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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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4.29 | 217 ratings
MIRAGE
Schulze, Klaus
4.24 | 742 ratings
RUBYCON
Tangerine Dream
4.60 | 21 ratings
CATCH WAVE
Kosugi, Takehisa
4.19 | 209 ratings
TIMEWIND
Schulze, Klaus
4.58 | 20 ratings
IN COURSE OF TIME
Zanov
4.14 | 635 ratings
PHAEDRA
Tangerine Dream
4.40 | 32 ratings
GREEN RAY
Zanov
4.19 | 111 ratings
EPSILON IN MALAYSIAN PALE
Froese, Edgar
4.14 | 196 ratings
X
Schulze, Klaus
4.29 | 30 ratings
AN ELECTRIC STORM
White Noise
4.19 | 42 ratings
INTEGRATI... DISINTEGRATI
Leprino, Franco
4.09 | 91 ratings
BODY LOVE: ORIGINAL FILMMUSIK
Schulze, Klaus
4.22 | 30 ratings
LUCIFER RISING
Beausoleil, Bobby
4.03 | 148 ratings
NEW AGE OF EARTH
Ashra
3.99 | 374 ratings
FORCE MAJEURE
Tangerine Dream
4.19 | 32 ratings
EARTHEN
Alpha Wave Movement
4.02 | 141 ratings
AMBIENT 4 : ON LAND
Eno, Brian
3.97 | 258 ratings
ANOTHER GREEN WORLD
Eno, Brian
4.43 | 13 ratings
ABANDONED CITIES
Budd, Harold
3.93 | 439 ratings
STRATOSFEAR
Tangerine Dream
3.93 | 304 ratings
THE MAN-MACHINE (DIE MENSCH-MASCHINE)
Kraftwerk
4.15 | 26 ratings
20 JAZZ FUNK GREATS
Throbbing Gristle
4.13 | 27 ratings
FILAMENTS
Rich, Robert
4.00 | 57 ratings
MUSIK VON
Harmonia
4.26 | 17 ratings
TUSSILAGO FANFARA
Anna Sjalv Tredje
3.94 | 119 ratings
MY LIFE IN THE BUSH OF GHOSTS (WITH DAVID BYRNE)
Eno, Brian
4.20 | 19 ratings
RAVEDEATH, 1972
Hecker, Tim
3.95 | 89 ratings
BODY LOVE VOL. 2
Schulze, Klaus
4.25 | 16 ratings
ALIO DIE & LORENZO MONTANA: HOLOGRAPHIC CODEX
Alio Die
4.73 | 7 ratings
LONG LOST RELATIVES
Syrinx
3.89 | 238 ratings
TANGRAM
Tangerine Dream
4.08 | 28 ratings
LOGOS
Wakhevitch, Igor
3.94 | 73 ratings
SMALL CRAFT ON A MILK SEA
Eno, Brian
4.69 | 7 ratings
BLACKER
Radio Massacre International
4.12 | 22 ratings
SONANZE
Cacciapaglia, Roberto
3.87 | 264 ratings
TRANS-EUROPE EXPRESS (TRANS-EUROPA EXPRESS)
Kraftwerk
4.95 | 5 ratings
THE HIDDEN SPRING
Alio Die
4.07 | 23 ratings
BALLET STATIQUE
Schnitzler, Conrad
4.62 | 7 ratings
NUMINA + ZERO OHMS: BROKEN STARS THROUGH BRILLIANT CLOUDS
Numina
3.90 | 74 ratings
STAND BY
Heldon
4.02 | 28 ratings
ICELAND
Pinhas, Richard
4.04 | 24 ratings
DOCTEUR FAUST
Wakhevitch, Igor
4.88 | 5 ratings
DEN GÅTFULLA MÄNNISKAN
Malmberg, Eric
4.29 | 11 ratings
HORSE ROTORVATOR
Coil
3.91 | 55 ratings
AMBIENT 2 - THE PLATEAUX OF MIRROR (WITH BRIAN ENO)
Budd, Harold
4.67 | 6 ratings
ARCHITEXTURE OF SILENCE
Alpha Wave Movement
3.90 | 51 ratings
THE EQUATORIAL STARS
Fripp & Eno
4.64 | 6 ratings
THE VOID
Lynne, Bjorn
3.90 | 46 ratings
