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Hello all.

E-Day 2012 is next Saturday.
Live performances by:
PICTURE PALACE MUSIC.
STEVE DINSDALE (member of Radio Massacre International)
PHIL BOOTH and JEZ CREEK
Tickets are still available on the day itself and you can order until Tuesday!!
For all who come we have our annual extra discount.
So collect your CD's there and get a 10% discount!!
This counts this time for all CDS and DVDS!!
But keep in mind it is only for CDs that are in stock so order in time!!.

Wednesday the new Groove releases come in!!
Lamp - Three Towers (cd)
Picture Palace music - Indulge the Passion (cd)
VoLt - Circuits (cd)

We will start shipping them also on Wednesday!!
So preorder now and have them as soon as they are out.
On this weeks Dreamscape show we have tracks from all 3 releases!!
So listen to it if you have the chance I think they are great.

We have also added a new CD by Spyra + Roksana called Overture.
It is in the Style of Klaus Schulze and Lisa Gerrard.
We have also a lot of new releases by John Sherwood, very nice
ambient and dark ambient music from the UK.

There are some real good concerts in May so check out the concert section
if you live in the Dutch/German area.

First of is Rene Splinter Live in the Bochum Planetarium on the 12th of May.
info here http://www.renesplinter.com/The_Event_Horizon_Concert.html

And then!!

"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 three part programme combines electronic music with classical
elements at the unique site of the Grote of St.Bavokerk, situated in
the city center 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

further info here:
http://shop.desertedislandmusic.nl/

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

This will be a very special event, I am in talks with a choir to support my
set that will be in the vain of my favorite area of Klaus the late 70's
and early 80's music.

Dreamscape Radio is a rerun of last week with the following artists:
LAMP, VoLt, Picture Palace Music, Uwe Reckzeh, Vanderson e.a.
Dreamscape Radio show 185 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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These products are NEW in our catalog.
Further in this newsletter are more details.

4m33s - Time Vol.2 (2-cdr)
Faber - Universal Flow (cdr)
Spyra + Roksana - Overture (digipak) (cd)
Harald Nies - Cableworld (cdr)
Steve Orchard - Undersail (cd)
Quantec - 1000 Vacuum Tubes (cd)
John Sherwood - Darklight Vol.3 (2-cdr)
John Sherwood - Darkness is Falling (2-cdr)
John Sherwood - Report on Probability A (3-cdr)
John Sherwood - Report on Probability A (3-cdr)
John Sherwood - Ritual Vol. 2 Longform ambient (2-cdr)
Russell Storey - Hallucinating (cdr)
FD.Project - Quadea (cdr)
Fratoroler - Looking Forward (cdr)
Lamp - Three Towers (cd)
Namlook + Material Object - Ambient Gardener - Autumn (ltd. edition) (2-cd)
Pete Namlook - Music for urban meditation 4 (ltd. edition) (2-cd)
Patchwork - Connect (cdr)
Picture Palace music - Indulge the Passion (cd)
Synergy - Computer Experiments V.1 (cd)
The Grey Encounter - Dark Matter (ltd. edition) (cdr)
VoLt - Circuits (cd)

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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.

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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E-Day 2012 is on 28-04-2012
In The Enck at Oirschot (near Eindhoven)

PICTURE PALACE MUSIC
STEVE DINSDALE of Radio Massacre International
BOOTH & CREEK

Besides the concerts, there is also the possibility to meet
labels and musicians who will be there. We expect a very nice day in the lobby.
The Enck has the beautiful Grand Caf? where we will have all the
stands during the day..

The day looks like this.

13:00 Cash register Open (CAFE IS ALREADY OPEN THEN!)
15:00 Concert hall open
15:15 Concert Booth & Creek (UK)
16:30 Break
17.15 Concert Steve Dinsdale (UK)
18:30 Break
21:00 Concert Picture Palace Music (Germany)
23:00 Possible ending.

Where?? In Theater de Enck
De Loop 67, 5688 EW Oirschot

Check www.E-Live.nl for all info.

