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Synth Album Review: "Omnia in Omnibus" by Acid42

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Initial Impressions

Acid42’s Omnia in Omnibus fulfills the artist's stated goal of taking sonic elements from past movements in electronic music to produce new works. The result is a shimmering, lush synth tapestry that weaves together all manner of sonic textures and moods which inspire nostalgia and emotion.

There’s a real richness to the variety and timbre of the various synths used on Omnia in Omnibus that contributes to the textured, complex and lush feeling of the music on the album. Acid42 has skill when it comes to choosing the different synth sounds and working with them to create ear-catching and unique compositions.

I also enjoy the way in which Acid42 combines more organic-sounding instruments that resemble various types of percussion from around the world, as well as hammered dulcimer, xylophone like instruments and strings with purely computerized or technological sounds to produce contrasts and add another level of auditory detail.

I also find it interesting that Omnia in Omnibus contains an experimental element in some of the more unusual sounds that Acid42 employs but the way in which he treats the sounds only makes them integrate into the music in a compelling way.

Track-by-Track Analysis

“Plucked From The Sands Of Time” opens with stacked up, reverberating waves of synth that undulate into the track in a gently repeating pattern while whorls of misty sound flow around it. There’s also the deep, solid pulse of a full drum that permeates the track. I enjoy the way that the delicate float of synth sounds flows around a medium-high pattern of technological synth.

A distorted, raised sound pulses in a laser-like motion and minor key synths are now joined by a full melodic pattern that slowly climbs up through the track while a countervailing, descending line with a twisted feeling moves below it. A strange, elevated sound wriggles above the other elements in the music before it all fades out on airy drift.

Skittering high tech sounds start off “Transatlantivc” along with an energetic melody carried on a warm, round synth that contrasts with a line of twisting, edgy sound shifting behind it. I especially like the way the unique quality of the frame drum as it throbs behind the trembling, ancient-feeling melody.

A gritty line of shifting synth is now joined by the “B” section melody that is mixes feelings of hope with sadness. The throb of the big, full frame drum keeps moving behind chimes that call out with a metallic light, bright and clear over the rebounding beat.The lead melody is carried on a diaphanous breath of d synth as the chimes ring out and lines of shimmering synth rise and fall into silence.

“Jam 20190130” comes into being with a woody, percussive ticking and a jazzy, leaping piano line. I am drawn to its dynamic quality that’s enhanced by thick organ sounds that add support behind it. There’s a distinct Latin jazz vibe to the piano melody as the organ and high metallic string-like sounds shift around it.

Piano chords climb into the music as the beat stutter steps and glowing strings shimmer. The piano plays patterns of chords that exude sweetness as they rise through the music. A secondary hopeful, easy going piano melody trips gently over the swirling sounds behind it and the percussion ticks along.

A glitchy, twisting, nasal line of synth wriggles over massive, weighty drumbeats to kick off “Analogia.” The open feeling of the track is a nice piece of sound design. Synths that are almost unsettling vibrate through the music along with a squelching, writhing sound. Rapid shivering synth lines travel over a series of oscillating, climbing synth arpeggios.

A bursting, grumbling, shuddering synth makes a spiky journey into the track while warmer synth swells in a line that arcs upwards over the shuddering distorted synth under it. There is a pleasingly off-kilter quality to the track.

There’s also a nice contrast between the more gentle, flowing sounds that swirl over the edgy, distorted sounding synth that sweeps and bends. A tide of shimmering synth dances in a quick pattern before ethereal sounds flow in and full synth voices fade away.

“Omnia” launches with tabla and jangling strings. I like the swinging, mysterious quality to the music as hammered dulcimer-like notes ring out over the tablas. Waves of metallic strings shimmer across the surface of the music as the devious, bouncing rhythm moves through the track. Deep, clean synths call out as the beat keeps swaying and jumping along while some wooden xylophone sounds add a full quality to the music.

There’s a sense of optimism and sunny energy to begin “The Morning Of Another Day.” Synth arpeggios dance underneath the lead melody that’s carried on a medium-high synth that brims with caressing feelings. I enjoy the way in which the whole track has a bubbling energy that is uplifting and positive. The sound of waves lapping on a beach touch the music as the arpeggios sail through.

Synths deeply reminiscent of whale song extend through the music and the beat keeps bubbling along in the distance. The music breaks into the yearning voices of string-like synths call out with a feeling of growth and progress. The drums throb and the flowing, singing synths all drift together over the beat’s forward motion.The arpeggios slowly unfold into the track as the drums play a compelling rhythm and the synths glow like sun on water as the bubbling percussion moves again.

Conclusion

Omnia In Omnibus is a detailed, aurally rich journey across many emotions and sensations. It evokes nostalgia in the sounds it employs but keeps the music fresh, engaging and interesting. I enjoy the approach that Acid42 takes to synth-based music!

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