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Gerold Kukulenz: Miles High

 Posted by eskaton   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Oct 30 2006
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Artist: Gerold Kukulenz
Title: Miles High
Format: CD
Label: Ozella Music (@)
I must admit that when I received this, I wasn’t too into it. I have my share of new agey synth-heavy funky electronic music in my collection, but I wasn’t too into this. This is way too lounge-y for my tastes. However, by the end of the second listen, it began to grow on me a little bit. The promo sheet that came with this disc states that Gerold Kukulenz’s aim is to "breathe life into electronic music, to tell stories without saying words, to create song-structures without singing." I must admit that he seems to fall a bit short on this. Overall, this is pretty much easy listening / lounge music. If you have someone who has resisted the idea of electronic music, this may be a good disc to get them. For my tastes, it was a bit too bland. Even so, there are some good tracks on this disc. Some of the high points include "Miles High," with sweeping synth pads and an undercurrent of appegiated notes, "Under Water," which maintains a smooth, atmospheric feel with a continuous lilting guitar line, and "Ocean," with slow moving drones and repetitive synth line. One notable low point is the opening track, "On the Nighttrain," which would sound at home on the Spice channel. I would say that the average ChainDLK reader is not looking for this type of music, but if you are looking for something that can serve as background music, but dark ambient is a bit too unstructured for your tastes, this may fit the bill. This is lounge music for the electronic age.

ZONK'T: Purr

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Oct 24 2006
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Artist: ZONK'T (@)
Title: Purr
Format: CD
Label: Sound On Probation (@)
Rated: *****
Of the different CDs I recently received from Laurent Terrier, the one of his Zonk’t project is the one I appreciated the most. Why? Well, because Zonk’t start from the same elements of the others Laurent’s projects (digital noises, glitch sounds and generally processed sources) but the process work is different: the tracks are shorter and there’s also space for a rhythm structure and also some melody lines are used. These elements make of PURR an album more accessible to the people used to electronic suites or ambient based works. Containing tracks born from re-worked recordings he used for some theatrical choreographies, PURR is divided into nine different parts. As for the other releases the tracklist doesn’t explain that much but this time the tracks are based on a cyclic structure deeply based on rhythm which is enriched by layers of sounds that come and go and by subtle melodies that built a web of sound where alternating bleeps and pulsating waves paint an isolationist landscape that musically is linked to modern ambient music as well to old 70s pioneers like Klaus Schulze or Popul Vuh. Intense and disturbing...

GREIFENKEIL: Moog EP - A New Generation Of Sounds

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 22 2006
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Artist: GREIFENKEIL (@)
Title: Moog EP - A New Generation Of Sounds
Format: CD EP
Label: GrenTzwert (@)
Distributor: Icare Media Distribution
Rated: *****
We have already discovered the self-titled full-length release of this mysterious German project, but this EP is the official released debut, also for the fine and hard working GrenTzwert label. Without doubt, this one is a special and conceptual release, it represents the strong dedication of A. von Greifenkeil to one of the pioneers and inventors of the machinery we all like and use, the synthesizer. Without the work of Bob Moog almost everything what is related to the evolution, creation and kind of synthesizers wouldn’t be – an unthinkable scenario! So three of the seven presented tracks here use only original Moog sounds, the further four pieces are leaded by them. The included voice samples of Bob Moog are taken out of a documentary film done by Hans Fjellestad, www.hansfjellestad.com. That the use of some typical Moog sounds also causes into a limitation of the wide range of multiple styles which A. von Greifenkeil and his project is able to handle, has my understanding. It tries to show some different ways to create arrangements with the given sounds with the very own GREIFENKEIL monikers "Greifenpop" or "Industrialkeil", but it all ends a bit into repetition. Although it tries, this release can’t give you a deeper insight of the dark and scary music efforts this project is able to offer – on the other hand, a musically combination and so the use of different sounds than taken from the original wouldn’t be a fair tribute. This release is not designed to give entrance into the mystic GREIFENKEIL empire – it is a tribute and a presentation of Bob Moog. The fine written and praising words to honor this great inventor are a fine proof of this. Designed for fans and collectors – GREIFENKEIL meanwhile works hard on a new output and can be discovered soon here with an interview...

Marvin Ayres: Scape

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Oct 22 2006
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Artist: Marvin Ayres (@)
Title: Scape
Format: CD
Label: Burning Shed (@)
Rated: *****
This is a CD release of a British Avant-garde performer providing deep layered Ambient-inspired tunes, mainly inspired and dedicated out of a Classic music background. "Ambient orchestral surround sound dub" – so the self-chosen description of the sound works of Marvin, but behind this stands one of the most renowned Ambient producers worldwide. He has made himself a good name by being a contributor to some well-known acts like Culture Club, Frankie Goes To Hollywood or Simply Red. With his signing to the Avant-garde label Mille Plateaux in 1999 and the release of two highly acclaimed albums he could reach his current status. This "Scape" release therefor features 9 different "Scape" tunes and 11 different "Clusters" tunes providing string-based experimental-minded soundscapes created through Marvin’s fabulous violins performance. This experimental layers get penetrated through the use of reverberation and FX effects into a new kind and never-heard before of sound. Marvin is by the way a classical trained musician who could develop by merging his instruments into electronic-based treatments – a pioneering kind of work indeed. "Scape" was designed to underlay the same-titled DVD film, well – and so it sounds. It’s a very cinematic sounding output which breaks through the known scores and conventions – music, which definitively can cause an effect on you under a good pair of headphones.

LAURENT PERRIER: Downfall / Disperse

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Oct 20 2006
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Artist: LAURENT PERRIER (@)
Title: Downfall / Disperse
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Sound On Probation (@)
Rated: *****
Laurent Perrier is the man behind Sound Probation records, label that he founded after ten years of activity of Odd Size records (it was also a record shop and a mailorder). With his new label he’s active with different projects (Pylône, Zonk’t and Heal along with his self named project, to name few) but it’s the first time that he releases something under his real name. The double CD DOWNFALL/DISPERSE contains two long magmatic suites about 50 minutes long where ambient droning sounds meet idm like click and pops following cyclic structures. "Downfall" starts quietly and little by little sounds are added creating an avalanche effect just to end with a sort of electronic distorted buzz. "Disperse" is more quiet and since its beginning the structure is defined and it mutates during its whole length. The two tracks are part of the soundtracks of an Alban Richard – Ensemble dance theatrical piece and this double CD is a sort of documentation. The tracks could also work without the theatrical counterpart if you are used to long experimental suites, if not, you have been warned...


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