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Dear readers.

Steve Jolliffe´s new album: "Time Machine" is out now.
It was recorded in spring 2012 and contains two long hypnotic tracks.
The music itself is totally electronic, with unique sounds and effects.
A free DVD is supplied with the album, and all CDs are individually
signed and dated.

And some additional information about the reissue of "Head-Visions" LP.
Despite of other informations, this record will contain no bonus track
(as with the CD, that was many years ago released on Musique
Intemporelle first and later on Green Tree Records, was done).
With this release, we returned back to the roots and tried - during
the mastering process - to capture everything from the original
8-track tapes, that was originally recorded. This tapes are at least
26 years old! Also, no other instruments or voices were added.
We used only the original material and tried to get the best out of it.
So here is the official track-list with times:
Side A
Rücksturz - 24:33 Min
Side B
Quitting Time - 14:34 Min
La Tendresse - 13:01 Min

A quick info for our UK readers.
A nice concert day so if you have the time get there.
Looks like a great set of musicians.
Ideation (Paul Nagle & Pete Ruczynski)
Lamp (Mike Shipway & Garth Jones)
Thorpe Cloud
Saturday 14th July 2012
Held at:
Paget High School
Business & Enterprise College
Burton Road
Branston
Burton on Trent
Staffs DE14 3DR
Doors 6:30pm for 7:00pm start - Ticket price £10 (includes free VT)
Advance tickets can be purchased from the website.
All line-ups subject to change, check website for latest details
www.awakenings-em.co.uk

And the ticket sale for E-Live 2012 has begun!!

E-LIVE 2012 - Oct 27th in The Enck near Eindhoven, The Netherlands
The following acts are on the main stage!!
For the first time in 12 Years back in the Netherlands.
BERND KISTENMACHER
and the Dutch Dynamic Duo!!
GERT EMMENS and RUUD HEIJ
And for the first time in the Netherlands.
GLENN MAIN
One of the best life performers in the scene with uplifting melodic music.

Upper room program:
AKS - 3 great Dutch musicians live on stage for the fist time
Keesvangelis, Attorks and Skoulaman make up AKS!!

Where?? In Theater de Enck
De Loop 67, 5688 EW Oirschot, The Netherlands
Ticket sales are well on their way, here is the info
Advanced booking now open.
Tickets are 27 Euro pre-sale price
At the box office the price will be 35 Euro.
We have just 300 !! seats available and full is full!

You can order tickets until the 20th of Oct.
For more information please visit http://e-live.groove.nl or
http://www.e-live.nl/ or call to: +31 499 474711

Dreamscape radio this week with:
Vangelis, Fratoroler, Numina, DEMO ART e.a.
Dreamscape Radio show 194 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.

Can - Can -remastered- (cd)
Can - Delay 1968 -remastered- (cd)
Can - Ege Bamyasi -remastered- (cd)
Can - Flow Motion -remastered- (cd)
Can - Future days -Remastered- (cd)
Can - Monster Movie (cd)
Can - Rite Time (cd)
Can - Saw Delight (cd)
Can - Soon Over Babaluma (cd)
Can - Soundtracks (cd)
Can - Tago Mago (cd)
Can - Unlimited Edition (cd)
Griffin, Mark JT - E-Klek-Tik (cd)
Steve Jolliffe - Time Machine (cdr)
Conrad Schnitzler - Zug -Reshaped & Remodeled (cd)
Michael Brückner - 100 Million Miles Under The Stars (cdr)
Griffin, Mark JT - E-Klek-Tik (cd)
Steve Jolliffe - Time Machine (cdr)
Bruno Sanfilippo - Urbs (cd)
Tangerine Dream - Ricochet-Live- (lp)
Tangerine Dream - Stratosfear (lp)
Booth + Creek - Lightwaves (ltd. edition) (cdr)
Philip Glass - Music In The Shape Of A S (2-cd)
Glenn - Ripples (cd)
Michel Huygen - Ambient,The Best Music Of The XXI Century (digipak) (cd)
Bernd Kistenmacher - Head-Visions (Vinyl) (lp)

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E-DAY 2012 - 28TH!! of April.

