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Ikarus Story

Ikarus a.k.a. Wolfgang Stindl started to work on the Ikarus project back in 1995, after years of studying music, making first experiences in performing & producing. Inspired by vast journeys and all sorts of ethnic music, Ikarus started to combine Electronic Chill Out tracks with sounds & vocals from all over the planet.

With the assistance of MP3.com in 1999, Ikarus got the chance to reach a wider audience, work together with musicians over the internet and to sell his Cd´s worldwide.
Encouraged by the incredible resonance from listeners and excellent chart positions on MP3.com, Ikarus released his official debut album titled "Ikarus-Touch the sun" on Sonic Images Records/Earthtone Records in january 2001, after being discovered by the A&R manager of Sonic Images Records on MP3.com.
Meanwhile Ikarus is featured on various compilations from different record companies and with different artists e.g. Moby, Faithless, Dead can Dance, Govinda, Tosca (Dorfmeister), Celtic Spirit, Miriam Stockley, Natacha Atlas.
On the movie "The Matrix-Revisited" starring Keanu Reeves by Warner Bros, Ikarus is part of the soundtrack.
Ikarus is also featured on the new US/Indian movie “Flavours”, which has got very nice reviews around the world.

Ikarus has done remixes of 1 Giant Leap “My culture” (feat. Robbie Williams & Maxi Jazz) and Madonnas “Ray of light” among others.
MTV-Undiscovered, Yahoo, Amazon.com, Musiceditor.com and others featured Ikarus songs during the past years.
New releases include "Spiritual Chillout" (Intentcity) and "Pathaans Indian Sunset" (Ministry of Sound) compilations.

Discographie

Ikarus CD´s:
Touch the sun (Earthtone Records)-01/2001
Praying to different Gods (Ikarus/MP3.com)-02/2001
The Angkor Sessions (Ikarus/MP3.com)-2002
Breathing Cultures (Ikarus)-05/2004
Vinyl single “Touched the sun/Praying to different Gods” (Stoned Asia Music)-05/03

Age of Confusion (Orange Music Singapore)-2005
Project (Orange Music Singapore)-2005

Ikarus on Compilations:
Tandava (Sounds True)
Gregorian Dreams (More Music/Universal)
Yoga Mela-An Eastern Vibrational Experience (White Swan Records)
Projekt Pop
Spiritual Chillout (Intentcity)
Indian Sunset (Ministry of Sound)
Buddha Cafe (Intentcity Records)
Elevation 3 (Sonic images Records): Moby, Faithless, Ikarus...
Spirits of the world (Earthtone Records): Dead can Dance, Yasue, Miriam Stockley...
Elevation 4 (Sonic Images Records)
Pathaan´s small world (Kickin Records)
Besame-softly cillout tunes (Polymedia/Universal)
Besame-chillin´tunes (Popuprecords/Universal)
Scousa Lounge (Hypnotic Records/EMI) out now
Chill Pill (Groove Gravy Records)
Stoned Asia presents World Peace (Stoned Asia Music)
Ambient Northern Lights Vol.2 (Just Create Records): SETI,Ikarus
Worldwide MP3.COM Music CD (MP3.com): Sold Out!!
Electronic Underground (MP3.com)
El cielo Cafe (Zubmusic)

Ikarus on Movies&Games:
The Matrix-Revisited (Warner Bros): starring Keanu Reeves 11/01
Victorian Touch
Bravo Marketing documentaries
Bikini Karate Babes
Flavours


Press Reviews

NAV Magazine (New Age Voice Magazine)
It is very easy to slide into a trance listening to this music. Ikarus uses a seductive combination of guitar, shakuhachi, bass, keyboards, didgeridoo, synthesizers and voices to fashion a trippy soundscape. Creator Wolfgang Stindl created a wonderful set of compositions to launch the listener on a soulful musical adventure. The presence of voices is what really gives this recording its magical feel that is almost otherworldly. Hearing samples of voices from all over the planet, the listener can get a sense of the spiritual nature that is the source of these soulful voices. The samples remind us that in many cultures, singing is a vital way of expressing our relationships to each other and to spirit, not just something professional entertainers do to try and make a hit record. Hearing so many different dialects and snatches of songs is like experiencing captured audio images from a global journey in the same way as if we had snapshots from every port of call on our voyage. The contrast between the acid jazz and trip hop feel of the instrumentation with the urgent call of the voices is an exciting and exotic combination.
-DL
NAV Review – April 2001

