Header

PROGRESSIVE ELECTRONIC

A Progressive Rock Sub-genre


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Progressive Electronic definition

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.

Philippe BLACHE

Current Team as at 09/06/2012

Philippe
Alex (Sheavy)

Progressive Electronic Top Albums


Showing only studios | Based on members ratings & PA algorithm* | Show Top 100 Progressive Electronic | More Top Prog lists and filters

4.25 | 662 ratings
RUBYCON
Tangerine Dream
4.25 | 206 ratings
MIRAGE
Schulze, Klaus
4.14 | 581 ratings
PHAEDRA
Tangerine Dream
4.16 | 193 ratings
TIMEWIND
Schulze, Klaus
4.16 | 186 ratings
X
Schulze, Klaus
4.15 | 107 ratings
EPSILON IN MALAYSIAN PALE
Froese, Edgar
4.39 | 24 ratings
GREEN RAY
Zanov
4.51 | 17 ratings
CATCH WAVE
Kosugi, Takehisa
4.08 | 125 ratings
AMBIENT 4 : ON LAND
Eno, Brian
4.07 | 138 ratings
NEW AGE OF EARTH
Ashra
4.08 | 88 ratings
BODY LOVE: ORIGINAL FILMMUSIK
Schulze, Klaus
4.19 | 38 ratings
INTEGRATI... DISINTEGRATI
Leprino, Franco
4.44 | 16 ratings
IN COURSE OF TIME
Zanov
4.06 | 81 ratings
BODY LOVE VOL. 2
Schulze, Klaus
4.24 | 26 ratings
EDGAR ALLAN POE'S THE ISLAND OF THE FAY
Tangerine Dream
4.22 | 28 ratings
LUCIFER RISING
Beausoleil, Bobby
3.98 | 337 ratings
FORCE MAJEURE
Tangerine Dream
4.25 | 22 ratings
BALLET STATIQUE
Schnitzler, Conrad
3.95 | 236 ratings
ANOTHER GREEN WORLD
Eno, Brian
4.23 | 22 ratings
AN ELECTRIC STORM
White Noise
4.46 | 12 ratings
ABANDONED CITIES
Budd, Harold
4.45 | 12 ratings
FILAMENTS
Rich, Robert
3.92 | 245 ratings
TRANS-EUROPE EXPRESS (TRANS-EUROPA EXPRESS)
Kraftwerk
3.92 | 278 ratings
THE MAN-MACHINE (DIE MENSCH-MASCHINE)
Kraftwerk
4.01 | 52 ratings
MUSIK VON
Harmonia
4.28 | 16 ratings
TUSSILAGO FANFARA
Anna Sjalv Tredje
3.90 | 398 ratings
STRATOSFEAR
Tangerine Dream
4.17 | 21 ratings
DALINETOPIA
Froese, Edgar
3.93 | 107 ratings
MY LIFE IN THE BUSH OF GHOSTS (WITH DAVID BYRNE)
Eno, Brian
3.89 | 213 ratings
TANGRAM
Tangerine Dream
4.22 | 17 ratings
RAVEDEATH, 1972
Hecker, Tim
4.09 | 25 ratings
ICELAND
Pinhas, Richard
4.10 | 23 ratings
LOGOS
Wakhevitch, Igor
3.93 | 69 ratings
STAND BY
Heldon
4.80 | 6 ratings
LONG LOST RELATIVES
Syrinx
4.16 | 18 ratings
SONANZE
Cacciapaglia, Roberto
3.93 | 66 ratings
SMALL CRAFT ON A MILK SEA
Eno, Brian
4.40 | 10 ratings
ALIO DIE & LORENZO MONTANA: HOLOGRAPHIC CODEX
Alio Die
4.07 | 24 ratings
20 JAZZ FUNK GREATS
Throbbing Gristle
4.95 | 5 ratings
THE HIDDEN SPRING
Alio Die
4.95 | 5 ratings
EARTHEN
Alpha Wave Movement
4.73 | 6 ratings
BLACKER
Radio Massacre International
3.92 | 45 ratings
THE EQUATORIAL STARS
Fripp & Eno
3.83 | 133 ratings
UNDERWATER SUNLIGHT
Tangerine Dream
4.64 | 6 ratings
THE VOID
Lynne, Bjorn
3.89 | 52 ratings
AMBIENT 2 - THE PLATEAUX OF MIRROR (WITH BRIAN ENO)
Budd, Harold
4.34 | 9 ratings
ZUG
Schnitzler, Conrad
4.75 | 5 ratings
LEXIKON I
Benkő, László
3.79 | 171 ratings
COMPUTER WORLD (COMPUTERWELT)
Kraftwerk
4.96 | 4 ratings
ARCHITEXTURE OF SILENCE
Alpha Wave Movement
4.71 | 5 ratings
SURRENDER
Metatag
3.86 | 45 ratings
THE PEARL (WITH BRIAN ENO & DANIEL LANOIS)
Budd, Harold
3.93 | 27 ratings
EPITAPH FOR VENUS
Galactic Explorers
3.83 | 59 ratings
KONTINUUM
Schulze, Klaus
4.91 | 4 ratings
DEN GÅTFULLA MÄNNISKAN
Malmberg, Eric
4.17 | 11 ratings
HORSE ROTORVATOR
Coil
3.95 | 22 ratings
DOCTEUR FAUST
Wakhevitch, Igor
3.93 | 23 ratings
TECHNODELIC
Yellow Magic Orchestra
3.98 | 18 ratings
UBERFALLIG
Schickert, Günter
4.29 | 8 ratings
THE DELICATE FOREVER
Roach, Steve
4.63 | 5 ratings
ELECTRONEGATIVITY - THE CASSETTE CONCERT SERIES NO.3
Schnitzler, Conrad
4.83 | 4 ratings
SIL MUIR
Sil Muir
3.76 | 152 ratings
BEFORE AND AFTER SCIENCE
Eno, Brian
4.78 | 4 ratings
HERITAGE
Neuronium
3.85 | 30 ratings
SURFACE TO AIR
Zombi
4.41 | 6 ratings
VOYAGE CÉRÉBRAL
Bocquet, Didier
4.75 | 4 ratings
THE SIXTH EAR
Raicevic, Nik
3.74 | 107 ratings
CYBORG
Schulze, Klaus
3.75 | 85 ratings
APOLLO : ATMOSPHERES & SOUNDTRACKS
Eno, Brian
4.29 | 7 ratings
BRUITS ET TEMPS ANALOGUES
Vian, Patrick
4.20 | 8 ratings
LOVE'S SECRET DOMAIN
Coil
3.75 | 77 ratings
PICTURE MUSIC
Schulze, Klaus
4.70 | 4 ratings
CONDUITS AND ESTUARIES
Rapoon
3.76 | 53 ratings
AFTER THE HEAT (WITH DIETER MOEBIUS & HANS-JOACHIM ROEDELIUS)
Eno, Brian
4.17 | 8 ratings
WARMTH OF EARTH
Artemiev, Edward
3.73 | 82 ratings
BLACKOUTS
Ashra
4.03 | 11 ratings
EMISSARIES
Radio Massacre International
4.11 | 9 ratings
ADONIA
Ose
3.78 | 38 ratings
HELDON IV: AGNETA NILSSON
Heldon
4.95 | 3 ratings
DECONSECRATED AND PURE
Alio Die
3.75 | 54 ratings
ANOTHER DAY ON EARTH
Eno, Brian
4.62 | 4 ratings
MAGNETIC WEB
Raicevic, Nik
4.91 | 3 ratings
HONEYSUCKLE
Alio Die
3.83 | 23 ratings
CHRONOLYSE
Pinhas, Richard
3.68 | 266 ratings
ZEIT 'LARGO IN 4 MOVEMENTS'
Tangerine Dream
4.86 | 3 ratings
AIR II - TRAVELLING WITHOUT MOVING
Namlook, Pete
4.86 | 3 ratings
NUMINA + ZERO OHMS: BROKEN STARS THROUGH BRILLIANT CLOUDS
Numina
3.94 | 13 ratings
MIDNIGHT IN SPACE
Hydrus
4.11 | 8 ratings
FROZEN NORTH
Radio Massacre International
3.69 | 135 ratings
MOONDAWN
Schulze, Klaus
3.81 | 22 ratings
HATHOR
Wakhevitch, Igor
4.82 | 3 ratings
THE LAST STRANDS OF FORTITUDE
6LA8
4.35 | 5 ratings
STARS FALL DARKLY
Yeti Rain
4.14 | 7 ratings
SCHWARZ (ERUPTION)
Schnitzler, Conrad
4.03 | 9 ratings
EBONDÀZZAR
Peak
4.50 | 4 ratings
NEKROPOLIS - CULTES DES GOULES BALLETT OF DEATH
Frohmader, Peter
4.50 | 4 ratings
MOSAIQUE
Schroeder, Robert
3.69 | 72 ratings
AQUA
Froese, Edgar
4.77 | 3 ratings
FORGOTTEN REALM
Hall Of Mirrors
4.77 | 3 ratings
III
Yeti Rain

