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Dear readers.

E-LIVE 2012 October 27th NEWS!!
I am proud to announce that the main act for E-Live 2012 will be none
other then!! Bernd Kistenmacher.
It has been over 10 Years that Bernd played in The Netherlands
and I am sure that many are looking forward to his performance.
Together with Ruud Heij and Gert Emmens who will play as second act
it will be a day to remember.
And upstairs we have a special collective under the name AKS.
More info on the whole E-Live 2012 day will be available soon on the Website.
So set your timer to October 27th 2012!! Where ?
In the Enck of coarse. Sales will start on July 1st.

And for the fans of special events on the Internet, here is a treat!!
Gütersloh Polyphony VIII. (by Bernhard Wöstheinrich)
In the summer time usually there is a break in the concert series.
This season rather is dedicated to all kinds of outdoor activities.
The Gütersloh Polyphony does not really make a break though.
We will go on with our series, every first Sunday of the month an
exclusively live event on air.
Sunday, June 3, 2012, 20:00 (UTC+2h)
They present a recording of the fourteenth installment of Bill Fox'
Soundscapes Concert Series with Bernhard Wöstheinrich
(Oct. 2 2011, Nazareth, PA).
Here and there in between the organizers and the host of the show,
Uwe Brameier, will have a chat about the idea, the aim and everything
that happens around of the Gütersloh Polyphony (in german).
Please tune in at http://welle303.com/

Dreamscape radio this week with:
TMA & Alien Nature, Bertrand LOREAU, Odyssey, Robert Rich e.a.
Dreamscape Radio show 190 is now on-line.

Shipping prices have soared the last years outside of Europe because
of weight and how big a package is.
BUT!!! we have a special shipping service for people outside of Europe.
If you decide to ship the CD's without there Jewel cases
(mind that this can't be done with digipacks and other packaging!!)
we are able to ship 10 CDs unpacked from their jewel cases for $ 23.00.
This is for Registered and Insured shipping.
If you decide to ship them just Priority then we are able to ship 6
CDs for $ 10.00.

Thanks for your time!!
E-News is made by Ron Boots.
Thanks to all who contribute news.

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Dirk Nusink aka Tranzit has a special Youtube channel.
He invites you to watch his creations.
So click and enjoy his music.


- - - - NEW PRODUCTS - - - -

These products are NEW in our catalog.
Further in this newsletter are more details.
Divine Matrix - Atmospheric Variations (cd)
Jerome Froese - Cases of Recurrence (cd)
Neu! - Gronland (cd) <-- ONE COPY!
Odyssey - Music For Subway - Symphony For Analogues (2-cd)
Mike Oldfield & others - Journey into Space (cd)
Projekt Gamma - Time Machine (cdr)
Conrad Schnitzler - 00/830 Endtime (cd)
John Sherwood - Atmosphere Longform (2-cdr)
John Sherwood - Beyond Andromeda (2-cdr)
John Sherwood - Mystical Time Machine Vol 2 (2-cdr)
V/A - Manikin Records Second Decade 2002-2012 (digipak) (2-cd)
Vanderson - Synthetic Breath (cd)

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These products are decreased in price.
Further in this newsletter are more details.
Alpha Wave Movement - A distant signal (cdr) $16.25 , £11.99 , €13.90
Jon Anderson - Olias of sunhillow (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
G.E.N.E. - Best part 1 (cdr) $16.25 , £11.99 , €13.90
Lisa Gerrard - Mirror pool (extra cardboard sleeve) (cd) $12.75 ,
£9.49 , €10.90
Lightwave - Bleue comme une orange (digipak) (cd) $18.49 , £13.75 , €15.90
Mind-Flux - Source & destination (cdr) $17.25 , £12.75 , €14.90
Mind over Matter - Live in concert at Lünen (dvd-PAL) $16.25 , £11.99 , €13.90
Mythos - Strange guys (cd) $16.25 , £11.99 , €13.90
Robert Rich - Gaudi (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
Robert Rich - Propagation (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
Robert Rich - Seven veils (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
Steve Roach - Dream circle (cd) $14.99 , £11.25 , €12.90
Steve Roach - Light fantastic (cd) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
Steve Roach & Metcalf & Seelig - Nada terma (cd) $17.25 , £12.75 , €14.90
Roedelius - Snapshot/Sidesteps (cd) $14.99 , £11.25 , €12.90
Jonn Serrie - Stargazer's journey (cd) $17.25 , £12.75 , €14.90
Software - Spring visions (cdr) $16.25 , £11.99 , €13.90
Spyra - Excerpts 1 (ltd. edition) (cd) $19.75 , £14.49 , €16.90
Russell Storey - A light years journey (cdr) $14.99 , £11.25 , €12.90
Russell Storey - Aquamorphesis (cdr) $14.99 , £11.25 , €12.90
Russell Storey - Dreams and visions (cdr) $14.99 , £11.25 , €12.90
Russell Storey - Earthstar (cdr) $14.99 , £11.25 , €12.90
Russell Storey - Hallucinating (cdr) $14.99 , £11.25 , €12.90
Russell Storey - Mariner (cdr) $14.99 , £11.25 , €12.90
Tangerine Dream - Live in America 1992 (dvd-NTSC) $11.49 , £8.49 , €9.90
Erik Wollo - Guitar nova (cd) $13.75 , £10.25 , €11.90

