DOM F. SCAB:
A brilliant, imaginative
where the synthesist widens the horizons of Space Sequencer Music, the
current where his personal style best fits in. Far from allowing
to be seduced by lineal sequences and long developments, Scab takes the
complexity of the music to unusual heights, which gives it an
wealth that fascinates the listener from the first moment. The
shades range from the melodic aspects to the rhythmic ones, including
sound textures of each and every moment. The music easily transmits
and feelings that fluctuate among vital impressions, full of energy,
others instilled with melancholy and mystery. Rich in changeable
structures, these are based on the sequencers, managed with a great
as well as in a percussion of a classical nature, which enhances the
air of certain passages. Far from the monolithic approaches that often
ballast the music from other composers of Space Sequencer Music, Scab
very differentiated sketches for each theme or passage, and uses exotic
architectures, which do not fall into arid experimentation but rather
a whole expressiveness. The skill of this synthesist in sculpturing his
music second by second, in such a way that in every instant sound
different from the previous ones are produced, and which is an
trait of his style, is also magnifiently shown in this album. On the
hand, his ability to work with numerous sounds simultaneously, yet
in keeping every one of them maintaining their identity and making them
all fit, also serves this CD to give the music a great richness in
something comparable to, in a Classical Music piece, that provided by
LUIS ALBERTO NARANJO:
Luis Alberto Naranjo,
for his particularly warm focus of electronic music, has attained in
Eclipse" what maybe amounts to one of his best works. With a
display of creative energy, he makes an exquisite collection of pieces,
presided by the melody, though not lacking in rhythm. He uses
textures with great skill to emphasize the expressiveness of the music.
As if extending a magical bridge between the human and the cybernetic.
he takes us to a fascinating adventure, brimming with intense emotions.
"APRIL 4th 1984"
Music with a remarkable
load, which immediately attracts the attention of the listener. Just as
a songwriter-singer for synthesizers, Sam Vitoulis trasnmits to us
on transcendental questions of human society, using some of the most
pieces in this album as the vehicle. Not by chance the album is
on the novel "1984" by George Orwell. The peculiar style the composer
in this CD fits well with the topic in the book. By masterfully
elements from New Instrumental Music with others more typical of Space
Music or from some currents to them related, Sam Vitoulis shapes an
symphony, brimming with sensitivity as well as with diatribes against
of the bloodiest evils in our civilization. Also, mention must be made
of the brilliant collaboration of Sergio Koval, a renewer of Space
who has a musical talent excellently displayed in his solo albums, as
as his soundtracks.
"DIFFERENT STORIES AND
Ron Boots adopts in this
a focus perhaps more symphonic and sentimental than the one used in
works of his. Masterfully weaving warm melodies and creating rhythmic
perfectly integrated in the melodic outline, he succeeds in taking us
a path that joins the human with the divine, light with shadow,
with disenchantment. The stylistic elements that prevail the most
to Synth-Pop, Ambient, Space Sequencer Music and New Instrumental
Music. The artist attains a work of great beauty. The album was
recorded between January 1992 and May 1993. With Boots,
Klaus Hoffmann Hook (Mind Over Matter), Guido Negraszus and Eric van
Music a la Carte / Music
A compilation of pieces
around World Music and Atmospheric Pop, all sharing the common trait of
offering a careful selection of female vocals more or less adscribed to
World Music or to the Alternative Musics. The contents of the album is
as follows: The Moment by Indivinity (vocals: Monique Lewis). Shaman by
Sally Oldfield. Y'mama (Deep Dive Corp mix) by Zehava Ben. Music Love
by Ariel Kalma (Vocals: Ellika Hansen). Lan Gaelach by Hyperborea
Una O'Boyle). Gentle Rain by Disha & Bhakta (Vocals: Disha).
Love by Infinity (Vocals: Suvarna). Burning Love by Yantra de Vilder
Vanessa Baker). Meta by Rama IV. Siam by Limborg / Barki (Vocals:
Music a la Carte / Music
A collection of themes
stylistic basis is nourished by World Music, Atmospheric Pop and
All the pieces have an important percussive component, as suggested by
the title of the CD, although the melody is never neglected. Contents
the album: Drumming Circle by Professor Trance. Invocation by Gabrielle
Roth & The Mirrors. Keonukpo by Adesa. The Prodigal Son by Keiya.