Progressive Electronic overlooked and obscure gems albums new


Random 4 (reload page for new list) | As selected by the Progressive Electronic experts team

D'AI PRIMITIVI ALL'ELETTRONICA
Futuro Antico
HATHOR
Wakhevitch, Igor
TIME REPLICATED
Bownik, Adam Certamen
SYNTHESIST
Grosskopf, Harald

Download (Stream) Free Progressive Electronic MP3


Open player in a new window

Download (Stream) Free Progressive Electronic MP3

Latest Progressive Electronic Music Reviews


 Ondes Intergalactiques: Live at the Cosmic Nights Festival 2015 (Michael Brückner and Mathias Brüssel) by BRÜCKNER, MICHAEL album cover Live, 2015
4.90 | 2 ratings

BUY
Ondes Intergalactiques: Live at the Cosmic Nights Festival 2015 (Michael Brückner and Mathias Brüssel)
Michael Brückner Progressive Electronic

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

5 stars `Ondes Intergalactiques - Live at the Cosmic Nights Festival 2015' is the result of a collaboration between German electronic musicians Michael Brückner and Mathias Brüssel. The third Cosmic Nights electronic music festival was held at the planetarium in Belgium on Friday May 29th of this year, and the event presented a number of artists working in a variety of electronic styles, all backed to a kaleidoscope of psychedelic visuals. Usually performing together under the project name `Le Mansarde Hermetique', Brückner and Brüssel delivered a captivating improvised set of deeply immersive ambient and progressive/electronic/Berlin School atmospheres, and this complex and ethereal live document is one of the most rewarding electronic works of the year.

