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Born in the late 60's after the expansion of avant-gardist, modern, post-modern and minimalist experimentation, the progressive electronic movement immediately guides us into a musical adventure around technologies and new possibilities for composition. As an author or a searcher, the musician often creates his own modules and electronic combinations, deciding his own artistic and musical action. The visionary works of Stockhausen, Subotnick, John Cage ("concrete" music, electro-acoustic experimentation), La Monte Young, Steve Reich, Terry Riley (minimal, micro-tonal music) express a vision of total reconstruction in the current musical world. Luminous works such as "A Rainbow in Curved Air" (1967) and "Silver Apples of the Moon" (1967) bring an inflexion on opened forms and new ways to explore the essence and the physical aspects of sounds (through time and space). "Static" textures, collages & long running sounds, the power of technology previously exposed in ambitious classical works will have a major impact in "popular" electronic music.

After the artisan & innovative uses of magnetic tapes, feedback, microphones, etc., the instrumental synthesis, the elaboration of global sound forms and the psycho-acoustic interactions will be sublimated thanks to the launch of the analog synth. A great improvement happened in 1964 with the appearance of the first modular synthesiser (Moog). This material (or "invention") brings the answer to the technological aspirations of many musicians, mainly after the release of the popular "Switched on Bach" (Walter Carlos) and Mother Mallard's portable masterpiece (pieces composed between 1970-73).

At the beginning of popular essays in electronica, the pioneering technologies (in term of recording and sound transmission) will not be abandoned. For instance, "Tone Float" (1969) by Organisation (pre-Kraftwerk), "Zwei Osterei" & "Klopzeichen" (1969-70) by Kluster and "Irrlicht" (1972) by Klaus Schulze will carry on the domestication of the electric energy and the use of refined harmoniums, organs and echo machines. During the 70's decade, European groups & musicians such as Eno, Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream will make their name in the music industry thanks to an abundant use of analog synthesisers and original electronic combinations. After weird, mysterious experimentation on conventional acoustic & electric instruments, Kraftwerk enjoyed huge success in popular music thanks to "mechanical electronic pop music". "Trans Europe Express" (1977) and "The Man Machine" (1978) figure as two commercial classics. The German spacey electronic scene launched by Tangerine Dream with their outstanding "Alpha Centauri" (1971) and Cluster "I" & "II" (1971-72) will have echoes everywhere, starting from the Berlin underground electronic scene (the Berlin School) with Klaus Schulze ("Timewind" 1974), Michael Hoenig ("Departure from the Northern Wasteland" 1978), Ashra ("New Age of Earth" 1976), Conrad Schnitzler's buzz-drones and repetitive electronics ("Zug", "Blau", Gold" 1972-74) . After several innovations always from Germany we notice the dark, doomy atmospheric manifests of Nekropolis (Peter Frohmader) in "Le culte des Goules" (1981), Asmus Tietchens in his colourful and engaged "Biotop" (1981) and the semi-ambient "Hermeneutic Music" (1988) by Lars Troschen (sound sculptor and synthesist).

In France, the "hypnotic" and "propulsive" electronic essays of Heldon ("Electronic Guerrilla" 1974) and Lard Free ("Spiral Malax"1977) introduce an inclination for industrial, urban and post-modern sound projections. The French "avant gardist" Philippe Besombes takes back the inspiration of " concrete music" (Pierre Henry.) and mixes it to a hybrid rocking universe (published in 1973, "Libra" figures as a true classic). Bernard Xolotl in "Prophecy" (1981), "Procession" / "Last Wave" (1983), Zanov (Green Ray, 1976) and Didier Bocquet (Voyage cerebral, 1978) will follow the musical path anticipated by Klaus Schulze in his kosmische electronic symphonies.

At the end of the 70's until the debut of the 80's Albums as "ambient 1: Music for Airports" (Brian Eno), "Cluster & Eno", "Deluxe" (Hans Joachim Roedelius side project called Harmonia) will announce the emergence of the famous ambient movement, musically characterised by gorgeous shimmering atmospheric textures.

During the 80's, Maurizio Bianchi will be in search of the absolute industrial "post-nuclear" sound tapestry. His visionary musical experience is based on cyclical loops, abrasive concrete noises and vertiginous piano dreamscapes. ("Symphony for a Genocide" 1981 and recently the mesmerising "A.M.B Iehn Tale" 2005). Before M.B and the industrial-bruitist wave, the 70's Italian specialists of electronic experiments had been (among others) Francesco Cabiati (Mirage, 1979), Francesco Bucherri (Journey, 1979), and Francesco Messina for representative, lyrical and spacey orchestrations and also Futuro Antica (D'ai primitivi all'elettronica, 1980) or Telaio Magnetico (Live' 75) for tripped out minimalism.

In the early 1980s and after following the kosmische path of classic Klaus Schulze, The Bay Area / Los Angeles school of electronic created the so called "alchemical" / "Sacred" space music. The music offers a dynamic combination between ancient-traditional music of the West and synthesised sonic soundscapes. The most representative artists of this movement are Michael Stream (Lyra Sound Constellation, 1983) Robert Rich (Numena, 1987) and Steve Roach (Dreamtime Return, 1988).

In the early 80s Ian Boddy (Spirits, 1984 / Phoenix, 1986) and Mark Shreeve (Assassin, 1983 / Legion, 1984) unique spacedout synthesised sagas represented the british answer to the challenging Berlin kosmische school. Their music embodies timbral drone sequences, systematic arpeggiations and synth-pop textures.

Young contemporary bands and artists in electronic experimentation took their inspiration from the 70's "kosmische" analog synth psychedelica of Klaus Schulze, Conrad Schnitzler, Tangerine Dream, etc. In the spaced out synthesisers spectrum, modern Japanese artists as Yamazaki Maso (noisy avant garde experimentor who contributes to the Kawabata's projects named Andromelos, Christina 23 onna and Father Moo & the Black sheeps) or Takushi Yamazaki (Space Machine) are key figures. The minimal, moody / lysergic epic soundscapes of Omit (Clinton Williams), Cloudland Canyon, Astral social club or Zombi also contribute to the renewal of the "cosmic" synth genre. Many modern electronic artists have taken an original musical direction, surfing on post-krautrock ambient waves (Aethenor), on spherical "abstract" ambient minimalism (Pete Namlook, Biosphere, Robert Henke) or on trancey, (post) industrial drone hypnosis (Alio Die / Amon / Nimh for the italian side and Andrew Chalk with his respective projects Mirror, Monos and Ora).

To sum up things, the progressive electronic subgenre is dedicated to intricate, moving, cerebral, intrusive electronic experiences that get involved in "kosmische", dark ambient, (post) industrial, droning, surreal or impressionist soundscapes territories.

