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PHROZENLIGHT

Progressive Electronic • Netherlands


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Phrozenlight biography
Founded in The Netherlands in 1995

Phrozenlight is a musical project formed by Bert Hülshoff in the late 90s. As suggested by the name itself (Frozen Light: light without movement, is like dead space) the music can be perceived as a sonic metaphor of harmony of the spheres and chaotische fractal . Consequently,Bert Hülshoff's musical signature offers sustained, otherwordly cinematic ambiences for synthezised textures, electronic arpeggios and computer equipments. This project firstly take its inspiration from Berlin kosmische's electronic school but it also explores the dreamy-like / environmental aspects of organic ambient music. A satisfying musical travel through various moods and atmospheres.

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3.44 | 3 ratings
The Beginning
2000
1.00 | 3 ratings
Moon
2005
1.98 | 3 ratings
Creation
2005
3.44 | 3 ratings
Dragons of Pern
2005
2.95 | 3 ratings
Cold Night
2006
1.49 | 3 ratings
Virgil's Aeneid
2006
2.46 | 3 ratings
Sol (G2)
2006
3.93 | 3 ratings
Passion: Crucifixion & Resurrection
2006
3.44 | 3 ratings
April 2006
2006
1.95 | 2 ratings
Dreamland
2006
1.95 | 2 ratings
Crusade
2006
1.95 | 2 ratings
Birth
2006
1.00 | 2 ratings
Song of Albion
2006
1.00 | 1 ratings
Timeless
2006
1.95 | 2 ratings
Time Travel
2006
2.90 | 2 ratings
Is It Art Or A Joke?
2006
1.00 | 1 ratings
Echomachine
2006
2.00 | 1 ratings
Cassiopeia
2006
2.00 | 1 ratings
Verdwaald
2006
1.00 | 1 ratings
Empty Space Expands Forever
2006
2.00 | 1 ratings
Landscapes
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
An Empty Mind
2006
1.95 | 2 ratings
Leaving This Dusty Planet To Vaporize Into The Dying Sun
2007
2.90 | 2 ratings
Is There Water On This Planet?
2007
3.00 | 1 ratings
Astral Journey
2007
1.00 | 1 ratings
Space Portals
2007
2.00 | 1 ratings
Dark Lights
2007
3.86 | 2 ratings
Blue Sunset
2007
3.86 | 2 ratings
01-OSC-Synth1x6
2007
3.00 | 1 ratings
Two Space Hours
2007
2.90 | 2 ratings
Sleepers At The Edge Of Time
2007
3.86 | 2 ratings
Landing On Titan
2007
3.86 | 2 ratings
Firestorm
2007
4.81 | 2 ratings
Driftin' Between Starsystems
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
Cosmic Connections
2007
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The Saga of Axis
2007
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Wyrdgate
2007
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Earth
2007
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Summerday
2007
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Disturbed Souls
2007
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Lost City of Demented Souls
2007
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Oxide
2007
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Watcher
2007
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On The Edge Of Your Conscience
2007
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Electronic Resurrection
2007
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Quasar
2007
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Arrival - Departure
2007
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Tidal Flow
2007
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Prophet Or Alien
2007
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Sundawn
2007
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Sonic Images
2007
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Freefall
2007
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Crystal City
2007
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Sunday Afternoon
2007
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Return to Earth
2007
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Transportation
2007
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Yearsending
2007
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Digital Images
2007
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Phasewind
2007
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Perpetuum Mobile
2007
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Lost Memories
2007
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Cybercity
2007
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A Dream Of Ten Thousands Years
2008
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Distance
2008
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Deep Space Exploration
2008
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Autumn
2008
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Spacial Shift
2008
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Awakened Emptiness
2008
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Sonic Addiction
2008
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Cosmic Ritual
2008
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Alien
2008
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Floating
2008
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They Are Watching Us
2009
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Aeronaught
2009
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Time Is Running Out - Part 2
2009
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Time Is Running Out - Part 1
2009
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Dark Echoes
2009
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No Sense
2009
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Starlight
2009
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Shimmering Light
2009
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Short Memories
2009
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Basics
2009
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Loser
2009
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Spring 2009
2009
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MOments
2009
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Zweven
2009
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Evening Dawn
2009
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Dark Light, travel through time & back
2009
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Nebulae Mist
2009
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Zwaartekracht
2009
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Dreamzone
2009
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Moonrise
2009
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Mindstorm
2009
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Clear Thoughts
2009
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Star Travel
2009
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Gerommel in de Studio
2009
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Pfffff
2009
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Dark Sphere
2009
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Suffocated
2009
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Desert Planet
2009
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Human Beings
2009
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Repeated Conflicts
2009
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Deep Pulse
2009
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My Homeground
2009
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Loose Ends
2009
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A Lost Evening
2009
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Tribal
2009
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Speed It Up
2009
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Dark Days At The End
2009
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A New Beginning
2009
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Last Album...?
2009
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Far Side Of The Galaxy
2009
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Colorful Water
2009
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Poaske
2010
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Return Of The Mad Scientist
2010
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Outerworld
2010
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Fountain Of Your Fantasy
2010
