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Amor Mundi


Réenchanter la vie

Amor Mundi | Re-enchanting Nature2020-06-15T23:59:56+02:00

#Loving life #Nature # soul

AHow to love the world as if it were an extension of our bodies and the mystery of our souls.

Amor Mundi Album

This album is inspired by the philosophy of Spinoza (1632-1677).
And more particularly the way he explores the notion of Infinity. How nature is seen as a power of expression of this Infinity.
A metaphysics now considered very contemporary

Excerpts [preferably on headphones]:

Amor Mundi,

is inspired by the thought of Spinoza. For whom Nature is almost divinized, since the entire physical reality, including our bodies and thoughts, is equivalent to the unique and infinite substance.
This is in a way the soundtrack of my encounters with the philosopher.

the themes

It is about Nature, flow, love, secrets, tectonic power, ridges, matrix, dimensions. Indescribable nostalgia for infinite rhythms.

There are melodies, rhythm, layers of sound. A wide variety of musical situations that are encounters between instruments and emotions. An encounter where each part keeps its share of mystery and gains in flavour by being together, but distinct, unique.

In short, they are sound calligraphies…

Videos of the album

Reviews

January 2021

reviews: She Who Bore the Gods ( from album Newt)

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Music To Stay Up Late At Night (Columbia):

Interesting sound! I enjoyed the way you constructed the whole sonic structure, the initial pattern and the change of sounds you added when including the piano, it was an interesting contrast of sounds.

The dynamics of the track were nice, the subtle growth in intensity was interesting, enforced by the chromatic scales that kept sounding in the background.

The concept of the track is very interesting as well, I don’t know much about the myth of Nut but it seems like a very interesting thematic material.

The strings in the background at the final section of the track were a nice touch, the harmony was expressive and climatic.

Sinusoidal Music (India):

Very interesting concept for an album here, I really liked the quality of the production and the good progression! Very good use of panning and volume automation to bring up the dynamics of the song; slowly bringing the track alive with very subtle elements, really great work, we loved the concept, overall a brilliant electronic piece here.

Hominis Canidae (Brazil):

Congratulations!

I will definitely spread it on our networks and if I can, I will write about it in our monthly newsletter for people who follow us here in Brazil.

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December 2020

New music album releases

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On December 28th, 2020 Anantakara will release a new music album on the Aural Films label (California). The album is called: NWT [At Whose Feet is Eternity]

This album explores the myth of Nut the Egyptian goddess of the sky and the night. Each track has for title one of the epithets that the ancient Egyptians granted her. This goddess swallowed the sun every evening to give birth to it every morning.
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the album:

November 2020

new single out now

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A song that celebrates new days and all the life that awakens and renews itself. A daily do-over. Fresh and playful. With Burkinabe musician Rasmadi singing.
This composition is the meeting of Africa with the benevolent electronica music of Europe. it is about life coming back, the simple impulse towards the light, the joy of being together, and inventing a new world

Review: a peaceful splendour

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The mix of electronic melodies and soundscapes underlines the duality of tranquility and restlessness in the psyche. Philippe Wauman uses his confinement as a catalyst to produce a peaceful splendor. The wide range of ambient, electronic, and ethnic sounds are caressed between the ears. The message on Serenity Despite The Storm is more than clear; Anantakara creates a salutary electronic work during the current tsunami of unrest.

Review of PATSKER OMAER BEGUIN on https://luminousdash.be/

Radio: brainvoyager episode 270

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3 songs from my album Amor Mundi will be included in this famous show and will be broadcast in various places around the world. A sound journey that promises to be passionate and exciting!

The weekly radio show ELECTRONIC FUSION is solely dedicated to electronic music of various styles and is hosted by

Brainvoyager

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BROADCAST DATES (d-m-y) & SHOWTIMES of the NEW EPISODE #270:
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Saturday 07-11-2020 at 6 pm CET/CEST on

Modul303

from Germany.
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Sunday 08-11-2020 at 9 am PST/PDT on

Krypton Radio

from the USA.
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Sunday 08-11-2020 at 3 pm CET/CEST on

