[Groove] E-News 1225 23th January 2021
 
Hello All.

The Schallwelle Award Nominierungen / Nominees 2020 are known now.
Here they are in alphabetical order. And thanks for all who voted!!
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Bester Künstler / Best Artist
National/International
Christopher van Deylen
Electric Mud
Stefan Erbe
Tangerine Dream
Thorsten Quaeschning
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Bestes Album / Best Album
National/International
Michael Rother - Dreaming
Ron Boots & Synth NL - Borkhavn
Stefan Erbe - Nachtlichter
Thorsten Quaeschning - The Capitol Session
Tigerforest (Gunnar Spardel) - Discovery
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Entdeckung / Discovery
Däcker (Peter Dekker) (NL)
Madis (PL)
Skoulaman (Hans van Kroonenburg) (NL)
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Der eigene Weg / Your own way
Adeptus Mechanicus (Gerrit Johannes Vos)
Rudi Melchert
Skoulaman (Hans van Kroonenburg) (NL)
ToXyGeNeDK (Torben Friedrich)
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Sonderpreis für das Lebenswerk /
Lifetime Achievement Award
Michael Rother
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The final rankings and lists will be announced at the online award ceremony.
https://schallwelle-preis.de/?page_id=2771&fbclid=IwAR29ml1mZHqdkUPIKpVX_bkWA1gGZk3YuQDaiVBLsWxydVpb5CewmayIYa0
 

BorkHavn Nominated for Schallwelle Best Album of 2020!‍

Hi,

I have some exiting news that I wanted to share with you. The BorkHavn album I released together with Ron Boot is nominated for the Schallwelle Preis best album of the year 2020. We are in the top five which is pretty nice of course. People could vote on their favorite album on their website so I'm very honored that you chose our album. Thank you very much! Now a jury will decide I guess. Normally there is an award ceremony in Germany but because of Corona it will be done online now. You can read more about the award and the other nominees on this website: https://schallwelle-preis.de/. And in case you didn't know. My albums 'OceanoGraphy' and 'Apollo' did win this album of the year award in the past. So be sure to check them out if you haven't heard them. So fingers crossed :)

That is all for now. I hope to bring you more news in a while.

Michel, Synth.NL

And if you want to check out Michels page which full also of Synhtesizer info check it out here. https://www.synth.nl/

 
 
NEW CD'S AND INFO
These products are NEW in our catalog.
Further in this newsletter are more details.

Hyperkube - Remnants (ltd. edition, digipak) (cd)
Music for Installations - STAMP & DELIVER (ltd. edition, digipak) (cd)
Onstruricheit - Live at the PostX (ltd. edition, digipak) (cd)
Parallel Worlds and Dave Bessell - Phosphenes (digipak) (cd)
Resonant Lines - QUANTUM CALL (ltd. edition, digipak) (cd)
Rhea - Close to moving ice (ltd. edition, digipak) (cd)
Ron Boots - When it gets dark (cd)

NOW INSTOCK

Alhedion - KOSMISCHE SPUREN EINES LEBENS (cd) 66266
Arcanum - DAS LABYRINTH (cd) 87442
Ashra - @SHRA (cd) 32410
Kosmos, Patrick - LUCID DREAMS (cd) 25143
Specht, Frank - SEBASTIAN IM TRAUM (cd) 49730
Tangerine Dream - GOBLIN'S CLUB (CMACD566) (cd) 19318
Tangerine Dream - GREAT WALL OF CHINA (cd) 28901
Wittek, Robert - DIFFERENT 9 (cd) 18227
QUAESCHNING, THORSTEN - BALLHAUS & AUTOKINO SESSIONS
Hyperkube - Remnants (ltd. edition, digipak) (cd)
Music for Installations - STAMP & DELIVER (ltd. edition, digipak) (cd)
Onstruricheit - Live at the PostX (ltd. edition, digipak) (cd)
Resonant Lines - QUANTUM CALL (ltd. edition, digipak) (cd)
Rhea - Close to moving ice (ltd. edition, digipak) (cd)
Ron Boots - When it gets Dark.
Mario Schonwalder & Rothe - Filter-kaffee 101 (cardboard sleeve) (cd)
Fang, Forrest - BOOK OF WANDERERS
Fox, Robert - HOUSE OF CHIMES
Metcalf, Byron - PRECIPICE OF CHOICE
V/A - SCHALLPLATTE 23 – PHANTASTISCHE KLANGWELTEN


Thanks for your time.

