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Hello all.

First a special concert announcement from my dear colleague Remy.
Upcoming ambient event at the Vishal in Haarlem, with concerts by
Premonition Factory (BE) and REMY!
Friday, December 14th, 16:00-19:00. Entrance: free to decide!
The Vishal is located in front of the Great Church / Grote of
St.Bavokerk, at the Grote Markt / centre of Haarlem.
About 10 minutes walking from Haarlem Centraal train station.
De Appelaar and De Kamp are car parkings near the venue.
https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/470030126382364/

We had a run through our shelves and we found some nice out of print CD's.
Some Edition MAGAZINE compilations CD's, and some nice out of print releases.
So if you need to complete some collections check out the what new page.

The Alpha Wave Movement rerun is on its way to us.
But it also has a brand new album in the parcel.
Limited to only 50 copies we got our hands on a few of those.
Alpha Wave Movement - EXILED PARTICLES (cdr) 18025.
If you mist the latest info on this and want to complete your collection
check out the
<http://www.groove.nl/index2.html>http://www.groove.nl/index2.html page.

* 2012 WINTERSALE 2012 *
Our annual Winter sale starts of today and we have fine CD's at a great price.
Check in the DECREASED PRICES section the coming weeks,
This week great deals on a lot of fine CD's from Din, Margen, Project,
Spotted Pecari, SMD and GNR.
With some being slashed to half price. 50% off!!
Or click here: http://www.groove.nl/index3.html
We have new additions each week!!
The Winter sale ends on December 31st or as long as stock last.

* GROOVE 2012 WINTERSALE 2012 GROOVE *
But special deals on Groove unlimited Titles to.
All releases from 1991 to 2010 are now with a 25% discount.
So all titles until the GR-176 for a great price!!
Here you can check the list.
http://www.groove.nl/index2.html
All Cds released in 2011 and 2012 are with 10% discount!!
The catalog numbers are GR-177 to GR - 196 !!

Dreamscape Radio show 215 is on-line.
Dreamscape Radio has music this week from the following artists:
Syndromeda, Rudz, Noryani, Holroyd, e.a.
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.
http://www.groove.nl/index2.html
The link brings you to the what's new page!

Brian Eno - Lux (cd)
Fish on Friday - Airborn (cd)
Fish on Friday - Shoot the Moon (cd)
Graham Getty - Dyad Sessions (cdr)
Graham Getty - Dyad live in concert (cdr)
Graham Getty - Lattice (cdr)
Graham Getty - Sound of the Cloud (cdr)
NORYANI - Southeast 225 (cd)
Craig Padilla & Zero Ohms - When the Earth is far Away (cd)
Przemyslaw Rudz - Pain/tings (cd)
Syndromeda - Time Will Never Be The Same (cdr)

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These products have a special December price!.
Further in this newsletter are more details.
http://www.groove.nl/index2.html
The link brings you to the what's new page!
We have some very nice deals for December.
Check in the DECREASED PRICES section the coming weeks,
this week great deals on a lot of fine CD's from Din and GNR.
With some being slashed to half price. 50% off!!

Aairria - Urbanisation (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
Aquavoice - Cold (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
Arc - Fracture (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
Ian Boddy - Elemental (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
Ian Boddy & Robert Rich - Lithosphere (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
Ian Boddy & Robert Rich - React (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
Ivo - Concerto in epsilon (cd) $6.99 , £5.25 , €5.90 <-- LAST COPIES!
Konrad Kucz - Litania (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
Konrad Kucz - Railroad paths (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
NORYANI - Northeast 117 (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
Odyssey - Music For Subway - Symphony For Analogues (2-cd) $16.25 ,
£11.99 , €13.90
Odyssey - Syntharsis (2-cd) $13.75 , £10.25 , €11.90
Odyssey & Remote Spaces - Ypsilon project (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
Parallel Worlds - Obsessive Surrealism (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
Przemyslaw Rudz - Cerulean Legacy (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
Przemyslaw Rudz - Self-replicating intelligent spawn (cd) $11.49 ,
£8.49 , €9.90
Vanderson - Visions (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
Yarek - Noc na zamku (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
Yarek - Organix (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
Tomasz Zawadzinski - Follow me (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
Tomasz Zawadzinski - Saved as (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
Tomasz Zawadzinski - Sounds like pictures (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
Dom F. Scab - Crosswords (cd) $12.75 , £9.49 , €10.90
Dom F. Scab - Necessary fears (ltd. edition) (cd) $12.75 , £9.49 , €10.90
Dom F. Scab - Twelve stories (cd) $12.75 , £9.49 , €10.90
Conrad Schnitzler - Contakt (cd) $16.25 , £11.99 , €13.90
Sam Vitoulis - April 4th 1984 (cd) $12.75 , £9.49 , €10.90
Sam Vitoulis & Sergio Koval - Leonard (cd) $12.75 , £9.49 , €10.90
Erik Wollo - Silver beach (cd) $12.75 , £9.49 , €10.90
Zinkl - Dance music for insects (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90

- - - - - CONCERT INFORMATION - - - - -

Upcoming ambient event at the Vishal in Haarlem, with concerts by
Premonition Factory (BE) and REMY!
Friday, December 14th, 16:00-19:00. Entrance: free to decide!
The Vishal is located in front of the Great Church / Grote of
St.Bavokerk, at the Grote Markt / centre of Haarlem.
About 10 minutes walking from Haarlem Centraal train station.
De Appelaar and De Kamp are car parkings near the venue.
https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/470030126382364/

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30.12.2012 - 20:00 Uhr
Planetariumskonzert mit Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock und David Wright Ort:
Planetarium Bochum, Castroper Straße 67, 44791 Bochum
Eintritt: € 25,00; ermäßigt € 22,00
„Hello 2013"
Info: www.planetarium-bochum.de
Anmeldung: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Tel.: 0234-51606-0

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BK&S live in Repelen:
Jan. 12th: BK&S electronic music pure
doors open at 19:30; concert starts at 20:00
tickets pre-sale 18,-, at the box-office 20,-
Jan.13th: BK&S feat. Thomas Kagermann, Raughi Ebert and Eva Kagermann.
doors open at 16:30; concert starts at 17:00
tickets pre-sale 18,-, at the box-office 20,-
combined ticket for both concerts 35,-
send the right amount of money with a note about how many tickets and for
which concert date to:
Detlef Keller
Sparkasse am Niederrhein
Kontonummer: 1234041588
BLZ: 354 500 00
tickets will be ready at the boxoffice at the desired concert date.

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GROOVE UNLIMITED DOWNLOADS
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5. MorPheusz - Garden Gnomes and Goblins (FLAC)
6. Steve Smith and the Tylas Cyndrome - Phoenix Arising (FLAC)
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5: Fish on Friday - Shoot the Moon (cd)
6: Thought Guild - Continuum (cd)
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JUKEBOX
The new jukebox contains 54 titles.
To listen: click on the JUKEBOX button on www.groove.nl

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*(back) in stock *
Alpha Wave Movement - BEYOND SILENCE (cdr) 54504
2005. Kinetic sequencer passages, percussion and synth solos.
$ 17.75 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=54504

*new in stock *
Alpha Wave Movement - COSMOLOGY (cd) gr-096
2003. More rhythmic than usual.
Out of print (rare).
$ 17.75 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-096

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Alpha Wave Movement - EXILED PARTICLES (cdr) 18025
2012. Music recorded from 1997 to 2005 that never found an enlightened
path to a actual physical release. Most of the compositions can be
compared to early trance electronica. Limited to 50 copies!!.
$ 18.99 / UKP 13.75 / EURO 15.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=18025

*(back) in stock *
Alpha Wave Movement - MYRIAD STARS (cdr) 70087
2011.
$ 17.75 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=70087

*(back) in stock *
Alpha Wave Movement - REGIONS BETWEEN (cdr) 13353
2007. Unreleased tracks 2001-2006.
$ 17.75 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=13353