Program main stage:
BERND KISTENMACHER
GERT EMMENS and RUUD HEIJ
GLENN MAIN

Upper room program:
AKS - 3 great Dutch musicians live on stage for the fist time
Keesvangelis, Attorks and Skoulaman make up AKS!!

Advanced booking now open.
Tickets are 27 Euro pre-sale price
At the box office the price will be 35 Euro.
You can order tickets until 20th of October 2012,
Bank information :
Pre-sale tickets:
For Dutch.
113711557 tnv Goove Unlimited te Best

For Belgium.
Fortis Bank, België
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

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25th August 2012.
The annual barbecue (25 August, Gruga food, barbecue 4, from 14:30 clock)
of the German fanclub Schallwende.
with Matzumi & Nattefrost and the Voyager Project.
http://www.the-voyager-project.de/
Thomas has often performed live, but never here in our EM scene.
You know, please - as always - no rain dances perform just before the
big open air event!
Admission: only the entry in the Gruga
www.grugapark.de
www.schallwen.de - Thank you!
For more information This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Swimming-Pool-Festival 2012
17th & 18th August 2012
http://www.facebook.com/events/387814231242353/
Picture Palace music (Germany)
(Electronic Post Rock)
Indulge the Passion Tour 2012
Schallwelle Award : Best German Act/Artist 2011 & 2012
Bernd Kistenmacher (Germany)
(Symphonic Electronic Music)
MorPheusz (The Netherlands / Germany)
(Electronic-Rock)
Nattefrost (Denmark)
(Comtemporary electronic music with vintage elements)
First Berlin-Concert
Stefan Erbe (Germany)
(Electronic Music)
First Berlin-Concert
Clubtheater - Stadtbad Steglitz
Bergstraße 90, 12169 Berlin, Germany

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28 & 29 September 2012
Loom live in Budapest
Johannes Schmoelling, Jerome Froese & Robert Waters will play live in
Budapest (HUN) on the famous A38 ship, the reincarnation of a Ukranian
stone-carrier ship. With its inauguration on 30 April 2003, it started
a new life
on the Danube in Budapest as a cultural venue. Since its opening it has
become one of Budapest's most important venues, and according to
artists' feedback, one of Europe's coolest clubs.
Details: http://johannesschmoelling.de/

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JUKEBOX
The new jukebox contains 8 titles.
To listen: click on the JUKEBOX button on www.groove.nl

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NON-GROOVE UNLIMITED LABEL
1: Jerome Froese - Far Side of the Face (cd)
2: Jerome Froese - Cases of Recurrence (cd)
3: Michael Brückner - 100 Million Miles Under The Stars (cdr)
4: MoonSatellite - Earth Gravity (cdr)
5: Booth + Creek - Lightwaves (cdr)
6: Robert Schroeder - New frequencies vol.2 (cd)
7: MoonSatellite - Sequenzer 2 Unendlich Sequenzer (cdr)
8: Johannes Schmoelling - Time and Tide (cd)
9: Peru - Moon (cd)
10: Erik Seifert - Core (cd)

GROOVE UNLIMITED LABEL
1: Ron Boots - Derby! (cd)
2: Lamp - Three Towers (cd)
3: Gert Emmens - An Artist's Stroke (cd)
4: Nattefrost & Matzumi - From Distant times (cd)
5: Ron Boots - Ante Oculos (cd)
6: Ron Boots - La caída de hormigón (cd)
7: Ron Boots - Beyond the boundaries of twilight (cd)
8: Craig Padilla & Skip Murphy - Phantasma (cd)
9: Ron Boots - Acoustic shadows (cd)
10: Ron Boots - FantaMagic 2005 (cdr)

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Additions and changes from June 20 2012 till July 1 2012

*new in stock *
Booth + Creek - LIGHTWAVES (cdr) 68345
2012. Booth + Creek, great music from the UK in vein of their E-Day
concert!! This is very good Berlin School.
Limited edition.
$ 19.25 / UKP 14.25 / EURO 16.50
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=68345