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Mental Tubes
2010
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Overtime
2010
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Gates Of Darkness
2010
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Monotoon
2010
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Blue Space Red Dreams
2010
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Over
2010
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Swimmin' In The Deep
2010
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Poems & Dreams
2010
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At Random
2010
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Dream Spirit's Travel
2010
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Arc To The Future
2010
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Oceantides
2010
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La Fin Du Cycle
2010
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Nebulatears
2011
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Black And White
2011
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Phaeton's Last Days
2011
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Galactic Wanderer
2011
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Spaceman's Suit(e)
2011
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Neo Experimentalismo
2012
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End
2012
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Burst
2012
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Season Creatures
2012
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Partly Me
2012
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Exploding Parts
2012
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Do You Believe In Random
2012
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Dedicated
2012
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Cyrqles
2012
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Roman Suite
2012
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Old Fashion
2012
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Relations
2012
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0122101020121122012
2012
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Ghostplanet
2012
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13 Between Light And Dark
2013
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Lightstorm
2013
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Mono Terrestrial System Running Down the Spiral of Eden
2013
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Night Light
2013
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The Final Construction
2013
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Unknown
2013
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Carbon Lifeforms
2013
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The Days Begfore
2013
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Dancing On A Tongue
2013
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The Strength Behind You
2013
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Different Flavours
2013
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Crystal Emotions
2013
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Triple Sided Triangle
2013
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Memories Of A Fantasy
2013
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Towards The Light
2013
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Classic Eruptions Of The Brain
2013
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Blue Light
2013
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Flooded
2013
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Real World (Or Just Fantasy)
2013
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Metropolardome
2013
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Realms Of The Underworld
2013
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Relaxation Breakdown
2013
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Flowers Of The Water
2013
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Dragonflight
2013
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Clear Water Droplets Bouncing in My Head
2013
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Electronic Bubbles
2013
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Messages From Beyond
2013
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Is It Really Real?
2013
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Religion Of The Origin
2013
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Mixcloustrophonica
2013
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The Darkness Of The Soul
2013
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December Blues
2013
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Season Switch
2014
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Music Of Your Heart
2014
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Sweet Dreams Between the Dissonant Chords
2014
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Feathers of Beauty
2014
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EM Otions
2014
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Floating Images
2014
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Changing Moods
2014
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Sorrow
2014
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Astral Ship
2014
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Moondust Symphonic Nights
2014
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Scream Psionic
2014
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Romantic Synapses
2014
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Shadow Planet
2014
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Lone Tracks 2014
2014
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Cosmic Carrier
2014
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Psychedelic Feelings
2014
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Stormtide
2014
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Electric Joy (Or Repeat-Repeat And Never Change Is That An Option?)
2014
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Unknown Species
2014
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Hades
2014
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New Age (Of A Different Choice)
2014
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Wave (A Wave Rolls Through the Bay and Floats Into the Infinite Sea)
2014
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Zeronitation
2014
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A Mythical Fountain Gave Dead People Hope
2014
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Set Your Steps Towards the Sunlight and Leave the Darkness Behind
2014
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Moonsister
2014
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Droid City
2014
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Night Dream
2014
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Wolfman
2014
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Darkmoon
2014
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Skyriders
2014
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My Future
2014
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Discovery
2014
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Ancient Belief
2014
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Chronicles of the Dark World
2014
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An Unplanned Album
2014
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Kaleidoscoop
2014
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Cloud Battle
2014
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Between Repeated Patterns in Time
2015
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Timesheet
2015
3.00 | 1 ratings
Dreamland
2015
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Cyropean Union
2015
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Black Week
2015
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Un Sole Morente Sconosciuto
2015
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Romance 2015