*(back) in stock *
Alpha Wave Movement - SONIQ VARIANTS (cdr) 80378
2011. Ambient music composed on and inspired by Ensoniq synths.
$ 17.75 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=80378

*(back) in stock *
Alpha Wave Movement - TERRA (cdr) 79961
2008. Subtle soundscapes in natural landscapes.
Contains 1 bonus track.
$ 17.75 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=79961

*(back) in stock *
Alpha Wave Movement - TRANSCENDENCE (cdr) 16900
1998/2006. New artwork.
Remastered.
Contains 2 bonus tracks.
$ 17.75 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=16900

*(back) in stock *
Alpha Wave Movement & Cole, Jim - BISLAMA (cd) 76771
2001. AWM music with drone voices.
$ 17.75 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=76771

*(back) in stock *
Bognermayr & Zuschrader - ERDENKLANG SINFONIE (cd) 23790
1982. Blue Chip Orchestra guys with their Fairlight A wonderfull classic!!.
Out of print (rare).
$ 20.25 / UKP 14.49 / EURO 16.90
We have only ONE copy!
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=23790

*review added *
Boots, Ron - SIGNS IN THE SAND (cd) gr-196
Dedicated to Klaus Schulze one of Ron Boots his biggest musical
influences.A big part of this music was played in the ST.Bavo church
in May 2012..
$ 16.49 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-196

*review added *
Emmens, Gert & Cadenced Haven - MYSTIC DAWN (cd) gr-194
2012. A wonderfull journey by Gert and Cadenced, 2 fine musical
characters meet in the mystical Dawn of music..
$ 16.49 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-194

*new entry / new in stock *
Eno, Brian - LUX (cd) 17832
2012. CD IN GATEFOLD SLEEVE W/4X120X120MM PRINTS.
$ 18.99 / UKP 13.75 / EURO 15.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=17832

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Fish on Friday - AIRBORN (cd) 82795
2012. frank vanbogaerd says hi with this fantastic 2nd release of his
band Fish on Friday. No EM but wonderful Symphonic sonfgs in the style
of Allan Parsons and Pinkfloyd, It brings a smile on my face..
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.49 / EURO 14.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=82795

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Fish on Friday - SHOOT THE MOON (cd) 29629
2011. Fish on Friday is the progrock group of Frank Vanbogaert
together with William Beckers and many guest musicians. It is not the
traditional EM but the music is unmistakable Frank..
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.49 / EURO 14.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=29629

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Getty, Graham - DYAD LIVE IN CONCERT (cdr) 52053
2012. Berlin School in the Style of TD in the middle 70's. Graham
Getty and Matthew Stringer made under the name Purge this great album
that is from their live performance!.
$ 15.99 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 13.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=52053

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Getty, Graham - DYAD SESSIONS (cdr) 72095
2012. Berlin School in the Style of TD in the middle 70's. Graham
Getty and Matthew Stringer made under the name Purge this great album..
$ 15.99 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 13.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=72095

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Getty, Graham - LATTICE (cdr) 25040
2012. Berlin School in the Style of TD in the middle 70's..
$ 15.99 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 13.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=25040

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Getty, Graham - SOUND OF THE CLOUD (cdr) 89950
2012. Berlin School in the Style of TD in the middle 70's..
$ 15.99 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 13.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=89950

*new in stock *
Jolliffe, Steve - EARTH (cdr) 87378
2012. The very first solo music by Steve!! Lots of analog Synths and
his wonder ful Flute. It did stand the test of time. Linited hand
signed copies..
$ 16.49 / UKP 11.99 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=87378

*new entry / new in stock *
NORYANI - SOUTHEAST 225 (cd) 25325
2012. It's the second time that the Noryani project releases its
compositions. it is a unique combination of traditional electronica,
melodious chill-out.Southeast 225 reminds me of a photo-album full of
mysterious postcards..
$ 15.99 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 13.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=25325

*(back) in stock *
Orbital - SNIVILISATION (cd) 44340
1994. Great album! Ambient and experimental.
$ 6.99 / UKP 5.25 / EURO 5.90
We have only ONE copy, so first come = first go!
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=44340