Listeners aware of the range of different electronic styles Michael Brückner has offered on his numerous solo releases over the years will already know of the variety the musician always delivers, but with the addition of Mathias Brüssel here, his music has perhaps rarely reached the exploratory and allusive levels it does on this set. The two musicians are in complete control of their aural environments, constantly complimenting and even perhaps challenging each-other through all manner of direction and sound changes, yet always remaining in perfect unison with each-other. The sound-journeys they weave together are vivid and hypnotic, floating one minute then mysterious the next, but never losing focus or becoming completely aimless.

Despite a wealth of material available on this collection (more on that later), the main highlight of the set is the title track performance from the Festival by the pair. A three-part slowly unwinding, ever-evolving extended work `Ondes Intergalactiques' unfolds over the course of more than forty- five continuous minutes. A restrained cacophony of chimes, machine oscillations, snippets of voices and electric ripples open the piece, with a booming pulse that bursts to live just after seven minutes of floating in space a real moment. Sequencers trickle around wondrous ambience, shimmering synth strains caress, grinding distortion snarls and hissing unease snakes across the background before a wistful theme brings a source of solace. Sprinkling droplets bubble, rippling loops grow in urgency and spiral into infinity behind glistening electric piano and whistling reflective Mellotron cries, a final heroic and joyful theme emerging from within soothing serene electronic washes. Sustained ebbing levitates in the air, thrumming loops ring, and the chiming outro recalls Tangerine Dream's seventies and eighties live albums.

The bonus tracks that round out the disc are more than deserving of praise all their own, with `Störtebecker (encore) - 5th Rehearsal' lurching into slinking trip-hop beats, and `Extension of an Early Sketch' a gripping low-key twenty minute Mellotron drone. Both of these pieces are more than worthy on their own merits, and they reveal exciting directions Brückner and Brüssel could go on future collaborations - hint, hint, fellas!

`Ondes Intergalactiques' is available in a standard one disc version of the main concert, a two disc set that adds some additional recordings, and, taking a page out of Pink Floyd's book, a `Full Immersion' three disc expanded collection. This comes with additional download content that includes the equivalent of nine - yes, nine! - discs in total of bonus music. Hours and hours of demos, rehearsals and discarded or reworked passages are offered, and they provide a fascinating insight into the way these two artists experiment, hone and form their compositions. Yes, it's a lot to get through, but it delivers a deeply rewarding experience for serious fans of the two artists or challenging progressive electronic music in general. Some listeners may even find the outtakes and rehearsals initially more approachable than the final performance! The Immersion set is truly a progressive electronic tour-de-force.

While occasionally revealing its vintage influences, this is no lazy `homage' or imitation of the defining masters. This is thriving, inspired electronic music full of depth and intelligence, with modern and past sounds perfectly balanced and all performed with great subtlety and attention to mood. `Ondes Intergalactiques' is for those listeners who view electronic and ambient styles as hugely vital, fascinating and worthy forms of art in music, and it's a triumph for Michael Brückner and Mathias Brüssel.

Five stars.

 Cosmic Ground 2 by COSMIC GROUND album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.05 | 2 ratings

BUY
Cosmic Ground 2
Cosmic Ground Progressive Electronic

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

3 stars On this occasion underway on solo paths with his project COSMIC GROUND this is Dirk Jan Müller, predominantly known as the member of ELECTRIC ORANGE as well as the SPACE INVADERS. Currently both are rather innovative bands hailing from the rising space and neo krautrock scene in Germany. It doesn't go without notice - here we have the second workout released for this project. Besides hammond and mellotron Dirk is having a huge arsenal of analogue synthesizer tools at hand again.

That means you'll have to await a more retro styled album in general, filled with floating spacey patterns and looping repetitive sequencer motifs influenced by Tangerine Dream, Popol Vuh, Manuel Göttsching and similiar. Conceived for a double vinyl release most likely, four extended songs are given, all equipped with a length of around twenty minutes. Way more organ drenched the closing Altair partition is differing from the other songs. This one has evolved to my album highlight within the recent listening sessions due to its magnificent flow.

While certainly entering the cosmic ground CG 2 is a solid contribution to the widespread progressive electronic field. Although Dirk does not really reach for a new niche with his compositions, it's definitely well done - gripping either way, but also a matter of relaxing excercises when trying to put your feet up. It solely depends on your current mood what particular section you might prefer. Just give it a try!

 The Second Annual Report  by THROBBING GRISTLE album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.77 | 20 ratings

BUY
The Second Annual Report
Throbbing Gristle Progressive Electronic

Review by LearsFool

5 stars On any normal day, if asked "When is a prog album not prog?", I'd probably simply answer "Bat Out of Hell" and that would be that. But recently, I got to thinking about Throbbing Gristle's work in terms of what could ever allow them on these archives - it's pretty obvious that they are quite unlike any prog electronic out there, let alone the rest of the progsphere.

