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Amazing Sounds / Spanien 2008

The Modern ELECTRONIC Kamasutra

".....wealthy music, warm melodies....."
".....sophisticated atmospheres and rhythms based on percussions and
".....a definite proof, that electronic music does not need to be cold....."

Alejandro Hinojosa

Morpheus Music Reviews 2007:

MYTHOS - The Modern ELECTRONIC Kamasutra


Global fusion electronica with a rich sonic palette and powerful rhythms. The Modern Electronic Karma Sutra brings together a variety of colourful global vocalisation and instrumentation and a wide range of vibrant synthesiser sound. The electronic aspects are doubtless the foundation of the music - dramatic themes led by exotic melodic tones, underneath liquid arpeggios bubble and squelch softened by the broad spreading textures of smooth swells and light floating washes. Indeed Kaske's employment of current sound synthesis is masterful and absorbing in itself. Embellishing the main structures are a wealth of international performances and samples - Indian female vocals, Pygmy calls, tribal chants, Chinese er-hu, finger cymbals along with some soulful brass and wordless singing. Beats on the album are frequently a fusion of deft programming and global percussion loops - tablas and other hand drums along with twinkling metalics and bells.


The mood is one of theatrical vibrancy - strident beats drive romantic compositions with lush layers of synthetic-organic tone where different world flavours gracefully appear and perform almost like characters in a dream pageant. The sound is one of many interwoven layers and of deeply saturated colour that calls to mind the coloured lights and bold make-up of the stage. Many passages have an oriental feel - not simply because of the use of Eastern samples, but the synthetic voices and the musical modes chosen work together to evoke the atmosphere and mythos of distant Asia.


The CD comes in a two panel glossy digipack with a 32 page booklet. The imagery throughout the package is primarily taken from original Indian source material - a series of hand drawn illustrations. The front cover presents an embracing couple framed in double decorative borders with the simple title 'The Modern Electronic Karmasutra'. The reverse contains the only musical information - a track list with full times, all composing, performing and programming credited to Stephan Kaske, contact details are here also. Within all remaining space is given over to pictures and information from the source material.


This is not the latest album from the Mythos / Stephan Kaske catalogue - originally released in 2002 it was followed by The Dramatic and Fantastic Stories of Edger Allen Poe in 2004 and Mysteria - An Electronic Journey Into Sound in 2006. The music, however, is still fresh and clearly contemporary. For those that don't know Mythos began back in 1969 with multi-instrumentalist Stephan Kaske, drummer Thomas Hildebrand and bassist Harald Weiße. Kaske went solo around 1980 Kaske with the album Quasar and worked extensively producing other artists and writing for TV, radio, film and commercials.


This album will appeal to fans of European synthesiser music that enjoy traditional international elements fused with cutting edge technology.

Sylvain Lupari from Québec, Canada (2007)
Guts Of Darkness; French Home of Dark & Experimental Music
Here is the last musical extravaganza of Stephan Kaske. Initially realized
in 2001, Modern Electronic Kamasutra is a work at the size of the copulative
imagination of Mythos; an electronic fresco, tinted of Eastern breaths to
bodily and delirious spiritual that only Stephan Kaske can offer with
the pretension of its cultural deviations.
As the first hints of Climaxutra, we are plunged in a mythical world of lust
where rhythm is slow, impresses of a latent sensuality propel by rich
mellotron sonorities, and the violins form the rhythmic structure which
grows on more fluid passages and samplings of Chinese chorus. A short but
effective one, Love Your Rythm is dry and nailing with metal percussions
which hammer a progressive tempo, on superb mellotrons violins. A percussive
title which combines roughness and tenderness on strong orchestrations. More
tribal, but as much blowing A Tribal Affair deeply brings us in the Eastern
roots on heavy and solid rhythms, for an electronic fresco. After the wise
Total Passion, Hymnosutra borrows a more sequenced corridor with the
sulphurous mellotrons which releases a very suggestive and melodious
sensuality, on tribal pulsations. The synthetic violins flights are
contagious on heavy and involving sequences. One of the good tracks on this
opus. To be taste with the same approach as body contact. On a more
progressive structure and a strong Eastern incandescence, Un Desir Ardent
floats on the chords of Chinese violins. A beautiful melody on hesitant bass
structures with beautiful synthetic orchestrations which plunges us in the
musical universe of the Eastern spiritualities.
Much more musical, Pagode D’amour involves us in the first electronic
boiling of Thierry Fervant. Softly, synth sails on a serene sequencer which
filters a slightly galloping structure where sound effects and flowing bass
trace an extremely melodious print. Heat-A-Sutra has a very jazzed odour,
with suggestive vocal incantations. Perhaps the only title which loses a
little of this Eastern essence, the track derives to take a more musical
tangent, and very sensual, on an echotic mode with permissive appearances.
Modern Electronic Kamasutra is a work more musical than complex, soaked with
an Eastern sensuality which transports and opens the senses. There are
superb moments where electronic is master. But the Chinese theatrical
aspect, of a rapturous tribalism, gives an unexpected direction to this opus
where synthetic odes, and superb mellotron, mix melodiously with Chinese
ULTIMA FRONTEIRA / Spanien / 2007:

Mythos - The Modern Electronic Kamasutra

Aprovechamos la celebración del "The Summer Of Ther Art Of Love!" para recordar el trabajo "The Modern Electronic Kamasutra", disco tras el cual se encuentra el proyecto alemán "Mythos".

Este trabajo es la interpretación a través de la música electrónica del Kamasutra, un disco donde Stephan Kaske nos da a conocer toda su maestría detrás de los teclados. Sonidos electrónicos, voces sensuales, virtualismo en los teclados, una presentanción en digipack espectacular, todo ello configuran un trabajo lleno de colorido y sobre todo de placer, placer musical por la buena música.

Pero aún hay más, durante estos días, todos aquellos que visitan la web de MYTHOS podrán participar en el sorteo de 25 copias de este trabajo, una oportunidad única para conseguir este sensual trabajo.
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