Radio Dark Tunnel

from Germany.
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Episode #270 will present music from: Chris May, Leaving Richmond, Ivan Black, Diane Marie Kloba, Anantakara, Jim Ottaway, Johan Tronestam and 1i2c.
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Listen to all the previous episodes of ELECTRONIC FUSION on Mixcloud. Go to: https://www.mixcloud.com/brainvoyager/

Review: Rythmes Croisés

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ANANTAKARA is now back with Amor Mundi, an exciting and compelling album, complex yet compelling, grandiose and varied, inspired by SPINOZA and his vision of the world. Amor Mundi is an album that seeks to integrate all the beauties of the universe, all its aspects, all its richness. But it is also and even more importantly an album that wants to be intimate because each one of us is a full and complete part of this universe. Therefore, Amor Mundi is for everyone, as a musical bridge between us and this vast world to which we are connected, and in fact, welded together in many ways. It is a journey, step by step, ever deeper into the thought of SPINOZA and nature. With Amor Mundi, ANANTAKARA gives us an astonishing opus in truth, rich in a beautiful harmonic and sonic aestheticism, to listen and listen again to savor its multiple facets.

(Chronicle and interview carried out by Frédéric Gerchambeau)

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Review: Amor Mundi Music Album

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If my friend Bernard could see me! This brother of life who introduced me to the wonderful universe of music without borders would be proud to see the progress I make in my absolute discovery of music that flirts with the improbable while having this power of attraction that makes it so unique. But still, he is 10 years ahead of his time! These words are both for him and for Anantakara who album after album brings me into territories where the confusion of styles harmonizes to my great astonishment. Inspired by the philosopher Baruch Spinoza, AMOR MUNDI (Life As An Infinite Flow) is no exception. It’s a tough album with sharp twists in the 12 tracks that have this very intimate thread connecting them to each other. There are moments of pure madness, as there are moments of pure genius. These moments are more numerous, leading us little by little to the discovery of an album where even his music always transcends its logical borders a little more.

Acoustic notes plucked curtly initiate the rhythmic mess that grips our ears at the opening of Shimmering Times. The sequencer extends a Berlin School structure while the percussions aim at rock and the notes persist to play by winding up to beautiful fluty tunes. These first two fiery minutes are resolved in a disturbing atmospheric passage where the flute blows its loneliness in a final without agreements. A piano hammers the structure of Show Me Your Wonder with notes on a worn keyboard. The flow, like the harmony, sail in a sea of sounds in search of its musicality when a good and unexpected down-tempo ends up guiding it in an ambient Jazz texture. What the first listenings reveal is a general dissonance with notes that resonate in an arpeggio slaughterhouse. Like that acoustic six-string neck that Anantakara tortures in the opening of Chthonic Memories. Forgetting about these first seconds, our senses become obsessed with this short demonic melody which runs like a vampire fleeing mirrors. A brief moment which is lost in the ashes of the opening while the ambient airs begin to sparkle in a form of dance-music which evaporates in a flute and brings back to life this six-strings suffering of schizophrenia. This is how the 12 chapters of AMOR MUNDI (Life As An Infinite Flow) are built! Each title advances by dispossessing the previous moments to auction them for abstract art. These moments come back to haunt the title, which takes advantage of this theoretical confusion to implant bits of music on a structure that constantly loses its identity. Do we remember how started Sister Moon? However, we are talking about 5 minutes which constantly changes sonic skins with enchanting phrases that we want to hear again. This is the trap of this album!

Amo Ergo Sum is the kind of music where Sade would lay down lyrics. We have to wait for The Riddle of a Soul to have a first long homogeneous structure. And the result is a good track well sat on an evolutionary rhythm which reaches a point of frenzy dominated by acoustic instruments in a great post-rock style à la Picture Palace Music. If we like the genre, A Secret Might has some interesting attributes. But this is nothing compared to Riding The Flickering Crests that will make you hear of all colors. We are at the heart of this album that we rediscover from another ear since Amo Ergo Sum. The tribal drum pass in Riding The Flickering Crests simply saw off both calves. Creative, daring, and addicting! Deus Sive Natura brings us back to the rambling structures of the first titles of AMOR MUNDI (Life As An Infinite Flow). The title begins with a piano and a violin trying to seduce these harp riffs which are the masters of the musical disorders of the album. Dull pulses amplify an anti-music presence, going as far as to block an audio channel. And it’s with one ear that we follow the development of this title which offers particularly good passages that deserve a musical deepening. Mysterious and messy, The Matrix Time-Walk manages to trap us with its acoustic structure. I can’t help but glue Strata’s sonic disturbances to film music for the post-apocalyptic Western genre. Although just apocalyptic would suffice! The twists and turns in this title are as numerous as a female cat having kittens. And believe me, there are some really good parts in this Strata. Irresistible brings me closer to the atmospheres, more modernized here, of Bayou Moon. An album made by Tom Newman in the mid ’80s.

