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Hi All.

Again we have to start with sad news.
At the age of 66 Years Kristian Schultze left us.
He died on the 22nd of November in Bad Tolz.
Once keyboard player with Klaus Doldinger and Cusco.
Know for his great music like "Metronomics" and his work with many
other musicians
and producers among them Giorgio Moroder.
This is becoming a sad year for us as Electronic music lovers.
Rest in peace Kristian, your music will be with us forever!!

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Many nice reactions on the new front side page.
A big thanks to Michel Osenbruggen for his very big support on this.
Without him I would have a hard time getting all these things done.

On the new front page you can find some of them but all new entries
and changes of prices and reviews is still under the "What's new" button.
But this is now also on the new front page.

We have added some great new material by John Sherwood aka 4M33.
Many more will be added in the coming weeks!!
Another very nice addition is from "Polaris + Krzysztof Horn - Collision".
It was recorded during their performance in Berlin at The Ricochet Gathering.
Many will enjoy this release. Also a new release by Faber.
It is not yet in so I can not comment on it yet.

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Here is a special event in the US that I do want you all in that area
to know of. I know from readers that they have been to these events
because the saw it in E-News.
Here we go.

Come join us on December 3 for OTP's final event of 2011, featuring
one of New Jersey's best-kept secrets, the experimental trio known as
Serious Fun.
Serious Fun features the original poetry of John Hammel (vocals,
harmonica, melodica) supported via improvisational music courtesy of
Peter Biedermann (electric & acoustic guitars, electronics) and
Anthony Lamort (keyboards, electronics, sampling). This is a trio
whose music defi...es easy categorization: neither 'jazz' by any
stretch, or anywhere near 'rock' music or even something resembling
what most would consider to be strictly 'electronic' by nature,
Serious Fun wipe out in one fell swoop the boundaries between
contemporary experimental musics.
Hammel's gothic homespun, equal parts Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Jim
Morrison, and Robert Wyatt, positively aches throughout the
guitar-webbed soundworld Biedermann cooks up, spiced considerably by
Lamort's unorthodox synth & mysterioso keyboard accompaniment. Call it
'avant-Americana', if you will­this is the stuff of fever dreams
hatched by auteurs David Lynch and Derek Jarman, writ into a kind of
grand guignol aural noir.
The thrust of Serious Fun can be found on their two recordings, The
Red House Panties, and An American Anthem, featuring work penned by
Hammel during the early 1990 s in a purgative burst after spending
approximately three years immersed in novelists such as James M. Cain,
Jim Thompson, and James Ellroy. Hammel channels the seedier
undercurrents of the American experience via his smoked voice and
ghostly harmonica, while bandmates Biedermann and Lamort sort and sift
through varying patterns of near Frippian-guitaroid menace and
subversive analog burbles that act like sonic earworms gnawing in to
the psyche.
________________
DATE OF PERFORMANCE: Saturday, December 3
DOORS OPEN @ 7:30 PM / PERFORMANCE @ 8 PM
ADMISSION:
$8 for advance/reserve seating
$10 at the door
PURCHASE TICKETS:
www.mycommunityevents.com/common/eventDetail.aspx?id=14410
OTP LINK:
www.onethousandpulses.com

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The now something for our German subscribers, a special announcment for
the annual EM Breakfast by Schallwende this time with Spyra!

Das jahrliche EM-Breakfast wird auch dieses jahr wieder statt finden!
Wo? Kolpinghaus Höntrop,
Wattenscheider Hellweg 76,
44869 Bochum-Wattenscheid
Und es spielt fur euch Der Spyra (Wolfram Spyra).
Ein fantastischer musiker der euch sicher in die advent stimmung bringen wird.
Und dan noch ein schones Fruhstuck dazu!! Das ist wieder ein tolles ereignis!!
Weitere Informationen auf der schallwende Newsseite.
Info: www.kolpinghaus-hoentrop.com
Anmeldung: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Ich kan dies nur warmstens empfehlen!!

I also heard that sales for the 30 December Event in Bochum are going
very well and Sylvia asked me to let you all know if you want to come there
be sure to order the tickets in time!!

