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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.

Philippe BLACHE


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4.29 | 222 ratings
MIRAGE
Schulze, Klaus
4.24 | 749 ratings
RUBYCON
Tangerine Dream
4.60 | 22 ratings
CATCH WAVE
Kosugi, Takehisa
4.19 | 214 ratings
TIMEWIND
Schulze, Klaus
4.40 | 34 ratings
GREEN RAY
Zanov
4.14 | 646 ratings
PHAEDRA
Tangerine Dream
4.55 | 21 ratings
IN COURSE OF TIME
Zanov
4.19 | 112 ratings
EPSILON IN MALAYSIAN PALE
Froese, Edgar
4.15 | 199 ratings
X
Schulze, Klaus
4.28 | 32 ratings
AN ELECTRIC STORM
White Noise
4.09 | 91 ratings
BODY LOVE: ORIGINAL FILMMUSIK
Schulze, Klaus
4.19 | 42 ratings
INTEGRATI... DISINTEGRATI
Leprino, Franco
4.22 | 30 ratings
LUCIFER RISING
Beausoleil, Bobby
4.02 | 152 ratings
NEW AGE OF EARTH
Ashra
4.02 | 141 ratings
AMBIENT 4 : ON LAND
Eno, Brian
4.18 | 34 ratings
EARTHEN
Alpha Wave Movement
3.99 | 379 ratings
FORCE MAJEURE
Tangerine Dream
3.97 | 262 ratings
ANOTHER GREEN WORLD
Eno, Brian
4.16 | 30 ratings
FILAMENTS
Rich, Robert
4.43 | 13 ratings
ABANDONED CITIES
Budd, Harold
3.94 | 309 ratings
THE MAN-MACHINE (DIE MENSCH-MASCHINE)
Kraftwerk
3.93 | 447 ratings
STRATOSFEAR
Tangerine Dream
4.13 | 28 ratings
20 JAZZ FUNK GREATS
Throbbing Gristle
4.00 | 59 ratings
MUSIK VON
Harmonia
4.26 | 17 ratings
TUSSILAGO FANFARA
Anna Sjalv Tredje
4.19 | 20 ratings
RAVEDEATH, 1972
Hecker, Tim
3.94 | 119 ratings
MY LIFE IN THE BUSH OF GHOSTS (WITH DAVID BYRNE)
Eno, Brian
4.25 | 16 ratings
ALIO DIE & LORENZO MONTANA: HOLOGRAPHIC CODEX
Alio Die
4.73 | 7 ratings
LONG LOST RELATIVES
Syrinx
3.90 | 241 ratings
TANGRAM
Tangerine Dream
3.94 | 91 ratings
BODY LOVE VOL. 2
Schulze, Klaus
4.08 | 28 ratings
LOGOS
Wakhevitch, Igor
3.94 | 73 ratings
SMALL CRAFT ON A MILK SEA
Eno, Brian
4.58 | 8 ratings
ARCHITEXTURE OF SILENCE
Alpha Wave Movement
4.69 | 7 ratings
BLACKER
Radio Massacre International
4.12 | 22 ratings
SONANZE
Cacciapaglia, Roberto
3.87 | 268 ratings
TRANS-EUROPE EXPRESS (TRANS-EUROPA EXPRESS)
Kraftwerk
4.56 | 8 ratings
NUMINA + ZERO OHMS: BROKEN STARS THROUGH BRILLIANT CLOUDS
Numina
4.95 | 5 ratings
THE HIDDEN SPRING
Alio Die
4.26 | 13 ratings
HORSE ROTORVATOR
Coil
4.07 | 23 ratings
BALLET STATIQUE
Schnitzler, Conrad
3.90 | 74 ratings
STAND BY
Heldon
4.02 | 28 ratings
ICELAND
Pinhas, Richard
3.92 | 54 ratings
AMBIENT 2 - THE PLATEAUX OF MIRROR (WITH BRIAN ENO)