Now, it could very well be their influences still managing to talk for themselves: roll call reveals White Noise's deconstruction of their own happy psychedelic electro on the second side of "An Electric Storm", K Kluster's minimalist mechanical musics that were as much a precursor to industrial as to their own later work as C Cluster, and Can's "Aumgn" and "Peking O", where they let themselves experiment with soundscapes outright engineered for introducing listeners to the sounds of madness, plus some conceptual and performance tips from Zappa, Beefheart, and Morrison. What TG made is best compared to the two cited Can tracks, which were the least prog but the most radical pieces they ever made. And from there, further musical influence came from John Cage and the concrete composers, and further conceptual influence from the likes of William S. Burroughs, first compiling the library of transgression behind industrial.

Ultimately, though, I conclude the connection is pretty strong, and what TG made, especially here, is something like an errant Hull sourced answer by the Dusseldorf School to Tangerine Dream and the rest of the one in Berlin. Think of this as a pitch dark "Zeit". That is the unique thing about early industrial: it was a unique stepping off point from not just electronica but also psychedelia and, I would now say, the fringes of prog.

More importantly, of course, is the music. The sounds. This album is nothing short of a grand, all encompassing portrait of a dark world not completely of P-Orridge's, Fanni-Tutti's, Christopherson's, and Carter's own designs. This record is the founder of not just industrial, but also of the grand tradition within industrial of debuts being spectacular mission statements - "Mix-Up", "Birthdeath Experience", "Kollaps", "Laibach", "Pretty Hate Machine". Through judicious choices and playing, the band achieved music that sounds like an inexorable march through the mirror of our world they set up. Gristleised guitars sound like mechanical thunder on "Slug Bait - Southampton", and then go martial on "Maggot Death - Rat Club". Sickly synths move the experience forward even in the album's slowest and otherwise quietest moments. P-Orridge was happy to recite lyrics about war crimes and how much the audience sucked, and they had samples to top even that. And "After Cease To Exist" achieves a heck of a balance: ever gripping, yet often too quiet, in that haunting sense.

And special mention goes to the samples, what helps achieve the soundscapes in the greatest, scariest, and most unique way. Random sounds, out of place dance tunes, horrified and horrible people, with placement and even juxtaposition to die for. John hit upon a great concrete soundscape like this with "Revolution 9" - perhaps another influence - and Steven Stapleton would do plenty of great work like this as Nurse With Wound, but TG's concrete side really sticks out. It's what I stay for and what I envy.

Altogether, I can conclude by saying a few concise things about this beast. Still one of the greatest of all industrial albums. A unique and excellent experimental record. A terrifying, dour, off, and yet addictive soundscape. A mission statement. A monument to what transgressive art can be. A prog album that isn't prog. Industrial people - if you haven't, listen to this. Adventurous progheads - perhaps you won't like this, but if you're feeling really open minded, you might find something or other in here.

 EARTHEN by ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.95 | 5 ratings

BUY
EARTHEN
Alpha Wave Movement Progressive Electronic

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

5 stars `Earthen' is the twentieth studio release to appear under the Alpha Wave Movement banner, an alias for Gregory Kyryluk's progressive electronic/ambient/New Age project. Each new album sees the artist further honing his talents in fascinating directions, and this may just be one of his most subtle, exploratory and expansive works to date. Despite the Berlin School style of electronics often bringing to mind cosmic environments and deep space surroundings, never once do the six extended instrumental compositions on offer here ever actually sound other-wordly. Instead a very earthy, grounded and deeply personal quality makes this is a contemplative journey inward, as opposed to shooting for the stars and galaxies beyond.

The soothing opener `Immerse' gradually unfolds with gently undulating waves of electronic veils and teases of spectral choirs, electric piano tip-toes twinkling like stars in a the night sky cocooning a barren desert and quickening ticking loops teeming with life sound like the birth of a brand new world. Meditative submerged chimes and panning arching electronics sliver through the title track, a kaleidoscope of deeply introspective, dream-like and comforting moods, even confronting in little moments, and some sighing patterns briefly remind of the more romantic qualities of Steve Roach's `Structures from Silence'.

`Pulseforms' is laced with mystery, as subtle rippling beats and trickling loops grow in urgency and retreat to the background throughout an alluring and enveloping expanse. Approaching electronic swells are defeated with waves of slowly emerging Eastern flavoured bliss in `Source', `Helios' is a slowly evolving darker drone of haunting textures with brief wistful glimpses that vanish in an instant, and lengthy sustained ebbing and flowing synths rise around low-key field recordings of nature on sublime album closer `Forest'.

Already having delivered numerous high-quality electronic works in a captivating mix of the above mentioned styles, some of which may even be able to considered something close to modern electronic classics (`Architexture of Silence' and `Yasumu' instantly come to mind), Kyryluk has delivered one of the most subtle and satisfying works of his twenty-plus year career with this project. `Earthen' requires great patience and endless replays before the compositions carefully reveal their intelligence and sophistication, and it will reward greatly those listeners with the perseverance to discover its many nuances. The New Age elements never once take on those banal, overly pretty elements that represent the worst qualities of the tag, and while the artist may take little influences from the Progressive Electronic masters, his music never ends up imitating them for a second.

`Earthen' is a celebration of the spirit, the soul and nature itself, and is not only a standout release for Gregory Kyryluk and the Alpha Wave Movement, but one of the progressive electronic highlights of 2015.

Five stars.