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Dreamscape Radio has music this week from the following artists:
Justin Vandenburg, Wladek, Robert Schroeder, Ian Boddy, Polaris
and others. Dreamscape Radio show 165 is now on-line.
http://www.dreamscaperadio.nl

Thanks for your time!!
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.

4m33s - Ages (cdr)
4m33s - Autumn + Winter (2-cdr)
4m33s - Beethoven Symphony No. 6 (cdr)
4m33s - Cage (2-cdr)
4m33s - Desert Dream Echoes (cdr)
4m33s - Evolution + Evolution 2 (2-cdr)
4m33s - Live 06 (2-cdr)
4m33s - Live 08 (cd + video)
4m33s - Live 09 (cd + video)
4m33s - Live 10 (cd + video)
4m33s - Mystical Time Machine (cd + video)
4m33s - Rarities Volume 1 (cdr)
4m33s - Rarities Volume 2 (cdr)
4m33s - Spring + Summer (2-cdr)
4m33s - Tchaikovsky (cdr)
Faber - Dreamchild (cdr)
Polaris + Krzysztof Horn - Collision (digipak) (cd)

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

Andreas Akwara - Quantum (cd) $12.99 , £9.49 , €10.49
Axess - First light (cdr) $17.25 , £12.75 , €13.90
Ian Boddy - Drive (cdr) $13.49 , £9.99 , €10.90
Ian Boddy - Triptych (ltd. edition) (cd) $10.99 , £8.25 , €8.90
Ian Boddy & Markus Reuter - Dervish (ltd. edition) (cd) $12.25 , £8.99 , €9.90
Ian Boddy & Robert Rich - React (cd) $10.99 , £8.25 , €8.90
Ian Boddy & Bernhard Wostheinrich - Moire (cd) $10.99 , £8.25 , €8.90
Jerome Froese - Speed of snow (ltd. edition) (cd single) $17.25 ,
£12.75 , €13.90
Tetsu Inoue - Yolo (cd) $10.99 , £8.25 , €8.90
Neuronium - Supranatural (cd) $17.25 , £12.75 , €13.90
Craig Padilla - Below the mountain (cd) $13.49 , £9.99 , €10.90
Joerg Schaaf - Sonar experience (cd) $12.25 , £8.99 , €9.90 <-- LAST COPIES!
Michael Shipway - Voyage To Venus (cd) $12.25 , £8.99 , €9.90
Syndromeda - Alien abduction phenomenon (cd) $13.49 , £9.99 , €10.90
Erik Wollo & Berhard Wostheinrich - Arcadia Borealis (ltd. edition)
(cd) $12.25 , £8.99 , €9.90

- - - - - CONCERT INFORMATION - - - - -

Come join us on December 3 for OTP's final event of 2011, featuring
one of New Jersey's best-kept secrets, the experimental trio known as
Serious Fun.
Serious Fun features the original poetry of John Hammel (vocals,
harmonica, melodica) supported via improvisational music courtesy of
Peter Biedermann (electric & acoustic guitars, electronics) and
Anthony Lamort (keyboards, electronics, sampling). This is a trio
whose music defi...es easy categorization: neither 'jazz' by any
stretch, or anywhere near 'rock' music or even something resembling
what most would consider to be strictly 'electronic' by nature,
Serious Fun wipe out in one fell swoop the boundaries between
contemporary experimental musics.
Hammel's gothic homespun, equal parts Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Jim
Morrison, and Robert Wyatt, positively aches throughout the
guitar-webbed soundworld Biedermann cooks up, spiced considerably by
Lamort's unorthodox synth & mysterioso keyboard accompaniment. Call it
'avant-Americana', if you will­this is the stuff of fever dreams
hatched by auteurs David Lynch and Derek Jarman, writ into a kind of
grand guignol aural noir.
The thrust of Serious Fun can be found on their two recordings, The
Red House Panties, and An American Anthem, featuring work penned by
Hammel during the early 1990 s in a purgative burst after spending
approximately three years immersed in novelists such as James M. Cain,
Jim Thompson, and James Ellroy. Hammel channels the seedier
undercurrents of the American experience via his smoked voice and
ghostly harmonica, while bandmates Biedermann and Lamort sort and sift
through varying patterns of near Frippian-guitaroid menace and
subversive analog burbles that act like sonic earworms gnawing in to
the psyche.
________________
DATE OF PERFORMANCE: Saturday, December 3
DOORS OPEN @ 7:30 PM / PERFORMANCE @ 8 PM
ADMISSION:
$8 for advance/reserve seating
$10 at the door
PURCHASE TICKETS:
www.mycommunityevents.com/common/eventDetail.aspx?id=14410
OTP LINK:
www.onethousandpulses.com

