[Groove] E-News 1280 17th April 2022
 
Welcome to a new E-News.

Lots of news, first next weekend the first great festival in the Netherlands.
Dutch Electronic Masters Music Festival - 23-04-2022

Groove will have a stand there so if you pre order we have a nice 10% discount for
all instock items picked up there !!

Address:
Budget Hotel Groenendijk
Rhine dike 96
2394 AJ Hazerswoude-Rijndijk

Timetable:
13:00: Entrance
2 pm: Manorlogic (Norman van Krimpen and Dirk Nusink)
4 pm: Compatibles2 (Hans Noort)
6.30 pm: Electronic Machine
8.30 pm: Mäläskä & Däcker
10 p.m.: expected end

Sufficiently long breaks are planned between the performances, so that the visitors also have the opportunity to chat with each other and make new friends.

Entrance fee €10,-
No presale, cash only at the box office.
Light meals and drinks are provided. (Not included in the entrance fee.)
Looking forward to meeting a lot of fans there!!
 

And there is a nice new information web site run by Eric Snelders.
www.synthforbreakfast.nl
A nice informative site that gives you lots of information about EM in general but also about Synths, DIY builds etc.
 
New Groove Titles

GR - 330 / John Christian - Via Australis

Hometown gigs are pretty rare events. I've been working on trying to drum up some more local interest in electronic and experimental music and it paid off with an offer to open for (the very interesting) Leafcutter John at my favourite venue, South Street Arts.

I prepared a set based around my Nord Modular G2, a machine that never fails to impress. Two complex patches define the two main sections of the set - each being mostly made up of extremely hands-on, playable sequencers. A few other devices provide bridge effects and drums in a fairly simple compact rig.

In the week leading up to the gig I played the set through several times, finding the tricky bits and getting a feel for the best tweaks. This recording includes the best of those rehearsals, plus the concert itself. As a result the tracks follow a similar structure and the same sounds will show up in similar places, but the results are two quite different expressions.

JC Apr 22
 

GR-331 / Skoulaman - Mundus in Motu

This album was created during the two pandemic years without life performances. The title refers to our changing world, where it seems to be out of control. People are moving around the world to find a save place due to the climate change and wars. this album is dedicated to all that people who lost their homes. Families and friends. Some of the tracks on this album are darker than I usually tend to do. I also use a modular synthesizer which I bought second hand and I was very surprised with the possibilities of this system.

Thank you, Rene Chaigneau. Track one was recorded live in a shutdown 680 mW coal fired powerplant, where I used to work for, but due to CO2 rules the plant was closed and I lost my job. Happily, I was asked to assist in the demolition process (my new job). Thank you, Ruud van de Star. I had the possibility to make some live videos there for the Raumzeit II festival. Thank you, Stevan Erbe. Ron Boots and Andre Stooker. It was very special to stand there between thousand’s tons of steel in the main boiler-room (80 meters high) close to the coal grinders and perform music.

Hans van Kroonenburg
 
New in catalog!!

V/A - Tone Science Module No.6 /  Protons and Neutrons

Tone Science sub-label, from DiN records, continues to explore the world of modular synth music.

Following the success and critical acclaim of the first five Tone Science compilation albums, DiN label boss Ian Boddy has collated another nine tracks from musicians of varying backgrounds  working in the realms of modular synthesis. One of the things that is so delightful about artists working with modular synthesisers is the sheer variety of styles on show. These instruments more than any other can be personalised for each musician who can then express themselves within their own sonic world.

When compiling these volumes it’s always interesting how certain tracks sonically migrate to each other to form a cohesive section and this is certainly the case with the trio of pieces that open this album. “Prisms” by James Bernard, “Vänta” by Elin Piel and “Eddy Currents” by Field Lines Cartographer all have a beautiful organic warmth with beguiling simple sequencer lines that weave in and out.

These three tracks show one approach to working with modular synthesis whereas “Contradictory Forecasts” by Sarah Belle Reid changes the mood completely with an adventurous gestural performance on her Buchla system. Things are brought down to a calm, more introspective mid- point on the album by “Waving in Harmony” by Adrian Beasley, who is a member of the Berlin School inspired synth trio Air Sculpture.

Mirroring the opening trio of tracks the next three pieces again show a certain uniformity of purpose albeit with a more uptempo feel with the sequencers featuring more to the foreground. “Upward” by Elinch slowly builds to quite a crescendo whereas the intricate patching on “Random Possibilities”  by ambient pioneer Steve Roach indeed shows how randomness can instil a forever changing vibe to a track. Finally in this section “In The Shadow Of Giants” by Ombient is a full on Berlin School sequencer work out including radio voices from some distant galaxy.

The album draws to a close with “The Mutation Trio” from Doug Lynner which literally pauses for breath. Quoting “sound for sounds sake” in his liner notes the track certainly explores the totally abstract possibilities of his Mystery Serge system. “Tone Science Module No.6 Protons and Neutrons” continues the journey down the rabbit hole of possibilities and sound worlds inhabited by artists and musicians working in this ever fascinating and varied musical field.
 


