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The finer culture code has by definition suffered by the electronic music syvmilestøvler and welcomed future welcome. In the meantime, increased by. Fact, there are still practitioners of '70s electronica values. On the surface, not without problems as a result. More scratching the paint reveals however a admirabel honesty among the artists. Some of them reside on a forum that is not due to online libel and uncritical small talk.
In spring succeeded Forum EMPortal.info to release a sampler with twenty of its users. At the time, the administrator put many resources into the project. He may also be liable for any economic failure as a CD-printing should be involved.
It may sound trite, but to involve a CD printing in connection with that type of music is a risky rate must be fleshed out in several sections.
Briefly described, has the most contribution to the Joint Effort - The Album genre known as Berliner Schulen foundation. That is a 1970s perspective of Basso continuo concept: Gradually synchronized sequencerfigurer added impromptu solos on primarily monophonic keyboardaggregater.
Here we encounter the first Obstructions. For a certain routine in the aforementioned practice, there may be more done than can be digested. (This was perhaps therefore icons Tangerine Dream in 1980 introduced setlisten and later dovnede his way through the concerts?)
In other words, the output is simply higher than what ordinary people can grasp.
Dilemma number two: Hobby musicians who weighs own machines higher than the spread of their music and who can not pay for a release on compact disc. With Internet distribution options you can - even at a very crowded market - be heard. There is therefore tempting to skip the physical release of. This is however not without complications. The restriction is an art. Also in this very dissolute electronic music, where a neglected sequencerostinat can run riot in half hour. Can this be justified on an expensive CD?
The problem is, fortunately, taken account of the double CD Joint Effort - The Album. The twenty contributions all have a running time of less than eight minutes. My theory is that the musicians have had to put their brains in a bid to create wholes within the short time intervals. But it succeeds. And the album is compiled so that the more energetic contributions can be found on the first disc. The second half is more ambient or - god forbid me to say it - New Age influenced.
An essential pitfall that collection also bridge is wrapping. Photos from concerts with some of genrefællerne reveals a general contempt for the image. We're talking jeans and paunch in t-shirt. Maybe something with batik or a washed-band logo. And as an extravagant light show, it depends on how much gear that can light up the stage.
Similarly, album art dealt with the same left-handed work. How punk are in the final seventies made great art with magic marker and copy it lags with EM-practitioners' DIY aesthetic. Cut across the board, so dominate the generic computer graphics, primarily with images from outer space. In grand style. Especially the poor.
In alliance with a professional design team will take Joint Effort - The Album looks good on a stage, where the visual winning less and less popular.
From a more positive perspective when being stripped to the bone: Image, sales figures and restrictions are not everything. When sequencereren mate right, one can sense the Bach turning in his grave with delight. And when Minimoog votes, and only the correct keys are hit at the right times, so there are no more honest or more beautiful music.
One of the contributors to the Joint Effort - The Album is Mega Tone. Artist name derives probably from Klaus Schulze called Wahnfried project that released an LP of the same name in 1984. However, considering the love of halvfjerdserbombasten heavier than Klaus Schulze. I think Walter Carlos and his Welltempered synthesizer. I think Vangelis' China. I think Pete Townshend soundtrack to Tommy. And David Bedford Instructions For Angels.
Mega Tones Pure Land worship not the protracted process. Contrary, the album consists of many short tracks. The first six are bids on organ ombruste preludes.
Then the mood otherwise obscure the cue-like sequences. All designed very picturesque except the last track, which (unexpectedly) whips energy level up in a catchy trance event.
Mega Tone aka Moldovan Marcel Gherman has autonomously created an album that has solid soundtrack qualities. Was Pure Country a movie, it was a movie, I'd look good.
However, it is to listen to the Pure Land in its entirety a little like reading a Dungeons & Dragons book from cover to cover. For it might easily pick his own epic cycle from various skipping and create different stories from the 18 numbers. Otherwise, the whole mill be a little sluggish. Not because the individual tracks as such are worse than others. Pure Country is indeed a beautiful and powerful album. But everything in moderation, right?
A different problem is Tales of Knights and Magic out. Marcel says that it is his most finished work to date. We can unfortunately hear well. Unlike Pure Country flowing melodies not so effortless. Some tracks are so embarrassingly low that one involuntarily thinks Richard Clayderman exposed to stop dancing. It is clinically piped music, but without the ability to let the listener be.
The Keyboard melodies stutters his way through several numbers, and quickly becomes so predictable that you defiantly sit and play air chords.
Well, sometimes hit nail on the head and then acts neo-classicism. But in all modesty may Mega Tone probably count itself fortunate that no record companies have been hooked. For Tales of Knights and Magic would be a fine-fine album in alliance with a partner. The numbers need to be sanded edges of smoothed the sweeping chords, and maybe the synthetic sounds are replaced with real instruments.
I so wanted to enjoy this album, but it suffers from the grand gesture. In some ways it is sincere enough, but also designed and extremely strenuous.
Julian Ray, who also has his time at EMPortal belong to the community that uses outer space as inspiration. Argonauts of the Cosmos is woven together by the star lot of states themselves. The concept is fairly indifferent to one soil type to me. How can you rewrite something you've never had real contact with music?. The cosmic stamp has always rescued this type of music as a mare. So it is just. This however should not be Julian Ray to load, he has made a great album. Especially sound design is fabulous. On his website you can even download lydbidder he himself has created, and merge it into his own compositions.
Overall, the album very laid back, and each track is driven by simple motifs, which cuts through the thick wall of ethereal sound.
The album also contains a minor hit in "Subspace" who with his acoustic guitar replica captures something so emphatically.
72 minutes is probably too big a mouthful cosmic devotion. The up-tempo tracks are the album's strong point. And Force may want to use, because the more laid-back it becomes, the less he is.
Julian Ray has put the entire Argonauts of the Cosmos like stream on his website where you can get the ultimate impression.
Last contribution in that game are especially interesting. First, pre-dating the stylistic described earlier Berliner Schule. Second, the thumping germanofilt.
We're back in 1970/1971. At the time when bands like Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel sought an identity based on the sound that Pink Floyd introduced on A Saucerful of Secrets and Ummagumma.
Behind it easier hilarious Erich Z. Schlagzeug-psedonym is everything but pure gravity. The subject is war, and the music is dizzying narcotic. The three page-long excursions are nightmarish trips where you groping in desperation after foothold. In its own way just as useless as his publisher. The fuzzy guitar mosaics inspire no hope of reconciliation, they crystallized drum salvos are indignantly erratic, while mediating a bass guitar just incite more conflict. It is truly brutal.
Need I say more than that this stuff is damn good? Even with a large portion of Jutland modesty.
Typical of the notified artists and their releases is that they are just four random among many, often advertised on EMPortal. The Forum is just a distortion of the relationship between supply and demand. That is not because supply is low. The bar is set high, and many profiled and established acts with long history frequents regularly EMPortal.
I'm Mega Tone, Julian Ray and Erich Z. Schlagzeug deeply grateful for their fine contributions, but it gets collection Joint Effort - The Album, winning both critic and audience award.
Jacob Pertou, Today