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Artist: Aqualuna
Title: Alchemical Transformation Through Vision and Sound
Format: CD + DVD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
This new release from Zoharum is a collaboration between Anna Pilewicz, a video artist, and Rafal Iwanski. As the name suggests their main symbols are water and moon and they were chosen for their connection with birth and transformation. So music is based among a sense of rest and expectation to reflect the timing of the video development.
This work starts with "Genesis. Luna" that is based around geometrical figures related to the circles fusing and separating with a dark drone as a soundscape. "Somnium. Subersio" is focused about a woman immersed in the water and the flow of the objects in a river, with an hypnotic loop as a sound track. "Substantia" is based among a sci-fi loop that acts as a soundtrack for the development of the visual themes of the previous track.
"Climax" is based upon an aerial visual themes bounded on the relation between water and gas. "Coma. Oceanus" starts with the symbol of the amoeba, one of the most basic within the environment of this release (water) and is also the most static and reflexive. "Purificatio. Aqua" closes this release with the juxtaposition of almost all the themes developed in the previous tracks.
This release, as few other release, is able to invert the usual trend where the dvd is a companion to the cd audio because this is a true audio video project to be enjoyed in his whole. The soundtrack made by X-Navi:et is completely devoted to an effect of synesthesia and is so effective to appear almost incomplete listened in the audio cd. Recommended.

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