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After 12 years Manuel Göttsching & his band AshRa are performing in Berlin!
Manuel Göttsching , Harald Grosskopf and Steve Baltes look forward to
see you on June 8, 2012 at 8 PM at the ufa Fabrik!
For more information in German see here:
for infos in English check out here: http://www.ufafabrik.de/en/index.php.
As Manuel's concert at the transmediale on February 4, 2012 was sold
out, don't hesitate and order now! Tickets are available for the prise
of 20 €, reduced for 16 €.
Ticket infos:
- Berlin public can purchase tickets directly in the ufaFarik and the
relevant pre-sale locations.
- Nationwide, tickets can be purchased by bank transfer with subsequent post.
- International guests can make a reservation by phone or mail,
tickets are available at the venue on concert night.
phone: +4930755030 mail: 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


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)

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


The new jukebox contains 80 titles.
To listen: click on the JUKEBOX button on www.groove.nl

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1: V/A - Manikin Records Second Decade 2002-2012 (2-cd)
2: Robert Schroeder - New frequencies vol.2 (cd)
3: Klaus Schulze - La vie electronique 11 (3-cd)
4: Bernd Kistenmacher - Antimatter (cd)
5: Wladek - Poisoners of consciousness (cdr)
6: Przemyslaw Rudz - Unexplored Secrets of REM Sleep (cd)
7: Free System Projekt & Gert Emmens - Legacy (cd)
8: Suzanne Ciani - Lixiviation (cd)
9: Klaus Schulze - Ballett 1 (cd)
10: Klaus Schulze - Are you sequenced? (2-cd)

1: VoLt - Circuits (cd)
2: Gert Emmens - An Artist's Stroke (cd)
3: Picture Palace music - Indulge the Passion (cd)
4: Lamp - Three Towers (cd)
5: Nattefrost & Matzumi - From Distant times (cd)
6: Ron Boots - Ante Oculos (cd)
7: Ron Boots - La caída de hormigón (cd)
8: Ron Boots - From the forgotten rooms of a lonely house (cd)
9: Ron Boots - Detachment of worldly affairs (cd)
10: Rene Splinter - Singularities (cd)

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Additions and changes from May 12 2012 till June 1 2012

*new in stock *
Banks, Tony - FUGITIVE (cd) 17443
2012. The Fugitive is quite a surprise. Tony Banks the Keyboarder of
Genesis!! Great Synthesizer music. With vocals of Tony!.
$ 10.49 / UKP 7.75 / EURO 8.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=17443

*review added *
Ciani, Suzanne - LIXIVIATION (cd) 88435
1997. An intriguing and historically significant retrospective of
unreleased material from electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani,
Lixiviation a fascinating compilation from one of electronic musics
earliest innovators.
$ 20.25 / UKP 14.99 / EURO 17.50
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=88435

*review added *
Der Laborant - KONTAKT (cdr) 59490
2012. Excellent solo cd by Gert Wienekamp.
$ 16.75 / UKP 12.49 / EURO 14.50
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=59490

*price added/changed *
Deyen von, Adelbert - ATMOSPHERE (cdr) 80517
1993. Style: Ashra, early Schulze, Berlin School.
$ 18.99 / UKP 14.25 / EURO 16.40
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=80517

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Divine Matrix - ATMOSPHERIC VARIATIONS (cd) 28215
2012. Easily the best album so far from Steve Barnes,who is honing his
talents asDivine Matrix, Atmospheric Variations presents a drifting,
gently rhythmic programmed sequences giving a pleasing Tangerine Dream feel..
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=28215

*release date added/changed *
Emmens, Gert - TALE OF THE WARLOCK (cd) gr-135
2006. Sequences and aggressive solos.
Out of print (rare).
Release date: August 2012
$ 15.99 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-135

*review added *
Fratoroler - REFLECTIONS (cdr) 45952
2010. Inspired by Schonwalder, and performed with a Schrittmacher,
Memotron and more.
$ 16.75 / UKP 12.49 / EURO 14.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=45952

*new in stock *
Froese, Edgar - VIRGIN YEARS 1974-1983 (4-cd) 43644
2012. releases on Virgin in one easy release..
$ 22.99 / UKP 16.99 / EURO 19.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=43644

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Froese, Jerome - CASES OF RECURRENCE (cd) 79664
Release date: June 8th 2012
$ 20.75 / UKP 15.49 / EURO 17.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=79664

*track listing and cover added *
Froese, Jerome - FAR SIDE OF THE FACE (cd) 45315
2012. After the release of Loom Scored in 2012, Jerome Froese has now
completed his third studio album Far Side of the Face. The release is
around 62 minutes long featuring additions from Johannes Schmoelling..
Release date: June 8th 2012
$ 21.99 / UKP 16.25 / EURO 18.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=45315

*review added *
Grassow, Mathias - ALCHEMYSTERY (2-cd) 54620
2012. Quiet ambience with atmospherics.
$ 22.99 / UKP 16.99 / EURO 19.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=54620

*new in stock *
Mac of Bionight - FROM OUTER PLANETS VOL. 2 (cdr) 38215
2012. Classic electronic music.
$ 14.99 / UKP 11.25 / EURO 12.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=38215

*new in stock *
Moon and Melody - OVERTURE (cd) 23455
2012. In the Style of Schulze and Lisa Gerrard Moon and Melody are
Spyra + Roksana.
$ 13.75 / UKP 10.25 / EURO 11.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=23455

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Neu! - GRONLAND (cd) 44456
1975/2011. This is rightly regarded as an all time essential krautrock
classic, all the riffs and rhythms are great. in this new remastered
official edition it sounds as relevant today as when it first appeared
in 1972..
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
We have only ONE copy, so don't order too late!
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=44456

*(back) in stock *
Neu! - NEU! 75 (cd) 20146
1975/2011. Ambient but also rock oriented music from Michael Rother,
Thomas and Klaus Dinger.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
We have only ONE copy, so first come = first go!
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=20146

*new entry / new in stock *
A Journey through the subways of the world, great sequencing and warm
analogue sound bring us to the magic of the world under our town. Take
this travel and dive into musical world of ODYSSEY.
$ 19.75 / UKP 14.49 / EURO 16.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=61913

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Oldfield, Mike & others - JOURNEY INTO SPACE (cd) 25686
2012. The Brothers Oldfiel (Terry and Mike) on a brand new musical journey..
Release date: Sep 24 2012
$ 21.99 / UKP 16.25 / EURO 18.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=25686

*new in stock *
Padilla, Craig - HEART OF THE SOUL (cd) 41474
2012. Heart Of The Soul is a blend of gentle piano melodies, pulsing
analog sequences and the classic synth explorations that have come to
define Craig Padilla's releases over the past fifteen years..
$ 16.25 / UKP 11.99 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=41474

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Projekt Gamma - TIME MACHINE (cdr) 20703
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.
$ 16.25 / UKP 11.99 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=20703

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Schnitzler, Conrad - 00/830 ENDTIME (cd) 85819
2012. The last album of Conrad Schnitzler, one of the grandfathers of
German Electronic music..
$ 22.99 / UKP 16.99 / EURO 19.80
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=85819

*track listing and cover added *
Schroeder, Robert - NEW FREQUENCIES VOL.2 (cd) 59049
2012. An extreme work, very diverse, sophisticated synthesizer and
sequencer arrangements and overall an exceptional quality in
composition and production sound - a non-prescription antidepressants.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.80
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=59049

*new in stock *
Schulze, Klaus - LA VIE ELECTRONIQUE 11 (3-cd) 37263
2012. .. VOL.11.
$ 24.25 / UKP 17.99 / EURO 21
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=37263

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Sherwood, John - ATMOSPHERE LONGFORM (2-cdr) 23677
2012. Space music at its finest.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=23677

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Sherwood, John - BEYOND ANDROMEDA (2-cdr) 74752
2012. Space music at its finest.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=74752

*new in stock *
Sherwood, John - DARKLIGHT VOL.3 (2-cdr) 63030
2011. Dark moody pieces, nice for the late evenings!!.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=63030