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Antwerp Ambient 2012 festival

Formerly known as the Antwerp Live Looping festival, where artists
like Aidan Baker, Theo Travis, Steve Lawson, Dirk Serries, N and
Yellow6 already played. With more and more visitors each year,
bringing their friends to enjoy ambient and drone music sounds, all in
a great atmosphere.

The line-up of this year edition is at least as good or even better:
Jasper TX, Machinefabriek, Stratosphere, DarkEnsemble and Premonition
Factory. Date and time: April 28, 2012 - 20:00.
http://antwerp-ambient.com/ Tickets? Click on the "Tickets" button on
the Antwerp Ambient website or visit the festival page of CC Luchtbal.

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JUKEBOX
The new jukebox contains 6 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: Tangerine Dream - Machu Picchu (cd)
3: Patchwork - Connect (cdr)
4: Ian Boddy & Parallel Worlds - Exit strategy (cd)
5: Tangerine Dream - Underwater sunlight (Expanded-Remastered) (cd)
6: Robert Schroeder - D.MO VOL. 3 (cd)
7: Spyra + Roksana - Overture (cd)
8: The Grey Encounter - Dark Matter (cdr)
9: Tangerine Dream - Knights of Asheville (2-cd)
10: Steve Roach - Storm surge (cd)

GROOVE UNLIMITED LABEL
1: Gert Emmens - An Artist's Stroke (cd)
2: VoLt - Circuits (cd)
3: Lamp - Three Towers (cd)
4: Picture Palace music - Indulge the Passion (cd)
5: Nattefrost & Matzumi - From Distant times (cd)
6: Rene Splinter - Singularities (cd)
7: Ron Boots - Ante Oculos (cd)
8: Ron Boots - From the forgotten rooms of a lonely house (cd)
9: Nattefrost - Dying sun / Scarlet moon (cd)
10: VoLt - HjVi (cd)

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Additions and changes from April 13 2012 till April 20 2012

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
4m33s - TIME VOL.2 (2-cdr) 21474
2011. Wunderful slow pieces with some additional Sequencing!!.
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.49 / EURO 13.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=21474

*review added *
Alio Die - OTTER SONGS (cd) 70926
2012. Acoustic and real sounds.
Digipak
$ 17.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=70926

*new in stock *
Banks, Tony - A CURIOUS FEELING (cd) 69490
2012. Full of variation and surprises Tony Banks the Keyboarder of
Genesis!! Great EM influenced music. A Curious Feeling was inspired by
the novel Flowers for Algernon by Keyes.
$ 10.75 / UKP 7.99 / EURO 8.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=69490

*new in stock *
Banks, Tony - FUGITIVE (cd) 17443
2012. The Fugitive is quite a surprise. Tony Banks the Keyboarder of
Genesis!! Great Synthesizer music. With vocals of Tony!.
$ 10.75 / UKP 7.99 / EURO 8.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=17443

*new in stock *
Banks, Tony - SOUNDTRACKS (cd) 33851
2012. Soundtracks is mostly instrumental, but there are three songs
with vocals. Compiled on this album is the music that Banks wrote for
two films in the 80s, the Kevin Bacon film Quicksilver and Lorca & The
Outlaws..
$ 10.75 / UKP 7.99 / EURO 8.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=33851

*new in stock *
Banks, Tony - STILL (cd) 35723
2012. Yes the album is rather pop based but it still there is great
keyboarding..
$ 10.75 / UKP 7.99 / EURO 8.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=35723

*new in stock *
Ebia - MISSION CONTROL (cdr) 44683
2010. Ebia is on a space mission, lets drift with him in outerspace..
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.50
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=44683

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
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/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=56996

*review added *
FD.Project - NOCTURNA (cdr) 76389
2011.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.50
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=76389

*new in stock *
FD.Project - QUADEA (cdr) 29898
2012. The Other Side Of...F.D.Project part 2 Frank on a different
track, Great sequencing here..
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.50
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=29898