Budd, Harold
4.04 | 24 ratings
DOCTEUR FAUST
Wakhevitch, Igor
4.88 | 5 ratings
DEN GÅTFULLA MÄNNISKAN
Malmberg, Eric
4.33 | 10 ratings
LOVE'S SECRET DOMAIN
Coil
3.90 | 51 ratings
THE EQUATORIAL STARS
Fripp & Eno
4.64 | 6 ratings
THE VOID
Lynne, Bjorn
4.64 | 6 ratings
SEAMLESSLY BLISS
Alio Die
3.90 | 46 ratings
THE PEARL (WITH BRIAN ENO & DANIEL LANOIS)
Budd, Harold
4.29 | 10 ratings
ZUG
Schnitzler, Conrad
4.75 | 5 ratings
LEXIKON I
Benkő, László
4.12 | 14 ratings
WARMTH OF EARTH
Artemiev, Edward
3.80 | 147 ratings
UNDERWATER SUNLIGHT
Tangerine Dream
4.17 | 12 ratings
ADONIA
Ose
3.79 | 195 ratings
COMPUTER WORLD (COMPUTERWELT)
Kraftwerk
4.71 | 5 ratings
ALIO DIE & SYLVI ALLI: AMIDST THE CIRCLING SPIRES
Alio Die
4.91 | 4 ratings
DECONSECRATED AND PURE
Alio Die
4.21 | 10 ratings
OPEN WORLDS
Zanov
3.77 | 166 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
3.98 | 17 ratings
D.O.A. THE THIRD AND FINAL REPORT
Throbbing Gristle
4.78 | 4 ratings
TRANCE SPIRITS
Roach, Steve
3.85 | 34 ratings
SURFACE TO AIR
Zombi
3.79 | 63 ratings
KONTINUUM
Schulze, Klaus
3.77 | 94 ratings
APOLLO : ATMOSPHERES & SOUNDTRACKS
Eno, Brian
4.41 | 6 ratings
THE PLACE WHERE THE BLACK STARS HANG
Lustmord
3.86 | 29 ratings
EPITAPH FOR VENUS
Galactic Explorers
4.75 | 4 ratings
THE SIXTH EAR
Raicevic, Nik
4.74 | 4 ratings
QUANTUM CONSCIOUSNESS
Five Thousand Spirits
3.76 | 87 ratings
PICTURE MUSIC
Schulze, Klaus
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
4.18 | 8 ratings
MINOS
Languirand, Pascal
4.47 | 5 ratings
TRACER
Omit (Clinton Williams)
3.76 | 58 ratings
ANOTHER DAY ON EARTH
Eno, Brian
3.92 | 17 ratings
MIDNIGHT IN SPACE
Hydrus
3.72 | 165 ratings
HERE COME THE WARM JETS
Eno, Brian
3.73 | 90 ratings
BLACKOUTS
Ashra
4.95 | 3 ratings
DOCUMENTS 1975
Harmonia
3.75 | 60 ratings
AFTER THE HEAT (WITH DIETER MOEBIUS & HANS-JOACHIM ROEDELIUS)
Eno, Brian
4.11 | 9 ratings
FROZEN NORTH
Radio Massacre International
4.91 | 3 ratings
HONEYSUCKLE
Alio Die
4.90 | 3 ratings
BARDO
Oöphoi
4.29 | 6 ratings
THE DELICATE FOREVER
Roach, Steve
4.40 | 5 ratings
THE ELECTRIC LUCIFER
Haack, Bruce
3.70 | 144 ratings
MOONDAWN
Schulze, Klaus
4.40 | 5 ratings
THE LAST STRANDS OF FORTITUDE
6LA8
3.79 | 30 ratings
AUTOMAT
Automat
4.86 | 3 ratings
AIR II - TRAVELLING WITHOUT MOVING
Namlook, Pete
4.86 | 3 ratings
BACK FROM BEYOND
MacFarlane, Ian
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

