Of all popular genres, electronica has always been one of the more globally conscious, crossing oceans and transcending cultural boundaries in a wordless communication of rhythm and melody. Influenced by Detroit Techno, early Tangerine Dream, and Eno’s ambient, Global Communication’s 76:14 became one of several universally celebrated ambient house records. Though it was released in Europe at the height of the ambient techno movement in 1994 and later garnered critical acclaim in the U.S. when it was distributed in 1997, the album’s 10 tracks (titled by number to avoid “pre-defining images”) were recorded as early as 1991. Each track is its own spacey symphony, etched with ticking clocks, soft piano lines and tidal white noise not unlike that on the Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld. Now considered a neo-classic, 76:14 samples nine different languages throughout, making it a truly global communication.
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