*track listing and cover added *
Brückner, Michael - 100 MILLION MILES UNDER THE STARS (cdr) 73851
2012. Great sequencing and melodies..
$ 16.75 / UKP 12.49 / EURO 14.50
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=73851

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Can - CAN -REMASTERED- (cd) 54683
2012.
Remastered.
$ 22.99 / UKP 16.99 / EURO 19.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=54683

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Can - DELAY 1968 -REMASTERED- (cd) 83851
2012.
Remastered.
$ 22.99 / UKP 16.99 / EURO 19.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=83851

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Can - EGE BAMYASI -REMASTERED- (cd) 67349
2012.
Remastered.
$ 22.99 / UKP 16.99 / EURO 19.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=67349

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Can - FLOW MOTION -REMASTERED- (cd) 29212
2012.
Remastered.
$ 22.99 / UKP 16.99 / EURO 19.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=29212

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Can - FUTURE DAYS -REMASTERED- (cd) 37436
2012.
$ 22.99 / UKP 16.99 / EURO 19.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=37436

*release date added/changed *
Can - LANDED (cd) 25200
2012. Jam-band tunes.
Remastered.
$ 22.99 / UKP 16.99 / EURO 19.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=25200

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Can - MONSTER MOVIE (cd) 44716
2012.
$ 22.99 / UKP 16.99 / EURO 19.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=44716

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Can - RITE TIME (cd) 83749
2012.
$ 22.99 / UKP 16.99 / EURO 19.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=83749

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Can - SAW DELIGHT (cd) 58468
2012.
$ 22.99 / UKP 16.99 / EURO 19.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=58468

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Can - SOON OVER BABALUMA (cd) 13168
2012.
$ 22.99 / UKP 16.99 / EURO 19.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=13168

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Can - SOUNDTRACKS (cd) 27390
2012.
$ 22.99 / UKP 16.99 / EURO 19.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=27390

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Can - TAGO MAGO (cd) 25672
2012.
$ 22.99 / UKP 16.99 / EURO 19.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=25672

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Can - UNLIMITED EDITION (cd) 81959
2012.
$ 22.99 / UKP 16.99 / EURO 19.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=81959

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Gryffyn - E-KLEK-TIK (cd) 19409
2012. E-Klek-Tik is an impressive debut by Gryffyn; electronic music
influencedby Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and Jean Michel Jarre..
$ 12.75 / UKP 9.49 / EURO 10.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=19409

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Jolliffe, Steve - TIME MACHINE (cdr) 21099
2012. 2 long hypnotic pieces full os sound and emotion! It also comes
with a very special DVD and copies are handsigned..
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=21099

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Schnitzler, Conrad - ZUG -RESHAPED & REMODELED (cd) 47612
2012. Original lp plus cassette recordings.
Remastered.
$ 22.99 / UKP 16.99 / EURO 19.90
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=47612

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Nattefrost & Matzumi - From Distant times (gr-190 - cd)

