Woob ‎– Woob 1194

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On Earth 32:13
Odonna 13:15
Amoeba 1:45
Wuub 9:29
Strange Air 10:32
Emperor 4:28

Versions (4)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
1194 Woob Woob 1194(CD, Album) em:t 1194 UK 1994 Sell This Version
ex-294-2, ex.294.2 Woob Woob 1194(CD, Album) Instinct Records, Instinct Records ex-294-2, ex.294.2 US 1994 Sell This Version
ex.294.2, ex-294-2, ex294 Woob Woob 1194(CD, Album) Instinct Records, Instinct Records, Instinct Records ex.294.2, ex-294-2, ex294 US 1994 Sell This Version
BAS003 Woob Woob 1194(File, FLAC) Bigamoebasounds BAS003 UK 2009

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Moanerman

Moanerman

February 5, 2008
referencing Woob 1194, CD, Album, 1194

This must be the most overrated ambient album that I know, although it's not even ambient, it's downtempo.

OK, it's well produced and it's definitely a good chill out album for the background while doing something else. But this is certainly NOT an album that takes you on a 'huge trip to an unknown universe' or whatever. I just don't understand all the fuzz and myth about this album, and the whole label as well. I got this CD for free, and concerning the silly prices nowadays, I'm glad I didn't spend a penny on it.

This is just average downtempo that reminds me of Roedelius from time to time. There's much better downtempo out there (check the whole Apollo catalogue for example) and way much cheaper.

And believe me, this album doesn't have to grow on me as I have it since it's release, it just doesn't do anything magic in my head.

Ortofon_S_On_Acid

Ortofon_S_On_Acid

February 3, 2008
referencing Woob 1194, CD, Album, 1194

It is hard, if not impossible, to decide whether this or Gas0095 is my favorite em:t release.
While Gas0095 has more beat-driven technoid power, Woob1194 makes better use of the em:t-typicall 3D sound imaging system: Woob1194 truly is spatially expanded music!
It is a very original work which immediately draws the listener's attention to it and then carries the listener away into an unforgettable odyssee through its mellow and sinister beauty, its majestetic moments of silence, its deep beats and powerfull basslines, bird sounds and weird horror movie samples. A landmark in the history of ambient music.
This CD is listed in the music library on the Erowid-Web site as an album for those with interests in spirituality, philosophy, entheogens and drugs. And it is somewhat addictive.
Truly unique. Any Connaisseur of electronic music should at least know it, while buying it has become a quite costly matter these days.
wolfstirn

wolfstirn

October 1, 2006
edited over 9 years ago
referencing Woob 1194, CD, Album, 1194
Paul Frankland alias Woob is a music genius. Especially the opener "on earth" takes the listener on an unforgettable journey. The music has a very cinematographic feel, partly due to the use of exquisite samples (taken from the movie "Ashik Kerib", from "Quantum Leap" and from Star Trek's "The Mark Of Gideon"). Every time I listen to this album, I feel like transported again to some unknown realms and it never gets boring, even after years of listening. This release is my favourite among the em:t series and like all other em:t recordings, it has been processed through the Roland Sound Space 3-D system that gives the music more depth and colour. This is by far the most intrigating, thrilling, fascinating and inspiring ambient work I know.
Millwood

Millwood

July 22, 2006
edited over 9 years ago
referencing Woob 1194, CD, Album, ex-294-2, ex.294.2
On first impressions, it's difficult to pinpoint what separates Woob from its peers. It's certainly not devoid of cliché, that's for sure. The first track opens to the most stock 'world music' sounds you could possibly imagine. Tabla, random chanting from some obscure Eastern tribe.. One could be forgiven for thinking they were listening to a Deep Forest album. This doesn't carry on for very long though, and before you know it the first track, On Earth has found itself a hypnotic groove, a criminally fat baseline, and some stunning synthetic textures which slowly weave about and transform over the ensuing twenty or so minutes. It's by far the longest piece on the album.. And it evolves so gradually that it's almost impossible to isolate any single progression, but by the time it draws to a close, you've practically forgotten where you started. On this piece, comparisons could easily be made to the principles employed by Australian band The Necks, whereby the destination tends to take a back seat to the journey itself.

