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Hello all.

A long and concert informative E-News, so take your time and check it out!
Many took the chance to get 2 of the best CDs in 2011 with a special
10% discount. Synth.nl - Apollo and Eric van der Heijden's Dal Segno both
winners of the Schallwende Elections. We keep that for another week :-)
So order them now with a special 10 % discount!!

NEW GROOVE RELEASE PROMO VIDEO's

Gert Emmens made a special youtube intro for his upcoming release.
He send us this: Just to inform you that my new album, An Artist's
Stroke, will be released in April.
The album is inspired by the life and works of the great late Russian
painter Yuri Pugachov.
You can watch the video trailer of the album on Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbuSAdfkNeU
This is a great new album by Gert in a different but familiar style!!

And for the Nattefrost & Matzumi - From Distant times CD is also a
special youtube promo video, thanks to the artist.
This is going to be a cracking release!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmD6L1OPnrw

Spring has come here in the Netherlands!!
The weather is great, and the concert festival is starting next week!!
Before we have a special summing of it, we want to point you to our new
E-Day website with lots of information about it http://www.e-live.nl/.
For the latest releases check out www.groove.nl.
Check out also the concert section for more concert information,
ALSO in the USA !!

Next week The Satzvey Castle festival will take place on 24th March 2012
For all friends of Berlin School of Electronic Music,
the annual Satzvey Castle festival is a great place to meet.
There will be performances by Ebia, BatteryDead and Rainbow Serpent.
Groove will have a stall there and to all who come and want to
preorder some CDs, there is a 10% discount if you pick it up there.
A festival you should not miss!!
Please see www.syngate.net for further details.

E-Day 2012 is on 28-04-2012
The new E-Day website is up and running
http://www.e-live.nl/
All information is there but here a small capture of it all.
Until now ticket sales haven't been great so if you want to come let us know.

Groove Unlimited presents E-Day 2012 - THE Electronic Music Festival

Playing for you will

PICTURE PALACE MUSIC - (Best German musician in the Schwingungen Wahl
2011&112!!)
PPM is build around "Thorsten Quaeschning - Keyboarder of Tangerine
Dream since 2005 and Co-Composer of albums like "The Angel Of The West
Window", "Finnegans Wake", "The Island Of The Fay", "Purple Diluvial",
"Springtime in Nagasaki", "Madcap's Flaming Duty", Jeanne D'Arc".

STEVE DINSDALE of Radio Massacre International
Well known from his contributions with RMI he already has some very good
solo albums on his name with City 21 and New Church!!
In which direction the performance will go is going to be a surprise!

BOOTH & CREEK
All Booth & Creek performances are improvised. They have something a
little special planned for E-Day!

Where?? In Theater de Enck
De Loop 67, 5688 EW Oirschot
More info in the concert section.

And we have a great special event on April 14th. In Germany in Solingen!!
Electronic Music – Klänge aus der Zukunft.
Ort: Ateliers in den Güterhallen, Alexander-Coppel-Straße 50, 42651 Solingen.
Concerts with Frank Dorittke, Eric and Harold van der Heijden,Ron
Boots, TMA, Martinson
Eintritt frei !! Free Entrance !!!
They will play 3 Concerts on the day in several area's
The concerts are for the special „Asimov – Science Fiction – Fremde Welten"
expose that will be held from 5-4-2012 until 22-4-2012
Start is at 14.00 and it should end around 22.00

Dreamscape Radio has music this week from the following artists:
Par Example, Ian Boddy & Erik Wollo, Berlin Heritage, Matt Borghi, e.a.
e.a Dreamscape Radio show 181 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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These products are NEW in our catalog.
Further in this newsletter are more details.

