Craig Padilla is a synth player and electronic musician from California. He released his first album Eye Of The Storm in 1996. In his 20 years as a recording artist he released some 25 albums, solo as well as collaborating with others. Heaven Condensed is his most recent release. Musically he is inspired by Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and Vangelis.
In recent years there has been a new interest in analogue synthesizers and modular synthesizers. Manufacturers like Korg and Roland are selling affordable analogue synths again, and with Eurorack the modular synth is more popular than ever. For many people analogue gear is more fun to play with, compared to using software on a laptop, inviting the user to experiment and explore.
Heaven Condensed has been recorded using analogue keyboards and analogue synthesizers, recorded in real-time. The result is a very atmospheric, ambient album. Harmonic sounds, mainly using higher frequencies give the album a cosmic feeling. The album has 4 tracks, 2 “short” tracks from 7 and 9 minutes and 2 tracks that are each over 28 minutes long. It reminds me also of some of the Bass Communion albums, Steven Wilsons ambient project.
Heaven Condensed is a quite minimalistic, atmospheric and hallucinatory piece of work. Good for meditation or just to calm down. When you have done with the trolls in daily life and want to travel to the esoteric world of elves and fairies, you can put this music on.
*** Erik Gibbels (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)
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