 Misgivings (of Me, Myself and I) by TIPU SABZAWAAR album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.50 | 2 ratings

BUY
Misgivings (of Me, Myself and I)
Tipu Sabzawaar Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars Evocative and nostalgic, Tipu Sabzawaar's "Misgivings (of Me, Myself and I)", 2012, is as abstract as it is concrete.

Far away from the "sequencer school", Taimur Sheikh's aka Tipu Sabzawaar (or just Tipu), musical idiom is enriched with a polished roughness but above all a very creative and personal song writing style. That is one of his best attributes I have constantly found in his releases, so far.

Anyway, "Misgivings (of Me, Myself and I)", is in all quiet nostalgic yet detached. Its solitary melody line walks through noise-environments that suggest futuristic spaces of factory like sounds transfigured into multi-ethnic dreamscapes, which enhance the human aspect of the same, therefore one can easily follow this heartfelt trail of breadcrumbs all along the way and feel it like one's own walk.

Great news for the P/E crowd there is life after TD!

****4 "SOLID" PA stars.

 Pythagoron by PYTHAGORON album cover Studio Album, 1977
2.00 | 1 ratings

BUY
Pythagoron
Pythagoron Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Collaborator PSIKE Team

— First review of this album —
2 stars PYTHAGORON is an obscure project recording that adds some kind of occult bonus being so far unclaimed by no one. Released in the USA in the late 70's somehow it found its way into this Prog Electronic section.

Anyway, this musical project is experimental but focused. Minimalistic domestic/organ like drone structures which slow moving but high pitch may remind you of Steve Reich's quiet more inspired and totally retro-ground breaking "Four Organs" first performed in May 1970. (So, is this is the "ticket" why Steve is still missing in this page?), just wondering...

Well in an attempt to rescue this obscure musical 70's project, far better 70's musicians came to my mind, those which offered top quality in this electronic game, meaning this is good but not good enough.

**2.5 "collectable rarity" PA stars.

 Litia by TIETCHENS, ASMUS album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.92 | 3 ratings

BUY
Litia
Asmus Tietchens Progressive Electronic

Review by Dobermensch

3 stars More 'Psycho Killer Clown Music' from Asmus Tietchens. This time in the form of a John Wayne Gacy soundtrack.

'Litia' is purely electronic, full of almost discordant tunes that are unsettling in the same way as 1970's 'Residents' albums were. Tietchens once again makes full use of that old primitive drum machine which repetitively spurts out odd patterns. Meanwhile, queazy, ugly keyboards play demented serial killer music in the foreground.

It's all quite unhinged and won't appeal to many due to the random scatter-gun approach he takes in executing each short track. Asmus Tietchens sounds delirious and unhinged, so I'm surprised to find myself saying that this is one of his more accessible recordings.

There's a permanent ice cold feeling that runs throughout which adds to the alien quality of 'Litia' It's strange then, that the overall sound is so twisted and demented.

You can almost imagine the foam dribbling out of his mouth, with bulging watery eyes, as he punches his keyboards, relentlessly trying to find the sound he wants. 'Litia' uses technology very much of its time but is none the worse for it. It feels completely trapped in 1982, unable to escape. Nonetheless he thrashes about kicking and screaming at anyone willing to listen to his absurd noodlings.

The strangely flat chord structures may put listeners off, but if you can persevere, this is actually a colourful and funny little album. It always brings a smile to my face.

 Zeit 'Largo In 4 Movements' by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.68 | 266 ratings

BUY
Zeit 'Largo In 4 Movements'
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by steelyhead

2 stars Better Life Thru Chemistry

Please, if you are a normal person who mind your own business and haven't had something stronger than a beer on your system, stay away from this double CD. It is not intended to you.

There's no way someone can convince me that there's music hidden somewhere here. 3 spins and I couldn't find It.

There's no rhythm, no melody at all here only a lot of sounds that if you are a fortunate human being and have some peyote at home will serve as a backsound to your delirium tremens.

I love TD, seriously I do, but this is simply not their best CD.

Please don't try this at home.

 Lunatica by LAOZI album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.38 | 6 ratings

BUY
Lunatica
LaoZi Progressive Electronic

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

3 stars You've perhaps heard of the "slow movement", and some of its offshoots like the "slow food" movement. Applying this adjective to aspects of one's life does not mean doing everything as slowly as possible, but rather at the appropriate speed at which the endeavor can be completed to the satisfaction of all, and reflected upon and savored in the process. Is there a "slow music" movement and what does it mean? Perhaps one definition might be unearthed through the following admission: It was 3 months ago today that Sandro Tskitishvili contacted me about reviewing his latest recording as LAOZI, and 3 months ago that I listened to it for the first of many times. I would much rather that the full quarter's time lapse be attributed to my participation in a subversively benign movement than to the workaday bugbear of procrastination.

My hypothesis is not without merit in this case, since LAOZI offers a progressive style that instills patience in the listener. It is loosely accurate to state that the 5 diverse yet consistent tracks here represent electronica, ambient synthesizer approximating other instruments, as only the opener "Set me Free at Midnight" includes electric guitar and moog. And what an opener! The guitars of guest Dave Long in particular pierce the shroud without disturbing it, reminding me of MIKE OLDFIELD or any of his army of fanciers. I suppose some early TANGERINE DREAM is also conjured. Its 7 minutes manage to cover much more ground than could be expected, hence its success in slowing down time and action.