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Ron Boots: Hello 2012 - Die Erde im Wandel?
Silvesterkonzert am 30 December im Planetarium Bochum.
Ron wird unterstutzt von einer vielzahl von Musiker:-)

Ob die Erde im Jahre 2012 wirklich eine Wandlung erfährt, wie die
alten Mayas es seinerzeit prophezeit haben? Astronomisch ist zwar
nicht mit besonderen Ereignissen zu rechnen, aber musikalisch sind der
Fantasie keine Grenzen gesetzt.
Und so geht der niederländische Ausnahmemusiker Ron Boots der Sache
musikalisch auf den Grund. Er komponiert speziell für sein
Silvesterkonzert im Planetarium Bochum ganz neue Titel, die zum Thema passen.

Ron Boots aus Eindhoven beweist schon seit vielen Jahren immer wieder
eindrucksvoll, dass er einer der besten Livemusiker in der
Elektronischen Musik-Szene ist. Er brilliert mit druckvollen Sounds,
schafft aber auch mit gefühlvollen Piano-Passagen eine gelungene
Symbiose zwischen rhythmischen Sphärenklängen, Sternenhimmel und
Bildern aus den Tiefen des Alls. Seine Musik entführt uns auf eine
fantastische Reise durch den Kosmos und die Geschichte der Erde. Ein
Konzert mit Ron Boots ist immer ein Erlebnis der Extraklasse für alle Sinne.

Als besonderes Bonbon bekommt jeder Konzertbesucher eine Gratis-CD,
und exklusiv fur auf das Silvesterkonzert im Planetarium Bochum
hergestellt wird.

http://www.planetarium-bochum.de/de_DE/calendar/detail/9518458

Eintritt: 18,00 €, erm.16,00 €
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Das jahrliche EM-Breakfast wird auch dieses jahr wieder statt finden!
Wo? Kolpinghaus Höntrop,
Wattenscheider Hellweg 76,
44869 Bochum-Wattenscheid
Und es spielt fur euch Der Spyra (Wolfram Spyra).
Ein fantastischer musiker der euch sicher in die advent stimmung bringen wird.
Und dan noch ein schones Fruhstuck dazu!! Das ist wieder ein tolles ereignis!!
Weitere Informationen auf der schallwende Newsseite.
Info: www.kolpinghaus-hoentrop.com
Anmeldung: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Ich kan dies nur warmstens empfehlen!!

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JANUARY 8TH 2012.

WELCOME TO FRIENDS AT THE ENCK.
Feat; Harold & Eric v.d. Heijden, FD Project, Ron Boots, Jamie O'Callaghan,
Paul Hellings and !!! Let that be a surprise for now!!
It will take place in The Enck (Yes E-Live and E-Days'place to be).
Tickets are only € 12.50 Euro and for all who come there is a free gift!!
You can now order your tickets by transferring it to the following account.

For the Netherlands
ING 5577616 tnv Groove Unlimited (please ad your name and city you live in)

For our GermanFans. (Bitte Nahme und wohnsitz vermelden!!)
Raiffeisenbank
Empfaenger: Groove Unlimited, Best, NL
Kontonr. des Empfaengers: 2803700012
Institut des Empfaengers: Raiffeisenbank Heinsberg
BLZ des Empfaengersinstituts: 37069412

For our Belgian Fans, (please ad your name and city you live in)
Fortis Bank, België
Agentschap Hamont 41280.5
Accountnr.: 001-3797310-30
Ron Boots / Groove Unlimited, Best, NL