Ron Boots
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REVIEWS
 

gr-130 - JOHAN TIMMAN - Trip Into The Body

In 1981 the world of electronic music (and beyond) was enriched with an album by the “big synthman from Holland”, Johan Timman. This experienced musician, composer and sound engineer (he collaborated with Bolland and Bolland on the quite symphonic record The Domino Theory, among others) created a record that described a musical journey through the human body, a “Trip Into The Body”. Timman did that with all the beauty that synthesizer manufacturer Moog could supply him, some devices were specially built for him by Moog. The record brought a fresh new take on synthesizer music: accessible, melodic, symphonic and very well played and constructed. The album received several positive reviews when it came out. If you ever want to buy a record that can guide you through the best features Moog instruments have to offer (except perhaps the MemoryMoog which didn't exist then), this is the one to have. Every track on the record tells a little story about a specific part of the body. A good example of what Timman is capable of is The Heart which has a nice melody and gives a very positive feeling. The same goes for tracks like The Blood Cells And The Antibodies (Look Out For The Killer), The Lungs and Hearing (Ocean Of Sound). Pieces that show that Timman had developed his own sound. Trip Into The Body did really well when it came out and it put Timman on the electronic music map (and beyond). Perhaps the sound in 2006 sounds a bit dated, but that does not spoil the fun. Unfortunately, there is no sequel yet (but there is hope), so we should cherish this (second) release on CD, a mastering by Ron Boots. This version has a bonus track, The Heart (Still Beating) live in the US.

©2006, Paul Rijkens - Dutch progressive rockmagazine iO Pages.

 
43885 - Axess - ZEN

Seashore marked a new stage for Axel Stupplich by directing his music towards chill ambiences, what is called in the language of contemporary EM ambient. A melodious ambience that makes us dance softly, our heads in the clouds. ZEN follows in the footsteps of this album, but with a clear trend for Berlin School. A back to basics, like in the First Light to Time Traveler years, for this friendly German musician who also likes to share his esoteric vibrations with Pyramid Peak.

This new EDM adventure from Axess begins in the dreamlike sweets of the Cosmos. Prelude tinkles its musical prisms and offers an introduction which respects the genre with synth waves, all of lyrical silk conceived, where these first chords sparkle as lost as these stars far from our eyes but so close to our imagination. This sweet introduction is welded in a cluster of sound waves which plays tricks by imagining the chirping of sparrows which become sonorous graffit i which have crossed all the decades of EM. Everything is calm in the kingdom of Prelude, whose mute pulses of bass tones articulate slow waltz movements imagined in the darkness of the Cosmos where these drops of pearls still flow imitating the eternal electronic chirping from the dreams of Klaus Schulze. Elastique follows with an equally ambient opening, but with percussive elements running like Rattus Norvegicus all around our ears. The rhythm imposes its stature quite early on with good pulsations while the melody breathes through its 3 suspended chords and of which the bluish hues resonate as much as the pulsations. Breaths of vuvuzela pass over our ears as the strobe carcass refurbishes piece by piece, the semi-techno vision prevails with creative dance ornaments in a vision of Intelligent Electronic Music (IDM). The 3 melodic chords resisted this mini dance music storm while the rhythmic core has never stopped storing relevant elements to replenish its base in order to offer a good EDM title. Resonance Part 1 & 2 does not need 30 seconds to impose its presence. If the multiple percussive elements charm our hearing, it is nothing compared to this bass line creeping for a good cosmic groove. A short melody wanders on a lonely piano behind a curtain of sounds quivering of nervousness. These fuzz-wah-wah effects from the Disco years help structure this morphic Techno which plunges into a sleepy phase after 5 minutes. We float with the music and we start moving again to the sounds of wood percussions and this bass with circadian effects in a second phase slower but still propelled by the nervousness of its ornaments directed by a delicious stroboscopic movement.

The title-track is the jewel of ZEN! Three chords bouncing or pulsing in an ambient pool is the recipe for these wonderful phases which intersect across the horizons of ZEN. It's the same principle on Zen which shows patience and slowness before laying down between our ears a beautiful soft EM wh ich accompanies us behind closed eyes by the nobility of floating with these ambient hymns of a dreamlike sweetness. Resonance effects and fluty chants are added as the percussions adjust the beat in a slow morphic mode. The transition of percussion during the ethereal phase to that of lunar rhythm is breathtaking of its conceptual authenticity. And what about these layers of floating voices on a rhythm where we waltz glued and glued between the stars? A superb down-tempo! Point!! We went to the middle of this album to hear the electric piano from Shut your Eyes. Another morphic down-tempo with a sensitivity that eats away at our emotions, the track evolves between the slow tempo of Zen and an EDM rhythm not badly more in shape to dance softly. The percussions and these electronic whips, which punish the ambiences of ZEN, are more present and come out better on this title whose dramatic outbursts stigmatize our memories in a very precise place. We are in the emotional core of the a l bum with Salvation which is another sad melody hummed by these choirs hidden in the interstices of the synths. This second pure gem on ZEN takes advantage of beautiful percussions with the effects of hazy gas to add as much mystery as sorrow in a very beautiful title whose second half is clearly in mode to make the so much emotional people to bawl! Meditation gets rid of its openness of white noises and psybient moods to roar on a tense bass line for electronic rhythm. Only the organic croaks persist and embellish a structure always well served by good ideas at the percussion level, the music remains at a passive level with the stroboscopic structure of the bass line, creating two rhythmic visions well divided by a keyboard with chords always so nebulous. And if we were in the uncertainty regarding the rhythmic direction of Meditation, I Keep Walking is not ambiguous by exploding for pure techno after two minutes of vaporous atmospheres. Axess takes us to the lands of IDM in a neur o tic structure that embraces the same mold of Moonbooter's unbridled and jerky rhythms, even including those machine voices with ethereal timbres à la Enigma.

Without false notes, this 8th solo album from Axess follows the roads of Seashore with a mix of EDM and Berlin School à la Software in a more romantic, more ethereal Dance-Music vision. Produced and distributed on the new Axess-Music label, ZEN is offered both in manufactured CD and in downloadable format, the same goes for the next Pyramid Peak. The 8 tracks form a mosaic of 70 continuous minutes with a more ambient phase which remains as lively as ever thanks to an excellent vision in terms of percussions and percussive elements which range from Jean-Michel Jarre to Stefan Erbe, without forgetting these melodic and rhythmic sequences à la Pyramid Peak. In short, this is good Axess as we like it ...as we want it!

Sylvain Lupari (November 18th, 2020)

 
 