I like comparing the musical approach of Nattefrost to that of Jean
Michel Jarre. Like the French synthesist used to do at the beginning
of his career, Bjorn Jeppesen produces a title that hooks from the
first listening on each of his albums. A title that would be a radio
hit if the FM stations were still interested in EM as in the years of
free thought and cultural creativity. And From Distant Times does not
make an exception to this rule. Flanked by Matzumi (Kathrin Manz), the
Danish synthman pursues his electronic odyssey in the lands of cosmic
rhythms. It's without surprises that this tandem, who had stunned our
senses with the powerful "Die der Erde" (Dying Sun / Scarlet Moon),
meets the interesting challenge to unite the poetic and filmic
approaches of Matzumi to the heavy and static rhythms of Nattefrost,
depraving so the very beautiful electronic melodies which overhang
From Distant Times.
A big gong, as in the introduction of Matzumi's In Mutatio Tempora,
opens the very atmospheric and cinematographic "First Movement". Synth
layers to very orchestral fragrances are waving around there with some
slow uncertain movements, creating a dramatic mood while zigzagging
among choirs roaming in the calm of ambivalent musical territories;
there where pulsating sequences flicker as some wings of dragonflies
in wait of an apocalyptic signal. This intro sets the tone in a
powerful album where orchestral momentums surround indomitable
rhythms. "Evolution" rocks in the orchestral ashes of the introductory
track when From Distant Times' first rhythmic rides go downhill in a
slow hesitating staccato. A spasmodic pulsation shakes this
uncertainty introduction, tumbling down the rhythmic plains of a
balanced gallop greeted by fine solos flooded in the mists of ochred
voices. Although every track of From Distant Times is different, there
is always a link that connects them. "The Anci ent Land" espouses the
tangent begun with a fluid and lively rhythm where keyboard keys weave
a circular melody which leans on sober percussions. Always so warm the
synth throws some sweet melodic solos which are mixing their harmonies
to fine filets of ethereal voices gliding in a surrealist setting. The
more we move forward and the more the rhythms liven up of a
fascinating heaviness. Rhythms embroidered inside a superb mixture of
sequences and percussions, as on "The Portal" and its melodic approach
which spits reminiscences of Tangerine Dream on Underwater Sunlight.
Scalable the rhythm is at first fragile and progresses with beautiful
sequences of which the fast oscillations are slowed down by a
beautiful play of percussions to varied tones and forms. The angelic
voice of Kathrin Manz collects this portion of rhythm which switches
shape towards a surprising heavy and aggressive structure, to pound on
a heavy undulating bass line as well as some echoing percussions which
find ref uge into this smooth melody drawn in Song of the Whale,
before melting in a finale all in atmospherical and filmic effects.
Jean Michel Jarre's influences perspire all around From Distant Times'
hidden recesses. If it's not at the rhythms level, it's on the melodic
ones. And "Rise of the Phoenix", with its hoops which flutter as wings
of dragonflies gathering nectar on the petals of a rhythm filled by
jerky steroids, is the perfect example. And when I wrote about
immediate hit, I referred to this catchy track where the rhythm,
bombarded by a street gang step and drawn by sequences which plough
the cosmos as snips of scissors in emptiness, has difficulty to climb
the slopes of a heavy stroboscopic ascension which perspires of its
cymbals and galactic tones while the melody, divinely electronic, is
silkily forged in wonderful synth solos. Solos floating and singing
into mists filled by iridescent vocalises to forge a delicious ear
worm. Built on a bed of sequences swarming to alternating strikings,
"Time Passing" offers a slow hypnotic rhythmic journey where the voice
of Kathrin Manz roams among layers of a synth sometimes cosmic and
sometimes orchestral. "Medieval" wears the nobility of its naming with
a very theatrical envelope released by synths from which strata
intensely orchestral brings us back in the time of the medieval
battlefields. Heavy and slow the rhythm is no less powerful and drags
its sequences which come running beneath the envelopes of a synth to
singings of war, quite as in "The New Dawn" which follows with an even
heavier rhythm wrapped by a synth full of orchestral veils and twisted
harmonious solos. If the percussions and sequences weave convoluted
rhythms which are not pull any punches, the synths are incredibly
musical and embroider some passages which attract the hearing, both by
solos and harmonies and especially ambiences. Following this premise
"Cold Midwinter Nights", with its nervous rhythm contained in its film
element and its solos scattered in the winds of a harmonious discord,
is at the height of all that surrounds From Distant Times.
This first collaboration Nattefrost and Matzumi gives birth to a great
album. From Distant Times is a powerful and lyrical opus, forged into
Babylonian, cosmic and musical ambiences which wrap melodies floating
such as silky winds on sequences and percussions which pound rhythms
as creative as electrifying. It's one of the great albums to be
released this year that I recommend to everyone who love driven based
sequences EM, especially those who miss Jean Michel Jarre.
Sylvain Lupari - gutsofdarkness.com & synth&sequences.com

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Schulze, Klaus - Dune - (23689 - cd)

It took me some times to fully appreciate the Klaustrophobic
atmospheres of Dune and even now I still find it quite difficult to
enjoy this album where Klaus Schulze continues to pay tribute to an
author who influenced his culture. On X he composed the wild "Frank
Herbert" and now on Dune he pushes his admiration by written a deep
atmospheric ode which has a close link to the book. Furthermore it's
also the end of the analog era of Klaus Schulze; afterward it will be
the digital era starting with Dig It.
The title-track is deeply floating. No rhythms, nor fine pulsations.
It's a long 30 minutes track of dark and mystic ambience which begins
by a typical orchestral anarchy of the improvised introductions by
Schulze. Some choirs coat this land of desolation with sterile chants
which are melting to the lamentations of Wolfgang Tiepold's cello
strings that creates an intimate mood with a dexterity which espouses
marvellously the thoughts of a Schulze lost in the mists of his
Mellotron. Slow and quiet "Dune" is the highlight of "soporification"
with a Mellotron which still breathes the breaths of X and some
celestial choirs which hum over a great mixture of cello and
Mellotron, drawing the axes of a beautiful orchestral duel. More
livened up "Shadows of Ignorance" dances on a light rhythm, ploughed
that it is by strikes of cello and drummed by alternated strikes of
percussions that a musical synth wraps of very melodious solos. This
track introduces for the first time Schulze's favor ite singer, Arthur
Brown. And this is where I started to dislike this track which has a
great potential and a beat which is among Klaus' bests. If the music
bewitches, the vocalises of Brown are without expressions. And
honestly I don't understand the bewitchment of KS for Arthur Brown.
His voice, although poetics by moments, doesn't stick on Schulze's
structures. Half between chant and prayer, it sounds so discordant in
regard of the harsh and jerky rhythms as well as it tarnishes the
complicity between Schulze and Tiepold who weave a delicious rhythmic
imprint for that time. A voice that I find without soul and which
doesn't manage to enrich the depth of these shadows of ignorance. It's
a pity because "Shadows of Ignorance" is a quite a track. Recorded in
concert at Le Abbaye de l'Épeau, "LeMans" is typical of Schulze's
improvised flights. It's a dynamic track which begins with sequenced
percussions which roll a rhythm waving under great solos. This
minimalist percussions structur e runs in continuous loops on a
changing movement where the musical rhythm is fading to leave room to
an inconsistent speech of synths, which has doubtless inspired the
robotics languages of arcade games, before falling in a morphic phase
and a finale of the most atmospheric where intense Mellotron veils
crown an atonal finale.
Contrary to the works which followed Picture Music to X, Dune has not
this spark which bewitches from the first listening. There are no
sequences which captivate and enchant, as well as synths which bewitch
and magnetize. I had to listen again to it more than once before
letting myself enthral by the title-track while I am always incapable
to bear the voice of Arthur Brown on the second one. This being
written, we don't have to keep silent the musicality which lies on
"Shadows of Ignorance" and the silent poetry of "Dune" which is the
pivotal part of this 11th opus of Schulze; a title of which we
recognise the influences here and there among contemporary EM makers.
Although that after X, I maintain that it rather lands flat. In fact I
shall not recommend it to introduce a greenhorn into the universe of
Schulze because Dune is definitively not the album odometer of the
quality of his works.
Sylvain Lupari - gutsofdarkness.com & synth&sequences.com

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Emmens, Gert - An Artist (gr-189 - cd)

