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Hello all.

E-Day 2012 was musically a great success.
The Live performances by PICTURE PALACE MUSIC, STEVE DINSDALE
and BOOTH & CREEK gave great performances.
Phil Booth uploaded a great video which gives a great impression on
their live set. Thanks for that!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nowE2zIe5I

Lots of photos and reviews of E-day by Stephan Schelle here:
http://www.musikzirkus-magazin.de/dateien/Pages/Konzerte/elektronik/e-day2012.htm

Although in German it gives a good idea of the atmosphere.
We just had enough visitors to cover the costs, lets hope next edition will see
some extra visitors. To all who came and made this possible a big thanks!!

Some very nice additions to our catalog this week and also a big pile of CDs
that got a nice price cut. Check out the DECREASED PRICES section for these.
For all my fans I have this month a special sale for the 80,s BOX for
just 29 Euro!
Or go to the Groove website and check out the what's new page.

We also have the new Klaus Schulze - La vie electronique 11 in stock.
Together with the new AWENSON - SAPHONIC which is a great new album by
one of France finest Berlin school artist.
And one of the best reactions we got on the day itself where for KEBU
with his To Jupiter and back.
If melodic music is your thing you will love this!!
Both AWENSON and KEBU cd's are in Dreamscape Radio!!

Coming Saturday 12th of May Rene Splinter plays Live in the Bochum Planetarium.
info here http://www.renesplinter.com/The_Event_Horizon_Concert.html
Groove will have a stall there so we offer a 10% discount on all
pre-ordered Groove CD's, if you want any other title then a Groove
title let me know, I will bring it along:-)

And then the last call for "The Return of Planet X" - Ron Boots, REMY & friends
Live at the Great Church of Haarlem.
Ron will have a 10 piece choir to support his performance!!
Saturday May 19th, 2012
Tickets (12 euros) are now available from:
Online: http://shop.desertedislandmusic.nl
Physical: Great Church of Haarlem, Grote Markt, Haarlem / VVV,
Verwulft, Haarlem

Dreamscape Radio this week with the following artists: Steve Dinsdale,
Awenson, Kebu, Harald Nies e.a. Dreamscape Radio show 187 is now on-line.
http://www.dreamscaperadio.nl

Thanks for your time!! Hope to see you at E-Day!!
E-News is made by Ron Boots.
Thanks to all who contribute news.

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- - - - NEW PRODUCTS - - - -
These products are NEW in our catalog.
Further in this newsletter are more details.
Awenson - Saphonic (cd)
Steve Dinsdale - Vast Key (cdr)
Stefan Erbe - Synfonie Transversale Sound of Sky Vol.2 (cdr)
Forrest Fang - Animism (digipak) (cd)
Jerome Froese - Far Side of the Face (cd)
Kebu - To Jupiter and back (cd)
Kraftwerk - Catalogue (EMI) (japan import, box) (8-cd)
Mac of Bionight - Destroyer of Memories (cdr)
Mac of Bionight - In the Wind (cdr)
Craig Padilla - Heart Of The Soul (cd)
Steve Roach - Day out of time (10th Ann. Edition) (cd + video)
Robert Schroeder - New frequencies vol.2 (cd)
Van der Graaf Generator - Vital Live (2CD) (2-cd)

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These products are decreased in price.
Further in this newsletter are more details.