33720 - Pyramid Peak - Symmetry

An aggressive wave comes to me in both ears to flatten out in a structure that wipes the multiple leaps of a sequencer in mode for a bouncing rhythm with a certain nervousness in the flow. A flow which will later be linear and the host of arpeggios scintillating with harmonies. Meanwhile, a voice in a vocoder initiates a countdown so that percussions come to beat this rather sober opening. The synth trumpets like an elephant in a spasmodic structure with these percussions which constantly turn upside down the ambiences woven by a keyboard with limpid and melodious arpeggios. Countdown puts the brakes on in an industrial bellowing around the 6th minute. We go back to square one since it sounds strangely like the opening. The arpeggios continue to float, while a layer of wooshh imposes a cosmic presence of a short length, cause 30 seconds later the rhythm is reborn with a line of sequences which frolic under the eager eye of a layer of bass. T h e solos resume their Pyramid Peak identity, announcing another countdown which will also have the mission of further bludgeoning this rhythm which this time borrows a lento movement with cosmic arrangements that make us dream of angels. Even if the rhythm is strong and catchy like a lunar down-tempo painted with these superb solos with a unique signature to the Peak. Finally, I talk to you about the new Pyramid Peak album which became a duet on SYMMETRY. Finally, because I wanted to be sure that my writings reflect my state of mind. I, who am a fan of this group, had to take a step back from Zen and Selected Pieces (1999 - 2009) which made me dive back into the fabulous universe of Axess. It was time needed! And it's already a 10th album for the group initially composed of Andreas Morsch and Axel Stupplich. I remember that each album used to hide a gem that encouraged its full discovery. That is not the case here! Constantly playing on the philosophy of symmetry, the German duo pro j ects long structures, like on the Roots album, with a musical synchronism linked to repetitive structures where synths and percussions must inject genius to hang us, not without difficulty, to structures that we can guess in advance. But there comes a point where the Peak takes our pants off with something we had lost in our ears listening to symmetrical music.

But before, an elastic woowoo line unravels its reverberations in the opening of Transformation. From then on, an impressive tonal fauna makes its diversity heard under the breezes of a prismatic synth. At times we think we are in the water while at other times we are in the forest around a campfire or drifting in the cosmos. It's a little before the 3rd minute that the sequencer sculpts a line, as harmonic as rhythmic, which still welcomes the good moans of a synth whose unique timbre can only charm. Percussive effects start to rush in a stationary movement which gradually turns into an electronic rock exhilarating for our f ingers, tapping what passes under them, and the neurons. The solos are beautiful and keep that fine spectral appearance as we enter an ambient phase around the 10th minute. A phase of more or less two minutes built on the precepts of its opening. The rhythm returns with nervous sequences which clash and collide in a static vision of bass pulsations and a 70's funk disco effect in a phase a bit between rock and EDM with fluty solos. This track is the perfect example of what we will be hooked on later after 3 or 4 listenings. Symmetry - Transfer - Constellation is the jewel of SYMMETRY.

A tender piano softens us in these ambiences where the mist solidifies on a cloud of violins flowing like a romance. A line of low sequences refuses to be moved by this cinematographic opening with a skipping flow nervously and to which will be added a line of percussive elements. The piano still trailing in the background, Symmetry offers a rhythm drifting in cosmos with an earworm fixed in the ea rdrums and where the solos have that tenderness usual to Axel Stupplich. The rhythm is good and sustained while making a first and long transition on the impulses of an organic bass and subsequently a line of chthonic voices. Then, the duo Morsch & Stupplich makes us taste the scents of their influences with bouquets of Poland in the synthesizers. The pace is pretty much in the same mold that introduced this long epic 25-minute track, except the moods have taken a 45-degree turn with those strong TD scents filling our ears. A phone rings around the 13th minute. We go to the Transfer period with a car ride that will lead our friend to an oasis filled with twittering birds flirting with sunny nature. Layers in astral colors lift the moods to make them as ethereal as the piano which screws a New Age melody into our ears. A skipping rhythm with tones of freezing water begins to ring, as to flow in the decoration of the piano. We forget this piano, but it's still so beautiful. We're wai t ing for an explosion somewhere. A line of bass sequences is added to the feverishness of the rhythmic cradle, as well as solemn percussions which roll before abandoning themselves without a crash. But the beat picks up a bit more passion in our ears at the same time as an organic hopping adds to the intrigue. The piano comes back to haunt us with a beautiful harmonious proposal that raises even more passion in a very intense final in terms of emotions.