THE PEARL (WITH BRIAN ENO & DANIEL LANOIS)
Budd, Harold
4.29 | 10 ratings
ZUG
Schnitzler, Conrad
4.79 | 5 ratings
NODE
Node
4.75 | 5 ratings
LEXIKON I
Benkő, László
4.32 | 9 ratings
LOVE'S SECRET DOMAIN
Coil
3.81 | 146 ratings
UNDERWATER SUNLIGHT
Tangerine Dream
4.17 | 12 ratings
ADONIA
Ose
4.71 | 5 ratings
ALIO DIE & SYLVI ALLI: AMIDST THE CIRCLING SPIRES
Alio Die
3.79 | 191 ratings
COMPUTER WORLD (COMPUTERWELT)
Kraftwerk
4.91 | 4 ratings
DECONSECRATED AND PURE
Alio Die
3.77 | 163 ratings
BEFORE AND AFTER SCIENCE
Eno, Brian
4.63 | 5 ratings
ELECTRONEGATIVITY - THE CASSETTE CONCERT SERIES NO.3
Schnitzler, Conrad
3.98 | 18 ratings
UBERFALLIG
Schickert, Günter
4.83 | 4 ratings
SIL MUIR
Sil Muir
4.36 | 7 ratings
VOYAGE CÉRÉBRAL
Bocquet, Didier
4.10 | 12 ratings
EMISSARIES
Radio Massacre International
4.13 | 11 ratings
WARMTH OF EARTH
Artemiev, Edward
3.98 | 17 ratings
D.O.A. THE THIRD AND FINAL REPORT
Throbbing Gristle
4.78 | 4 ratings
TRANCE SPIRITS
Roach, Steve
3.80 | 61 ratings
KONTINUUM
Schulze, Klaus
3.85 | 34 ratings
SURFACE TO AIR
Zombi
4.41 | 6 ratings
THE PLACE WHERE THE BLACK STARS HANG
Lustmord
3.87 | 28 ratings
EPITAPH FOR VENUS
Galactic Explorers
4.75 | 4 ratings
THE SIXTH EAR
Raicevic, Nik
4.74 | 4 ratings
QUANTUM CONSCIOUSNESS
Five Thousand Spirits
3.75 | 113 ratings
CYBORG
Schulze, Klaus
3.75 | 93 ratings
APOLLO : ATMOSPHERES & SOUNDTRACKS
Eno, Brian
4.70 | 4 ratings
CONDUITS AND ESTUARIES
Rapoon
5.00 | 3 ratings
MOTHER EARTH'S PLANTASIA
Garson, Mort
5.00 | 3 ratings
BLUE DREAM
Sequentia Legenda
3.75 | 83 ratings
PICTURE MUSIC
Schulze, Klaus
4.47 | 5 ratings
TRACER
Omit (Clinton Williams)
4.18 | 8 ratings
MINOS
Languirand, Pascal
3.72 | 163 ratings
HERE COME THE WARM JETS
Eno, Brian
3.74 | 89 ratings
BLACKOUTS
Ashra
3.93 | 16 ratings
MIDNIGHT IN SPACE
Hydrus
4.11 | 9 ratings
FROZEN NORTH
Radio Massacre International
3.75 | 60 ratings
AFTER THE HEAT (WITH DIETER MOEBIUS & HANS-JOACHIM ROEDELIUS)
Eno, Brian
3.75 | 57 ratings
ANOTHER DAY ON EARTH
Eno, Brian
4.91 | 3 ratings
HONEYSUCKLE
Alio Die
4.90 | 3 ratings
BARDO
Oöphoi
4.29 | 6 ratings
THE DELICATE FOREVER
Roach, Steve
3.70 | 141 ratings
MOONDAWN
Schulze, Klaus
3.80 | 29 ratings
AUTOMAT
Automat
4.40 | 5 ratings
THE ELECTRIC LUCIFER
Haack, Bruce
4.40 | 5 ratings
THE LAST STRANDS OF FORTITUDE
6LA8
4.86 | 3 ratings
AIR II - TRAVELLING WITHOUT MOVING
Namlook, Pete
4.86 | 3 ratings
A TAPESTRY FOR SOURCERERS
Five Thousand Spirits
3.83 | 23 ratings
HATHOR
Wakhevitch, Igor
4.37 | 5 ratings
STARS FALL DARKLY
Yeti Rain
3.92 | 14 ratings
ELECTRONIC MIND WAVES
Elektriktus
4.82 | 3 ratings
THE CONFESSIONAL TAPES
Baker, Aidan

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 Rank Sonata by POTTER, COLIN album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Rank Sonata
Colin Potter Progressive Electronic

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— First review of this album —
3 stars Colin Potter's "Rank Sonata" a compilation of new and remastered compositions, includes his very praised "A Wider Pail of Shale" (2015), which could be counted as one of his most notorious pieces (outside the walls of P.A., in other Progressive Electronic pages).

I myself, maybe blinded with expectations, do appreciate the charms of this composition, but I am far from being highly amazed. Yes, a very accomplished track but some sections work better than others. Its first ten minutes are not that interesting as its last nine. 3.5 stars.

Track 2, "And" a remastered piece from the "And Then album", 2000, a 4 minutes essay, is more focused in the experimental electronic sounds mode. A very nicely accomplished exercise, by the way. 3 stars.

Track 3, "Knit Where?" which originates from the 2006's "Brainwaves" compilation, continues with the experimental electronic environments, counterpointing them with a distant flowing melody line which is more in tune with the Progressive Electronic world as it is understood. 3 stars.

Closing track "Beyond the Pail", a shorter and mellowly remixed version of its eldest sibling, as its name implies, is the kind of composition that summarizes the original's moods, in a faster paced way. Good but, I suppose, being not that struck with the original track, its attributes do not travel beyond that. 3 scarcely reached stars.

In some way, what this release lacks in master minded music composition, is compensated with Colin Potter's display of his own musical language, which is refreshing as opposed to imitations, which are a common place in this category.

***3 PA stars.

 Electronic Music From Realisation Of Eternity by RAICEVIC, NIK album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.46 | 7 ratings

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Electronic Music From Realisation Of Eternity
Nik Raicevic Progressive Electronic

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars The most ridiculously short LP I own. I mean this album totally about 24 minutes, 12 minutes per side. Gee a Genesis, Todd Rudgren or Klaus Schulze album has more music one one side than this whole album (but Nik Raicevic's other albums are closer to 40 minutes, which is more normal). It sounds like a sound effects library album to me, just tons of sci-fi noise played on a Moog and that's about it. I like this type of stuff, and love the cover that was done by Raicevic himself. Also the album came with a warning sticker on the shrink wrap that states: "Do not listen to this album if you are stoned", but most copies no longer bear that warning as many tore the shrink wrap long age. My copy doesn't have the warning (but my copy of Magnetic Web does, which I'm so delighted). If you want something more melodic, this isn't where to do, but for those who like off-the-wall electronic music, this comes recommended.
 Head by RAICEVIC, NIK album cover Studio Album, 1970
2.48 | 5 ratings

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Head
Nik Raicevic Progressive Electronic

