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NEURONIUM, initially a trio's major effort, but ultimately defined by artist Michel HUYGEN, is Spain's supreme mark in the electronic field of music, a good slice of its essence being easy to be found fitting in terms of "progressiveness". NEURONIUM already celebrated 30 years of activity and impact in 2007, both its popularity as well as the countless composition results defining, in good ways, its renown. Though easier to assimilate, musically and given the fame, with other artists such as Jean Michel JARRE, VANGELIS or TANGERINE DREAM rather than with more obscure, introverted classic artists of the scene, NEURONIUM nevertheless avoided an exhaustion into musical mediocrity through a constant search of electronic nuances, fitting the overall scheme of "psychotronic music", but varying from dream-wave and ambient, or from analogue and synthetic, up to sound experimentations and conceptual or creative-based explorations. Two distanced lengths of music-making, on one hand the art of sound and the natural spontaneous phasing on the other, were also reduced of their stringing contrast, when put inside NEURONIUM's vast-minded catalogue.

Had Michel Huygen stayed in Belgium, he might have contributed just as significantly to that country's scene of electronic art, one that, excepting Luc Herion's or Andre C. Stordeur's succinct entries, hasn't awoken to maximum drive until the 80s. But anyway, Huygen focused on synthesis electronic music well after playing in a couple of psychedelic rock early bands - something that reminds of the same start Edgar FROESE or Klaus SCHULZE, titans themselves in the genre, have opted for. In 1976-77, after Huygen moved to Spain, NEURONIUM was founded by him and two other artists: Albert Giménez and Carlos Guirao.

The band signs up with British label EMI-HARVEST for the release of their debut, "Quasar 2C361", cased as Spain's first "cosmic music" album. One year later, "Vuelo Quimico" is recorded, a guest being Nico, ex-singer of VELVET UNDERGROUND. Concert and festival appearances follow this second album, proving already NEURONIUM's great popularity. Albert Giménez leaves, however, the founding trio exactly after this work has made its mark.
During the 1980-1982 period, NEURONIUM not only change the classic record label, but enforce their duo lineup, except those works where special guests appear. After an album such as "Digital Dream", further works already show up evolving ideas, 1981's "The Visitor" being...
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3.18 | 9 ratings
Quasar 2C361
1977
3.37 | 7 ratings
Vuelo Quimico
1978
3.35 | 8 ratings
Digital Dream
1980
3.68 | 6 ratings
The Visitor
1981
4.20 | 5 ratings
Chromium Echoes
1982
3.80 | 5 ratings
Invisible Views
1983
4.82 | 3 ratings
Heritage
1984
0.00 | 0 ratings
Supranatural
1987
2.50 | 2 ratings
Numerica
1989
0.00 | 0 ratings
Intimo
1989
0.00 | 0 ratings
Olim OST
1990
0.00 | 0 ratings
Sybaris
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
Oniria
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
Psykya
1997
0.00 | 0 ratings
Alienikon
1999
0.00 | 0 ratings
Hydro
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
Caldea Music
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
Azizi
2002
0.00 | 0 ratings
Mystykatea
2005
4.00 | 1 ratings
Synapsia
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Nihilophobia
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
Etykagnostyka
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Hydro 2 - The Deep End
2011

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3.00 | 1 ratings
From Madrid To Heaven
1988
0.00 | 0 ratings
Sónar (The Barcelona Concert)
1997

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Alma
1987
0.00 | 0 ratings
Extrisimo
1991

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 Heritage by NEURONIUM album cover Studio Album, 1984
4.82 | 3 ratings

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Heritage
Neuronium Progressive Electronic

Review by richardh
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5 stars One of Neuronium's mid eighties albums and possibly the most interesting in terms of diversity. I like the contrast between the almost poppy Torquemada and the dense dark Lethal Dose. Some nice guitar work on the former as well. Reprisal is probably my favourite Neuronium track with its driving beat and more brilliant guitar. Gets quite heavy at times with nice interplay with keyboards. The band at this time was a duo with Santi Pico providing guitar. The other track Secret Audience is more along the traditional ambient approach or earlier Neuronium. 4 Beautiful and diverse tracks I think I might scrub my previous comment that Synapsia is my favourite and change to Heritage.Fickle me.

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 Synapsia by NEURONIUM album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Neuronium Progressive Electronic

Review by richardh
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— First review of this album —
4 stars Without doubt my favourite Neuronium album of the 5 own. Although released as Neuronium this is just Micheal Huygen composing ,playing and producing. Synapsia is a lot more unique and spacey compared to the others although still recalling seventies Tangerine Dream with Mellotron like sounds (it may be a mellotron but I would imagine that electronic artists now use a pre programmed synth imitation rather than the original beast) . The shortest track of the 5 tracks is just under 10 minutes and all develop slowly. Nothing is quick tempo and the stereo is used perfectly to caress the ears. Headphone music for sure.My favourite track is Brainsucker (great title) which seems to go with the weird and slightly scary cover artwork. I like my electronic music to have a beat and this one is a good solid one.

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 Vuelo Quimico by NEURONIUM album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.37 | 7 ratings

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Vuelo Quimico
Neuronium Progressive Electronic

Review by richardh
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3 stars Neuronium must be the most neglected artist in the database with a whole swathe of albums not reviewed or rated. For those who don't know they were to Tangerine Dream what Uriah Heep were to Deep Purple. Ie not quite as good and not quite as interesting. I tend to listen to electronic music like this for one reason. Relaxation. This album only has 3 tracks but 2 are long and will appeal to those who like early to mid seventies Tangerine Dream/Edgar Froese. At around 7 minutes in its quite clear that Ricochet and Encore and good reference points.Very nice and yes very relaxing. The 3rd track features some narration and perhaps manages to establish something a bit more original and distinct at times although always coming back to TD.

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 The Visitor by NEURONIUM album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.68 | 6 ratings

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The Visitor
Neuronium Progressive Electronic

Review by Guldbamsen
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3 stars Smooth Operator

I can perfectly understand the previous reviewer's sentiments concerning this album, and hearing another person speaking about it in sky soaring metaphors - essentially relegating it as a desert island electronic album, truly makes me feel warm inside. There's just something about this release, that even if going against everything the album conveys of cold atmospheric Icelandic tundras - still feels warm and dear to me.

I have listened to a fair deal of electronic albums in my life, and once I dive down in my 80s collection, I almost immediately know what to expect from the soundscapes. They're smooth, icy, sugary, velvety and uncommonly ethereal - like had they been spawned on a bar of soap in the Himalayas. Some hipster folks out there may call it new age, and apart from me not knowing what that means, I certainly don't feel that is the case with Neuronium. That makes no sense at all, but that's the way I roll...

Perhaps one of the only Spanish suppliers of prog electronic, this act consisting of mastermind Michael Huygen and Carlos Guirao manages to put its own spin on the Berlin School of sound. Both men wield the floating and airy synthesizer shapes, Guirao adds guitar and flute, whilst Huygen takes care of all the writing - and on occasion he pulls out some rather alluring vocoder work. The Visitor does echo a certain Tangerine Dream-like attitude, and while there are literally hundreds of TD wannabes out there - most of them sounding the same (and feeling like limp wine gums), Neuronium feels altogether more conquistadorean - more Spanish and robust - even if that completely goes against all of their floating and soothing ambiances. In short: These guys are infinitely more interesting than your average electronic act conjuring up the umptieth version of Stratosfear.

I love listening to The Visitor in the afternoon - you know that blue hour, where the lights change and everything seems wrapped in nature's own electricity. This album quite simply sounds like a soundtrack meant for this daily happening. Starting off with atmospheric synthesisers and some beautiful guitar work, the album pulls you in like an old lover of yours lighting candles around the bed - before slipping into something more comfortable. It literally lures you in with its serene and welcoming attitude.

A Strange Affair then comes on like the perfect successor - suddenly opening up the doors to the vast ice sheets of Greenland - and the mood suddenly shifts to the more glacial and spacious, and while I giggled a bit the first time I heard Huygen's vocoder voice chanting: A Strange Affair - I must admit that it has grown immensely on me over the years. So much that I actually look forward to it every time I put the album on.

Rendez-Vous puts the docile in sonic buttermilk, and with its compelling guitar it truly feels like the perfect track to fondle up a rhinoceros to without having to flee in panic with a strange piercing through your thigh.

Finishing off the album we get the smooth closer The Light Of Your Eyes, that chills your heart and tricks you out on the drifting icebergs with gentle and almost symphonic electronic surfaces. It features vocals kindly submitted by a Michel Guillamat, and though I don't quite get the sudden urge to sprinkle distinctive human touches on the album right there and then, it is actually not bad.

This album is highly recommended to fans of 1980s Tangerine Dream - folks that dig Tangram and Exit - and furthermore enjoy to be swept away to the Arctic without having to bring their own snowshoes. 3.5 stars.

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 The Visitor by NEURONIUM album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.68 | 6 ratings

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The Visitor
Neuronium Progressive Electronic

Review by tmay102436

5 stars Although I enjoy most of the early Neuronium albums, "The Visitor" captures the essence of that perfect combination of electronic music, and just a bit of guitar. Added with the beautiful vocoder work - ESPECIALLY! on "A Strange Affair" - this is easily a desert electronic music album for me.

Hopefully someone like Esoterica picks up on remastering more electronic music, as the CD isn't very "spacial" and looses some of the magic the vinyl has....thankful for both at this point.

This is yet another worthy example that great music, in any form it seems, comes from around the world, and this one from Spain.

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 Digital Dream by NEURONIUM album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.35 | 8 ratings

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Digital Dream
Neuronium Progressive Electronic

Review by Dobermensch

3 stars 'Neuronium' were clearly a copy-cat, three man band plagiarising Klaus Schulze using every cliche in the book. At time of release in '79 (unlike the headliner which says 1980). this sounds very 1977 'Klaus' which should cheer up all 'Schulze' fans wondering where on earth to turn to after 'X' .

What went wrong with Schulze's recordings after after this period? Many say his use of digital technology replacing dirty old analogue.

'Digital Dream' is in no way original, but they use absolutely everything Schulze would exercise circa '75-78 making this the missing link for fans of aforementioned artist.

The front cover depicted is the old ugly one. I've got the 1990 cd version which displays a spooky painting in the style of Schulze's 'Irrlicht'. This is much better than looking at bearded guys.

Plagiarism abounds, but Spanish band 'Neuronium' give us what Schulze should have sounded like in '79. Some nice arpeggiators and highly softened electric guitars see us out in a pleasant way. It's pretty good.

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 Vuelo Quimico by NEURONIUM album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.37 | 7 ratings

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Vuelo Quimico
Neuronium Progressive Electronic

Review by João Paulo

4 stars A good work of this Spanish band. A spacey electronic context but with lots of other elements that make a special music conception very balanced. Some Floydian guitar, made a space music that we remember in other groups. A litle bit of Tangerine Dream in the begining of seventies, and I think that when they found some inspiration to make this album. We can listen a litle chorus in last music that made a beautiful music conection. Not boring and I don't realy apreciate electronic music specialy the comercial electronis but this is a nom comercial work and first time I listen i like. 4 stars because it's a good album

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 Quasar 2C361 by NEURONIUM album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.18 | 9 ratings

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Quasar 2C361
Neuronium Progressive Electronic

Review by erik neuteboom
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3 stars

In the second half of the Seventies I discovered the fascinating world of Tangerine Dream (1974-1977 era) and early Klaus Schulze their electronic music and soon I started to dig for more. In those days you could buy tons of electronic music LP's in the legendary record store Boudisque in Amsterdam. I did and especially Neuronium turned out to be one of my favorites, from the first album Quasar 2C361 (1977) to Heritage (1984). This electronic music formation was founded by Marcel Huygen (born in Belgium, later he moved to Barcelona), fellow keyboardplayer Carlos Guirao and guitarist Albert Gimenez (who left the band after their to me disappointing second album Vuelo Quimico in 1978).

Michel had played in psychedelic rock bands, with Neuronium he started to play jazz oriented music during a string of concerts in their embryonal phase but on this first effort it's mainly Seventies Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze inspired electronic music: ambient electronic landscapes with lush synthesizer-strings and soaring string-ensemble, pulsating sequencers and slow, hypnotizing synthesizer flights. The guitarplayer adds a special flavor to the music with his howling runs and moving solos, especially in the final part of El Valle De Rimac we can enjoy a wonderful blend of synthesizer and electric guitar, Neuronium their trademark in the early years. In the long titletrack Neuronium delivers a first and final part with a beautiful strings sound, flute and twanging acoustic guitar in a dreamy atmosphere, very warm electronic music!

Although the climates sound a bit similar on Neuronium their first album, to me this sounds as warm and pleasant electronic music. And it was the start of an interesting carreer for Michel Huygen, later he would collaborate with Tangerine Dream, Steve Roach and Klaus Schulze and in 1994 he performed on the legendary Dutch electronic music festival KLEM also featuring Chris Franke in that year. Recently Michel Huygen has worked on a record with the London Symphonic Orchestra entitled Classical Neuronium that contains his most significant compositions played with classical instruments.



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