Agitation Free - Malesch (digipak) (cd) $18.99 , £14.25 , €15.90
Art of Infinity - New horizon (cd) $15.49 , £11.49 , €12.90
Ashra - Ashra & Ashra vol.2 (digipak) (2-cd) $27.25 , £20.25 , €22.90
Ron Boots - 80's box (box) (6-cd) $34.49 , £25.75 , €29
Lisa Gerrard - Mirror pool (extra cardboard sleeve) (cd) $12.99 ,
£9.75 , €10.90
Mark Jenkins - This island earth (digipak) (cd) $15.49 , £11.49 , €12.90
Paul Lawler - Sundance (cd) $14.25 , £10.75 , €11.90
Mind over Matter - Colours of life (cdr) $14.25 , £10.75 , €11.90
Neuronium - Heritage (cd) $17.75 , £13.25 , €14.90
Odyssey - X - Space odyssey (2-cd) $18.99 , £14.25 , €15.90
David Parsons - Shaman (cd) $15.49 , £11.49 , €12.90
Richard Pinhas - Cyborg Sally (cd) $15.49 , £11.49 , €12.90
Conrad Schnitzler - Con brio (cd) $16.49 , £12.49 , €13.90
Mark Seelig - Disciple (cd) $14.25 , £10.75 , €11.90
Subsonic Experience - Praposition (cd) $10.75 , £7.99 , €8.90
Tangerine Dream - Cyberjam collection (cd) $17.75 , £13.25 , €14.90
Tangerine Dream - Mota atma (232618) (digipak) (cd) $15.49 , £11.49 ,
€12.90 <-- LAST 2 COPIES!
Tangerine Dream - Ocean waves collection (cd) $16.49 , £12.49 , €13.90
Timescape - Live (cdr) $15.49 , £11.49 , €12.90
V/A - Music for the 3rd millennium 2 (ltd. edition) (cd) $15.49 ,
£11.49 , €12.90
V/A - Music for the 3rd millennium 3 (cd) $15.49 , £11.49 , €12.90
White Noise - White label (cdr) $15.49 , £11.49 , €12.90

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Schallwende E.v. presents:

On May 12th 2012 I will be performing at the Zeiss Planetarium of
Bochum (Germany). With a two hour show I'll be presenting my latest
album Singularities, some of my previous works, as well as some new
experiments, accompanied with breathtaking dome projections provided
by Klaus-Dieter Unger.

Groove will have a stall there so we offer a 10% discount on all
pre-ordered Groove
CD's, if you want any other title then a Groove title let me know
I will bring it along:-)

The show starts at 20:00.
Ticket price: EUR 15,00 (Reduced price at EUR 12,00. Please check the
link below for details).
Address:
Zeiss Planetarium Bochum, Castroper Straße 67, 44791 Bochum
Tickets can be ordered at the planetarium's website directly:
www.planetarium-bochum.de
Ticket hotline: +49 (0) 221 280 214

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"The Return of Planet X" - Ron Boots, REMY & friends
Live at the Great Church of Haarlem
Saturday May 19th, 2012
Doors open: 19:00 / Start: 19:45 The Musicians

The Concert

The three part programme combines electronic music with classical
elements at the unique site of the Grote of St.Bavokerk, situated in
the city centre of Haarlem. Headlining musicians Ron Boots and REMY
(Stroomer) will play in front of the world famous C. Müller organ.
REMY performs one hour of music, exclusively composed for this
occasion. Besides using electronics and the grand piano, he will be
accompanied by violinists Wouter de Ruyter and Dick Bijlsma and cello
player Martine de Ket, members of the Symfonie Orkest Bloembollenstreek.
Ron Boots' part consists of a 45-minute set, inspired by the late 70s
period music of Klaus Schulze and also contains completely exclusive
music. He will be accompanied by fellow synth player Eric van der
Heijden and percussionist Harold van der Heijden. Two musicians Ron
has collaborated regularly with in the past twenty years.
The third part of 'The Return of Planet X' will see Ron Boots and REMY
performing together. Details about this set will be announced shortly.

Schedule

19:00 Doors open
19:45 - 20:45 Concert REMY
20:45 - 21:05 Break
21:05 - 21:55 Concert Ron Boots
21:55 - 22:15 Break
22:15 - 23:00 Concert REMY & Ron Boots

Tickets (12 euros) are now available from:
Online: http://shop.desertedislandmusic.nl
Physical: Great Church of Haarlem, Grote Markt, Haarlem / VVV,
Verwulft, Haarlem

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JUKEBOX
The new jukebox contains 20 titles.
To listen: click on the JUKEBOX button on www.groove.nl