2015
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Die Cosmic Reiter
2015
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Automatik
2015
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Oceans Of Mars
2015
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Compare Hard & Soft
2015
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Barren Country
2015
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The Simple Art of Minimalism
2015
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The Looping of Minimalism (Over and Over Till You Start Again)
2015
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Mental Jokers
2015
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Missing
2015
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Searching for the Right Wave
2015
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Free July
2015
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Common Dreams
2015
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Pudding in the Bathroom
2015
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New Pink
2015
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Programming
2015
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Brainmachine
2015
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GrünnRök
2015
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Clear Light Mountains
2015
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Clear Light Mountains
2015
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Trancemissions Into Outerspace
2015
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Arrakis
2015
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Phrozen Ice
2016
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Your Own Way
2016
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Humans Enlightens
2016
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The Ravens Are Watching the Dark Side of the Sun
2016
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Vampira
2016
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Rituals
2016
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Bits And Pieces (Weird Adventure in Outer Space)
2016
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Braindamage
2016
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Watching Behind the Wall of Your Dreams
2016
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The Dream Dimensions
2016
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It's Gonna Fall
2016
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Virtual Schier
2016
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Floating Mirages
2016
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Styx
2016
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Astral Sky
2016
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Eon // Era
2016
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Is There A Future?
2016
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Morning Star
2016
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Unknown Leftovers
2016
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Set the Controls to the Darkside of the Universe
2016
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Silhouettes
2016
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2000Seventeen
2017
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Eat Before You Are Eaten
2017
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Pluforbitani
2017
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Changing Destinies
2017
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Monsters
2017
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Alien Space Meat
2017
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Underwater Romance
2017
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Dawn of a Century
2017
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Earth Sphere
2017
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The Hunter Is the Prey
2017
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Alien Mentors
2017
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Alien Conversation
2017
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Coaching
2017
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Schier Rituals
2017
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Kloppf
2017
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Pfannkuchen
2017
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Sense
2017
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Midi Expansion
2017
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Outside - Inside
2017
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Dark Nemesis
2017
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Green World
2017
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Meditations
2017
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Deceptions
2017
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Mind Print
2017
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Heart & Mind Connection
2017
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Lightbringer
2017
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Phase Out
2017
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Last Thought
2017
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Works
2018
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Ta Dum Toth (aka Red Is the Color from Zero to Infinity)
2018
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More Sessions
2018
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Eiskalt im Herz
2018
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Red Planet
2018
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Hercinia
2018
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Moonwater
2018
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On The Road
2018
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Return to Schiermonnikoog
2018
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On Metal Wings
2018
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Stranger On A Strange Planet
2018
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Outside The Gate
2018
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Hot
2018
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Expanding Your Mind
2018
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Destiny
2018
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After The Sun
2018
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In Need Of Space
2018
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2018​-​10​-​2​.​.​.​.​..
2018
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Bleeps
2018
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Solar Winds
2018
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Coffee Moments
2018
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A Portal Between Floating Stars
2018
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Return To Your Center
2018
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Ghosts On The Beach
2018
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Romantic Moments
2019
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Moonglow
2019
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Child Of The Skies
2019
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Dreampira
2019
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Minerva
2019
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Demos 19 First Quarter
2019
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Reset
2019
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Freedom Mindgames
2019
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Prepair Your Innerstate
2019
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Sun Mantra
2019
2.90 | 2 ratings
Soul Mantra
2019
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Adore the Love of My Life
2019
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Wandering into the Distance
2019
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Phasewind 2019 (Remastered)
2019
1.00 | 1 ratings
Space Sphere
2019
0.00 | 0 ratings
Moongirl (w/Julie Murray-Anderson)
2019
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No More Education
2019

