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Serge Ramses


Progressive Electronic

3.97 | 5 ratings

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4 stars Great and obscure electronic music by this French musician. The music is undeniably progressive electronic, influenced by the Berlin School, but more emphasizes the calm-end of it, so what you won't get is a lot of sequencer action. Think the more calm, sedate moments of Klaus Schulze, and you're not too far off. The music never slips in to New Age dreck, which is a plus, the music is too ominous sounding to fall into that New Age trap. S. Ramses uses lots of early polyphonic synths (perhaps a PolyMoog or maybe some Korgs), although the cover artwork depicts him with modular synths, or perhaps a Korg PS-3300 that Zanov was using around the same time. Mellotron also has its presence shown on "Deuce", "Aoss" and the side-length title track, the first two featuring what sounds like the less common tron oboes, and the title track featuring the much more familiar tron strings. Mellotron is never dominate on this album, but it's nice to hear. I find it amusing that rumor had abound that Serge Ramses was Zanov, even though that wasn't true. Certainly S. Ramses was influenced by that same school of electronic music as Zanov, but it's easy to tell it's not Zanov, not to mention Zanov never used a Mellotron. It's true both befriended each other when both were living in London. True than Alain Gross produced their albums. Both recording for major labels, and quickly became obscurities. There are tons of great progressive electronic albums that are waiting to be discovered. This is one of them. Unfortunately it's never been reissued, making the purchase of the LP the only way to hear it on solid format (luckily prices hadn't shot through the roof the way of Italian prog). So hold on your turntables, this is a nice album to have for those who enjoy the Berlin School of electronic music.
Progfan97402 | 4/5 |


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