Baumann / Koek    Baumann / Koek

Baumann/Koek is another hitherto undiscovered treasure of German electronic music, the only album by the electronic music pairing of Wolfgang (not Peter!) Baumann and Ata Koek, both from Kempten, Bavaria. It was mixed in Conny Plank's studio and distributed, without a label, by the duo themselves in 1978. The music owes much to the Berlin School: layered sequencer patterns, swirling chord tapestries, a computer beat here and there.
 
NEW PRODUCTS
These products are NEW in our catalog. Further in this newsletter are more details.

Baumann / Koek - Baumann / Koek (digipak) (cd)
Gert Blokzijl - Cloud Tracks Vol. 3 (cdr)
Gert Blokzijl - Cloud Tracks Vol. 4 (cdr)
Gert Blokzijl - Cloud Tracks Vol. 5 (cdr)
John Christian - Via Australis (cd)
Kellerkind Berlin - Musikkonstruktionen (digipak) (cd)
Kellerkind Berlin - Way out (digipak) (cd)
MoonSatellite - Analog Way (digipak) (cd)
Brendan Pollard - Cycles and Pulses (digipak) (cd)
Projekt Gamma - Raum Patrouille 3 (cdr)
Steve Roach - As it is (digipak) (cd)
Klaus Schulze - Deus Arrakis (digipak) (cd)
Klaus Schulze - Deus Arrakis =3 lp version= (3-lp)
Skoulaman - Mundus in Motu (cd)
V/A - Third Decade – Manikin Records 2012-2022 (digipak) (2-cd)
V/A - Tone Science Module No.6 Protons and Neutrons (digipak) (cd)
 
Reviews
 
gr-328 Bakker, Rene de - Passing By


Accustomed as we are to Rene de Bakker's Cartesian albums, this PASSING BY might surprise, even disappoint at first listen, with a much more complex approach. Complex like this mental imbalance that settles in over the years. Complex as dementia, this disease that makes our identity disappear little by little until we lose the reasons of what we sacrificed to get where we wanted to be and ended to this diagnosis. This new album of the Dutch musician is the reflection of this fight against the disease of his father. A powerful album where the imbalance between reason and aberration is depicted with emotion.
It is with arpeggios gamboling in the rhythmic complexities of the sequencer that Nerdisch opens. The movement is crystalline, with shadows of bass and bass-sequences as well as the echo of these arpeggios that gradually accelerate the pace. Hyperactive for the neurons, these sequenced chords enjoy a structure free of rhythmic constrain t, favoring random jumps and shocks. The rhythmic mathematics takes over when the bass subtly gets hungrier and joins in with almost invisible percussions. Lovers of sequences and of these short, chaotic and jerky series à la Chris Franke are in the right place in this PASSING BY, which exploits different rhythmic facets that a sequencer can offer in an electronic music (EM) universe. A light orchestral haze perfumes this static and circular rhythmic chassé-croisé where get grafted other arpeggios with a vision more melodic than rhythmic. If Nerdisch seduced from the start, it is another story with Ecanon. Even with its bouquet with the scents of Klaus Schulze, period Dreams. Its start is slow with a cello that stretches its overwhelming laments on a bed of compassionate violins. These orchestrations turn into a slow waltz movement that swirls relentlessly with the tinkling of curtly plucked strings until the sequencer wakes up around the 4th minute. The movement is like a tornado r ising from the ground like spasmodic swirls in a resonant and dramatically embracing bass layer. In a mishmash of genres, orchestrations and synth blasts, sounding like trumpets, are sucked into this swirling swarm of sounds that annihilates its confusion to let the sequencer make frolic these sequences a bit crazy which vanish like the winds after a storm. We reach the long title-track and its secret opening where the winds whisper on the bed of a sequencer in full awakening. A superb ascending procession emerges and winds its way through a soundscape where a few chords tinkle like lost calls in the middle of the forest. This movement accelerates little by little the cadence with some percussions drummed by invisible hands, while the synthesizer spices up its harmonies which wander like drifting memories. Borrowing the mirages of Klaus Schulze, Passing By flirts with the perfection of a minimalist structure where the charms are secretly deposited. A bass line renews the rhythmic c o ntribution of the title which becomes a splendid Berlin School a few seconds after the 9th minute. The synth multiplies these breaths and effects which sound so much like discordant elements in this magnificent magnetizing spiral at the same time as floating harmonies which make counterweight to this temporary insanity. Great art my friends!

Don't let yourself fooled by this somewhat disorienting opening of Slow Steps. After a tumultuous first minute, the music reveals itself to be a sumptuous lunar ballad with the undulating movement of the sequencer and its keys floating in a harmonious haze. Behind this carousel for lost spirits, the synth elaborates this subtle fight between abyss and hope. In particular with points of emotionality which pierce a possible carapace of insouciance while listening to this other good title of PASSING BY which is haloed by some nice arrangements of cosmic orchestrations. It is difficult to explain Fading Mind. You have to hear it! Orchestral, its opening caresses our ears over a distance of 5 minutes. The sequencer weaves evanescent volutes that come and go to finally take a sedentary rhythmic flight around this 5th minute. A bass layer adds depth to this decor where everything that comes disappears almost immediately, except for the sumptuous orchestral layers of a synth that releases at times pieces of harmonies whose loops fade away immediately in the lunar mists of the title. A little long? It may be! Except that our brain is elsewhere, wandering in these foggy spaces where all that comes disappears at once. Like those last moments in the sleepwalking life of a person suffering from Alzheimer's.

