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Production Period: Aug.-Sep. 1993
Release: Apr. 1994
Artist: COSMIC BABY
Title: Thinking About Myself
Format: 2LP/CD
Label: Logic
Re-Release: Nov. 1998 CD / T.O.O.M.
Download Release: Jun. 2007 / T.O.O.M.
 
 
 
Tracklisting Thinking About Myself
Treptow
Tao 2000
Another Day In Another City
Brooklyn
Au Dessous Des Nuages
Cosmic Greets Florida
Herbst In Berlin
Fantasia
Loops Of Infinity (Contemplative)
Movements In Love
Treptow (Original Layout - Homestudio May 1993) [* Previously Unreleased]
Pohadka (Unreleased Layout - Homestudio May 1993) [* Previously Unreleased]
Power, Corruption & Lies (Studiotrack, August 1993) [* Previously Unreleased]
 
[* = Download-Bonus, not on CD]

 
 
Audiofile 1: Treptow [MP3] [RA]

Audiofile 2: Loops of Infinity (Axiomatic) [MP3] [RA]

Audiofile 3: Brooklyn [MP3] [RA]

Audiofile 4: Fantasia [MP3] [RA]

Audiofile 5: Movements in Love [MP3] [RA]

To hear the sound samples you will need either an MP3 player or RealPlayer (www.real.com). To listen, click on the "[MP3]" or the "[RA]"-link after the title (providing this has been set up with your browser correctly).

 
 

Notes:

Artistic self portraits always bear the risk that the artist is seen as self-aggrandizing and narcissistic. This starts as soon as you use the term "concept album", which I often use for my work. My main intention here is to clarify the fact that I was always wanted to create more than just a few functioning tracks or club hits. I always wanted to draw a larger picture, as much as possible within the system I identified myself with (techno).

I drew up the first sketches for my second main work in May 1993. The main focus of the piece moved from a kind of stellar “everything is possible“ sense of joy to reflection on the experiences I'd had. It concerned walks, the feelings during these walks, in Berlin, at the coast, and in a number of other cities I had visited. It reflects the people and landscapes expressed in my own desires and doubts.

For the studio work between August and September 1993 I moved all my gear back into Jen's studio. Some pieces had already been prepared at home (2/3/7/8/10). The others were composed alone at night, while Jens and I worked on the mastering during the day. Reminiscing on the studio work on “Stellar“, I see it as a light-footed game in the sun. “Thinking“ was more of a heavy and dark kind of adventure. What both have in common is the direct, relatively effortless realization of an inspiration.

Beginning a techno album in a kind of electrified impressionistic Satie style was a clear statement on the following content which spanned the gulf from “Brooklyn“ and “Herbst in Berlin“ through to “Movements in Love“.

The best piece on the album and in my eyes the most successful song cycle on any CB album is the final stretch from “Herbst in Berlin“ to “Fantasia“ to “Loops of Infinity“ to “Movements in Love“.

The selected bonus tracks on the MP3 release should illustrate the compositional progress of “Thinking“ in more detail:a
a) The original layout of “Treptow““ was created in April 1993 and represents the starting point for the thematic atmospheric concept of the entire album. Consequently, along with the title track, “Loops of Infinity“, “Herbst in Berlin“ and “Movements in Love“ belongs to those tracks which were already clearly developed before going into the studio. All that remained was to finalize the details of the mix to create the final version from the raw material.
b) A lot of the sketches that I made between April and July were not pursued in the studio. In the layout of “Pohadka“ (“Fairy-tale“) it is easy to hear that I was trying to combine a “spacetrack“ kind of piece in Part A and a new kind of sequencing in Part B which didn't really work out as you can hear in this piece. Nevertheless this B-part supplied the direct inspiration for the musical idea behind “Fantasia“ which I composed and produced in the studio a few weeks later.
c) “Power, Corruption and Lies“ originated completely in the studio, but in the end I thought it was too much “well-produced run of the mill stuff“ so I left it off the album. Somehow it sounds fascinatingly like Robert Miles and other British and German groups who all came along later and sold millions of records with a perplexing similar sound...

 
 
 


Reviews

Personally speaking, "Thinking About Myself" blew me away.

Dark Angel, May 1994

... his most recent album is based in the world of classical piano as much as it is in ambient techno. .. It gives you a feeling of contemplation even though the background's racing. And lets his piano solos fit in perfectly. Cosmic Baby's off swimming with the dolphins. Follow him if you please.

Sandie Don in: 3-D-World No. 193, May 1994

... it sets Cosmic Baby up as the new wunderkid of melodic German electro-pop.

Sarah Champion in: Melody Maker, 16 April 1994

Cosmic Baby combines vivid, shimmering piano tones with a trance-house kick. Cyber classicism or cosmic muzak? Who cares: enjoy the beauty.

I-D, No. 127, April 1994

... a masterful listening piece that does in fact get you thinking. This album really does tug at your emotions and makes a play at controlling your moods, as you realise there are things equally as powerful as the mind.

Joanne Wain in: JOCKEYSLUT, May/June 1994

... a magical and mystical compilation of downtempo ambient movements and uptempo galloping trance tunes all gently linked together.

Dimitri in: 24 seven, April 1994

... with intuitive, extraordinary charm and affecting melancholy. In many ways, Cosmic is trying to tease the soul out of the machine.

Andy Shih in: UndergroundNews No. 21 / 1994

... delves perhaps a bit too far into the pop realm and falls somewhat short of what Cosmic's fans would expect.

NET MAGAZINE No. 18, July / Aug. 1994

It's a good listening experience but the ambient tracks are rather too derivative an the fast tracks a little samey. It's better than most instrumental things but we were expecting a little more from the self styled 'Mozart of Techno'.

DJ, 14 April 1994

A classically-trained musician who has both had a "cyberspace opera" broadcast on national radio and performed at the infamous Love Parade, Cosmic Baby has forged an album of the purest, home-listenable electronica - hardly dance hit-heavy, but utterly brilliant.

SKY Magazine, May 1994

Cosmic Baby is clearly a talented bloke, drawing on a huge (and unusually genuine) spiritual energy to devise a unique version of trance. ... This is likely to piss off your techno purists... While it'd be sad for this emotional, vulnerable, honest music to be commoditised, in an ideal world 'Thinking About Myself' should be heard by millions now, not just in 20 years' time. In days like these, we need music this good.

Andrew Perry in SELECT No 47, May 1994

While many of his other releases rely chiefly on the sounds of new technology, this places the focus on the piano, with looped synthesizer progressions falling subordinate to the organic melodies. Almost a Cosmic Baby Unplugged, if you will. It plays like a living diary, evoking people, places and personal history.

Tamara Palmer in: URB Magazine, July 1994

 

 

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