Grassow is known as the king of the ambient drone.
Jim Brenholts, allmusic.com


Mathias Grassow - Drones Ambient Music

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Perhaps my drones are ‘cosmic downloads’ that contain a certain message – but even if so: if perceived by our ears only, this message does not have the power to change our DNA and open up the way to more profound experiences of our inner self. Such music can, at best, give us a vague idea about who we are, and where our home is. I have the firm believe that if we manage to perceive music on more channels than just our ears – which are governed by our brain with all it’s judgements and categorisations – this will enable us to perceive it on a level which still is beyond our imagination, an expanded perception that might include the relativity of space and time, and the simultaneity of past, present, future, and more …


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Announcement: Fundraising for flood victims


Dear fans & friends .....
The catastrophe in my home country affects the whole world.
After a short and careful consideration, we have decided to start a small fundraising campaign, which is running up to and including the next "Bandcamp Friday" on August 6 2021:
From ALL sold works by Mathias Grassow and AGUILAR, 50% of the proceeds go to a well-known and reputable German company, such as the "German Red Cross".

We vouch for the correct handling of the income, which will be paid out to the selected company immediately after the end of the campaign !
If this test run is successful, the action will be continued and this will be announced.

ADDITIONALLY, there is a new work, the release date of which has been brought forward. We are happy about every sold work and thank you in advance for your sympathy.

Mathias Grassow & Cornelia Kern

(2021) Mysterium cosmographicum


Just as the idea of a harmony of spheres has been anchored in mankind for thousands of years, so a connection between geometry and the heavenly conditions has probably been suspected for just as long. Plato associated the five existing and named after him regular bodies with the elements fire, water, earth, air and heavenly etheric substance. He assigned the latter to the dodeceder, the figure bordered by twelve pentagons. The adjacent twelve-surface is inscribed with its insphere, which touches the centers of all side surfaces. The sphere indicated by the outer circle touches all 20 corners of this Platonic body.
This album contains TWO "hidden-bonus-tracks", only available for those, who purchase the album.
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(2021) Silent abundance III


art III of this series of deep relaxation music for a voluntary donation.
A thank you to my loyal fans....... this series will be continued irregularly.
This part is particularly long - the bonus track of 35 minutes length is also intended to encourage you to include this series to your collection.....
Part III of a series, which I make available practically free of charge against a donation. These albums are -- as always -- recorded in one run and can be used very well in sound therapy.... of course also suitable as background music for your own inner collection.
Subharmonic chants by MG.
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(2021) Trans​-​Orient​-​Express


An eurasian and mystical journey. A train ride in the style of the Orient-Express..... but imaginary maybe from Spain to Persia, or from whereever. you may start..... Impressions from the train window........ Emotions, memories of heydays, of becoming and passing away, of universal and own truths and lies, of progress and regression, - of senseless loops and finally coming home..... or the return ? .......... Impressions from the train window....... Emotions, memories.........repeat...... Transmission ends......

Totally played LIVE in one take at home between 5th and 7th april 2021. No overdubbing !
--> The last three "hidden" pieces represent alternative ends of the journey.
A small wink....... as return from the journey every listener can consider his personal preferred "station". <--

Played in respect and deep gratitude on several synths and samplers, several ritual-shaman-frame drums & over/undertone singing.

Mastered by Thomas Sauer alias SONIC☉SPACES (pen-umbra.bandcamp.com) - many thanks !

Thanks for my second life gift and to all who accompanied me......
Love you CoKe ;-)
THIS ALBUM CONTAINS THREE HIDDEN BONUS TRACKS that are only available to buyers of the album !
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(2021) Spirals of Roses in time


These "rose spirals" are a pun. They stand for many things and at the same time for nothing. Spirals are the energy of the universe and in the Queen of Flowers we look into eternity as a metaphor for the giving and the taking at the same time......
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released May 31, 2021

Again thanks to my wife for support, patience and inspiration. Without my female counterpart, the idea of the rose series would not have been feasible...... Cover design as always by Cornelia Kern.
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NILS WORTMANN : "Alles so schön still hier"


New book publication - in brief: "Everything is so nice and quiet here". A unique book listing the 100 best ambient works between 1975 and 2020, with a description and further recommendations. Initially only available in German. If there is enough interest, an English version will be available soon!

