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The musical chapters of DEEP IMAGINATION

Musical development and retrospective

Chapter 4 | Since 2022

DEEP IMAGINATION - The Children of the Moon

New album (Release date: 19.05.2023)

BSC Music/Prucence/Zebralution 2023
7 tracks / Total playtime 41:17

Album information: Thorsten Sudler-Mainz offers his very own version of Dark Wave with the 6th album of his solo project.  With "The Children Of The Moon", he reinvents DEEP IMAGINATION once again, but remains true to his characteristic electronic-ambient approach.

The story behind the album is that of a friendship that began in the 80s when Thorsten Sudler-Mainz and Achim von Raesfeld formed a gothic band.

When the two old friends make music together again in 2020 after more than 30 years, it rekindles an old fire. Thorsten Sudler-Mainz decides to produce an atmospheric dark wave gothic album. Achim von Raesfeld acts on the guitar and fits into the arrangements as a natural musical partner. The joint guitar playing of the two is merged again, as are the passionate vocals of Thorsten Sudler-Mainz and his partner Ann Kareen Mainz.

The dark romantic songs on "The Children Of The Moon" form a genre album of the New Dark Wave. It seems as if everything is there, but nothing is too much on this authentic work. (BSC Music/Prudence)

Linkfire "The Children of the Moon"

DEEP IMAGINATION interview in EMPIRE music magazine

An interview with DEEP IMAGINATION mastermind Thorsten Sudler-Mainz has been published in the German Empire music magazine issue 5/2023.

With specific questions, cult editor Stephan Schelle explores the current world of DEEP IMAGINATION and the creation of the 6th album "The Children of the Moon", released in 2023.

Thorsten Sudler-Mainz talks about the path to the new work, which is characterized by darkwave and gothic rock, about the contribution of guitarist Achim von Raesfeld and why he has now taken over the lead vocals of his heart project himself.

Interview PDF in english

The interview in German has also been published on the Musikzirkus Magazin website:

DEEP IMAGINATION story in Orkus Music Magazine

Orkus is one of the big print music magazines in Germany. In the summer issue 2023 a story and review by Claudia Zinn-Zinnenburg about the new album "The Children of the Moon" by DEEP IMAGINATION was published.

"We come from the eighties, after all, and in the end it's like we're still these young guys inside who express a certain idealism through their music," Thorsten begins to explain the title "The Children of the Moon". "It's a metaphor about a musical life and arriving"....

Press commentary on "The Children of the Moon"

"This album is like a black diamond throwing off improbable flashes of Selenite light. A great success to be savoured without moderation." (Prog Censor)

"Dark Wave kisses Goth Ambient... In the course of the album, sound-painting wide canyons full of fantasy, subtlety and dreams open up.... "The Children of the Moon" is a true caress for the ears and soul". (Orkus Music Magazine)

"One has taken the path to New Dark Wave even more clearly.... "Catching the Shadow" brings back memories of The Mission, Killing Joke or even darker gothic rock of the 80s... "Beyond the Rising Sun" is again a very maelstrom-like midnight seance... Hypnotic incantations.(Eclipsed Rock Magazin)

"Dark wave and gothic wistfulness and positive melancholy has a new name: DEEP IMAGINATION." (

"Deep Imagination's "The Children Of The Moon" is great dark wave cinema." (

"DEEP IMAGINATION sets his own mark of atmospheric darkwave." (Terrarelicta)

"On the sixth album of his solo project Deep Imagination, Thorsten Sudler-Mainz has managed to perfectly combine dark wave, gothic and ambient electronic music with western sound and also psychedelic rock." (Musikzirkus Magazin)

"An atmospheric variation of gothic rock with plenty of ambient elements ..." (The Viking in the Wilderness)

"The step to the very greats of the genre is not far or even already taken." (Northern Art Music)

"It's like going back to the days of the British alternative scene and the so-called Batcave scene in London! This deep and dark rock could well serve as meditation, as philosophical or metaphysical music." (Music in Belgium)

"In fact, deep, dark and almost dank as they are, “The Magic Moon” and the aforementioned “The Silence Of Winterland” really do plant themselves in the mind and become unexpected sing alongs in their own enigmatic fashion." (Sea of Tranquility)

"German artist Thorsten Sudler-Mainz strikes back with the sixth full length album of Deep Imagination." (Side-Line Reviews)

"Between The Cure, The Chameleons and Cocteau Twins Deep Imagination once again reactivate the dark colored eighties." (Betreutes Proggen)

"Guitars reminiscent of certain gems from Fields Of The Nephilim. An impeccable production... a refined interweaving of songwriting.... "ambient gothic"... more intriguing than the vast majority of other names in goth or darkwave." (Darkroom Magazine)

"Also sonically, the new CD is once again a feast for the ears.... "The Children of the Moon" is a fine atmospheric release that creates a symbiosis of ambient and darkwave." (Empire Music Magazine)

Northern Art Music | Interview with Thorsten Sudler-Mainz

Interview to the new album by DEEP IMAGINATION. (29.06.2023)

"My influences range from Dead Can Dance to Pink Floyd".

Northern Art Music
Interview by Sven Hauke Erichsen

DEEP IMAGINATION - Documentary 2023 - Part 1+2

On the way to the album "The Children Of The Moon" Deep Imagination are in "Documentary 2023 | Part 1". When in 2020 the two old friends make music together again after more than 30 years, this rekindles an old fire. Mastermind Thorsten Sudler-Mainz decides to produce an atmospheric Darkwave album on which he can let the interplay of the guitars of the 80ties resound once again together with guitarist Achim von Raesfeld.

Documentary Part 1 on YouTube:

Documentary Part 2 on YouTube:

New chapter started

The Video-Single "Find Your Own Way" by DEEP IMAGINATION

The anthemic "Find Your Own Way", which stands for individual decision and freedom, is carried by an atmospheric sound foundation and features DEEP IMAGINATION's typical vocals and timelessly gentle wave guitar sounds. Dead Can Dance meets The Chameleons!

The video on YouTube:

15questions Interview with DEEP IMAGINATION

Archaic Impulse

An interview with Thorsten Sudler-Mainz aka Deep Imagination has been published on

The info text there says: "Fifteen Questions is the world's first music magazine about music itself. By talking to some of the leading artists of our time about their perspectives, processes and approaches, we aim to build a comprehensive archive documenting one of music's most turbulent and exciting eras."

In addition to numerous interviews from a wide range of genres, you'll also find ones with artists such as Lisa Gerrard (Dead Can Dance), Tangerine Dream and Moby.

In the interview with Thorsten Sudler-Mainz, an almost closed chronological picture emerges of his 40-year musical development from 1982 to 2022 and of his solo project Deep Imagination, which was launched in 2005.

Fifteen Questions Interview with Deep Imagination
Archaic Impulse

The english version as PDF:

15questions Interview with Deep Imagination

The englisch version at