*(back) in stock *
Orbital - WORK 1989-2002 (cd) 81548
2002. Incl. single and original versions plus 2 previously unreleased tracks.
$ 6.99 / UKP 5.25 / EURO 5.90
We have only ONE copy!
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=81548

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Padilla, Craig & Zero Ohms - WHEN THE EARTH IS FAR AWAY (cd) 39898
2012. Wonderful soft ambient soundscapes that unfold through wonderful
sounds that will fill the room that you are listening..
$ 16.49 / UKP 11.99 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=39898

*review added *
Pillion - HALCYON (cd) gr-195
2012. Halcyon is a love story from the Greek Mythology, based on a
transcript by Plato of a dialogue between Socrates & Chaerephon.
Guitars, drums and complex sequences engage in a fascinating aural experience..
$ 16.49 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-195

*new in stock *
Projekt Gamma - TOLLERANZINE (cdr) 49557
2012. Projekt Gamma + Erich Schauder make for this brand new release.
Both have been away to long from the limelight of EM. Now they are
back with a great new release.
Contains 1 bonus track.
$ 16.49 / UKP 11.99 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=49557

*new entry / new in stock *
Rudz, Przemyslaw - PAIN/TINGS (cd) 79255
2012. Meanwhile there is no need to introduce Przemystaw Rudz to the
sequential electronica lovers. Pain/tings is yet another one splendid
production..
$ 15.99 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 13.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=79255

*track listing and cover added *
Schnauss, Ulrich - A LONG WAY TO FALL (cd) 61082
2013.
Release date: Jan 18 2013
$ 25.99 / UKP 18.75 / EURO 21.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=61082

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Syndromeda - TIME WILL NEVER BE THE SAME (cdr) 77436
2011. Inspired by the Icyworld of the north. Reminds me of Mirage by
Klaus Schulze, Sequencing at its best..
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.49 / EURO 14.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=77436

*new in stock *
Tangerine Dream - BOOTLEG BOX SET VOL.1 (cd) 52095
2012. = 5 CONCERT - 7 CD CLAMSHELL BOXED SET = Sheffield 1974 + London
1975 + Croydon 1975 + Bilbao 1976 + Berlin 1976.
Japan import.
Remastered.
$ 71.25 / UKP 51.25 / EURO 59.95
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=52095

*released *
Tangerine Dream - LIVE AT BÉLA BARTÓK NATIONAL CONCERT HALL (dvd-PAL) 50505
2012. The Budapest concert was the opener for Tangerine Dreams
Electric MandarineTour on 10th April 2012. Here you´ll have the chance
to buy the DVD including a full colour 12 page booklet with great pics..
$ 23.75 / UKP 17.25 / EURO 20
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=50505

*(back) in stock *
Thought Guild - CONTINUUM (cd) 15407
2005. On vintage "real" analog synths.
$ 17.75 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=15407

*(back) in stock *
V/A - E-DITION CD 09 (cd) gr4009
2005. Only one copy!!.
$ 14.25 / UKP 10.25 / EURO 11.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr4009

*(back) in stock *
V/A - E-DITION CD 10 (cd) gr4010
2005. Only one copy!!.
$ 14.25 / UKP 10.25 / EURO 11.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr4010

*(back) in stock *
V/A - E-DITION CD 11 (cd) gr4011
2006. Only 1 copy!!.
$ 14.25 / UKP 10.25 / EURO 11.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr4011

*(back) in stock *
V/A - E-DITION CD 12 (cd) gr4012
2006. Only one copy.
$ 14.25 / UKP 10.25 / EURO 11.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr4012

*(back) in stock *
V/A - E-DITION CD 13 (cd) gr4013
2006. Only one copy.
$ 14.25 / UKP 10.25 / EURO 11.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr4013

*(back) in stock *
V/A - E-DITION CD 15 (cd) gr4015
2006. Only one copy!!.
$ 14.25 / UKP 10.25 / EURO 11.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr4015

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16076 - Ramp - Astral Disaster (CD)

