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.