This brilliant, yet little-known, German artist has a flair for combining refined ambiences with driving funk bass lines and rock beats. His well-constructed melodies and improvisations are often quite catchy, while his song titles and symbolic sonic imagery are lined with social commentary. Classically trained, Leifeld was a music teacher in Paderborn, Germany, and his modest apartment was overrun with all manner of electronic gadgetry. He was truly a living, breathing example of the cyberpunk mentality -- you get the feeling he would gladly leave earthly concerns behind if he could download the essence of his mind, body, and soul onto a hard disk.
''I have mixed feelings about Mysterious Messages. First of all, this album is clearly the product of the MIDI age. Needless to say, 1990 was not the best period for Electronic Music, with lots of cheesy, thin-sounding electronic albums coming out, mainly from Europe. And texturally, this album is quite in line with most of the releases from that time. Standard MIDI sound sets, digital programming etc. are abundant here. Brass sounds, marimbas and other chromatic percussion, drums, strings, pads, nothing that really stands out from the crowd, although at times I could hear Classical and Ethnic influences. What I found interesting, though, was the structure of Andreas' music. It sounds as if built from large melodic chunks that sometimes sound totally out of control, I mean these are not focused melodies but more like melodic meandering. Often the previous melody breaks, only to be replaced by another one. Thus, the album, while not being extremely exciting sonically, was still unique structurally and you can't accuse Andreas of copying anyone else's music. Discoveries is similar in style, adding a couple of pleasant lead lines and a punchy analog bass on "Sunday Afternoon Space Ride" which is the best cut on the album. "On the Air" is also a very interesting track that really stands out. Another feature attracts my attention on this album - the abundance of samples in Andreas' music. Dance of the Elements makes a shift to the more ambient direction, utilising tribal rhythms, some ethnic instruments and soft textures, most of the time creating relaxing moods in Tribal Ambient and World Music vein. The tracks are generally longer than on previous albums. Something Happens returns to the melodic / rhythmic formula of the earlier albums but with the title track being a mild Techno workout you already know the direction in which his music is heading. Andreas' subsequent albums are all in the Techno vein. Of his classic releases (bar Colours that I haven't heard) I found Dance of the Elements to be the most interesting one. Unfortunately, Andreas passed away in February, 2006.'' - EEM
We miss you, R.I.P. Andreas!
Colours (1989) Mysterious Messages (1990) Discoveries (1991) Dance of the Elements (1992) Something Happens (1993) 34669 (1994) Tranquility In Motion (2007)
These are nice synthesizertracks, first released on Bernd Kistenmachers Musique Intemporelle label way back in 1990. The music shows the different styles and talents of Leifeld on a very versatile CD with tracks, that have a little eastern influence.
1. A Smaller Accident In The Universe - 6:06 2. Tokio - 4:11 3. Japan - 5:54 4. Tube Song - 4:31 5. Le Li - 4:27 6.. Goodbye Dschungel - 5:20 7 Less Time - 9:59 8. Fata Morgana - 5:14 9. The Third Way - 1:41 10. Captain Kirks Cometen Koller - 4:18 11. Mysterious Messages - 8:42
Futuristic in conception and execution, this album still harkens back to the sequencer-driven sound of the German electronic school. Yet unlike Tangerine Dream, Leifeld has managed to add rock and pop influences without losing his progressive edge. His two-part suite "African Dreams" delves into the techno-tribal realm. He also adds some amusing political cynicism on the final selection, "Same Old Game," by layering recorded voice fragments of George Bush's most banal catchphrases over combat sounds and a brooding, almost sinister electronic score.
1. Stop'N Go - 5:00 2. Sunday Afternoon Space Ride - 8:13 3. Future World - 5:57 4. African Dreams (Part I - The Country) - 7:46 5. African Dreams (Part II - The People) - 8:32 6. Bird's Eye View - 6:55 7. Water - 4:26 8. On The Air - 3:55 9. Same Old Game - 3:32
1. Dear Marilyn - 4:49 2. Easy - 6:12 3. Wake Up - 4:34 4. Liberation - 2:04 5. Clouds - 8:36 6. Take Off - 4:25 7. Modern Times - 5:35 8. The Big Wave - 4:42 9. Something Happens - 5:00 10. Hommage A Marilyn - 4:00 11. 77 Wind Games - 7:41
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Natural Frequencies Aka Andreas Leifeld - Tranquility In Motion (2007)
Natural Frequencies aka Andreas Leifeld: Everything is possible... A dream creation, produced by synthesiser and sample machine, by keyboard, piano, bass, guitar, and percussion instruments, take the listener off into spheres in which time and space are no longer of any relevance. Tranquillity in Motion” is the name of a further, posthumous work by the composer, sound magician and DJ Andreas Leifeld who died on 1 February 2006. Tranquillity in Motion” is an electronic album of the highest perfection, produced with conventional instruments, is abstract and yet something for everyone who is prepared for the siren sounds of Andreas Leifeld – a very real (in) comprehensible seduction.