The next 3 tracks include a Celtic inspired number with much approximation to oboe in the main melodic line, a more eerie plodding piece with flute like leads that is probably the most adventurous here, and a gorgeous new age-y progression with a harpsichord like lead. While Sandro has succeeded in developing his own style over a prolific period, I do find that comparisons to KITARO are appropriate, even if VANGELIS might be the preferred progressive reference here.

"Lunatica Suite" is the longest piece, really a collection of short themes. I find it the hardest to enjoy overall, especially given how much the first cut accomplished in barely half the time, but maybe I just need to chill a bit more, The longest part is led by what sounds like a musical box, and I don't mean the GENESIS song! The final theme sounds like it's been played before but yet I can't find it in any of the other tracks, which suggests that LAOZI is making connections for me, connections that aren't necessarily there. Isn't that a characteristic of a lunatic? Or perhaps it's listening to the same piece of music over and over and expecting a different result. Never mind, that's just good prog delivering on its promise. Recommended for fans of this style.

 Etheric Imprints by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.93 | 5 ratings

BUY
Etheric Imprints
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

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

4 stars 2015 has delivered several releases in a range of different ambient styles from pioneering electronic composer Steve Roach, and his latest for the year, `Etheric Imprints', is the most satisfying of all, a deeply immersive work from a master of the genre. Whereas `Monuments of Ecstasy' (his collaboration with Byron Metcalf and Rob Thomas) presented an ancient/modern/futuristic take on tribal atmospheres, `Invisible' and the latest `Bloodmoon' volume offered subtle earthy drones and `Skeleton Keys' diverted back into analogue/sequencer patterns, `Etheric Imprints' is a sparse, unhurried and hypnotic instrumental soundworld that drifts to a place where time holds no meaning. There's a delicately honed sense of stillness and only the most subtle of movement to this exquisite work of deep reflection, fluid ambience and shifting sensations.

The thirty minute title track is an opening drift of echoing processed electric piano that is sombre and softly brooding, yet achingly beautiful as darker music so often is. Revealing the most subtle of black and white cinematic whispers, each piano note expands like a ghostly tip-toe or a pinprick drop of rain on a lake, with only fleeting moments taking tantalising teasing steps towards hope and light. Electronic ripples throughout `Indigo Shift' are hesitant and unsure, disorientating and psychedelic, and the breathless roaring rising and falling drone that quickly enters is unexpected and even just a little maddening.

By comparison, `Holding Light' is almost a respite, an enveloping and gently sweeping glide of electronic flutters and glistening whirring spacey shivers that almost harkens back to the cocooning embrace of Roach's `Structures from Silence', just a touch darker. `The Way Forward' closes with shimmering siren call-like electronic caresses sweeping with a resigned acceptance and contentment, where little moments briefly call to mind Rick Wright's sorrowful and aching keyboards on Pink Floyd's `Shine On, You Crazy Diamond' and then vanish in an instant.

It's in these slowly evolving, ever-shifting ambient compositions where Roach is the most inspired these days. Despite the accusations of repetition from more ignorant listeners, each work from the artist reveals refined distinctive qualities that only the most patient of progressive electronic and ambient devotees will discover, but their perseverance will be rewarded with an elegant and ethereal work where you can spend a lifetime unearthing its many secrets. Challenging, thoughtful and even confronting, `Etheric Imprints' is a haunting and affecting soundtrack that makes for Roach's most carefully considered, satisfying and inspired release since `The Delicate Forever'.

Four stars.

