Prepared for the thirtieth anniversary of Tangerine Dream. Contains completely different compositions. Using especially analog synthesizers, an atmosphere unique to 70s was created in the album.
"Ave", which came out in Spring 1999, is the work of the Turkish musician Can Atilla. |
- Time Border Passengers [26:15]
- Breathing Under Pressure [13:54]
- Japetus Dreams [13:26]
- Time Seller Under The Rain [7:18]
- Bach's Air [4:56]
- Pray Of Ra [2:27]
- Abarcus [9:07]
The album was privately released on the EAT-label (Essers Audio Tools) by the Dutch musician Rob Essers, who himself composed some great music which seems to pay tribute to Tangerine Dream’s 80’s music.
Well, Mr Atilla dedicates his album "Ave" to the 30th anniversary of Tangerine Dream. It’s a great album of vintage electronica, containing seven tracks, split in two short tracks and 5 longer pieces.
This music breaths the grand atmosphere, spirit and beauty of Tangerine Dream, as it combines their grand sound from the mid ‘70s with those of the early 80’s.
So await some original songs of which the compositional structures mirror the original Tangerine Dream structures almost perfectly as some excellent retro sequencing and a broad range of vintage sounds fly by.
It’s very interesting to hear how masterfully Can Atilla switches from the sound of "Encore" to those of "Tangram" or "Underwater Sunlight" in the first track.
But for me the second track "Breathing under Pressure" is the real highlight of the album, as things just come together so perfectly and are assembled so smoothly.
The fifth track "Bach’s Air" is even thrown into a nice vintage form.
All in all, this is one of those must-have retro cds that shouldn’t be missed in any electronic music collection.
Bert Strolenberg / Sonic Immersion
Despite the fact that this is a somewhat older cd, I could not refrain from reviewing it because of its great appeal to retro lovers.
My colleague Bert pointed out to me that "Ave" is a musical tribute from the Turkish EM musician Can Atilla to Tangerine Dream because this is TD’s 30-year anniversary.
Can has assembled a cd with original songs that all refer to various periods of TD, with emphasis on the 1970s and early 1980s. He has done this in a tremendously inventive way because now and again you would swear these are the grandmasters themselves playing.
The sounds, sequences, drum patterns and guitar works are, for all intents and purposes, the same as TD. The compositional structures mirror the original TD’s structures almost perfectly, so much that, with ease, you’re transported back in time to the glory days of "Encore", "Tangram", and all of those other excellent albums.
"Ave" is a real treat for old school enthusiasts.
André de Waal / SonicImmersion.org
TD or not TD: that's the question! "More TD than TD themselves".
Words with which this album by this Turkish musician (how many electronic musicians are in that country?) Can Atilla is being promoted. Atilla is a great Tangerine Dream-fan and he created this CD in dedication to the 30th anniversary of the Grandmasters. I know his earlier CD-R "Waves Of Wheels" which was ok but this is totally different. That album was in the style of TD's current music, this CD shows a well-crafted compilation from as many as possible TD-periods.
The first two tracks "Time Border Passengers" (a typical TD-title) and "Breathing Under Pressure" are build up from various fragments of melodical music we know from TD's early eighties, a little like Rob Essers does on his CD "A Lizards Walk".
"Japetus Dreams" shows the typical "Encore"-style with driving sequences and a solo on Mellotron-flute as in "Cherokee Lane". Also, the tracks gets louder and louder like TD also did.
"Time Seller Under The Rain" is again a great TD-title. TD sometimes makes a cover from classic music and Can does this also with "Bach's Air". After the short experimental "Pray Of Ra" the CD is concluded with "Abarcus", a bonus track (I never understand the purpose of bonus-tracks on a new CD) which is more like the solo-music of Edgar Froese, especially the sequences.
This is a great album and a must for TD-fans, surely those who have stopped listening to them after they started making more commercial music.
1999. Paul Rijkens
Advertised as "dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Tangerine Dream" it’s tempting discard this immediately - I mean, how many TD tribute albums have you heard which are worthy of note? Well, here’s the exception which proves the rule. This is not so much dedicated to 30 years of Tangerine Dream - more like 10 years, between approximately 1974 and 1984. Yes, the absolute golden age and the music produced is so true to TD of that era that (cliche warning) it really could have been produced by the masters themselves. This album is quite simply incredible!
The opener is ‘Time Border Passengers’, all gob smacking 26 minutes of it. Opening innocuously enough with synth sweeps (actually more reminiscent to the opening of Steve Roach’s ‘Stormwarning’ than TD) it soon springs into life with the sort of top notch rhythmic grinder which TD used to take such delight in serving up. Then the sequences emerge, backed by mellotron flute. Percussion then brings out the full detail of the sequence, and a more modern era is released. Stabby synths and a superb melody which then give way to classic Franke sequencing. In the space of 8 minutes we’ve traversed the styles of ‘Encore’, ‘Underwater Sunlight’ and ‘Tangram’ in one seamless EM delight. The album is only 12 minutes old and I’m hooked, fascinated by the completely authentic nature of the music. What’s even better though is the way all the different elements and styles are merged and mixed. 17 minutes and 48 seconds heralds a spine tingling section of immense power and beauty. Could be a third section of the track ‘Hyperborea’ or an extension to the ‘Logos’ concert - it’s completely fantastic. The closing couple of minutes allow breath to be drawn - remember, this is still the first track!
‘Breathing Under Pressure’ opens with sonic vistas and a sprinkling of Chris Franke sound effects. A brief but delightful piano section is swept up in electronics which build anticipation. Subliminal sequences begin to form - just what will be presented here?! Strummed guitar ala ‘Cloudburst Flight’ for one thing, then the track sweeps all before it top notch rhythmics and sequencing. ‘Dolphin Dance’ comes to mind as the sequences just build and build. I thought the opener could not be matched - I was wrong. The sequences then shift around with the melody, guitar axes add spice. This is sensational!
‘Japetus Dreams’ opens like ‘Desert Dream’ from ‘Encore’ then cranks up the sequencing akin to ‘Cherokee Lane’ but with those half note packets perfected around the ‘Theif’ era. But when the high register mellotron flute enters the fray, and a gargantuan bass line emerges, you just know this is a fitting tribute to TD’s 1977 NA tour. It really could be an ‘Encore’ bonus track - with sequencing and especially the lead lines so faithful to the style it’s almost unbelievable. There’s even hiss on the closing piano refrains!
‘Time Seller Under The Rain’ is a magnificently poised combination of themes and super charged rhythmics which beggars belief. Infectious and completely narcotic, I am reaching the point of superlative burn-out.
Fortunately ‘Bach’s Air’ brings us back to Earth with a bump. Other than Tomita I’ve never really been fussed with classical EM, but no worries because it only lasts 5 minutes.
‘Pray of RA’ is a short atmospheric snippet, leaving ‘Arbacus’ to end the album. Described as a bonus track it opens an immediate onslaught of pure sequencing. Gradually the synth voices morph into an array of stabbing mutations. In common with many of the tracks on this album, the track has already done more than enough to satisfy before getting even better, fleshed out with percussion and synth pads.
Can Attilla. Just who is this guy? He could have written the Turkish entry to the 1990 Eurovision song contest for all I care. What I do know is that he’s produced here the most emphatic tribute to the real Tangerine Dream. His skill for distiling the very best aspects from their illustrious career is uncanny. What more can I say? Haven’t enjoyed an album so much for ages. Buy! Buy! Buy!