Gas ‎– Nah Und Fern

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Gas 68:32
Untitled 6:28
Untitled 14:08
Untitled 8:21
Untitled 11:50
Untitled 13:57
Untitled 13:51
Zauberberg 68:57
Untitled 7:46
Untitled 14:10
Untitled 12:47
Untitled 6:00
Untitled 8:01
Untitled 11:05
Untitled 9:12
Königsforst 64:57
Untitled 9:49
Untitled 13:56
Untitled 9:01
Untitled 6:32
Untitled 15:19
Untitled 10:20
Pop 66:11
Untitled 5:30
Untitled 8:36
Untitled 7:26
Untitled 9:28
Untitled 10:51
Untitled 9:18
Untitled 15:02

Versions (3)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
KOMPAKT CD66 Gas Nah Und Fern(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album,) Kompakt KOMPAKT CD66 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
KOM 175 Gas Nah Und Fern(2xLP, Comp, Ltd) Kompakt KOM 175 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
KOMPAKT CD66 Gas Nah Und Fern(4xCD, Album, Comp, Promo, RM) Kompakt KOMPAKT CD66 Germany 2008 Sell This Version

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bedrocking

bedrocking

April 18, 2015
referencing Nah Und Fern, CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album,, KOMPAKT CD66

Seeing him play (if you can call it that) this at the Barbican with audiovisuals was one of the most intense musical experiences I've ever had while sat down and totally sober. I've never really been able to give it the time at home, but an absolutely exceptional piece of work.
forestofwonder

forestofwonder

March 17, 2015
referencing Nah Und Fern, CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album,, KOMPAKT CD66

My favorite bedtime album, the perfect soundtrack for dreams and probably one of my most listened to compilations in my entire collection. This is an experience beyond compare, I imagine this sound would be the perfect soundtrack to floating in a zero gravity tank.
Cardia1

Cardia1

May 17, 2013
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Nah Und Fern, 4xCD, Album, Comp, Promo, RM, KOMPAKT CD66

This is a fine collection of the 4 Gas albums, "Zauberberg" is my favourite album, its the most dark and creepy compared with the other 3 discs. I love the hynotic effect that these four albums has on me when being played, its sounds works as drugs, the soft and muffled beats, the constant sound that evokes rain and along with the dantesc melodies are a perfect combination to massage your hears and your mind. This collection is a big journey into the Dark world expressed by Wolfgang Voigt, a world with constant nocturne atmospheres, shadowy creatures, gloomy castles and a constant fall of heavy rain with strong wind.
This 4 albums collection is simply Amazing!!!
lixenixen

lixenixen

March 30, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Nah Und Fern, CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album,, KOMPAKT CD66

To comment on the review below: the main difference between Nah und Fern and the original Gas CDs on Mille Plateaux are with "Gas" and "Königsforst". As pointed out by Plaidzebra, the tracklist on "Gas" is different: tracks 1 and 3 on the original album have been replaced by completely different tracks on the Nah und Fern. On the original album, track 1 is essentially a slower, beatless variation of track 2, so I can see why Voigt might've thought it was superfluous. The original track 1 does have its charm, though – it sounds like stepping into a steam bath, a fitting opener for an album galled “Gas”.

Even sadder is the loss of the original track 3 of "Gas", as it has a cool, cosmic vibe that's a bit different from the rest of the album. It also has a crisper, housier sound than anything else on this album, or the following three Gas albums. As such, it’s closer to the Gas tracks that preceded the first album, and this is perhaps the reason Voigt chose to replace it. The new track 3 on Nah und Fern is more in sync with everything else, but sadly it's not as good as the original track 3.

The other major change is between track 5 of the two versions of "Königsforst". It's the same track, but on Nah und Fern it has been compressed or something, which makes the strings sound louder, but which also causes it lose a lot of its depth. This change is inexplicable, as the uncompressed version on the original "Königsforst" clearly sounds better. The remastering ends up damaging the solemn, deeply spiritual groove of what is possibly the best Gas track of them all.

Aside from the changes outlined above, the differences between Nah und Fern and the original CDs are not significant: track 6 of "Zauberberg" is 3.5 minutes longer on Nah und Fern, and some other tunes have also been extended to a lesser degree, but they sound pretty much the same on both versions. Nah und Fern is still a great buy, especially considering its low price, but sadly the changes to "Gas" and "Königsforst" mean you still have to dig up the original records to experience these albums to their fullest.
plaidzebra

plaidzebra

January 12, 2012
referencing Nah Und Fern, CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album,, KOMPAKT CD66

I haven't seen anyone yet comment on the fact that the version of the self-titled album included in this box set is significantly different from the original cd release on Mille Plateaux. While the original 3LP release basically features longer versions of the cd album tracks, this new cd version contains completely different mixes and edits. To start, compare the track lengths of each cd version.

There are also a few minor differences between the other original albums and the versions presented here. Aside from the remastered sound, a couple of tracks are longer than the originals. I think the mixes on the three albums that followed the debut are unchanged in the box set versions.

The bottom line is that you're still going to have to seek out the original, amazing Mille Plateaux release to hear the whole Gas story (not to mention the other odds and ends of EPs, compilation tracks etc). It's essential listening.
Mark_Anthony

Mark_Anthony

July 22, 2011
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Nah Und Fern, 2xLP, Comp, Ltd, KOM 175

This release is my favorite cover art of all time. A never-ending forest of haunted sounds and thunderous bass that is remote and sinister. No other producer that I've ever heard sounds like this. As I sit here and try to encompass the sounds, and the cover art, in my own words, I feel like I just can't say what I want to because this whole package is just so awe inspiring. Click the images to view the outer sleeve and inner sleeve covers. Look as far into those drawings as you can. Notice how you feel absorbed and intrigued. You want to go there but its not a real place, so its up to the music to take you there. Then take that sense of wanting and curiosity multiplied times 10 and you'll understand what the record feels like. All 4 tracks are stunners. I usually just pick one out its sleeve at random and press play with it pitched down a couple notches. Epic beyond words. I wouldnt sell this if my house was foreclosed and my neighbor's children were starving. From my cold dead hands they will pry it.
scories

scories

November 18, 2010
referencing Nah Und Fern, 2xLP, Comp, Ltd, KOM 175
I also have the 4 cd's box set but I happen to listen more to this 2x vynil compilation. For those who like a lot the Gas sound without being able to stand a 4/4 beat for more than 16 minutes, this is the best choice for a gloomy rainy morning.
Tennant

Tennant

January 7, 2010
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Nah Und Fern, CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album,, KOMPAKT CD66
Gas. A short word, which appears to mean very little but beautifully describes the music. It's Wolfgang Voigt's best project amongst his many 100s.

It was an excellent idea to release Nah Und Fern (Near and Far) since Gas's original artist albums are a little rare. The packaging is very nice - minimalism which suits the music and close up photos of tree branches from a darkened forest. There is no text inside the box except from album names, and of course the tracks are untitled. This is appropriate, since as with 76:14, without names you cannot have preconceptions about the music.

The title album (Gas - Gas) begins with a beautiful piece of ambience which is one of my favourite across the box. It's followed by Gas II, a longer work, with a muffled drum which pervades the entire piece. The criticism of this album is that pieces aren't coherent and lack a unifying theme like later work.

Zauberberg (Magic Mountain) is probably the darkest album of the lot. The tracks are very dubby and obscure, and Zauberberg really grows over repeat listens. I won't waste any time here as I have done a separate review of Zauberberg.

Konigsforst (literally King's Forest; this album was inspired by Voigt's hallucinogenic experiences there) utilizes the hypnotic and endless kick more than the other works and sounds as if it has more actual instruments used in it, such as the reversed guitar in Konigsforst IV. It's also dark throughout, like Zauberberg, and again has that epic feel, particularly in the martial track Konigsforst V.

Voigt says there are pop samples somewhere in his final and most popular work, Pop. All I can hear are lyrics brushing the surface, albeit barely on Pop IV!) The first two tracks are just lush, totally beautiful and addictive - they sound like heaven on Earth it's that at all possible with music. Pop V is another totally ambient piece; really withdrawn and sad. It's the cinematic Pop VI and VII that end Gas' legacy in style; they sound like vast battlegrounds.

The Gas sound: swirling chords, an extremely deep feel, a relentless trance-inducing hydraulic drum. To me it sounds like being underwater, like floating in space, or even like hearing a rave from far away, a rave which you long to be part of. It evokes the deepest emotions.

This is hypnotic, wonderful, awe-inspiring, anesthetic, lenitive, mesmeric, narcotic, opiate, sleepy, somniferous music.

At a bargain price, this box set definitely worth getting if you like anything near to ambient or deep music. It could just change your life; for instance menial tasks become much easier when you're not registering time...