PHROZENLIGHT Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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Short Session
2007
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Nothing Else but Stars
2008

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Historic Edition 1: Year 2001
2007
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Lone Tracks 2001​-​2014
2018
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Compilations
2019

PHROZENLIGHT Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

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Seacreation
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
Justinsane
2007
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Blote Bet
2009
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Die Wolf
2013
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Counting Your Blessing
2013
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Midi Sphere
2017
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Dreamers Escape
2017
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Count Your Blessings
2017
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Dreaming In The Engineroom
2018
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Phroen Spectrum (Live Single)
2018
1.00 | 1 ratings
Phased Emotions
2019
1.00 | 1 ratings
Wish They Are Somewhere Between
2019
1.00 | 1 ratings
Into Oblivion
2019
1.00 | 1 ratings
Eastern Memories
2019
1.00 | 1 ratings
Crystal Voyage
2019
1.00 | 1 ratings
Reverb in Extremis
2019
1.00 | 1 ratings
Expansion Field
2019
1.00 | 1 ratings
Snow
2019
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Burning on Venus
2019
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Neo Space
2019
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Happy Gliss
2019
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D
2019
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E
2019
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F
2019
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A
2019
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Those Precious Moments Before You Go
2019

PHROZENLIGHT Reviews


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 April 2006 by PHROZENLIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.44 | 3 ratings

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April 2006
Phrozenlight Progressive Electronic

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

3 stars This is quite a decent album, despite the fact that the Phrozelight's albums don't contain anything that can be called a "chord". The first track is based on a repetitive squared wave, similar to early Tangerine Dream, but as usual it doesn't go anywhere for 17 minutes. The second track, which is effectively the second part of the first consists in other 17 minutes of electronic percussive noises on a base made of...let's call it a chord.

It's not bad, don't get me wrong. Of course it depends on your mood. If this is the stuff you are looking for, this can make your day. The problem is if you are wishig to listen to something "structured".

The third track has a nice title: "Bursting Clouds", and some of the sounds can remind to fast moving clouds, but I have the impression that Bert Hulshoff here is just having fun with his equipment. The foreground noise changes during the trac and whilt this track fades out, it's loke there's something behind,

Finally the track 4. This one starts with the thing most similar to a proper chord that I've heard in his albums up to now. Dark Nebula can't be too different, of course. This is what Bert Hulshoff does, but there something more in this track. Effectively is the kind of drones that could have been put in a Tangerine Dream album of the Pink period.

This album is above the Phrozenlight average, at least for the few I've listened to. Not a bad listen at all, but nothing I would fight for. A honest 3-stars abum, ut only for those who likes this kind of electronics.

 Soul Mantra by PHROZENLIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2019
2.90 | 2 ratings

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Soul Mantra
Phrozenlight Progressive Electronic

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Phrozenlight is a progressive electronics project featuring ambient and sustained electronic music. The project was created in the late 90's by Bert Hulshoff from the Netherlands. The amazing thing is that Bert has released many albums since the year 2000. In June of 2019, he released his 332nd (yes, that is correct, at least that is what is listed so far in the archives) full length album called "Soul Mantra". His music is made up of some very interesting textures that are reminiscent of and inspired by Berlin's electronic school and is often backed by sustained tones and electronic arpeggios produced by synths and computer equipment.

"Soul Mantra" is my first foray into his music, and there is enough music here to keep even the most avid listener busy for a few years at least. From what I can discern from this album alone is that the music is very dream-like and trance inducing. However, there are enough texture changes to keep things interesting as the music seems to always be moving. However, there is not a lot of change as you float through each of the 3 extra long tracks on this album but there are variations in texture, tones and patterns, enough to keep the music moving forward.

This album, as I said before, is made up of 3 very long tracks. The title track "Soul Mantra" comes first and is over 22 minutes long. Most of the first 12 minutes push forward with a steady fast moving rhythm. Quick arpeggios are backed by two repeated high pitched notes and sustained textures. Then the rhythmic pattern backs off a bit and the sustained chords and two note pitches continue, but get more free floating as it goes. By the time you reach 17 minutes, the music is more ambient with ringing tones, sustained chords and not much else. The music is very nice with dream-like textures while subdued arpeggios shimmer in the background.

