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DAEVID ALLEN MICROCOSMIC

Progressive Electronic • United Kingdom


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"Psychedelic ambient" could define Daevid Allen Microcomic's music. Based on synthe and glissando guitar, nicely balanced with a world ethnic side thanks to acoustic instruments such as sitar, harp and flute. Gilli Smyth's space whisper contributes to that Gong trademark sound.
Although it verges on new age ambient, the music never falls into insipid background meditation music, thanks to a strong psychedelic and cosmic dimension.

The two first albums have been released in the early 2000, while "Five Semitones: Tones for Healing and Meditation" is a 1985 work, and maybe the most inspired and eclectic one.

Recommended to all PHPs looking for a current Gong follower.




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Discography:

-Sacred geometry, studio album, 2000
-Sacred geometry II, studio album, 2003
-Five Semitones: Tones for Healing and Meditation, studio album 2006

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4.00 | 4 ratings
Sacred Geometry
2000
4.05 | 2 ratings
Sacred geometry II
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
Five Semitones: Tones for Healing and Meditation
2006

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 Sacred Geometry by ALLEN MICROCOSMIC, DAEVID album cover Studio Album, 2000
4.00 | 4 ratings

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Sacred Geometry
Daevid Allen Microcosmic Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars A fascinating blend of electronics, blissful ethnic world music elements and drifting psych, the first Microcosmic/Daevid Allen (here credited as Daevid Alien!) release is an evocative and intoxicating instrumental work for those looking to drift away from the world! Just over 50 minutes of tasteful and spacy electronic atmosphere full of beauty and wonder. It still has enough slight similarities to associate it with Allen's Gong work to keep fans of that band interested, but this aims for something more tranquil and thoughtful.

There's an air of mystery throughout opener `Laxman Jewel' - a drifting sea of sitar, Tibetan chimes, flute, phasing synths and Allen's trademark glissando guitar. The moody `Isralieglis' has delicate plucked lute, humming background synths and sad violin that alternates between slightly darker passages and almost joyful Ashra moments. The Eastern influenced title track has throaty wordless chanting, brief low-key electric guitar and eerie shimmering keys. The urgent `Star Tetrahedron' has ethereal glissando mixed with gentle trance-like electronics and subtle pulsing percussive beats that remind me briefly of some of The Orb albums. `Murwillumbah' has hypnotic electronic washes and brief chanting that calls from a faraway place, it can easily send the listener into a serene and meditative state. Celestial glistening synths and flute weave together throughout the ambient and calming `Isle Of Avalon' which finishes the album in a cosmic and deeply spiritual way.

This album has become one of my favourite electronic-related releases over the years that I've owned it, and I urge other listeners to look into it. It still seems readily available from the Planet Gong webshop, so give it a try. It's an album to really treasure and love, and it's become a highly important part of my progressive collection.

The perfect musical experience to unwind to, while never drifting into background music, becoming too light or bland faceless New Age dreck. The first of a series of highly worthwhile Microcosmic releases, `Sacred Geometry' is an emotional combination of deep space and old world earth, and music to become truly lost in.

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 Sacred geometry II by ALLEN MICROCOSMIC, DAEVID album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.05 | 2 ratings

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Sacred geometry II
Daevid Allen Microcosmic Progressive Electronic

Review by oliverstoned
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Sacred geometry II is very similar to the first opus, same instrumentation plus Gilli Smyth on space whisper and vocals, reinforcing that Gong trademark sound. Even more cosmic than the first, a delight of glissando, harp and flute, sitar and cosmic synthe. A real Gong follower.

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Sacred Geometry
Daevid Allen Microcosmic Progressive Electronic

Review by oliverstoned
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Thanks to a perfect balance between electronic and natural instruments, Daevid Allen Microcosmic band creates a unique world ambient cosmic music. While it borders on New age meditative music, it never fall into insipid background music. Several climates are developped through the different pieces: acid, celestial and always ethereal thanks to the floating synthe reminescent of Gong Venux de Lux aka Time Blake. Daevid Allen's glissando guitar contributes as well to that Gong sound. This is cerebral music for higher states of consciousness.

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 Five Semitones: Tones for Healing and Meditation  by ALLEN MICROCOSMIC, DAEVID album cover Studio Album, 2006
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Five Semitones: Tones for Healing and Meditation
Daevid Allen Microcosmic Progressive Electronic

Review by oliverstoned
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
4 stars Some tapes from 1985 have been discovered under Gilli Smyth's house. According to the Gong Appreciation Society, these tapes consisted of 'pure' drone which was largely layers of glissando guitar played on (and being glissando around) the chosen note. The B side was a more melodic affair with guest musicians invited to base a composition or improvisation on the drone. The concept of the B sides of those tapes has been the guide used by Microcosmique as he uses both old and new drone recordings by Daevid as the foundation on which to build these compositions. He has also called on the talents of among others Gilli Smyth and Harry Williamson, both of whom contributed to the original 7 Drone series of tapes. The result is very good, in the mind of the two recent Allen Microcosmic albums (Sacred geometry I and II), but maybe more eclectic. It's still cosmic psychedelic ambient with Gilli Smyth on vocals. It's really reminiscent of Gong's glorious years. Warmly recommended to all Pot-head-Pixies looking for a real Gong follower. The sound quality of this CD issue is good.

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