*new in stock *
Fratoroler - LOOKING FORWARD (cdr) 13455
2012. Looking forward is a new album full of sequencing and
berlinschool music..
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.50
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=13455

*review added *
Indra - INTERACTIVE PLAY (VOL. 1) (cdr) 56910
2012. Sampler to get his music out there to taste and try. One unique
new track of 24 minutes!!.
$ 18.25 / UKP 13.75 / EURO 15.40
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=56910

*track listing added/changed *
Jolliffe, Steve - MUSIC FOR FILM AND TV (3-cdr) 31555
2010. All titles written by Steve Jolliffe for various TV films a
SPECIAL 3 cd SET!!.
$ 23.75 / UKP 17.75 / EURO 19.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=31555

*review added *
Matzumi - IN MUTATIO TEMPORA (cd) 36114
2011. Electronica full of emotions, this will be the revelation of
E-Live 2011 Her music is a a warm balnked for the cold nights to come.
Winner of the Scahlwende elections 2011 Best Newcomer!!.
$ 17.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=36114

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Moon and Melody - OVERTURE (cd) 23455
2012. In the Style of Schulze and Lisa Gerrard Moon and Melody are
Spyra + Roksana.
Digipak
$ 14.25 / UKP 10.75 / EURO 11.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=23455

*new in stock *
Namlook + Material Object - AMBIENT GARDENER - AUTUMN (2-cd) 35047
2012. DTS 5.1 and stereo cd version.
Limited edition of 300.
$ 31.49 / UKP 23.49 / EURO 26.50
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=35047

*new in stock *
Namlook, Pete - MUSIC FOR URBAN MEDITATION 4 (2-cd) 36996
2012. Fax PK 08/200. DTS 5.1 and stereo cd version.
Limited edition of 500.
$ 31.49 / UKP 23.49 / EURO 26.50
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=36996

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

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Orchard, Steve - UNDERSAIL (cd) 76572
2012. Melodic EM in the Style of Vangelis and Mike Oldfield.
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.49 / EURO 13.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=76572

*new in stock *
Patchwork - CONNECT (cdr) 77514
Heij & Jansen. Great analog sequencing.
Remastered.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.50
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=77514

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Quantec - 1000 VACUUM TUBES (cd) 23030
2012. Here new boundries are set in sound and music structure. Ambient
from the core, with surprising effects inside the music.
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.49 / EURO 13.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=23030

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Sherwood, John - DARKLIGHT VOL.3 (2-cdr) 63030
2011. Dark moody pieces, nice for the late evenings!!.
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.49 / EURO 13.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=63030

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Sherwood, John - DARKNESS IS FALLING (2-cdr) 49664
2012. Dark moody pieces, nice for the late evenings!!.
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.49 / EURO 13.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=49664

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Sherwood, John - REPORT ON PROBABILITY A (3-cdr) 21415
2012.
$ 17.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=21415

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

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Sherwood, John - RITUAL VOL. 2 LONGFORM AMBIENT (2-cdr) 27514
2012.
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.49 / EURO 13.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=27514

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Storey, Russell - HALLUCINATING (cdr) 61689
2012. Deep space cosmic music.
$ 15.49 / UKP 11.49 / EURO 12.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=61689

*new in stock *
Yanni - LIVE AT EL MORRO PUERTO (2-cd) 43778
2012. .. PUERTO RICO // CD + DVD.
$ 22.49 / UKP 16.75 / EURO 18.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=43778

