Used instrumentation back in 2004: |
- Recreation 1 [4:55]
- Recreation 2 [6:46]
- Recreation 3 [9:45]
- Recreation 4 [4:38]
- Recreation 5 [5:22]
- Recreation 6 [4:46]
- Recreation 7 [9:16]
- The last Recreation [17:00]
Nordlead 2, JX8p, Juno, EMU pk6, Roland JV880, SC880, Yamaha RM1x, GeneralMusic S2r, Korg M1, Korg DW8000, akoustic percussion, radio shortwave-sounds, GMedia Oddity, NI Reaktor 4 and Logic 5.5.
I composed this work back in the Spring of 2004. It was meant to be released, didn't see daylight then. It will be seeing daylight in 2007. It's not the official 2007 CD, but a kind of re-release.
The idea of releasing this work lies in the fact that I really enjoyed recording this music and it would be a pity not to do anything with it. The music is in the style of Pro Sequentia.
It's not retro, it's not dance or trance or meditative music, it's a mixture of all these elements with the presence of melody and rhythm and the Grandmasters of EM in mind.
The only meaning of music to me is to relax and overall to recreate in a way the listener likes.
2006. Press Information
René van der Wouden’s "Recreation" comes from a studio session held in the spring of 2004, a little before Pro Sequentia. Completely in conformity with its title, Recreation looks to me like a light album. The Dutch synthesist seems to have fun by mixing the styles and the areas. From austere he can jump to frivolity, and vice versa, giving a coloured album, without borders and framings, a little as the kids who have fun in recreations.
In zigzag, Recreation’s intro is metal on metal, until a very beautiful synthetic line turn itself into a violin and draws a classical melody with high and harmonious keys. Under the tenderness effect of this melodious intro, where the violin strings are lost in time, voluntary notes strike a repetitive sequence which undulate its nuances on scattered synthetic scratches, which fly over a sober rhythmic structure.
The intro of Recreation 2 is more dramatic with its dry notes which intersect its sequenced equivalences. A harpsichord bores a dense synthetic cloud which floats gently until the structure becomes animated on a more unbridled rhythm. Moving and touching layers surround this track with varied intonations.
On Recreation 3, we have the impression to hear an accordion which is harmonized with an undulating fluid sequence. A beautiful moment when a cloud of chords and various instruments, intersects with emotion and receptivity. The rhythm becomes jerkier, hopping on a striking synthetic line which winds sequencers to syncopated and nervous emanations, which René van der Wouden heavy layers cherish with passion of our hearing. On suction grip pulsations, Recreation 3 decreases its intensity on a more overwhelming final, with the arrival of bitter breaths cello.
Keys force against the wind on Recreation 4, to turn on a superb electronic ballade like a harmonious fantasy. It’s beautiful, sweet and hangs instantly.
Recreation 5 is an atmospheric bubble which ends on the very Jarrian rhythm with great percussions of Recreation 6 start. A striking title with slamming percussions, regular tinkling and a running synth as Jarre forgot to make. This is an excellent track which has everything to have success and appear on a rhythmic EM compilation.
Recreation 7 undulating and lazy layers crossed dark notes which resound in a starry cosmic atmosphere. This static waltz is crossed by a beautiful harpsichord line which rocks nothingness, before being struck down by a powerful play of percussion with solid and furious blows. Synth solo girdles this furious movement which multiplies of various sonorities solos, to fall down in a latent peace which is moulded perfectly at the harmonious beginning of The last Recreation.
This last title of this studio session has a light atmospheric intro, as the final besides, very enveloping. Between the two, there is rhythm, lot of rhythm, which spins like a train at high speed on a sequencer jerked by pulsations and which form its modulations in harmonious structures, no matter the rhythm. Riffs are heavy, percussions cold and pulsations filtered by sequential line which does not miss imagination.
Above all, René van der Wouden sublime synth, to heavy and wrapping layers that he painted of so warmth tenderness that make them unique and harmonious when soft chime winds energetic and alive a movement, like an amazing recreation.
2006. Sylvain Lupari / Canada
This is actually an earlier work of Rene's, recorded back in 2004 and just now seeing the light of day. Recreation is closer in overall tone to Pro Sequentia, as there's a lot of sequencers here and a strong rhythmic element.
This is also a very melodic album as well, powerful and uplifting. There are eight songs this time, many of them shorter pieces, but no less interesting. I'm not quite as fond of Recreation as I am of Pro Sequentia, but only because that album seems a bit more polished.
This is still a fine album and well recommended to fans of melodic electronic music.
2007. Scott Raymond / USA
Recreation is a new release of material that René recorded in spring 2004. The cover photography and the season adequately reflect the happy tones within.
The first track has a wavering Vangelis-like synth lead. I often find Vangelis overly sweet for my taste, and the same is true here, although once it gets going the melody is pleasant enough.
"Recreation 2" fares better, with a sound like a cross between a koto and a 12-string guitar, and warm pads laid over the top. The steady beat should get the toes tapping.
The third track continues the spring theme with very light sounds. An even more infectious beat establishes itself later on. I could easily envision Jean-Michel Jarre coming up with something like this. Jarre also sometimes gets too cute, and might come up with something like the bouncy "Recreation 4," which may appeal to perpetually happy people I suppose, and I wouldn’t totally rule out it growing on me.
"Recreation 5" is one of the few darker turns, a moody atmospheric affair that I like quite a lot.
In stark contrast, "Recreation 6" is pure synth pop with happy beats, playful bass lines, and warm synth pads. Moods continues to alternate, as track seven goes back to melancholy textures. A harpsichord appears in the middle to lighten the tone somewhat, then jumps right back up with pounding drums and soaring synth leads. Going back to more ambient touches at the end, this one really covers a lot of ground, but does so in an engaging fashion.
An oboe-like synth lead begins "The Last Recreation," but it soon goes back to the optimistic sounds that permeate the majority of the disc.
Recreation is light, uplifting energetic music for sunny, happy days.
2007. Phil Derby / Electroambient Space
In this album, René van der Wouden makes a music near to Synth-Pop, also including some elements of Contemporary Instrumental Music and of Ambient. The themes are brimming with melodies, and the rhythms are at their service. The composer succeeds in creating a solid work which will be liked by all followers of Synth-Pop and similar genres.