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3.29 | 29 ratings | 5 reviews | 10% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Very Far (9:41)
2. Neuronal Storm (7:31)
3. World Adrift (5:44)
4. Brain Activity (5:37)
5. Conscience in Danger (4:18)
6. Alone Again (6:14)
7. The Final Cut (4:11)

Total Time 43:16

Line-up / Musicians

- "Zanov" (Pierre Salkazanov) / synths (ARP 2600/Sequencer, EMS VCS3, RMI Harmonic, Korg PS3300 & Arturia Origin), producer

Releases information

Digital remix of original analog recordings from 1983, previously unreleased

Artwork: Du Bruit Au Balcon

CD Zanov Music ‎- ZM 001 (2014, France)

Digital album

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ZANOV Virtual Future ratings distribution

(29 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(10%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(21%)
Good, but non-essential (38%)
Collectors/fans only (24%)
Poor. Only for completionists (7%)

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Review by Progfan97402
5 stars Although I've only known of Zanov for about three years, I was in complete shock to find Pierre Salkazanov (Zanov's real name) would release a new album, in 2014 no less, when about 32 years have passed since his last album, In Course of Time (which was apparently recorded in 1979 but not released until 1982, hence why the album sounded a bit behind the times for 1982 standards). He did attempt to record a followup to In Course of Time called Nous Reprenons Notre Avenir which apparently started in 1979 and ground to a halt in 1984 by which day job and family pretty much made him give up on recording (he wasn't some international sensation on the line of Jean Michel Jarre, if he was, it would be a completely different story).

So three decades later he dug up that old recording, remove the poetry (Nous Reprenons Notre Avenir was said to include poetry) and do some finishing touches on an Arturia Origin. So that means you get to hear the Arturia with his old VCS-3, ARP 2600, RMI Harmonic Synthesizer, and Korg PS-3300. Sadly he no longer owns those vintage synths, and since the Arturia Origin includes features from classic analog synths, it's little wonder that was his synth of choice in 2014 (he owns the synth version, as there's also a standalone module version of it). Let's say that Zanov has released yet another winner! It sounds like a natural followup to In Course of Time, a lot of it will remind you of that album, with a bit of Moebius thrown in. More of that same great spacy futuristic electronic music you come to enjoy from his three albums from 1976 to 1982! It's really difficult to pick out highlights, this is electronic music at its finest. I'm only hoping that with his return more people will discover the music of Zanov. One only hopes his back catalog receives reissues. Zanov is one of the few artists that it really doesn't matter where you start, you can easily start with this one as you would any of his other releases. They're all that great, and some of the finest obscure electronic music I've ever heard!

Review by admireArt
3 stars Of course this is BIG news, of course we need to support the unknown or underrated great artists and of course things look different when you pay for them.

I was one of those thrilled by the news of this ZANOV's (a.k.a Pierre Zalkazanov), 2014 release. As soon as possible I downloaded it and waited in expectation some free time to get into it. A fourth album in 30 +- years how nice.

So I found the time and this is my report. As marvelous as listening to vintage synths could turn out to be, songwriting as always comes first. Sadly this perfect balance does not happen that frequently in this "Virtual Reality" project. Somehow it is ok to use these retro-sounds but not that much to use the models of music they have generated in such a long span in time. I mean his 3 first albums were released in between 1976-1983, and a lot of things have happened since then, electronic-music wise of course.

As much as I would have liked this album to be a 5 star masterpiece and rating it in accordance, it has in its songwriting some unoriginal moments that simply make me lose thread of the real unique proposals he has held through his short but efficient discography. To cut it short, it is not flawless and more than once less than original. Obviously the highlights are an intense thrill to testify, but the downfalls are not that much fun.

I of course will keep it, being somehow of a "Zanov cult follower", but in an objective and no obligations to no one mode, this is good but not essential, in a general prog-electronic universe.

***3.5 "I bet he can do better", PA stars.

Review by Dobermensch
3 stars Old Zanov climbs up a set of ladders, with creaking arthritic bones, rummages around his attic - finds his trusty analogue keyboards, gives them a good dusting down and decides to recreate the sounds of his long lost 3 recordings.

This is a commendable follow-up to 82's 'In Course of Time' It's been a whopping 32 years since his last release, so who would know what to expect? Pleasingly it's a pretty good effort. I'm a real sucker for the 'Berlin School' recordings, therefore I guessed I was on to a winner before I even heard it.

'Virtual Future' is entirely electronic and vocal free. It displays a very retro 1975 feel, similar to 'Klaus Schulze'. It's all quite dream-like and 'cosmic' - as they liked to call it in the 70's. Released in 2014 you'd expect a crystal clear sound with plenty of depth. I can happily report that this is the case.

Zanov's never been the most gifted of composers (He's no virtuoso like Jean Michel Jarre with his 20 octopus-like fingers), He does however, make the most of his abilities.

The tunes aren't groundbreaking or startlingly original, but do succeed on a number of levels. For example - there's plenty of space between tracks which accentuate clarity. His vision is clear too, where he has a finished article in mind. There's no deviation from that path and he refuses to add sounds that would be considered contemporary with the year 2014. This leaves us with a colourful and at times mesmerizing album.

This is a recording that fans of 'Free System Project', 'Redshift', 'Michael Garrison' and 'Bernd Kistenmacher' will admire.

It's good stuff and a welcome return from the man who vanished in a puff of smoke in 1983.

Latest members reviews

3 stars This sounds really oldschool. I've never heard of Zanov before, but I'm checking out the progressive/electronic genre more and more, these days. Zanov uses analog synths, and the result is electronic space music, in the spirit of Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre, Eloy Fritsch, Eddie Jobson, ... (read more)

Report this review (#1591215) | Posted by Kingsnake | Monday, July 25, 2016 | Review Permanlink

2 stars I am investigating different subgenres among newly released albums and the electronic genre is very new to me. Zanov is an electronic artist whose real name is Pierre Zalkazanov, so Zanov is a cool short form of his name. He is actually not a new artist. I guess people who like this subgenre kno ... (read more)

Report this review (#1299236) | Posted by DrömmarenAdrian | Saturday, November 1, 2014 | Review Permanlink

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