Data cached

Progressive Electronic bands/artists list

Bands/Artists Country
12 FOLLOWERS United States
6LA8 Pakistan
ACI Germany
AEON France
AETHENOR Multi-National
AFTERLIFE United States
ILDEFONSO AGUILAR Spain
PEKKA AIRAKSINEN Finland
AIRSCULPTURE United Kingdom
ALBERGO INTERGALATTICO SPAZIALE Italy
ALIO DIE Italy
ALLEGORY CHAPEL LTD United States
DAEVID ALLEN MICROCOSMIC United Kingdom
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT United States
AMBER ROUTE United States
AMON Italy
PETER ANDERSSON Sweden
ANDROMELOS Japan
ANNA SJALV TREDJE Sweden
ARC United Kingdom
ARPANET United States
EDWARD ARTEMIEV Russia
ARZATHON Sweden
ASCOIL SUN Finland
ASHRA Germany
ATOMINE ELEKTRINE Sweden
AUBE Japan
AUTOMAT Italy
AWENSON France
MARVIN AYRES United Kingdom
HARVEY BAINBRIDGE United Kingdom
AIDAN BAKER Canada
SIMON BALESTRAZZI Italy
BAFFO BANFI Italy
BASS COMMUNION United Kingdom
PETER BAUMANN Germany
BEAR BONES LAY LOW Venezuela
BOBBY BEAUSOLEIL United States
CARLOS BELTRÁN Mexico
LÁSZLÓ BENKő Hungary
PHILIPPE BESOMBES France
BETWEEN INTERVAL Sweden
MAURIZIO BIANCHI Italy
BIG ROBOT Norway
BIOSPHERE Norway
TIM BLAKE France
BLUE MOTION Switzerland
BLUE SAUSAGE INFANT United States
WOLFGANG BOCK Germany
DIDIER BOCQUET France
IAN BODDY United Kingdom
GASTON BORREANI Italy
ADAM CERTAMEN BOWNIK Poland
MICHAEL BRÜCKNER Germany
FRANCESCO BUCCHERI Italy
HAROLD BUDD United States
MICHAEL BUNDT Germany
FRANCESCO CABIATI Italy
ROBERTO CACCIAPAGLIA Italy
CALDERA United States
TOM CAMERON United States
CELLULOID United States
CELLUTRON & THE INVISIBLE United States
ANDREW CHALK United Kingdom
JOHN CHRISTIAN United Kingdom
CHRISTINE 23 ONNA Japan
THE CIRCULAR RUINS United Kingdom
CLOUDLAND CANYON/LICHENS United States
COIL United Kingdom
COMA VIRUS Germany
PASCAL COMELADE France
COMPUTERCHEMIST United Kingdom
CONTRASTATE United Kingdom
COSMIC DEBRIS United States
COSMIC GROUND Germany
COSMIC HOFFMANN Germany
CRAWL UNIT United States
CROP CIRCLES France
CROWS LABYRINTH Netherlands
CULTURAL NOISE Austria
FRANCESCO CURRÀ Italy
CYBOTRON Australia
DEAD VOICES ON AIR United Kingdom
DIN A TESTBILD Germany
DIONNE - BRÉGENT Canada
DOLULUS Switzerland
HEINRICH DRESSEL Italy
EARTHSTAR Multi-National
EDEN France
ELEKTRIKTUS Italy
ELICOIDE Italy
EMERALDS United States
J.D EMMANUEL United States
ENDOPLASMIC FLOW Multi-National
BRIAN ENO United Kingdom
ENVENOMIST United States
EXPO 70 United States
F.G EXPERIMENTAL LABORATORY Switzerland
FRANCO FALSINI Italy
FANGER & SCHÖNWÄLDER Germany
FASER Germany
FATHER MOO & THE BLACK SHEEP Japan
FFWD United Kingdom
FHIEVEL Italy
FIVE THOUSAND SPIRITS Italy
FLAMEN DIALIS France
FOVEA HEX Ireland
FREE SYSTEM PROJEKT Netherlands
FRIPP & ENO United Kingdom
EDGAR FROESE Germany
PETER FROHMADER Germany
KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN United States
FUTURO ANTICO Multi-National
GALACTIC EXPLORERS Germany
MICHAEL GARRISON United States
MORT GARSON Canada
GRAHAM GETTY United Kingdom
SACHA GIBSON United Kingdom
BRUCE GILBERT United Kingdom
GIRÓN Spain
MATHIAS GRASSOW Germany
GRAUGLANZ Germany
GREGOR CÜRTEN & ANSELM ROGMANS Germany
RANDY GREIF United States
RAGNAR GRIPPE Sweden
HARALD GROSSKOPF Germany
SVEN GRÜNBERG Estonia
GEORGES GRÜNBLATT France
JEAN GUÉRIN France
CARLOS GUIRAO Spain
BRUCE HAACK Canada
HALL OF MIRRORS Italy
PETER MICHAEL HAMEL Germany
HARMONIA Germany
STEVE HAUSCHILDT United States
TIM HECKER Canada
HELDON France
HEMMELIG TEMPO Norway
ROBERT HENKE Germany
MICHAEL HOENIG Germany
HOLLAN HOLMES United States
HORSE PALACE Canada
HARUOMI HOSONO Japan
EPPIE E. HULSHOF Netherlands
HYDRAVION France
HYDRUS Italy
GIUSEPPE IELASI Italy
INVOLVED United States
IVERSEN Norway
JAZZCOMPUTER.ORG France
JESDAT Spain
GUSTAVO JOBIM Brazil
EDDIE JOBSON United Kingdom
JONATHAN Germany
ARIEL KALMA Australia
JÜRGEN KARG Germany
KASHMIR Switzerland
KHA - YM France
BERND KISTENMACHER Germany
KNITTING BY TWILIGHT United States
KOROIEV Spain
KÖSMONAUT United States
TAKEHISA KOSUGI Japan
ESA KOTILAINEN Finland
KRAFTWERK Germany
MIHA KRALJ Yugoslavia
KLAUS KRÜGER Germany
RICHARD LAINHART United States
LAMBWOOL France
PASCAL LANGUIRAND Canada
LAOZI Georgia
TEDDY LASRY France
STÉPHANE LEMAIRE France
IGOR LEN Russia
FRANCO LEPRINO Italy