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars I can see many people would be quick to dismiss Nik Raicevic, but I love his ventures in to weird cosmic sci fi sound effects. There really isn't much in the way of solid melodies. Mort Garson has his weird moments, but he also had a melodic approach which Nik Raicevic didn't. I also wondered if he had Mort Garson as a mentor for concept Moog albums. If Mort Garson did Astrological (Sings of the Zodiac series), Occult (Black Mass, The Supernatural) and even Sex (Music for Sensuous Lovers) Moog albums, so Nik Raicevic did a Drug Moog album. This album was released in 1970 on Buddah, but he was quickly kicked off the label, so he started his own label, released four more albums, although the Numbers album is often thought to have dated from 1968, which is actually the Head album, probably actually the reissue. The Buddah LP is said to come with an 8-page coloring book, but most copies no longer come with them, probably due to children using them as coloring books. This is basically three lengthy cuts, "Cannabis Sativa" starts off with pulsing droning Moog, with lots of strange sound effects. "Methedrine" is full of strange sound effects that I find hard to describe, while the last one, "Lysergic Acid Diethelamyde" is basically "Cannabis Sativa" played at twice the speed. It's a bit strange for a guy who apparently stayed away from drugs to do such an album, but he did. It's too bad that Buddah didn't like the content of the album. Truly off the wall stuff that I find actually enjoyable.
 Mirage by SCHULZE, KLAUS album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.29 | 217 ratings

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Mirage
Klaus Schulze Progressive Electronic

Review by Atavachron
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5 stars

. . . incoming transmission - - incoming transmission - - incomi . . .

date: Unknown

parsec interval: .000007

vector: Unknown

day 7, semisolar - Fading. Power supply dwindling. Soundwave patterns persist. No known source. Natural, unnatural... both at same time. Almost human. Even forgiving, yielding. Is this death? Is this sound? Is sound death? Are moments of such peace; such delicacy and grace; but also menace. I hear bells.

day 8, semisolar - A taking of souls by unrighteous means. You have no right. But I am a free man. Twisting, distending. I live.

day 9, semisolar - ::: >`bd+\y\l ^ ;;;

. . . end transmission - - end transmission -- en . . .

 Moondawn by SCHULZE, KLAUS album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.70 | 141 ratings

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Moondawn
Klaus Schulze Progressive Electronic

Review by Atavachron
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars

incoming transmission - - incoming transmission - - incomi . . .

date: Unknown

parsec interval: .00008

vector: Centaurus, inert, linear

day 4, solar - Fourth full day, inert kinesis outbound from Sol. Audible signal now in total regular auditory; musical, sequenced. Relentless. Multiple layered signal, steady but not predictable. Now modulated, repeat modulated : risen by at least a minor third [western scale], maybe more. Highly unusual, possibly xenoformic in nature. Seems to have had frequency increase as I've moved farther from Sol.

day 5, semisolar - Signal maintained but changed; unified tone-field with smaller granulars influencing cosmosition; deeper but diluted colorations; Wait ... what's this ... what's this. Percussive. No doubt about it, impact tonalogics clear as day. Impossible but there they are-- multiple impact resonations mixed in sync with tone signals. Without doubt a form of music, either naturally occurring or sentient-made. Comp is stuck, baffled.

day 6, semisolar - Exterior transmission fully altered now; Chaotic, if I didn't know better I'd say it was the ocean on Earth. And there's something else: Odd, theremive, elastatic, profoundly organic considering I'm almost outside MW. No matter, just a few hours left before E-suit fails. Tell my family I love them. Transmitting now.

end transmission - - end transmission - - en . . .

 The Bootleg Box Set Vol.2 by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Live, 2004
2.75 | 13 ratings

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The Bootleg Box Set Vol.2
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Better go with Volume 1

Like Volume 1, Volume 2 of the "Bootleg Box Set" series includes five TANGERINE DREAM concerts, between 1976 and 1983 this time. This means it features three different line-ups: one with Peter Baumann, one with Steve Joliffe and Klaus Krüger, and the last one with Schmoelling. Although the covered period is larger and the music is more varied than in the first box set, there are less genuine novelties here, as the band was already less improvising and began playing their studio material live from the beginning of the 80's. Like Volume 1, the tapes were remastered by Jerome Froese and, still like Volume 1, the artwork is awful again.

Despite its good recording quality and year, the first concert, Nottingham 1976, is not the most convincing. It contains good moments, such as reusage of themes from "Ricochet" and "Stratosfear", as well as partial drafts of future tracks of "Sorcerer" and "Encore". However, the overall sounds a little repetitive and lengthy. A pleasant but uneven performance, less interesting than the ones from "Bootleg Box Set Volume 1".

The second concert was recorded during TD's 1977 North American tour in Washington, the last one with Peter Baumann. Like all performances of the tour, it opens with "Cherokee Lane" and "Monolight". The rest consists of previously unreleased tracks, mostly improvised, in the style of "Encore" and "Sorcerer", with sci-fi effects and pre-trance sonorities futuristic at the time. Froese's distorted guitar gets pretty wild too by moments. However, despite all these features, the music itself is quite repetitive and not that interesting, the best passages being "Monolight" and "Octagon". Furthermore, the sound quality is average. I'd better recommend the Montreal or Detroit concerts, more inspired and now released as part of the Bootmoon series.

The third concert, Hamburg 1978, is the curiosity of the box set. Quite original, it is one of the few recordings starring the controversial "Cyclone" line-up, ie. vocalist Steve Joliffe and drummer Klaus Krüger. The tracks reuses the electronic sequences from "Bent Cold Sidewalk" and "Madrigal Meridian", and each musician uses his instrument, or voice, to fan the fire, like a long meditative trance. You have to be concentrated to really "enter" the music. Then you'll be in for an unique and unusual TANGERINE DREAM performance.

The fourth concert was recorded at Newcastle in 1981, in a transition period between "Exit" and their next albums, "White Eagle" and the live "White Eagle". It features drafts for "Logos Part 1" and "Mojave Plan". However, more interesting here are the tracks unreleased in studio versions. Sobornost is a nice icy and oppressive tune, that will be remastered and overdubbed on the "Antique Dreams" compilation. The dynamic "Bondy Parade" can also be found with a better quality, with overdubs too, on the official live album "Sohoman". "Therman Inversion" is another highlight of the performance, this trippy long transition is very cool and will be played at 1982 Australian concerts. Thus, the genuine novelty here is "Digital Times Suite", containing slight glimpses of "Convention of the 24", but overall rather lengthy and average.

The fifth and last concert was recorded at Frankfurt in 1983, for the anniversary of the death of German actor Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Edgar Froese composed the soundtrack of the last film he starred in, "Kamikaze 1989". Shortest of the box set with a duration of only 35 minutes, the performance is made of extracts from TD's "Logos", "Poland" live releases, as well as Edgar Froese's "Flying Kamikaze", from "Kamikaze 1989" soundtrack. The music itself is good, but it does not features any previously unreleased tracks, as they can already can found on official albums, in better quality. The 1982 Croydon concert inclusion would have been a better choice, as it contains the cool "Logotypes" suite, not officially released.

"Bootleg Box Set Volume 2" is less fascinating than the first volume, in which all material was entirely new as all performances were improvised. The choice of the two concerts with Peter Baumann is not the best, and the fifth concert is a bit useless. Highlights of this box set are thus the Hamburg 1978 concert featuring the "Cyclone" line-up, pretty unusual and incantatory and Newcastle 1981, that shows the band's creativity was still intact at the dawn of the 80's.

Not bad, but for TANGERINE DREAM connoisseurs only.

