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Terje Paulsen - Twenty Feet For Buddha Album

Terje Paulsen - Twenty Feet For Buddha Album

  • Performer: Terje Paulsen
  • Genre: Electron
  • Title: Twenty Feet For Buddha
  • Released: 09 Apr 2009
  • Style: Experimental, Ambient
  • Label: Resting Bell
  • Catalog: RB056
  • Country: Germany
  • MP3 version size: 2717 mb
  • FLAC version size: 2715 mb
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 397


1Twenty Feet For Buddha20:39


  • Written-By, Performer, Producer, Mastered By, Artwork ByTerje Paulsen


Treated recordings & buddhamachines
Kristiansand 2008


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"Twenty Feet For Buddha" is an interesting blending of two normally distinct ambient styles. This 20+ minute EP, suitable for burning on a 3"/8cm mini CDr, opens up as an ambient soundscape. Sampled field recordings are mixed with deep, almost dark ambient electronics. The first almost four minutes are somewhat reminiscent of works by Thomas Köner and Entia Non. Then a gentle acoustic piano melody is added. It's short, minimalist, repetitive, performed slowly, with subtle variations throughout. It's somewhat akin to some of Peter Michael Hamel's work, of perhaps acoustic Steve Reich in slow motion. This overlays the soundscape which also goes through subtle variations, with bits occasionally rising in volume to challenge the piano.

Later in the piece a few Asmus Tietchens style effects are added, a loud pop and then what sounds like surface noise on an old vinyl LP. This too is subtle and not overdone, simply adding to the subtle, quiet variations.

"Twenty Feet For Buddha" should appeal to fans of gentle, hypnotic ambient music. It's beautifully realized and somewhat mesmerizing. Since it's on the Resting Bell netlabel it is freely available for legal download. I suspect this is one piece which will inspire people to consider Paulsen's commercial releases as well.

-Caitlyn Martin