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EARTHSTAR

Progressive Electronic • Multi-National


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Earthstar biography
EARTHSTAR progressed into the late, mainly unknown and granted classic place of the Berlin School electronic sessions, with the ambition of new music within common styles and deep already familiar notions, thanks to American keyboardist and synth-adapter Craig Wuest. Almost all the recordings are the effort of a multinational ensemble, credits bewildering the orchestral resonance of the project, going from electronic eclecticism (different ranges of Moogs, Mellotrons and Synthesizers) to guitar, wind and string instruments and even songwriting. However discrete comes EARTHSTAR in terms of being known and scrutinized, it is still a band and a movement with small reference in the aesthetic or the simple variety of the Berlin School dominating orientation of electronics, later new-age and fusion.

Upon the mid-70s, Craig Wuest started corresponding with legend electronic artist Klaus SCHULZE, who encourages him to leave America (along with his small synth-band project) and to try a new orientation in Germany. SCHULZE's help was sensed all the way from influences and strong characters (which approve the style and, right here, the addition) to recording and collaborating on EARTHSTAR's most intense and prominent album, French Skyline. Considering SCHULZE's presence, EARTHSTAR gains the small great experience and the succinct exuberance of cosmic/space arrangements, drone/synth expressions or deep atmospheric sound forms. Impressive remains, all the way, the good ensemble (partly European, partly American) that works on this album's arrangement and on the heavily special occasions of music, melody, rhythm or pronounced electronic experiment. Upon the next recordings, SCHULZE cuts off his collaboration; instead, guitar Dennis REA, present on both previous albums, or songwriter Dan Hapanowicz, active on the last project, become notable names.

Under the spell of electronic-oriented craft music, the combination of Berlin-typical movements and independent evolved styles, plus the one of valorous improvisations and random gifts of sound and melody, make the best quality out of EARTHSTAR. The first recording of the group (or of Craig Wuest's solid vision) is Salterbarty Tales, an absolute rarity composed short time before Wuest planned his move to Germany. French Skyline uses most valorously the essence of cosmic play, sound synth exploration and steep movement recordation, in a very characteristic, but also full of impressiveness m...
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3.40 | 5 ratings
French Skyline
1979
2.00 | 2 ratings
Atomkraft? Nein, danke!
1981
1.50 | 2 ratings
Humans Only
1982

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