Amin Bhatia | The Interstellar Suite

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The Interstellar Suite

by Amin Bhatia

The underground cult sci-fi classic from 1986 of orchestral textures and sound effects created using analog synths: Roland JX10, Yamaha TX 816; Oberheim Expander; one pair of crash cymbals; and one Minimoog.
Genre: Electronic: Virtual Orchestra
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1. Overture
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2. The Ship
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2:47 album only
3. Launch
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4:26 album only
4. Walking in Space
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5. Hostility
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6. Distress Signal
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7. Rescue Fleet
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8. Battle
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9. Finale
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Amin Bhatia's fascination with both music and electronics won him international fame in his youth. After winning the Roland International Synthesizer competition two years in a row, the resulting exposure launched Bhatia's music career. It led to projects with David Foster ("The Best of Me"), Steve Porcaro (Toto's fifth album "Fahrenheit"), and a synth-orchestral solo album on Capitol records' Cinema label titled "The Interstellar Suite".

Early synthesizers could only play one note at a time so in order to simulate and record an orchestra properly Bhatia was forced to learn how each individual instrument worked. He now uses real players and instruments in his writing, but his days with a Roland sequencer and a Minimoog have given him an unusual insight into the subtleties of arranging and orchestration. Amin's approach has been likened to the harmonic inventiveness of Jerry Goldsmith and the technical prowess of Hans Zimmer.

For "The Interstellar Suite" Amin combined and layered hundreds of analog electronics to achieve a warm orchestral sound rather than join the trend of sampling and abusing orchestral phrases. To this day he still gets requests from listeners and programmers asking for the sample libraries used. He has a hard time convincing them that it was all him. The critical success of the "Suite" was marred by the sudden closing of the Cinema label.

Original vinyl copies are highly sought out at web auction and record shops. Thanks to Internet requests, industry support and much legal wrangling Bhatia was finally able to re-release the album in 2003. A hidden track has been included as an apology to those who have waited so many years for the album to become available again.


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Jim Bolden Sr

Fav since day one!!
I got this CD when I first found the Cinema sampler cd. When they went belly up the CD shot threw the roof in value.
I loved it when I first heard it.
Music before it\'s time if ya ask me but today it fits right in.
Sounds even better with todays technology in stereos and speakers!
Just ordered the newer version and the Virtuality CD...can\'t wait to hear em on my system.
Heres hoping for more from Amin in the future!!

Paul Bugler

Wow - Where has this music been hiding?
This is a stunning work of "orchestral electronica". The feel of the suite is just amazing - my immediate thought was "where is the film this was the sound-track to?" This is an outstanding piece of music - guaranteed to knock the socks off anyone who loves "space" music. It is just stunning that this was produced by one guy (plus a few gizmos). Excellent production - highly recommended.

Dennis Kuhn

This is a long awaited restored and expanded rarity.
My first CD was the Cinema Sampler. Then, I found a casette copy of Interstellar Suite. I was in heaven. Then, when the tape died, I bought a rare CD copy on ebay for $55. Worth every penny. When I heard that Amin Bhatia was trying to remix the suite for 5.1 surround, I was ecstatic. That project didn't succeed, but this is a welcome replacement. One track features a movement that was cut for time on the original release, plus a bonus track from an upcoming sequel. Gorgeous music from beginning to end -- you can picture the "movie" that this album seems to be scoring.

Cristián Pulidoºº

A missing album at last recovered
First time I got this album was on the extinct cinema label on cassette. It was 1988 and this music, reminiscent to all Star War, or Star Trek soundtrack was a very important part of mi life. After the cassette was stolen on 1990 y was unable to find it again for over 16 years. Thanks for giving me again the chance to enjoy this great and magnificient album

Cheer from Chile.

Phillip

I must be missong sometjing.
I have literally dozens of electronic artits and albums, and have been listenibg to electronic music since 1975 when I tried out Tangerine Dream's widley accalimed classic Rubycon. However, Interstellar Suite bored me to tears. Lifeless, uninteresting and dull. One of a very few albums that I literally, threw away.

Ary Renaud

Still, ahead of its time!
Found this one at a used CD store over 10 years ago. Strange packaging but with a compelling title. Couldn't pass this one up. And wow, what an unearthly treasure! A cosmic blitzkreig! Went back to find more copies for my interstellar friends and there were none to be found. Hadn't seen it since until now. Thanks, CD Baby. This one deserves 6 stars. A treasure beyond its time. Full of sonic surprises! For head phones only or full tilt on the home speakers! Where was or when is the movie!!!?

MDMPhD

Space Age Soundtrack for the Mind!! A+++++
I was working at a New Age/ Light Jazz radio station when this came out and I was instantly struck by how strong the themes were. The station played a few songs in rotation and once in a while, I'd block out 45 minutes and play the whole thing as a special and I always got calls. I was given a copy in cassette and cd by Cinema for my efforts and bought another cd to make sure I'd have a clean copy a year later- these have the original graphics and what not. It's perfect for a car trip because it keeps you interested with jsut enough SFX, is programmed extremely well, has velocity and you can visualize the story as you see fit. I'm going to buy this newer version, however, because of the new material. I'd love to hear this done orchestrially, as I conduct it while I listen and that's not usually me. I reccommend this to all of my Soundtrack and SciFi friends...Watch out tho - that first track can blow your speakers! A+++++

Alan


brilliant