Uncut - p.1284 stars out of 5
- "A genre landmark, there's a timelessness about much that's here..."
CMJ - 10/23/00, p.10
Included in CMJ's "5 Essential Downbeat Albums" - "...A graceful, poignant album that remains one of the signature works of the ambient-house movement..."
Option - 3-4/95, p.105
"...With shimmering ambience and repetition worthy of Philip Glass, Global Communication combines sound effects and voice to create spacy stimulation for the ear. The songs comprising 76:14 are denoted by numbers rather than words so as not to bias the listener with outside images....you're allowed the freedom to glean what you can..."
Melody Maker - 7/30/94, p.30
Bloody Essential - "...pure rhythm and painfully evocative melody, each serving the other with the grace and elegance of choir angels..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1204 stars out of 5
- "[A]nchored by between-song sampled voices and other familiar sound effects, it's a meditative gem of Radox-bath warmth and vast inter-stellar expanse."
NME (Magazine) - 7/16/94, p.38
7 - Very Good - "...much of this is as good as straight-ahead ambient gets..."
Global Communication: Mark Pritchard, Tom Middleton (various instruments).
Recorded at Evolution, Crewkerne, England between 1991 & 1994.
Seeing as how Gen X-ers of the rave persuasion were unlikely to be familiar with the pioneering synthphonics of ancient hippies like Tangerine Dream, Global Communication figured it would be safe to pass off the same as the "now sound." Such a statement might be unfair to Tom Middleton and Mark Pritchard, who have demonstrated considerable originality under such aliases as Reload, Jedi Knights, Link, and Chaos & The Julia Set. But even Global Communications wouldn't deny the striking similarity of 76:14 (now ironically the touchstone album of Generation Ambient) to the timeless strains of such Tangerine dreams as PHAEDRA and RUBYCON.
Middleton and Pritchard do the Dream well. The (mostly) untitled tracks woosh, whisper and turn on indelible melodic devices. "Ob-selon Mi-Nos" (even the title is Dream-y!), with its pillows of synth-clouds penetrated by shafts of golden light, is so breathtaking that you're willing to forgive the absence of a "Schulze/Froese, without whom..." credit in the list of dedications. All kidding aside, Global Communication's rhythmic qualities, dexterously derived from house and techno forms, date 76:14 well beyond the 1970-75 heyday of Teutonic synthedelica. A perfect mingling of the old and the new, 76:14 is deserving of its neo-classic status.