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Joel Vandroongenbroek (ex-Brainticket, Drum Circus) solo career. Space age electronic dreaminess meets mantra-like acoustic timbres.


Images Of Flute In Nature (1978)
Contemporary Pastoral And Ethnic Sounds (1979)
Meditations Vol. 1 (1979)
Meditations Vol. 2 (1979)
Birth Of Earth (1980)
Open Air Impressions (1980)
Computer Blossoms (1981)
Industrial Retrospect (1981)
Joel However (1982)
Mesopotamia Egypt (1982)
Middle Ages (1983)
South East Asia (1985)
Digital Project (1987)
AVision (1988)
Silicon Sirene (2006)

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Open Air ImpressionsOpen Air Impressions
Cleopatra Records 2012
Audio CD$15.99
Meditations 1Meditations 1
Aguirre Records 2014
Meditations 2Meditations 2
Aguirre Records 2014
Joel Vandroogenbroeck: Biomechanoid (180g) Vinyl LPJoel Vandroogenbroeck: Biomechanoid (180g) Vinyl LP
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Aguirre Records
Digital Project by Joel VandroogenbroeckDigital Project by Joel Vandroogenbroeck
Cleopatra Records
Audio CD$54.98
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3.69 | 7 ratings
Images Of Flute In Nature
4.00 | 2 ratings
Meditations Vol. 1
4.00 | 2 ratings
Meditations Vol. 2
3.19 | 7 ratings

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 Biomechanoid by VANDROOGENBROECK, JOEL album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.19 | 7 ratings

Joel Vandroogenbroeck Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Don't get too excited by the H.R. Giger cover art: this is not the sort of dark exploration of taboo sonic realms that a Giger piece might suggest (nor, thank goodness, is it anywhere close to Brain Salad Surgery). Instead, what you get on Joel Vandroogenbroeck's Biomechanoid is some charming electronic-flavoured library music which will forgettably fade into the background when you put it on but, as far as such music goes, is kind of pleasant in its style, especially if you want to slip in a bit of a sci-fi atmosphere momentarily. Good, but not worth paying top dollar for, and nowhere near as weird and wild as his Brainticket work.
  Images Of Flute In Nature by VANDROOGENBROECK, JOEL album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.69 | 7 ratings

Images Of Flute In Nature
Joel Vandroogenbroeck Progressive Electronic

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4 stars A very pleasant listen, lushly electronic, pastoral, ethnic acoustic, experimental, very melodic, somewhat psychedelic, and sometimes rhythmic. The album recalls 'Celestial Ocean', the last album of Vandroogenbroeck's earlier project Brainticket, though its sound is even further removed from rock, much mellower, and less overtly psychedelic or electronic. It is much more similar to the Brainticket work of 1980/82, though somewhat less experimental, warmer, more pastoral, and easier to get into. Its also more melodic. Flute predominates mostly on the album, backed by a variety of synth sounds and textures, as well as other instruments at times. There are no vocals on the album.

"Great Valley" reminds me of "Cosmic Wind" from 'Celestial Ocean' and it uses the same primary instruments, though it is smoother and more relaxed. "Magic Adventure" is an upbeat lengthy composition in a similar vein but filled with electronic sounds and instruments. Both of these tracks are great. I like "Forest Spirit" and "Hobbits" a lot too. The song titles seem very appropriate to me for the music. The last three songs are by far the weakest on the album, but still enjoyable.

This is the first of Joel's solo albums and from what i've heard is my favorite, but I have a lot of listening to do. Very enjoyable, relaxing, meditative, exploratory, reflective and beautiful. Recommended.

4 stars

Thanks to Philippe Blache for the artist addition.

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