Music Reviews

Artist: Frank Gingeleit (@)
Title: Nightmare & Escapades + Megalopolis + Toy Island
Format: CD
Label: self-released
German composer, musician and journalist Frank Gingeleit has been dealing with music for quite some time already (he's got a long beard too ;-)) and recently he's transferred his knowledge and his emotions in a trilogy of two CD-R's and one CD that quite well represent the spectrum of sonorities he messes around with as well as the wide array of sounds and timbres that his palette reveals throughout this three-folded experience."Nightmares & Escapades" is the most percussive in nature of the three and contains experiments with beats, percussion sounds of differing origin and of course electronic sound layers hovering over the rhythmical structures. It also sparks a lot of guitar sounds, which is obvious especially if you consider that Frank exclusively uses both regular guitar and synth guitar on this album."Megalopolis" sounds more like a Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, Can record with lots of spacey synth sounds (it's all a virual analog synth) and seven tracks of pure cosmic electronika. Any reference to a beat has been reduced to a mere hint here and there and mostly the album evolves and revolves around slow motion layers of relaxing pads and entrancing oscillations.The third CD of this trilogy is "Toy Island" uses both the instruments used to create the previous two albums and continues the tradition of not using a computer or a sequencer to arrange sounds, instead Frank prefers to use the toys of his own fantasy island, including filters, modulators and arpeggiators. This CD might be interpreted as the most "modern" of the three, even though I think all of Frank's material has that somehow retrospective look to the great german electronic music of the past decades. In spite of this old-fashioned approach the analog synth sounds in "Toy Island" entwine with the very light beats and give birth to intricated textures where bass lines and mid to hi end disco rhythms (do not mistake that word for techno) are the web on which creative knob tweaking, LFO oscilator sweeping, improvisation, and slow-attack chords bounce around with harmonious lightness.If you are in the world of avant-garde and experimental music pioneers such as Justin Bennet, Peter Frohmader, Skuli Sverisson or if you are more into the old-style Germaniac electro-sound (Kraftwerk and the names mentioned above) and other fine folks like them, you should go ahead and give Frank's stuff a listen.

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