Various Artists — Analogy, Volume 1
(Groove Unlimited GR-124, 2005, CD)
by Roel Steverink, Published 2006-05-01
Listeners who doubt the fact that the majority of music which is made with analog synthesizers sounds mysterious and fathomed, should listen to this album. Several musicians from the Dutch EM-forum came up with the idea to join forces for a tribute to the late great Robert Moog. The result is a wondrous palette of coloring. Syn explores the flowing cosmic side with his “Viking Mission II,” while the collaboration of Nerell, Roach and Oken ducks deeper and lands in a pool of bubbling mud surrounded by hidden swamp creatures that breathe in thick air. Gert Emmens and Ian Tescee wrote pieces that show their romantic vision. After all these years Klaus Schulze still remains a major influence to many, like Create, Altres, and Modulator ESP prove with their sequencer-driven paintings. Two minuses: Russel Stories “Cosmic Kiwi” leans too much on effect and 4M33’s “Mastering of Elegy” should have been cut down on volume. A nice treat for the fans, who will now long for Volume 2.
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more