Phochos - Psycokinesis (cdr)
Tangerine Dream - Virgin years: 1974-1978 (5-cd)
Der Laborant - Kontakt (cdr)
Ebia - Mission Control (cdr)
Stefan Erbe - Sounds of my Comfort sone 2012 (cd)
Edgar Froese - Virgin Years 1974-1983 (4-cd)
Gandalf - Gallery of Dreams plus Live (3CD Set) (3-cd)
Nattefrost & Matzumi - From Distant times (cd)
Tangerine Dream - Le parc (Remastered) (cd)
Tangerine Dream - Pergamon (Remastered) (cd)
Tangerine Dream - Tangents (box) (5-cd)
Bill Vermette - Galaxies IV (2-cd)
Yanni - Live at El Morro Puerto (2-cd)

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ONE THOUSAND PULSES PHILADELPHIA
micro-fest of electronic music & otherwise

featuring
GROUPTHINK (experimental ambience, drones & rhythmic oddities)
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT (first live performance in over 10 years)
TIM MOTZER & JA DEANE (guitartronica meets former Jon Hassell
trombonist/electronicist)
PETER BIEDERMANN (ambient guitarist)
THIN AIR (progressive space/sequencer artist)

SATURDAY, MARCH 24 , 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St,
Philadelphia PA 19104

$7 ADVANCE / $10 DOOR

ADVANCE TICKET PURCHASE:
http://otp.ticketleap.com/onethousandpulses

FURTHER INFO & INQUIRIES:
201-316-5403 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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And we have a great special event on April 14th.
In Germany in Solingen!!
Electronic Music – Klänge aus der Zukunft
Ort: Ateliers in den Güterhallen, Alexander-Coppel-Straße 50, 42651 Solingen.

With: Ron Boots, Frank Dorittke, Eric and Harold van der Heijden, TMA,
Martinson
Eintritt frei !! Free Entrance !!!
They will play 3 Concerts on the day in several area's
The concerts are for the special „Asimov – Science Fiction – Fremde Welten"
expose that will be held from 5-4-2012 until 22-4-2012
Start is at 14.00 and it should end around 22.00
(short in German)
Die Konzerte finden im Rahmen der Kunstausstellung
„Asimov – Science Fiction – Fremde Welten"
statt.Info: www.gueterhallen.de
Und der eintritt ist FREI!!

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E-Day 2012 is on 28-04-2012
In The Enck at Oirschot (near Eindhoven)
Groove Unlimited presents E-Day 2012 - THE Electronic Music Festival

Playing for you will

PICTURE PALACE MUSIC - (Best German musician in the Schwingungen Wahl
2011&112!!)
PPM is build around "Thorsten Quaeschning - Keyboarder of Tangerine
Dream since 2005 and Co-Composer of albums like "The Angel Of The West
Window", "Finnegans Wake", "The Island Of The Fay", "Purple Diluvial",
"Springtime in Nagasaki", "Madcap's Flaming Duty", Jeanne D'Arc".

STEVE DINSDALE of Radio Massacre International
Well known from his contributions with RMI he already has some very good
solo albums on his name with City 21 and New Church!!
In which direction the performance will go is going to be a surprise!

BOOTH & CREEK
All Booth & Creek performances are improvised. They have something a
little special planned for E-Day!

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

Price : euro 26,00 (Pre Sales) or euro 34,00 (On the day)

You can pre - order tickets until the 21st of April 2012 Through these
bank account numbers.
Bank information :
Pre-sale tickets:
For Dutch.
113711557 tnv Goove Unlimited te Best

For Belgium.
Fortis Bank, Belgie
Agentschap Hamont 41280.5
Accountnr.: 001-3797310-30
Ron Boots / Groove Unlimited, Best, NL

For German
Zahlung:
Raiffeisenbank
Empfaenger: Groove Unlimited, Best, NL
Kontonr. des Empfaengers: 2803700012
Institut des Empfaengers: Raiffeisenbank Heinsberg
BLZ des Empfaengersinstituts: 37069412
Please state clearly your name with the transfer!!
For more information please visit www.Groove.nl or call to: 0031 499 474711

