Elements of Light - Pantha du Prince
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  • Summary: The fourth release from Pantha du Prince sees the techno producer working with Norwegian percussion group The Bell Laboratory and sounds from a bell carillon--an instrument with 50 bronze bells.
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  1. Feb 1, 2013
    90
    The extroverted, joyful melodies of Photon or the sustained brilliance of Spectral Split seem like brilliant recontextualisations of Weber’s artistic virtues.
  2. Jan 11, 2013
    80
    Pantha du Prince has gone one further and created a piece of music that soothes and entices even the most impatient of modern ears.
  3. Jan 18, 2013
    80
    Fusing techno with campanology is a bold aim on paper; in practice it's a revelation. [Feb 2013, p.91]
  4. Jan 15, 2013
    70
    Weber's creative theoretical and instrumental approach is unique, but the abrasive and connotative tonal qualities of the carillon often overshadow the colourful subtleties of the finer details of his delicate arrangements.
  5. Jan 31, 2013
    70
    As a whole, Elements Of Light might feature a fair amount of padding, and it might not be quite as original sounding as the idea would suggest (other than the aforementioned Bjork comparison, there are more than a few moments that recall Aphex Twin at his more contemplative), but even so it does offer more than enough to satisfy as a listening experience, rather than just a curiosity.
  6. Elements of Light ultimately feels like a stop off between Black Noise and whatever Pantha Du Prince has waiting on the horizon.
  7. Jan 15, 2013
    50
    Elements Of Light is missing momentum and velocity--two things needed to sustain an all-instrumental symphony. Unfortunately, this means the album ends up as pleasant background noise-and not much more.

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