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CRYSTAL MACHINE

Tim Blake

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3.50 | 20 ratings | 5 reviews | 16% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Midnight (7:40)
2. Metro Logic (8:07)
3. Last Ride Of The Boogie Child (9:43)
4. Synthese Intemporal (19:30)
5. Crystal Presence (3:11)

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Tim Blake / keyboards

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Egg Records, LP (900545)

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3.50
(20 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
16%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
42%
Good, but non-essential (42%)
42%
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by philippe
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Content Development & Krautrock Team
3 stars First solo effort from Tim Bake (Gong) and possibly his best. In this sci-fi synth soundscapes, Blake develops his own musical eccentricities with lot of moods and technologies. The album delivers a sensual "cosmic" synthesizer trippiness. It's played as a long live session, supposing to be a performance for a sound installation, exploring the nature and meditative dimensions of astral navigation. The first composition "Midnight" opens the audiovisual show with intense, endless dreamy synth strings, "cosmic" sounding molecular noises. A very effervescent improvisation, the best moment here. "Metro Logic" is a groovy, kitsch synth experimentation, including spaced out textures. "Last ride of the boogie child" is a mysterious, relaxed electronic excursion, featuring a nice bass groove and drum machines. "Synthese intemporal" is an ambient, new agey, astral exploration with lot of analog synth melodies (really artificial), too much for me but the piece contains its little good moments with well found electronic figures. "Crystal presence" reveals better impressions despite that is not an epic spaciousness. The sound is warmer and darker, much more atmospheric too. Recommended to sci-fi synth maniacs.

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Posted Sunday, July 15, 2007

Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Team
4 stars While Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and Kraftwerk are considered as the initiators of electronic-rock (as opposed to Stockhausen, Glass, Cage, Wendy/Walter Carlos , who are pure electronic pioneers) , this album remains , in my opinion, the birthplace of ambient- electronica, mainly because of its spacey feel (No, not Kevin) . I have played this to many younger fans/experts of house-trip , who proceeded to kneel in respectful prayer, when I gave them some historical background. Clearly, having played with the classic Gong line-up made quite an impression and Hi T Moonweed , as Tim Blake was known then , was featured prominently on the by now mythic Trilogy. This is supremely delicate music, quite minimalist with its overtly languid textures, lucid whisps of cosmic colouring and serene astral explorations. First, let's get one thing straight, this prog sub-genre can never sound dated (especially in view of the current popular aversion for synthetic and synthesized sounds, relying more on today's image re-hash and fashion attitude: aka Black-Eyed "Piss" and Maroon feces). Electronica will always be a futuristic horizon, regardless of what new gimmick hits your Ipod. This glazed and fragile masterpiece will stand the test of time and it will require some very devoted concentration the first time around, so PLEASE, do not attempt a "background muzak-while I'm cooking some risotto" initial run through, it won't work! Perhaps long after dinner's end, on the deck with a fine armagnac & gazing up at the midnight stars, that's when you will reach the promised euphoria of stellar atmospheres. Definitely, a personal fave. 4.5 galaxies

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Posted Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Review by kev rowland
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Team
3 stars I believe that the 2000 Blueprint CD release of 'Crystal Machine' is the same as the album from 1977 as two of the tracks are live recordings from that time, but there is very little information in the booklet. Tim is listed as the only musician, but also featured is Patrice Warrener is credited with all of the lasers/effects and the impression is very much that music was only part of the show. Tim was very much into the dreamy Gong/Floyd/Hawkwind space-style of playing, and this album is a very good example of it. Again, this has to be treated either as background music or late night sounds to drift into. Dynamic excitement it is not!

Feedback #60, Oct 2000

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Posted Thursday, October 25, 2007

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Recorded after the end of his stint in Gong and before he joined Hawkwind, Tim Blake's debut solo album Crystal machine is a part-studio part-live affair, documenting music composed to accompany a pioneering laser light show. Musically speaking, it's mostly in line with the work being produced at around the same time by Tangerine Dream or Klaus Schulze, with enough callbacks to Tim's earlier work in Gong to distinguish it from those pioneers of Krautrock- derived electronic music. It doesn't present anything to revolutionise the genre, but it more than holds its own against the likes of, say, Tangerine Dream's Ricochet or Schulze's Moondawn.

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3 stars Space/Rock & Psychedelic Electronics. I suppose that by 1977, when this Tim Blake's first work appeared, it could even have sounded a bit old-fashioned. Well, after Tangerine Dream's, 1975 "Rubycon" mostly everything else in the prog/electronic world, sounded old-fashioned. Straight to the po ... (read more)

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