Shisha Room by Solace. Utsheva by Baul Bishwa. Sister's Gonna Dance Now
by Native Ground. The Owl Dance by Gomer Edwin Evans. Talking Drums by
Ariel Kalma. Samhain by Phil Thornton.
PAUL ELLIS &
Joining their different
of Space Music, Paul Ellis and Craig Padilla shape a collection of
where the listener can appreciate the contribution of each one of them,
as well as the result of the combination of different working
Here they offer us a tightly-vowen symphony, brimming with intense
and caleidoscopic shades. The slow passages turn out to be wondrous,
baroque in their conception. The rhythms are mostly of a medium speed,
very complex, and with branches entering the melodic part, often
with it. In conclusion, an excellent album that will appeal to the
of Space Music.
daring futuristic jump in this album. Moving away from the most typical
outlines of Ambient and Space Sequencer Music, he merges rhythm and
in the suite after which the CD is named, as well as in other passages
of the album, in such a way that ge succeeds in making it difficult for
us to decide where one ends and the other begins. The result is
and not only due to the complexity in timbre, but also because of the
of orchestrations and arrangements.
"MIROIR DE SOI"
In "Miroir de Soi",
a great variety of styles, colors, emotions, that Serge Blenner is able
to reflect in his compositions. The music is melodic, with cosmic
and others typical of Classical Music. Several pieces are dominated by
a majestic character. Others sound mysterious, sinister, like for
"Illumination". A certain nostalgic air is present in most of the
The orchestrations are very well built, enhancing the impact of the
The use of synthesizers enhances the nightly, sensual atmospheres, that
appear in some of the compositions, and is likewise useful as a vehicle
for innovative ideas.
Guillermo Cazenave and
Halpern collaborate in this wonderful album. They combine their
artistic influences very well, thus achieving that their music
a fresh personality, very imaginative, capable of attracting the
of the listener at once. An important aspect that can be appreciated in
their compositions is the great experience they have in the
arena. "Spanish Impromptu" is celestial music, crystaline, with emotive
melodies of a great strength. The music tends to be soft, with slow
or even static. The artists combine dreamy melodies, with unearthly
outlining an impressive sonic landscape of a mystic-cosmic
"PURE PLEASURE 3-D"
Look & Listen
This is a very
album. Defined as "a new concept in entertainment", it plays like a CD
but uses DVD technology to intensify the listening experience. With a
running time of 75 minutes, "Pure Pleasure 3-D" combines pieces from
composers, with images from nature. Image and sound mutually enhance
relaxing effects. The 3D technique utilized in this DVD (Pulfrich
is based on motion. Two pairs of Pulfrich 3D glasses are included to
the 3D effect. Images seen through the clear lens reaches our brain
than images seen through the dark lens. So, with properly recorded
any object moving across the horizontal field seems real. This video
takes us to a voyage throughout some of the most impressive scenarios
the planet we live in. The images are wonderful indeed. The force of
has in this collection of compositions, a perfect soundtrack. With a
dominance of New Instrumental Music, the soundtrack presents a careful
selection of compositions by Vlad Kuryluk, Kenny Salmon, F. Rahier,
Fazio, Daril S, Jamie Harrington, Bruce Maginnis, Michael Howle, and
The music videos included are: "Return to Portofino", "Waterfalls",
Reflections", "Surf at Sunset", "Cozy Fire", "Train to Geneva", "Tivoli
Fountains", "Glowing Creek", "Steaming Pools", "Jellyfish Ballet", "Red
Rocks of Utah", "Snow Flight", "Yellowstone Rapids", "Fish Circle",
Saturday Night". After these 15 Music & Nature tracks, there are 9
environmental tracks with no music. This video album is produced by
Blakeslee, a very well known researcher and writer. In 1980 he wrote a
famous book on the human mind called "The Right Brain". Other of his
are "Beyond the Conscious Mind: Unlocking the Secrets of the Self" and
"The Attitude Factor: Extend Your Life by Changing the Way You Think".