*new in stock *
Sherwood, John - DARKNESS IS FALLING (2-cdr) 49664
2012. Dark moody pieces, nice for the late evenings!!.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=49664

*new in stock *
Sherwood, John - MARK ROTHKO (3-cdr) 26928
2012. 3 Long dark pieces inspired by Mark Rothko.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=26928

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Sherwood, John - MYSTICAL TIME MACHINE VOL 2 (2-cdr) 47218
2010. Mystical sound scapes.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=47218

*new in stock *
Sherwood, John - REPORT ON PROBABILITY A (3-cdr) 21415
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=21415

*new in stock *
Sherwood, John - RITUAL VOL. 2 LONGFORM AMBIENT (2-cdr) 27514
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=27514

*new in stock *
Sherwood, John - TIME VOL.2 (2-cdr) 21474
2011. Wunderful slow pieces with some additional Sequencing!!.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=21474

*review added *
Specht, Frank - SEBASTIAN IM TRAUM (cdr) 30992
2000/2008. 1/2 of Rainbow Serpent goes solo.
$ 16.75 / UKP 12.49 / EURO 14.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=30992

*new in stock *
Tangerine Dream - LE PARC (REMASTERED) (cd) 11190
$ 18.49 / UKP 13.75 / EURO 15.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=11190

*new in stock *
Tangerine Dream - LIVEMILES (REMASTERED) (cd) 78621
$ 18.49 / UKP 13.75 / EURO 15.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=78621

*new in stock *
Tangerine Dream - LONDON EYE CONCERT (BLUERAY) (blueray) 11472
$ 25.49 / UKP 18.99 / EURO 22
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=11472

*review added *
Tangerine Dream - MACHU PICCHU (cd) 61662
2012. A new limited Cupdisc edition..
Limited edition.
$ 14.49 / UKP 10.75 / EURO 12.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=61662

*new in stock *
Tangerine Dream - PERGAMON (REMASTERED) (cd) 17436
$ 17.99 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 15.40
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=17436

*new in stock *
Tangerine Dream - VIRGIN YEARS: 1974-1983 (5-cd) 66629
2012. The Virgin years release in Remastered form!.
$ 22.99 / UKP 16.99 / EURO 19.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=66629

*review added *
Timman, Johan - TRIP INTO THE BODY (cd) gr-132
1981/2006. A *classic* album with lots of Moog sounds and vocoder voices.
Contains 1 bonus track.
$ 18.25 / UKP 13.49 / EURO 15.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-132

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
V/A - MANIKIN RECORDS SECOND DECADE 2002-2012 (2-cd) 14752
2012. Superb compilation of new material by the Manikin men!! If you
don't know them this is the time to get into the Manikin feel..
$ 25.49 / UKP 18.99 / EURO 22
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=14752

*track listing and cover added *
Van der Graaf Generator - VITAL LIVE (2CD) (2-cd) 64265
2005. From the most extreme live band in the world the most extreme
live album This album was recorded at The Marquee on the 16th January 1978.
$ 21.99 / UKP 16.25 / EURO 18.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=64265

*new entry / new in stock *
Vanderson - SYNTHETIC BREATH (cd) 28771
2012. Vanderson managed to mix all the most important ingredients in
his own way, thus creating an enthralling album that can really be enjoyed..
$ 14.99 / UKP 11.25 / EURO 12.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=28771

*review added *
Void - AVOIDANCE (cd) 44507
2011. Great new album by Void, after so many years back into the
limelight. In the style of Jarre and Tangerine Dream.
$ 15.99 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=44507

*review added *
Volt - CIRCUITS (cd) gr-192
2012. A brand new release by VoLt, we waited long for this but it was
worth the wait, absolutly brilliant!!.
$ 15.99 / UKP 11.75 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-192

*new in stock *
$ 19.75 / UKP 14.49 / EURO 16.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=25392

*new in stock *
Yanni - LIVE AT EL MORRO PUERTO (2-cd) 43778
2012. .. PUERTO RICO // CD + DVD.
$ 21.99 / UKP 16.25 / EURO 18.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=43778

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Wouden, Rene van der - Zeppelins! There they go (78958)

This is an excellent album!! Very uplifting and oldschool Berlin
School electronics referring to the German artists of the EM-genre. I
think René van der Wouden is one of the most convincing EM-artists
today. While he is definitely inspired by the old school sound, he
also has his own unique style. This album may be compared with the
excellent track on the Dutch Masters album. Just like Groove announces
it in their selling list: A great (new) album by René van der Wouden.
This is electronic music from the Netherlands like we are used to and
expect. It seems like that the Dutch artists are leading in electronic
music today and René is certainly no exception.
Antonio Lombardo