"Sweet Wish" is the 2nd track and it has a run time of over 16 minutes. The track opts for no arpeggios, just sustained and pulsating notes that move slowly with very little forward movement, like a slow moving river. There are also some sparkly, almost metallic effects going on around this. The chord pattern created in the background evokes tension that finds resolve from time to time as the synths wash over you in waves ebbing and flowing. After 7 minutes, those squeaky metallic noises stop and you are left with sustained chords and ambient improvisation. At nine minutes, different sonic textures come in over the background chords.

"Spirit Mantra" closes the album with a track over 17 minutes. It probably has the least forward movement than the other two tracks, with a texture that makes it difficult to detect much change, you just know it is going on, but is sometimes almost indescernable. Twinkling notes and sounds emerge from the layers of synths. As it moves on, changes in tones can be heard making it a touch more melodic, but still very ambient. After 5 minutes, a pulsing electronic sound emerges, but since the other sounds don't really follow any rhythm, that pulsating just becomes part of the overall texture. Things intensify a bit and by 10 minutes a moving synth line creates more forward movement. This crescendos and softens, sometimes becoming the most discernable part of the soundscape. After 13 minutes, low frequencies come in drowning out the higher textures and effects and sounds emerge from those lower tones. These pitches soon start changing and then finally disappear with the track closing out with sustained ambience.

The music does remind one of earlier Tangerine Dream, but it isn't really what you could call melodic. It moves along slowly after you pass the half way mark in the first track, becoming more ambient and textural. Phrozenlight has released quite a few albums, many times at least one every two weeks or more, even though some are EPs, most of them are full length albums. The music is meant to be spatial and free flowing, improvised electronic music that represents harmonization of space and the life around us. It is very trance-inducing and is best for that kind of listening, or at least background listening. For that purpose, it works well, but to sit and listen to it for the typical entertainment factor, it isn't really that effective. Only the first track provides that, while the others have very little movement in them. Anyway, the album is well produced, and is well suited for its purpose. I highly doubt I would have the patience to try to listen to it often however, let alone explore all of his discography.

 Passion: Crucifixion & Resurrection by PHROZENLIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.93 | 3 ratings

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Passion: Crucifixion & Resurrection
Phrozenlight Progressive Electronic

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

4 stars Since when I have started digging into Phrozenlight's music I had the impression of empty drones leading nowhere, like he's just spending some good time by joking with his electronic equipments. Sometimes the result is good, sometimes not.

This album, for the first time, has a meaning in the sense that the darkness of this ambient music and some of the background sounds are very in accordance with the track titles. I assume you all know the story and regardless the religious aspects I think it's one of the darkest stories ever told.

Musically it's not much different from the other rhythmless long electronic excursions of this artist, but of all the attempts to clone the Tangerine Dream's ZEIT that I have heard from him up to now, this is the most successful, probably because this time he was not really thinking to TD.

The "Friday's track" has some subtle organ and bells and should be giving the idea of the prison. An innocent condemned to a cruel death penalty waiting for his last day, laying wounded in chains. I think this track gives the idea.

Of course the Crucifiction is darker. Now there's real pain, but it also makes me think to the mystic part: the 3 hours eclipse, a portent explaining the God's anger, even though the story was already written. This track is a travel into the darkness of pain and incoming death, it doesn't contain any allusion to the promised resurrection. In some parts it reminds a bit (not too much) to the dark noisy part of Vangelis' Heaven and Hell (the Greek musician, not the books).

The third is the day of the resurrection. The Ooh's may represent the Angels, but they are too dark. What for Christians is a moment or reconnection between Men and God is here a supernatural moment which shows forces greater than Man and for this reason they are in any case perceived as dark.

Of all the ambient drones from Phrozenlight this is the most exciting that I've heard, the on on which he seems to have put some more effort than usual, probably because this kind of dark ambient is more congenial to his way of making music. In this album "outer" is not the space. It's the metaphysical world instead.

A good surprise.