shapes in the nine pieces of this album a collection of musical ideas
to classify. There are pieces near to New Instrumental Music, others
Ambient touches, and several with Industrial elements, even though all
of them keep a very personal style. Many of the compositions possess a
distinctly mysterious character. The artist utilizes electronics with
imagination, succeeding in creating musical structures far from the
usual trends. To do this, he uses unconventional sonic
utilizes the guitar, the synths and his whispering voice to draw a
series of portraits with crepuscular colors, soft, urban at times,
in other occasions, which compose a peculiar gallery of life. He builds
melodic themes of a great beauty, and some even turn out to be highly
The main path for the fusion is punctuated by means of the encounter of
Progressive Rock and Ambient.
This new composition is
same line followed by the latest ones by Cesare Marilungo (Noosfera),
is to say, an imaginative fusion of Ambient and Progressive Rock.
AMY WHITE & AL
Amy White and Al
in creating a collection of pieces dominated by sensual melodies. The
presents elements typical of Folk, Celtic, Country, Jazz, and some
styles. The general orientation is romantic. Amy's ethereal voice turns
out to be the ideal complement to enhance the warmth appreciated in all
the tracks. The result is a precious collection of pieces with an
air, sometimes happy, sometimes melancholy. A true delight for the ears
from the first to the last theme.
"MYSTIC DANCE, A CELTIC
This is an impressive
which captures the attention of the listener from the very beginning.
listener embarks on a dreamy tour to the past, wrapped in the
sounds of Celtic and European ancestral melodies, intertwined with
of World Music with certain touches of New Instrumental Music. Using
the Hammered Dulcimer and the Persian Santur, Maggie succeeds in
a work full of beauty and mystery. From her hand, these instruments
at the same heights as any other orchestra instruments among those
are best appreciated in the role of soloists, like for instance the
An intense creative task can be appreciated throughout the entire
In short, this is an excellent work, which no doubt will contribute to
increasing the reputation of Maggie Sansone.
KAREN ASHBROOK &
In this CD, Karen
Paul Oorts offer us warm music, emotional, with a vital air. The pieces
basically range around Irish, French and Flemish Folk. The melodies
present Classical traits and World Music reminiscences. By utilizing
guitar, hammered dulcimer, wooden flute and accordion, they take us
journeys to beautiful worlds, and evoke situations where feelings are
in all their depth.
"TO BE TREATED AS ONE"
The band Manigra creates
of music near to Atmospheric Pop, full of warm atmospheres. The music
deliberate, with slow rhythms. Part of the music has traits typical of
Rock ballads. There are passages that get near to Ambient. Kate's
voice is the high point of a work that will awake the enthusiasm of the
followers of the best Melodic Pop.
"BLACK HILLS JAM -
Flying Spot Records
The music by this band
imaginative combination of elements typical of Jazz and others of an
character near to Progressive Rock. Part of the music is merry, even
whereas other themes have a certain melancoly touch. The result is a
tapestry of soundscapes that will no doubt appeal to the lovers of
musical genres, while at the same time aiming at a wider audience.
"INNER WORLDS PART ONE"
By skilfully utilizing
Kurt Michaels creates icy textures, mysterious, near to cosmic Ambient,
in the most unsettling parts of the work. Other passages could be
within the New Instrumental Music. There also are Psychedelic traits.
music possesses an unusual personality, capable of attracting the
of the listener at once.
THE VICTIM'S SHUDDER:
"SONIC TORTURE METHODS"
God is Myth Records
In this work there is a
beauty, even colored with certain romanticism, yet it is the beauty of
The Dark, the hypnotic attraction that the sinister awakens in the
soul. The melodies flow between the melancholy and the enigmatic. An
part of the merit of the album is the fact that it succeeds in reaching
these obscure regions without falling into arid experimentation that
musical perception. Neither exaggerated stridencies, nor shapeless
only a well planned path towards solitary, marginal corners of Gothic,
STEUART LIEBIG / THE
This CD gathers an
experience of musical creativity. The music oscillates around the
Jazz, with apocalyptic atmospheres with subtle reminiscences of Chamber
Music and Psychedelic Rock. Steuart Liebig, who in this album plays
is accompanied by Tony Atherton (alto saxophone), Bill Barrett
harmonica), and Joseph Berardi (drumset, percussion)
August Son Productions
"Opal" is a work of a
quality, with traits of New Instrumental Music and some Jaz touches,
by melody. The piano is the soloist instrument in the ten themes this
consists of. Each one of the tracks reaches the listener with an air
of emotions, refreshing and brimming with soft textures and colors.