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JUKEBOX
The new jukebox contains 18 titles.
To listen: click on the JUKEBOX button on www.groove.nl

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NON-GROOVE UNLIMITED LABEL
1: Tangerine Dream - Finnegans Wake - James Joyce (cd)
2: Tangerine Dream - Knights of Asheville (2-cd)
3: Gert Emmens & Ruud Heij - Sculpture Garden (cd)
4: V/A - Awakenings 2007 volume 1.5 (cdr)
5: Tangerine Dream - Sorcerer (Remastered) (cd)
6: V/A - Awakenings 2007 volume 1 (2-cdr)
7: V/A - Awakenings 2006 volume 2.5 (cdr)
8: Erik Seifert - Poles (cd)
9: V/A - Awakenings 2006 volume 1 (2-cdr)
10: V/A - Awakenings 2007 volume 2 (2-cdr)

GROOVE UNLIMITED LABEL
1: Ron Boots - La caída de hormigón (cd)
2: Eric van der Heijden - Dal Segno (cd)
3: Nattefrost - Live in Germany (cd)
4: Ron Boots - Acoustic shadows (cd)
5: Can Atilla - HI-Story (cd)
6: Synth.nl - Apollo (cd)
7: Gert Emmens & Cadenced Haven - Life in cosmic highway (cd)
8: V/A - E-Day 2011 (cd)
9: Create - We live by the machines (cd)
10: Gert Emmens - Metamorphosis (cd)

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Additions and changes from November 20 2011 till November 27 2011

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
4m33s - AGES (cdr) 82352
2007. Ambient excursion into the prehistoric musical landscapes..
$ 14.75 / UKP 10.99 / EURO 11.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=82352

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
4m33s - AUTUMN + WINTER (2-cdr) 35878
2007. 2 Albums reflecting the tides of the year..
$ 15.99 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 12.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=35878

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
4m33s - BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 6 (cdr) 82095
2007. John sherwood's interpretation of Beethoven's beloved Symphony.
$ 14.75 / UKP 10.99 / EURO 11.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=82095

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
4m33s - CAGE (2-cdr) 48621
2007. John sherwood at his best..
$ 15.99 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 12.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=48621

*track listing and cover added *
4m33s - DARKLIGHT (cdr) 35849
2007.
$ 14.75 / UKP 10.99 / EURO 11.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=35849

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
4m33s - DESERT DREAM ECHOES (cdr) 58435
2007. Ambient excursion into spacey mystery and sci-fi imagination.
$ 15.99 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 12.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=58435

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
4m33s - EVOLUTION + EVOLUTION 2 (2-cdr) 76114
2007. Ambient excursion into spacey mystery and sci-fi imagination.
$ 15.99 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 12.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=76114

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
4m33s - LIVE 06 (2-cdr) 23923
2007. John Sherwood live in 2006.
$ 15.99 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 12.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=23923

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
4m33s - LIVE 08 (cd + video) 30237
2008. This is a CD + DVD set containing two live performances by 4m33s
both done in April 2008. The first one was at Awakenings in Burton on
Trent on April 19, and the second was on April 24 in Swindon..
$ 15.99 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 12.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=30237

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
4m33s - LIVE 09 (cd + video) 26771
2009. This is a CD + DVD set containing two live performances by 4m33s
both done in April 2009. The first one was at Awakenings in Burton on
Trent on April 18, and the second was on April 25 at Elektron 09.
$ 15.99 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 12.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=26771

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
4m33s - LIVE 10 (cd + video) 30562
2010. This is a CD + DVD set containing two live performances by 4m33s
done in July and September 2010. The first one was at Awakenings in
Burton on Trenton July 10, and the second on September 11 at Sound and
Vision in Swindon..
$ 15.99 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 12.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=30562

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
4m33s - MYSTICAL TIME MACHINE (cd + video) 60087
2010. This is a CD + DVD set containing the audio version of the album
done in on the CD, and then a movie DVD based on the album and
usingBurton on Trentit as the soundtrack. There is also an full colour
printed insert.
$ 15.99 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 12.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=60087

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
4m33s - RARITIES VOLUME 1 (cdr) 32758
2007.
$ 14.75 / UKP 10.99 / EURO 11.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=32758

