"73+ min long form work that slowly drift along transparent synthwashes, developing through silent landscapes in his formation, almost hostile, sometimes underground, always stony, ancient.
Nocturnal Emanations presents a series of sound spaces that have his seed in the piece that gives title to the work. From the beginning of the cd, the treatment of all the sonorous elements is totally free,almost randomly. The use of sequencers has reduced to the minimum to increase the atmospheric feel and the tempo is sensitively slow.
The first piece, A Spark of Deity, introduces us squarely in a world that in spite of his apparent aridity wraps us of life, and transports us slowly to the second piece, which represents the gravitational center of the whole cd: "Nocturnal Emanations". The track´s sinuous movement was created without any type of synchronism, in this way the layers of synthesizers move freely along the whole piece "rubbing" harmonically some with others. The occasional visit of grooves alters momentarily the semi-moonstruck state of all the tracks, altering the surreal architecture, intriguingly and deeply organic. This CD conjures up an amazing world that we feel remotely past, like a forgotten sanctuary, approaching the sonorous aridity to human senses.
"Although he has explored darker ambient before, as on the excellent Resonant Memory Of Earth, this time Spaniard Max Corbacho truly delves right into the source of things that go bump in the night – or in this case, drones that echo resonantly into caverns of infinity. “A Spark of Deity” has crickets, low rumbles, restless churning, and all sorts of wondrous textures that reach out into the darkness. There is an undercurrent like slowly moving water, hints of noise that vaguely resemble percussion, otherwordly stuff. After this auspicious start comes the title track, bringing more remnants of dark memories, strands of dreams, images of caverns and precipices. This one floats a bit more, though dripping water or a shifting pebble occasionally become audible. “The Slow and Wandering Dust” glides into sounds similar to Steve Roach’s fractal grooves – and a great groove it is. Bright shimmering synths float over the top, reminiscent of older Roach like Dreamtime Return perhaps. It rides the groove out for several minutes before settling down just a bit, though some semblance of rhythm continues to the end. The delicate floater “Abandoned Wind” is a beautiful counterpoint to those rhythms. The deeply tribal “Along the Moonlit Rift” is another high point. “Deep, Ancient” says as it does, a sparse abstract selection that is yet another winner. Dark ambient fans rejoice."
© 2004 Phil Derby / Electroambient Space
Max Corbacho is an independent artist born in the southwest of Spain, in the province of Badajoz. This enormous land sprinkled of oaks where he was born and he spent the first years of his life, is perhaps the deeper track than marks his music.Starred nights of summer, the caress of the nocturnal breeze and the sedative song of the crickets, immense horizons, deeply blue skies and silence.
The music of Max is a constant reference to these elements, and continuously returns to uninhabited and mysterious places to catch those atmospheres, that are translated in sound by a fusion of techniques that go from the recording of natural sounds, programming of sounds in synthesizers and samplers, to the manipulation of all these elements in the computers. The result are extremely dense and hypnotic sonic landscapes. His musical trajectory began, after making guitar studies, in local rock bands and, after some years like electric guitar player, slowly become interested in electronic music. First with legendary bands like Tangerine Dream or musics such as Richard Burmer and Vangelis. Later, his influences include artists such as Brian Eno, Robert Rich, Steve Roach, Vidna Obmana, Alio Die, Michael Stearns.
In 1999 his first work, "Vestiges" was produced. Soon the prestigious online store Backroads Music chose this album as one of the best of 2000, and "Vestiges" became one of the more highly praised Space-ambient CD´s around that time. "Vestiges" was considered a sincere, touching, powerful work, full of mystery.
In the year 2000 Max published his second CD, "Far Beyond The Immobile Point", followed by "The Resonant Memory of Earth", published by the North American label "Space For Music". Further releases include "Nocturnal Emanations", "Indalo" and "Moontribe" - each one larger and more accomplished than the last. Max has also worked in close collaboration with Argentine musician (settled now in Barcelona) Bruno Sanfilippo, releasing a CD together and setting up the record label "ad21music".
The latest album The Talisman is yet another step forward. Here the artist explains "I have tried to create all the songs of this work "inside" my synthesizers exclusively, inside this deeply isolated world, an amniotic-like innerspace that develops in the synth and multi-effects circuits, without insert any "external" element except for the voices in the first song. Also, I have experimented more and more with long, spacious reverbs and looping treatments ". Thus, the "oceanic" nature is strengthened, creating an atemporal quality, suspended in time and space, without rare elements disrupting the internal balance and natural flow of harmonic streams. No tempo, no synchronization, maybe only the breathing and the pulse of the artist.