at a wide audience, this CD will no doubt appeal to the followers of
"THE CITY THE WIND SWEPT
Cold Blue Music
This CD contains an only
of 22 minutes in lenght, created by Jim Fox in 1982 and recorded in
It is a beautiful suite of a soft, romantic, magic and deliberate
whose structure quite reminds the listener of that of Classical
The music, mostly performed with the piano, presents a melancholy hue.
Cold Blue Music
This CD, whose running
is 16 minutes, contains the beautiful music composed in 1997 for
a theater & dance work written and choreographed by Lane Lucas. In
the four pieces that constitute the album, Steve Peters offer us a
hypnotic music, with Classical elements as well as some touches of
and also Ambient.
"LOS TIGRES DE MARTE"
Cold Blue Music
This CD by Daniel Lentz
of an only 16-minute track. It is a precious suite which fluctuate
Melodic Classical Music and New Instrumental Music. There also are some
touches of Minimalism and Ambient. In this composition, Daniel Lentz
keyboards) is accompanied byBrad Ellis (electronic keyboards), Marty
(clarinet), Maria Newman (viola), Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick (cello), Peter
Kent (violin) and Robin Lorentz (violin).
MICHAEL JON FINK:
"A TEMPERAMENT FOR
Cold Blue Music
A single composition,
28 minutes, constitutes this CD. "A temperament for Angels" is an
piece of a Ambient-Minimalist nature, interpreted with sampler
cellos, violins and cymbals. The music has a mysterious character,
surreal. The richness in texture of quite a number of ethereal passages
makes it difficult to distinguish where the natural sound of a given
finishes and where the electronic sound begins.
Crystal Vibrations Music
In this release, the
Vibrations Music Emsemble utilize crystal bowls, transverse flute and
percussion with great imagination, succeeding in creating musical
far from the most usual Ambient trends. The four slow pieces that are
in this CD constitute a succession of magical, meditative passages,
to the peace of mind, and meditation, in the purest style of New Age
with mystic and cosmic touches that will no doubt appeal to the
of these musical genres.
"JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS"
In this release, Elivia
and Gaye Unverferth combine unearthly environments with sonic
of a mystic-cosmic character. To do this, they have used twenty singing
crystal bowls, flutes and soft percussive sounds. Five unearthly
constitute magical paintings, capable of making us imagine astral
beyond the limits of space or time.
The Quarz Crystal
with the addition of flutes, chimes and other instruments, shape a
of atmospheres, textures and melodies that immerse the listener within
a magical world where time ceases to exist. Elivia Melodey and Gaye
take us step by step into an unexplored terrain, that they consider to
be apt for meditation and to listen to our "inner source".
Rich West composes a
of different paths in acoustic experimentation. The music is a daring
of elements typical of Contemporany Music, Alternative Jazz and
Rock. Quite pieces are dynamic, with disturbing melodies, and
rhytms. There are dark, slow passages. Accompanying West, the following
musicians participated: Chris Heenan, Bruce Friedman, Jeremy Drake, and
VAN & BORNER:
The duo Van &
in Barbara Zielinska (Van) and Sabina Borner, creates a powerful
music, full of warm melodies, strong rhythms and unearthly ambiences.
most dynamic part of their music tends to belong to the Synth-Pop and
Sequencer influences. The melodies have spectacular orchestrations with
synthesizers and a certain romantic character though it doesn't fall
an excessive sweetness. Barbara and Sabina play the synthesizers, and,
in this album, they are accompanied by Darek Budkiewicz (bass guitar),
Marek Gorlitz (guitars) and Jola Literska (vocals)