Travel across space within the womb of warm synthetic sound and rhythmic symmetry. Twilight horizons on distant shores echo signals of ancient light pulses emitting streaming knowledge of forgotten star tribes. Ambient music drawn from the well of influences past, filtered thru the present time continuum and refracted into the ether of the cosmos.
- Ancestral Star Chart [4:47]
- When We Roamed The Stars [6:12]
- The Tender Sea of Space [8:26]
- Radiosonic Temple of Harmonic Sound [11:42]
- Genesis of a Super Nova [5:42]
- Stellar Mantra [14:52]
- Final Transmission [6:20]
The latest Alpha Wave Movement release moves forward into the deeper voids of space, time and audio permutations. Drawing once more from the genre's of classic space music, ambient music and new age music of revelatory past.
Guest musician Mark Steiner performs on the Steiner EVI (electronic valve instrument) adding extended electro-harmonic voice to the audio narratives of the Celestial Chronicles.
All music composed, performed & recorded by Gregory Kyryluk.
Guest musician Mark Steiner on EVI (electronic valve instrument) performance on The Tender Sea of Space & Radiosonic Temple of Harmonic Sound.
Gregory Kyryluk of Alpha Wave Movement is always busy and effectively productive, no matter if with his main AWM project or with his Within Reason offshoot. After 5 releases during 2013 (two as AWM, two as Within Reason and one with Thought Guild), February 2014 brings newest album "Celestial Chronicles" by Alpha Wave Movement on Greg's own Harmonic Resonance Recordings. Catchy images (by Greg) and album title give us an idea of upcoming, highly fascinating stargazing odyssey. Alpha Wave Movement's "Myriad Stars" from 2011 still resonates and that's definitely enough reasons to stay alert!!!
"Ancestral Star Chart" reveals with darker intro, spiced by assorted cyber-tech blips and pulses, one of them is quickly oscillating and almost drives me nuts. Then highly polished metallic percussive sounds step to the fore and masterfully enhance the structure, while warmly expansive washes graciously unfold and diffuse into magnificently expansive panoramas. A grandiose opener!!! The following piece, "When We Roamed The Stars", immediately attracts with its gorgeously laid-back atmosphere, led by hauntingly embracing rhythms, enchantingly delicate shimmers and earwarming airy blankets. This melodic alchemy works absolutely flawless, another example of sonic elegance and fineness!!! "The Tender Sea Of Space" is filled with stunningly captivating spaciousness. Mark Steiner appears as a guest on this composition (plus on the following track) performing on EVI (electronic valve instrument). According to Gregory, Mark is a nephew of Nyle Steiner, the inventor of EVI and EWI. Mark' s EVI virtuosity adds strongly evocative atmospheric element to Greg's tranquilly illuminating heavenly symphony. The music perfectly captures the majesty of the track title. "Radiosonic Temple Of Harmonic Sound", the second longest piece clocking to nearly 12-minute mark, features lots of unique, essentially colored cascades and arches, where organic passages intermingle with slightly weirder, cacophonous textures, then the track swiftly progresses into the most lively part comprised of highly mesmerizing rhythms and exotically perfumed EVI parade. This is absolutely magnetizing listening experience, precisely portraying the huge creativity and musicality of both artists. An all-inclusive sonic jewel!!! "Genesis Of A Super Nova" starts with minimal intro, flavored with various cybernetic fragments, but it slowly increases into the vistas of warmer immensity accompanied with veiled beat. The longest piece, "Stellar Mantra", gets to nearly 15 minutes. It effectively merges environmen tal calmness, some ingredients of Hindustani classical music (vocals, sitar), balmy tribal percussions, joyful rhythm patterns and alluringly meandering airwaves. Utterly elegant and effective symmetry between all components!!! The closing composition "Final Transmission" dives into abyssal drone depths, but glimmering motifs slowly emerge and spellbindingly lighten the overall mood. Along the way sharper transmutations sneak in to steal the show, but cybernetic swirls interact strongly and defend its lead. Another cosmic magnificence!!!