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
4m33s - RARITIES VOLUME 2 (cdr) 32728
2007.
$ 14.75 / UKP 10.99 / EURO 11.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=32728

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
4m33s - SPRING + SUMMER (2-cdr) 24848
2007. 2 Albums reflecting the tides of the year..
$ 15.99 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 12.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=24848

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
4m33s - TCHAIKOVSKY (cdr) 37795
2007. John sherwood's interpretation of Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique"..
$ 14.75 / UKP 10.99 / EURO 11.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=37795

*review added *
Emmens, Gert - TALE OF THE WARLOCK (mp3 download) 9135m
2006/2008. Sequences and aggressive solos.
$ 12.49 / UKP 9.25 / EURO 9.99
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=9135m

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Faber - DREAMCHILD (cdr) 31423
2009. Diversified, well produced space-album that offers, besides
catchy melodies, the musical development of the artists.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=31423

*track listing and cover added *
Geigertek - SOUNDTRACK FOR CITY LIVING (cdr) 71190
2011. Exciting mixture of EM with its roots firmly in the melodic and romantic.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=71190

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Polaris + Krzysztof Horn - COLLISION (cd) 63019
2011. Improvised live during Ricochet Gathering in Rathaus Schöneberg
Berlin 2010.
Digipak
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=63019

*review added *
Sanfilippo, Bruno - SUBLIMAL PULSE (cd) 76725
2011. A myterious mood, although never foreboding, is present
throughout the entire album.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 13.99
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=76725

*track listing and cover added *
Seifert, Erik - POLES (cd) 47104
2011. Max Schiefele (Maxxess), Erik Seifert, Josef Steinbuechel An
ambient travel by 3 of the best sounddesigners in German EM scene A
unique atmosphere that capture the poles imagination.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=47104

*track listing and cover 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.
Release date: DEC 6 2011
$ 20.99 / UKP 15.49 / EURO 16.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=71740

*track listing and cover added *
Tangerine Dream - KNIGHTS OF ASHEVILLE (2-cd) 86016
2011. TANGERINE DREAM LIVE AT THE MOOGFEST IN ASHEVILLE 2011.
Release date: Dec 6 2011
$ 24.75 / UKP 18.25 / EURO 19.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=86016

*new in stock *
Vandenberg, Justin - SYNTHETIC MEMORIES (cd) 32661
2011. Synthetic Memories, Justin Vanderberg's, delivers eight deeply
moving and contemplative tracks of pure wonder where pulsing
electronics textures and rich ambient spaces are perfectly blended
heartfelt Music..
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=32661

*review added *
Wright, David - IN SEARCH OF SILENCE (cd) 60046
2011. David's 24th opus is an epic journey reflecting the ebb and flow
of life encapsulated in a diverse and coherent collection of musical
soundscapes..
Release date: 7 November 2011
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=60046

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Sanfilippo, Bruno - Sublimal pulse (76725)
Bruno Sanfilippo's landing on sympathetic Californian label Spotted
Peccary Music was a really nice surprise for me and also a very good
kept secret. Really nice move that can be only much fruitful and
challenging for both sides. Bruno Sanfilippo is a very prolific
ambient/modern classical composer, born in Argentina, Buenos Aires,
but since the year 2000 residing in Spain, Barcelona. "Subliminal
Pulse" is Bruno's 11th solo album, but he has on his credit also few
collaborations with Max Corbacho and Mathias Grassow and one
"Anthology" compilation.

From the very first notes "Subliminal Pulse" is a very rich and
skillfully sculpted sonic palette floating from slightly melodic
ambient ("The Third Geometry", "Santa Luminosa") to deeper space
travels ("Intrinsic Fluctuations", "Subliminal Pulse"), from modern
classically sounding arrangements ("Spirit Allies", "Slipped Time",
"Mantram") through darker minimal experiments with strong environmenta
l feel ("Alchemical Powers") to more monumental sacral texture
("Pulsum Sacrum"). Each composition is crafted with highest precision,
incorporated are various fragments like melodic EM ingredients,
various distant voices and ethereal choirs, ethnic and modern
classical influenced passages, few sonic outbursts and carefully used
field-recordings.

