Exposé Online banner

Frank van Bogaert — Docking
(Groove Unlimited GR-043, 2000, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 2001-03-01

Docking Cover art

Van Bogaert’s electronic leanings remind me a lot of 70s Vangelis and more symphonic-oriented electronic music like Tomita or some Kitaro. Throughout the 11 tracks on the CD, there is a tendency toward the orchestrated, bombastic and sweetly melodic. Whether the style is a TD-like, sequencer-led piece or one fronted by a much more prominent beat rhythm, the accent is usually on a grandiose soundtrack-like thematic movement. Examples of this are “Churches,” which fades in slowly with warm synth patches, develops a sequencer rhythm and line, and then starts its thematic development with a church organ patch, and “Hymn,” which evinces an extremely romantic flair that often dominates Van Bogaert’s music. Van Bogaert’s strengths are definitely in his playing, as can be seen on the fluent piano in “Beauty” and “Epilogue,” and his melodies are developed and well-played. Yet only those with the taste for the sweet will be able to absorb more than a minimum quantity of this constantly dramatic music. Tracks like “Guitars” and “Landfall,” with their boppy dance rhythms are just well outside my tastes.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 21, 2000 releases

Related artist(s): Frank van Bogaert

Latest news

2018-05-14
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more

2018-02-26
Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

The Muffins - Open City – For the uninitiated, The Muffins were a Washington DC based band who existed from about 1973 to '81. Despite that many years, they only released three regular albums during their career (although...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues