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Pascal van den Dool biography
Pascal van den DOOL is a solo crossover prog artist (born 29th february, 2000 in Papendrecht, The Netherlands).


Playing piano and composing started at an early age and he continued with this a lot in his life. In 2014, he began composing orchestral pieces and piano compilations and publishing them on Youtube. These orchestral pieces were largely inspired by trailer music which has always been an influence.

First albums

After a little while he composed his first orchestral album, called 'Nature'. In less than a year a new album came out: 'The Transition'. It had a more realistic orchestral sound and functioned as a bridge between orchestral music and band-oriented music. These albums were never officially released.

Prog period

Pascal discovered prog, which would be a big love from that point. Inspired mainly by Pink Floyd, he made the album Space (July 2015) just 3 months after The Transition. Still the use of orchestra was prominent.

Next, he wanted to develop his own style more and thus mixed a lot of piano and orchestra in his sound. The result was a concept album: City Between Two Seas (January 2016). From this point, this album and the Space were available for sale and he gained more international fans.

With his next album The Sent Alien (October 2016) he amplified his style; more thought out layers with lots of piano and orchestra and a bit more experimental, the album touches avant-garde briefly for the first time as well as adapting classical composition.

The next album, Fedus (June 2017), focusses more on piano solo and other keyboard layers. In this nearly fully instrumental album the aim is to find a balance of seemingly almost contradictional musical aspects: peaceful - tensional, impressionistic - modernist, emotion - complexity, etc. The album again takes a new direction, namely much more jazz and modernist music, but it remains Pascal van den DOOL's own style.

**biography submitted by the artist**

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City Between Two Seas
Pascal van den Dool Crossover Prog

Review by Star_Song_Age_Less

— First review of this album —
4 stars City Between Two Seas showcases Pascal van den Dool as a promising composer. It's a cross between almost entirely progressive song structures (ABCDEFG, etc., rather than something more repetetive) and orchestral/symphonic inspired arrangements that bring a grace and balance to the work. The first piece, "On Earth," is pristinely lovely and surprising at many turns. Unlike the heavy-handed use of seething synth leads common in prog, this artist chooses attention to subtle detail and layered soft synths that slowly rise into ethereal beauty. Its elegance sounds entirely natural despite the complexity of the piece. These qualities foreshadow the rest of the album, but surprises abound as well. "Rose," for example, is a brief departure leaning more toward the world of folk music, though it still retains that ethereal quality - and "Not Me" features some highly expressive piano work. Pascal's singing and vocal effects are singular to him and assist in generating a unique texture - a blend of classical western musical style and prog rock composition, the synthesis of which may have been undermined by intrusive vocals.

This work is not without its faults, which are primarily in the mixing. There are several sudden ramps in volume which are too loud compared to the average volume of the songs (seems like a mastering issue). Occasionally, a midi sound is too obviously artificial, or too cutting. And it is unfortunately difficult to distinguish the lyrics when listening - a lyric sheet is strongly recommended. However, these minor problems pale beside the quality of the composition, musicianship, and genuinely emotive nature of the sound.

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