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Orchard, Steve - Undersail (76572)

It's in the vestiges from the Titanic and the profound sadness which
ensues of its heart-rending stories that Steve Orchard has weaved the
main lines of his 2nd opus on AD Music and its New Age division. After
a first album more acoustic than electronics (Riverboat) Steve Orchard
wraps the melodies which decorate Undersail with sound effects which
place the work in its murderous element as well as of a beautiful
electronic envelope with synth lines filled by tears of mist. Violine
lines and breaths of flutes which rock and take away the silky rhythms
and the gloomy melodies, drawn in the strings of a dreamy acoustic
guitar and the notes of a pensive piano, towards inner lands. There
where souvenirs get merge into stories.
It's all softly that "In Titanic's Wake" introduces us to the universe
so melancholic as poetics of Undersail. Steve Orchard lays a purely
meditative melody which floats in our ears with the delicacy of its
poignant fluty breeze which weaves its lament in the strings of a soft
melancholic guitar. Dreamy and nostalgic "In Titanic's Wake" is part
of these melodies molded in a profound sadness that envelopes of
violin transport in a veil of tears. I think of the very delicate "For
Those Lost At Sea", the poignant and moving "Sleeping in Steerage" as
well as to "Midnight Ocean" and its piano notes which sing a lullaby
on ocean streams and in the strings of weeping violins. But there is
not only sadness and desolation in this Steve Orchard's posthumous
work. Even if we feel a profound melancholy behind Undersail certain
titles in revive the bitterness with more lively rhythms, as in "Ghost
Ships", "Strange Cargo" and "Navigating by the Stars" where the very
melodious approaches are s tood firm on tempos with Mediterranean
flavor. "God Speed" is more languorous and offers a slightly jazzy
structure abundantly coated of captivating foggy veiled, quite as on
"Starboard Out" which is a very beautiful and lively melody with an
Irish soul and "Full Astern" which seems to be taken out of Mike
Oldfield's Celtic territories. Among all these small pearls of
serenity which flow all along the route of Undersail, we cannot
ignored "Dead Calm" which possesses the poetic beauty of the beautiful
ballads of Undersail while having a classic touch of the old England
lands, but with a sharply more progressive approach, while "Port Home"
and its mortuary march fed by poignant violins shaped in the sighs of
melancholy ends this other sweet album of meditative music signed
Steve Orchard.
Far from the bastions of a progressive and sequenced EM, Steve Orchard
navigates comfortably in his poetic universe. Under sail is a beautiful
opus filled of a serene tranquillity where the English guitarist
exploits marvelously the art of the melancholic melody in a rich
dramatic pattern. In fact it's a musical tale played with the same
elegance as the best storytellers of poems on this tragedy of which
the emotional variances are aptly returned on this Steve Orchard's
very melodic opus.
Sylvain Lupari - gutsofdarkness.com & synth&sequences.com

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Adrian, Rudy - Moonwater (33616)

New Zealander Rudy Adrian, the master of deeply tranquil, heartwarming
soundscapes, has released "MoonWater" as his 10th album (including his
co-works with Nick Prosser and Ron Boots) and debut release for US
label Lotuspike back in 2006. The opening title piece, "MoonWater",
unfolds with enormously relaxing natural sounds (cicadas, ocean
waves...) and synth washes masterly enhanced by fragile tinkling
bells. Intensely evocative nocturnal journey just begun!!! Follows
first part of "MidnightFantasyAngel", leaded by a warmly inviting
intimate piano, with highly visualizing drones, which are again nicely
enriched by shimmeringly swirling bells. Magnificently nostalgic
masterpiece and the first highlight proving the bravura of its
sculptor!!! "Summer Fields" with serenely spreading washes are as much
soothing as your wanderings through these brightly beautiful and
relaxing places. Second part of "MidnightFantasyAngel", the longest
composition clocking over 12 and half minutes, moves into deeper,
slightly more colossal drone terrains revealing all kinds of
fascinating images. Rainy sounds and expressive flute, bell and shaker
magics guide "Ancestral Legacy" into mysteriously grandiose primordial
realms. "The Legend Of Kristy Lynn" keeps on wonderfully evocative
route with deeply droning walls nicely interacting and harmonizing
with flickering passages. A composition presenting Rudy Adrian at the
very top of his craft!!! The next composition, "Under Orion", is
sculpted with celestial washes and crystalline field recordings of
ocean waves, another highly immersing tranquilizer!!! "Three Views Of
A Japanese Garden, Part 2" is a live version, which has a quite close
connection to "MidnightFantasyAngel" composition. Nocturnal drones
navigate it into absolutely magnificent domains, which are highlighted
by Rudy's wordless vocals, it's like exploring another new instrument
skillfully matching the overall context. The use of voc als is quite
rare in this genre, but Rudy's vocal performance left me immediately
breathless. This is a stunningly thrilling and magical listening
experience, bravissimo, Rudy!!! More please!!! Part three of "Three
Views Of A Japanese Garden", again a live version, closes this
amazingly dreamy journey with all the grace and tranquility. Aural
peacefulness of "MoonWater" is precisely portrayed by splendid cover
images created by Jeff Kowal/Terra Ambient. With "MoonWater" Rudy
Adrian has definitely entered into my Ambient Hall Of Fame!!!
Richard Gürtler (May 26, 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Padilla, Craig, Zero Ohms & Murphy, Skip - Beyond the portal (61865)