Chthonian choruses breathing in the vestiges of a fallen society,
heavy reverberations floating as a smell of death on ambivalent
rhythms and devilish pulsations of machinery moulding some indistinct
paces; such are the sound elements that decorate the mephistophelic
universe of [' ramp]. Recorded in concert at the Bochum Planetarium,
"Astral Disaster" continues on the stride undertaken by Stephen
Parsick with his powerful Steel and Steam and Return; two albums which
appear in my 2011's Top 10. Well sit behind his range of synths and
analog electronic equipments, the German synthesist weaves the main
lines of a black Mass which makes shiver and moan the most unbelieving
of ears, so much that's powerful, so much that's ... powerful!
"Flatten Them!" starts this [' ramp] live performance by a distant
dying wind which divides its decline in order to free a series of
pantings which swirl like some oblong apocalyptic lassoes. "Forever
Returning" plunges us straight away into the somber and theatrical
luciferian universe of Stephen Parsick. This track (stemming from
Return) is a slow non-rhythmic procession painted by dark waves and
breezes of satanic machineries which float in a darkness of which the
opacity is slightly perturbed by a chain of bright hoops which stream
over a flood of souls mooing reverberating sighs. These hoops ululate
of a contrasting transparency while the breaths of machines continue
their slow hammerings up until the heavy pulsations of "Blast". And
quietly a rhythm settles down. A rhythm, as heavy as slow, with heavy
resonant pulsations that have difficulty in getting rid of the hold of
the chthonian choirs. A line of sequences appears, making swirl its
chords which flutter with fright wh ile that the heavy pulsations
increase the pace, pushing "Blast" towards an intense unsteady gait. A
bewitching mephistophelic melody is clearing a harmonic way between
these two convoluted movements of which the paradoxes will sow a
superb cacophony, as harmonious as rhythmic, that will drive us to the
temples of "Rather Far Out" and of its fallen angels who cling to
timeless lanes. Flickering sequences are emerging a little after two
minutes, drawing crisscrossed loops which flutter in the depths of
some loud infernal mooing. This shaky irrational rhythm swirls with
fury in a distraught spiral from where are escaping the bits of an
abstract melody which separates the rhythm of the non- rhythm in a
strange ballet for gnomes to the wings of fireflies. "Halo Inductor"
spreads its fragile rhythm with fine keys which dance on the ashes of
"Rather Far Out". Delicate, this rhythm remains uncertain. It makes
its sequences of black glasses skip on a field of ochred mist where
angelic choir s sigh out of tune all over this setting of electronic
cataclysm. Swirling in a harmonious carousel, propelled by spasms of
discreet machinery, "Halo Inductor" waltzes with the nobility of its
oniric blackness. No kicks. Just a delicate rhythm which flutters on
the spot, encircled by a chain of keys which sparkle in a parallel
universe where the stupefying seraphic choruses lead it to its last
beating in a serene finale to make dream the most of the rebel souls.
Quieter, the 2nd half of "Astral Disaster" (Doomsday Is Family Time)
is a long suite of dark breaths, oscillating waves and electronic
tones drawn from the cavern of the VCS-3 and in wires of Mellotron as
black as musical. It's a return in time when the floating and
psychedelicosmic ambiences collect in their tones some rangy
ectoplasmic lamentations, resuscitating recollections of Pink Floyd on
Echoes and Ummagumma as well as the first experimental works of
Tangerine Dream on Zeit and Atem. Thus "The Nameless is the Origin"
and "Oscillator Planet" are moving forward as spectres crossing the
deserts of Doomstown up until the powerful "Astral Disaster" (from the
album Return) which spreads its slow vampiric veils on this very dark
and ambient portion of this concert under the stars of the Bochum
planetarium. As heavy and booming than "Blast", "Jericho" concludes
this last opus of ['ramp] with a characteristic approach of the slow
but powerful rhythms which mark out Stephen Parsic k's works. Halfway
between the aphrodisiac heavinesses of Redshift and the staggering
rhythms of Arc, "Jericho" strikes hard the neighbouring walls with
dazzling resounding heavinesses in which the echoes are wrapped up by
choruses to hybrid singings and Mellotron mists before bursting of all
its power in a stormy finale. Ears won't hold the time in
headphones...but one ask for more.
Arc, Redshift and ['ramp] are the standard bearers of a genre that few
dare to approach so much the risks of losing the listener in boredom
are immense. Except that one gets bored at all, from it. "Astral
Disaster" is an electronic feast where Stephen Parsick's passion for
the art transcends the heart of his influences. It's a powerful album
among which every detail and every line are carefully declutter then
replaced in an impressive collage of structures which breathes the
beauty of its mephistophelic magnetism. It's a bewitching work.
Extremely bewitching, where the rhythms and ambiences are melting into
a splendid electronic symphony sculptured in DoomHell's coat of arms.
To add to the collection of Debris, Steel and Steam and Return …and
hurry up, it's available in a limited edition of 300 numbered copies.
Sylvain Lupari gutsofdarkness.com & synth&sequences.com

