[Groove] E-News 1269 16th Jan. 2022
 
Hello EM fans.

Sad day last Friday, we said goodbye for the last time to Sylvia Sommerfeld. Together with Michel Osenbruggen I travelled to Bochum and toghether with more then a 100 other people we said goodbye to Sylvia during the church service. It gives a good impression of how loved and respected she was. Her work for the EM comunity in German and infact for the whole EM scene in general was/is an inspiration for many of us!

There is a special rememberance page for here on Facebook. Take some time to visit it
https://www.facebook.com/In-Erinnerung-an-Sylvia-Sommerfeld-104381255472323/
 
Another guy who does a lot for Groove but also for the EM scene in general is Bert Strollenberg. For those who visits our festivals will know him because he and Monique are the driving force behind the Groove stand.

But Bert also has a highly intresting EM page with lots of info, interviews and reviews!!  I want to invite you to check it out!
www.SonicImmersion.org
And he can always use your support!!

He did a great interview with the guys of Wave Walkers, an extensive interview with Germain Ghys & Jurgen Vitrier.
You van read it here:
https://www.sonicimmersion.org/interview-with-wave-walkers/
 
NEW RELEASES
 
Dave Bessell and Liam Boyle - IMAGINATOR (cd) gr-324
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-324

Dave and Liam made some very cool video's.

Video one: immersive video - a track from the new album. This can be viewed in VR if you have a headset, although I take no responsibility if you get a bit disorientated doing that ha ha. You can also move your viewpoint around with the mouse in normal youtube mode.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXDWDn5YFys

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Voice Horizon - The 2nd Music Video from the new album Imaginator from David Bessell & Liam Boyle
In this atmospheric track David Bessell uses his AUM Guitar to create some incredible vocal like sounds adding to the cinematic soundscape.
Hope you enjoy the Sound & Vision.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiMQ-oPd1CA
 
Airsculpture - Widely Spaced - cd
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=28692

This is a long piece that spins between many moods from the deepest drifts to up-tempo beats. The pandemic and its greater and lesser lockdowns (whether mandated or just sensible) haven't been great for us. As an improvising band we thrive off playing together in the same space. Worse, as a lazy improvising band we tend to do things when we have a pressing deadline to deal with. which generally means a concert to rehearse for. With nobody taking the risk of setting up gigs likely to be cancelled, not to mention the dreaded B word messing up any EU opportunities everything dried up.

Except... we had been planning on coming over to the US to play at the Gatherings. We had to cancel that early on as we couldn't really risk paying for flights we might have had to abandon (and sadly we were right). But we decided to create something to play on Stars End on the night we would have been there. This is the music we made.

It's a lockdown recording, made by passing files around between us and building it up. You can hear our individual musical personalities in various sections depending on who originated them; we've also tried to play together - shifted in time and space - to make it more of a band effort.

The original concept was to lead on it being a Halloween broadcast, with lots of spooky darkness. In the end little of this survived and it ending up touching all kind of musical bases. Definitely airsculpture, but also something a bit different
 
Tangerine Dream - Raum - cd
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=16467

Composed and produced with full access to Edgar Froese's Cubase arrangements (and Otari Tape Archive with recordings from 1977-2013), Thorsten Quaeschning, Hoshiko Yamane and Paul Frick deliver nocturnal real-time compositions combined with classic studio productions, sequencer-driven haunting soundscapes alternate with anthemically warm ones synthesizers.

Composed during a period of social distancing and canceled shows, the tracks cannot be accurately recreated (or at least require significant re-instrumentation for a live performance). With the 17-minute In 256 characters they lay the foundation for this record. Continuum, with its repetitive sequence and broken beat, offers glimpses of acidic sounds and increasing choral atmospheres. You're Always On Time is based on PPG wavetable sounds and eerie field recordings.

The title track Raum is a nod to early live studio performances like Zeit and Phaedra - the melody is accompanied by a chorus-like Roland Jupiter 8 part. An ambient rave Moog miniature sequence highlights the final climax until the violin slowly carries the listener away. A heavy Moog bass marks the beginning and end of this 15 minute track.

Raum is the band's second studio album following the death of founder Edgar Froese in 2015. With a deep respect for the sound of the past five decades, this record continues Tangerine Dream's ever-evolving path.

Continuum [7:08]
Portico [6:44]
In 256 Zeichen [19:10]
You're Always On Time [8:08]
Along The Canal [5:29]
What You Should Know About Endings [6:55]
Raum [14:54]
 
Erik Wollo - Sojourns - cd
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=61783

Join veteran Norwegian ambient/electronic artist Erik Wøllo on a sonorous travelogue through daring, contrasting places and states of mind. Since the early eighties, Wøllo has created peerless electronic music, and Sojourns advances with nine captivating pieces.

His 36th (!) release is a sound-trip of bold and shimmering cycles of enduring, energizing music. The first track “Memory Waves” is a dwelling slow motion EBow intro that moves into “Distant Thunder” with mounting percussion loops steadily energizing the listening space with guitar and synth strings keening through cavernous reverberation. The title track “Sojourn” is a hypnotic and drifting rhythmic track with shifting themes and intervening patterns. A calmer mood comes out in selections like “Gravity” and “Peace Bells,” again with a contemplative and authoritative soaring guitar EBow that leads the course ahead. The finale “Still Water” has a more introverted and fragile form that shines with a soft tremulous light. All 9 tracks possess a sense of drama, captivating as well as enigmatic, always Wøllo trade- marks.

Throughout, Wøllo maintains the feel of crossing a majestic landscape over the earth and beneath the stars. Images border on dreams within these seductive Sojourns.
 
Steve Roach - Zones, Drones & Atmospheres - cd
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=34018

In a masterful expression of subtle, potent ambient-electronic minimalism, Steve Roach’s newest release activates an internal opening of the mythic imagination. The slowly unfolding interweave of zones, drones and atmospheres displays compelling, deeply evocative textural pieces with an interconnected sense of mystery, awe and wonder. The gently engulfing interplay between the album’s pieces provides contrasts of shadow and light, shimmering beauty and alluring soundscapes stretched into infinity.

The revealing of the music unfolds into stately sonic formations of hypnotic weavings, hazy atmospheric swirls and murmuring reverberations. Roach establishes each soundworld through engaging a multitude of techniques and hardware-based instruments with fluidity and grace. Manifesting from the essential foundational DNA of ambient music, this is an album of elegant, deeply nuanced audio alchemy. The expansive minimalism reveals a shadowy and emotional spaciousness that meditates on the enduring essence and power of sound and our place in the center of it.
 
Syngate again through Groove.

Yep we are in the process of getting the entire catalog of Syngate back into our programm. To start this off here are some great releases by
Syndromeda that are now instock and available again. 
And although most are CD'rs you get a lifetime warrenty on every release from Syngate (as is with the Groove releases!!)

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Syndromeda - CLOSE TO THE CORE (cdr) 73668
$ 18.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=73668

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Syndromeda - ETERNAL DESTINATION (cdr) 52276
2019. Inspired by a nature reserve.
$ 18.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=52276

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Syndromeda - FUSION OF ELEMENTS (cdr) 85612
2020. Syndromeda + Sensory ++ Nice long Berlin School Tracks.
$ 18.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=85612

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Syndromeda - KALT (cdr) 80349
$ 18.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=80349

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Syndromeda - LAST DAYS ON EARTH (cdr) 13709
$ 18.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=13709

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Syndromeda - SADHANA (cdr) 13978
$ 18.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=13978
 
NEW PRODUCTS
These products are NEW in our catalog. Further in this newsletter are more details.

Airsculpture - Widely Spaced (digipak) (cd)
Steve Roach - Zones, Drones & Atmospheres (digipak) (cd)
Syndromeda - Close to the Core (cdr)
Syndromeda - Eternal Destination (cdr)
Syndromeda - Fusion of Elements (cdr)
Syndromeda - Kalt (cdr)
Syndromeda - Last Days on Earth (cdr)
Syndromeda - Sadhana (cdr)
Tangerine Dream - Raum (digipak) (cd)
Erik Wollo - Sojourns (digipak) (cd)

Dreamscape Radio show 612 is online.
You can find Dreamscape here.
http://www.dreamscaperadio.nl

Thanks for your time!
Ron Boots
 
REVIEWS
 
Review: gr-324 Dave Bessell and Liam Boyle - Imaginator

A meeting between Dave Bessell and the too unknown Liam Boyle has to give a work that you have to take the time to taste. And follow the advice of your favorite reviewer, because here we have a gem that will continue to grow with each listen. The two musicians met in the mid-2010s when Liam Boyle added his signature to Theme One of Dave Bessell's superb CD Black Horses of the Sun. The two musicians promised to collaborate later as soon as a window of availability will open. This happened in 2020, bringing to our ears this IMAGINATOR offered in CD manufactured and distributed by the Dutch label Groove nl. The member of the English band Node, Dave Bessell is known for his solo albums, the last of which, Reality Engine was one of the good CDs of 2020. Liam Boyle is more unknown. He composes music for films, for independent cinema, where musical genres cross in good compositions that can be enjoyed quite well. His music has a dystopian backgroun d , but you have to browse his page because he produces a lot of singles and E.P. These two musicians have creative moorings strong enough to make us spend a pleasant 58 minutes of electronic music (EM) without borders. And in the genres and in the ways of composing...

A big drone lays down its reverb ray that welcomes a sharp synth line, possibly DB's guitar has something to do with it, undulating with a form of tonal language attached to its curly forms. The Future Belongs to Dreamers takes shape with heavy synth layers grafted onto this introduction whose delicate chameleon-like guitar effects resonate like a spring. There is not even 2 minutes of vanished, that the sequencer sculpts a linear movement where the jumping keys are as discreet as a colony of muffled but hurried steps. The scenery changes with these spectral filaments dissipating as a metallic haze spreads its musical wings, accompanying this now more fluid rhythm of The Future Belongs to Dreamers. The duet of a CD brings variances to the rhythmic intonation while the guitar spits out an improbable dialect that enchants an ear barely noticing the subtle rhythmic mutations on this track that charms us from the first listen. Yes, we hear bells tinkling and resounding on a rhythm teeming with multiple palpitations in the opening of The Bells hum in one Radiance. This introduction plunges us into a supernatural universe with panicked ghostly voices running between the multiple tinklings that pave the first minutes of the track. Our ears catch the signals of this sordid universe where the rhythm is fragmented little by little but where the eerie, the supernatural remains under layers of a philharmonic synth. A rhythmic structure, more melodic than animated, gives a second impulse to The Bells hum in one Radiance after the 4th minute. And everything becomes more musical, it sounds like a melodic rhythm with an oriental accent, but with this envelope of strangeness that always covers the 7 minutes o f a track whose charms become discernible as the minutes fade. Excellent! Theme for a dark movie, The Deconstruction of the old World screws us squarely to our headphones. The musical scenario of its first 3 minutes commands me to listen to Remy's magnificent album, Exhibition of Dreams. And like in a nightmare, everything turns in slow motion. The piano is haunting among these strange voices that scare the hell out of me while little by little austere synth pads replace the piano. This is the moment when the track changes from start to end with a rhythm born of frantic pulses and galloping percussion, riding the Luciferian plains to accompany that delicious melody thrown in somewhere after the 4th minute. An excellent music for a scary movie. The textures of these first 3 tracks are of a musical aestheticism to please the music lover in us. They are the prerogative of the other tracks of IMAGINATOR which definitely bears its name well.

Thus, the music of Procession marries the m eaning of its title wonderfully with a slow advance fed with tones from the interstices of modular synths. There is even a texture of industrial ambient music grafted onto a more animated procession rendered at this point. The supernatural pervades the opening moments of Servant of Doors, which builds with bursts of slow staccato in an atmosphere of deep terror. Not to be listened to past midnight