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AIRSCULPTURE

Progressive Electronic • United Kingdom


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A clear as possible orientation, in projects full of methods and sensations, without surprisingly lowered accents of realistic current, AIRSCULPTURE builds a moulding, in details, of performances, compositions and sounding brands inside the 90s and, extending, in the main course of electronic music's own recent values, both captivatingly and cantably. Adrian Beasley and John Christian formed this project in the 90s' first paramounts, after graduating their universities, of a good passion for permissive music of classic "Berlin-school" shadow, most especially being influenced by TANGERINE DREAM and their perfection of those times. The third musician, Peter Ruczynski, joined shortly, and AIRSCULPTURE became approachable in music and composition, with influent ideas and obstinanted practice. By music following the typings of prime pioneering sessions, managing finally some framework of it's echo, a style and effect managing well, a calm and crafty spirit, just less of an excellency character or too much of being outside the usual technique, any reflection upon this advancement resides brightly, imitational, lightly and demistyfied, yet prominent.

AIRSCULPTURE describe their work as improvised sequencer music; arising while in the act of playing. Performances are less "planned" than they are "prepared" for and each concert is distinctly unique. While their music stays true to the initiatives and parameters of the genre, it is constantly attempting to understand spacemusic's full potential. Their pieces are usually lengthy and drifting dreamscapes marked by sprawling cycles of layered sequencer patterns. Harmony and melody add fullness and focus but the main attributes of this music remains texture and mood.

A good part of this trio's music making inspiration links with the live attitude, a good part of their albums being such recordings. In this aspect AIRSCULPTURE can be head band to modest (or, well, varied) and well-recognized interpretive gestures (in therefore the frame of many advised and current electronic/electronica personalities) or can be have gently characteristic the quality demonstration much expected. In festivals or broadcasts of an already "classic" tempo, the wide extent of the trio's activity have the patience of good music in a nice name.

The greatest competence is undoubtably TANGERINE DREAM, though the list of pleasures goes up to (who else, can be said...) ROACH, or surprising artists like Laurie Anderson. The imita...
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3.00 | 2 ratings
Impossible Geometries
1995
3.50 | 2 ratings
Attrition System
1996

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3.00 | 3 ratings
Europa
1997
3.00 | 1 ratings
Thunderhead
1998
3.50 | 2 ratings
Fjord Transit
1999
3.00 | 1 ratings
Quark Soup
2001
3.00 | 2 ratings
TranceAtlantic
2005

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Amazonian
1996

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 Europa by AIRSCULPTURE album cover Live, 1997
3.00 | 3 ratings

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Europa
AirSculpture Progressive Electronic

Review by Guldbamsen
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3 stars Margarine Beam

A tale of fan-boys turning into the very image of their adoration pt. 2.

British electronic act Airsculpture play a dedicated homage to Tangerine Dream, and whether you choose to look down your nose at them for sounding so openly like their heroes circa 1974-80, or you just get into the thing with marrow and flesh - letting yourself be swept away on soaring sequencer driven rides, - that is entirely up to yourself. One thing though, if you can't get past a certain amount of influences in your music, then you wind up having very little to pop into the old stereo rack...

Another thing, that I would like to point out is the difficulty most electronic acts are facing, when venturing out in the hypnotic fields of Berlin school. The instruments they're using all seem like very eclectic tools, but when you then try to weed out the drum-kit by employing a sequencer, you suddenly get dangerously close to TD and Schulze lands. You don't get that same vibe elsewhere in the music community, and certainly not critic wise. I've never come across the same arduous parameters anywhere else in progressive music, maybe apart from bands that are centred around the twelve string guitar and mellotron. GENESIS!!!! The crowd cries!!

Consisting of Adrian Beasley, John Christian and Peter Ruczynski, Airsculpture at least know which era of TD to choose from, and when sporting an astronomical baggage of modular synthesizers and electronic equipment such as: Korg Prophecy, Casio VZ1, Moog Opus3, Kawai K1R, Yamaha TX81Z, Cheatah MD16R, EMU-ESI32, PC running Cubase, Roland JD800, JD990, MKS70/PG800, D110, Waldorf Pulse, Compaq Concerto PC & ImproVision s/w, OSCar, Waldorf Microwave and Access Programmer - can you really fault anybody for thinking these guys just are ripping off an old cherished electronic pioneer?

First of all, this is all improvised. How in the blue feck, can anything coming from freestyle playing amount to plagiarism? Secondly, I don't really give a toss, because the music featured here, on this their first Dutch appearance back in 1997 at the Alpha Centauri festival, is nothing short of sublime. Long swirling pieces that drift along on ethereal sweeps of background synths - with the add on of beautifully soaring mellotron washes and lone moog salutations. The mood here is aiming for the solar system, and these guys more than adequately succeed in transporting you out beyond the confines of our little blue spot. 3.5 stars. (For myself though this is a clear cut 4 stars in terms of just how much enjoyment I get out of it.)

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 Europa by AIRSCULPTURE album cover Live, 1997
3.00 | 3 ratings

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Europa
AirSculpture Progressive Electronic

Review by erik neuteboom
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3 stars In the late Seventies I used to visit my favorite record-shop almost everyday, I was hanging around there for hours in order to discover new music. One day I noticed a LP from Tangerine Dream entitled Encore with a remarkable cover: the USA banner on which a live picture was placed featuring three tiny figures playing on huge modular synthesizers and assorted vintage keyboards. Completely mesmerized I walked to that album, took it from the shelf and started reading the notes on the inner sleeve. Well, that moment turned out to be the start of my discovery of the world of electronic music: all three members were playing the Mellotron along lots of great vintage keyboards like ARP, Oberheim and Moog synthesizers, Elka string-ensemble, Steinway Grand piano, this looked looked keyboard heaven .. and it was!

I think that the members of UK electronic prog trio Airsculpture must have been even more excited than me about 74-78 Tangerine Dream because their music is one big tribute to that legendary and pivotal band. The music on Europa was recorded live during the Alpha-Centauri Festival in The Netherlands in 1997, it was Airsculpture their first Dutch concert and totally improvised. Most of the five melodic compositions (between 6 and 24 minutes) sound a bit similar: first a spacey intro featuring lots of sound effects and wonderful strings, then the exicting sound of pulsating sequencers enters, the music becomes more lush (a blend of vintage and modern synthesizers) and finally the music slowly fades away. In some tracks I hear a distorted guitar sound that sounds like Edgar Froese on Encore, I presume it is sampled because I cannot trace a guitar player on the booklet. I also hear wonderful choir-Mellotron waves on Part 3 and great fat synthesizer drops and slow synthesizer flights in Part 5.

This is a pleasant electronic prog album but I prefer other 74-78 TD inspired bands like Free System Project and Red Shift because their sound is more elaborate and dynamic.



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