Here is a superb morphic album. An opus of a great nocturnal calmness
which gets tasted with all the cosmic sublimity which leaves from each
furrow, each bits. First collaboration between Craig Padilla, Richard
Roberts (Zero Ohms) and Skip Murphy, Beyond the Portal breathes of a
strange quietude where the customs of a hybrid world, either aquatic
or extraterrestrial, vibrate under our dumbfound ears.
Divided into 3 parts the opus opens with a hot wind which sweeps the
waves of an absent sea. A soft Mellotron pad is filtering choirs which
seem to be striped of mischievousness in an abyssal world that piano
keys manage to make nostalgic. "Realm of the Spirit" is a call to
calm. To serenity with its soft winds which transport us beyond the
borders of an abstract world. A world of water and stars, where our
imagination flays our cerebral with a sound adornment amazingly rich
for a title with a complete absence of movement. The energy coming
from inside. The final part of this 2 tracks movement is of an amazing
sensitivity with Zero Ohms' Windsynth and the flutes which transport a
tribal world of an unknown origin with subtle sequences waves which
die out under a soft shimmering pad. "Akasha (Oceans of the Heavens)"
is dignitary of its naming. The movement begins with fine hopping
sequences, calling the jingling of the waves of an oceanic world. It's
a great track which reminds m e of the musical poetry that we find in
Michael Stearns' wonderful M'Ocean, an album to get. By closing our
eyes, and without main imaginative efforts, we see the blackness
folded back on water, with as night light the moon and the secrecies
of an underwater world virgin of the excavations and of the human
traces which it protects. It's a superb music piece with a synth fed
of slow oscillations, but sharp recriminations, which lulls itself in
a world that even the imagination did not profaned yet and which
progresses on a light seizing crescendo.
Soft incantations of forlorn mermaids pave the way among the dark
naval reverberations of "Beyond the Portal"; a long title which makes
a strange connection between the oceanic abyssal zone and a cosmos as
dark as the ocean depth. This slow movement develops like a prayer
without borders, at the dawn of the hybrid world. Synths intertwined
in an abstract fusion, as if the unreal could be expressed at the tips
of flutes and synth oxygen. A bit livelier, the second part (Active
Side of Infinity) brings the first sequenced stammering with
crystallized passages which wind around heavy dark layers to dramatic
arrangements. It's a little as if the water and space amalgamated in a
strange oblong waltz with imperfect twists. The movements is getting
more alive through some fuzzy synth layers which guide us towards the
last part of "Beyond the Portal" and its soft sequence which
tambourine on a finely synthesized movement, like in the universe of
Roach. It's a movement on a docile cresce ndo which wriggles beneath
the echoes of an evolutionary sound world which won't become more
explosive in order to preserve its passive brittleness.
Though mainly ambient, Beyond the Portal is an album of a sound
richness which wants to be the equivalence of the musical depth of the
Padilla, Zero Ohms and Murphy trio. It's an album which borrows the
paths of American pioneers such as Steve Roach, Michael Stearns and
even Craig Padilla which accompanies with wonder the nights and dreams
of a deep nebulosity where water resources in cosmos. Fans of ambient,
floating music and of sound relaxation, this opus is impossible to circumvent.
Sylvain Lupari - gutsofdarkness.com & synth&sequences.com


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