On the heels of a successful, sold-out concert in France, Lightwave announces the reissuing of two of their CD's on the Horizon label: "Mundus Subterraneus" and "Tycho Brahé". Both of these discs feature Paul Haslinger on synthesizers.
"Tycho Brahé" was initially released in 1993 and was inspired by the influential and controversial 16th-century Danish astronomer of the same name. A maverick in his day, Brahé once proved that a tremendously bright light in the constellation Cassiopeia did not move, but was stationary. This was contrary to the widely held notion that constellations never changed. Tycho also measured the positions of the stars and planets with an accuracy that was unheard of at the time. In his later years he was the mentor to the Austrian astronomer Johannes Kepler.
Lightwave's Christian Wittmann has said, "With 'Tycho' we wanted to deal with astronomy and all the cosmic imagery, but not in a cheap way. Going backwards to the past was a way to find some very influential concepts, and a poetic atmosphere."
"Mundus Subterraneus" was first released in 1995 and is based on a book written in 1664 by the Roman scholar Athanasius Kircher. The book suggested that water moving to and from a subterranean ocean caused tides. Kircher got his inspiration after being lowered into the crater of Vesuvius, which at the time was on the brink of eruption.
Christian Wittmann once said about "Mundus": "Christoph Harbonnier was mainly working on sampled sounds, while I was mainly in charge of the electro-acoustic sounds. And Paul assumed some of the more musical and harmonic touches. He was also in charge of the overall production and final mixes." Both might have added that the music sounds great over headphones!
You can find MP3 samples from each of these CD's in the "samples" section of our Web site.