Elements of Light

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Elements of Light sounds less like the fourth proper Pantha du Prince album than it does a commissioned work. Depending on the vantage point, it's either a logical progression or a creative dead end. A collaboration between Hendrik Weber and a cheekily-named ensemble of bell-equipped percussionists from Norway, it's the producer's most ambient work, more suitable for background listening than anything from his past. Considering the level of restraint and thickness of haze present throughout Diamond Daze, This Bliss, and Black Noise, that's saying something. The origin of this project dates back to a 2011 performance at Oslo's Øya Festival, but it wouldn't be shocking if ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Elements of Light sounds less like the fourth proper Pantha du Prince album than it does a commissioned work. Depending on the vantage point, it's either a logical progression or a creative dead end. A collaboration between Hendrik Weber and a cheekily-named ensemble of bell-equipped percussionists from Norway, it's the producer's most ambient work, more suitable for background listening than anything from his past. Considering the level of restraint and thickness of haze present throughout Diamond Daze, This Bliss, and Black Noise, that's saying something. The origin of this project dates back to a 2011 performance at Oslo's Øya Festival, but it wouldn't be shocking if the prompt came from a director who heard Black Noise and sought a film score -- one with a more organic and atmospheric fusion of lean techno and bell-dominated instrumentation. Much of the program is either pleasantly incidental or, in the case of the 13-minute "Particle," jumbled and more impressive than enjoyable. The 18-minute "Spectral Split," however, is perfectly formed and organized. It begins with soft tones and sustain, gently incorporates a subtle but anxious pulse, and builds into the album's most layered, dazzling, and active piece -- an oddly spirit-lifting delight for lovers of both "real" and pared down electronic music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2013
  • Label: Rough Trade Us
  • UPC: 883870065429
  • Catalog Number: 654
  • Sales rank: 132,717

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wave - The Bell Laboratory (4:03)
  2. 2 Particle - The Bell Laboratory (12:30)
  3. 3 Photon - The Bell Laboratory (4:42)
  4. 4 Spectral Split - The Bell Laboratory (17:34)
  5. 5 Quantum - The Bell Laboratory (4:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pantha du Prince Primary Artist
Martin Horntveth Percussion, Gong, Tambourine, Triangle, Steel Drums, Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping, Wood Block, Marxophone, Handbells, Toy Bells
Erland Dahlen Drums, Hand Clapping, Timpani, Shaker, Finger Snapping, Handbells, Log Drums, Frame Drum
Hendrik Weber Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping, Handbells
Lars Petter Hagen Conductor, Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping, Handbells
Hakon Morch Stene Gong, Triangle, Hand Clapping, Vibes, Finger Snapping, Tubular Bells, Handbells, Crotale
Heming Valebjørg Marimbas, Hand Clapping, Vibes, Finger Snapping, Tubular Bells, Handbells, Crotale
Vegar Sandholt Carillon
Vergar Sandholt Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping, Handbells
Technical Credits
Tobias Levin Engineer
Hendrik Weber Composer, Producer, Cover Art, Original Idea
Mike Hartung Engineer
Lars Petter Hagen Arranger, Original Idea
Rashad Becker Mastering
Hans Andreas Horntveth Jahnsen Engineer
Boris Vogeler Engineer
Michael Heimann Cover Art
Hendrik Schwantes Cover Art
Kassian von Troyer Producer
Mattis With Original Idea
Håkon Vinnogg Original Idea
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