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Camera Obscura (1984)

by Michael Peters

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"Not to be confused with the Belgian/French industrial group of the same name, the debut LP of Germany's Camera Obscura is one of the most enchanting electronic records of spatial music I've heard in a long time. Consisting basically of two synthesists and two guitarists, they set up a soaring soundscape of ethereal ambiance filled with intertwining waves of electronics and guitar tones. Comparison with Fripp/Eno and perhaps Vangelis aren't too far off, but Camera Obscura lacks both their intellectualism and instead creates a more organic, evolving sound that effortlessly combines softness with heavy dynamics in a breathtaking way. Great stuff, give a listen. One of the all time great German electronic albums (seriously)"
-Archie Patterson (Eurock)

"During the 1980s, Burning Shed artist Michael Peters worked with experimental German band Camera Obscura. A subtle fusion of Ambient, Krautrock and Progressive influences, this CD reissue of the band’s debut album sometimes recalls vintage Fripp/Eno, early Genesis and the delicate atmospherics of Cluster. An understated and underrated curio from a very different time."
- Burning Shed records


released August 4, 1984

- Matthias Becker (VCS3, Fairlight CMI, Korg Poly 800, Hagstrom Bass, Tape loops)
- Hans Niederberger (Fairlight CMI, Banana Synthesizer, Yamaha CP70, Hammond Organ, Roland Rhythm Composer)
- Michael Peters (Guitars, Frippertronics)
- Urs Fuchs (Ovation Acoustic Guitar, Music Man Bass, Banana Synthesizer, Xylophone)

Guest musicians:
Alice Duetsch (vocals, 1b)
Uli Riechert (drums, 1c)
Norbert Reiß (Fairlight programming)
Klaus Weber (additional mixdown equipment)

Recorded and mixed at the Originalton West studio, Cologne
Produced by Matthias Becker and Hans Niederberger
for Originalton West Music Production

Dedicated to Peter Gabriel

If you like this music, check out the first sketches of it:

WDR radio interview (German) with Winfrid Trenkler:




Michael Peters Köln, Germany

Far away from the musical mainstream, always looking for new sound worlds: polyrhythmic minimal music, ambient sound clouds, avantgarde rock, abstract and atonal experiments, algorithmic compositions, field recordings, guitar and livelooping ... WIRE magazine has reviewed some of Michael's albums in their "Outer Limits" section - that says it all, more or ... more

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