 Sol (G2) by PHROZENLIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2006
2.46 | 3 ratings

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Sol (G2)
Phrozenlight Progressive Electronic

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

3 stars With Phorzenlight there's always the risk of getting about one hour of low volume noises which don't go anywhere, and this is what I was afraid of after the previous two albums.

I have to say that even if very few things happen also on the two long tracks of this album, the sounds are not so boring and flat as in "Moon". There's the impression of a chord, some electronic "ooh" and effectively, if you are travelling alone on a starship through the deep space, this is an appropriate soundtrack.

"Helios" is everything but boring, but you have to be in the right mood. This is up to now the track closer to the Tangerine Dream of the Pink Period that this Flying Dutchman has been able to produce even being for his own admission strongly influenced by them. I survived to those rhythmless 26 minutes of keyboards and this is likely to happen again.

"Solarised" is a bit longer, clocking at 31:21. Now the basic chord is minor and the ooh voices include low pitches. For the rest it's honestly almost identical to the other track and it's strange having so few to say about a track of this length apart some "strings" appearing and disappearing suddenly in the background. In particular situations I can enjoy this music. If you are in meditation it can work fine, that's why my rating would be "barely good and absolutely non essential", but it doesn't mean an integer number of stars so I'm rounding it up to three.

 Virgil's Aeneid by PHROZENLIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2006
1.49 | 3 ratings

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Virgil's Aeneid
Phrozenlight Progressive Electronic

Review by octopus-4
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2 stars The idea was not bad: Virgil's Aeneid is the only Roman epic poem and even if mimic of Homer's most famous Iliad and Odyssey it has all the right characteristics to be turned into a concept album.

That's why I find the three drones in this album very disappointing: electronic music has the power of creating mental images, it can vehicolate the author's impressions and in the worst case the author has the possibility to add noises and gimmicks able to give the listener an idea of what the music is about.

This is not the case. Bert Hulshoff has just taken three episodes or ambients from that epic poem and all the three fail in communicating the idea of the Aeneid. It's just the usual space music, unstructured and inconclusive. It's not totally bad in its own, but the shores of the Avernous river should make a bit more noise and also provide some scary sensations to who looks at them as it's the river which leads to the "aedes", the Kingdom of Deads.

The Sybil is a secondary character in the story, but is a prophetess and in the ancient world was second only to the Delphi's Oracle. It's a very good subject fro a dark ambient track but the author failed even on this subject.

"Deiphobe" can be barely distinguished from tha other two tracks and only "Aeneas and Turnus" deserves a mention as it contains some variations. The "ooh" background sounds make me think more to 2001 A Space Odyssey and would have been more appropriate if related to the Sybil. This is the only reason why I rate this album with two stars instead of one.

...but the Aeneid as concept album is a very good idea. Hopefully somebody else will sooner or later develop it.

 Cold Night by PHROZENLIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2006
2.95 | 3 ratings

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Cold Night
Phrozenlight Progressive Electronic

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

3 stars The "ooh" sound which pervades the "Dawn of a New Year" is so spacey and reminding of Clarke's Odyssey that I think it's a dawn seen from the orbit as it gives me the impression of planets moving in slow motion. It's a pity that this artist is capable of creating a so interesting background and avoids putting anything in foreground. This is the main difference between most of his works and those of early Tangerine Dream. The second are good in creating those atmospheric soundscapes but adding also a bit of music sometimes. So even if I like being crawled by this kind of thing maybe laying down on a lawn watching the sky on a summer night, I see no reason for a track like this to last 4, 8, 16 or 32 minutes. Like a fractal, you can take any part of it and expand or contract it as much as you want. It won't change.

"Cold Night" starts better. Still no music, in the common sense, but the noises of remote thunders, rain and winds are a good intro. Unfortunately it doesn't develop enough and remains at that level for 16 minutes. I like it, I enjoy it, but it's just me. I can't suggest this thing to anybody who's looking for music. As well as you may enjoy watching a storm from the warmth of your home, behind your window while drinking hot tea, you may enjoy also this sequence of sounds.