Editorial Reviews Amazon.com
By combining electronics with multicultural influences, composer Wolfgang Stindl has created a unique type of world fusion that touches on Celtic, African, Indian, and Asian themes. Fleshing out ambient grooves with the didgeridoo, guitar, keyboards, vocal samples, and shakuhashi, Touch the Sun exhibits a new vision of transcendental sound and energy. With fluid and dramatic tracks such as "In My Deepest Dreams" and the title cut, "Touched the Sun," this 10-track collection provides an uplifting experience in trip-hop sounds. --Leslie R. Marini

CMJ (collegue music journal) March 26, 2001
The fusion of world music instrumentation and electronic rhythms/production tactics has always reached a diverse audience intrigued by the fuson of earthy spirituality and synthetic ambiance. Though such musical disciples have no trouble finding artists whose music meets their aural needs, Wolfgang Stindl’s IKARUS project approaches the form with a fresh perspective. TOUCH THE SUN is an engaging offering that fleshes out its Celtic, African, Indian, and Asian influences with a mixture of didgeridoo, guitar, keyboards, vocal samples with ambient groove and trip-hop undercurrents. The ingredients are similar to those of artists like Banco De Gaia and Ekova, but the taste of the end result is succulent and satisfying in it’s own right.


Musiceditor.com
IKARUS Visionary music duo Wolf and Hari mix instrumentals from all over the world - from India to Africa to Eastern Europe and in between, and the result is spiritual, ethnically diverse sound - sort of Deep Forest meets Adiemus meets William Orbit. Well produced, balancing inventive programming with some really unusual world instruments including Didgeridoo, Japanese bamboo flute (called a Shakuhachi) and over 300,000 downloads on mp3.com prove they know what they're doing in this world music/trip-hop/electronica realm.

RAW42 Review
ikarus creates well-produced, refined music. the sort of music that makes it easy to imagine forests and waterfalls. in fact, it fits perfectly into the world music genre usually associated with that kind of imagery. smooth sounds and effects and a laid back groove define these songs and make them a treat for world fans while mixing in enough drums for the casual electronic listener. beautiful. basement, in its sonic indian version, brings this mix to light, blending a trip hop beat with sweeping backgrounds and wailing vocals as sung by an old indian. from the subtle delay on the opening chords to the sample-cd quality of the breakbeat, the song sounds professionally produced. a beautiful vibrating organ and reverberating xylophone melody provide the icing to a solid foundation of deep bass and smaller backing sweeps. the combination of this type of bass and percussive melody always remind me of angelo badalamenti, and ikarus holds up well even to this demanding comparison. a more involved vocal part is the mainstay of in my deepest dreams, the voice this time belonging to a middle eastern woman. the simple and deep bassline is magnificent in this track and lends the song depth in contrast to the higher sounding pads and hihats and cymbals. a combination of congas accompany the slower drum beat and lead into the high paced melody of extremely well programmed eastern percussive sounds. touched the sun is perhaps more dependent on its vocal sample than the previous two songs, so it is all the more impressive that this one sample, layered in a chorus effect, can carry the whole tune. that's not to say the bass, drums and melody are anything less than impressive, let alone the marvelous swelling pads they all rest on. everything about this music is flawless and professional. a must download for all who like world music or who just want to hear what well produced music sounds like. all three songs go directly to the raw42 hall of fame.
reviewed by alex on 2000-02-15






Review CD "Touch the sun" at D.G. Diffusion-Les Chants de L`Univers
(only in French)
Le premier et très attendu album de Ikarus . Un patchwork de cris de joie et de cris de douleur venus d’Europe Centrale, d’Asie et d’Afrique portés par les samples de chants (inclus Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares / track 1) !! L’émotion est véhiculée par une superbe trame électronique d’Ambient, Down Tempo et Trip Hop sur laquelle se greffent didgeridoo, guitares et shakuashi. Un album à découvrir dans la mouvance des Compils Buddha Bar et Nirvana Lounge.




Further Reviews on http://www.ikarusmusic.com


Band Members & Instruments:
Wolfgang Stindl

Similar Artists:
Deep Forest, Enigma, Bollywood, Govinda, Atman,

Influenced by:
Police, Peter Gabriel, Tori Amos, Seal, Kruder&Dorfmeister, Susheela Raman, Cheb Mami

Origin: Europe - Austria Austria

Homepage: http://www.ikarusmusic.com




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Ikarus

Songs
RiverRiver (4:29)
Touched The SunTouched The Sun (3:04)
AliveAlive (4:26)
ShivaShiva (4:56)



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