The music on the latest album by Gert Emmens is inspired by the life
and work of Yuri Pugachov (www.pugachov.ru) - a late Russian painter
that happens to be my father. Of course I am biased when writing this
review, as this project means really a lot to me. I would like to
thank Gert for this wonderful endeavor and I must say the results have
surpassed my expectations. I will try to only describe the music
itself here, without referring too much to the subject matter so as to
not become too subjective when judging this album's merits. "Cossack
Temperament" describes the period of my father's childhood and
adolescence, as well as certain character traits. After a very brief
atmospheric intro, a wonderful melodic sequence starts, accompanied by
mournful mellotron strings. A typical theremin-like lead line is heard
in what sounds like a classic Emmens track. There's a hymn-like
quality to the music, which is full of life, joy and at the same ti me
is somewhat melancholic. A brief atmospheric section is a welcomed
change. After that, an even more effective sequencer section appears,
that combines the floating quality of Gert's pads and atmospheres with
assertiveness of the multiple pulsations. It's tense and easy-going,
anguished and relaxed, melancholic and bright. The track closes with
yet another section dominated by fat cascading sequences and Gert's
trademark (very earthly, not cosmic) minimoog soloing. I loved this
track. "The Long Walk (Towards the Black Sea)" reflects a period of
traveling for my dad, when he literally walked by feet the whole
eastern coast of the Black Sea, from Batumi (now in Georgia) to
southern Crimea, painting landscapes mainly. A marching rhythm serves
as the basis for this track's first part, helped by a one-note bass
sequence and lots of classic analog sounds (including some trademark
mellotron patches). There's also a nice melodic sensibility in this
track that sets it apart from many other current EM works. It has that
nature-inspired romanticism you don't encounter often nowadays. An
excellent atmospheric section follows. I must say that Gert's ambient
parts have never sounded as full and deep as on this album. He has
really refined his sound-sculpting and atmosphere-creating abilities
to perfection. Then a majestic galloping sequence / pad combination
that just takes your breath away! It grips you with its beauty and
doesn't let go. I was not born when my father did his "little journey"
but listening to this track I can vividly imagine how exciting it
might have been for him, how many beautiful places he saw and painted,
how many people met and how many miles he walked. A shadowy world of
clanging ambient textures and mellotron choir wraps up this wonderful
track as the journey finally reaches its end. "Paintings - The Themes"
is the longest track at just under 17 minutes. It's straight into
business this time, with great melodic sequencing ("Gert style") and
mourn ful pads. Fat, symphonic synthesizer textures ala Vangelis make
an appearance, giving an epic quality to the track. From beneath the
blanket of impeccably constructed sequencer pulsations a harmonica
lead line appears, reinforcing the Vangelis analogy. The sequences are
lilting, passionate, assertive, lively. And there are really lots of
them here. A four-note melodic theme welcomes the coming of a brief
atmospheric section after which an assertive bass sequence appears.
This section, with its excellent, rolling sequences and symphonic
string chords is easily one of the EM highlights from 2012. Overall,
the track is the crowning jewel of the album, although all tracks were
great so far. It finally climaxes into a melange of dramatic pads and
symphonic textures before fading out. "Paintings - The Spirituality
Behind It" strikes a darker note with it's thick fog of atmospheric
textures and a steady bass drum pulse, before complex melodic
sequencing takes us to familiar territory but w ith a different twist
on Gert's typical sequencer music. On this track, the trademark
harmonica lead makes a triumphant return in a much more subdued and
melancholic setting. The track ends with dramatic pads and synthesized
atmospheres enveloping you. "The Leningrad Years" starts with a great
atmospheric intro by Cadenced Heaven. Reflecting my father's most
productive and best-known period, the music has a fittingly busy and
uplifting vibe to it. Then an analog goodness of a sequence by Ruud
Heij appears, well in the style of Emmens / Heij collaborations. After
a rhythm starts, in comes what I can only describe as Gert's best ever
soloing. The excellent use of modulation wheel gives the lead line a
kind of depth, subtlety, grandeur and emotion that are just
indescribable. A nice use of oboe reminds us on great Russian
classical traditions. And the roll calling between the oboe and synth
was an excellent idea. On the other hand, Gert's most unusual and
experimental ideas found their way on the following track, "Darkness
Unfolds". After an atmospheric intro, a strange bubbling sequence
appears and a metallic rhythm drives forward the track that is
chock-full of melancholic pads and reflective symphonic solos. It's
still Emmens style but seen through a dark window that leads to the
otherworld. After a brief section of dark sounds, a whirlpool of
uplifting sequence picks us up and takes us to an unknown territory
filled with sweet chord progressions and soft analog rhythms. This is
probably the best section of the album. The track ends with a chilly
atmospheric part with what sounds like a telephone ringing and distant
choirs. "Yuri Pugachov - In Memoriam" is a short tribute that is
uplifting and gentle. With tears in my eyes and a strange, pleasant
sensation inside, I finish this review. I have seen this album
criticized slightly for not bringing anything new to Gert Emmens sound
but I have to disagree. First of all, there are lots of new
interesting sounds on " An Artist's Stroke". Secondly, it's quite
different in mood to his previous efforts - more personal, emotional
and atmospheric. Even the chord progression (one of Gert's trademarks)
is often quite different from what we're used to hear. There are no
weak or strong tracks on this album, because "An Artist's Stroke" is a
complete journey. I've said it many times, but I am afraid I'll have
to repeat it here: this is Gert Emmens' best album, with or without
bias. I wonder if my father can hear this music, from wherever he is
now... I think, yes.
Artemi Pugachov

