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3.51 | 55 ratings | 8 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. OS 452 (7:56)
2. AF 765 (11:04)
3. PA 701 (7:36)
4. Quantas 611 (4:58)
5. IF 810 (4:26)

Total Time: 36:00

Line-up / Musicians

- Edgar Froese / all instruments, producer

Releases information

Artwork: Monique Froese (photo)

LP Brain - 60.008 (1976, Germany)

CD Eastgate ‎- 006 CD (2005, Germany) Re-recording of 1976 compositions (see separate entry on Discography)

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EDGAR FROESE Macula Transfer ratings distribution

(55 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
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EDGAR FROESE Macula Transfer reviews

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Review by erik neuteboom
3 stars This is my favorite solo-album from Edgar Froese. As a hugh TD fan from the 74-77 era I have to say that this record is a very pleasant addition to the TD albums from that period. Especially the omnipresent Mellotron in combination with the acoustic guitars sound great, it reminds me of "Force majeure" but I prefer "Macula transfer" because the climates are more compelling.
Review by greenback
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3 stars If you like intense mellotron, then you should like this record. There are indeed tons of mellotron here. On the first side, the echoed electric guitar of Edgar Froese gives a solid rhythm to the ensemble. His rhythmic guitar sound is often almost acoustic, distortion free. The keyboards sound like on the "Stratosfear" album (Tangerine dream), but the beat on the second part is more tribal & monotonous. The last song of the first side has this minimal beat that increases gradually in speed, while you hear Froese's basic hard rock electric guitar solos, through bizarre Krautrock voices and keyboards effects: at the end, this beat is fast enough to make you believe that a fictitious machine is about to explode!! Interesting experience!

On the second side, the beat is more sophisticated, and it sounds a bit like his records "Epsilon in Malaysian pale" and "Stuntman". The keyboards are more elaborated on this side. There is a beat-free bit where the floating keyboards sound very despairing, like on the "Zeit" and "Alpha centauri" albums. Compared to record "Stuntman", this side is really less electronically helium boosted.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review by philippe
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3 stars Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream frontman) solo career becomes less and less interesting with years. His first "Aqua" is without any doubts his best, followed by his second "Epsylon in Malaysian Pale". I consider "Macula Transfer" as the last recommended album from Froese's essays in solo. After that he progressively orientated his music to very conventional, commercial electronic ambient music. "Macula Transfer" develops a similar style to TD's Virgin era with a great variety of epic spaciousness, including "melancholic", melodic synth waves and hypnotic electronic patterns. "PA 701" starts with an eloquent bass synth lines, accompanied by little detached melodies, then comes a spectral electronic choir after that we can assist to a haunted rhythmical voyage with hallucinatory electronic loops. A very pleasant track and at the level of TD's classic pieces. "Quantas" delivers a dark atmospheric orchestration, a floating soundscape with an enormous spacious sound. "OS 452" is certainly the most original composition, a ravishing electronic painting, featuring guitar echoes, moody repetitive hypno pulses, and electronic choirs. A dreamy & creepy ambience with abundant mellotrons, catchy guitar patterns and discreet wha wha melodies for e-guitar. " IF 810" is one of these boring, almost new agey floating pieces with massive electronic machines. Some really nice immersive ambiences and "cheesy" melodies.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars I'm surprised at how low the ratings are for this one.The mellotron is just gorgeous throughout this album. Edgar came up with the inspiration for these songs while on tour with TANGERINE DREAM in 1975 / 76. So he named the songs after the flight numbers. He seemed to be infactuated with travel, and it was while travelling (in this case by plane) where he would come up with these songs.

"OS 452" features some guitar a minute in that reminds me of PINK FLOYD while the mellotron flows in the background. This soundscape continues throughout. The mellotron is otherworldly 4 minutes in. An absolute storm of mellotron 7 minutes in. "AF 765" is spacey to start as the mellotron comes and goes. Moog comes pulsating in with more mellotron. Whispered sounds come and go. Love the guitar that also comes and goes. All of these sounds i've described continue.The tempo picks up until you would think something is going to explode. It stops before 10 minutes though as mellotron ends it.

"PA 701" is eventually dominated by majestic mellotron floods 1 1/2 minutes in. A pulsating beat comes in as mellotron continues. Mellotron choirs dominate the sound before 5 minutes. Some pleasant sounds end it. "Quantas 611" is the only track with no rhythm on it, instead we get waves of mellotron throughout. It becomes sinister sounding before 3 1/2 minutes, but it comes and goes quickly. "IF 810" is lighter as moog pulsates. It sounds like this soundscape gets swallowed up by a vortex 2 1/2 minutes in, but no it returns to end it.

A solid 4 star album that TANGERINE DREAM and mellotron fans should check out.

Review by Warthur
4 stars Apparently, Edgar Froese composed the music on Macula Transfer on plane journeys during Tangerine Dream's tours - the song titles are supposedly the flight numbers the individual pieces were composed on. This is hardly an album of idle scribblings set down to pass the time, however - instead, with his guitar playing more prominent than on Tangerine Dream's concurrent material, Froese creates an intriguing blend of the style of electronic music the band were creating on the one hand and the psychedelic Krautrock of their earlier years on the other. An intriguing piece which I consider to be of markedly more interest than any of Froese's preceding solo albums.
Review by Modrigue
3 stars Inspiring flights

3.5 stars

From "Macula Transfer", Edgar Froese will now propose, in his solo albums, material different from what TANGERINE DREAM will be doing. Recorded before "Stratosfear" in summer 1976, this third effort may be the most original from the German pioneer. The compositions are mostly ambient, non-melodic and do not contain many changes. However, it its their strangeness and singularity that make the interest of this disc.

Froese imagined these tracks during five air flights and named them given their corresponding flight number. The sound quality is rather average.

"OS 452" is the best and most original tune of the record. An aerial mysterious tune displaying an ethereal atmosphere, dominated by guitar. On the contrary, the 11 minutes "AF 765" is darker and more synthetic. Featuring mainly distorted guitar soli over a fast short sequence, this composition pre-dates TD's music during their North American tour one year later, especially the "Cherokee Lane" and "Coldwater Canyon" tracks from "Encore". Pleasant, but a bit lengthy.

The electronic loop of "PA 701" is quite futuristic, but unfortunately the music itself is rather lazy. The strange "Quantas 611" displays a somber soundscape similar to "Zeit", while "IF 810" is the only composition with pieces of melody, announcing TD's "Sorcerer" soundtrack as well as Froese's next album, "Ages".

The dry and repetitive nature of the five tracks should not discourage you to board "Macula Transfer". You'll fly over quite unusual and intriguing soundscapes. Don't miss it if you're a TANGERINE DREAM or Edgar Froese fan.

Latest members reviews

4 stars I was wandering around one of my local Eugene, Oregon record stores and was totally blown away to find an original green Brain copy of Macula Transfer. Of all solo Edgar Froese albums, this was the one I had most difficulty getting a hold of. For one thing, before the seriously messed about 2005 ... (read more)

Report this review (#1640671) | Posted by Progfan97402 | Wednesday, November 9, 2016 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is the third release by Edgar of his solo recordings after departing from the group TANGERINE DREAM. As with most of the other solo works by EDGAR FROESE the music on MACULA TRASFER is nearly identical to that of the TANGERINE DREAM releases of that time period.Now that may be a good thin ... (read more)

Report this review (#36403) | Posted by bob x | Monday, June 13, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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