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NON-GROOVE UNLIMITED LABEL
1: LOOM is Johannes Schmoelling & Jerome Froese - Scored (2-cd)
2: Awenson - Saphonic (cd)
3: Brendan Pollard - Brendan Pollard Live in Concert 2006 Part 1 (cdr)
4: Kebu - To Jupiter and back (cd)
5: Klaus Schulze - La vie electronique 11 (3-cd)
6: Pyramid Peak - 5vor12 (cd)
7: Tangerine Dream - Booster V (2-cd)
8: Wave World - Tableaux (cd)
9: Tangerine Dream - Machu Picchu (cd)
10: Der Laborant - Kontakt (cdr)

GROOVE UNLIMITED LABEL
1: Picture Palace music - Indulge the Passion (cd)
2: VoLt - Circuits (cd)
3: Lamp - Three Towers (cd)
4: Gert Emmens - An Artist's Stroke (cd)
5: Ron Boots - Ante Oculos (cd)
6: Gert Emmens - Metamorphosis (cd)
7: MorPheusz - Garden Gnomes and Goblins (cd)
8: V/A - E-Day 2011 (cd)
9: MorPheusz - Days of delirium & nocturnal nightmares (cd)
10: Nattefrost & Matzumi - From Distant times
(cd)

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Additions and changes from April 21 2012 till May 7 2012

*review added *
Alio Die - DECONSECRATED AND PURE (cd) 81082
2012. Acoustic and real sounds.
$ 17.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=81082

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Awenson - SAPHONIC (cd) 21689
2012. A brand new albu by one of France's most interresting EM Musicians.
$ 18.99 / UKP 14.25 / EURO 15.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=21689

*review added *
Between Interval - SECRET OBSERVATORY (cd) 81960
2005. 4 long-form mixes of timeless dimensionless atmospheres. Like "Pheadra".
$ 16.75 / UKP 12.49 / EURO 13.99
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=81960

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Dinsdale, Steve - VAST KEY (cdr) 52352
2012. Released on E-Day 2012 Steve makes his mark as one of the most
inovative EM artists in the UK!!.
$ 19.75 / UKP 14.75 / EURO 16.50
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=52352

*new in stock *
Erbe, Stefan - SOUNDS OF MY COMFORT SONE 2012 (cd) 67263
2012. Brand new CD by Stefan Erbe.
$ 15.99 / UKP 11.99 / EURO 13.50
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=67263

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Erbe, Stefan - SYNFONIE TRANSVERSALE SOUND OF SKY VOL.2 (cdr) 26572
2012. Music made for his unique planetarium music!.
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.49 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=26572

*new in stock *
Faber - UNIVERSAL FLOW (cdr) 56996
2012. Adventures sounds on this already 5th album of Roland Schmidt
aka FABER. Many moods are covered on this wonderful new release..
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.50
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=56996

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Fang, Forrest - ANIMISM (cd) 45047
2012. Fang creates a diverse musical style that fuses timeless Fourth
World acoustic instruments with a modern fractal ambient sound.
Inspired by the belief that all living forms possess a spirit or life force.
Digipak
Release date: June 19 2012
$ 18.99 / UKP 14.25 / EURO 15.90
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=45047

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Froese, Jerome - FAR SIDE OF THE FACE (cd) 45315
2012. After the release of Loom Scored in 2012, Jerome Froese has now
completed his third studio album Far Side of the Face. The release is
around 62 minutes long featuring additions from Johannes Schmoelling..
Release date: June 8th 2012
$ 19.99 / UKP 14.99 / EURO 16.80
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=45315

*review added *
Heijden, Eric van der - DAL SEGNO (cd) gr-182
2011. Melodic, romantic synth music with a touch of sensitivity and
melancholia..
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-182

*review added *
Indra - INTERACTIVE PLAY (VOL. 2) (cdr) 40562
2012. Sampler to get his music out there to taste and try. One unique
new track of 25 minutes!!.
$ 18.25 / UKP 13.75 / EURO 15.40
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=40562