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4.27 | 613 ratings
RUBYCON
Tangerine Dream
4.26 | 200 ratings
MIRAGE
Schulze, Klaus
4.16 | 547 ratings
PHAEDRA
Tangerine Dream
4.20 | 101 ratings
EPSILON IN MALAYSIAN PALE
Froese, Edgar
4.16 | 184 ratings
X
Schulze, Klaus
4.15 | 187 ratings
TIMEWIND
Schulze, Klaus
4.47 | 23 ratings
GREEN RAY
Zanov
4.48 | 18 ratings
CATCH WAVE
Kosugi, Takehisa
4.09 | 119 ratings
AMBIENT 4 : ON LAND
Eno, Brian
4.07 | 135 ratings
NEW AGE OF EARTH
Ashra
4.11 | 83 ratings
BODY LOVE: ORIGINAL FILMMUSIK
Schulze, Klaus
4.59 | 13 ratings
IN COURSE OF TIME
Zanov
4.19 | 37 ratings
INTEGRATI... DISINTEGRATI
Leprino, Franco
4.07 | 78 ratings
BODY LOVE VOL. 2
Schulze, Klaus
4.24 | 26 ratings
LUCIFER RISING
Beausoleil, Bobby
4.40 | 15 ratings
AN ELECTRIC STORM
White Noise
3.95 | 319 ratings
FORCE MAJEURE
Tangerine Dream
3.94 | 219 ratings
ANOTHER GREEN WORLD
Eno, Brian
3.92 | 259 ratings
THE MAN-MACHINE (DIE MENSCH-MASCHINE)
Kraftwerk
3.93 | 227 ratings
TRANS-EUROPE EXPRESS (TRANS-EUROPA EXPRESS)
Kraftwerk
3.90 | 381 ratings
STRATOSFEAR
Tangerine Dream
4.20 | 18 ratings
BALLET STATIQUE
Schnitzler, Conrad
3.96 | 60 ratings
SMALL CRAFT ON A MILK SEA
Eno, Brian
3.92 | 101 ratings
MY LIFE IN THE BUSH OF GHOSTS (WITH DAVID BYRNE)
Eno, Brian
4.23 | 16 ratings
TUSSILAGO FANFARA
Anna Sjalv Tredje
4.09 | 25 ratings
ICELAND
Pinhas, Richard
4.07 | 26 ratings
LOGOS
Wakhevitch, Igor
3.93 | 68 ratings
STAND BY
Heldon
3.86 | 203 ratings
TANGRAM
Tangerine Dream
3.94 | 51 ratings
MUSIK VON
Harmonia
4.08 | 21 ratings
SONANZE
Cacciapaglia, Roberto
4.02 | 24 ratings
20 JAZZ FUNK GREATS
Throbbing Gristle
4.46 | 8 ratings
ABANDONED CITIES
Budd, Harold
3.88 | 49 ratings
AMBIENT 2 - THE PLATEAUX OF MIRROR (WITH BRIAN ENO)
Budd, Harold
3.88 | 51 ratings
KONTINUUM
Schulze, Klaus
4.34 | 9 ratings
ZUG
Schnitzler, Conrad
4.15 | 13 ratings
RAVEDEATH, 1972
Hecker, Tim
5.00 | 4 ratings
THE HIDDEN SPRING
Alio Die
4.75 | 5 ratings
LEXIKON I
Benkő, László
3.78 | 153 ratings
COMPUTER WORLD (COMPUTERWELT)
Kraftwerk
3.86 | 43 ratings
THE PEARL (WITH BRIAN ENO & DANIEL LANOIS)
Budd, Harold
3.93 | 25 ratings
DOCTEUR FAUST
Wakhevitch, Igor
4.91 | 4 ratings
DEN GĹTFULLA MÄNNISKAN
Malmberg, Eric
3.85 | 40 ratings
THE EQUATORIAL STARS
Fripp And Eno
4.01 | 16 ratings
UBERFALLIG
Schickert, Günter
4.18 | 10 ratings
HORSE ROTORVATOR
Coil
4.85 | 4 ratings
LONG LOST RELATIVES
Syrinx
4.83 | 4 ratings
SIL MUIR
Sil Muir
4.78 | 4 ratings
HERITAGE
Neuronium
4.24 | 8 ratings
LOVE'S SECRET DOMAIN
Coil
3.87 | 26 ratings
EPITAPH FOR VENUS
Galactic Explorers
3.75 | 100 ratings
CYBORG
Schulze, Klaus
3.79 | 48 ratings
ANOTHER DAY ON EARTH
Eno, Brian
4.77 | 4 ratings
BLACKER
Radio Massacre International
3.89 | 23 ratings
TECHNODELIC
Yellow Magic Orchestra
4.41 | 6 ratings
VOYAGE CÉRÉBRAL
Bocquet, Didier
3.88 | 23 ratings
SURFACE TO AIR
Zombi
3.82 | 35 ratings
PURGATORIO (DANTE ALIGHIERI - LA DIVINA COMMEDIA)
Tangerine Dream
4.74 | 4 ratings
THE VOID
Lynne, Bjorn
4.22 | 8 ratings
EN FORM FOR BLĹ
Aethenor
3.73 | 122 ratings
UNDERWATER SUNLIGHT
Tangerine Dream
3.80 | 37 ratings
HELDON IV: AGNETA NILSSON
Heldon
4.70 | 4 ratings
ELECTRONEGATIVITY - THE CASSETTE CONCERT SERIES NO.3
Schnitzler, Conrad
3.89 | 19 ratings
TIMESQUARE - DREAM MIXES II
Tangerine Dream
3.71 | 136 ratings
BEFORE AND AFTER SCIENCE
Eno, Brian
3.73 | 80 ratings
BLACKOUTS
Ashra
4.00 | 12 ratings
TRIP IN THE CENTER HEAD
Space Art
3.72 | 75 ratings
APOLLO : ATMOSPHERES & SOUNDTRACKS
Eno, Brian
3.84 | 22 ratings
CHRONOLYSE
Pinhas, Richard
3.74 | 50 ratings
AFTER THE HEAT (WITH DIETER MOEBIUS & HANS-JOACHIM ROEDELIUS)
Eno, Brian
3.71 | 71 ratings
PICTURE MUSIC
Schulze, Klaus
3.97 | 12 ratings
MIDNIGHT IN SPACE
Hydrus
4.13 | 8 ratings
ADONIA
Ose
3.69 | 128 ratings
MOONDAWN
Schulze, Klaus
3.79 | 27 ratings
YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA
Yellow Magic Orchestra
3.80 | 24 ratings
HATHOR
Wakhevitch, Igor
3.66 | 250 ratings
ZEIT 'LARGO IN 4 MOVEMENTS'
Tangerine Dream
3.70 | 67 ratings
AQUA
Froese, Edgar
3.71 | 54 ratings
STUNTMAN
Froese, Edgar
4.82 | 3 ratings
THE LAST STRANDS OF FORTITUDE
6LA8
4.14 | 7 ratings
WARMTH OF EARTH
Artemiev, Edward
4.03 | 9 ratings
EBONDŔZZAR
Peak
3.90 | 13 ratings
L'ETHIQUE
Pinhas, Richard
3.80 | 21 ratings
AUTOMAT
Automat
4.77 | 3 ratings
FORGOTTEN REALM
Hall Of Mirrors
4.77 | 3 ratings
III
Yeti Rain
3.75 | 29 ratings
THE KEEP (OST)
Tangerine Dream
3.94 | 11 ratings
MUSIK AUS DEM SCHATTENREICH
Frohmader, Peter
4.12 | 7 ratings
PÔLE
Besombes, Philippe
3.66 | 125 ratings
AMBIENT 1 - MUSIC FOR AIRPORTS
Eno, Brian
3.76 | 25 ratings
DREAM MIXES 3 - THE PAST HUNDRED MOONS
Tangerine Dream
3.65 | 135 ratings
HERE COME THE WARM JETS
Eno, Brian
3.90 | 12 ratings
SYNTHESIST
Grosskopf, Harald
4.17 | 6 ratings
SCHWARZ (ERUPTION)
Schnitzler, Conrad
4.17 | 6 ratings
CHROMIUM ECHOES
Neuronium
4.08 | 7 ratings
BRUITS ET TEMPS ANALOGUES
Vian, Patrick
3.91 | 11 ratings
ELECTRONIC MIND WAVES
Elektriktus
3.98 | 9 ratings
ADYTHON
Milano, Claudio
4.08 | 7 ratings
FROZEN NORTH
Radio Massacre International
3.96 | 9 ratings
LOVELY THUNDER
Budd, Harold

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 Landmass by ROACH, STEVE album cover Live, 2008
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Landmass
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars A pioneering 80's electronic artist of subtle depth and great variety, Steve Roach has released a steady stream of albums in various ambient styles for almost forty years now. Recorded live in April 2007 on the Star's End radio station in the WXPN Studios in Philadelphia, 2008's `Landmass' encompasses many facets of his instantly recognizable sounds and signature electronic styles, moving through a wide range of emotions and moods. The music is a continuous, constantly evolving sonic landscape, where the past and future come together, nature and the Earth weaving with futuristic electronics, and it makes for a hypnotic and immersive experience, a near 70 minute journey through an ever- changing ambient expanse.

Starting gently, carefully progressing synth washes trickle like a calm running stream, water moving all around you, feeling the cool lap at your fingertips. Crystalline loops glisten away, moving in unison with the faintest of bass beats gently murmuring along the background to lull you into a state of serenity. Clouds form overhead with the arrival of droning almost cinematic synths, taking on a panning overhead presence throughout `Cerulean Blue Sky...'. Unobtrusive loops beat like a secret dance, taking on a near manic quality yet never becoming overwhelming. Sudden sweeping dramatic surges strike and retreat like black shadowy tendrils snaking across the earth, until a soothing electronic pool washes them away over chirping sounds of nature, returning a sense of peace. Beats vanish as near silence takes you from all your stress, fear and unhappiness throughout `Monuments of Memory', as placid waves unwind forwards offer comforting reassurance, and a sense of being reborn in body and mind.

Groaning formless pitch-black drones threaten to shatter that sense of tranquillity during `Alluvial Plain', a sensation of suffocating unease permeating all around. It's like being locked in a cave with only the tiniest pinprick of light to offer hope, that one glimmer like a little teasing betrayal as it's consumed by the dark. `Trancemigration' quickly rolls away the stone to flood the shadows with salvation light, unfurling synths revealing a new world full of promise. Lively beats return and thrum with life, pattering like trickling little raindrops. The album closes on `Stars Begin', the most abstract and minimalist piece here, much more of a sound collage where long stretches of near-silence are still full of purpose. It's like hearing the dawn of creation, where the tiniest moments are ready to explode with potential.

It pays to listen to this album with headphones to ensure you hear all the subtle pulses, tiny percussive beats and careful consideration Mr Roach has woven throughout the music. Those who find some forms of electronic music too uneventful may respond to this one more favourably, as there's plenty of movement, diversity and greater use of sequencer elements, something the artist moved away from as his work developed and matured long ago. Steve Roach is the master of these sort of releases, and listeners who want an electronic/ambient release that is immersive and highly emotional with plenty of variety should investigate `Landmass' right away.

Four stars.

 Crop Circles  by CROP CIRCLES album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Crop Circles
Crop Circles Progressive Electronic

Review by philippe
Special Collaborator Content Development & Krautrock Team

— First review of this album —
3 stars Crop Circles is a super side project and transcendantal noise ambient duet founded by the two sound designers Shoď Extrasystole and Nicolas Dick. The two musical personalities are known by the electronic independent scene adepts thanks to successive collaboratives, representative live events, multi-media exhibitions and artistic collectives. This self-titled album published in 2013 was welcomed by the recommended OPN records (whose musical production is devoted to contemporary names in neo-space ambient styles, noise industrialism and organised electronic bruitist acts). The two tracks offered in this self titled album explore the most obscure facet of free form noisy dronescaping sound tapestry. Totally iconoclast, entrancing, mercyless and neurotically assaultive, the soundscapes are made of abrasive guitar treatments, micro sounds. The whole thing is deeply sonorous, dense and subversive with sligth presence of emotional lines behind the monolithic isolationist, white-noisy-distorted sound structure. Some cinematic, psycho-active field recordings beautifully punctuates the sinuous drone in-flux, plaintive guitar tones and usual bleak electronic mayhem. Reclusion Chronicles offers a vast and impressive array of collage motifs, psych-acoustic vibes are guaranteed. A challenging and uncompromised release which offers to the listenr a tormented, testing, consuming and reflective dialogue with their own psyche. Not for all ears but definitely a must have for fans of Maurizio Bianchi or Aube (for the blast of power electronics) and Aidan Baker for the more noisy-guitar drone tendency.
 Irrlicht by SCHULZE, KLAUS album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.47 | 105 ratings

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Irrlicht
Klaus Schulze Progressive Electronic

Review by siLLy puPPy
Prog Reviewer

4 stars After briefly joining ranks with both Ash Ra Tempel and Tangerine Dream, KLAUS SCHULZE decided to trade in his drums for an organ and learned how to process the hell out of it until it sounded like the background music for a strange alien world far, far away in another galaxy. This Berlin native took the freak factor aspect in Krautrock and simply removed the rock part of the equation and ran away with the rest. IRRLICHT (which technically includes Quadrophonische Symphonie für Orchester und E-Maschinen behind it and means will-o'-the-wisp) is one of his early spacey drone albums that is more Musique concrčte than his later more melodic concoctions. The album simply consists of strange manipulated organ sounds with other strange samplings of guitar, zither, voice, oboes, cellos etc.

This is one of the strangest albums out there as it truly sounds divorced from what many would deem "music." There are only subtle musical scales or chord progressions if they occur, no harmonies and just a parade of sounds that mostly stay in a single drone with flutterings of various effects thrown in at any given moment akin to the randomness of slowly drifting clouds in the sky taking new forms that come and go but only in non-repetitive fleeting tidbits of originality never to be duplicated again. Speaking of duplication, actually maybe there was. When SCHULZE left Tangerine Dream they couldn't decide who had the right to use this idea so it turns out they both did with TD releasing a similarly styled album on "Zeit."

This was a revolutionary time in electronic music where experiments with newly invented musical gear had hitherto never been created although the freaky Krautrock and psychedelic music of the late 60s and early 70s was hinting towards the desire to create soundscapes that utterly escape the gravitational force of the confinements of already established musical patterns. Although others had done so, no one had done it like this. This is slow-as-molasses music with musical arrangements clearly in the mix for the patient but I would imagine this to be too little pay off for many a rock fan.

I personally find this music to be stimulating and haunting, conjuring up images of what sound and "music" would be like if one were able to do a Matrix like trip into a Salvador Dali painting. Surreal and creepy, esoteric and icily beautiful. This is one that sets a mood and most likely will provide a demented background scene in a Halloween haunted house or S&M Dungeon but if you have the patience to actively instead of merely passively tune in then this one is rewarding on that level as well. Perhaps not an everyday album that you will finding yourself singing along with but certainly one that warrants a spin when the right mood and circumstances arise. A great start for a decades long career and ridiculously huge discography.

The 2006 remaster has a 24 minute bonus track called "Dungeon" which fits right in and indeed reminds me of going insane in a dungeon, sleeping naked on an ice cold stone cellar floor perhaps with chains around my limbs. Creepily brilliant stuff this is! Something must be wrong with me.

 Simbiosis by RENAUD, ALEJANDRO VILLALÓN album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Simbiosis
Alejandro Villalón Renaud Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars 2013's `Simbiosis' is the exciting debut for a very promising new Mexican electronic artist, Alejandro Villalón Renaud. Despite taking the tiniest of influences from the usual suspects like Edgar Froese/Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze, it's pretty clear Alejandro has his own ideas, refusing to simply remake the defining work of the past masters. With only a slight use of sequencers and light beats, the artist favours drifting, often cinematic oceans of synths, with a very abstract, freeform approach to his compositions. They're still melodic, but not initially instantly approachable or easy to digest, yet it rewards listeners for constant replaying and taking the time to learn how the music works.

The first two tracks drift the closest to the sound of Edgar Froese and Tangerine Dream, but really only slightly. Rapidly rising and falling synth winds hiss with purpose in `Caos' around ticking sequencers and swirling effects. With a stark and mysterious opening, once the soft pattering beats hit, it moves up in tempo with confidence, then spirals down with gentle soothing washes for the finish. Fan-like chugging programming powers through `Espectro', the synths eventually taking on a floating elegance, suitably dramatic yet always restrained. Tolling bells offer a hint of darkness, drifting amongst slowly weaving distorted guitar strains. `Foresta' is an icy wonder, piercing glistening synths slicing through the atmosphere, often with a cold machine heaviness duelling with darting piano and drawn out sustained guitar notes.

Rapturous synths rise straight into the air and shoot for the heavens in `Revelaciones', before being brought crashing down with reverberating machine-like industrial unease. The first half of `Sueńos' is more hopeful and reassuring, the synths taking on an ethereal, wistful prettiness. It's as close as the album comes to a more romantic piece, before trickling pulses, stinging electronic veils and delicate piano footsteps take it in a more mysterious direction. A droning insect-like electronic swarm buzzes through `Transmutaciones' before being overwhelmed by a sweeping classical grandiosity full of ebbing symphonic majesty. This hugely dramatic finale calls to mind the vast enveloping landscapes of Klaus Schulze.

It's greatly admirable that Alejandro offers original electronic music that doesn't resort to the clichés of so many other artists in the genre both new and old. His work here isn't full of lazy beats and obvious melodies, instead it favours collages of shifting moods and emotive textures. `Simbiosis' will very much appeal to listeners who prefer exploratory electronic works that mixes both vintage and modern styles, but there's probably too much movement to appeal to the more sedate New Age followers.

Alejandro Villalón Renaud is an electronic artist still finding his sound, yet his music here is full of vision and potential, and I have a feeling his next work will be even more satisfying. `Simbiosis' earns three and a half stars, rounded up to four as a sign of encouragement for a very promising modern electronic composer!

 It's About Time by TONTO'S EXPANDING HEAD BAND album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.75 | 3 ratings

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It's About Time
Tonto's Expanding Head Band Progressive Electronic

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars This one doesn't get the recognition that Zero Time does, mainly because it was never released in the States. TONTO's Expanding Head Band is often thought of invariably as British, actually they're British/American (Robert Margouleff is American). It's About Time, from 1974 was released three years later, this time on Polydor. During that time they worked with Stevie Wonder, in which several albums came out under his belt with their work.

Let's say It's About Time is very much a worthy followup to Zero Time. It's a bit less experimental, so easier to take, but you can still tell it's the same duo with their custom gear. I noticed a certain Michael Cembalo in the credits, yes THAT Michael Sembello who inflicted us in the 1980s with the ever annoying hit "Maniac". Turns out that guy had worked with Stevie Wonder in the 1970s on his classic albums, so it make sense he appears here. It's more of the same nice electronic music, with a spacy vibe. "Nil Desperandum" is the only cut on this album I don't care for, sounds like one of those cheesy Moog recordings. I am most particularly fond of the last five cuts (that make up side two). Particularly "The Boatman" with that nice spacy use of sequencers (apparently their custom made TONTO featured sequencers). Some of the album had an ominous vibe, and here they even include a little ARP String Ensemble. This album was recorded on the beach in Malibu, California. I wondered how they did that without curiosity seekers walking on the beach? Probably it was well supervised. I also noticed some sound of thunder and rain. Was that produced on their synthesizers, or did a storm actually reach Southern California at that time and the TONTO guys had it recorded? Don't know. Their two albums are quite a bit different from what they were doing with Stevie Wonder, as it's much less mainstream, because they weren't expecting or wanting the same mainstream success and record sales that Stevie Wonder had. For progheads, they did later involve themselves with Steve Hllage's Motivation Radio. Apparently a CD that surfaced in1996 called TONTO Rides Again consists of material from both albums, so that's the only way you can hear material on this album on CD. For those who collect LPs, then if you can seek out the LP, it's worth it.

 Ricochet by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Live, 1975
4.23 | 241 ratings

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Ricochet
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by friso
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Tangerine Dream - Ricochet (1975)

Electronic progressive music has never been one of my most cherished genres, but I must admit I like to listen to the few records I have in my collection. Last week I bought a vinyl of this celebrated live album of Germany's biggest electronic act, Tangerine Dream. I must say I like it a lot.

Seventies electronic music is often a mix of minimal electronic loops, some drums and some psychedelic or atmospheric effects. Here you'll find nothing to shocking - perhaps some electric guitar notes - yet both sides seem to have a great atmosphere and a fresh & inspired feel. The charm is the mysterious non-human sound, which is enriched by the feeling of this being a live concert. The recording quality is great.

I'v been thinking abou this, but there's not a lot to say actually, four stars. Recommended to fans of electronic music and the German progressive scene.

 Trans-Europe Express (Trans-Europa Express) by KRAFTWERK album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.93 | 226 ratings

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Trans-Europe Express (Trans-Europa Express)
Kraftwerk Progressive Electronic

Review by aglasshouse

4 stars Well, out of all of the Kraftwerk to review first, I decide that Trans-Europa Express is my best option, seeing as it has several of my favorites on it. Now, before I begin I must note that Kraftwerk was stuck in a limbo-like state, due to the more mainstream sound of Radio- Activity and the still remaining experimentation of Autobahn. So they ultimately decided to take a slice of both cakes and put them on the same plate. Thank god that plate didn't fall out of their hand only for the cake to make a large pile of frosting and disappointment. All similies aside, onto the review.

The album starts out with the most known track, 'Europe Endless', which reminds me of the same traveling tunes that 'Autobahn' had some of. Both are free-flowing, giving the sense of travel and adventure. They are quite nice for a car ride, or in this case, a train ride in the morning. 'Showroom Dummies' has a basic beat with a what sounds like one-man choir singing in the backround throughout the song. The song speaks of, you guessed it, the viewpoint of shop window (or in this case showroom) mannequins. It is quite interesting upon listen, it's actually one of my favorite tracks from the album. The second most known song would have to be the title track, 'Trans Europe Express', with groovy fluctuations and synth blasts. The song is undoubtedly a foot tapper, and is actually an interesting listen. This song perhaps may be my favorite song on the album (and perhaps my favorite Kraftwerk song besides 'Sex Object' from Electric Cafe). 'Metal on Metal' has the exact same beat, except this time there's different strange noises thrown in. 'Abzug' continues the similar beat, even going to far to have the same line of "...Trans- Europe Express...". Except this time, it's slightly less creative due to the lack of most any other words. This is my main problem with the album. If you're trying to have a creative album, especially one that mainly uses electronic elements, don't make a large majority of the tracks base off of eachother. Having 'Trans-Europe Express' alone would be better without these two copy songs.

'Franz Schubert' provides not much in the way of different music, in fact it's sort of bland in the way of music on this album. A nice ambient electronic track, but in no means matching the sound of the other songs. 'Endless Endless' is a really nice way to end the album, with the same free-feel that the album opener gave us. Listening to it just reminds me of a city- scape speeding by under a sky of blue. It's a quite nice little minute-long ditty.

So there you have it. Although Trans Europe Express may not be as known as Autobahn, The Man Machine, or even Computer World, I think it deserves a space up there with the bigger Kraftwerk releases.

Go give it a listen.

 Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale by ALBERGO INTERGALATTICO SPAZIALE album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.70 | 15 ratings

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Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale
Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale Progressive Electronic

Review by Lear'sFool

5 stars An obscure and unique piece of early prog electronic from Italy. Pretty much at the end of the early years of electronica in general, Mino di Martino began work on an album comprised of various electronic sounds and synth bars. In fact, some of the material early on this album might best be called synthprog. Seemingly taking off from a purified take on White Noise's "The Visitation", he crafted a dour record of beautiful yet bleak electronics ruminating on nuclear weapons. His wife provides some wonderful, eerie vocals throughout. In spite of at times sounding partially dull, the music proves a fantastic listen. The partially synthprog opener "Live Pistoia", and the strange, haunting "Improvvisazione", driven by unintelligible yet gripping vocals from Benedetto, are the two greatest tracks. As a whole, barely a dull moment, and the good allows listeners to forgive the rare bad. Really a neat lost piece of prog electronic and Italian music, this comes recommended, another 4.5 worthy of being rounded up rather than down.
 In The Regions Of Sunreturn by GARRISON, MICHAEL album cover Studio Album, 1979
2.53 | 5 ratings