"Dark Noon" has some keyboards. We can hear proper chords, a background and a foreground, even if far from being a melody of any kind. Dark ambient, more than spacey. At least here something happens.

"Dark Water" features some bells the thing closer to a percussion that you can find on this album (and on Phrozenlight's albums in general). An exciting track compared with the rest.

"Cold Smoke" is the less cold track of the album, even though the clean keyboard playing the usual note can be a little "icy". There's more in this part than on most of his whole huge discography. At least this track seems to go somewhere...but never arrives anywhere as usual.

So not really a bad album, but a bit more of inventive like in the last track would have made it really better. I think there are better examples of space rock or progressive electronic around so my 3 stars are rounded very up. Surely non-essential but if you are in search of this kind of music this is as good as another else. Of course between spinning this and Zeit I prefer the second by light-years.

 Dragons of Pern by PHROZENLIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.44 | 3 ratings

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Dragons of Pern
Phrozenlight Progressive Electronic

Review by octopus-4
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3 stars Phrozenlight is an artist that must be taken in small doses. After his quite good debut very reminding to Tangerine Dream I have got very bored by the following two albums, in particular "Moon" so I decided to give up to him.

Looking for some ambient music I decided to give him another try and even if this "Dragons of Pern" is not too dissimilar from "Moon", there's something more inside.

It's just electronics with no rhythm, nothing that can be called "structure" and of course nothing with the sembiance of a melody, just space music. But the space is more interesting than the dead "Moon". The album title is inspired to a fantasy novel of Anne McCaffrey, that's part of a cycle (the cycle of Pern) and this probably makes the difference.

As well as I like closing my eyes and let my mind create mental images by following the music, I think that who makes this kind of music does something similar, putting into his work the sensations brought by the mental images coming in this case from the novel. So I can hear a big difference between "Dragon's Cave" and "Dragon's Fight Against Thread", as the second is surely more dramatic and full of "sensations".

It's true that if one jumps randomly from one part to the other it can appear to be all the same, but this is a kind of music who requires attention, something that has to be listened to with headphones.

This album is very close to the TD of the pink period, from which Phrozenlight admits taking inspiration and at least this time he has partially succeeded.

Having mentioned the first two tracks, let's say that "Dragon's Going Between" is different in some way from the other two tracks. The sounds are different: more squared waves and the thing most similar to a major chord that I have listened from this Dutch artist up to now.

Not a disk for everybody. It's pure space electronic ambient, but in its genre I think it deserves 3 stars.

 Creation by PHROZENLIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2005
1.98 | 3 ratings

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Creation
Phrozenlight Progressive Electronic

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

2 stars This third album of the Dutch android Phrozenlight offers something more than the previous "Moon".

As well as on Moon, the 5 tracks here don't contain anything else than spacey landscapes, but respect to Moon we can hear some more variations, something that can be interpreted as a chord or even a sequence of chords. The evident source of inspiration is "Zeit".

This means that "Space Folding" is not a boring track even though very few happens. "Floating Sounds" is made of the same ingredients but there's a "strings" sound which permeates the track and adds a classical-like mood. The ambient is more ethereal and sometimes the "chord" is major. I quite like this track.

"Walking In Paradise" is the longest track of the album, even if short respect to the current Phrozenlight's standards. It's another 18 minutes of spacey ambient music (or just sounds). I find this kind of music extremely relaxing and I like going in a sort of trance while listening but this is a consequence of having been a SciFi addict already around while Neil Armstrong was walking on the Moon long before Sting. If you aren't in this mental state it's very likely that you'll have stopped the player long before reaching the third track.

What's the difference between walking in Paradise and leaving Paradise? Apparently leaving is more fun. We have real chords with electronic noises coming and going. This can effectively be compared with the pink TD (but not so good, to be honest). Unfortunately it doesn't last long. After more or less three minutes we are back to the electronic flow of solar winds and subatomic particles that's omnipresent in any Phrozenlight's track. It's a pity that this guy has the technical skill to make good space rock but doesn't invest enough effort in creating anything more than spacey soundscapes.

"Scary Christmas" has a promising title, but at this point surviving to another 16 minutes of cosmic vacuum is very hard. Wanting to make a "siesta" after a heavy lunch this is a very good background, but if this is what you look for just grab ANY of the Phrozenlight's releases. In case you are planning to sleep longer there are "songs" 2 hours long, too.

