Keyboard   Feb. '90
Review of Between Present and Past 

by Jim Aikin

 

Praetzel is discovering some appealing new ways to use an electronic palette.  The mood of Between Present and Past is straight new age, but he coaxes intimate organic noises from his instruments, and sometimes lets go of the traditional 16-bar phrases in favor of borderless washes of sound.  The principal line in "Fish That Walk on Land" sounds suspiciously like an analog modular instrument being put through it's paces with some tricky filter modulation.  Elsewhere he fills in the background with dripping noises, shades sustained tones with subtle pitch bends, and decorates a rather ordinary rhythm groove with some live acoustic guitar playing that acquires an exotic edge through being deliberately (we hope) tuned flat.  Quite enjoyable.