Monolake ‎– Cinemascope

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Atmo 0:20
Bicom 9:34
Cubicle 6:53
Ping 5:38
Ionized 11:18
Remoteable 5:40
Television Tower 6:08
Cut 4:55
Alpenrausch 7:15
Indigo 8:37

Versions (5)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ML009 Monolake Cinemascope(CD, Album) Monolake / Imbalance Computer Music ML009 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
ML009 Monolake Cinemascope(CD, Album, RE) Monolake / Imbalance Computer Music ML009 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
ML 009 Monolake Cinemascope(10xFile, ALAC, Album, RE) Monolake / Imbalance Computer Music ML 009 UK 2017
ml009 Monolake Cinemascope(10xFile, FLAC, Album, RE) Monolake / Imbalance Computer Music ml009 Europe Unknown
ml009 Monolake Cinemascope(10xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Monolake / Imbalance Computer Music ml009 Germany Unknown

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zaub9rer

zaub9rer

June 14, 2021
referencing Cinemascope, CD, Album, ML009
please release "Indigo" on any vinyl format. thanks for this nice album.
omission

omission

December 29, 2020
referencing Cinemascope, CD, Album, ML009

Monolake had already realized their vision for rainy urban techno with Gravity, but the second of their 2001 dyad is a necessary expansion on this sound. Monolake has crafted meticulously music that straddles laid-back IDM and a dense exploration of synthetic textures. Music that seems to imitate rustling glass objects or dripping ice is blended seamlessly with subtle motifs and harmonies, and the result is the opposite of what people consider "cold and impersonal" electronica. (footnote: Techno doesn't have to be melodic, but it's really great when it is. That's a good amount of the material here.) My personal favorites are "Cut" and "Indigo", the latter of which basically summarizes everything I like about this record. It's magical and deserves all the praise it gets.
Out-sider

Out-sider

January 30, 2020
referencing Cinemascope, 10xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, ml009
This needs a vinyl release!! PLEASE! It's been nearly 20 years!
garyam

garyam

April 6, 2019
referencing Cinemascope, 10xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, ml009
Interesting about hafler30's review -- for me, this Monolake album is one I keep coming back to over and over for years, it's one of the best working focus music I have (use it for programming), driving forward yet minimal and celebrally activating with very rich textures and spectrum. I'm switching to Tidal from Spotify for better quality and I'm bummed Tidal doesn't have this one of Monolake. I found this page while searching for FLAC versions of Cinemascope to buy somewhere.
hafler3o

hafler3o

May 18, 2017
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Cinemascope, 10xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, ml009

Techno 50%, Minimal 20%, IDM 20%, the missing 10% is satisfaction. This release falls 10% short on a missing 'something'. As with all good mysteries the missing slice remains stubbornly out of reach, but the rest is accessible via water droplets, digital insects, subterranean heartbeats, helium breathing rainforest frogs, dubby robots, whirrs and woozy clickers. The release hardly ever goes far uptempo or attempts to 'impress', a great record for its time that can still hold the attention years later.
distonto

distonto

March 18, 2007
edited over 14 years ago
referencing Cinemascope, CD, Album, ML009
"Cinemascope" was my first experience with the Monolake duo and due to that probably remains my favourite album. Music is multi-layered, mathematically constructed, very suggestive and highly atmospheric. Following the title, it's like a soundtrack from a complex digital process of information travelling through channels. If Kraftwerk were humanoid robots, then these guys must be like an upraged version of Kubrick's HAL-9000. Mindblowing record - 5/5.
xenlab

xenlab

July 2, 2003
referencing Cinemascope, CD, Album, ML009
monolake blends minimal glitch with warm dub-like synths to create pulsing soundscapes that are at once captivating and danceable. This release realizes it more fully then "Interstate" does. Good things are sure to come from these guys. Stay Tuned.
kaini

kaini

October 3, 2002
referencing Cinemascope, CD, Album, ML009

This is a mixture of dancefloor-friendly and other more experimental/abstract elements. The music is repetitive though I wouldn't really say "minimal". As a whole the record is very nice but I'm always waiting for a crescendo which harldy ever comes. OK I may have missed the whole point here but I always get this really-really subtle feeling of disatisfaction (of wanting some more of it, of wanting to embrace me a little bit tighter). Anyway I give this a 4 because that's my bad self talking right now