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 The Moon and the Melodies (with Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie & Simon Raymonde) by BUDD, HAROLD album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.00 | 1 ratings

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The Moon and the Melodies (with Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie & Simon Raymonde)
Harold Budd Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars Not presented or promoted as a Budd/Cocteau Twins collaboration, but don't let that fool you: The Moon and the Melodies is basically a Cocteau Twins EP and a Harold Budd ambient EP used at the hip. Where Elizabeth Frasher's vocals are present, it sounds like a fairly second-tier Cocteau Twins matter; where they are absent, it more resembles a series of ambient pieces with great production and with the Cocteau Twins backing Budd up. Not the best release by any of the participants concerned, but it's an interesting release which fans of the Cocteaus will probably want to take a listen to eventually.
 The Serpent (In Quicksilver) by BUDD, HAROLD album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1981
4.00 | 1 ratings

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The Serpent (In Quicksilver)
Harold Budd Progressive Electronic

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
4 stars This brief EP followed hot on the heels of Budd's seminal collaboration with Brian Eno, the Plateaux of Mirror, and continues in a similar ambient style focused on Budd's minimalist piano playing. Mostly ambient in nature, the main distinction between it and the album it followed is the more or less total lack of any sound treatments or other production tricks, leaving Budd's playing naked and exposed to the listener without any chicanery. The end result is perfectly pleasant to listen to, with the occasional unexpected turn. (Very rarely I hear a slight jazzy air creeping into Budd's playing, reminiscent perhaps of Hatfield and the North's Dave Stewart on a massive dose of sedatives.)
 Rainforest by RICH, ROBERT album cover Studio Album, 1989
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Rainforest
Robert Rich Progressive Electronic

Review by Kingsnake

4 stars Robert Rich started out his career as a drone-artist. He created so-called sleep-concerts.

This (his second) release is a mix of new age and ambient music, inspired by the rainforest. It's really calm and mesmerizing, and Robert Rich makes use of electronic (synths) and acoustic (flutes, percussion) instruments. On top of that, he uses a variety of field recordings.

The result is very dreamy, atmospheric and sometimes dark music, with melodic and rhythmic themes going hand in hand. Until now, I hadn't heard of him before, but the music is of such beauty and splendour that I must check out his other albums.

The song The Raining Room is dedicated to russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. In future releases Rober Rich will often dedicate songs to great artists like Dalí en Gaudí etc.

 Open Worlds by ZANOV album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.21 | 10 ratings

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Open Worlds
Zanov Progressive Electronic

Review by Kingsnake

4 stars This one is much better and more adventurous than the previous one.

It still sounds really oldschool; almost like listening to a Jean Michel Jarre or Tangerine Dream album.

Again, the spacey sounds dominate the music, lots of ARP sequences and tasteful melodies. Zanov takes you on a futuristic trip and manages to be exciting and thrilling throughout the whole album. Although sometimes it's hard to really discover the solos and melodies, the atmosphere of the album is enough to keep you entertained.

There's not really a single song on this album that stands out form the rest. All the songs are of equal quality and splendour. To me personnaly though, the opener Electric Dust Fields and the close (Remote Impact) had the most impact (pun intended).

This is one of those albums that sounds the best with headphones and a calm environment.

 Virtual Future by ZANOV album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.21 | 16 ratings

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Virtual Future
Zanov Progressive Electronic

Review by Kingsnake

3 stars This sounds really oldschool.

I've never heard of Zanov before, but I'm checking out the progressive/electronic genre more and more, these days.

Zanov uses analog synths, and the result is electronic space music, in the spirit of Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre, Eloy Fritsch, Eddie Jobson, etc. I don't know if people in 2016 are interested in this kind of music, made with these particular instruments. I can totally understand that people would consider it to sound dated or cheesy.

For me it works. I don't really care if a synthesizer-album is made in 1970, 1980 or 2014, as long as it sounds good, it's a nice addition to my collection. Maybe the album lacks rhythm; there are hardly drums. But the atmosphere is okay, but that's hardly a surprise, once you notice wich instruments are used. You really can't go wrong with VSC3 and ARP etc.

Not an outstanding and groundbreaking album, but good enough to keep me satisfied. The overall tone is relaxing and dreamy. I'd like to hear more from this artist.

 Trans Harmonic Nights by BAUMANN, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1979
2.72 | 25 ratings

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Trans Harmonic Nights
Peter Baumann Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Peter Baumann - 1979 - "Trans Harmonic Nights".

In between experimental and straight progressive electronic ideas splashed with the inevitable drum/boxes and CASIO mini-keyboard like sequences and Mr. Baumann's early compulsive obsession of building melody lines at all times, which is kind of a trademark in him, but becomes an obstacle to the far more daring electronics which actually steal the show, outweighting in creativity the "sweetness" and irredeemably cheesy melody riffs which fill most, if not almost all, of the tracks.

A couple of microscopic highlights emerge here and there intact but the rest is subdued or reduced to a simplistic and excuse my words, foolish, musical expression.

Peter Baumann's comic sense of irreverence kind of saves the day, but then again his melody lines are not that attractive as to toy around with them.

I had great expectations set in this release, due to its date, but some stuff is no good, no matter when or where...DAMN!

**2 "for T.D.'s or DisneyWorld's X-treme fans only" PA stars.

 The Prophet  by P'COCK album cover Studio Album, 1980
2.43 | 6 ratings

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The Prophet
P'cock Progressive Electronic

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Alan Parsons Project's little cousins

Despite their nationality and being signed on Klaus Schulze's label, the music of P'COCK can neither really be compared to krautrock nor to the Berlin School electronic style. Instead of long mesmerizing soundscapes, what we have here is rather a German version of ALAN PARSONS PROJECT. Pleasant and catchy naive charming melodies played on synthesizers. Nothing more, nothing less.

Side one is quite convincing. With its vocoder, keyboards and spacey ambiance, the title track immediately sets the tone. A nice little retro-futuristic song, prophesying a cool vintage cosmic journey. The more dynamic "The Actors Fun" is pretty much in the style of their fellow countrymen ELOY, especially the "Colours" album, released the same year. It also contains a calmer and slightly floydian relaxing passage. More conventional but nonetheless enjoyable, the poppy and melancholic "Toby" has some reminiscences with TOTO. Back to the stars with "Silver Swallow". While the first half is trippy and floating, the second half turns a bit strange, incorporating symphonic, aggressive and kind of chaotic robotic passages.

Side two is unfortunately not as inspired. Although the catchy "N 1,4" could easily compete with ALAN PARSONS PROJECT's best instrumentals, the AOR "Fly Your Kite" has its moments, but finally sounds overall flat and average. Concerning "La Mer", the longest track of the record, this 10 minutes long suite is not very coherent, rather out of place and fails to really lift off. The ending part reuses the melody of the title track with additional ocean waves sound. It's a pity the disc concludes with its two weak songs...

As you understand, this "Prophet" does neither announce anything genuinely revolutionary nor over-trippy extended hypnotic sequences. However, this first album from P'COCK offers pleasant little vintage electronic music. Give it a listen if you enjoy ALAN PARSONS PROJECT and old-school synthesizers.

 Kl(aüs) by KL(AÜS) album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Kl(aüs)
Kl(aüs) Progressive Electronic

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

— First review of this album —
4 stars Proving that not all Australian created electronic music is rubbish dance singles and Havana Brown's (look if you must, but DO NOT listen), Kl(aüs) thankfully harken back to the vintage Berlin School period of progressive-electronic works, but most surprising is the particular era of Tangerine Dream they initially draw inspiration from. Instead of focusing too much on the early to mid-Seventies period favoured by fans of the more Krautrock/Kosmische musick era of the group, the duo of former Tasmanians and school friends Stewart Lawler and Jonathan Elliott mostly look to the more melodic later Seventies/early Eighties stretch that covered albums like `Tangram', `Exit', `Hyperborea', `White Eagle and the live discs from the time (but maybe not you, snoozy `Le Parc'!). For their instrumental self-titled debut, they deliver a vinyl-length set that constantly reveals airy haunting atmospheres, lively energy and strong melodic passages in perfect balance, for a set that T.Dream fans will completely fall for.