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In The Regions Of Sunreturn
Michael Garrison Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars Michael Garrison was an Oregon based electronic musician who emerged at the end of the 1970's, initially making a splash with his debut album `In the Regions of Sunreturn'' in 1979. Mr. Garrison operated at the more melodic end of electronic music, often along the lines of Jean Michel Jarre or an even lighter version of the 80's Tangerine Dream albums, with a focus on pleasing instrumental melodies and tranquil atmospheres. Fortunately the album has just enough to align it with the proper space music albums of the Seventies, and the artist thankfully got in just before the endless faceless glut of soft electronic and New Age albums enjoyed a burst of popularity in the Eighties. His debut may not be particularly complex or challenging, but it also doesn't deserve to be thrown in with those vapid kind of albums.

The opener `To The Other Side of the Sky' sets a template that much of the album follows - soft pulsing beats over placid washes of ambient synths and easy on the ear instrumental synth melodies, often with swirling effects. `Escape' drifts the closest to synth-pop with a catchy upfront lead theme and skittering beats. `Dreams' is soothing, `Twilights Return' even has a whimsical, almost rollicking quality in it's step. A pretty and delicate drift opens `Theme To Onday', but the piece quickly bursts forth with classical flourishes, Garrison soloing wildly with restrained pomp and fire. Despite the clicking sequencer throughout, the same goes for `The Voyage', which is almost a victorious fanfare, confident and purposeful, dramatic and symphonic, rather dazzling in it's own way.

The most interesting moment on the album is `The Distance From Here', certainly the most ambitious piece. Completely devoid of percussive elements, there's a quietly contemplative and almost mournful loneliness to it's glacial drones of sweeping synth winds and expansive aural landscapes. Garrison shows a great deal of restraint here, hinting at a mostly unexplored depth. More thoughtful pieces like this would have made the album something really special.

Michael Garrison went on to release another 8 studio albums and two live compilations up until 1998, but the artist sadly passed away aged just 47 years in March 2004. His seemed to be a life plagued by mental illness and depression, but his music was a constant source of hope and inspiration, not only to listeners, but seemingly to himself. Lightweight but lovely, `In the Regions of Sunreturn' is an undemanding and comforting electronic release to help you unwind and refocus. There may be endlessly more exciting and important albums in the progressive electronic field, but there's still nice little works and artists like this worth discovering.

Three stars.

 Someday World (With Karl Hyde) by ENO, BRIAN album cover Studio Album, 2014
2.78 | 9 ratings

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Someday World (With Karl Hyde)
Brian Eno Progressive Electronic

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

2 stars Well, all good things must come to an end, and after a serious 2 year tear of purchasing 4-5 star recordings , my lucky streak has screeched to a sudden and noisy halt, much to my chagrin! Long-time hero Brian Eno has always held my admiration, ever since he spiced things up with nascent Roxy Music and going on to fame and fortune as producer and artist. I had fallen off the cart after 1995's "Spinner", a lackluster collaboration with PIL's Jah Wobble and relied on his early stuff to keep me happy. Seeing a collaboration with Underworld's Karl Hyde seemed to have some merit and I was expecting a crafty and shimmering set of electronic genius. I am crestfallen in reporting that there are only 3 tracks worthy of adulation out of a total of 9 and I find myself somewhat disappointed, especially when taking into consideration the recent discographic brilliance of my other electro heroes John Foxx and Midge Ure, both releasing spectacular works in the last 2 years.

Eno handles the synths and computers but rarely comes up with anything exciting, Hyde provides rather scrawny vocals and silly putty guitar, the only positive being Coldplay's Will Champion doing a fab job on drums. The opener "Satellites" is what hooked me into ordering this CD, a thoroughly palpitating opener that has a serious amount of intelligence in its musical adventurism, for a second I was hopeful. Sadly the next four short tracks are dreary, wimpy, simplistic and devoid of any genius. "Mother of a Dog" appears through the mist of mediocrity and gets the juices flowing again with a clever electronic-pop thingy which, incredibly is followed by another good one in "Who Rings the Bell". Regret rears its forlorn head with the final two cuts that offer nothing special or attractive. I guess giving this multiple listens will not improve my disappointment and after doing so, my position is even more concrete. Nice cover art, but this one is going into the massive collection bookcase with little chance of reappearing in my lifetime. "Someday World" indeed, should have called it "Under Whelm World" instead.

2 cantankerous spurs

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