Robert Hood ‎– Internal Empire

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Internal Empire
Minus
Within
Home
Rek
Chase
Spirit Levels

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Tresor 27, 74321 24772-1, TRE 02 Robert Hood Internal Empire(2x12", Album) Tresor, Tresor, Logic Records Tresor 27, 74321 24772-1, TRE 02 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
TRE 02 Robert Hood Internal Empire(2x12", Album, TP) Tresor TRE 02 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
TRESOR 27, TRE 02, 74321 247722, 7432124772-2 Robert Hood Internal Empire(CD, Album) Tresor, Logic Records, BMG, BMG TRESOR 27, TRE 02, 74321 247722, 7432124772-2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
Tresor 77 Robert Hood Internal Empire(2x12", Album, RE, RM) Tresor Tresor 77 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
Tresor 77, TRE 02 Robert Hood Internal Empire(2x12", Album, RE, RP) Tresor, Tresor Tresor 77, TRE 02 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
TRE 02 Robert Hood Internal Empire(2x12", Album, RP, W/Lbl) Tresor TRE 02 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
Tresor 77, Tresor 82 Robert Hood / Neil Landstrumm Robert Hood / Neil Landstrumm - Internal Empire(2x12", MP) Tresor, Tresor Tresor 77, Tresor 82 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
Tresor 77 Robert Hood Internal Empire(CD, Album, RE) Tresor Tresor 77 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
Tresor.77 Robert Hood Internal Empire(Cass, Album) Outside Media Tresor.77 Poland 1998 Sell This Version
Tresor 77 Robert Hood Internal Empire(11xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Tresor Tresor 77 Germany 2010
Tresor 77, TRESOR10077LP Robert Hood Internal Empire(2x12", Album, RM, RP) Tresor, Tresor Tresor 77, TRESOR10077LP Germany 2010 Sell This Version
Tresor 77, TRESOR10077CD Robert Hood Internal Empire(CD, Album, RE) Tresor, Tresor Tresor 77, TRESOR10077CD Germany 2010 Sell This Version

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maradona101

maradona101

April 21, 2017
referencing Internal Empire, 2x12", Album, RE, RM, Tresor 77

simply the purest of them all...masterpiece through and through..never touched by any other artist ever...this is the definition of minimal techno!
Gimac123

Gimac123

July 25, 2015
referencing Internal Empire, 2x12", Album, Tresor 27, 74321 24772-1, TRE 02

I think he was playing marbles and sampling the noises whilst making this album,

His best album by far.
MrZyc

MrZyc

September 25, 2014
referencing Internal Empire, 2x12", Album, Tresor 27, 74321 24772-1, TRE 02

sound first class.
Robert Hood (genius).
UseThisName

UseThisName

February 25, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Internal Empire, 2x12", Album, Tresor 27, 74321 24772-1, TRE 02
A thing of beauty.

Hood's genius is he goes beyond techno as just an assemblage of samplers and drum machines which create a sound, to actively creating Music. The word 'minimal' is often used in connection with his work but Hood's genius here is to create variety and produce something interesting and engaging for the listener. The word classic now seems to mean 'golden oldie' but Internal Empire is a classic record in the sense that it is first class.
maroko

maroko

September 13, 2009
referencing Internal Empire, CD, Album, RE, Tresor 77
Mesmerizing, and still firmly stands as one of the most forward thinking and advanced (in terms of expanding horizons and pushing the techno envelope to new hights) albums of its era. The sound is not hard, but just pushing and driving. Tracks tend to seize your attention in no time, encapsulate you, and just take you along for a ride.
No climaxes, no banging factory like beats, Hood does it his way. Minimal amount of layers, skillfully arranged, percussion is rolling at a fast pace, but it never dominates. Interestingly enough, there is not a dull moment here. Where a lot of minimal albums tend to chase the same groove for over ten minutes, Hood builds his tracks fairly quickly, squeezing the essence of his music in 4 to 5 minute pieces. You won't find any tunes with two minute segments at the beginning and end in order to make them easy to mix. Hood cuts to the chase and goes striaght for the nucleus, retaining the bare feel of the music, but never stripping it of an undeniable funky charm. Some sounds and effects used throughout this album still sound amazing today, and back in the day, I knew nothing that could outtake Minus and its absolutely perfect manipulation of that sire-like sequence. The title track sounds like the most minimal science fiction techno track ever, while Home (quite probably the master stroke here) is a prime example of text book minimal techno.
Overall, I like it way more than "Minimal nation", another record of his praised for having introduced/redifined the concept of minimal techno. I find "Internal empire" more complete, the music is hypnotic, thick, while the sound despite being old is still totally impenetrable. The high points of this albums are techno tracks for the ages, and can to this present day be heard in DJ sets world wide. Along his album recorded under The Vision moniker, I consider this his finest release ever, and arguably the most prominent example of early minimal techno, if not its cradle. If that takes it a tad too far, then rest assured Robert Hood changed the way generations perceived and listened to techno music.
Alexis_Nembrode

Alexis_Nembrode

March 25, 2009
referencing Internal Empire, CD, Album, TRESOR 27, TRE 02, 74321 247722, 7432124772-2
This is where minimal techno reaches absolute perfection. Its the first lesson in the "what minimal techno should be". Intense mental sounds travelling from one side to another. There are so many genres emprisioned in these brilliantly focused rhythms...
At this point, you should leave Rob's work on UR a bit aside, because this isnt as hard as the vision, or the UR works. Its not as minimal as Basic Channel either... Its the beautiful balance in between.
Brisk

Brisk

April 18, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Internal Empire, 2x12", Album, Tresor 27, 74321 24772-1, TRE 02
Minus is exceptionally brilliant. Its amazing to think that music as minimal as this can sustain the attention span of the listener, yet the subtle variations that develop over the length of the track keeps the rhythm moving. A masterclass in space, structure and composition.
Battle

Battle

September 8, 2004
edited over 13 years ago
referencing Internal Empire, 2x12", Album, Tresor 27, 74321 24772-1, TRE 02

Yes, the cat# TRE02 is scratched into all of this series. There is also to read the speed, 45rpm. On the labels is printed by mistake 33rpm. Was very confusing because some of the tracks were produced in very strange speed for this time.
Minus is one of my favourite minimal tracks of all time. If you take two copies you can play them for hours - GREAT!