A Posteriori

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This article is about the album by Enigma. For the epistemological meaning, see A posteriori (epistemology).
A Posteriori
Studio album by Enigma
Released 22 September 2006
Recorded 2005–2006
at various places with the "Alchemist" (all in one computed mobile studio)[1]
Genre New Age, ambient, trance, house, electronic music
Length 53:36
Label Virgin / EMI
Producer Michael Cretu
Enigma chronology
15 Years After
(2005)
A posteriori
(2006)
Eppur si muove
(2006)

A Posteriori is a 2006 music album created by the musical project Enigma. It is Enigma's sixth album. In December 2006, the album was nominated in the Best New Age Album category in the 2007 Grammy Awards.[2]

While the previous album, Voyageur, contained minimal amounts of the project's signature sounds, A posteriori only contains the signature "Enigma horn" (a foghorn) during the opening minute of the album, and even then it is a fleeting glimpse. Coupled with the album's subject matter of the collision of the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies, A posteriori is, compared to earlier releases, stark and foreboding.

Overview[edit]

History[edit]

News about the album's title and tracklist were first made public on 18 July 2006 through Crocodile-Music.de news page and EnigmaMusic.com's forums, while the album cover was made public ten days later. The first track from the album to be made public was "Hello and Welcome," released as a stand-alone single in 2006. Enigma's management subsequently stated that a new version would be included on the album, while the lead single off the album proper would be "Goodbye Milky Way".[3]

Recording[edit]

A posteriori became first Enigma album to be recorded using Cretu's new 5.1 fully computerized mobile music studio "Alchemist". "Alchemist" represents a machine of comparably small size with main keyboard and a number of hardware MIDI controllers with some "special" expansions and central computer with LCD screen. It was designed for Michael Cretu privately and according to him helped a lot producing music, transferring ideas into sound.[1]

Etymology[edit]

"A posteriori", a Latin phrase translated as "after the fact", refers to empirical knowledge, the epistemological concept of deriving knowledge from past experience.

"Eppur si muove", alternately spelled "E pur si muove!", is an Italian phrase translated to "And yet it moves", attributed to Galileo Galilei after he was sentenced by the Roman Inquisition to recant his belief in heliocentrism.

Reception[edit]

Thom Jurek of AllMusic gave the album a mixed review saying "if you like the Enigma sound, this will be up your alley, full of the things you may seek out in a recording, but there is little new here."

Track listing[edit]

All songs written, arranged, and produced by Michael Cretu.

All songs published by 1-2-3 Music / Crocodile Music.

No. Title Length
1. "Eppur si muove"   3:41
2. "Feel Me Heaven"   4:50
3. "Dreaming of Andromeda"   4:26
4. "Dancing with Mephisto"   4:25
5. "Northern Lights"   3:39
6. "Invisible Love"   4:55
7. "Message from Io"   3:09
8. "Hello and Welcome"   5:08
9. "20.000 Miles over the Sea"   4:23
10. "Sitting on the Moon"   4:21
11. "The Alchemist"   4:41
12. "Goodbye Milky Way"   5:58
Total length:
53:36

Credits[edit]

  • Michael Cretu - performance
Additional personnel
  • Voice - Andru Donalds (track 8)
  • Narration - Louisa Stanley (tracks: 4, 12)

Apart from the album, some additional remixes were released exclusively through the iTunes Store. They are:

  • "Eppur si muove" (Tocadisco Remix) – 6:39
  • "Dreaming of Andromeda" (Jean F. Cochois Remix) – 7:28
  • "20.000 Miles over the Sea" (Boca Junior Remix) – 7:07
  • "The Alchemist" (The Alchemist's Vision by Ralf Hildenbeutel) – 7:17

A posteriori Private Lounge Remix[edit]

The Private Lounge Remix album version of A posteriori was released via iTunes Store on 18 March 2007 in Germany and on 26 March in the rest of Europe.

No. Title Length
1. "Eppur si muove (Tocadisco Remix 2)"   6:11
2. "Feel Me Heaven (Boca Junior Remix)"   6:24
3. "Dreaming of Andromeda (Jean F. Cochois Remix)"   7:29
4. "Dancing with Mephisto (Boca Junior Remix)"   5:28
5. "Northern Lights (Boca Junior Remix)"   5:41
6. "Invisible Love (Boca Junior Remix)"   5:45
7. "Message from Io (Boca Junior Remix)"   5:33
8. "The Alchemist (Christian Geller Remix)"   6:54
9. "20.000 Miles over the Sea (Boca Junior Remix)"   7:08
10. "Voyageur (Boca Junior Remix)"   5:31
11. "The Alchemist (The Alchemist's Vision by Ralf Hildenbeutel)"   7:16
12. "Goodbye Milky Way (Boca Junior Remix)"   5:10
Total length:
1:14:30

Release history[edit]

Region Date
Germany 22 September 2006
Worldwide 25 September 2006

Certifications[edit]

Country Cerfification
Russia Platinum[5]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
Europe 32
Greece 3
USA Billboard Top Electronic Albums 3[6]
Netherlands 8
Turkey 8
Germany 16
Austria 17
Switzerland 24
Hungary 24
Portugal 28
Italy 32
Czech Republic 34
Slovakia 35
Poland 44
Spain 82
UK 115
USA Billboard Top 200 95[6]
France 98

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Alchemist Studio" (in Spanish). Enigma Música.com. Retrieved 30 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "49th Annual Grammy Awards Nominee List". Grammy. Grammy.com. Archived from the original on 8 December 2006. Retrieved 9 December 2006. 
  3. ^ "New Enigma Album". Enigma News. Crocodile Music Management GmbH. Archived from the original on 30 June 2006. Retrieved 17 July 2006. 
  4. ^ A Posteriori at AllMusic
  5. ^ ""ЗОЛОТО" И "ПЛАТИНА" / International 2006" [Gold and Platinum: International 2006] (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2009-01-24. 
  6. ^ a b Billboard.com