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12860 - Parallel Worlds and Dave Bessell - Morphogenic (CD)

Well, well... a brand-new album by Bakis Sirros aka Parallel Worlds
and Dave Bessell. And Dave Bessell is of course none other than a
member of legendary electronic duo Node. Together, they have sculpted
a complex world full of synth flashes, effect-laden shadows and warm
waves of pads by utilizing an arsenal of classic but timeless analogue
machines and some software. If the names Oberheim, Serge, Buchla,
Macbeth say something for you, then you're seem to know a thing or two
about synthesizers and consequently, you're in for a real treat here.
This is already clear from the first notes of the opener - the
9-minute "Oblivion". Dark synths and gritty, distorted guitar sounds
invite you to take a walk through a bleak, haunted landscape. Complex
rhythms are the order of the day, as Bakis and Dave serve a tasty
plate of soft, glitchy pulsations that serve as the basis for a warm
but mysterious bed of pads. An atmospheric section follows that giv es
way for a dramatic conclusion where the rhythms return but the melodic
content is the real focus this time. "Above the Snow" if anything, is
even more dramatic and hymnal. The melodic content of this track is
great, not to mention the excellent programming of sounds. "Disorder"
begins with quite a chaotic and glitchy soundscape before settling
into a sort of a groove with a fat bass synth that doesn't last long
anyway. A new, piano-based rhythmic section follows, with all diverse
elements of this track actually coming together to form a strangely
cohesive and compelling whole. On the other hand, "Inwards" has a
strange type of sequence running which is decorated by all kinds of
sounds and effects. Deep stuff. "Denormal" begins with a droning
soundscape and a feeling of creeping menace. This would make a perfect
soundtrack to a horror movie. Indeed, a shadow of John Carpenter
floats around as the terrific bass synth sequence takes over. The
track is imbued with a sense of mystery and dread and there's an
excellent distorted guitar sound that just adds a touch of industrial
grittiness. "Corruption" has a very glitchy intro. However, in the
already familiar mode, the track develops with rhythms, sounds and
subdued melodies. Once again there's that gritty industrial guitar
sound and the general atmosphere of menace and dread. "Heterodyne",
surprisingly, has a Dark Ambient style intro, complete with low
synths, resonating bells and background choirs. I found it to be the
best moment of the disc so far. However, soon a rhythm starts and some
melodies are added, all composed in a masterful and tasty manner. Ed
Buller from Node plays Modular Moog on this track but it's hard to
tell what sounds were actually played by him. However, this is a great
track and possibly the highlight of the entire album. And... wow! I
was afraid that the album would become too one-dimensional in mood,
but no. The closing track, the 6-minute "Submerge" is surprisingly
uplifting. It's sti ll imbued with a sense of drama and nostalgia, but
nothing that sounds like an endless walk through dark corridors
anymore. An absolute winner! "Morphogenic" is, without a doubt, a
quality release that sounds more like a Parallel Worlds album than a
Node one. If you love nice analogue sounds and great EM compositions
with a darker twist, be sure to check out "Morphogenic". Best tracks:
"Heterodyne" and "Submerge".
NAME: Artemi Pugachov

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