The caressing synth waves and constant unravelling soloing on opener `Three Sheets' reminds of `Picture Music'-era Klaus Schulze, meditative sweet wisping Mellotron cries throughout `Proof Portal' head to the galaxies that `Stratosfear' and `Phaedra' inhabit, and after rising and falling builds, a hammering pulse in `It Hurts to Shoot Gloves...' glides into a confident synth-pop theme that would have been perfectly at home on Tangerine Dream's `Poland/Logos' live albums. The first half of `Feral teapot' would also fit on those defining live albums with repeating electronic trickles and a victorious fanfare theme, but the second half diverts into darker original territory with subdued humming drones, distorted groans and slinking programmed beats. Closer `Big Dream...' floats with warm and twinkling ethereal breezes, almost taking on an uplifting soundtrack-like quality.

The fleeting original ideas weaving in and out of this debut suggest Kl(aüs) will go on to even more interesting music in the near future, but at this point, the duo are excitedly making music in a similar manner to their idols, and they are doing a damn fine job of it. Of course there will be those who dismiss the group as simply emulating their heroes, but there's also going to be a lot of Berlin School/vintage-era progressive-electronic listeners and especially Tangerine Dream fans who will absolutely adore what they hear on this exciting disc.

Three and a half stars (rounded up to four for encouragement!)

(If you want to buy the album, look into one of the tasty lime-green vinyl editions available from Castles in Space records. You know it's good - nothing bad ever came from a fluro-green vinyl, right?! Besides, no one was ever disappointed with Steve Hillage's `Green'...)

 The Blue Zone by POTTER, NIC album cover Studio Album, 1990
3.00 | 1 ratings

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The Blue Zone
Nic Potter Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars Nic Potter (1951/2013), should sound familiar to those acquainted with Van Der Graaf Generator. He was their bass player, as he also played alongside or inside with other musicians and musical projects. A sad loss but nevertheless quiet a fructiferous life.

Of those myriad of projects, his solo ones, are included in this Progressive/Electronic sub-genre.

I due to the same felt intrigued, because a die hard VDGG follower I am not.

As far as electronic goes, yes there is synth-pop/rock in his 2 first releases and yes an expected dosage of the then emerging "New Age" and "Fusion/World Music" musical stylings.

Anyway, once inside the works I got, I will start with his fourth release as registered here in PA, "The Blue Zone", 1990. Why I chose this one? Well nobody can play the Bassoon as it sounds here, at least not Nic.

Here is the list of the unwritten credits.

Bassoon / Lindsay Cooper (track: 5), Classical Guitar / Duncan Browne (tracks: 4, 5), Electric Guitar / Snowy White (track: 1), Guitar / Huw Lloyd-Langton (tracks: 3, 6), Peter Hammill (track: 2), Oboe / Catherine Milliken (tracks: 5), Percussion [Woodblock] / Guy Evans (track: 2), Saxophone / Malcolm 'Molly' Duncan (track: 6), Violin / Stuart Gordon (track: 5).

So as I was telling this is a party, not a guy playing with himself (no pun intended).

Ok, for starters, he has not the same knack for experimentation his mothership band held, in fact he was known as Nic "Mozart" Potter, this release shows why. More than once a symphonic mood emerges. Big structured, epic like sections arranged to its full extent, not exactly that original in their language but huge, as mini-"Mozartesques" playful figures tag along and that is only part of the show.

The Fusion/Latin styling was Nic's mode to translate his bass player's spiritual cadence and Santana's language seems to have made quiet an impression on him, therefore there are also this kind of "Sexy/Latin/Danceable" moods. Add up Vangelis and J.M. Jarre as close influences in his music writing.

