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Hello all.

Alpha Wave Movement is doing a small rerun on many of his titles.
We have ordered all that we could get so if you want to complete
your collection check out the http://www.groove.nl/index2.html page.

Also check the concert section, some fine concerts are planned the
coming weeks, specially in Germany!!

We have also added all new Graham Getty albums.
Some great new titles here in full Berlin school style!!

Special attention to the group "Fish on Friday" the new band of
Frank Vanbogaert. It is no EM in the traditional sense of the word.
But the music is in the vein of Allan Parsons and pink Floyd.
I love both albums and there is surly some great synthwork to be heard here.
I have added them to our catalog because I know many of you
also like this kind of music. And now the fans of Frank can complete
their collection.

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!!

And we extend the promotion on our download site.
Use the text ENews817
and you get a 10% discount on any download.
You can find our download shop here.
https://shop.groove.nl/
All titles have a MP3 and FLAC variation to download.
And all 2012 releases are also available!!

Dreamscape Radio show 214 is on-line.
Dreamscape Radio has music this week from the following artists:
Krel, Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Helpling & Jenkins, 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)
O'Callaghan - City of Light (cd)
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!

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

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09.12.2012 - 10:30 Uhr
Eric van der Heijden live beim EM Breakfast!
Begleitet von seinem Vetter Harold und seinem Freund Thommie Betzler
wird der...niederländische Romantiker Eric van der Heijden die
Besucher am 2. Advent mit seiner Musik verzaubern.
Inklusiv einem reichhaltigen Frühstücksbüffet kostet die Veranstaltung 20 €i.
Alle Kartenvorbestellungen nur über: www.schallwen.de
Fur diejenigen die dahin kommen gibt es ein 20% erabat auf vorbestellungen :-)
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Friday, December 14th, 16:00-19:00
Upcoming ambient event at the Vishal in Haarlem, with concerts by
Premonition Factory (BE) and REMY!
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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Sa. 12.01.2013 bis So. 13.01.2013
Neujahrskonzert Ort: Repelener Dorfkirche, An der Linde, 47445 Moers
mit: Bas Broekhuis, Detlef Keller, Mario Schönwälder
Weitere Informationen auf der schallwende Newsseite.
Info: www.manikin.de, www.bks-em.eu, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,
http://www.hotel-zur-linde.de/index2.php
Anmeldung: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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GROOVE UNLIMITED DOWNLOADS
1. Ron Boots - Signs in the Sand (FLAC)
2. MorPheusz - Garden Gnomes and Goblins (MP3)
3. Eric van der Heijden - Da Capo (FLAC)
4. Pillion - Halcyon (MP3)
5. MorPheusz - Garden Gnomes and Goblins (FLAC)
6. Steve Smith and the Tylas Cyndrome - Phoenix Arising (FLAC)
7. Pillion - Halcyon (FLAC)
8. Gert Emmens & Cadenced Haven - Mystic Dawn (FLAC)
9. Ron Boots - Signs in the Sand (MP3)
10. Ron Boots - Ante Oculos (MP3)

NON-GROOVE UNLIMITED LABEL
1: Przemyslaw Rudz - Pain/tings (cd)
2: Graham Getty - Sound of the Cloud (cdr)
3: Neuronium - Exosomnia (cd)
4: Javi Canovas - Psychedelic Voyage (cdr)
5: NORYANI - Southeast 225 (cd)
6: Graham Getty - Lattice (cdr)
7: Steve Jolliffe - Time Machine (cdr)
8: Steve Jolliffe - Earth (cdr)
9: Klaus Schulze - La vie electronique 04 (3-cd)
10: Tangerine Dream - Kyoto (232614) (cd)

GROOVE UNLIMITED LABEL
1: Ron Boots - Signs in the Sand (cd)
2: Pillion - Halcyon (cd)
3: Picture Palace music - Indulge the Passion (cd)
4: Rene Splinter - Singularities (cd)
5: Ron Boots - Ante Oculos (cd)
6: Steve Smith and the Tylas Cyndrome - Phoenix Arising (cd)
7: Ron Boots - La caída de hormigón (cd)
8: Gert Emmens - Metamorphosis (cd)
9: MorPheusz - Days of delirium & nocturnal nightmares (cd)
10: Cadenced Haven - Peregrination (cd)

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JUKEBOX
The new jukebox contains 10 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.
$ 17.25 / 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).
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-096

*(back) in stock *
Alpha Wave Movement - MYRIAD STARS (cdr) 70087
2011.
$ 17.25 / 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.
$ 17.25 / 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.
$ 17.25 / 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.
$ 17.25 / 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.
$ 17.25 / 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.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=76771

*new in stock *
Boddy, Ian - SUPERNATURAL (cd) 82323
2012. Library music. Tense and edgy ambient sound design and
atmospheres Haunting, horrifying and eerie atmospheres..
$ 18.49 / UKP 13.75 / EURO 15.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=82323

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Eno, Brian - LUX (cd) 17832
2012. CD IN GATEFOLD SLEEVE W/4X120X120MM PRINTS.
$ 18.49 / 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..
$ 16.75 / 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..
$ 16.75 / 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!.
$ 15.75 / 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..
$ 15.75 / 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..
$ 15.75 / 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..
$ 15.75 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 13.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=89950

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Jamie H. O'Callaghan - CITY OF LIGHT (cd) 44620
2012. Warm electronic compositions from Eindhoven. In the style of
Vangelis and J.M.Jarre.
$ 16.25 / UKP 11.99 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=44620

*new in stock *
Kitaro - LET MOTHER EARTH SPEAK (cd) 20142
2012. World-renowned Native American activist Dennis Banks and Grammy®
winner artist Kitaro collaborate for a message of peace on this spoken
word album..
$ 21.99 / UKP 16.25 / EURO 18.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=20142

*new in stock *
Lawler, Paul - TIBETAN JOURNEY (cd) 22903
2011. Tibetan Journey is a musical voyage through the culture and
natural wondersof Tibet, known as 'The Rooftop of the World'. Paul has
created music that reflects the vibrancy of the Tibetan people..
$ 16.25 / UKP 11.99 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=22903

*review added *
Loreau, Bertrand - JOURNEY THROUGH THE PAST (cd) 28393
2012. Wonderful album by this French musician..
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=28393

*review added *
Mythos - GALLERY CONCERTS (cd) 57520
2009. Nonstop recorded directly from main mixer OVERSTOCK PRICE REDUCTION.
$ 16.25 / UKP 11.99 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=57520

*new in stock *
Neuronium - EXOSOMNIA (cd) 57795
2012. A very spacy sequence driven album by master musician Michel Huygen.
$ 19.25 / UKP 14.25 / EURO 16.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=57795

*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..
$ 15.75 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 13.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=25325

*track listing and cover added *
Oldfield, Mike - LIVE IN GERMANY 1980 (DVD) (dvd) 88621
2012. NTSC/ALL REGIONS // LIVE DORTMUND, DECEMBER 20TH, 1980.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=88621

*track listing added/changed *
Oldfield, Mike & others - JOURNEY INTO SPACE (cd) 25686
2012. The Brothers Oldfiel (Terry and Mike) on a brand new musical journey..
$ 21.99 / UKP 16.25 / EURO 18.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=25686

*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..
$ 16.25 / UKP 11.99 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=39898

*review added *
Papen, Rob - DAYDREAMER (cd) 37976
2004. Typical Peru music and sounds.
$ 18.49 / UKP 13.75 / EURO 15.99
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=37976

*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..
$ 15.99 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-195

*review added *
Rich, Robert - NEST (cd) 37443
Brand new album by Robert Rich.
$ 17.99 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 15.40
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=37443

*review added *
Roach, Steve - DAY OUT OF TIME (10TH ANN. EDITION) (cd + video) 34918
2012. Elegantly repackaged with a special value-added DVD: Steve
Lazur's film Time of the Earth. power of the desert has been a core
inspiration of Steveand this release presents the zenith of that period..
$ 18.49 / UKP 13.75 / EURO 15.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=34918

