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ARTIST
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Moods
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CD

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RELEASE DATE
11/13/2015

Ralf Hildenbeutel produced many of Sven Väth's most important releases, including L'Esperanza (1993) and Fusion (1998), and was an essential creative part of the Eye Q label in the '90s. His Earth Nation project was the first live techno act to use a live drummer on stage, playing at international festivals including the Montreux Jazz Festival. While many other musicians kept working on techno, Hildenbeutel went on to compose for artists such as Laith Al-Deen and Simon Collins (the son of English drummer and singer Phil Collins), and has composed music for films including the award-winning Hommage à Noir (1996) and Ausgerechnet Sibirien (2012), as well as the German TV series Kommissarin Lucas and Verbotene Liebe. His score for the internationally acclaimed 2013 short film Momentum was nominated for the Best Music award at The Newport International Film Festival 2013. On Moods, Hildenbeutel finds his way back to electronical music, delivering an album that fans of artists such as Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, or Jon Hopkins will enjoy. Hildenbeutel mixes complex string-arrangements and piano pieces with clicks and cuts and invents his own coherent language that allows both directions to live in harmony. Elegiac compositions and vivacious, percussive breakouts as in "Spark" meet on this album; a word that grows and gains depth with each hearing.