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Matzumi - In Mutatio Tempora (36114)
A growl of gong opens "A Long journey-Intro" which slides immediately
into the waltzing and clanic vapors of the thousand and one nights
with Mellotron wings which wrap an immensely cinematographic intro.
Second blow of gong; and drum rolls beat a pace of Egyptian slaves
beneath even denser violined envelopes while the first sequences
stammering click under a canvas of fat choirs which hum on an
emblematic approach of a Persian hymn. After the 3rd blow of gongs,
the rhythm of "A Long journey-Intro" hiccups of a spasmodic phase more
electronic and the incisive guitar of F.D. Project spreads out its
grating and twisted solos on a structure eroded by sequences and
percussions which pound and stamp on a title more of a rock symphonic
than electronic but as much intense as theatrical. Welcome into the
astral journey of Matzumi. There where the Milky Way crosses lands
soaked with poetries of the sand peoples and where the life stops and
takes back its rights in the astral breezes of the Babylonians gods.
In Mutatio Tempora, for the course of time, is an impressive work
which goes out from nowhere. It's a very beautiful album where the
soft poetry of Kathrin Manz sits astride on beautiful sequenced
phases, cosmic and filmic ambiances on big symphonic progressive rock
structures. It's a full hour of pleasure which amazes each time that
one puts this little flat disc in our driver!

Intense veils of violins encircle the intro of "Step by Step" of which
gongs and ethereal mists adopt a little the cinematographic pattern of
the opening track. The chirpings of synth, which stick to crackling
and jerky sequences, draw a twirling structure which is similar to the
one of Alan Parsons in I Robot from the album of the same name. A
structure which oscillates curtly on the flying-wings of violins which
lose altitude in the dreamlike vocalises, engendering a fascinating
duality between this crushed rhythm and the poetic harmonies which
exchange a structure where the progressive and symphonic rock is
easily next to an EM heavily sequenced. Some delicate arpeggios
glitter and chant with fine voices of Eden at the opening of "Heights
and Depths". The oniric synth layers, which decorate this ethereal
introduction, switch shapes finely beneath the jingles of cymbals for
resonant waves while other synth layers burden the ambiance which
undergoes the pulsations of a bass-dru m. And quietly "Heights and
Depths" takes off towards a more deafening rhythm where the
percussions resound and pulsate around a slightly stroboscopic line
which winds a bed of synth layers filled by Babylonian fragrances.
Sequences fuse from everywhere. Oscillating and hopping of an
unordered approach, they mould a heavy and resonant rhythm which
moderates its ardor under the warm vocalizes of Matzumi, entailing the
last phase of "Heights and Depths" in the dreamlike sweetnesses of a
Pharaonic world. The saying about the strength of number applies to
the stormy sequences which pound with a heavy and infernal rhythm on
"Die Kinder der Erde". A reprise of a title that we find on the
Nattefrost album, Dying Sun/Scarlet Moon, on which Matzumi played;
it's a title of an infernal heaviness that we don't get tired of
listening to and which shows that EM can be downright furious. "Who we
are" is a very moving title which begins by violins of which the
strings draw tears which go astray into mist of violins. Piano notes
and breaths of horns tear away sighs from souls snuggled up in the
abandonment, while other violin strings feast in a contradictory
joyful mood. It's a very intense title endowed with a heavy dramatic
style which embraces a more angelic portion with a delicate piano
which makes dance its dreamy notes on a structure vacillating at the
doors of termination.
"Chapters of Life" is a very good title of which the heavy and
pulsatory rhythm gets excited on an evolutionary structure. Silky, the
intro abounds of iridescent breezes and singings arpeggios which come
out of the entrails of an indomitable beast. Superb spherical waves
rise to undulate on a line finely bouncy while pulsations hammer a
heavy rhythm. A rhythm where the stormy pounding progresses with a
fine acceleration in its flow, while the synths divide its harmonies
with waving lines and others with fragrances always filled with these
old Arabic tales. This influence of dances and Arabian rhythms is in
the core of the harmonies of In Mutatio Tempora. So, and after an
ethereal intro layered by captivating synth wings, the title track
offers a heavy structure where the rhythm gallops on a good mixture of
sequences, percussions and pulsating bass notes. The rhythm throbs on
the plains of the Persian deserts, encircled by a synth which swaps
its cosmic tones for violin strings w hich fly with the voice of
Matzumi. Violins with stratas at both bouncy and melodious which
caress the curve of an increasing rhythm, fed that it is by riffs and
slide-riffs which glide under more and more repeated knocks of bows,
shaping a mesmerizing symphonic approach. The electronic and symphonic
union which soaks into the scents of the sands' peoples goes on with
"Consolation and Oblivion", a long title where the lamentations of
Kathrin Manz are moulding to the morphic synths' layers. Latecomer,
the tempo exhilarates a little after the 3rd minute with a mixture of
percussions and sequences which pound beneath the jerky bows. The
rhythmic pattern is latent and succinct, serving as pretext to divide
the Arabian astral ambiances which throne above this title to the
essences of poetic priestess stemming from Matzumi's vocalises and
from her synths of Persians tones. "Never Alone" embraces a long
angelic intro where the breaths of Orion caress the dusts of gleaming
stars before that a curt and jumpy rhythm wakes up from the heavy
reverberations. Like a gallop on astral plains the rhythm
tergiversates regarding its pace before exploding under the strikings
of the percussions which frame the synthesized harmonies and the
vocalises chanted by Matzumi. "The Migration Outro" loops the loop of
this fascinating musical journey in the heart of the ancient Arabian
lands with a title as cinematographic and emblematic as its
introductory title, the crescendo approach in less.

