All music composed, recorded and performed by Gregory T. Kyryluk 2001-2006
From the Ether - Introduction to a much longer peace of music that didn't quite hold up in extended form. The cohesiveness and floaty like atmosphere is at times reminiscent of music I composed for A Distant Signal. Recorded in Seattle, WA 2004|
- From The Ether [4:03]
- Nucleogenesis [4:48]
- Solar Dub [1:58]
- Rubicon [4:41]
- Desert Light [5:59]
- Distant Nebula [9:57]
- Sun Tempel [7:57]
- Metamorphic Dawn [5:07]
Nucleogenesis - Improvised piece recorded with Korg Wavestation, SQ80 leads over a pulsing sequencer line on the Novation A-Station. Recorded Hartford, CT 2006
Solar Dub - Dub influenced piece inspired a bit by Early Ozric Tentacles. Bubbly analog flavoured bass line with a Korg Wavestation providing the breathy flute lead and a Quasimidi Sirius for the sequencer line. Something a little different for an Alpha Wave Movement track! Recorded Miami, FL 2001-2002
Rubicon - A piece originally released in Spain for the Margen Magazine cd 2002. Very melodic piece utilizing the VFX synthesizer for pads, Korg MS2000 for the wonderful crystalline sequencer line. A nice peace for star gazing. Recorded Miami, FL 2002.
Desert Light - This should have been on Drifted Into Deeper Lands with its very open, airy feel of desert landscapes and twilight sunsets. The main chord fills were improvised live on an SQ-80 synth. Recorded in Seattle, WA 2004
Distant Nebula - An extended inter-planetary excursion with tons of astral sweeps and pulsating bass sequencing. A nod to my Berlin School roots as well as American space music composers. Recorded 200? in one of the states!
Sun Tempel - A track almost forgotten and resurrected like the Phoenix. This is sort of my tip of the hat to Mr. Gottschings wonderful late 1970s music (aka. Ashra). I added some melodic guitar that worked well with the Grosskopf style drum pattern. Recorded Seattle, WA 2006
Metamorphic Dawn - It started with me tweaking a Mini Moog bass sound on a newly acquired Korg MS2000 and the track ended up as a homage to an early musical influence Kitaro. Everything just fell into place the K2000 provided strings and SQ-80 lead. I never intended to do an homage track but I am very satisfied with the outcome. Recorded Seattle, WA 2004-5
Gregory T. Kyryluk
The Regions Between is not new music that has just been composed and released this year but it is some great unreleased music that was recorded between 2001-2006 which Gregory decided to dust off and share with us on this CD. Although the music is rather diverse and covers multiple themes via the 8 tracks on this CD it is still an enjoyable trip and well worth taking.
From the Ether kicks off this collection and was originally recorded back in 2004 as an introduction to a larger piece of music. From the Ether is a rather spacey sounding cut that does sound like it was leading up to something but does work rather well as a stand alone track too. Gregory uses the music to good effect as it drifts along using sparse instrumentation and some nice synth effects that fade into and out of the spotlight. The central keyboards occupy the main portion of the music which gives the song a nice open feel and as the synth effects fade into and out of the background it sounds like the wind blowing occasionally through the song.
The Regions Between does offer the listener a diverse group of styles in regards to the music they will find here and track 2 which is called Nucleogenesis emphasizes this as it starts off with a nice little keyboard piece before moving into the heart of what makes this second track start to move ahead. The music has essentially a duel nature to it with the space music and otherworldly synths continuing but they share space with a pulsating sequencer that brings the whole song to life but doesn’t overpower the beautiful feeling of airiness that permeates the song as a whole.
Solar Dub which is the next track on the CD is a very enjoyable piece of music that is very lighthearted with a great laid back groove and a catchy hook that keeps you bouncing and tapping your foot as you progress through the song.. Again this just goes to show that AWM is capable of quite a bit of diversity in his music and this collection of unreleased tunes should send you out looking for some of Gregory’s earlier works to see what else he has been up to.
The last track that I want to mention is the song called Distant Nebula and as the title suggests this is a song that will take you wandering around the cosmos with expansive soundscapes that really do justice to the song’s title. There are some great sounds wandering around the soundscape that add character to the piece and gives you something to look at as the stars go drifting by. The song clocks in at 10 minutes so it gives Gregory ample time to develop the musical textures along this journey and to dazzle you with some great synth washes along the way. The song does not stop there as a subtle undercurrent of a pulsing beat is added in around the 7 minute mark that takes the listener in a slightly different direction but still maintains the feel of the song as a whole. The synths and the effects continue to play out in the background while the listener is treated to the rhythms as yet another point of focus during this very pleasant trip.
