As title number six in the Brainwashed Handmade Series, Music For Planetarium is a solo Jack Dangers CD of electronic tape music recorded for the T.I.T. Planetarium in Budapest. With such a spacey title and a pre-recorded opening statement of: ?The music that has been recorded on this record has come to me from outer space? one would have certain expectations of what is in store and sure enough those expectations are correct (The Forbidden Planet soundtrack sprung to mind) but mine were pleasantly subverted.
Dangers makes some very smart moves in not over playing his sounds. There are the odd cheesy old fashioned electronic bleeps here and there that slightly stand out, but overall the ghostly howls and reverb swells are all perfectly mixed and gently hover on the horizon like a threatening presence. If one wanted to, they could draw some vague comparisons with Lustmord, but unlike some of his works, this album isn?t overtly dark or spacey.
I listen to and love so much of this music and Dangers has expertly created a taught listening experience. Comprising eleven tracks at barely fourty minutes, as a whole the album never feels boring. The sound palette drifts, howls and reverberates between the usual descriptive terminologies: eerie, haunting, distant, suspended, solitary?
As a soundtrack to a planetarium exhibit it is perfect; featuring just the right amount of near imperceptible atmospheres to work with the visuals and nudge the listener enough to present their own mental imagery to the experience. 7/10 -- Zac Keiller (18 June, 2008)