A very good title that has reconnected me with SYMMETRY after the 3rd listening. And it was about time! Compared to other Pyramid Peak albums, there are too many vocals here. Like in Dimension X which goes from a good EDM segment, including the speaking voices, to a weird rhythmic twist around an explosion of thunders between the 5 and 6 minutes in order to propose a structure resembling a long coitus without conclusion and which ends in the same natural crash. This interlude puts down a static rhythmic structure conducive to binding tinkling chords without there being any harmonic contact. The last part of Dimension X fixes it all up with some good electronic rock, thanks to the addition of percussion and a more passionate keyboard here than in the last 5 minutes. There is a lot of emotion and intensity in these last 4 minutes which also succeeds in reconnecting me with SYMMETRY. Yes, we have to work hard, but in the end you will find that it is very good Pyramid Peak which requires just a little more love and a few more plays than the other albums of this group already legendary in contemporary EM.

Sylvain Lupari (December 17th, 2020) 
 
CD - Additions and changes from January 10 2021 till January 16 2021

*(back) in stock *
Alhedion - KOSMISCHE SPUREN EINES LEBENS (cd) 66266
2001. 6 tracks. Soundscapes and sequences.
$ 17.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.90
These are the LAST copies!!
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=66266

*(back) in stock *
Arcanum - DAS LABYRINTH (cd) 87442
2000. Deep dark pulsations and guitar chords.
$ 17.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.90
These are the LAST copies!!
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=87442

*(back) in stock *
Ashra - @SHRA (cd) 32410 (2nd hand)
1998. Original on Think Progessive. 4 tracks from Osaka, Japan Only a few copies.
Out of print (rare).
$ 21.25 / UKP 14.99 / EURO 16.90
These are the LAST copies!!
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=32410

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Boots, Ron - WHEN IT GETS DARK (cd) gr-302
2021. Music from the live concert In Groningen 28-11-2020 @ Byss..
Release date: 10th Jan 2021
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-302

*new in stock *
Fox, Robert - HOUSE OF CHIMES (cd) 36927
2020. The New Robert Fox.
$ 17.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=36927

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Hyperkube - REMNANTS (cd) 80385
2020. only 200 copies recorded live at PostX, Merelbeke, Belgium, November 24th 2018.
Limited edition of 200.
$ 16.25 / UKP 11.49 / EURO 12.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=80385

*(back) in stock *
Kosmos, Patrick - LUCID DREAMS (cd) 25143
2000. Two long pieces of each 34+ mins.
Out of print (rare).
$ 17.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.90
These are the LAST copies!!
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=25143

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Music for Installations - STAMP & DELIVER (cd) 24492
2020. Limited only 200 copies.
Limited edition of 200.
$ 16.25 / UKP 11.49 / EURO 12.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=24492

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Onstruricheit - LIVE AT THE POSTX (cd) 72520
2020. Limited only 200 copies.
Limited edition of 200.
$ 16.25 / UKP 11.49 / EURO 12.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=72520

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Parallel Worlds and Dave Bessell - PHOSPHENES (cd) 29115
2021. Analog is the maincall here in their 3rd coop! Brilliant..
$ 18.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=29115

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Resonant Lines - QUANTUM CALL (cd) 25462
2020. Limited only 200 copies.
Limited edition of 200.
$ 16.25 / UKP 11.49 / EURO 12.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=25462

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Rhea - CLOSE TO MOVING ICE (cd) 32124
2020. One great long track these are limited to only 200 copies.
Limited edition of 200.
$ 16.25 / UKP 11.49 / EURO 12.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=32124

*(back) in stock *
Specht, Frank - SEBASTIAN IM TRAUM (cd) 49730
2000. 1/2 of Rainbow Serpent goes solo. This is the original CD version on the Invisible Shadows label.
Out of print (rare).
$ 18.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
These are the LAST copies!!
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=49730

*(back) in stock *
Tangerine Dream - GOBLIN'S CLUB (CMACD566) (cd) 19318
1996. On "When Recordings" with "Elf June" track.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
These are the LAST copies!!
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=19318

*(back) in stock *
Tangerine Dream - GREAT WALL OF CHINA (cd) 28901
2000. Exotic soundscapes.
$ 18.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
We have only ONE copy, so order fast!
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=28901

*(back) in stock *
Wittek, Robert - DIFFERENT 9 (cd) 18227
$ 17.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.90
These are the LAST copies!!
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=18227
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