All in all The Regions Between is a collection of songs from AWM that covers a period of 5 years but listening to them collected here they all seem to belong together on this CD. The music is well produced and the songs even though some of them may have been outtakes or tracks not used from other projects don’t have the feel of songs that should have been abandoned or never revisited. It is apparent that Gregory has spent time with this music and by knowing his material so well he knew which songs, even though they weren’t used at the time, were still powerful pieces of music in and of themselves.
This release just goes to show that even the music that didn’t get used is still great music. It also points to the fact that if the music that didn’t get used is this great then how much better is the material that did get used the first time through. Just a little something to think about there.
AV recommended CD.
Michael Foster / Ambient Visions
A collection of unreleased tracks from 2001-2006, this CD flows rather nicely, showcasing the easygoing space music style that Greg Kyryluk has established over the past several years.
"From the Ether" is a delicate atmospheric number that forms a gentle introduction.
"Nucleogenesis" flows just as smoothly with some light bass sequencing.
"Solar Dub" is dub lite, but I don’t mean that badly at all, a bubbly bright piece.
"Rubicon" takes things down a notch, quite laid back planetarium music.
"Desert Light" is perfectly titled, and as Greg himself mentions it would have fit well on Drifted Into Deeper Lands.
"Distant Nebula" is the mellowest and perhaps most satisfying yet, a 10-minute expansive space journey with cool sequencing later on.
The last two tracks show Kyryluk’s breadth, tributes to Ashra and Kitaro, respectively. Both work quite well, the latter providing a dreamy ending to another very good Alpha Wave Movement disc.
2007. Phil Derby / Electroambient Space
It is my very first time that my ears cross the music of Alpha Wave Movement, the musical project of the American synthesist Gregory T. Kyryluk. I have to admit it; I wasn’t very infatuated at the idea of discovering the music of the Massachusetts musician. Especially since The Regions Between is a collection of ‘’leftovers’’, composed between 2001 and 2006 and which hadn’t found their places on none of AWM albums, music which is bordering dark ambient, with a light melodious approach that inhales the paths of a Kitaro, Silk Road era, and the very vaporous atmospheres of Berlin School, 70’s Ashra and Tangerine Dream style. Musical paradoxes among which, needs to admit, can only instigate the curiosity …and I was pleasantly surprised.
Distant ether wind opens the very ambient From the Ether. A soft title, to suave windy movements, ornamented with fine solitary arpeggios which soak in a peaceful spatial ambiance. A track with a cosmic approach where chords get lost in infinity, quite as on the somber and misty Distant Nebula.
Nucleogenesis is quite a good track which immerses in a delicate Vangelis atmosphere with a symphonic synth that blows among strong keys to fats resonances, before a beautiful sequence line draws a delicate tempo which pulses on 3 chords. A tempo that hops lightly in a sound constellation which wind around the movement that a suave mellotron to languishing orchestrations recovers of a poetic musical coat.
In spite of its rhythmic who embraces soft techno steams, Solar Dub preserves the honeyed musical approach which perfumes this collection of forgotten tracks. A musical piece livened up by echoing and hatched keys that a synth rolls up by its long tasty solos and of which the rhythmic touch is soften by the misty of a mellotron.
With its slightly jazzy intro and its cadence surrounded of keys that wriggle as the wings of a dragonfly on striking of felted percussions, Rubicon is a cross between Nucleogenesis and Solar Dub, if only by its night club approach. A soft track full of romanticism which slightly boils of a delicious active life, under a beautiful Vangelis melodious synth / mellotron combination.
After a desert breaths slow intro, Desert Light lights up on a Steve Roach sequential approach. A very surprising title which plunges us in the heart of Roach tribal rhythms, with its blazing synthesized strata which darken an already somber sky. Another beautiful find on this compilation which would have found its place on Drifted Into Deeper Lands, of which I really should put my ears under one of these days.
Another one very good title is Sun Tempel, who wants to be a tribute to Manuel Göttsching. Notes skip on a beautiful and intense mellotron line, which a synth rolls up of its pleasantly languishing solos. A soft dance for quiet spirits, which increases its pace with an e-guitar of which brief solos edge in among sober percussions and a surprising set of sequences with puzzling striking. Respecting the musical signature within The Regions Between, Sun Tempel is wrapped of a weighty mellotron coat which oversize the melodious approach which takes slightly chthonian sights with this mixture of synthesized breaths and e-guitar.
Metamorphic Dawn eyes a New Age approach with a strong Kitaro essence where a tearful mellotron wraps of its suave orchestrations some Tibetan percussion, bringing Metamorphic Dawn on Silk Road frontiers.
Well, I was pleasantly surprised by The Regions Between. I won’t say it’s brilliant, but I find it very surprising. A good mixture of styles which makes relive the nostalgic sweetness’s of Kitaro, Steve Roach's occult meanders and the sweet melancholic of Vangelis with it’s dramatic arrangements. A very beautiful bed bedhead cd which eases the night birds torments and which gives the go to discover this artist.
Sylvain Lupari / Guts Of Darkness