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Loom - 100 001 (42758 - cd)

The bonds that tie Jerome Froese and Johannes Schmoelling go back to
the time when this last one was member of Tangerine Dream. Moreover on
certain photos of this period we noticed a very attentive Schmoelling
to the young Froese. Thus it's nothing more normal that sooner or
later these two ex-members of TD would combine their talents in some
kind of musical project. And it's later than earlier that this project
saw the light of day. In fact the idea had already germinated in 2008
but for various reasons, the Loom project was postponed in 2011 with a
performance that the new trio, flanked by Robert Waters; a much in
demand studio producer in Berlin and who has already worked with
Schmoelling, gave a much appreciated show at the prestigious EM
festival of The Netherlands, E-Live in October 2011. 100 001 is a
short EP which was launched on the fringes of this event. An EP
consisted of 4 very melodious tracks, written in solo by each of the
mem bers. Robert Waters is the most prolific one by signing two of
them, while Schmoelling and Froese are dividing the rest.
Sequences flittering with furtive and jerky keys open the intro of
"The Light that Failed",a furious and heavy title composed by Jerome
Froese. Their lively and shrillness oscillatory crossings are throwing
themselves within solid percussions, entailing the rhythm in a
whirlwind fed by the heavy riffs of the Guitartronica. In full control
of his pachydermic structures, the young Froese knows how to bring a
harmonious filet to another title of his heavy electronica that ends
with a great sequencing mood à la Thief. It's very good and by far the
most powerful track on this short EP. "Sun Castle" and "The Hand of
Bosch" were written by Robert Waters. It's the very first time that my
ears meet the music and I got to say that I was pretty charmed by "Sun
Castle" which starts with a synth which widens its warm breeze towards
a fine tempo slightly cadenced. It's a pleasant melody sits on a good
layout of sequences and percussions which encircle a synth more
romantic than dramatic on a structure which is a crossing between
Jerome Froese and Tangerine Dream. "The Hand of Bosch" is a title
which tends a little more towards a New Age style with its notes of
guitar filled by a Celtic charm on a delicate structure of silk. It's
little as if Mike Oldfield met Vangelis. We looked forward to listen
to some new material from Johannes Schmoelling and we are not
disappointed with "On my Way" which rests on a rather dramatic
introduction, but where is flowing a very nice melody which is on
horseback between Wuivend Riet and Instant City and which will widen
its harmonies up until Time and Tide.
Loom is the meeting of the beast, the poet and the centaur. If it's
less obvious on 100 001, which is a tepid but musically nice
invitation to discover this trio, the performance on Scored spits out
this apologue. As for this first EP, it shows some beautiful
possibilities for a hard, powerful and very harmonious EM where the
wild rhythms of the Tangerine Dream's rock years tangle the melodic
times of Schmoelling. Perspectives of days and of E-music that is
maybe at the diapason of our waits! I think among others of
"Modulation Agents" and "Crystal Red", two new titles on Scored
composed by Froese/Schmoelling and Froese/Waters. And, as it is often
the case with the works of Froese junior, it's in a limited edition of
500 copies which are, I believe, already gone.
Sylvain Lupari - gutsofdarkness.com & synth&sequences.com

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