Exposé Online banner

Terje Winther — Electronic Regions
(Bajkal Records 222019, 2009, 2CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2013-06-20

Electronic Regions Cover artElectronic Regions is the second solo release from Norwegian synthesist Terje Winther. This is a mammoth electronic undertaking powered by Terje's arsenal of analog synths, step sequencers, custom built modular synth, keyboards, and other electronics. Disc one is the five part "Entering Regions Suite" based around the phrase "Time and again I feel life repeating (itself) over and over (again)." This suite is a broad range of sounds and emotions from stark analog sine waves reminiscent of early Tangerine Dream to the sustained organ chords and Mellotronic vocals of Klaus Schulze. Though Terje uses sequencers, he does not use them to propel the music until 40 minutes into the suite where instead of the pentatonic sequences favored by Tangerine Dream, it is more an amalgamation of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, and Jean Michel Jarre. The music slowly evolves over the course of the suite, never becoming stale, building to a grand sequencer-driven climax. Though it will take a dedicated listener to carve out the 60 minutes needed to experience the first disc, it is well worth the effort. The second disc, like many Klaus Schulze releases, stresses the limit to 79 minutes. One track, "Where the Water Leaves the Road," is a whopping 52 minutes! Disc two opens with the four minute "Electronic Rendezous," a combination of Yellow Magic Orchestra and Kraftwerk. The remainder of this disc is sheer Schulze analog heaven. Highly recommended for lovers of the Berlin school before T Dream went Hollywood or Schulze shifted to digital.

Filed under: New releases, 2009 releases

Related artist(s): Terje Winther

More info
http://www.bajkal.org/bajkalRecords.html
http://www.wintherstormer.no

Latest news

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

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Legendary Pink Dots - 25th Anniversary Single – 2006 marks the 25th anniversary of The Legendary Pink Dots and the band toured extensively in the US and Europe this spring and summer. It is rare occurrence that a band remains together this long and...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues