Aural innovations

In my festival review I said that there is space music by human beings, and there is music that seems to be composed and performed by genuine aliens, with Horacz’s music being of that latter kind. What he’s doing on this CD is rather "earthbound" at the first glance, as he’s leading you to all the varied corners of man made music, including Techno, the so called "World Music", Rock, Jazz and Neo Classic before you notice that you’re already on a different planet for quite a while... On this planet there lives a species that has done a lot of research and investigation concerning our planet earth with special emphasis on our music. Interestingly enough these aliens are capable of analysing and reconstructing musical structures (including a quite virtuous mastering of human instruments such as piano, saxophone, clarinet, trombone etc.), but they don’t have any prejudices concerning musical categories which prevents them from falling into the trap of eclecticism. Attentive and experienced listeners will recognize a vast variety of styles and genres including film music by John Cale, Arab muezzines, Techno turntable specialists, Franz Liszt, "Les Voix Bulgaries", piano improvisations in the style of Keith Jarret... just to mention very few ;-)) of the the musical ingrediences. The only thing these aliens are struggling with is the human voice (so many different and imperceptible languages around). But instead of using their own alien language they invented an new human-like language they’re using for the vocal parts which makes the lyrics understandable for everybody... (in fact, you won’t understand one single word but you might feel that from now on you can understand the world a bit better). Most of you - like I did - will consider this CD a strage melange of different styles and elements during the first listen. But, believe me, from the second listen on you will recognize a well thought out accessability due to the fact that this new music refers to known structures and elements, and what appears "outragous" in the beginning turns out to be a new element of the worldwide musical "grammar" in the end. I don’t want to say that every listener will like this music. I’m writing this review for those of you who are curious about new music and consider its value regardless of liking or disliking. With Horacz Bluminth’s Marsch Obskur we’ve got a record that will perfectly fit into the CD collections of those who care about musical "importance". And this is an important record. (Frank Gingeleit)


Far out from common attitudes of listening, Horacz Bluminth is moving on his Solo-CD. Electronic sounds, a bit reminding to EMB from other times, but also to contemporary ethno- or ambient-techno sounds, mixed and underlined with multiple acoustic instruments like clarinet, saxophone, harp, flutes, violins and percussion. Once oriental like 1001 Nights, then melancholic and fragile. A challenge to the not trained listener is the singing: First confused - it could be a language from the Arab sphere, he has to recognize that the voice is only one instrument among others. Improvised phonetics as a fine contrast to "international English" phrases.

Meier, Stadtmagazin

...but instead of modulating a synthie-bassline, Horacz Bluminth is playing the jew's harp, instead of putting samples upon his oblique stroked, non-quantised beats, he adds saxophone, piano, clarinet or his bizarre, frequently oriental phrased, in a unique artificial language written singing, and by doing this, he's finally freeing himself from any techno-context.

Intro Musikjournal

A musical voyage in-between Jazz, World Music, Trance, and a mighty dash of difference, some while breathtaking! At any place, where Bluminth is concentrating on his oblique non-quantized programmings (thanks...finally!) on his emancipated compositorical skills and his instrumental proficiency, (have a look at "pulsar" and "fremd": an incomparable piece of music) "Marsch Obskur" for me becomes one of the most dazzling experimental releases of german labels ever since long times.

Puuh, what a substantial and fascinating ear-feeding. Horacz Bluminth presents an appealing peace of music on his new album "Marsch Obskur", coming along as a melange of world-, ethno-, synthie- and Arabic-like vocal-sounds. Attention: hot tip of the editorial staff!

("Cantabiley" from "Marsch Obskur" was among the top 12 of world/arab music charts at for more than a year)

taz, Berlin

Far from any peak of time comes this well mixed up melange of Jazz, Trance and World-Music. Fortunately, nobody becomes thrown out into cold water just before Goa or paradroped to dream reservates above Australia. It's more like finding oneself sometime, late afternoon on a hidden Mediterranean beach, that is not too much interested in uninvited visitors and even is not to be misunderstood as a "Chill-Out -Area"

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