Surprisingly, this wider variety of sounds and tapestries works
together more than effectively, the sonic panoramas are beautifully
warm, emotional, joyous and elegant. And when adding crystalline sound
quality and nicely fitting digipak artwork, we get absolutely
sophisticated piece of electronic music, "Subliminal Pulse" is one of
the best 2011 releases so far!!! Muchas gracias, Bruno, for taking me
with you to this gorgeously hypnotic and tranquil journey!!!

Richard Gürtler / Bratislava, Slovakia

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Emmens, Gert - Tale of the warlock (9135m)
Gert Emmens is just a fantastic artist & this album "The Tale Of The
Warlock" just proves that without a doubt...

Thomas / United States Of America

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Wright, David - In Search of Silence (60046)
David Wright is an emblematic figure of the melodious and progressive
EM style. His recent compilation album, The Spirit of Light, maybe
left his fans wondering if he was approaching more the New Age style
than electronic. For those who were afraid of this, like I was, he has
just answered emphatically with a masterpiece to rival anything he has
done before! Composed in 2 chapters, 'In Search of Silence' is a
reflection of the ebb and flow of life. But above all, it's a
wonderful and very musical album where rhythms and atmospheres
encapsulate superb melodious approaches. David Wright surpasses
himself with a stunning layout of sounds and a wonderful artistic
tapestry, where every title fits into sublime musical collage, filled
with an intense and bubbling musical fauna. This is David Wright's
23rd solo opus and it joins his colossal works and widens his
discography with another musical diamond that will charm his fans and
clearly shows beyo nd any doubts that EM is much more than a simple
story of sounds.

