Friday, July 14, 2017

Andreas Grosser - Venite Visum (1981)

Inspired by the West German cosmic scene, the East Berlin synthesist Andreas Grosser made literally hours of synth music, and duplicated cassette recordings for anyone that wanted them. A selection of which is featured on the anthology cassette "Venite Visum".

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Rainbow Serpent - Pulse (2000)

German synth music duo from Oldenburg, strongly inspired by 1980's Tangerine Dream, and almost anyone else in the melodic/sequencer/rhythmic vein you could name.

"Pulse" has all the classic Berlin-School elements someone would expect.

Jeffrey Koepper - Radiate (2009)

American synthesizer artist. He previously played with the groups Pure Gamma and Immortal before going solo. He quotes on his web-site "Koepper's reputation as a skilled Berlin school composer is well known. His influences include the early electronic musicians Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre, Klaus Schulze and Steve Roach.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Steve Jolliffe - Vision Earth (2008)

A native of Britain, Steve Jolliffe has been an active keyboardist, flutist and saxophonist for over 35 years. His career started in 1967, when he met Rick Davies and formed a group called The Joint, which, after Steve left, evolved into Supertramp. Jolliffe's interest in classical music led him to the "Berlin High School for Music" in 1969. He was the first student accepted there who didn't have the ability to read music. And while at the school, he met Edgar Froese, and together with Klaus Schulze toured Germany as one of the earliest incarnations of Tangerine Dream.
"Vision Earth" is the soundtrack of the BBC documentary "Vision Earth". Here we listen to Jolliffe from a different side, with Berlin School sequences and more dramatic melodies with excellent synthesizer sounds. The movie itself is a kind of Koyannisquatsi or Chronos, where you can see fantastic landscapes in slow motion or from an airplane view. The music fits perfectly.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Ole Hojer Hansen - Nudity (1988)

Ole Højer Hansen (b. 1956 in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a keyboard player, multi-instrumentalist, composer and sound artist.
Ole is internationally known for 3 solo albums of experimental instrumental music. His debut: Transmission (1985) was a more typically Scandinavian instrumental prog outing with the accent on mood and "symphonic" like keyboard arrangements. Further albums: Nudity and The Dome developed his style as a synthesist, in a similar vein to late 1970's Klaus Schulze.
He has since largely concentrated on soundtracks and sound design for more than 120 theatre, film and ballet productions.

Neuronium - Lysergic Dream (2017)

In 1979, Neuronium released an album titled DIGITAL DREAM. This album started the Worldwide recognition for its psychotronic music. Now, 38 years later, the dream has changed...and becomes a LYSERGIC DREAM !

Monday, July 3, 2017

Mark Shreeve - Embryo (1980)

UK solo synthesizer/keyboards/electronics musician. He was a pioneer of ambient/space-music featuring analogue synthesizers and sequencers, with a few cassettes and an LP in the early 1980s, before changing style to more lively/melodic/rhythm-based music. He also recorded a number of library releases and worked as a session musician. Later he returned to making space music with the projects Redshift and ARC.

Christian Buehner & Helge Schroeder ‎– Visions From Atlantis (1990)

Christian Bühner (German singer, composer) and Helge Schroeder (German composer) made this new age album which is essential for relaxing during the hot summer days. Also very hard to find.