 Kontinuum by SCHULZE, KLAUS album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.80 | 61 ratings

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Kontinuum
Klaus Schulze Progressive Electronic

Review by Atavachron
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars

date: Unknown

parsec interval: .0009

vector: Just past Sol, veering at Centaurus

day 1, solar - Survived impact of biswift Tanaka, must've been superparticle. Damage catastrophic. Moving through space in E-suit, comfortable but shaken. Not a lot of hope for rescue. Inert movement OK, spatial kinetics proving a challenge. Fields check-out but now getting something unusual on, of all things, my exterior receiver. Sounds like solid waveform with pulse. Pleasing, layered with corrected forms creating "echo". Patterns are regular but comp says no; comp says varied. That's odd. Hold on ... hold on ... form alters. Repeat; form a l t e r s. Off for now -----

day 2, solar - Most peculiar. Altered form held for second day and now vox mimic. Repeat vox mimic. *New alteration*, slight increase in temporals, comp now reading multiple source transmission. Source signal lost, flares-- flare interference. Background vibratories, a shadow?

day 3, solar - Shadows developed, extraordinary. Much like music, expansive, sedate but vast, reminds of the Tuvan throat singers, overtonal, tangible. Beginning to help relax me, pass some time, emotionally stabilize. I actually got five hours sleep(!). Most gratifying. Getting more now, becoming part of my reality. Tapering off. Sounds like thunder.

Transmit now ;: Transmit now :;

 Timewind by SCHULZE, KLAUS album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.19 | 209 ratings

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Timewind
Klaus Schulze Progressive Electronic

Review by Atavachron
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars

Is. This. What. It. Is. To. Be. Dead.

Or of a segment pulled through with pain and pleasure. Or of humming underwater with the sun. Or of, not you moving but that moving over you. That separating past you.

It is always tilting to a point of constant return until the equality of that perception unfolds as bits of thirst, grains of her thoughts, the meal of the Recycler of Souls. Grist of reality of sleep of lifting so that all atomized particles are longer without time or that which this new house of wardship is took up by the thoughts. Of me and you and them and.

Without time. Out with time. With or without time. Times with, times without. In with time, out with timeout. Out time with times of in. Times are in, time is out. Of in, of out, of time. In time; In time; In time. Out of time out of time out of time out of time out of time out time out of time out of time out time of out time of out time of out time of out time of out time of out time of out time time of time time of time of time of time time of time time of time time of time time of time time of.

The always of it I'd rather be watching other lives not in motion but in singular blends of hewn of nothing traveled to it nothing traveled to it nothing traveled to it traveled to it traveled to it traveled to it to it to it to it to it to it. Believing me, believe you me, you believe me, me you believe or we could dance but unlikely curtains make it difficult of bowls of steam that may or mayor or may. Provides an underbelly; mask of foundation so that the heavy mentals may weigh upon each and every. Notwithstanding or without standing outstanding standouts standing out of standing, lucky we had a thought of such as this.

 Sorcerer by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.29 | 171 ratings

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Sorcerer
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

3 stars A bewitching soundtrack

3.5 stars

First movie soundtrack by TANGERINE DREAM, "Sorcerer" was commanded to the German trio by film director William Friedkin ("The Exorcist", "The French Connection"...). Contrarily to what the title may suggests, the film deals neither with witchcraft nor black magic, but is a remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1953 "The Wages Of Fear". The scenario is about trucks transporting nitroglycerine, "Sorcerer" being the name of one of the vehicles. Friedkin discovered the band's electronic soundscapes during a projection of "The Exorcist" in Munich and confessed he would have asked TD to take care of the film's music if he had knew them before.

TANGERINE DREAM supposedly composed the soundtrack before a single scene of the movie was shot, only by reading the scenario, which is quite unusual in the cinematography industry. Initially an hour and a half long, the selected material was finally shortened to 44 minutes by the film director. The style is in par with the band's releases of the 1976-1977 period, "Stratosfear" and "Encore", however the tracks are much shorter than usual. This may surprise the fans used to long evolving soundscapes. Instead, this disc consists of small disturbing, threatening or gloomy ambiances. The danger lurks everywhere...