I don’t really know what my friend Philippe Wauman ate, but I would advise some musicians to eat it twice! No, AMOR MUNDI (Life As An Infinite Flow) is not for all ears. But creativity quickly resurfaces in the middle of this record that we learn to love with each new listening. There are awesome moments here and moments of tenderness unique to Anantakara. To discover and listen to it alone.

A nice review from Sylvain Lupari

https://www.synthsequences.com/post/anantakara-amor-mundi-life-as-an-infinite-flow-2020

 

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October 2020

Radio Spiral Meander Getting To Know Show

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You know Philippe Wauman, the Belgian musical genius known as Anantakara… or you should. Tonight, we listen to selections from two of his new albums recently added to the RadioSpiral library — Amor Mundi (Life As An Infinite Flow) and Serenity Despite The Storm.

I’ll also close out the last night of our booth at the Second Life SciFi Expo for the American Cancer Society with a bit of Live Ambient Ranting if there’s time. Please join us at 9/8/7/6 PM E/C/M/PDT for a celebration of this amazing music.

lydia

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Hi! I absolutely love your music!!!! The more I listen, the more I like it! Thank You for the music!

meisha

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Hi I’m really enjoying your stuff and looking forward to hearing the new songs. Can’t wait to check em out..

6 Years B​-​Wave Festival

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Philippe wauman is an active member of the group Aerodyn

On the occasion of a compilation of the 6 years of the Bwave Festival where the band was featured in the 2018 edition

an unpublished piece was created on this occasion.

September 2020

Review: boulimique de Musique

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A sublime instrumental work at the crossroads between Jazz, New-Age and textured Ambient electronics. This composition is both stimulating and soothing with its exceptional musical richness. A sound structure of rare depth that is a true multidimensional auditory journey from which emanates a wisdom of frequencies that is simply incomparable! ! (https://www.facebook.com/boulimiquedemusique/)

August 2020

Karen

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WOW! I fell in love with your music! ! Sorry, that’s sorta corny, but it’s how I feel. I’m ur fan. I just forwarded your link to several friends. Will be buying your album. Keep it up, you have wonderful talent…good luck

video-clip; A Touch Of Nature

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A sensitive composition inviting us to see what grows and blooms in our lives. Nature with its abundant and varied flowers offers an immense field for contemplation, the one that allows us to associate ourselves with the movement of life that presents itself so simply. It is all in the way we look at events, seeing the beauty, and responding to it without expectations, which can open up new possibilities.
Music by Anantakara
original pictures Fiorella DC. ((https://www.flickr.com/photos/144656591@N05/)

barry

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hi i have to admit that VERTIGO is the best of your n1m musiclist as far as i can see you’ve got a lot of potential to make it really big one day!
I’ll support you ’till the end.

Marian

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Hi, I was actually sharing another artist on n1m and I recommended your song by mistake. Best mistake I ever made. Thanks for your music, I love your work. And I think it’s real brave of you to put yourself out there and give so much of yourself to people without expecting anything.

Chris

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your “the high meets the low” is my favorite. I’m just absolutely speechless about it. please keep up the brilliant work, its people like yourself that keep the music alive!

John

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Congratulations on awesome music, i’ll be sending in my order soon. Keep up the great work and be safe.

Tim

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i will tweet your music as often as i can means daily! im speechless … absolutely amazing music

will

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Thank you for sharing your talent… I feel blessed to know you in this life…Keep your music alive… It sounds great and I feel your heart and soul in all that you do and share with the world….

Marian

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Hi, I was actually sharing another artist on n1m and I recommended your song by mistake. Best mistake I ever made. Thanks for your music, I love your work. And I think it’s real brave of you to put yourself out there and give so much of yourself to people without expecting anything.

