Recording review 10 June 2007, "Zeta Reticuli v1" v1, the subject of this review was created first, but begs review second, after v2. Both pieces are the same 74 mins long. The distinction is that v1 does not have the added instrumentation of v2 and the ambient bits are in the mix foreground. They are in character, two entirely separate works. v1 produces an anaesthetic heavy limb, out of body feeling that distinguishes it as "dronology" whilst v2 leans more towards early classic Berlin school synthesis.
There are some wise words in the Wikipaedia entry for artist Mark Rothko "It forces one to approach the limits of experience in the post-Kantian sense of the categories of space and time and awakens one to the awareness of one’s own existence." I would stick that label on the front of Zeta Reticuli v1.
Alan Walker, Landschaft
Recording review 04 June 2007, "Zeta
Reticuli" a 74 min, 106MB modem buster of a download available from the main Modulator ESP website - in two versions. The version I am reviewing is the second more developed version. ZR comes in two mixes - the original, and v2 with added instrumentation.
Like v early Tangerine Dream - Zeit era, only more minimal - truly space music. The first 8 minutes, a slow intergalactic
soundscape, builds to the entry of a big metalic a-tonal slab of noise, rotating and evolving by minute 17 fading then rejoining in the mid left of the stereo field, almost forming into a melody - but never quite.
By the time you reach minute 19, the theme has crept over to the right before subsiding back into a distant re-statement of the opening black night storm. The sonic density up to minute 26, remaining mid right, middle distance while some very subtle, almost inaudible (I was listening to this quite loud on high-end headphone; Sennheiser HD580 that pick up everything) interweaving non-music tantalises at the edge of perception.
At min 30, the background wash drops suddenly to a bleak insistent single note that focuses in intensity and volume, rising, centre stage in the
soundfield, pulling in another sonic blizzard in it's wake, evolving into a fragmented melody theme, in the manner of Klaus Schulze's Body Love/Mirage/Dune.
Minute 36 sees some lower register entering from the left and the main theme dissolving once more into a rising windstorm, that by minute 40, crescendos into intense clusters of tone. The melodic theme re-joins at minute 44, pleasingly distant, and at 46:31 a nice counterpoint emerges briefly holding onto a very long single note that sustains and modulates at min 54 into a new high, melodic line.
The piece starts it's descent at around minute 60. Briefly (in the context of the pace of the piece!) a shimmering shoal of tones swims around the stereo field, and a new melody is stated before fade to black. A deeply enjoyable work of great restraint and subtlety, and an absolute must for all space music followers.
Alan Walker, Landschaft
Right from the beginning of this album one gets to notice that this
work is something completely different for Jez Creek aka Modulator
ESP. Deep drones rise out of nowhere, transforming into a gigantic,
monumental, gargantuan wall of sound. The album is named after a
binary star system where both stars are somewhat similar to our
The system is known thanks to a legend (for want of a better term)
that says that there was once a humanoid race living on one of the
planets that orbited one of the suns, but the planet was later
destroyed by its own dwellers. Therefore, these creatures started
looking for a new home. The legend also says that some of them
reached the Earth, but the information concerning the aliens was
conspired by governments. There's a group of people who claim to be
the descendants of this alien race or maybe even aliens themselves
which of course can hardly be trusted.
Anyway, the music is suitably spooky, out-there and cosmic in a
mysterious and menacing kind of way. Not any sort of Berlin School
by a long shot, stylistically it comes as close to Dark Ambient
drone music as it probably can. Sometimes the drone is augmented by
high-pitched sonic elements but overall the sound is deep, hollow
and intense with several layers of drones making up for a very thick
miasma of sound. All the changes on this album are subtle but they
are quite discernible if you listen closely. Did Jez create his best
work so far? It could be. In any case, if you enjoy Dark Ambient
music and especially Dark Space or long-form Drone Ambient - you
will find lots to enjoy here. This is a work that needs to be heard.
Artemi Pugachov, Encyclopedia
of Electronic Music
I heard at least three quarters of Zeta Reticuli 2 and was reminded
of (a) Eraserhead, and (b) the sort of sounds I might hear in my own
head whilst locked inside a Sensory Deprivation Tank. And I mean
that in a good way! Rob Johnson
Zeta Reticuli 1 scared the shit outta me lol. Very dark... very. Great
drone though with really powerful undertones that sweep in and out
perfectly. Great production. A typical all round drone track that
does exactly what it should do. Great stuff! Again, people would be
crazy not to add this gem to their collection. It's a perfect
drone. Blue, Ambient
Well I've taken the plunge Jez, and listened to Zeta Reticuli
2 from start to finish. In fact although it is fairly dark,
it isn't that dark is it !? The addition of the more melodic
sounds, definitely facilitated my enjoyment of this album, as I'm
sure the original would have simply been too much for me. This
version though did work for me, and I was really quite impressed
with it. You've created some really nice effects and sounds,
that really keep this piece entertaining, so that not once did I
feel bored or twitchy. I particularly enjoyed the cosmic wind
effects, that swirl around and gather pace, a little like a roller
coaster ride for the mind... cool !! Yeah, this was an interesting and different musical
excursion for me, and although I won't be playing it everyday, I
will be returning to it at some point for another ride on those
cosmic winds. :) Nice one Jez, and thanks again for the opportunity
to listen to it. Roy Jackson.
Zeta Reticuli is VERY GOOD!! It is SO good that you should not give
it for free! You should release this as a dark ambient cd album!
Great ambience! Bakis Sirros, Parallel
My chum Jez Modulator Creek today passed me his new 74 minute epic
“Zeta Reticuli”, a huge swooping analogue-synth tone-scape. Very
Zeit era Tangerine Dream in flavour and my favourite Modulator piece
to date. Alan Walker, Landschaft
"album" - 2 fine ambient soundscapes. Bert, Phrozenlight