A little as a long journey of life which arrives at its ultimate
point; concluding a very beautiful album which ranked second best
national album at the last Schallwelle Awards.

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

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Tangerine Dream - Finnegans Wake - James Joyce (71740)

Finnegans Wake is strange literary work from James Joyce which mixes
several languages, in a point that some certain observers and critics
gave it no language of origin. It's also the 3rd work of the Sonic
Poem Series; an ambitious musical project that the duet
Froese/Quaeschning undertook at the beginning of 2011 with the
wonderful The Island of The Fay. And this closer collaboration of
Thorsten Quaeschning, in the writing and the production of this
series, brings an unmeasured immense to the works of Tangerine Dream.
It instills a revival, with a degree of intensity and emotionalism
that Edgar Froese seemed to have lost on the benches of his
experiments of life, which benefits the artistic depth of such a
project. Titles like "The Warring Forces of the Twins" and "Three
Quarks for Muster Mark" shows the nuances in the approaches of these
two companions of writing who still surprise with another very beautiful album.
A note of bass drops its echo, paving the way to a weaving of echoing
percussions and sequences which decorate intriguing intro of "The
Sensational Fall of the Master Builder" whose ambience transports me
in the universe of Flashpoint. Nervous and pulsating with anxiety,
this sequential movement is stuffed with jumping and fluttering
chords, moulding a stationary rhythm where drag sober synth chords
among pulsations with glaucous breaths. In spite of the symmetric
strikings of the linear percussions, the rhythm remains stigmatized in
a harmonious envelope filled by dull and devoid choirs which take the
place of synth layers which would have been able to be more creative.
Regardless of this bastion of sequences which crisscross in a good
rhythmic structure, the harmonious portion is cold and weaved by some
waves and layers of synths which float and flow with fluidity, while
"The Sensational Fall of the Master Builder" stagnates in its
sedentary rhythmic circle, droning out its re maining 5 minutes with
fine nuances in rhythm, choirs and harmonies. "Finnegans Excessive
Wake" offers a very beautiful evolutionary rhythmic structure with
sequences strummed in a nervous serial shape. Sequences which modify
their axes of strikings as well as their tones, making spirals of
glasses which ring in a rich musical pattern where heavy riffs draw a
breathtaking ambience as well as highly charged. Plaintive choruses
with breaths of clay prowl all along "Finnegans Excessive Wake" which
follows a crescendo imprinted by dramatism with great caresses of a
violin lost in the layers of a synth filled of distress before
exploding in furious solos of guitar from this good old Edgar.
"Resurrection by the Spirit" is built within the ashes of Ricochet. We
hear in it, this ghostly line which drawn the melody of this cult
title roam all the way on explosive rhythms. Black and pulsatory
rhythms, like it flows everywhere around Finnegans Wake, which run and
swirl, encircling and escaping this spiral melody which rolls with
nice nuances in its approach. I have to admit that it's quite a good
remix."Mother of all Sources" is my favorite track on Finnegans Wake.
After an intro fed by sequences which swirl in fast hypnotic circle
and collide on blows of curt percussions, the rhythm dies out slowly.
A little as if we have closed the switch of the turning table. Another
rhythmic structure re-appears. Totally the opposite of its dramatic
rhythmic envelope, this rhythm is bustling on sequences and
