As Above So Below follows the path of spacious and cinematic ambient music with sculpted and sinuous sound waves, soothing textures, pulsating electronic grooves and beats.
Ian Boddy is one pioneering artist in the space ambient genre and stands among the leading figures of this electronic pop musical movement with 80’s synth players such as Robert Rich, Steve Roach, Michael Stearns, Matthias Grassow et al. Regular readers of Igloo know well his contribution and his music signature. Lately Ian Boddy was involved in more experimental music territories, trying to find a way in more modern and advanced electronic art, also approaching new collaborative works and still very productive with his DiN laboratory.
As Above So Below follows the path of spacious and cinematic ambient music with sculpted and sinuous sound waves, soothing textures, pulsating electronic grooves and beats. The objective, content, and stylistic aspiration, are quite similar to later works by Tangerine Dream, and Bernd Kistenmacher. The general atmosphere is more inclined to mainstream space ambient (80s/90s era) than to anything in the range of dark, ritual or abstract experimentalism. This album reveals more orchestral vibes and melodious patterns mainly suggested by the piano parts, reminiscent to Rainer Bloss & Klaus Schulze collaborative efforts. Despite the symphonic synth sequences, the result is not necessarily neoclassical, but more into entertaining music for films or environmental documentaries. Nothing emotionally overwhelming here, but a fine and well executed album with an old-school / new-age touch.
A recommended and accessible release for fans of Ian Boddy’s eclectic and synthetic musical experience.
As Above So Below is available on DiN.