Ramp* ‎– Nodular

Manikin ‎– MRCD7032
CD, Album

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1 Intrip
Composed By, Performer – Frank Makowski, Lambert Ringlage, Stephen Parsick
2 Annular
Composed By, Performer – Frank Makowski, Stephen Parsick
3 Nodular
Composed By, Performer – Frank Makowski, Stephen Parsick
4 Angular
Composed By, Performer – Frank Makowski, Stephen Parsick
5 Before The Storm
Composed By, Performer – Frank Makowski, Stephen ParsickComposed By, Performer, Voice – Martina Fantar
6 Phasenverzerrung
Composed By, Performer – Frank Makowski, Lambert Ringlage, Stephen Parsick

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Track 1 recorded at Essen University, March 31, 1996.
Track 3 recorded and improvised in concert at Marl's "Die Insel" Media Center, August 29, 1997.
Track 5 recorded and improvised in concert at Neuss on November 15, 1997.
Track 6 improvised and recorded late August 1996 at the defunct local TV studio, Marl.

℗ Mario Schönwälder Musikproduktion, Berlin, 1998
© Manikin Records, 1998

Ultimately, about 800 copies of the album were sold, with the final lot distributed directly through the defunct doombient.com webstore. Final copies were sold in around 2004/5.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (EURO-Code, text): 4 031562 070329
  • Barcode (EURO-Code, string): 4031562070329
  • Barcode (USA-Code, text): 0 98806 70322 5
  • Barcode (USA-Code, string): 098806703225
  • Matrix / Runout: DOCdata Germany MRCD 7032
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L357
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 5228
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Label Code: LC 5804

Other Versions (1 of 1) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none ['ramp] Nodular(6xFile, FLAC, Album) Doombient.Music none Germany 2009



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February 10, 2015
Regular readers of the CDRWL know that I'm quite fond of the Berlin School of electronic music as founded by Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze. Atmospheric keyboards that give way to blazing sequencers, choral mellotron tapes (likely sampled in Ramp's case), and melodic synthesizer lines (and even better if there's guitar which Ramp unfortunately doesn't employ) will blow me away every time. Instant mental movie soundtrack music. Ramp were part of the original renaissance of the movement that gained quite a bit of traction in the late 1990s (especially in the UK and The Netherlands) with Radio Massacre International, AirSculpture, and Redshift leading the charge. Ramp were rare in that they were from the namesake country. Certainly Germany had support of the style within, but mainly from various individual synthesists like Bernd Kistenmacher and Mario Schonwalder (and owner of the influential Manikin label). So Ramp were indeed unique given they were a group effort.

Ramp originally started as a trio, and the synchronicity of ideas is apparent. There were (and are) a ton of solo electronic musicians, but many of those sound monolithic to these ears. The best acts, like the ones I mentioned above, feature at least 3 performers if not more. Later, the band changed their sound to what they call "doombient" which I hope to hear one day as well, though I'm not entirely convinced it's a style I'll embrace. Hardcore EM followers no doubt are already very familiar with Ramp.


Martina's atmospheric voice is positively enchanting in this setting.

All the tracks are good, but the 19 minute 'Phasenverzerrung' is absolutely brilliant. If it doesn't lay you out on the first try, then there's a better than average chance this style isn't for you. (undertheradarcds)