You have to get inside the composer's head to fully appreciate Rene de Bakker's last journey, like his father's no doubt. Flirting with a lifeless but emotionally resourceful EM, PASSING BY, offered both as a manufactured CD and as a download by the Dutch label Groove nl, is the kind of album that can be listened to alone wi th our recollections before they disappear into the fog of our memory.

Sylvain Lupari (April 14th, 2022)
 
Additions and changes from April 8 2022 till April 17 2022
*new entry / new in stock *
Baumann / Koek - BAUMANN / KOEK (cd) 82014
2022. A production from 1978 form the Conny Plank studios now re-released! A gem!! if you like older EM.
$ 21.25 / UKP 14.99 / EURO 16.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=82014

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Blokzijl, Gert - CLOUD TRACKS VOL. 3 (cdr) 38753
$ 16.25 / UKP 11.49 / EURO 12.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=38753

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Blokzijl, Gert - CLOUD TRACKS VOL. 4 (cdr) 65949
$ 16.25 / UKP 11.49 / EURO 12.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=65949

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Blokzijl, Gert - CLOUD TRACKS VOL. 5 (cdr) 70790
$ 16.25 / UKP 11.49 / EURO 12.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=70790

*new in stock *
Bock, Wolfgang - CYCLES (cd) 25612
1980. With Klaus Schulze.
$ 22.49 / UKP 15.75 / EURO 17.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=25612

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Christian, John - VIA AUSTRALIS (cd) gr-330
2022. Live and Studio mixed on this CD by Jon!!.
$ 18.49 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.75
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-330

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Kellerkind Berlin - MUSIKKONSTRUKTIONEN (cd) 49400
2017. Strong modern sounding EM!!.
$ 17.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=49400

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Kellerkind Berlin - WAY OUT (cd) 55825
2022. Strong modern sounding EM!!.
$ 17.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=55825

*new in stock *
Kraftwerk - BIRMINGHAM & BRISTOL 1991 (2-cd) 37271
2022. Bootleg from the concerts.
$ 21.25 / UKP 14.99 / EURO 16.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=37271

*new entry / new in stock *
MoonSatellite - ANALOG WAY (cd) 45949
$ 19.99 / UKP 13.99 / EURO 15.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=45949

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Pollard, Brendan - CYCLES AND PULSES (cd) 37709
2022. Analog sequencing a brilliant nrew release.
$ 21.25 / UKP 14.99 / EURO 16.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=37709

*new entry / new in stock *
Roach, Steve - AS IT IS (cd) 23248
$ 19.99 / UKP 13.99 / EURO 15.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=23248

*new in stock *
Roach, Steve - LIVE AT SOUNDQUEST FEST 2021 (cd) 66961
$ 19.99 / UKP 13.99 / EURO 15.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=66961

*new in stock *
Roach, Steve - ZONES, DRONES & ATMOSPHERES (cd) 34018
$ 21.25 / UKP 14.99 / EURO 16.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=34018

*(back) in stock *
S-A-W (Schmoelling -Ader - Waters) - ART OF ICONIC (dvd) 18519
2021. Iconic is the music of Schmoelling -Ader - Waters. And this is the special DVD !!.
$ 37.49 / UKP 26.25 / EURO 29.95
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=18519

*(back) in stock *
Schmoelling, Johannes - 21 (cd) 71765
2021. New music by Johannes with Guest musicians.
$ 23.75 / UKP 16.75 / EURO 18.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=71765

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Schulze, Klaus - DEUS ARRAKIS (cd) 36115
2022. A new Schulze is always excited!!.
$ 23.75 / UKP 16.75 / EURO 18.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=36115

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Schulze, Klaus - DEUS ARRAKIS =3 LP VERSION= (3-lp) 78753
2022. A new Schulze is always excited!!.
$ 59.99 / UKP 41.99 / EURO 47.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=78753

*(back) in stock *
Schulze, Klaus & Bloss, Rainer - DRIVE INN 1 - 2 (2-cd) 50349
1984. Excellent music for driving.
$ 23.75 / UKP 16.75 / EURO 18.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=50349

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Skoulaman - MUNDUS IN MOTU (cd) gr-331
2022. Hans in top form, Space Sequencer music at it's best..
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-331

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
V/A - THIRD DECADE – MANIKIN RECORDS 2012-2022 (2-cd) 23978
2022. 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..
$ 28.75 / UKP 20.25 / EURO 22.90
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=23978

*new entry / new in stock *
V/A - TONE SCIENCE MODULE NO.6 PROTONS AND NEUTRONS (cd) 68022
2022. Some great names on this release with inspired music..
$ 18.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.50
Details/soundclips/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=68022

 
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