William

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hey I love the track Sister Moon, one you can hear over and over,
so amazing! William

Ayla

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Hi! Found your site on here and glad I did! Listened to Alluvium, fantastic feeling – hope you go far – you deserve it! Don’t give up!

fan: melissa

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I never get bored this tune Sister Moon. I love this tune so much and Thanks for producing this track.

June 2020

Review : synth&sequences/ S. Lupari

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“Serenity Despite The Storm is the most realistic album I’ve heard about emotions versus global containment”

SERENITY DESPITE THE STORM is the most realistic album I’ve heard about emotions versus global containment. I believe that its acoustic side has something to do with it, thus creating a sensation of promiscuity as tangible as that which ties us in from the first breaths of Manyfold Quiet Trances. No matter how much I dig, but I can’t find a dead moment there. A great album that I highly recommend, even if we are quite far from the Berlin School. Except that fans of Pink Floyd’s Ummagumma era will be delighted by this Anantakara.

Sylvain Lupari (28/06/20) *****

SynthSequences.com

 

 

Review: Steve Sheppard

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I have been fascinated by the musical journeys that Anantakara have taken me on over the last few years; these sojourns of electronic majesty have really been deeply artistic and utterly transfixing. The delight here is that I now have the good fortune to write about this latest release entitled Amor Mundi (Life as an Infinite Flow).



This journey of sight and sound starts with the track Shimmering Times,a piece so addictive to listen to, its ever expanding narrative draws the listener into a whole new realm of electronic magic.
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Show Me Your Wonder, has a delightful depth about its construction, listen intently to its tones and vast nature, then perhaps like me, you too will be pulled into a world of expressive and expansive brilliance, the staccato stringed elements and the percussive backdrop is all cleverly manipulated into a weave of musical genius which would become something truly special to behold.

Chthonic Memories contained a few effects that I have created on my own electric guitar to open with; this would lead us nicely to a portal of crafted and extremely artistic segments of music, which seemed to all have their own musical spheres to rotate within

As we move deeper into the album I would find one of my personal favourites, this gem is called Sister Moon.

There is something so tranquil and peace filled about this offering, its repeating energies also reminded me a little of an old style Eno offering called Discreet Music. The build here was also well worked, and its electronic nature and heart beat could be felt throughout the remainder of this truly superb offering.

As we nudge the musical envelope further across the table of tone, we come to a really fascinating track called Amo Ergo Sum.

Translated it means I love, therefore I am. This adds so much to its riveting ever onward movement; for me the underpinned fluency and explorative essence of this track made it another personal favourite.

The light textures of this next piece entitled The Riddle of a Soul,


were ones that brought us a fascinating insight into the compositional structure of the album, here we would find subtle and haunting flute sounds that created a wonderful new age feel, partnered with the stylish electronic motifs, it took the piece to a whole new level.

We are now in the second half of this fine collection of compositions, and as we constantly move forwards we find ourselves at a doorway marked Riding The Flickering Crests.

There was a tantalizing smoothness about this track that was deeply addictive, its subtleties altered ones perception in the middle half of the track, as a more percussive energy started to come to the fore, but always with the symbiotic partnership of the albums over all electronic nature.

Amor Mundi (Life As An Infinite Flow) is certainly one of those albums that you must not take your eye off, you may have to listen to it over and again to truly appreciate all the nuances contained within, like this next piece called Deus Sive Natura.

The keyboards manifest an imploring narrative within this piece, while the backdrop of string sounds and percussion do a blissful job of creating a sense of expectancy and tension, in what is the longest track off the album.

We have now entered a realm that is almost multi-fractal in nature; it is called The Matrix Time-Walk. Here is a piece that would be all too easy to get lost within, and in some ways reminds me in music, of the artistic endeavours of the Escher great work entitled Relativity. It is a track that is infinite and ever expanding in its surrealist nature.

The depths we have travelled now become apparent, as we now listen to a composition called A Secret Might.

Here the intensity of the offering is well hidden, allowing the natural order of the arrangement to come through on its own, and audibly grow; this is an amazingly crafted track that one could easily get carried away with, its beautiful sense of suspense and anticipation is a thing to revel in

L’avant-dernière offre s’appelle Strata.

