Odyssey should be seen either as an astronaut's voyage in outer space, exploring the sidereal lulls of infinity, or as a mind trip in the realm of human consciousness, after departing the body.
The first act, Spacemen, is a methaphorical interpretation of human existence, both physical and psychological, moving straight everywhere with no goal; speed is meant to give a meaning to life of men, despite without a clear vision it cannot lead to any destination.
The second act, Kurzschluss, describes the moment human personality reaches a different level, through doubt of his individuality, and start a deep ascending trip inside the potentialities of human consciusness; it should be seen also as the moment of transmigration, like a voyage in the dark and unknown areas of after-death existence, similar to the experience illustrated in the buddhist's Tibetan Book of the Dead.
In the third act, Omega Nebula, human consciousness is already floating in higher heavens, lost in the skies over the illusion of materiality and meaningless; similarly as a spaceman losing all his human limits in the border of universe, the Swan Nebula, man by now should experience his real nature as a part of everything, connected to every atom of the creation.
The final act, Ecstasy, illustrated the ascension of soul to the highest heaven, the source of every manifestation of the universe; through the communion with God, the primary being, the inner light that guides Time through Eternity, human consciousness finds the meaning of its life and finally understands the Mystery. Then, soul is ready to restart its descending trip, again.
released 01 January 2013
Mark Irrlicht's Vision is filled with american minimalism, german kosmische electronic wave, tibetan mysticism, gregorian liturgies, mongolian choirs, improving of consciousness, spiritual ascension, inner space exploration, sidereal space lulls, religions of ecstasy, ritual and shamanic rites, psylocibin trips, ancient mysteries, occultism surveys, gnostic and theosophian doctrines, jungian archetypes, eternal return theory.
Main influences: Popol Vuh, Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel, Third Ear Band, Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Terry Riley, La Monte Young, Peter Michael Hamel, William Basinski, Eliane Radigue, David Hykes, Voice of Eye, Neil Halstead.