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3.82 | 18 ratings | 4 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2016

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Electric Dust Field (4:10)
2. Next Trip (5:30)
3. Magical Area (5:53)
4. Strange World (6:49)
5. Robot Valley (4:17)
6. Signal From Diamond Desert (4:17)
7. Vital Obscurity (4:27)
8. Last Secret Time (4:35)
9. Remote Impact (6:03)

Total time 46:01

Line-up / Musicians

- "Zanov" (Pierre Salkazanov) / Access Virus TI & Arturia Origin synths, producer

Releases information

Artwork: SLip

CD Zanov Music ‎- ZM 016 (2016, France)

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ZANOV Open Worlds ratings distribution

(18 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(28%)
Good, but non-essential (33%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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ZANOV Open Worlds reviews

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Review by admireArt
4 stars At some point between these last couple of years Pierre Zalkazanov a.k.a. ZANOV realized that he in fact is not just a fancy recollector of vintage synths and their respective sounds, but also an important and creative electronic music composer as his short but efficient discography shows. In fact quiet respected and admired in this PA's progressive electronic category by the few who enjoy (or rate) this "unpopular, but widely used in all prog music", sub-genre.

Well ZANOV is back in shape and ready to prove that his past masterworks were not just acts of luck, chance nor accident.

"Open Worlds", 2016, takes many steps ahead its prior sibling "Virtual Future" 2013, as far as music composition goes, and a lot in comparisson to many contemporary P/E's musicians and audiences who still believe that sounding like Tangerine Dream is being true to Berlin School's canons. (that is mere plagiarism folks!)

Well ZANOV is here to guide you through the myriad of still, then, unexplored possibilities and complexities in the fields of this electronic music school's structures.

For starters, as always, if your compositions are great, the rest will follow.

ZANOV's own musical language skills flourish like "old times". That same daring experimental attitude, completely refined by today's technological recording advancements, with the same pitch perfect sense of artistry and everything guided by focused and highly creative inspiration. That ZANOV the one who created "Green Ray" (1976) and "In Course of Time" (1983), is back to set the record straight.

Music wise, one of its remarkable attributes, among others, rely on stopping time, our time, and recreating a contemporary, futuristic retrospective of electronic music which expands back and forth covering 40 years in minutes. All done with mastery and attention to detail but above all with his personal musical idiom. (Which I always applaud.)

But, as I mentioned, not everything stops there, his contemporary electronic music proposals share big time and are highly promising, as to understand that ZANOV is back to write his future and the Progressive Electronic one by the way.

A perfect 8, 9 songs album, must be in your PE collection, you deserve it!

****4.5 PA stars.

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars French electronica artist Pierre Zalkazanov is staging a comeback with two albums in the last three years after an absence of 30 years. Though hailed as "the French answer to the legendary Berlin Kosmische scene" I find his slowed down, scaled down soundscapes to be more akin to the spacey, melody-oriented music of 1970s-to-Blade Runner-era VANGELIS and even Oxygène-era JEAN-MICHEL JARRE. The themes, melodies and layers feel almost too simple, syrupy, and slow. It's almost New Age massage/meditation music! I feel that Zanov's music here lacks originality and freshness.

Favorite song: 2. "Next Trip" (5:30) (9/10)

Good songs: 5. "Robot Valley" (4:17) (8/10); "Remote Impact" (6:03) (8/10)

A three star album; good but not exceptional and definitely not essential.

Latest members reviews

4 stars This one is much better and more adventurous than the previous one. It still sounds really oldschool; almost like listening to a Jean Michel Jarre or Tangerine Dream album. Again, the spacey sounds dominate the music, lots of ARP sequences and tasteful melodies. Zanov takes you on a futuristic ... (read more)

Report this review (#1591234) | Posted by Kingsnake | Monday, July 25, 2016 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I sure didn't have to wait long for a new Zanov release! Zanov was an artist I only discovered in 2011 and a year later I bought Green Ray and Moebius, and in 2014 bought In Course of Time, all of them vinyl. Amazing stuff, I only wished I knew of Pierre Salkazanov (his real name) years before. V ... (read more)

Report this review (#1559575) | Posted by Progfan97402 | Friday, May 6, 2016 | Review Permanlink

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