All in all, some highly exciting, perfectly structured tracks, but not exactly a unique musical language which demands more listenings. Then again this album will fill expectations but then eventually could easily be forgotten. Best track "Blue Zone-3" the longest one, which adds 0.5 .

***3.5 PA stars.

 Live at the Chapel by PULSE EMITTER album cover Live, 2016
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Live at the Chapel
Pulse Emitter Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
4 stars As short, time wise, as it may seem, PULSE EMITTER aka Daryl Groetsch's "Live at the Chapel", 2016, makes it work on his behalf by compressing this sonic live experience with various electronic music components into a single composition, therefore its richness in music language never loses focus or time in showing all its deep and hypnotic beauty.

Rarely, electronic (or other styled), musicians can blend opposite elements, in this case jungle atmospheres in the form of field recordings, without over emphasizing its use. Daryl Groetsch transmutes these foreign elements to become integral part of his electronic performance, thus stays pretty far away from the common "world music" tagging. Opposite to that, its mix is so perfect pitch, that it will take a chemist's abilities to separate these "foreign" ingredients.

Also on the always bright side, Daryl Groetsch stays at a very repectful distance away from the closeness he sometimes shows to Tangerine Dream's manners, which allows his personal music language to shine throughly.

****4 "live" PA stars.

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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
ALLUSTE Italy
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT United States
ALTO STRATUS United Kingdom
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
THE ASTROBOY Portugal
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
BAUMANN/KOEK 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
DALLAS CAMPBELL 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 BALLROOM Ireland
CLOUDLAND CANYON United States
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
CREMATOR United Kingdom
CROP CIRCLES France
CROWS LABYRINTH Netherlands
CULTURAL NOISE Austria
FRANCESCO CURRÀ Italy
CYBOTRON Australia
DEAD VOICES ON AIR United Kingdom
NICOLAS DICK France
DIN A TESTBILD Germany
DIONNE - BRÉGENT Canada
DOLULUS Switzerland
HEINRICH DRESSEL Italy
E-MUSIKGRUPPE LUX OHR Finland
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
FARBFELDE United States
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
HEADSHOCK United Kingdom
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
JIHEL France
GUSTAVO JOBIM Brazil
EDDIE JOBSON United Kingdom
JONATHAN Germany
ARIEL KALMA Australia
JÜRGEN KARG Germany
KASHMIR Switzerland
KHA - YM France
BERND KISTENMACHER Germany
KL(AÜS) Australia
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
BERTRAND LOREAU France
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
EMERSON MEYERS United States
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
NAZI UFO COMMANDER Italy
NEPTUNE TOWERS Norway
NEURONIUM Spain
NEVER KNOWN Italy
NEWCLEAR WAVES Italy
NIMH Italy
NIMH + M.B Italy
NISUS Belgium
NODE United Kingdom
NUMINA United States
OMIT (CLINTON WILLIAMS) New Zealand
OÖPHOI Italy
OSCILLOTRON Sweden
OSE France
P'COCK Germany
PALADIN United Kingdom
STEPHEN PARSICK Germany
PEAK Australia
PETER M. Italy
PHROZENLIGHT Netherlands
RICHARD PINHAS France
BRENDAN POLLARD United Kingdom
TJ PORTER Canada
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
SEQUENTIA LEGENDA France
SERGE RAMSES France
SHOGUN KUNITOKI Finland
MARK SHREEVE United Kingdom
SIJ Ukraine
SIL MUIR Italy
THE SILVERMAN United Kingdom
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
SPERM Finland
STARDRIVE United States
MICHAEL STEARNS United States
STELLARDRONE Lithuania
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
TORTURE GNOSIS Multi-National
TOTAL STATION Russia
TRANCE United States
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
TERJE WINTHER Norway
WINTHERSTORMER Norway
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
ZYGOAT United States

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