piece that I already have somewhere in my collection. I forget the artist that song belongs to originally, but does it matter? I love the timbre of the harp-like instrument that Meissner uses. I wasn’t a fan of the amount of reverb that he used on the instrument, but it didn’t ruin the listening experience for me.

    I may very well do some meditation to this later on. Beautiful music. Simply beautiful 😀

    • The Most Ordinary Man Ever

      December 19, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      I found out that the original composition Gymnopedie no. 1 was by Eric Satie, so maybe that will help you find it in your collection! Have a good winter break.

  • Some very pretty and calming music there. I’d be happy to hear more like that. I’m more of a classic rock fan generally speaking, but other styles and forms definitely have their place.

  • Great songs, especially the second one would be great to have on during a massage

  • This is some really peaceful and calming music. I love listening to calming music before I am about to sleep, it’s the number one thing that helps put me to bed!

  • The song from the 2nd video is oddly familiar. By any chance, does it come from the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind? I just love the way the harps blends beautifully with the background music. Strangely enough, I still prefer the original version (with the piano). Although the harp sounds amazing in this video, I would argue that the piano has more flow (is this the right word?). Just my thoughts.

    • The Most Ordinary Man Ever

      December 19, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      I haven’t seen Eternal Sunshine so I can’t answer that question. As with all classical music, each performer does a unique version of the song; it’s down to personal taste whose version you prefer. Have a good xmas!

  • For the first song, it was nice to hear the sound of a man’s laugh. I don’t know where I get this impression from, but I feel like most of the time you hear either a woman’s voice or a woman’s laugh in music, not usually a man’s. I’m more intrigued by the story of this song with the knock on the door and the laughter than I am impressed by its beauty. I guess I’m not cultured enough to appreciate it too much .__.

    • The Most Ordinary Man Ever

      December 19, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      “Cultured” is a word used by pretentious boring people. Culture is whatever you want it to be, whether it’s Linkin Park, Will Ferrell or Shakespeare. Ambient music is great for when you need to relax but not so great in most situations!

  • Far removed from what I am accustomed to. For something is a bit repetitive it had my attention from start to finish, guess its the unconventionality of the song that had sparked and maintained my interest. Interesting choice of music indeed.

  • I can’t see the video 🙁 It says that it has been deleted or something

  • third party copy right infringement? 🙁

  • maryannballeras

    October 4, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Unlike most people, I still enjoy purchasing physical copies of a record, because you’ll feel all the hardwork and effort that the musician has put into it. I know that it’s more expensive than just downloading from the net, but for such a beautiful music like this, it’s all worth it. I hope that they’re still producing physical albums.

  • I think that one of the beautiful things about art is that it can always change and evolve. This is a classic piece that most people can recognize, yet it has been altered enough to become an entirely different animal. Even though some of the alterations are small, like adding reverb, can make a difference. It made it more haunting and beautiful. This is a wonderful piece and thank you for the post!

  • I really liked those tracks, but then again I generally enjoy Kompakt’s offerings, particularly Superpitcher and Michael Mayer. It’s nice to hear something off the beaten track too. Keep the tunes coming!

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