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File under: MinimalismAmbient


Call Of The Unknown - Selected Pieces 1972-1986 (2CD)

Label: Kuckuck

Format: 2CD

Genre: Electronic

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*2022 stock. In process of stocking* By the mid 1970's Deuter was fully formed as a composer, having jettisoned the rougher edges and rather derivative prog and Krautrock elements of his first few albums. The albums listed above date mostly from his heyday spanning 1976 to the late 1980's and appear on Celestial Harmonies sub-label Kuckuck. During this period he spent much of his time in Poona, India as a student of controversial guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. The inspiration flowed and some truly great music was born.

All these albums reflect his deep interest in traditional and ethnic music, yet he seamlessly absorbs his influences into an enchanting, distinctive modern sound easily accessible to Western ears. His use of Eastern elements, especially, is refreshingly free of cliches. His favourite instruments are recorder/flute, acoustic guitar, synthesisers and bells. His range stretches from bright, vigorous and highly melodic dances to spacious reflections based on beautiful, seductive drones from organ and synth. Call Of The Unknown: 1972-1986 (1986) is a fairly representative collection spanning most of his recording career up to that point. Ecstasy (1979) would serve as a good place to start for newcomers who like folksy guitar melodies and intoxicating keyboard drones. The double album Silence Is The Answer (1982) demonstrates his entire range, while the sublime San (1985) is the best example of his gift for transforming electronics into sounds that are organic, warm and alive. The quasi folk-pop of Land Of Enchantment (1988) marks the end of Deuter's most creatively fertile period.

After the 80's he left the Celestial Harmonies fold and signed with German label New Earth. This label ramped up the "healing and massage" marketing pitch and - not too surprisingly - complacency soon overtook Deuter's music. Most of his albums from the 1990's and 2000's are generally far less inspired than his previous work. Function eclipses content, overt spirituality eclipses substance, and the music's intrinsic quality is left wanting. It's well played and superficially pretty but essentially bland; earwash for an undiscriminating audience.

File under: MinimalismAmbient
Cat. number: 12076-2, 11076-2 (Disc 1), 11077-2 (Disc 2)

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