AVAILABLE FROM THE 22ND CALENDAR WEEK !

CONTAINS THE MENTIONED ALBUM "PSYCHIC DOME" AS DOWNLOAD FOR FREE !

Includes unlimited streaming of (1992) Psychic Dome via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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NILS WORTMANN : "Alles so schön still hier"


"The lost wisdom" - the secret knowledge of what we call "Stone of the wise Men", "Grail's cup" or "Bundeslade" is only to be found in us, in man and woman, in connection, in trust, in leadership and devotion at the same time. The dance of life is not a technique, a method, a doctrine, or a religion. This ecstatic music is an idea of what we could experience far from guilt and shame with each other. We are secrets and key at the same time......

Instruments used : Keys, synths, samplers, different frame - and shaman-drums, field recordings, overtone & deep throat singing (not overworked) and some more secrets ;-)
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released May 7, 2021

These pieces were created in a special atmosphere. No multi-track technology, no subsequent "embellishments" etc. Pure energy and maximum power transmission..... of the artist's idea of ecstasy..... PLEASE DO NOT LISTEN WHILE DRIVING !
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(2021) The incomprehensible emptiness


This album contains one HIDDEN BONUS-track of 58 minutes length - only visible and downloadable for those, who purchase the album.......
130 minutes of drone - & avantgarde ambient ..... for best price !
What is emptiness, what is nothing? Again the question of the "correct" direction in life is asked. What's the point, what's wrong, what's right? Are concepts such as infinity, emptiness, nothing, time and transience relative, or fixed values ​​that we do not grasp, but merely interpret and put into formulas in order to understand a world that has long eluded our perception?
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released May 4, 2021

Many thanks to my personal inspiration and muse nature, my family and friends .... you know who you are......
Thanls to my wife Cornelia Kern for cover image and layout.

"Stop praying.
What I want you to do is go out into the world and enjoy your life. I want you to sing, have fun and enjoy everything I've made for you.

Stop going into those dark, cold temples that you built yourself and saying they are my house. My house is in the mountains, in the woods, rivers, lakes, beaches. That's where I live and there I express my love for you.

Stop blaming me for your miserable life; I never told you there was anything wrong with you or that you were a sinner, or that your sexuality was a bad thing. Sex is a gift I have given you and with which you can express your love, your ecstasy, your joy. So don't blame me for everything they made you believe.

Stop reading alleged sacred scriptures that have nothing to do with me. If you can't read me in a sunrise, in a landscape, in the look of your friends, in your son's eyes... ➤ you will find me in no book!
Stop asking me "will you tell me how to do my job?" Stop being so scared of me. I do not judge you or criticize you, nor get angry, or bothered. I am pure love.

Stop asking for forgiveness, there's nothing to forgive. If I made you... I filled you with passions, limitations, pleasures, feelings, needs, inconsistencies... free will. How can I blame you if you respond to something I put in you? How can I punish you for being the way you are, if I'm the one who made you? Do you think I could create a place to burn all my children who behave badly for the rest of eternity? What kind of god would do that?

Respect your peers and don't do what you don't want for yourself. All I ask is that you pay attention in your life, that alertness is your guide.

My beloved, this life is not a test, not a step on the way, not a rehearsal, nor a prelude to paradise. This life is the only thing here and now and it is all you need.

I have set you absolutely free, no prizes or punishments, no sins or virtues, no one carries a marker, no one keeps a record.
You are absolutely free to create in your life. Heaven or hell.

➤ I can't tell you if there's anything after this life but I can give you a tip. Live as if there is not. As if this is your only chance to enjoy, to love, to exist.

So, if there's nothing after, then you will have enjoyed the opportunity I gave you. And if there is, rest assured that I won't ask if you behaved right or wrong, I'll ask. Did you like it? Did you have fun? What did you enjoy the most? What did you learn?...