La probabilité toujours présente de l’attente semble commencer à se réaliser ici, alors qu’un rythme percussif se joint à la mêlée et que l’artiste crée quelque chose de spectaculaire et presque cinématographique dans le style d’Isao Tomita.

The penultimate offering is called Irrésistible


and it truly is, and as an end composition one never really knows what is around the corner of this moment of musical cleverness, the bass work is perfect and the following electronic build and progression creates a dynamic and fluent end to what has been a captivating release.

Amor Mundi (Life As An Infinite Flow) is an album that all fans of electronic music, seekers of ambience and worshipers of truly artistic tones will adore, it’s a journey that never ends, but one that will create layer upon layer of expectation, intent and anticipation as you listen. If this appeals to your sense of musical perception, then you need to make this album a home in your musical world as soon as possible.

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May 2020

Review: Steve Sheppard

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“Just when you think you have heard everything that is beautiful in the genre of electronic music, something always comes along to shake the tree; that just happened with the release of the quite stunning The Riddle Of A Soul by Anantakara.
This lush and at times quite moving opus of electronic brilliance is one of those singles you literally never want to end, the compositional structure, its ambiance and performance, all drew me into a realm as of yet untouched, and by its conclusion, one that would leave me wanting more.
The Riddle Of A Soul is nothing more than six minutes of musical magic by Anantakara and one that I truly believe could be quite popular with the listeners and fans alike. ( Steve Sheppard)
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Review: owann

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Another fine album by Anantakara who used the lockdown in this corona crisis to reflect on some of the emotions that this special period has triggered in people. By describing and perhaps reliving these emotions, he takes us to a state of mind of serenity. He does it the way we are used to with a palette of synthesizers with an emphasis on classical sounds. The album opens with an ethereal voice that initially takes us into a silent verbal trance to culminate after a while in a gently undulating sequencer river. In Alluvium we hear tinkling bells with an intriguing loop in the background that radiates a certain threat. Handsome in its simplicity. In Serenity, after about 3 minutes, the melancholy melody slowly but surely settles in our heads and never lets go. As the song unfolds further, hope slowly floats to the surface. Here is the state of mind that I love so much. The wise and reflecting lake reads and listens as a poetic visual description. Walking again is a nice rhythmic exercise seasoned with all kinds of mysterious sounds. The first sounds of Link to the mountain seems to take us to an oriental temple, but soon a disturbed rhythm takes over. It’s obvious that the mountain demands a steady effort from the listener. At the end of this beautiful album, we are further spoiled with a fantastic video where Anantakara visualizes his own state of mind through a revival of the beautiful track Serenity.
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johan de paepe

the album

November 2019

Review: Transmuted By

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Transmuted By is indeed a masterwork of crafted genius by the artist Anantakara. For me personally its music I adore, it allows us as listener’s vast areas of the music room to explore and navigate. There can be no doubt that the minimalistic ambiance that this album bathes in, and also creates, would be a harmonious and atmospheric backdrop with which to manifest other works of art to, and an album that fans of long-form ambient music are going to literally lap up.” ( Steve Sheppard)

 

This long-form album resonates at a totally unique level for me, it has an ambiance that it seems to manifest all by itself and this quite artistic endeavor would work beautifully in a modern art gallery, like the Tate Modern in London for example, as one roams from one piece to another.
The opening portal to genius is called Incantations and is one of the finest examples of minimalistic ambient work you will find; at times its depth and vastness reminded me of the work of artist Scott Lawlor, and at other moments the volume of music that resides within the nothing that this composition creates, reminds of very early Eno, back to the days of Lizard Point.
I adore this style of musical interpretation, I could listen to it for days, and when we drift into the musical arms of the next piece called Incandescence, we arrive at a dimensional doorway of luminescence and fluorescence, an arrangement that utilizes keyboards in such a crafted artistic way, it’s hard to tell what’s going to happen next, it’s construction is held within a narrative of suspense, one that literally hums and glows musically around you. The natural quietness of this offering has a truly addictive quality about it that is utterly transfixing, and as the composition moves onwards it continues to grow a sense of energy that is undeniable, but incredibly spacious.

August 2020

kirk

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I really enjoyed listening to your music!

roshel

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ALLUVIUM you know I think all I can say is… wow.

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