The opener "Main Title" is in fact not a theme at all, but is rather a nightmarish ambient piece with strange electronic effects. "Search" is more melodic with its nice changing sequences. One of the best passages of the record. Then comes "The Call" a cool floydian track in the vein of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"'s opening. The slow "Creation" displays a menacing atmosphere, whereas "Vengeance" possesses slight reminiscences of "Statosfear", however more sinister. The most original composition is "The Journey". Its unusual robotic rhythm contrasts with the smooth melody.

"Grind" pre-dates the fast sequence used 3 years later for "The Thief", that will become a gimmick of TD's concerts during the 80's Schmoelling-era. Not very peaceful, "Rain Forest" is a rather somber HELDON-esque jungle. "Abyss" is the longest track but unfortunately not the best. A crazy and messy ambient pit. Calm and hope come back with "The Mountain Road" and "Impressions Of Sorcerer" and their tribal percussions. The ender "Betrayal (Sorcerer Theme)" is of course the iconic tune of the disc with its dark electronic loop and hazy mellotron interventions.

The music in par with the title and the picture. I did not saw William Friedkin's movie, but I saw Henri-Georges Clouzot's, so I would tend to say the soundtrack suit the film scenes. Overall, despite a few less interesting passages, "Sorcerer" a nice collection of different eerie ambiances. Do not expect long hypnotic spacey soundscapes here.

Recommended for fans, this first movie soundtrack by TANGERINE DREAM is probably their best. It marks the entrance of the band into the film industry, who will become one of its most prolific film music composers...

 BGM by YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.44 | 12 ratings

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BGM
Yellow Magic Orchestra Progressive Electronic

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Yellow Cold Wave Orchestra

Whereas their former opuses are rather playful and could be compared to KRAFTWERK, "BGM" sees the band definitely entering the 80's by offering dark/cold-wave compositions and weaving icy synthetic soundscapes. The title of the album means "BackGround Music", but the music is only partially ambient, as we will see. To be honest, this is also one of the most experimental opuses of the band. The seventies games are now over.

The beginning of the record is curiously not the most interesting. "Ballet" is cold synth-pop tune with a few French spoken words, followed by the robotic "Music Plans", a bit harsh and average with its dated drum sounds. Then come the strangest compositions of the disc. The messy and dissonant "Rap Phenomena" is a bizarre mixture of various atmospheres, including a cheesy Japanese rap. Concerning "Happy End", the music has absolutely no relation to the title. First, this is not the end of the album, and second, this is not happy at all but rather an even weirder ambient experimental piece, mimicking glass sounds. Fortunately arrives now the best track, "1000 Knives". A futuristic opening, a fun ambiance, pre-breakdance beats and playful oriental melodies, no doubt, only a member of YMO could have composed this. In fact, this version is an upbeat and concise reinterpretation of Ryuichi Sakamoto's "Thousand Knives", released 3 years earlier. Refreshing and ahead of its time!

The second half of the record is more homogeneous. "Cue" is robotic cold wave with a slight DAVID BOWIE's feel, whereas the energetic cold-wave "U.T" is darker. "Camouflage" could be described as a ramshackle crossing between KRAFTWERK and Detroit techno, and you can imagine listening the pulsating new-wave "Mass" while playing a vintage video-game. The disc ends with the light aerial "Loom", an ambient track in the style of BRIAN ENO. Enjoyable, but not remarkable. At least, "background music" is an appropriate term here.

What can be said about this curious album? For sure, it's uneven, contains weaker moments, but definitely proves that YMO remains an influential pioneering electronic band at the dawn of the eighties. They searched to evolve and did not want to reproduce the musical recipes of their first records. Even if the final result is not always perfectly balanced, the ideas are various and still present. Adapting their style to then nascent cold/dark-wave ambiances was not as easy, however this opus possesses some pretty cool futuristic and icy passages.

Not the disc to start with for newcomers, nonetheless recommended to fans of the band or early 80's electronic music adventurers.

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