Stop believing in me; believing is assuming, guessing, imagining. I don't want you to believe in me, I want you to believe in you. I want you to feel me in you when you kiss your beloved, when you tuck in your little girl, when you caress your dog, when you bathe in the sea.

Stop praising me, what kind of egomaniac God do you think I am?

I'm bored being praised. I'm tired of being thanked. Feeling grateful? Prove it by taking care of yourself, your health, your relationships, the world. Express your joy! That's the way to praise me.

Stop complicating things and repeating as a parakeet what you've been taught about me.

What do you need more miracles for? So many explanations?

The only thing for sure is that you are here, that you are alive, that this world is full of wonders."

- Spinoza
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(2021) Silent abundance II


Part II of this series of deep relaxation music for a voluntary donation. A thank you to my loyal fans....... this series will be continued irregularly.
These albums are -- as always -- recorded in one run and can be used very well in sound therapy.... of course also suitable as background music for your own inner collection.
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released April 18, 2021

Thanks to Cornelia Kern for cover image and layout.
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(2021) The incomprehensible emptiness


What is emptiness, what is nothing? Again the question of the "correct" direction in life is asked. What's the point, what's wrong, what's right? Are concepts such as infinity, emptiness, nothing, time and transience relative, or fixed values ​​that we do not grasp, but merely interpret and put into formulas in order to understand a world that has long eluded our perception?
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released May 4, 2021

Many thanks to my personal inspiration and muse nature, my family and friends .... you know who you are......
Thanks to my wife Cornelia Kern for cover image and layout.
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(2021) Silent abundance II


Part II of this series of deep relaxation music for a voluntary donation. A thank you to my loyal fans....... this series will be continued irregularly.
These albums are -- as always -- recorded in one run and can be used very well in sound therapy.... of course also suitable as background music for your own inner collection.
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released April 18, 2021

Thanks to Cornelia Kern for cover image and layout.
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(2021) The Ambassadors of Spring


"The Ambassadors of spring"...... six musically depicted classical goddesses and messengers of spring, who proclaim light, growth and fertility.
Framed by two minimalist piano pieces, this work is an ode to the sun and the awakening of the nature.
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released April 2, 2021

Thanks to Cornelia Kern for cover images and layout.
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(2021) You are the horizon


An album full of light, the conscious expansion of being and the transgression of the self-imposed limitations.
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released April 2, 2021

Cover photo and layout by Cornelia Kern.
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STEP XIV - The early years (1986​-​1989) - "Allegorical doors to inner worlds"


Another beautiful memory of the good old 80s. The pieces moved away from the "New Age" to the more individual "natural mysticism", Christian mysticism and Sufism. Good choice by LEV LEVIN , many thanks !
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released April 1, 2021

Thanks also to Lev Levin, who lovingly selects and restores the pieces of all archives. Thanks to Cornelia Kern for the step pictures and the layout.
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(2021) We abuse what we miss


This album invites you to think and feel what we do to get care that we did not receive enough in childhood. Since nobody can fill this deficit, we take and act ruthlessly .....
This album may be very difficult again; the 47-minute central piece, however, is a journey that everyone can interpret for themselves. So we often decide for ourselves how light and dark encounter us .....
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released March 5, 2021

Thanks to some insights during the night of February 14th when recording this absolutely home live event.
Thanks to my wife Cornelia Kern for cover images and layout.
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(2021) Cascading Rosespirals


Now finally the continuation of the "Mystical rose project" in a special extended version......
"The flower of flowers as calyx and conception at the same time. The holy grail as the idea of ​​the womb and at the same time the source of life ......"

Inspired by the outstanding fan responses to the first album.
This series will continue with continued success - work is already underway on successors......
It is planned to release the complete "Rose Series" as CD's in a limited box. Negotiations are underway with a well-known label.....
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released March 5, 2021

Thanks to my wife Cornelia Kern for the idea, concept and cover design of this second part.
Dedicated to all women who have lost contact with themselves through patriarchy and are suppressed.  
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(2021) Silent abundance I


This is the start of a series, which I make available practically free of charge against a donation. These albums are -- as always -- recorded in one run and can be used very well in sound therapy.... of course also suitable as background music for your own inner collection.
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released March 2, 2021

Thanks to Cornelia Kern for cover image and layout.  
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(2021) The shamans of science : Al​-​Shaman Chapter III - The twelve steps of Magnum Opus


This album is the third in a trilogy dealing with alchemy and shamanism. The possible connection is only intuitively recorded musically and should give the listener space to find his own interpretation, or to experience something completely different.
Part 3 "Al-Shaman - Chapter III : The twelve steps of Magnum Opus" stands for "finding the philosopher's stone", or "spiritual transformation", usually even after a catharsis.

Instruments : Several synths, frame & shaman drums, Djembe, deep voice, field recordings.
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released February 4, 2021

And a third time many thanks to my wife Cornelia Kern for cover painting and layout.
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(2021) The shamans of science : Al​-​Shaman Chapter II - Planets and metals


This album is the second in a trilogy dealing with alchemy and shamanism. The possible connection is only intuitively recorded musically and should give the listener space to find his own interpretation, or to experience something completely different.
Part 2 "Al-Shaman - Chapter II : Planets and metals" deals with the planets known a few 100 years ago and their assignment to metals. The central star is the earth.

Instruments : Several synths, frame & shaman drums, Djembe, deep voice, field recordings.
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released February 4, 2021

Thanks again to my wife Cornelia Kern for cover painting and layout.
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(2021) The shamans of science : Al​-​Shaman Chapter I - Scripts and secrets


This album is the first in a trilogy dealing with alchemy and shamanism. The possible connection is only intuitively recorded musically and should give the listener space to find his own interpretation, or to experience something completely different.
Part 1 "Al-Shaman - Chapter I : Scripts and secrets" lists the old, well-known scripts - valuable documents that never reveal the whole secret.

Instruments : Several synths, frame & shaman drums, Djembe, deep voice, field recordings.
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released February 4, 2021

Thanks as ususal to my wife Cornelia Kern for cover paintings and layout.  
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(2016​-​2020) Mathias Grassow & John Haughm - OPALUS


3rd album between both artists. OPALUS was made during several "live"-sessions at home in germany on 12th and 13th deember of 2016.
Compiled, mixed, designed and produced by John Haughm; mastering by Gus Elg in 2020.
This album was recorded totally live, without any overdubs.
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released December 12, 2020
Cover painting by Cornelia Kern, photography of both artists by Veleda Thorsson, art direction & design by John Haughm.
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(2020) : The dreamquest sessions (1998)


"The dreamquest sessions" was originally released as a CD-R in the late 90s. Ít is closely related to "The darklight quest" and especially "The nightquest sessions".
This edition has been slightly edited and features two framing chapters. It has also received a mastering touch by Anders Peterson of 'Ghost Sounds'.
I am extremely happy to finally be able to present the third, remixed and extended part as the end of this trilogy.

released December 7, 2020

Many thanks to Johan Rehn for making this release possible !
Painting of "the dream" directly to one of the artists "shaman drums" by MG somewhere in between worlds.......

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(2020) Advent


Based on singing bowls and drones, Advent is a collection of pieces that were created in the last few weeks of this year's Christmas season. The pieces do not necessarily represent Advent I-IV in exact this order, but can be interpreted by anyone.......Enjoy !

On this album the artist plays :

Singing bowls - frame drum - deep voice - keys/samples/synths.
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released December 4, 2020

Thanks as usual to my wife Cornelia for cover image and layout.

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(2020) Eleven virtues


"Eleven virtues" is an idea, a collection of primarily knightly virtues from the late Middle Ages, which I intuitively assigned to these pieces. I chose these virtues because I liked them best; Especially in comparison with the cardinal virtues, the Prussian virtues etc.

Of course, opinions on the "most important" and contemporary virtues diverge. Accordingly, of course, every listener has their own scope to discover this for themselves here as well.

The order of the individual pieces and their titles is not to be understood as an increase in the virtues to be acquired, but rather intuitive and arbitrary. The recordings were made "live at home" in a continuous session.
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released December 4, 2020

Many thanks as usual to my beloved wife and "Aguilar" mate Cornelia Kern for cover layout and support.
Cover photo taken by Tara Bierwisch.