percussions with keys as nervous as unbridled. Both extremes weave a
splendid and intense movement of which the harmonious paradox is
exhilarating and where the layers draw tears of violin on a pattern of
sequences and percussions prisoner of these dark and gloomy morphic
ambiences. Simply wonderful!
"The Warring Forces of the Twins" kicks out this film approach with a
huge electronic rock worthy of the Rockoon era. Nervous and twisted
sequences as well as unbridled percussions, but not hyper powerful,
bear keyboards riffs which draw a melody à la Tangerine Dream more
rock than electronics. It's a track as much coldly than EM could be
without souls per moments. Not really my kind and very noisy. And
nevertheless "Three Quarks for Muster Mark" is also heavy and rock.
Except that the heavy rhythm is wrapped with nuances and enriched by
good crisscrossed sequences, adding a lot of depth to a title which
seems to be taking out of the Vernal Rapture's sessions (Gate of
Saturn). It's heavy, powerful and scalable with a good very furious
passage where piercing guitar solos chisel wild sequences. I also like
these synth lamentations which swarm here and there, supporting these
strange electronic dialogues which run in loops on a loud, powerful
and very effective rhythm. "Everling's Mythical Letter" is a long and
very beautiful electronic ballad where the guitar of Froese speaks to
us and touches us with beautiful introspective solos which mourn on a
rhythm slowly forged by sober sequences. It's dark and melancholic,
like some good old Edgar Froese. "Hermaphrodite" closes with a rich
intro where crystal clear sequences swirl around muffled metallic
pulsations. Guitar chords scratch this stunning harmonious rhythmic
union while the tempo accelerates its pace, taking a skipping shape to
gallop under iridescent synth waves. And the guitar of Froese comes to
cover this rhythm bubbling with other beautiful solos which caress and
wrap another dynamics rhythm, heavy, dark and harmonious as which teem
throughout this other very beautiful album from the Sonic Poem Series.
In spite of some weaknesses and wrong turns where certain
reminiscences of the Miramar and TDI years awaken some painful
souvenirs of a lack of creativity, Finnegans Wake proves to be another
very beautiful album. And it's necessary to give to Edgar Froese what
returns to him. Because if Thorsten Quaeschning signs very good
compositions, the old polar fox is not outdone with superb
compositions where his melancholy and sadness of the memories buried
in the pain of the soul equals easily the dark romanticism of his new
music companion. And this artistic partnership gives to the works of
this series an incredible artistic depth which, I hope for it, should
last as long as the passion which devours them.

Sylvain Lupari
gutsofdarkness.com & synth&sequences.com

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FD.Project - Nocturna (76389)

You remember the last album of FD Project; Water and Earth? As a bonus
track, the German guitarist/synthesist had inserted an extract of a
long improvised title that he had played during a concert at Satzvey
Castle on May 7th, 2011. The concert was presented as "The Other Side
of... FD Project". Well this other side of Frank Dorittke is now known
as Nocturna. And it's this long composition, redone in studio, which
furnishes Frank Dorittke's last opus on the Syngate label. Nocturna is
a long minimalist carousel of more than 71 minutes divided into 5
parts that lot of twinkling arpeggios, choirs and breaths of astral
synth torment throughout of a hypnotic spiral procession which feed of
fine sequential movements. Strongly filled by influences of Mike
Oldfield and Tangerine Dream, Nocturna goes down softly such as a pact
with sweetness.

