X1 Project

X1 Project's intelligent, euphoric, multi-coloured instrumentals straddle techno, classical minimalism, gentle cosmic psychedelia and the bubbling arpeggios of old-school Berlin ambient trance...both of these albums are essential listening for fans of melodic, spacey electronica.

artist:
X1 Project

country of origin:
Australia

style(s):
Berlin-school ambient, ambient trance, ambient techno, spacemusic

decades active:
2000's

essential releases:

  • The Asymmetrical Collection (2005, Bandcamp)
  • The Essential Collection 2003-2009 (2010, Bandcamp)

Reviewed by Mike G

In between the demands of running a commercial production studio in Melbourne, Australia, composer Wayne Huf aka X1 Project has found time to create some beautifully crafted and cliche-free downtempo machine grooves.

X1 Project's intelligent, euphoric, multi-coloured instrumentals straddle techno, classical minimalism, gentle cosmic psychedelia and the bubbling arpeggios of old-school Berlin ambient trance. His strongest releases are definitely his best-of collections. The Asymmetrical Collection (2005) cherry-picks highlights from his early releases. The Essential Collection (2010) draws tracks from a longer period and, while there is a degree of crossover, both albums are essential listening for fans of melodic, spacey electronica.

In a digitally sampled world where live instrument samples are indistinguishable from the originals, sometimes you just want machines to make their own sounds and sound like machines, albeit very advanced ones. From the strange industrial drums, drones and bleeps of "Neutron As A Child" to the warm throb and ricocheting melodies of "Ripples In A Cosmic Trail", Huf's music answers that call without sounding clunky or nostalgic. The lengthy "Lunar Beach" is another highlight, blessed with the same exquisite layering and sense of tension that defines Tangerine Dream's best film scores.

Like the Berlin-school inspired sounds of America's Alpha Wave Movement, the music of X1 Project shows an understanding of when and how to draw on the past, so as to end up sounding like the future.

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