*review added *
Indra - MATANGI SPECIAL EDITION (CD9) (cdr) 21515
2012. Special Edition Tantric Celebration CD 9 Part 9 of a 12 part series..
$ 18.25 / UKP 13.75 / EURO 15.40
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=21515

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Kebu - TO JUPITER AND BACK (cd) 68771
2012. Kebu is a keyboard wizard who creates new instrumental
synthesizer music influenced by the kind that was made in the 70s and
80s. Artists like Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis, and Mike Oldfield are
his inspiration.
Remastered.
Contains 5 bonus tracks.
$ 12.99 / UKP 9.75 / EURO 10.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=68771

*review added *
Keller & Schonwalder & Broekhuis - HAMPSHIRE JAM (cdr) 19186
2012. The Geman Dutch collective life at is best! This album is
recorded live at Hampshire Jam III on 24th October 2004.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=19186

*review added *
Keller & Schonwalder & Broekhuis - RED (cd) 40913
2012. 3 long live pieces in Berlin School style.
Digipak
$ 18.99 / UKP 14.25 / EURO 15.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=40913

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Kraftwerk - CATALOGUE (EMI) (8-cd) 88758
2012. Their 8 albums in one Box now as European release!!.
Japan import.
Remastered.
$ 152 / UKP 113 / EURO 129
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=88758

*track listing and cover added *
Lamp - THREE TOWERS (cd) gr-191
2012. Michael Shipway joined by Garth Jones made this great new album
full of great melodies and sequencing. If you like VoLt and Michaels
music you will love this!.
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-191

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Mac of Bionight - DESTROYER OF MEMORIES (cdr) 49494
2012. Classic electronic music.
$ 15.49 / UKP 11.49 / EURO 12.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=49494

*new in stock *
Mac of Bionight - FROM OUTER PLANETS VOL. 2 (cdr) 38215
2012. Classic electronic music.
$ 15.49 / UKP 11.49 / EURO 12.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=38215

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Mac of Bionight - IN THE WIND (cdr) 81415
2012. Classic electronic music.
$ 15.49 / UKP 11.49 / EURO 12.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=81415

*new in stock *
Nies, Harald - CABLEWORLD (cdr) 50635
2012. Powerful themes, strong symphonic melodies.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=50635

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Padilla, Craig - HEART OF THE SOUL (cd) 41474
2012. Heart Of The Soul is a blend of gentle piano melodies, pulsing
analog sequences and the classic synth explorations that have come to
define Craig Padilla's releases over the past fifteen years..
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.49 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=41474

*review added *
Parsons, David - EARTHLIGHT (cd) 44945
2009. Purely synthesizer-based music.
$ 22.99 / UKP 16.99 / EURO 19.25
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=44945

*track listing and cover added *
Picture Palace music - INDULGE THE PASSION (cd) gr-193
2012. Dynamic and versatile Music by one of the best bands in our scene..
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-193

*new in stock *
Rachel´s Memory - UNDERSTATED DRAMA (cdr) 79898
2012. Intriguing grooves meet atmospheric synth sounds, intoxicating
beats mix with harmonic strings and over these exceptional sounds
float the engrossing yet captivating female vocals..
Contains 1 bonus track.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=79898

*review added *
Roach, Steve - BACK TO LIFE (2-cd) 25989
2011.
$ 22.49 / UKP 16.75 / EURO 18.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=25989

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Roach, Steve - DAY OUT OF TIME (10TH ANN. EDITION) (cd + video) 34918
2012. Elegantly repackaged with a special value-added DVD: Steve
Lazur's film Time of the Earth. power of the desert has been a core
inspiration of Steveand this release presents the zenith of that period..
$ 18.99 / UKP 14.25 / EURO 15.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=34918

*review added *
Roach, Steve - GROOVE IMMERSION (cd) 26088
2011. This release reveals an entrancing facet within Steve's evolving
Immersion series. At times, an almost weightless sense of being
becomes another part of this of mind-altering GROOVE IMMERSION experience.
$ 18.25 / UKP 13.75 / EURO 15.40
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=26088

