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MACULA TRANSFER

Edgar Froese

 

Progressive Electronic

3.51 | 63 ratings

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TenYearsAfter
4 stars 'For me one of the highlights in electronic music!'

1. OS 452 (7:56) : The start of this album is very compelling and top notch electronic music featuring a hypnotizing beat, soaring Mellotron violins and choirs, beeps and bleeps and wah wah with echo, a very lush and varied sound for an electronic album.

2. AF 765 (11:04) : A pumping sequencer is blended with Mellotron drops and synthesizer flights. Then fiery electric guitar runs with a distorted sound, as Edgar did on the legendary Encore live album from Tangerine Dream, powerful and exciting. Voices and synthesizer loops embellish the music. The final part delivers an accellaration featuring electric guitar and an ominous synthesizer sound, what a perfect musical translation of becoming mad!

3. PA 701 (7:36) : First soaring strings and slow distored synthesizer flights. Then the atmosphere turns into a kind of electronic version of Shine On You Crazy Diamond, very special, to say the least. Now a flood of Mellotron choirs that sounds as a real treat, what a breathtaking climate, blended with pulsating sequencers , goose bumps. The final part is very dreamy with a Mellotron flute and the sound of the sea, slowly fading away.

4. Quantas 611 (4:58) : This hypnotizing composition contains a distinctive electronic music aural landscape: spacey sounds and mellow synthesizer work, a bit ominous. The music developes into a captivating contrast between the sound of high strings and fat synthesizer layers.

5. IF 810 (4:26) : The final track starts with a catchy mid-tempo beat and cheerful synthesizer runs, legendary J-M Jarre comes to my mind. Then the majestic sound of Mellotron violins and finally fat and propulsive synthesizer sounds and lush Mellotron and synthesizer work, wonderful electronic music!

The material on this album from 1976 is composed by Edgar Froese (who died January 20th in 2015) during flights in 1975 and 1976 (the track titles are flight numbers), and it was recorded in Berlin. The cover pictures are by artist and photographer Monique Froese (Edgar his wife until she passed away in 2000) and the 'ghost of Chopin' is mentioned in the credits. This info is from my album version: Manikin Records mrcd7030 lc 3230.

TenYearsAfter | 4/5 |

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