LEROUGE France
NED LAGIN & PHIL LESH United States
CECIL LEUTER France
LIIR BU FER Italy
LILIENTAL Germany
JOHN LIVENGOOD France
LOGIC GATE United States
LONG DISTANCE POISON United States
LOOM Germany
RÜDIGER LORENZ Germany
LORQ DAMON United States
LULL United Kingdom
LUNAR MIASMA Greece
TOR LUNDVALL United States
LUSTMORD United States
LYDHODE Norway
BJORN LYNNE Norway
IAN MACFARLANE Australia
MAEROR TRI Germany
MAGINA Portugal
PEPE MAINA Italy
MAJEURE United States
ERIC MALMBERG Sweden
MARIBOR Italy
ANDREA MARUTTI Italy
MEERKAT Italy
METATAG Norway
MICKIE D'S UNICORN Germany
CLAUDIO MILANO Italy
DIETER MOEBIUS Germany
MOLNIJA AURA Italy
CLARA MONDSHINE Germany
MONOTON Austria
GEN KEN MONTGOMERY United States
MOORE / MYERS United States
KEN MOORE United States
STEVE MOORE United States
MORA-TAU Japan
SCOTT MOSHER United States
MOTHER MALLARD'S PORTABLE MASTERPIECE CO. United States
MOUNTAIN OCEAN SUN Japan
MOUNTAINS United States
THE ALMAN MULO BAND United Kingdom
MUSHY Italy
IAN NAGOSKI United States
PETE NAMLOOK Germany
NAUTILUS Germany
NEPTUNE TOWERS Norway
NEURONIUM Spain
NEVER KNOWN Italy
NEWCLEAR WAVES Italy
NIMH Italy
NIMH + M.B Italy
NODE United Kingdom
NUMINA United States
OMIT (CLINTON WILLIAMS) New Zealand
OÖPHOI Italy
OSCILLOTRON Sweden
OSE France
P'COCK Germany
STEPHEN PARSICK Germany
PEAK Australia
PETER M. Italy
PHROZENLIGHT Netherlands
RICHARD PINHAS France
COLIN POTTER United Kingdom
NIC POTTER United Kingdom
ROGER POWELL United States
THE PRESENT MOMENT United States
DAVID PRITCHARD Canada
PROPELLER ISLAND Germany
PRZEMYSLAW RUDZ Poland
PULSE EMITTER United States
PYTHAGORON United States
QUARKS Chile
RADIO MASSACRE INTERNATIONAL United Kingdom
LUTZ RAHN Germany
NIK RAICEVIC United States
RAINBOW GENERATOR Australia
RAINBOW SERPENT Germany
RAPOON United Kingdom
REALTIME Germany
TOM RECCHION United States
REDSHIFT United Kingdom
JONAS REINHARDT United States
ALEJANDRO VILLALÓN RENAUD Mexico
ROBERT RICH United States
RICHARD WAHNFRIED Germany
CHRISTIAN RICHET France
WOLFGANG RIECHMANN Germany
STEVE ROACH United Kingdom
HANS JOACHIM ROEDELIUS Germany
ROGUE SPORE Ireland
THOMAS RONKIN United States
RUNE MARTINSEN & ØYSTEIN JØRGENSEN Norway
SAB Japan
SANGIULIANO Italy
SANKT OTTEN Germany
SATAN ALFA BEEL ATEM Japan
SAYER United States
GÜNTER SCHICKERT Germany
SCHLOSS TEGAL United States
CONRAD SCHNITZLER Germany
EBERHARD SCHOENER Germany
ROBERT SCHROEDER Germany
KLAUS SCHULZE Germany
SEESSELBERG Germany
SERGE RAMSES France
SHOGUN KUNITOKI Finland
MARK SHREEVE United Kingdom
SIJ Ukraine
SIL MUIR Italy
SINIAALTO Finland
SINOIA CAVES Canada
JAKOB SKØTT Denmark
SOFTWARE Germany
SONISK BLODBAD Multi-National
SOUNDS OF NEW SOMA Germany
SPACE ALLIANCE Italy
SPACE ART France
SPACE MACHINE Japan
SPACECRAFT France
SPARKLE IN GREY Italy
SPERM Finland
STARDRIVE United States
MICHAEL STEARNS United States
SUBINTERIOR Italy
SYRINX Canada
JUTA TAKAHASHI Japan
TANGERINE DREAM Germany
TANGRAM Hungary
TELAIO MAGNETICO Italy
DR. FIORELLA TERENZI Italy
THOUGHT GUILD United States
THREE SUNS Austria
THROBBING GRISTLE United Kingdom
ASMUS TIETCHENS Germany
TIPU SABZAWAAR Multi-National
TOMUTONTTU Finland
TONTO'S EXPANDING HEAD BAND United Kingdom
TOTAL STATION Russia
TRANQUILLITY Germany
TRANSPARENT ILLUSION United Kingdom
ROLF TROSTEL Germany
UDDER MILK DECAY United Kingdom
MATTEO UGGERI Italy
UNATTA United States
URNA Italy
VAKO Spain
VANDERSON Poland
JOEL VANDROOGENBROECK Switzerland
PATRICK VIAN France
VIDNA OBMANA Belgium
VIETGROVE United Kingdom
VOICE OF EYE United States
VOLT Netherlands
ADELBERT VON DEYEN Germany
VON HAULSHOVEN Netherlands
ADRIAN WAGNER United Kingdom
IGOR WAKHEVITCH France
WAVESTAR United Kingdom
PHILLIP WERREN Canada
WHITE NOISE United Kingdom
PATRICK WIKLACZ France
WO0 Serbia
BERNHARD WÖSTHEINRICH Germany
RENÉ VAN DER WOUDEN Netherlands
X-TG United Kingdom
XIU Italy
BERNARD XOLOTL France
YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA Japan
YEN POX United States
YETI RAIN United States
YOU Germany
ZA SIÓDMA GÓRA Poland
EDWARD M. ZAJDA United States
ZANOV France
ZED France
ZOLTAN United Kingdom
ZOMBI United States
ZORCH United Kingdom
ZOVIET FRANCE United Kingdom

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.20 seconds