I'll try some other albums to see if there's any difference but I'm not very optimistic and I suspect that I'll quit reviewing Phrozenlight quite soon.

 Moon by PHROZENLIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2005
1.00 | 3 ratings

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Moon
Phrozenlight Progressive Electronic

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

1 stars This is the first of very many attempts to clone Tangerine Dream's Zeit put in place by Bert Hulshoff, aka Phrozenlight. I have to say that this is not the worst but his releases are so similar that I don't know if I'll review any other of his albums after this.

This is not the worst because at least sometimes something happens. A note is replaced by one higher or lower, the volume is a little increased or lowered and unexpectedly, sometimes a new sound is added. The bad is that Phrozenlight seems to have only partially understood Edgar Froese and Tangerine Dream, even of the pink period. He has taken the spacey mood, something that he does very well, but he has missed all the psychedelic and krautrock influences. What is mainly missed respect to TD is the capacity to be hypnotic without having to be boring. TD (I mean in the pink period) have square waves, drums, and at least little variations that are able to make the music change totally without making the listener aware.

The first "phase" in this album has some little variation but is very far from being even remotely compared to Zeit or to Atem. It's not a bad listen, if you are looking for spacey landscapes or you have smoked something illegal this album can work fine, but apart some little exceptions it's like the fans of a battery of servers in a datacenter. A continuous noise that after a while goes in the background of your mind and you become aware of it only when the power goes down and they stop.

The Second Phase is a little more high-pitched respect to the first and there's also a shy attempt to add some rhythm, but in the end it's like the datacenter has been restarted. It's a pity because some of the noises below are not bad. Just a bit of human more and a bit of robotic less and it wouldn't have been bad. I find some parts of this track even enjoyable, until I have something to smoke, of course....

The Third Phase starts in crescendo from few seconds of silence, then it's even promising when after 1 minute it reminds to some "lunar" parts of the 2001 Space Odyssey soundtrack. The fact is that the discovery of the monolyth in the movie takes few minutes while in this track it takes more than 25 and at the end the aliens don't receive any signal.

The Fourth Phase is different. The background chords seem to be two....

Well, cut in short pieces this is not totally bad, but playing a single chord adding a soundscape here and there is not the same of composing Zeit. I personally enjoy this music sometimes, but I can't suggest it to anybody else. If you look for spacey landscapes they are the only thing that you can find in this album, or in most of the Phrozenlight's production. There are surely some exceptions. I can't believe that he has released the same album about 100 times.

 The Beginning by PHROZENLIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.44 | 3 ratings

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The Beginning
Phrozenlight Progressive Electronic

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

3 stars Coming to this album after having listened to some of the latest drones of this "flying dutchman" I've been a little surprised. While almost his whole production is made of 1 or 2 hours length tracks made just of a bass note and spacey sounds for which he gets inspiration from the pink period of Tangerine Dream.

This album has music, instead. It's spacey ambient as all the rest but we have five distinct tracks that can be distingued one from the other and are also good enough.

"Desert City" with its loops is very close to the early TD or even to Edgar Froese's works like "Aqua" or "Epsilon in Malaysian Pale". The sounds used are very similar, too. It doesn't happen a lot, but the music has a sense, something that will go almost lost in his more recent releases.

"Dreaming Dolphin" is very spacey and reminds clearly to "Zeit" that's not a bad thing, absolutely. Very similar to "Birth of a Liquid Pleiades" even in the length.

The story doesn't change too much with "Moondawn On Speed". This track has some electronic percussions, an element that will disappear from most of the subsequent production. A very good track.

"Temple of Syrix" has no percussions, instead. There are some square waved sounds in the foreground giving the idea of a melody about to start. It doesn't happen, but little variations make it change continuously. Edgar Froese is still the reference.

Finally "Trance Express" works well. It contains a sort of background melody that the repetitivity helps to identify.

For fans of Progressive Electronic and in particular of early Tangerine Dream (Up to Phaedra).

Thanks to Philippe Blache for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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