Christopher Cameron and Gregory Kyryluk Recorded at Cameron Obscura Studio, Hartford CT, USA|
- Gentle Atoms
- Holophonic Consciousness
- Return To The Sun
- Awakening Mind
- Elliptical Orbit
- Pharoahs Journey
- Reflections In Sublimation
All music composed, manipulated, performed and sequenced live in the moment with minimal overdubs.
Christopher Cameron - analog synthesizers (leads and effects), thought control audio manipulation, with additional rhythm programming
Gregory Kyryluk - digital synthesizers, minor sequencing, mind control audio, samples, rhythm programming
Andrew Spurrier - guitar (e-bow) on Solus.
Continuum delves deeper to combine elements of 70's Progressive and Krautrock with other elements closer to Berlin School. An unusual crossover meeting of Jarre, Vangelis, Kitaro and Popol Vuh-- created with vintage analog instruments of the era.
Composed live in the moment with minimal overdubs, 'Continuum' offers a magical sound tapestry uniting the old and new in a dynamic, original, and thought-provoking second album.
Thought Guild is Greg Kyryluk (Alpha Wave Movement) and Christopher Cameron.
Thought Guild's first CD 'Context' receieved airplay worldwide, including Hearts of Space radio and many others.
This is the second album from the duo Thought Guild (Christopher Cameron on analogue synths and additional rhythm programming and Gergory Kyryluk on digital synths, samplers, and lead rhythm programming) and itís an excellent follow-up to their debut, "Context". In fact, Iíd actually rank it slightly higher than their premier release, even though the latter was an excellent disc in its own right. Listening to "Continuum" is akin to finding oneself in retro EM/spacemusic heaven.
If youíre a fan of the classics from artists like Jarre, Schulze, Vangelis (at his best, not his bombastic worst), the late Michael Garrison, Patrick Gleeson, and even Kevin Braheny and possibly Michael Stearns, or if you enjoy contemporary EM artists such as Enterphase, David Wright, Gert Emmens, and others who weave contemporary EM webs, youíre gonna have to trust me on this one and just buy it pronto. You will not be disappointed!
"Gentle Atoms" kicks things off in fine fashion, blending the beautiful soaring spacemusic of Braheny with the percolating beats and pulses of quasi-Berlin and continental EM. Itís a kick-ass jumping off point for the album. The flowing strains of what sounds like sampled ewi(Brahenyís characteristic instrument) are matched by the pleasantly frenetic beats and ping-ponging textures and tones.
After a short (two minute) drifting spacemusic/ambient soundscape ("Holophonic Consciousness"), "Return to the Sun" explodes amidst a shower of cascading Jarre-like arpeggios and a throbbing "fat" analogue sequence straight out of Europe. As the cut builds steam, echoes of both Garrison and Tangerine Dream will no doubt coalesce in your memory.
"Solus" is equally engaging, this time with the two artists being joined by Andrew Spurrier on e-bow. The cut evolves slowly as if emerging almost from an electronic mist so to speak. Twinkling bells and a sequenced synth refrain kick things off but the musicians are just getting started and soon we are off with a myriad of SF effects, more "fat" analogue goodness, and a dramatic Vangelis-like lead with pounding trap kit drums (a la TD) anchoring the song with a solid rhythmic base.
"Awakening Mind" veers over into mystical majestic electronic music territory, again bringing to mind Vangelis comparisons, although also the aforementioned Wright or other artists on the AD music label perhaps. There is a fluid sense of grandeur at work with sampled harp and guitar along with bold sweeping washes and an assortment of textures and effects. The overall emotion is one of awe and maybe even transcendence, especially as the song hits multiple crescendos in its nearly 5 minutes of playing time.
There are four more tracks on the CD, but I think Iíve whetted your appetite sufficiently to have salivating and reaching for your wallet. Okay, okay, hereís a touch more info.
"Elliptical Orbit" is equally cool with some cross-pollination of subtle semi-tribal elements and sampled trumpet that brings to mind the Canadian ensemble Sylkenís brand of ambient/space jazz. Extremely cool, this one!
Then there is the thumping catchy synth-poppish "Empathic Implant" except that the term "pop" doesn't do justice to the wild roller coaster ride that this song takes you on, dipping and soaring and throwing one cool EM trick after another at you. Alright, thatís enough for now. The other two songs will remain a mystery until you ante up.
I'll conclude by highly recommending "Continuum" to all EM (and rhythmic spacemusic as well) fans. Buckle up for this puppy, though, Ďcause when these two artists through it into warp drive - whoa! Oh, and as if it needs stating, thisíll be a KILLER driving album.
2006. Bill Binkelman / Wind and Wire
This CD from 2005 offers 56 minutes of cosmic electronic music.
Thought Guild is Christopher Cameron and Gregory Kyryluk (aka Alpha Wave Movement), with Andrew Spurrier on e-bow guitar on one track.
Strap in for a cosmic journey that heads out into space and takes you to the depths of inner consciousness. This music combines celestial elements with contemplative ambience, resulting in highly engaging EM tuneage.
Pleasant tonalities provide a delicate backdrop for dreamy keyboards and astral electronics. Sparkling textures unfurl with infinite intentions. Nimble synthesizers generate a plethora of mesmerizing riffs that undulate and whirl, gently stimulating deep neurons with their sinuous patterns. Chords waft on celestial winds, goaded into looping sequences of crystalline beauty and embellished by meticulous human guidance. Lavish atmospherics surface and pulsate. Congenial riffs glisten as if airborne dew rode these synthetic notes.
E-perc plays a valuable role in this music, rendering comfortable propulsion that is durable without becoming intrusive.
Blending aspects of ambience with contemporary EM, Thought Guild injects a liveliness to their soft tuneage. The compositions are thoughtful and agile, while retaining an endearing fragility. American and European styles are fused to produce a global hybrid that leaves the Earth behind in its quest for galactic vistas lurking deep in cerebral terrain.
2006. Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity