Michael Hoenig – Departure From The Northern Wasteland (1978)

I learnt recently that the composer for the Baldurs Gate 1 & 2 soundtracks was a member of Tangerine Dream and also released solo albums such as this. Hence then, the inevitable “working backwards” excercise in which I have now had the pleasure of hearing this lovely, well-made synthesizer record. Utilising, perhaps obviously, the spacey ambience of the Berlin School style, Hoenig presents to us a series of compositions that excellent detail other astral worlds and the exciting prospects of possibly one day being able to explore them. There is a sense of wonder in the compositions, but they remain grounded and are not too fancifull or “out there”, if that makes any sense. I really enjoyed this one!