This one sure flew under the radar screen. Released in early 2004, I remember seeing this at a Tower Records and almost bought it. I found it again for very cheap and decided to finally give it a whirl.
I put this in the player last night with very low expectations. The cover art is drab and gives no real indication as to what kind of music is on the disc. As it turns out, Cornelius is a Japanese artist who turns out some nice innovative, almost child-like tracks. I can't really describe the music very easily and will only say that the surround mix couldn't be any more discrete. There are little bursts of sound coming from every speaker mixed in a very playful sort of way. Instruments are primarily drums, acoustic guitar, sythesizer/keyboards, soft harmonies, and samples (one memorable sample is the sound of water drops bouncing from speaker to speaker very musically in the song "Drop"). Different sounds bounce back and forth between each speaker, almost as if each was located inside your speaker waiting for their turn to emanate for a few seconds then shut up for a bit only to speak out again at the right cue. It's not all frenetic like say Morton Subotnick; there are stable instruments that stay put for great lengths of time.
I realize my description may be a bit awkward, so here's a link with more descriptions:
The surround tracks are dts (no DD). There is a bonus cd of stereo remixes (which I have not heard) and videos to go along with all of the surround tracks (or was it the other way around?). I'm not a video fan, but these are not typical. They're creative and actually go with the music.
Overstock.com has it for $11.56:
I know everybody is not going to like this, but it is certainly a well produced surround soundscape, worthy of consideration.