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(2020) Yggdrasils burning


This more classic drone-album was created from 3 home sessions that year, from which this two hour selection was made. The current critical situation of our "green lungs" and the consequences of what has not wanted to be seen for decades is the concept of this work. The titles refer to the eight largest "primeval forests" on our planet.

Title explanation:
Yggdrasil, Old Norse Yggdrasill, also: world ash, is the name of an ash tree in Norse mythology that embodies the entire cosmos as a world tree.
released October 24, 2020
Many thanks as usual to my wife Cornelia Kern for Images and support.  

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(2018​-​2020) The salt of life


Salt is a symbol of health, vitality, success and happiness. It stands for consistency and incorruptibility. In the past, salt was weighed with gold and paid as a wage, and today you recognize a person's worth by giving them salt.....

"The salt of life" here stands for the essence of what we are here for; on the one hand individually, on the other hand in a spiritual context with the universe.
At the end of the resonance there is the great and unimaginable nothing, the sound of the inconceivable emptiness, which is at the same time permeated by abundance. Not comprehensible with the mind, but felt through this music - an idea ......
Pieces 1-3 are variations from "Europa - Part II".......

released November 6, 2020
Many thanks to Cornelia Kern for images and support - as ususal.......

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Life document: (2020) Live at Gut Saunstorf 1st of august 2020


This is the original recording of the concert at Gut Saunstorf near Wismar on August 1st, 2020. The recording was not post-processed, but rather adopted due to the preservation of the highest possible authenticity with all background noises and errors in order to faithfully reproduce the great spirit of this event.
NOTE:
Tracks 1-7 were recorded directly in the audience with a TASCAM live recorder.
Tracks 8 & 9 are the same concert in only two parts - but here taken from the hall mixer.
So everyone has the opportunity to choose their personal version ......
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released October 2, 2020
Thanks to the whole team and organisators of the concert, you know who you are ! Thanks for the great support to my wife Cornelia Kern.

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New release: KaleidosHope


This new 80 minute album was created around the same time as "Bazaar" and can therefore be seen as a follow-up album and yet......it is different : Middle points here are also oriental instrumentation, whereby the hypnotic 5th piece represents the core of the mysticism of the Arab worlds and bridges this with the west and the typical "drone" music.

"Life is a kaleidoscope and we design its blaze of colors..."

released August 7, 2020

Thanks to CORNELIA KERN for images, titles and cover-concept.

NOTE : Parts V & VI were played live during my forthcoming live album from "Gut Saunstorf" nearby Wismar in germany on 1st of august 2020.

I want to dedicate this album In memory of the "Hibakusha" - and all the victims of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6th and 9th, 1945.
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AGUILAR, the Mathias Grassow archive


Aguilar is the Mathias Grassow archive Bandcamp artist site that my wife Cornelia runs and manages. There - and only there - you can get the exclusive "Mathias Grassow" archive series, starting in 1980 ....
The individual parts have a comfortable CD length, are mixed and mastered. According to the time, everything is a bow to the possibilities that existed at the time and is accordingly authentic. You can be happy to collect these series for an acceptable price.
Enjoy.
https://aguilar1.bandcamp.com


From the archives: Drone-Day - Mathias Grassow live in Wiesbaden 26th of may 2018


Live performance of the artist during the "Drone-Day" in Wiesbaden 26th of may 2018.

PLEASE LOOK HERE TO COMPLETE THESE SESSIONS and support my friends too :-)
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released July 3, 2020

Recorded live at the Drone Day Event at Luisenforum, Wiesbaden, Germany, 2018-05-26
Mastered by HaDi Schmidt.
Aural clean-up by Michael Brückner.
Thanks to both of you guys !
Thanks too to Cornelia Kern for cover image, participation and support.
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Mathias Grassow is one the leading figures of the "sacred" space music.
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Mathias Grassow and Jim Cole have given us a modern masterpiece.
Bill Binkelman, Wind and Wire, as quoted on spectralvoices.com