I think one of the things that make this such an enduring album is that Frankland covers a broad range of themes and moods, yet manages to maintain consistency in tone; a strong sense of isolation and solitude. Amoeba sounds like a treated excerpt from an Ennio Morricone score, almost suggestive of a solemn vigil by a campfire, somewhere out on the prairie. This in turn leads into Wuub, a deeply introspective, down tempo, dubby piece, which conjures up images of an arctic cavern; its passages slowly unwinding before you. I realize this is probably all sounding like a bit of a stretch, but to the contrary, I think it's a real testament to Franklin's vision. The music is constantly changing and evolving, always moody and cinematic, but never pointed. In short, it suggests ideas and environments, but leaves the rest up to you.

Moreover, I get the impression that he was conscious of not falling into the clichés which often plague albums of an ambient nature. It's quite a challenge to successfully pull the listener out of their comfort zone into other, darker realms without betraying the overall vision of the record. The second last track, Strange Air, succeeds admirably. It's quite linear in its structure, and operates around a drone effect, which gradually gets darker as the piece progresses. A passage of dialogue from a horror film emerges at around the half-way mark, culminating in some tasty chopping sounds and a girl screaming. Yes indeed, probably the lamest moment on the album. It's interesting though.. I've found if I'm listening attentively to this piece, the passage has no effect on me at all. But if I'm a tad zoned out, it really gives me quite a shock.. And I think that's exactly how Franklin wants it. Listen closely, but not too closely.

Woob truly is a hauntingly cinematic, moving, exploratory hour of electronica. There are a couple of points where you feel the inspiration may have been lacking, but for an album in a genre which has been explored to saturation point, these moments are surprisingly few and far between.. And as other albums of it's vintage and ilk begin to age as a result of their ideas or technological watermarks, there is a timeless warmth and organic nature to Franklin's work which has seldom been reproduced, and never matched.
Ultravod

Ultravod

August 18, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Woob 1194, CD, Album, ex-294-2, ex.294.2
One of the most soul-stirringly beautiful albums I've ever heard. I highly recommend listening to it with a really _good_ pair of headphones. The half hour plus opening track is a challenge even for deadicated ambient-heads, but anyone who sits through the entirety of it whill be justly rewarded. Wuub and Odonna are similarly moving, but in a shorter time frame. It was the end of "Odonna" that inspired me to comment on this release. The pulsing deep bass and skittering scrapes of Emperor is sensual and visceral at the same time. Strange Air starts out quite well, but is unfortunately marred by extended film samples. It is still an excellent ambient tracks, but it'd be much better off without any spoken bits. Amoeba short and cute, but little more than a novelty song. In spite of these two lesser moments, _Woob_ is a landmark in the word of ambient music, and possibly the finest em:t recording.
swk24

swk24

January 11, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Woob 1194, CD, Album, 1194
Believe the hype. This album is over ten years old, and it still puts modern-day "chill-out" music to shame. Back in the day, I was a young teenager listening to New Age and World Music, and I feel like there's bits and pieces of everything I've heard from then until now on this one CD. From the moment the first track opens with a deft tabla line, Woob weaves a dense soundscape with far Eastern samples, muffled snippets of dialogue, and expertly crafted peaks and valleys of music. Pitched somewhere between New Age, early minimalism, and back-room rave, this is one of the most engrossing, most adept fusions I've ever heard. A worthwhile find at any cost!
Locka

Locka

March 1, 2003
referencing Woob 1194, CD, Album, ex-294-2, ex.294.2

First heard this ambient album on a pirate 'ambient' radio station in 1994 (here in south london). It is an epic and beautiful work which still captures ones emotions and imagination.
bluebottle

bluebottle

July 26, 2002
referencing Woob 1194, CD, Album, 1194

This album has more atmosphere than Jupiter. Very chilled but with the slightest touch of menace. Phenomenal 3d sound imaging will have you pinching the air trying to pluck out the individual sounds. Might be a little too much along the lines of 'World musie' for some tastes but I love it.