Exposé Online banner

Node — Node Live
(DiN 55, 2018, CD / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2018-08-21

Node Live Cover art

It’s been more than 40 years since Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, and a few others introduced us to the world of expansive sequenced electronic music that has come to be called the Berlin School. Node Live provides evidence that the genre is not only still alive, but still capable of producing exciting music that sounds fresh and interesting. Much of it sounds like an alternate universe version of Stratosfear, but it sucks me in from the first few moments and I’m content to let it wash over me. Spooky Mellotron chords lead into echoing synths and resonant sweeps that drift around for four minutes or so, when a sequence sneaks in, leading to lovely overlapping patterns with flute-like sounds wandering around in the background. Percussion sounds appear a couple of minutes later, though it never develops into dance-floor steadiness. This is “Shinkansen North,” 14 minutes of classic electronic bliss for the modern age. The other three tracks all top 12 minutes, and each features variations on the basic ideas, swapping in different synth tones, sometimes delving into noisy distorted sounds, varying the percussive elements, and so on. This is a case where I don’t mind at all that the stylistic range is somewhat narrow. The music flows, time passes, and it’s all wonderful. And before I drift off into more cliches, I’ll just say that fans of this classic type of electronic music should enjoyo Node Live — it’s the real thing, and done expertly.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): Node

More info
http://din7d.bandcamp.com/album/node-live

Latest news

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Philharmonie - Nord – Philharmonie was formed as an electric guitar trio by Frederic L'Epee, best known as the founder and leader of the brilliant 70s French group Shylock. After a relatively unknown self-released...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues