Friday, December 25, 2015
Redshift is a British space-rock group which has become famous for its sound which pays homage to the classic "Berlin school" space music of the 1970's.
Redshift came into existence in 1994, initially as a solo project by Mark Shreeve. Shreeve had already established himself with his own more "structured" style of electronic music, along with pop songwriting, film score, TV and Library music output.
The idea behind Redshift was to create a darker, organic style of electronic music using mainly, though not exclusively, old analogue synthesisers.
"Life To Come" is their latest album full of electronic berlin-school music that sounds both vintage and new. A really good album with an overall dark atmosphere!
Sunday, December 20, 2015
This overview of French electronic music during the 1970s is a useful, entertaining compilation of artists and sounds, both obscure and well-known. Its context is especially welcome due to the plethora of music from other cultures --the many comps and reissues from Africa, German electronic music, and works by American and British electronic composers from the same period that have been reissued and/or unearthed -- and made widely available in the 21st century. Cosmic Machine is striking for the sheer range of its tracks. It makes no attempt to portray the building of a particular scene. This is the place where the cheesy electro-disco of Pierre Bachelet's "Motel Show" and Serge Gainsbourg's "Le Physique et La Figure" are juxtaposed with the atmospheric sound-library jazz of Alain Goraguer's "Le Bracelet" and the fragmented experimentation of Bernard Fevre's "This Is to Be" (an exclusive that is one of the set's finest moments). Some of the best-known names in French electronic music -- like Cerrone and Jean Michel Jarre -- are given to minor fancies in this setting. That said, more marginal talents, such as Jean-Jacques Perrey, with his beautifully seductive "E.V.A.," and Rene Roussel, with his proto-techno "Caramel," offer the other side, where accessibility and real adventure are balanced and offer surprise. (Allmusic.com)
Friday, December 18, 2015
Synco is Frank Klare & Mirko Lüthge, composers of electronic music from Germany. This duet made several cassette album releases during the 80s. Their music has beautiful-easy listening melodic tracks made with analogue synths and drum machines. Despite their simplistic approach, their music is really interesting!
Sunday, December 13, 2015
"Chip-Meditation is one of the better efforts from the Software "team" of Peter Mergener and Michael Weisser. The inspiration for the set comes from contemporary philosophers. Their statements regarding rapid change, technological advancement, and the unpredictable stretching of boundaries and human imagination sent Weisser and Mergener to the studio to examine new limits. They have found several questions to ask. The examination of these issues manifests itself in Software's Berlin-school electronica and metallic textures. This is a fairly strong CD. It will appeal to fans of Klaus Schulze, Dweller at the Threshold, and Ashra." (taken from allmusic.com)
Monday, December 7, 2015
Peter Mergener (born 28/11/1951, in Birkenfeld) was best-known as half of the synth duo Mergener & Weisser (aka Software the prolific IC duo). In 1984 he also formed a group called "Space ship". As a soloist he has continued to explore new musical avenues and explore new horizons. Furthermore, Peter Mergener explored the technique of the analogue and midi sequencers and sampling.
Michael Weisser (born in 1948) studied experimental arts and design in Cologne as well as communication science, art history and sociology in Marburg and Bonn. He wrote the successful science fiction novels SYN-CODE 7, DIGIT, OFF-SHORE. Free-lance writer with emphasis on Art & Science tries to express the possibilities and risks of our current and future technology-oriented society.
Beam-Scape is a wonderful album of Berlin-school / ambient electronic music, inspired by Klaus Schultze and Tangerine Dream.
Get it here (one large track-full album)
Saturday, December 5, 2015
The debut album of German krautrockers "Mythos". The style of music is classic krautrock but with variety in instruments - fuzzy guitars, Sitar sounds, early analogue synthesiser experimentation, mellotron, flute solos, and lots of fx. A classic album, very popular among fans of krautrock and psychedelia.
Monday, November 30, 2015
The second Mythos LP was originally released on Kosmische Musik, and encoded for Quadrophonic playback. The Peter Geitner cover had semi-metallic grey print that was prone to crack or rub-off!
A great krautrock album from the legendary band "Mythos" with hard rock guitars, psychedelic flute melodies, and moog synthesizer solos.
Mythos was a German rock band established in 1969, when they were known as The Lovely People. They debuted live in November 1970 under the name of Kraftwerk, until they realised there was another band with the same name, so then they chose the name Mythos. Always at the core of the band, through many line-up changes, was the multi-instrumental talent Stephan Kaske. He also was the lead singer, with a very strange voice and thick German accent, he's odd enough for you to love him or hate him. Mythos were always largely instrumental, rooted in the acid rock and cosmic sounds of Pink Floyd and Hawkwind, but with a much wider sound palette. The early albums are more cosmic Krautrock, whereas the mid/late 70's incarnation were heavier electronic rock, after which the band fell apart becoming the project of Stephan Kaske alone, doing electro-pop, and later soundtracks and library music.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Selbstportrait is the third solo album by German keyboardist Hans-Joachim Roedelius, best known for his work with Cluster, Harmonia, and Aquarello. The title is German for "Self Portrait", a title which clearly reflects the gentle, introspective nature of this album of ambient or new-age music. The original Sky Records release was subtitled Teil 1 Sanfte Musik, German for "Part 1, Soft Music."
Selbstportrait was recorded by Roedelius at his home in Forst, in the Weser Uplands of West Germany between various Cluster sessions from 1973 until 1977 on his ReVox A77 reel to reel. The music actually predates the two previously released solo albums: Durch Die Wüste and Jardin Au Fou. The final mix was completed at Gorilla Studio in Vienna, Austriaat the end of April, 1979, with the exception of "Prinzregent" which was edited in Conny's Studio (owned by Conny Plank) in 1976. Selbstportrait was originally released by Sky Records in 1979. Phillipe Blache, writing the review for Prog Archives, describes the album, in part: "The music in itself is another exploration in electronic, pre-ambient 'picture' music but really orientated to the most 'mainstream' side of it."
Selbstportrait and seven of 11 tracks from the follow-up album Selbstportrait - Vol. II were reissued as a single CD by Sky Records in 1996 under the title Selbsportrait I & II. It was reissued in its original form on both LP and CD by the Bureau-Blabel on December 3, 2010.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Sunday, November 22, 2015
The second volume from the famous "Lost Tales" by Thomas P. Heckmann , an ambient-electronic composer from Germany.
The "Lost Tales" series (FAX Records) contains the unreleased stuff - that for whatever reason - was never released and were still big favorites for him and his surroundings.
They show the different side of Thomas with his big influences of the 60s,70s, Science Fiction and anything obscure, that he has last let out into public with his Exit 100, Age, Drax project in the nineties !
Saturday, November 21, 2015
He currently produces Techno and all forms of electronic underground music for AFU Limited, Nachtstrom Schallplatten, Carpe Sonum and the like.
"The Lost Tales vol.1" is a nice "Fax records" release and one of the best releases of Heckmann
Thursday, November 19, 2015
"Migration" is about the migration of people, ideas, feelings. All music is inspired by Berlin School Electronic music of the 70s and ambient techno of the Pete Namlook style. Some of the instruments used in this album include the new Moog Sub37 and the new mini Korg Ms20. You can listen and buy the album here
Sunday, November 15, 2015
U.S. progressive rock band (in the "canterbury school" style) that released three albums between 1977 and 1983 (the third was recorded in 1979, but first released in 1983). After a long hiatus, released a new album in 2004 with a new drummer and new additional keyboardist.
"Crafty Hands" has nice progressive rock moog solos and is my favourite one!
Saturday, November 7, 2015
"Takla Makan is the artist name of Tony Allgood. During the 1980s Tony played keyboards in a variety of bands including 'Cairo' and 'Not Before Time'. In 1986 he started producing his own synthesizer instrumental music under the name 'Takla Makan'. His musical output is very much inspired by the work of Mike Oldfield, Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream. " (taken from Takla Makan bandcamp page).
Also, Tony Allgood is the founder of the "Oakley" Modular synthesiser system.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Dweller At The Threshold is Dave Fulton, Paul Ellis, and Tom Geiveitt (guest star). They come from Portland-USA and they write Ambient/Berlin School electronic music. Their music is also inspired by Vangelis.
Friday, October 16, 2015
Sunday, October 11, 2015
"Synthesizer Contact" (the title was misspelled) is a really nice electronic/Psych/Funk LP from Reno, and one of the best library albums of Music De Wolfe. The track "Contact" was even used on the comp "Dramatic Funk Themes Vol 3" .
Monday, October 5, 2015
This Gong live album was not sanctioned by the band, and It has absolutely nothing to do with Sheffield, nor anything to do with 1974. The source gig is the first half of 1973 in France (like its companion release on Mantra 'Live au Bataclan'). But where and when? Nobody knows. Nevertheless its one of their best live recordings in my opinion!
Saturday, September 26, 2015
23Fish is David Paredes and Javi Canovas and they write Berlin-school electronic music. "Unforgiven Machine" has sequencer-driven melodies, beautiful layers of synth pad and ethereal electric guitar solos. A nice addition to any electronic music lover.
Monday, September 21, 2015
An excellent french library album with compositions written by Rolando Tambin (tracks: A1, A3 to A6, B1 to B6), and Terry Lipton (tracks: A1, A3 to A6, B1 to B6). Laurent and Frydman play analogue synths.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Rudiger Lorenz was mainly a pharmacist and collector of synthesizers (modular systems) and he made experimental music in his Lorenz-Park studio. He also made his own modular synthesizers. Taklamakan is an album of "new age"/experimental music made with early digital synths such as the Roland d-50, Korg Wavestation, Yamaha TG-77 and many more.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Cluster & Eno is a collaborative album by the German electronic music group Cluster and English ambient musician Brian Eno. The style of this album is a collection of gentle melodies: a mixture of Eno’s ambient sensibilities and Cluster's avant-garde style.
In June, 1977 the duo of Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius joined with Brian Eno for recording sessions at Conny Plank's studio. The first release from those sessions on Sky Records was Cluster & Eno. Guest musicians on the album included Can bassist Holger Czukay and Asmus Tietchens on synthesizer. The association with Eno brought Cluster a much wider audience than previous albums and international attention.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Daniel Bloom's real name is Daniel Thomas Borcuch, a keyboardist and composer of electronic music from Poland. He has also written music for various films and in 2010 received an award from the cinema festival "Prowincjonalia ".
"Thorn" is his debut album and has the mysticism of Steve Hillman and the music wizardry of Tangerine Dream. A great discovery!
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Experimental French rock band featuring lots of electronics courtesy of band leader Philippe Besombes. They use analogue synths, vocoder fx and psychedelic/funky guitar solos.
Friday, August 21, 2015
A German synthesizer duo under the single name Tyndall. Their four released albums were typical for Electronic Music at that time. After the duo split, Jurgen Krehan continued to release albums in a different style, going the way of New Age and relaxing music, and changed his artist's name to Nik Tyndall.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
As well as a devoted painter and surfer of the East Coast, the synthesizer loving Leon Lowman privately released two albums “Syntheseas” (1980) and it’s follow up cassette only “Sound Horizon” (1982). Something of a homage to his love of the local seashore, the albums also express Leon's pure love of the synthesizer sound and reflect his unique melodic wanderings. With Leon's albums meeting little commercial success at the time of there release, both albums have in recent years become highly sought after.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
This is the second disk of the wonderful psychedelic rock compilation from Amorphous Androgynous. Compiled with love, style, and eclectisism. Cranium Pie, Hawkwind, Donovan, Devendra Banhart are some of the highlights. Some tracks are really rare!
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Amorphous Androgynous is one of the Future Sound Of London's most well-known aliases. Used for their early-1990's album Tales Of Ephidrina and their more recent releases The Isness (2002), Alice In Ultraland (2005) and The Peppermint Tree & The Seeds Of Superconsciousness (2008).
"A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble" is a gorgeous compilation of psychedelic rock music and some songs are really rare and beautiful. This is a compilation put together by someone who obviously has a taste for good music and its maybe one of the best for that genre.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Quiet Force is Stephan Töteberg (fretless bass, guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, drum machine, drumprogramming,engineer, mixing), Sophie Peycke (vocals), Diana Baden (vocals), Thomas Zander (trumpet), Jörg Jahn (saxophone), and Steve Wieters (saxophone). This is their first album and its mostly melodic new age music with some drum machine driven tracks. Its not hard to recognize the Yamaha DX-7 and E-MU synths used throughout the album. A perfect album for your summer vacations!
Serge Ramses is a french keyboardist/composer and his real name is Serge Lafosse. The music is undeniably progressive electronic, influenced by the Berlin School but without the sequencers. Serge Ramses has a cinematic approach to his compositions.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Hans Joachim is a pioneer in the field of the exploitation of electrically generated tones, sounds and noises, and belongs to the founders of contemporary popular electronic music. His discography lists about 80 releases, and there are more than 10 productions ready to be released in the future.
He was a founding member of groups such as:
"Geräusche", "Plus/minus", "Per Sonare", the free artslab "Zodiak" in Berlin, "Kluster", "Cluster", "Harmonia", "Meeting Point Vienna", "Friendly Game", "Aquarello" and "Tempus Transit".
The Diary of the Unforgotten gathers a variety of home recordings crafted between his duties in Cluster and Harmonia and collaborating with Brian Eno during the years spanning 1972 and 1978. These are primarily lo-fi, improvised sound sketches, or “self-portraits” as the artist calls them, that reflect the pastoral calm of the riverbank behind his house. Synching up the synthesized atmospherics of the studio so they move as one with the water, meadow, farm animals, and passing wildlife outside his window, Roedelius offers listeners a glimpse into the solitude of his creative process with these ten compositions—something that anyone who has been following his legendary career can appreciate. The Diary of the Unforgotten is an essential piece of Roedelius history and a diary well worth remembering
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
French progressive rock band whose influences include Pink Floyd and King Crimson, plus classical musicians such as Gustav Mahler. During the early 1980s, the group performed and composed the music for a Franco‑Austrian musical theatre production.
- Victor Bosch / drums, percussion
- Gilbert Gandil / guitars, vocals
- Roland Richard / flute, strings
- Jacques Roman / organ, Mellotron, bass, synthesizers
Early synthesizer space-music group centered around Peter Gulch. Formed in 1980, disbanded in 1991, after releasing 3 full-length record albums and more than 35 cassette albums.
Please note: I have the rest of their albums in cd-r format. You can buy these albums here: http://www.discogs.com/sell/list?artist_id=249113&ev=ab
download this album here
Here is the second analogy compilation which is equally beautifull.
Create - Analogue Revival [8:02]
Remotion - Freeflight [5:17]
Loren Nerell & Steve Roach & Chuck Oken - Zone Patrol [8:14]
Paul Ellis & Steve Roach - Where are you? [5:58]
4m33s - Elegy [3:56]
Gert Emmens - The Morning after [6:23]
Syn - Viking Mission II [7:52]
Russell Storey - Cosmic Kiwi [6:43]
Kees Aerts - Grey Keys [7:45]
Altres - Brain Flame [7:54]
Modulator ESP - Tsunami [5:18]
Ian Tescee - Aquamarine [3:49]
The "Analogy Vol. 1" compilation was spawned under the ruling that each artist could use no more than 3 analogue synths (not counting drum machines, effects units, etc.). The music ranges from traditional sequencer-based berlin school (create, syn, altres, modulator esp), via melodical (remotion, emmens, aerts, tescee), ambient (ellis and roach, 4m33s) to experimental (nerell, roach and oken, storey).