Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory - Elements Of Light

Bell of the ball

Nobody could accuse
German producer Hendrik
Weber (aka Pantha Du
Prince) of lacking in vision or
ambition. Drawn to the
distinctive sound of the bells
ringing from city hall while he
was on a visit to Oslo, Weber
discovered that it was
produced by a three-tonne
carillon consisting of 50
bronze bells invented 3,500
years ago in China. Promptly
arranging to have one
shipped back to Berlin, he
began composing Elements
Of Light, Weber enlisting
Vegar Sandholt, the same
carillonist whom he’d first
heard in the Norwegian
capital. Adding a dizzying
array of marimba, chimes,
xylophones and tubular bells
to the arrangements, Weber
then manipulated the
sessions electronically.

The result is an often very
beautiful exploration of
resonance and rhythm, with
fairly straight pieces of
minimal techno (Photon) and
mesmeric, joyful house
(Spectral Split) bookended by
twinkling, meditative
movements. With a warmth
uncommonly found in Weber’s
work, Elements Of Light
emerges as a real triumph.

4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars

Rough Trade | RTRADLP 654 (CD / LP)

Reviewed by Jamie Atkins
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