Ralf Knappe-Heinbockel and Thoisten Reinhardt are the two members of Hemisphere. On their album Now, the duo continues the pursuit of perfect balance between the emotional evocation bared by musical tonality and the abstract expressionism afforded by adventurous synth programming. The album does contain its share of sequence patterns, symphonic pads, electronic percussion, synth melodies, voice samples and guitar leads; but presented in cunning contexture with unsettling electronic timbres desgined to relate or induce dark dreams. The album's sonic scenery disolves rather than evolves between themes. The scope of Hemisphere's sound design is vast and mysteriously gratifying as it continues on in the subconscious. Now crosses an evershifting line that separates conventional spacemusic from the dark ambient.
- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END 18 July 2001
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