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Memento (DiN52)

by Markus Reuter & Ian Boddy

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W.T.R. A fab album for anyone who loves the Berlin school & would like a seasoning of Prog virtuoso mixed in. Sometimes moody, sometimes ambient, always heavy with content. This is beyond the chance juxtaposition of Berlin school and modern electronic prog on a dissecting table. It's thoughtful yet has a spontaneous improv feel. It's 2 great players doing what they do best, something bigger than the sum of their parts. It's the successor to Eno & Fripp. Hard not to like it. Easy to love it.
John Cratchley
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John Cratchley Two prolific musicians with much to say and a staggering musical vocabulary with which to say it...joins the rest of their oeuvre as indispensable.
Robert Wallace
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Robert Wallace What a superb pairing these two are. They really do create some beautiful sounds and the musicianship is astounding. Some very nice guitar work over great electrical landscapes of sound...gorgeous. Favorite track: Gyroscope.
Gyroscope 07:44
Spindrift 06:55
Linger 06:24
Memento 06:31
Vermilion 09:08
Deadlock 09:34
Stay 06:24


“Memento” (DiN52) is the fifth DiN CD collaboration between label boss Ian Boddy & renowned composer and touch guitarist Markus Reuter. They were there at the birth of DiN in 1999 with their inaugural release Distant Rituals (DiN2) and this latest work not only affectionately looks back to that album but forges ahead into new musical territory.

The album opens with the powerful tour de force of “Gyroscope” with its ever evolving guitar arpeggios and thunderous percussion. The following track “Spindrift” has a mysterious harmonic feel highlighted by Reuter’s beautiful guitar playing & Boddy’s ambient production. “Linger” & “Stay” form a pair of soundscapes where Reuter’s guitar loop ambiences are intermingled with extraordinary analogue textures from Boddy’s Serge modular synthesiser. The former provides a breathing space within the album after the two opening tracks whereas the latter brings the CD to a gentle, drifting close. The title track hearkens back to the duos first collaborative album with it’s pulsing cut up treatment of a Reuter guitar loop soundscape and perhaps informs the listener as to the nature of this “Memento”. Although Boddy often keeps in the background in terms of lead solo work when working with Reuter the track “Deadlock” features an Ondes Martenot style synth line that soars above this dark emotionally laden piece.

Once again Reuter & Boddy have proved to be a potent musical team with their balance of styles producing a complex, deep album. Effortlessly crossing genres between prog and ambient electronica it not only looks back to their roots but creates new sonic landscapes for the listener to explore.


released May 19, 2017

All tracks composed, played & produced by Markus Reuter & Ian Boddy (September - November 2016).

Mixed by Ian Boddy & Markus Reuter (November 2016).

Mastered by Ian Boddy @ DiN studio (December 2016).

Markus Reuter:
Touch Guitars® AU8, 6-string Electric Guitar, Looping, Programming

Ian Boddy:
Serge & Eurorack Modulars, Moog Voyager,
Ableton Live running NI Kontakt, Spectrasonics Omnisphere & Camel Audio Alchemy


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DiN Sunderland, UK

The DiN ambient label was set up by Ian Boddy in 1999 to release ambient electronica that bridged the gap between the analogue sound of the early 70's synth pioneers and the digital soundscapes of the more experimental modern exponents of electronic music. ... more

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