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Rolf Trostel biography
"ROLF TROSTEL brought, relatively, fresh wind with his albums, "Inselmusik", "Two Faces", as well as "The Prophet", at the beginning of the 80s, into the electronics scene run, when it was coming into a Punk, new Wave and/or new German wave. With the brand of new digital PPG Wavecomputer 360, he produced sounds, at the time hinted by the near-handed (already) atmospheres of today's Tech-tone, for the prototype of the Drumcomputers. The first two albums, published in a self direction, as well as the "Prophet" work, for which the Norwegian Uniton Label won the copyright, came restored, about twenty years later, not only in a compilation, but in an accesible format. Berlin label Manikin took care of ROLF TROSTEL's cultural inheritance and published his three early eighties albums into a double CD, since the Vinyls are hardly a future generation's remaint. The rough entire of the works ROLF TROSTEL achieved reminds of ASHRA ("Correlations"-like);even with the guitars missing, the rhythms and the aesthetics are a plus (since the Electronic Wave was, back then, arising."

Source: a German article, signed Carsten Agthe (translated, plus modifyied in very few places)

In aditional notes to the article, a bit more music style or reference connection can be made. Rolf TROSTEL also released "The Narrow Gate To Life", in 1983, this fourth expression being the most obscure of all. To the gentle idea that that TROSTEL's electronic fixations is equal to ASHRA's late motivations (or even to some JARRE digital attitude, by other reviewer's random call), there can be appreciate, perhaps, a late Berlin School contact, one clearly addictive to the electronic render. TROSTEL's music paraphrases a lot of maelstrom into sequencing, sound foreboding or atmospheric uptempos, bringing a space of artificial music in touch with vivant leads. Sequences seem always made having in mind a combination of high register splashes and much deeper bass rumblings; plus, since the 80s, however early or quick-phasing, put the sequencing in a synch, TROSTEL's efforts are talented and interesting. Whether it is particularly impressive, very strident or of sonic confidence, the new generation, promoted around these times, gets congratulated by the presence of this artist.

(Some notes from this paragraph are adapted from random reviews)

:::Victor "Philip" Parau (Ricochet):::

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3.16 | 6 ratings
3.00 | 3 ratings
Two Faces
3.67 | 3 ratings
Der Prophet

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Narrow Gate To Life

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3.50 | 2 ratings
Recall Level

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 Inselmusik by TROSTEL, ROLF album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.16 | 6 ratings

Rolf Trostel Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Good half ways!

One of the most missed Progressive Electronic artist, which is doing time in another PA sub-genre, not this one, is Jean Michel Jarre. Like it or not he was an impressive turning point in this electronic world. His 1976 "OXYGENE" alone, changed the focus of 1000's of electronic prog musicians, which found no way to escape the consolidated GODS of this style, in those days.(Well, even those Gods themselves listened!)

Rolf Trostel, as many others, found shelter in the more accesible, easy to the ear music, Jarre proposed. Artistic but "catchy" (,but not simplistic). Problem being, that by 1980, INSELMUSIK's year of release, J.M. Jarre had also turned out to be another consolidated, but mainly mainstream, electronic "God". His musical idiom became a world wide known language, like it or not, that is the way things turned out!

INSELMUSIK, is attractive but overly sweet. Even a good melodic line can be spoiled if you abuse it. Composition wise, if not entirely original, is as told, more or less enjoyable. The best parts had the fortune of escaping the obstructive, up your throat and outdated drum box "drumming", which affects, half of this work charms.

Electronic music, a bit to close to the 1000s of after 1976, JM Jarre's "mainstream" copy-kats.

Accordingly, average good!

***3 almost, PA stars.

 Two Faces by TROSTEL, ROLF album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.00 | 3 ratings

Two Faces
Rolf Trostel Progressive Electronic

Review by philippe
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars As always in Rolf Trostel's musical production, "two faces" is a vast collection of "relaxing", "introspective" electronic pieces, written in a rather accessible genre with subtle prog-ish moments. Musically speaking it features a lot of keyboards epic sequences and building arpeggiations in the genre of Tangerine Dream("stratosfear", late Virgin years). The introductive composition is a sweet, charming and accessible electronic essay lead by "fragile" meditative minimal melodies. "It was war in Europe" features melodic pop synth lines, including a distinctive but discreet electronic beat, always composed within a certain "nostalgic" theme. After 3 minutes the composition turns to something very "cheesy" and almost grotesque, with "vulgar" synth melodies and horrible sounds covered by electronic arpeggios. It finishes with a pseudo-romantic synth theme with little piano imitation notes and massive synth chords. A certain "aura" of mystery is floating upon the composition. "Boa" looks like modern Klaus Schulze ("mediterranean pads"), boring and floating with electronic percussions and linear synth sounds. Well made but nothing transcendent concerning innovation and musical sensations. This one can ravish fans of Tangerine Dream at their more mainstream moments.
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