As a door which opens on its peevish hinges, the long polyrhythmic
tunnel of "Nocturna" opens with tones of caustic and reverberating
waves. The synth layers which roam in suspension are squeaking among
the howlings of twisted metal, hiding some harmonious chords which
make contrast to a heavy intro where metal engenders coldness. But far
away we hear a delicate carousel makes swirl its chords of glasses,
embracing a splendid ritornello which is not without recalling the
strong influence of Mike Oldfield and his Tubular Bells on Frank
Dorittke. Some dark and meditative synth layers complain, such as
violins' sighs, and caress this delicate floating spiral that a bass
line with upward jolts comes to cover. From note to note, the intro of
"Nocturna" prepares its first mutation. This bass line opens the ball
to crystalline arpeggios which are only passing by, while the
percussions shake a little this innocent waddle. This new rhythm in
permutation accelerates the weakened flow of t his soft oniric intro
which swirls with more heaviness under good synth solos. The 2nd phase
of "Nocturna" begins nearby the 22nd minute with a warmer approach.
Morphic waves and choirs push a fine sequential movement to skip
stealthily on an always circular structure. The rhythmic output is
more fluid and melodic. Standing on neutral percussions it revolves
under soloing synth breezes, which are not without reminding to me
some nice melodious approaches of Tangerine Dream from the Schmoelling
era, and some beautiful shimmering arpeggios in which the sparkling
gets mixed harmoniously within angelic breaths. This delicate and
somehow oniric tempo brings us up until the 31st minute point, moment
where Frank Dorittke grabs his guitar. This 3rd segment is a beautiful
unexpected passage which cuts the spiral magnetism of "Nocturna". It
offers a strange structure of abstracted Western with chords of
solitary cowboy which drag among limping sequences such as clogs badly
adjusted under a sk y pummeled by solos of a guitar as incisive as
poetic which competes with a synth with aromas more and more
influenced by Tangerine Dream.

We are at the 40 minutes spot and "Nocturna" starts changing skin like
a snake on fire. A sequenced bass line emerges from the astral
crystalline breaths. Its ascending movement takes back whirling
structure which imposes the quiet rhythm of "Nocturna". More fluid,
the twisted ritornello rolls its sequenced chords under ethereal
breaths and prismatic keys. After a short black passage, crystal clear
sequences dance below the paradisiacal breaths of a smooth synth. A
synth which hears the sequences subdivided their keys and gets cling
to this upward bass line which had evaporated earlier, while
percussions beat down to draw a short rhythmic turbulence. And little
by little the silence of celestial bodies is returning. The poetry
settles down with waters which flow from nowhere and breaths forgotten
in a musical labyrinth where shine floodlit keys. And the frank rhythm
gets back. Hammered of sober percussions, it kowtows beneath
iridescent winds and arpeggios which shine constantly around the
permutations of "Nocturna". We reach the 58 minutes and the spiralling
crystal notes draw arcs more fluid while the sequential movement opens
wide its musical tangent, leaving its sequenced ions multiplied and
crisscrossed, to bind itself to another bass line as much hesitating
than as softly throbbing. From fluid to bouncy, the rhythm of
"Nocturna" continues its accelerated permutations over a short period
of time, ending its procession polyrhythmic in the airs of a slow
morphic techno where the knocks of sequences and percussions are
coated by a synth with perfumes of Vangelis.

Writing a long suite of 71 minutes without losing anything of its
vital lead is an ambitious project that FD Project fulfills very well.
Forgetting his guitars and concentrating more on sequences and musical
effects of the synths, Frank Dorittke shapes a beautiful melodious
universe which walks in the furrows of Mike Oldfield and his series of
virginal chords which draws the main lines of his cult opus Tubular
Bells. I liked it very much. This is nice Berlin School. Poetic and
dreamlike, without clashes nor complexities, which flows like a
beautiful soporific tale, keeping us well awake; eyes closed to
daydream on the winds of the chimed spirals.

Sylvain Lupari

gutsofdarkness.com & synth&sequences.com

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