*new in stock *
Scholl, Bernd - DAWN TO DUSK (LTD TO 50 COPIES) (cd) 84507
2012. Bernd Scholl`s music can best be described as music between
earth and sky. Recorded live at the Nicolaus-Copernicus Planetarium,
Nuremberg. 5 LTD copies available!! A atmospheric Journey between
Sunrise and Sunset..
Contains 2 bonus tracks.
$ 18.99 / UKP 14.25 / EURO 15.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=84507

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Schroeder, Robert - NEW FREQUENCIES VOL.2 (cd) 59049
2012. An extreme work, very diverse, sophisticated synthesizer and
sequencer arrangements and overall an exceptional quality in
composition and production sound - a non-prescription antidepressants.
Release date: 20 May 2012
$ 17.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.80
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=59049

*new in stock *
Schulze, Klaus - LA VIE ELECTRONIQUE 11 (3-cd) 37263
2012. .. VOL.11.
Remastered.
Digipak
$ 24.99 / UKP 18.75 / EURO 21
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=37263

*track listing and cover added *
Sherwood, John - MARK ROTHKO (3-cdr) 26928
2012. 3 Long dark pieces inspired by Mark Rothko.
$ 17.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=26928

*review added *
Tangerine Dream - FINNEGANS WAKE - JAMES JOYCE (cd) 71740
2011. "Finnegans Wake" is probably one of the most misinterpreted
books. Tangerine Dream comes up with to give the book an unusual dress
of sounds it just guides you through a different world of distinct perceptions.
$ 20.25 / UKP 14.99 / EURO 16.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=71740

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Van der Graaf Generator - VITAL LIVE (2CD) (2-cd) 64265
2005. From the most extreme live band in the world the most extreme
live album This album was recorded at The Marquee on the 16th January 1978.
Remastered.
$ 22.49 / UKP 16.75 / EURO 18.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=64265

*track listing and cover added *
Volt - CIRCUITS (cd) gr-192
2012. A brand new release by VoLt, we waited long for this but it was
worth the wait, absolutly brilliant!!.
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-192

*track listing and cover added *
Zanov - IN COURSE OF TIME (lp) 85845
1994.
$ 17.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=85845

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Pollard, Brendan - Brendan Pollard Live in Concert 2006 Part 2 (14848)

In 2007 Brendan Pollard amazed the wonderful world of EM with Flux
Echoes. A magnificent album which lit among fans of analog Berlin
School the beautiful recollections of the Phaedra and Stratosfear
years from Tangerine Dream. Presented in 2 volumes (Part 1 and Part
2), Live in Concert goes back in time where Brendan Pollard laid the
foundations for Flux Echoes which was going to be release some 6
months later. Live in Concert 2006 Part 2 also includes a title lost
in the archives of Flux Echoes (Ode to...) and a last track (Detox)
that Brendan Pollard wrote before he retired and that he sold all of
his studio.