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JUKEBOX
The new jukebox contains 12 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: Robert Schroeder - D.MO VOL. 3 (cd)
3: Pyramid Peak - 5vor12 (cd)
4: Wahnfried - Klaus Schulze's Wahnfried - Tonwelle (cd)
5: Tangerine Dream - Machu Picchu (cd)
6: Ian Boddy & Erik Wøllo - Frontiers (cd)
7: Edgar Froese - Virgin Years 1974-1983 (4-cd)
8: Keller & Schonwalder & Broekhuis - Red (cd)
9: Johannes Schmoelling - Time and Tide (cd)
10: Mythos - Quasar (cd)

GROOVE UNLIMITED LABEL
1: Synth.nl - Apollo (cd)
2: Eric van der Heijden - Dal Segno (cd)
3: Ron Boots - Ante Oculos (cd)
4: Craig Padilla & Skip Murphy - Phantasma (cd)
5: Paul Ellis & Craig Padilla - Echo system (cd)
6: Nattefrost & Matzumi - From Distant times (cd)
7: MorPheusz - Garden Gnomes and Goblins (cd)
8: Steve Smith and the Tylas Cyndrome - Phoenix Arising (cd)
9: Rene Splinter - Singularities (cd)
10: Rudy Adrian - Iridescence (cd)

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Additions and changes from March 11 2012 till March 18 2012

*Re - released *
Adrian, Rudy & Boots, Ron - ACROSS THE SILVER RIVER (cd) gr-072
2002. Ambient soundscapes A reprint is in the making will be available
from early March..
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-072

*track listing and cover added *
Deuter - FLOWERS OF SILENCE (cd) 19490
2012.
$ 22.49 / UKP 16.75 / EURO 18.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=19490

*track listing and cover added *
Deuter - NADA HIMALAYA 2 (cd) 81689
2005. Drones, swells, rhythms, and melodies.
$ 22.49 / UKP 16.75 / EURO 18.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=81689

*Re - released *
Ellis, Paul & Padilla, Craig - ECHO SYSTEM (cd) gr-099
2004. Hypnotic, spacey sequences and mysterious melodies.
$ 16.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-099

*track listing and cover added *
Froese, Edgar - VIRGIN YEARS 1974-1983 (4-cd) 43644
2012. releases on Virgin in one easy release..
Release date: Apr 2 2012
$ 23.75 / UKP 17.75 / EURO 19.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=43644

*track listing and cover added *
Gandalf - GALLERY OF DREAMS PLUS LIVE (3CD SET) (3-cd) 72728
2012. 3-CD Anniversary Edition incl digitally re-mastered Studio-Album
and previously unreleased complete live tapes recorded 1992 with S.
Hackettfeaturing Genesis-pieces Horizons and In the quiet Earth plus
promo video.
$ 29.49 / UKP 21.99 / EURO 24.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=72728

*track listing and cover added *
Getty, Graham - RETROCHET II (cdr) 24579
2011. Michaels meets Michael Neil nice synth pads and Grahams awesome
sequences!!Exciting music that goes back in time..
$ 17.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=24579

*track listing and cover added *
Haslinger, Paul - TAKERS (dvd) 24250
2010. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack PAL/REGION 2.
$ 11.75 / UKP 8.75 / EURO 9.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=24250

*review added *
Moonbooter - WORLD OF APES 2 (cd) 70012
2011. Melodic EM.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=70012

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Phochos - PSYCOKINESIS (cdr) 21423
2009. Style: Tangerine Dream and Jarre and many others.
$ 11.75 / UKP 8.75 / EURO 9.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=21423

*review added *
Reckzeh, Uwe - SUBSESIZER (cdr) 38758
2011. Melancholic harmonies and mysterious atmospheres and effects.
Contains 1 bonus track.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=38758

*track listing and cover added *
Tangerine Dream - LIVEMILES (REMASTERED) (cd) 78621
2012. NEWLY REMASTERED 1988 ALBUM.
Release date: Feb 28 2012
$ 18.99 / UKP 14.25 / EURO 15.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=78621

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Tangerine Dream - VIRGIN YEARS: 1974-1978 (5-cd) 66629
2012. The Virgin years release in Remastered form!.
Remastered.
$ 23.75 / UKP 17.75 / EURO 19.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=66629

*review added *
Vanderson - VISIONS (cd) 78588
2011. A few thoughtful electronic thuds, some distant sweeps of cosmic
wind Slowly the curtain falls and we may cross the border between this
everyday world and that visionary one created by Vanderson.
$ 15.49 / UKP 11.49 / EURO 12.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=78588

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Reckzeh, Uwe - Subsesizer (38758)

The limpid glass ringings which start "Kontiki" are switching shapes
into superb sequences which collide and resound, molding the
fascinating chaotic rhythm of the introductory track of Subsesizer.
The rhythm hopping and staggering beneath the weight of these
sequences to variable strikings and hybrid tones, "Kontiki" displays
its 10 minutes with beautiful variations in its movements. Variance as
harmonics as minimalists which crisscross or thread their way through
between lines of synth with melodious soloing tunes as well as in a
panoply of parallel tones of which solos float with a mesmerizing
spectral approach on a rhythmic structure as subtle as delicious.
Strongly inspired by Tangerine Dream, the universe of Uwe Reckzeh
floats in this era where Berlin School was in full transition; be at
the beginning of the 80's but with little melodic zest for the vintage
years. Subsesizer is his 8th opus. An opus molded in the rhythm much
more than in the melody. An album where sequences and percussions
throne on beautiful melodies which point their harmonies with a
strange limpidity for a musical ground fertile in hard-hitting
rhythms. And according to me; it's Uwe Reckzeh's best work yet,
because for very first time the German synthesist peels his
compositions by elaborating long structures with rhythms as much
variable as minimalist. Compositions always so catchy, but more
complexes, where he lays his heavy and resonant sequenced structures
into superb mixed-up rhythms where hang very beautiful melodies molded
in his memories of Tangerine Dream.

A dense coat of iridescent mist covers the intro of "Subsesizer".
Shimmering arpeggios pierce this swaying fog, digging up pulsations
which cavort in the echo of these arpeggios of glasses. Complex and
creative, the title-track of Subsesizer is molded in a fascinating
rhythmic diversity flavored of hard-hitting reverberations. Sequences
of glasses and others moving forward stealthily beneath discreet
subdued choirs and percussions falling heavily draw the embryonic
pattern of an evasive rhythm. A rhythm which looks for itself in this
long intro and which finally blooms a little after 4 minutes under
fine hypnotic pulsations which pulse under sequences and circular
reverberations. From then on, the rhythm of "Subsesizer" is a
sequential inversion and inter-phase shifting where sequences swirl,
percussions resound and cymbals clink on a harmonic circular and
oscillatory rhythm which goes up and down such as a hypnotic sequenced
carousel. The hopping of the crystal clear sequences which enlace to
the drum roll of "World Without Rules" plunges us irreparably into the
musical universe Peter Baumann and his Trans Harmonic Nights. These
sequences, which are nervously strummed there, and the synths a bit
symphonic, which free brief harmonious solos all along the track,
weave a musical universe so near that one would believe to hear a
track stemming from sessions of recordings of this mythical album from
Peter Baumann. "Heat Voyage" is a very beautiful electronic melody
which begins on increasing sequences. The rhythm is arched on a
meshing of pulsations, sequences and percussions, shaping a structure
with slow oscillating loops with fine incursions of keyboard chords
with tones a bit honky-tonk. Pleasant, the synth gives birth to
melodic solos as well as some very nice iridescent mist which surround
them, freeing poetic filets which hang to beautiful twinkling
harmonies. Simple but very catchy!
After an intro with a bit of innocence, the rhythmic structure of
"Friendly Jack" unfolds under heavy resonant sequences of which the
successive keys, and sometimes deviants, draw long snakes which
oscillate through synth pads and layers with a strong Tangerine Dream
flavor It's a long track with fine variances in its structure where
the short solos of synths and the percussions add an interesting depth
while moving it away from its minimalist plasticity. The pulsatory
rhythm of "Second Give" plunges us straight out into the universe of
Exit and the Network 23 track. It's E-rock, hard-electronic and very
punchy with good percussions and nervous sequences while "Bingen
Return" presents a more melodious structure with sequences of glasses
which sparkle and espouse deaf pulsations, encircling a wave-like
rhythm disrupted by percussions and synth pads. A lovely veil of
poetry covers this rhythm which sometimes skips with more insistence.
It's a synthesized poetry where iridescent mists wrap symphonic
breaths or words while the rhythm alternates between its strength and
reflection beneath nice breezes of ethereal choirs. A long track with
shape-shifting and evolutionary rhythmic figures, "Oceanview" begins
with melancholic notes which draw dreams under the tears of an oniric
flute. A heavy sequence bumps this meditative fragility and guides
"Oceanview" towards an ambivalent rhythm where the heaviness remains a
prisoner of this poetic vulnerability. A spectral aura floats around
the sequential movement of which the flow dithers between the fall of
more jerky keys or the restrained of more juicy and slow ones as well
as the addition of echoing percussions and their strokes a bit felted
which smother under the veils of flutes priestesses of wind poetries.
And the abstruse movement of "Oceanview" continues its progression on
a structure in constant tugging where the rhythm stows with a melody
which goes astray in the mazes as much atmospheric as rhythmic where
the melodious reminiscences of Baumann pierce our ears.

Minimalist and melodious, rhythmic and oniric, Subsesizer navigates on
the ambiguity of its rhythmic structures and its harmonious
approaches. One of the big strengths of Uwe Reckzeh is his art to mold
sequences which subdivide and crisscross to draw deviants, heavy and
catchy rhythms to whom bind melodies sometimes contrasting. And on
Subsesizer the synthesist of Nordrhein-Westfalen digs deeply and takes
the time to exploit his rhythms and to melt his melodies on them.
Melodies which sometimes accord and other times clash but which
constantly attract the hearing and the amazement, the sign that we are
in the presence of a very beautiful album.

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

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Moonbooter - World of apes 2 (70012)

And the madness continues … Between his last opus about the agonies of
nuclear and World of Apes (2 there was an incident of Fukushima
nuclear power plant. And nowadays it's the threat of a potential
Iran-Israeli conflict that hangs above our heads. Indeed the madness
continues …Like on his first volume, the rhythms of Moonbooter are
wrapped up in ambiances so melancholic and full of restraints. Rhythms
of lead wrap in envelopes of sorrow. But there is still some juice in
the explosive rhythmic structures of Bernd Scholl who knew how so well
to merge his energetic music in the ethereal moods of Berlin School.
And World of Apes (2 is a wonderful collection of 12 titles where
swirling rhythms and circular sequences from the noisy universe of the
dance floors and upbeat rhythms of Moonbooter are trapped into
transitory approaches to latent evolutions and to turns more oniric
than feverish. Certainly that Bernd Scholl didn't hang his sequences
or his pulsatory rhythms but he measured his energies to offer an
enchanting EM where the soft techno and the upbeat live harmoniously
within structures where the parallelism has of illusion only the
bangs-bangs and the booms-booms which go astray in waltzing synth
layers. Review of a surprising album of which we didn't expect in this way …...

