Reviews

Wind and Wire review of Lost in the Stars CDR by Futuremusiccorp
Reviewed by Dene Bebbington in Wind and Wire in Apr 03 issue.

Here’s a self-released CD of spacemusic from a relative newcomer to the music scene who has mainly made his material available through the Internet. The person behind FutureMusicCorp, a man living in Ireland who, until 1999, hadn’t created music and hasn’t had any formal music training. That’s not a major disadvantage when it comes to ambient and spacemusic as Lost in the Stars is a worthy offering. Sometimes you can tell this is the work of relatively inexperienced musician, but on the whole it works very well.

Comprising thirteen tracks ranging from over two minutes to a little over eleven minutes long, the sounds mostly keep the listener’s imagination somewhere in space, although a few tracks are more down to earth. Lost in the Stars also adds to the count of albums which use voice footage from space missions, something that has become rather cliched now in the world of instrumental music.

From the first listen, I was impressed with this album. The opening track, “Nebulea,” is classic spacemusic with reverbing synth washes moving across the soundscape conveying a real sense of being in space and beholding celestial marvels such as nebula. The tone of the sounds is neither light nor dark, the mood is mostly reverential, contemplative, and even slightly majestic. Breaking the mould of drifting flowing spacemusic are some tracks with rhythms, and also some with syncopated effects – such as “Montezuma” which brought to mind a piece from a Vangelis album I’m unable to recall the name of.

One piece that particularly struck me is “City at Night.” It combines a pensive rhythm with wind sounds from which arise the distant sound of sirens which mainly stay merged with the wind effects – it’s cleverly done.

Let’s hope that FutureMusicCorp makes a proper CD release in future. Lost in the Stars is well worth getting hold of. It demonstrates that he is an artist with talent whose best work is probably yet to come.

aural-innovations review of Lost in the Stars by Futuremusiccorp
Reviewed by Scott Heller in aural-innovations in April 03 issue.

FutureMusicCorp is a one man computer music project. This is the artist’s 4th CD as I can see from his excellent web page. The title of the CD is absolutely perfect for the music. It is a series of 13 tracks of music to travel through space. The music is superbly orchestrated and very fresh and full sounding. Another very successful atmospheric journey into outer space. Perfect music for the planetarium in the city nearest you or to just chill out after an evening out. Space Music, there is no other way to describe it.

This mini-review by Loreman who is a quality musician and cartoonist whose tunes can be heard at cirqus.com

I think it’s great! Really nice vibe going through it all the way, from begining to end. Some lovely textures you’ve created with it. It really is a strong piece of work. It flows from one track to the next beautifully. A really accomplished album, you should be very proud mate. The fact that you can say that that is there and completed, is a remarkable test of your ability and endurance. I’m totally impressed. Well done.

The following review is from Computer Music Issue 27.

“Many of the demos we receive could have the potential to be used
as part of a film score, and this haunting string-laden piece would
certainly sit well in a movie epic. Even though the sounds used come
from synths, they sound convincing enough, and we’d say that
there’s evidence of genuine musicanship here.”

Sound-on-Sound review of 4 TRK-EP by Futuremusiccorp
Reviewed by John Harris here Sound-on-Sound in Mar 03 issue.

The following review of the track “Etoile Nord” is made by Godsofmusic.com

The first thing I noticed about FutureMusicCorps’ track “Etoile Nord” is that it’s a biggy. Clocking in at 13:19, this ambient work occupies a big chunk of listening time. Big tracks often make me nervous; after all, if the music is awful, that’s 13 minutes of my life that I can’t get back. I was pleasantly surprised to find, however, that the “Etoile Nord” experience was, for the most part, time well spent.

There are primarily two types of textures at work throughout this piece; the drones and the more active elements. The former move at a glacially slow harmonic rhythm, and tend to provide an ambiguous harmonic backdrop over which the active elements wander. I got no sense of large scale harmonic progression per se; the drones seem to wander as well, just at a geologic rate.

The active elements are only really active by comparison with the staticism of the harmonic backdrop. Nothing moves quickly in the work at all, although there is a charming descending line from 10:11 to 10:30ish that moves at a slightly faster rate than anything prior. This is a very nice, and perfectly timed touch.

The sounds themselves are also from two worlds. The background and principle moving elements are both built from slowly attacking, breathy string/pad sounds. My favorite aspect of this track, however, are the other types of elements, that seem to take on different sorts of characters from time to time, but which never seem to repeat. There are shiny, high-frequency elements that enter and leave unobtrusively. There are quiet, Boards of Canada-esque analog organ-like sounds which seem to just appear and disappear throughout. These elements make the otherwise static texture come alive at the least expected times, and by the third or fourth such entrance I found that the trick of the track for me had become waiting for and anticipating the next such entrance.

My only real complaint would be with what I perceive as a lack or large-scale formal design. The piece is meditative and lush, but I feel that it could have benefitted from a sense of harmonic shaping and pacing. Every moment is nice, but I don’t necessarily feel that they connect. My general sense is that the track is essentially the improvisation of a very patient person.

Review by ambient writer and musician Matt Borghi:

Future Music Corp. is the project of Ireland based sound-synthesist Michael Carter; another one of the virtually unknown artists working in
the Ambient/ Space/ Atmospheric genre that’s managed to post his music, rather anonymously, at Mp3.com. Michael/ FMC doesn’t have a D.A.M. CD or any other CD available for that matter, but when I queried him about his music he sent me a long-running disc of tracks available on his Mp3.com site. The music of FMC reminds me quite a bit of Giles Reaves, or William Linton, or maybe even Danna & Clement. The music is beautifully organic, it’s of more of a Spacemusic nature than it is Ambient or Atmospheric. FCM has crafted all of his tunes into comforting and ever changing, though subtly, recording par excellence. As I’ve been introduced to more and more electronic Ambient et al I’ve found that I have an insatiable taste for 1980s or early-mid 1990s Spacemusic, or maybe, more New Age like contemplative electronic music, not the General MIDI rubbish, but the good stuff, ala Roach’s Structures from Silence, Quiet Music, Giles Reaves’ Wunjo, and anything from the Danna/ Clement library. This disc is a foray into the beauty of what the synthesizer and electronic music can be. This music is at once soothing, enjoyable, and absolutely wonderfully prepared. Great work and highly recommended.

Selected quotes from listener and now fan Themartinman:

It is in plainest terms, beautiful! Your production and structure are all professional and I never felt there was anything that stuck out uncomfortably or was overdone. So technical-wise this shit is dope! 🙂

I am very impressed with how much variety in emotion you are able to conjour up from what I believed before to be merely, 1 dimensional mood music. The music has a flow and movement that has to be experienced as one I feel, because once you sink into its very welcoming arms you never wanna leave!!

As far as the music and production goes, I could see alot of places where you could have a very successful career with what you are making. Obviously the music has a certain cinematic and dramatic feel that would suit many movies and documentaries on TV. but as a form of absorbing chill-out for acid-heads and spliffers this would be a CD every clubber would want to have for coming down after a night out or coming up, for a night in! I think if you haven’t already got offers for any of this line of work yet, then you haven’t let the right people hear this. As I can tell you, I would buy this if I heard it anywhere! As I said, I haven’t got any of this extremely warm and cosy chilled stuff in my collection and I feel this CD would be everyone I need!

Also, I think this music can serve both as a background ambiance creater for any home as well as an up front journey for the mind to glide on!

The production is faultless, the playing is also top class and unique, you seem to obviously have your own sound and approach perfected and I feel at this point that you really have something that could be loved by many many people!

Thanks!