Like advances in electric guitar changed music in the '70s and '80s, computer mixing has greatly influenced today’s music. Techno is its name and it's growing in popularity. Techno is meant to be dance music, primarily played in clubs, and UltraMax’s TechnoClassica hits that right on the mark.
UltraMax is great at adding fun edges to relatively new songs such as “Ghost Riders.” It is often hard to keep the listener interested musically for eight minutes, however UltraMax pulls this off rather well. I am, however, mildly disappointed with this bass line. Bass gives techno music its backbone, as it does in all music, but they're supposed to be very entertaining bass lines, along the lines of the one in “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon.
One of the coolest things about this CD and this group in general is the combination of classical music with techno beats. Classical musicians love classical music, but they also know many of the selections have been played for over a hundred years. Classical musicians, such as myself, enjoy hearing fresh versions which still hold fast to the complex music principles of the original.
I love the effective use of stringed instruments on this album. Generally, I am disappointed in a lot of modern violin or string classical instruments used in popular music, but TechnoClassica left me pleasantly surprised. It is also interesting to hear a unique use of drums in "Broken China," since most techno music is built around a steady drum beat.
In this corner, it is techno master UltraMax, and in this corner, legendary composer Bach. They face off twice on this CD. The first round is "Choral in F Minor," the incredibly well known classic by Bach. When combined with UltraMax, they blended together into one gigantic masterpiece of music. Then the second meeting… waits a tick… it is the same drum beat. That's kind of disappointing. Bach comes in more then one tempo.
Overall, this CD is higher-end quality techno music. It is still a hard market and I doubt it will reach gold. But I wouldn’t mind hearing the music in dance clubs and look forward to UltraMax’s future releases.