The 1st part of ISOS was first presented within the framework of the
Schallwelle Music Awards, held in March 2011 at the Bochum Planetarium
in Germany. And so as life begins, "Sanctuary - Prologue" extricates
itself from silence by means of distant waves emerging from within
lovely synth blows and star dusts. A musical fauna as much terrestrial
than celestial welcomes this introductory title which glides in upon a
universe of distant sounds and synth breaths, while a delicate and
half hinted melody is heard. Forged within arpeggios of glass, the
melody floats with a spiritual oriental approach and progresses to a
dramatic crescendo among sinuous synth lines and discreet astral
choirs to finally introduce the pulsating rhythm of "Transylvanian
Lullaby". A pounding rhythm teams up with a bass line from which wide
loops lead to a slow gallop, driving "Transylvanian Lullaby" towards
'In Search of Silence' melodious plains with a rhythm that explodes
with a universe of heterogeneous percussion. These percussions are
both soft and metallic and explode dramatically while their echoes
present a delicious mixture, structuring a rhythm that increases its
dynamism by forging forward on superb, wavy-like crisscrossed
sequences. This frenzied ride propels a powerful melodic structure fed
by a fleeting piano and a synth sounds among somber, apocalyptic
streaks immersed by furious solos. It's very beautiful and very
intense and has nothing to do with a lullaby, whereas "Shine On
Cassini, Shine On" and its delicate piano notes roam in an ochre mist
and is the prelude to the superb "Echoes of Air". You remember "Beyond
Paradise"? For a long time I considered this wonderful melody from the
excellent Walking with Ghosts as being the melodious highlight of EM.
Well David Wright has just surpassed himself. Feeding on the oniric
finale of "Shine On Cassini, Shine On", "Echoes of Air" caresses our
ears like a delicious whisper of silk. It's a great melody moulded on
a beautiful mixture of percussions and pulsations as well as in the
breaths of a stunningly superb synth theme with silky lamentations of
a solitary and extremely melancholic Vox and synth sound. Quietly, and
by borrowing the brief piano notes of "Shine On Cassini, Shine On",
"Echoes of Air" ends its spiritual crusade among metallic hoops which
evolve into a heterogeneous finale before disappearing in the
cinematic approach of "Sanctuary - Reprise".
Written after his Schallwelle Music Awards performance, the 2nd part
of In Search of Silence begins with the title track. It's an
enchanting melody of Arabian nights' style from which the synth
refrain turns in hypnotic loops that begin with metallic sounding
refrains and continues to clash under sweet ochred lamentations of a
lonely synth. Fine arpeggios emerge like star dust from the mellotron
induced mist. Carried along atop the waves of mist they sparkle and
dance, embracing the rising tide with philharmonic winds and celestial
choirs. Slowly, the title track "In Search of Silence" ebbs and flows
with 13 minutes of shifting tempos, where Tablas, Taiko drums and
percussion ride with a warm bass line and remain suspended in a
dreamlike atmosphere. The rhythm is soft, suave and tinted with a
romanticism worthy of the warm Middle Eastern nights. This epic title
track supports an enthralling melodious structure that embraces
several phases but remains fluid with a dramatic and sy mphonic synth
theme which frees its versatile harmonious breaths, weaving a
melodious structure to a thousand ethereal winds in a very beautiful
mixture of fluty and nasal harmonies. A combination of sounds and
harmonies that sing, dance and weave their way through an oniric
sphere filled with melancholic mist. "Debussy in the Mist" emerges
from the title track with water lapping and the choirs of forgotten
mermaids overflowing from the somber circular winds of a powerful
lugubrious synth. A rhythm settles down on the slow pulsations of a
sequenced bass line. It pounds with a furtive and delicate pace,
crossing the voice, full of the emotions of a mysterious mermaid as
the slow progression of "Debussy in the Mist" is slowly propelled by
fanciful mellotron strings. The mellotron violins underpin an oniric
lullaby caressing us with the addition of fluty breaths which progress
into the secret implosions of the dynamic synth theme of "Alchemy".
With its dynamic and symphonic intro, "Alc hemy" whips 'In Search of
Silence' into a powerful, unchained rhythm excursion. Sequences rise
and expand the music into a heavy, pulsating movement under which
sweet mellotron layers sing and dance. They grow in intensity, forging
a bubbling rhythm which explodes on strong percussions. But even
though the pace is on fire, David Wright succeeds in integrating a
wonderful Arabian melody which is grafted to furious keyboards themes
and scorching mini-moog solos. The rhythm forges a powerful, lively
structure, and "Alchemy" pounds towards its conclusion with dynamic
sequencing that crisscrosses with ethereal choirs into its soft,
angelic finale. Ethereal mellotron flutes and glissading harp
alongside solitary breaths feed the multiplicity of the gentle
harmonies that surrounds "Calmer Waters", yet another great piece of
electronic music serenading, equal in beauty to the earlier "Echoes of
Air" or "Beyond Paradise". The music rises from an oceanic bed with
electric piano notes shining at the full moon and becoming entangled
with the lapping waves. They flow into our ears beneath the comfort of
a lazy, chilled bass line and delicate percussions before merging with
"Sea and Sand", an ethereal track that brings a meditative approach
with a beautiful but lonely mellotron flute asking questions of the
emptiness. The gentle track builds delicately and finds its answer
before disappearing into the intro of "Worlds Beneath" which continues
the pensive exploration of "Sea and Sand", but with fine pulsations
and orchestration that skips delicately on one of the most beautiful
synth line and themes you have heard. This epic space music track
breaths beautiful and harmonious chords like the epic Cosmos theme to
make even Vangelis envious.

In Search of Silence is another masterpiece from David Wright. If we
thought that this brilliant composer would never surpass his colossal
works like 'Walking with Ghosts' or award winning Dreams and Distant
Moonlight, we were wrong! In Search of Silence is 79 minutes of
extremely creative and melodic EM, rich in sounds and superb
arrangement all combined in themes and melodies that express
themselves with stunning clarity within a wonderful and superbly
produced electronic music structure. There are no timeouts, the titles
link up and merge in a creative manner which is breathtaking. Every
title brings its own signature, whether it's cosmic, dramatic,
rhythmic or cinematic - every title on In Search of Silence is forged
in emotive harmony and melody which works due to the extraordinary
vision and poetic approach of the composer.
I loved it, I adored every minute of it! As I walk on the thread of my
life, I am thankful that of all those who have healed me and take good
care of me, that David Wright is among them.

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

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