Hoops of limpid electronic tones spin of an evanescent movement to
introduce the very atmospheric intro of "Radiant Transmission". Steve
Palmer's guitar chords seem misled in this shambles of heterogeneous
tones while that quietly a pulsatory line aligns its frenzied keys,
moulding the first sequenced breakthrough of "Radiant Transmission".
This line of sequence divides its strengths, drawing another movement
of which the oscillations forge a crisscrossed cadence which crosses
the metallic whispers and spectral choirs humming under the piercing
shouts of starving young birds. Another sequence with resonant keys
crosses this line of rhythm; while choirs hail of a jerky movement and
that the synths spit their harmonies à la Ricochet under the weakened
notes of which sounds quite like a discreet and retiring Manuel
Gottsching. This first portion of "Radiant Transmission" is terrific
with these breaths of symphonic synth which float on cymbals of which
the jingles encircle a rhythm galloping on wave-like and crisscrossed
sequences over a long period of 18 minutes. Afterward "Radiant
Transmission" sinks into an atmospheric sphere stuffed by eccentric
electronic tones and knockings which resound in a universe split
between the abstract horror and the magnetism of the syncretic tones.
A line of bass appears some 4 minutes later, drawing a strange
movement of groove that the guitar of Steve Palmer decorates of
discreet wandering chords. A fine sequenced line gambols in the
background. Its chaotic trajectory depicts the lines of a furtive
movement, moulding a strange indecisive rumba which sways hips under
fine and brief solos of a guitar always so reserved. The rhythm
embraces a little more incisive tangent, freeing sequenced keys which
whistle when they bite this hesitating rhythmic that a beautiful
Mellotron wraps with its melancholic aura. But the sequences lose
appetite. They decrease gradually their swiftness, losing even their
fragile balances while the rhythm of "Radiant Transmission" tries to
maintain a pace which gets out of breath as the sequences keys become
less frequent and as the tempo eventually misses energy.
"Ode to..." brings us back straight into the ambiences of Flux Echoes
with a title livened up by sequences which skip fervently in the
vocalizes of some foggy choruses and synths with philharmonic breaths.
Between Ricochet and Stratosfear the rhythm, as furious as melodic,
stumbles on an opaque atmospheric passage where some dense layers of
Mellotron float among the airs of a flute forgotten on the banks of
perdition. Written in 2010, "Detox" presents us a more contemporary
face of Pollard's works. The intro is intriguing to the bones with the
glaucous breaths which hum on a threatening pulsating line whose every
blow sounds like a stifling breath. A nasal synth draws clouds to
vocalized tints while a metallic flute spreads its waves that absent
choirs bear on this atmospheric intro filled with a strong smell of
night-mistrust. The movement livens up delicately with a rosary of
sequences which shell its ions so that they take opposite directions
on a somber pulsatory bass line from which every blow bites our ears,
shaping a splendid staggering rhythmic approach. We are in the cave of
Ramp and Redshift with a superb passage where the melody of the
sequences is absorbed by the heavy resonances of a strong bass line.
The synth throws spectral waves which float on these wide cyclic
circles where dance other sequenced ions when the pulsating rhythm
takes refuge in a brief abstract passage. It's a pretext for Brendan
Pollard, so that he sharpens the orientations of "Detox" to bring it
towards darker territories. There where the rhythm beats of it blacks
glaucous pulsations on the wings of metallic cymbals that synth
spectral blades cover of a Machiavellian aura. Notes of electric piano
scatter the fogs drawn by the Mellotron, giving to "Detox" a finale
deserving of its magnificence. It's a great track which shows that
Brendan Pollard has still his place in the chessboard of EM.

Like an architect, the English synthesist displays his tenebrous
unstable protean structures, allying dark, psychedelic and morphic
atmospheres to sequential movements livened up by free and sometimes
undisciplined ions. Live in Concert 2006 Part 2 confirms the talent of
this great English synth man who got retired too soon. It is to wish
that Brendan Pollard reconsiders his decision, so that he shares with
us works such as "Detox" and the impressive "Radiant Transmission" of
which the studio version is even more powerful. All in all, Live in
Concert 2006 is a very good live album which proves that the
atmospheres and black rhythms of the analog years are always of
current events. That just depends of the hands and of the creativity
of those who want to tame them in order to share them with us.

2012. Sylvain Lupari / gutsofdarkness.com & synth&sequences.com

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FD.Project - Quadea (29898)

Unter dem Projektnamen The Other Side Of F.D. Project zeigt der
Gitarrist und Keyboarder Frank Dorittke sein zweites, etwas
elektronischeres Gesicht. Nach zahlreichen F.D. Project-Alben erschien
im Jahr 2011 das erste Album unter The Other Side Of F.D. Project mit
dem Titel "Nocturna". Frank scheint sich meines Wunsches aus der
letzten Rezension angenommen zu haben, bei der ich noch die fehlende
Skip-Funktion bei dem 71minütigen Titel vermisst hatte, denn auf dem
neuen Werk "Quadea", das im März 2012 erschienen ist, sind die Parts I
bis VI einzeln anwählbar. Zeigt sich auf den F.D. Project-Alben
oftmals Frank's Hang zur Rockmusik in dem er seine E-Gitarre öfter mal
in der Sprache Mike Oldfield's erklingen lässt, so agiert er bei
diesem Projekt dann doch sehr Synthielastig eher im Stile der
"Berliner Schule". Da ist es auch kein Wunder, das "Part One" mit
Sequenzer und Sounds bestückt ist, die nach analogem Gerät klingen.
Frank verbindet in diesem ersten Teil aber die guten alten 80'er mit
der Moderne, denn die Musik klingt vertraut und frisch zugleich.
Dieser erste Part dauert fast 13 Minuten und schwebt so dahin, während
Melodien auf Mellotron und Moog gespielt zu sein scheinen.
Der langsam trabende Rhythmus endet mit "Part One" und weicht zunächst
sphärischen Flächen zu Beginn von "Part Two". Mit einem sakral
wirkenden Gesang kommt jetzt eine ganz andere Stimmung in diesem Track
auf. Die Stimme, die recht monoton aus den Boxen auf den Flächen zu
liegen scheint, klingt, als ob sie mit einem Vocoder verfremdet wurde.
Nach etwas mehr als zwei Minuten kommen zu den windartigen
Synthiesounds ein Sequenzer sowie wiederum Mellotron artige Sounds,
die zusammen eine wohlige Stimmung verbreiten. Das Stück entwickelt
sich langsam und nimmt gemächlich Fahrt auf. Durch die
unterschiedlichen Synthiestimmen verzaubert Frank den Hörer und
entführt ihn aus der Realität in ein imaginäres Land.
"Part Three" scheint den Rhythmus fortzuführen, dieses Mal legt Frank
aber eine andere Melodielinie und eine andere Synthieklangfarbe
darauf. Im zweiten Teil dieses Stückes holt er dann doch seine
sechsaitige heraus und spielt einige rockige Passagen auf der
E-Gitarre. Jetzt ist auch ein Schlagzeug zu hören, was den Track in
Richtung Rock schiebt, ohne aber die elektronischen Wurzeln zu
vernachlässigen.
Ein pumpender, dezenter Bassbeat unterlegt das herrliche "Part Four",
das jetzt auch wieder "Berliner Schule"-Elemente an den Tag legt und
es mit frischen Ideen verziert. Hymnisch und doch luftigleicht wirkt
"Part Five". Einige Klänge erinnern mich an Vangelis, auch wenn der
Track selbst wenig von der Musik des großen Griechen zu bieten hat.
Sobald der Sequenzer einsetzt ändert sich aber die Stimmung und der
Track zeigt sich von seiner rhythmischen Seite. Den Abschluss bildet
"Part Six", das anfangs auch einige experimentelle, mystische
Klangskulpturen auf den Hörer loslässt. Schnell entwickelt sich dann
aber wieder ein melodischer Track mit tollem Sequenzerrhythmus. Bei
diesem Stück drückt Frank dann wieder die Bank der "Berliner Schule".
Ein toller Ausklang einer wieder sehr schönen CD von F.D. Project.

Erneut zeigt Frank Dorittke, dass er nicht nur ein Könner an der
E-Gitarre ist, sondern es auch versteht herrliche, fast ausschließlich
mit elektronischem Gerät erzeugte Tracks zu spielen und sich dabei
durchaus in der "Berliner Schule" zu verlieren, was hier äußerst
positiv gemeint ist. Frank ist Musiker durch und durch und hat ein
Gespür für Harmonien und Melodien, das zeigt sich erneut auf diesem
Werk. Man kann Frank's CDs blind kaufen, da sich auf seinen
Veröffentlichungen keine Ausfälle befinden. Und so verhält es sich
auch mit diesem Album. Das Album kann ich nur jedem Elektronikfreund
empfehlen.

2012. Stephan Schelle / Germany

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