*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..
$ 15.75 / 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
$ 25.49 / UKP 18.75 / EURO 21.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=61082

*track listing added/changed *
Schulze, Klaus - LA VIE ELECTRONIQUE 01 (3-cd) 61161
2009. Originally part of the Ultimate Edition.
Remastered.
Digipak
$ 24.99 / UKP 18.49 / EURO 21.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=61161

*new in stock *
Schulze, Klaus - LA VIE ELECTRONIQUE 12 (3-cd) 21137
2012. .. VOL.12.
Remastered.
Digipak
$ 24.25 / UKP 17.99 / EURO 20.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=21137

*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..
$ 16.75 / UKP 12.49 / EURO 14.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=77436

*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..
$ 23.25 / 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.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=15407

*new in stock *
V/A - AFTER MIDNIGHT (cd) 12661
2012. The 100 th release of AD Music is a unique gem with lots of
great music on it by the cream of the crop from AD Music..
$ 16.25 / UKP 11.99 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=12661

*review added *
Wright, David - CONNECTED (cd) 38027
A wonderful new release by David Wright..
$ 16.25 / UKP 11.99 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=38027

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Elkinson. Ken - Midnight conversation (72019)

This debut recording by Ken Elkinson is quiet, intimate, and deeply
personal. His gentle, graceful touch never becomes cloying or cliched,
and his use of changing rhythms within a piece keeps the songs fresh
and interesting with repeated listenings. Although the mood of the CD
stays soothing and restful all the way through, most of the pieces are
distinctive and individual. All have a smooth easy flow, but there are
darker passages and minor chord changes to give the album a broader
musical palette of colors. I really like the lightness and elegance of
Waves, Hope, and Waiting, and then the contrasting darker chords of
Dancing Eyes. Midnight Conversation has a sweet poignance as well as a
gentle urgency. The more solid, blocked chords in Words Never Spoken
and the closing cut, A New Day give them a very classical feel wrapped
around the tender I Watch Her Sleep.
I look forward to hearing more from Ken Elkinson in the future!
2012. Mainly Piano

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Mooch - In search of the acid metal grille (Original) (56279)

Only a few seconds in to the piece and a sequence can already be
heard. Ever mutating and moving in and out of the mix it acts as the
main focus of attention whilst all manner of synth washes and effects
come and go. A guitar can be heard from time to time, adding a rather
special texture to proceedings, not sounding a million miles away from
how the guitar was used on TD's 'Electronic Meditation'. The sequence
really never stays still, neither do the psychedelic background effects.
This album will be liked by followers of the Ozrics and Hawkwind as
well as the more adventurous fans of retro and those who like weird
spaced out madness. Who needs iffy substances when you have music like
this? The tapestry of sounds created by synths, guitar and sequences
never stay still for a moment. As we move into the second half of this
trip the sequence becomes weirder and weirder, almost forming into a
wall of sound. Acoustic, almost tribal, rhythms introduce the second
track 'In Search of Homo Sapiens Psychedelicus'. All manner of
analogue sounds, cosmic warbles and other worldly effects mingle with
the rhythm as we are taken on yet another bloody weird journey. A very
hypnotic effect is created making me think that this track would be
ideal for those late night mental wanderings. 'Acid Drenched Symphony'
also uses a repeated rhythm to provide a structure to all the madness
that is going on around it but this time the rhythm is electronic. The
guitar also re-emerges but for the most part just forms part of the
underlying sonic gloop. Sequences bubble to the surface at the five
minute mark, hang around for a few minutes then as the guitar becomes
more prominent fade away again only to return later. The final track,
the only one under nineteen minutes in length, is also the most laid
back with no rhythm and only the most delicate use of sequences, still
bloody strange though.
To sum up, wild, very wild in fact, not conforming to any style that
has gone before and certainly weird but if you want a completely new
experience (man) then buy this. Personally I loved it but some will
wonder what the hell is going on.
(DL)

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Ramp - Astral Disaster (16076 )

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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