The sampling of an American radio station during the years of
prohibition opens "tamed in Apeland". And contrary to World of Apes
(2, this last opus of Moonbooter is not flooded with sound samplings,
Bernd Scholl wanted to leave more place to his music. To Moonbooter!
Delicate felted percussions and an oscillating bass line introduce a
soft rhythm while crisscrossed sequences roll like a carpet of balls,
following the moves of keyboards' keys and skipping under the
iridescent synth stratas. Percussions fall and slowly the waltzing
rhythm of "tamed in Apeland" swirls under foggy and hatched synth
pads, drawing a mixture of soft disco and soft techno built on a
sweet, dreamy and harmonious beat. "1985" pursues the slow rhythmic
begin introduced by "tamed in Apeland" with an intro which gallops on
the back of tones of gyrating suckers, pulsatory percussions and
tsitt-tsitt cymbals. Feverish sequences start to wiggle. They
gesticulate under synth layers which encircle a motionless but rapidly
expanding movement. Other crystal clear sequences are add to this
rhythmic pattern, dancing of their alternating strikings on a
structure which tergiversate between the emotional impulses of its
violins' strings before exploding of a heavy pulsating movement. The
swirling sequences and resonant pulsations of "the Message" plunges us
into the unbridled rhythms of Moonbooter's repertoire. The tempo is
powerful, pulsatory and hammered by heavy percussions/pulsations while
feverish and hiccupping sequences are flogging a rhythmic structure
which is spasmodic and hyper jerky that a vocoder covers of a cold
robotic approach. "Fukushima" is a beautiful electronic ballad filled
by a profound melancholic approach. The keyboard keys which skip at
the opening weave an appealing oniric approach which goes beyond the
percussions resounding softly with some sweet banging. The tempo
becomes then fluid and espouses a stunning Asian approach with strange
glaucous pulsations and chords whi ch stroll in the furrow of a flute
to meditative breaths while other gyrating chords oversize a melodious
approach as poetic as creative. It's very beautiful. It even loosens
some scents of Tangerine Dream on their The Atomic Season. Flittering
sequences appear out of harsh breaths and hoarse rumblings. They
flitter nervously, as to escape a predator, while the intro of
"Pershing Meets SS 20" takes shape like a tale of science fiction with
its synth to tones which sound like apocalyptic sirens. It's a superb
intro which throws itself into a buzzing rhythm of a fusion of
percussions and abstruse tones of vitiated and creased metal. The
rhythm is hard and stroboscopic, swirling with the same pace as the
sequences and percussions which go into all directions. That's very
good and it strips the painting of the walls, if walls hold on of course!

After a somber monasterial intro, where chthonian choruses are
psalming in a sordid emptiness, "Tschernobyl" lives on lugubrious
pulsations which caw on a latent circular rhythm. Melodious sequences,
with a bit of Halloween influence in the melodic tune, are winding all
around this rhythm which swirls limply and preserves a static
envelope, prisoner of the wrapping synth layers to violin strings. The
more we move forward in World of Apes (2 and the more we are stunned
by this fusion of techno rhythms, sometimes a bit of trance, and/or
the upbeat rhythms filled by the dreamlike approaches and the
electronic impetus of Berlin School style. "fun fun fun" is a superb
melody à la Enigma which charm on a slightly hopping tempo and
pleasantly swirling, fed by celestial voices It's totally attractive!
The slow and furtive rhythm coming out of a fauna of heterogeneous
tones, "Epigone" progresses through hoops of resonances and guitar
riffs which roll in loops under enveloping violins. Slow, the intro
explores an atmospheric ascension on an indecisive rhythm before
melting in a heavier phase, chiselled by sharp sequences and
harmonized by fluty breaths which preserve their ingenuousness in a
rhythmic as heavy as static. Fine notes, as a solitary guitar, rock
the introductory tranquility of "Insanity (Sequencer 14)". Impromptu
sequences encircle the melody which grows rich of reverberating synth
layers and others more melodious. Another line of synth is added. It
guides the melody which undulates of catchy harmonious tune which
leans on pulsating percussions, dragging "Insanity (Sequencer 14)"
towards a curt and edgy rhythm where layers of synths and crystal
clear chords merge their harmonies in a very beautiful melodious
final. "Tik Tak Toe" offers a nervous and stroboscopic rhythmic
structure which arches on a meshing of curt percussions and stormy
sequences in which bind themselves to synth layers with tones of
sirens. The rhythmic and melodious structures are alive and lively,
overhung by a fusion of choirs and soloing synth waves while being
encircle by sharps and iridescent sequenced serpentines which parade
as fast as the pulsations bubble. "Kismet in code" espouses a bit the
same structure but with a more lightning rhythmic approach while
"deserted" concludes World of Apes (2 with this balladesque and
melancholic approach which feeds the rhythmic soul of this last opus
of Moonbooter post apocalyptic rhythms.

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

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Mythos - Superkraut Live 1976 (63644)
What we have here is an archived live recording of the classic Mythos
line-up recorded at Stagge's Hotel in 1976. The sound is not ideal,
but listenable for a live recording of its age. At that time Mythos
was very much a Krautrock band, instead of a solo electronic project
by Stephan Kaske that it became after 1979.

That doesn't mean we don't get any electronics on this release. Case
in point is the first track - "Dreamlab Part 1" - a grooving Krautrock
jam with twittering analogue synth goodness throughout (sounds like
EMS Synthi A to me). You can tell the guys had a good time by
listening to this long, almost completely improvised jam. Imagine a
mixture of early Amon Duul (guitar) and Gong (synthesizers). Then
there's that dreamy part towards the end, with a nice flute. Some
background audience noises are the only distraction. The track ends
with another upbeat section. "Dedicated To Werner von Braun" continues
where the previous track left off, with a more complex rhythm and more
in-yer-face guitars - it's a full-fledged Krautrock sound here with a
less neurotic, less frenetic and more relaxed attitude. "There's No
God" steps it up a notch in the heaviness department. You can tell the
guys are still jamming for their enjoyment but there's that touch of
menace in the heavy riffs. I would have probably done without the
singing, though. The second half of the track is livelier and the good
use of electronics elevates the track above average level. Nice guitar
soloing is worthy of mention, too. "Eternity" is in the same vein,
this time with a very prominent flute. The sound is melodic, pastoral
and flowing, with a bass guitar louder than I would have preferred.
The most pleasant element is probably the guitar soloing. Not much in
terms of electronics this time, though. "Stagge Inferno" is a rapid,
hard-rocking Kraut stoner. I enjoyed it. "Backstage Fumble" is a solid
slice of pure Kraut improvisation with successful flute playing. The
guitar part that comes after 2-minute mark is probably my favourite
moment of the whole album. The track ends with an intense psych guitar
workout followed by a relaxed rhythmic section that is a reprise of
the initial part. "Message Part 2" is very short (the rest seems to
have been edited out), but very beautiful. This relaxed and pastoral
Rock number contrasts with the frenetic improv's that dominate this
release. "There's No God (Final)" occupies the already familiar
territory of improvisational Rock with strong bass playing, plodding
and / or complex drum rhythms, flute passages and occasional guitar
solos. Oh, yes, and that obligatory (but hardly essential) drum solo
is included here as well.

Overall, "Superkraut Live" is a nice album for fans of the band and
collectors of Krautrock. However, the release has some flaws. The
first one is the sound which more or less corresponds to a good
bootleg. Ok, you can't expect much from a 35 year old live recording
so I suppose the label did everything they could to bring in the best
possible sound derived from the tapes they had (could be an audience
tape). Then, that variety thing. Although frenetic improvisational
Krautrock is nice in small doses, here we are treated to more or less
the same moods throughout the 50 minutes. Ok, so that's what the
performance was like, you say? Fine. But then, why on earth did they
edit out the most beautiful, most captivating part, ("Message Part 2")
and yet they kept the totally (IMO) unnecessary drum solo? One
explanation could be that the master tape was damaged beyond repair on
"Message". Also, I think I may need to stress it one more time: this
is not an EM album. It's a live document of the late classic era of
Krautrock. In fact, on many songs the electronics are almost
non-existent. Having said that, "Superkraut Live" remains an important
document in the history of German Rock, with acceptable sound quality.

2012. Artemi Pugachov / Russia

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