"Celestial Chronicles" album offers to each listener a truly adventurous encounter, a deep space journeying at its most stirring and filigree!!! This is a very strong competitor for the Best of 2014 release!!! And by the way, since April 9th, 2014, there is available the newest Alpha Wave Movement album entitled "Archaic Frontiers" and in the pipeline via Darren Bergstein's Anodize label is the upcoming "Farshadow" CD by Within Reason (scheduled for mid-June). Keep an ear on this guy, because Gregory Kyryluk is one of the undisputable masters of the genre!!!
2014. Richard Gürtler / Bratislava, Slovakia
Hollow winds awaken an organic fauna as well as some delicate tom-toms which pound on the discreet circular rhythm of "Ancestral Star Chart". Lonely chords are roaming there. They form a shy melody which dances in dense and morphic cosmic veils while other chords hammered in a false xylophone decorate an ambient rhythm which coils up comfortably in the hollow of the ear. Wrapped up in an intense sonic dryad and embroidered into structures of rhythms of which the discretion feed the ambiguities and where we just cannot ignore Steve Roach's influences, "Ancestral Star Chart" breathes all the contrasts of an EM which tries as much to seduce than to introduce a musical quest out of the ordinary. Discreet rhythms, but always very present, in ambiences sculptured in the esotericism are the privilege of Alpha Wave Movement's last work. “Celestial Chronicles” inhales all the serenity of its name. Behind every piece of music, of which the last second s leave an imprint of amazement, Gregory Kyryluk weaves ambient rhythms which are submerged by an intense cosmic painting where the stars burst of their twinkling singings, spreading musical tears which melt themselves into spiritual approaches to make cry the winds. And "Ancestral Star Chart" is a soft introduction to this fragility of the contrasts which lie down on an impressive pallet of musical landscapes where the eclecticism and the esotericism sing on the same harmonies.
The discovery of this other pleasant surprise of Alpha Wave Movement continues with the very ethereal intro of "When We Roamed the Stars". There where cries a very musical synth within a symphony of stars dusts. A rhythm arises from this sonic abundance under a shape of a spiral of which the ascending curves tie up their jumping keys to some sober percussion. The metronomic beatings, soft as harmonious pulsations, accelerate a rhythmic which always remains a prisoner of a dense electronic pattern where the tears of synths abound in the iridescent mists and those fragments of stars and their twinkling dawn serenades. The winds of Orion smother the final, like they blow on the very ambiospherical introduction of "The Tender Sea of Space". The ambient music expires the melancholic sighs of Vangelis in his futuristic visions while that the soft movement of sequences reminds the one that Richard Pinhas exploited in his wonderful East/West (Ruitor). The fusion of these two genres in this interstellar sonic palette irradiated by thousand tones is rather crunchy. "Radiosonic Temple of Harmonic Sound" is the most impressive and lively track of “Celestial Chronicles”. And yet, its slow contemplative introduction, where the sitar and the Steiner EVI of Mark Steiner tune their sound prayers, calls up to the meditation. Sinuous synth curves draw the intriguing drones which liven up a superb hypnotic rhythm where our ears have difficulty in kissing all the subtleties of sequences and percussions. The rhythm is clanic, with Middle East fragrances, and embraces a kind of soft ambient down-tempo with a structure which hiccups smoothly in the Arabian breezes of the Steiner Electronic Valve Instrument. It's very good and the ear hooks on the very first listening.
"Genesis of a Super Nova" offers a somber lunar lullaby with a fine movement of sequences of which the ritornello of the chords from a kind of cosmic harp floats in astral choruses, rivers of harmonious prisms and in breezes of ether. Still there, it's very beautiful, magnetizing. I would say even very striking with those slow floating synth layers which cry and kiss these muffled knockings which divide carefully the morphic rhythms from the cosmic moods of “Celestial Chronicles”. How beautiful it is! "Stellar Mantra" is closer of the Hindus divinities with a slow rhythm, very transic, where the sitar scatters its weeping notes on the back of fine tribal percussions of which the delicate tom-toms calm our torments as much as the fascinating monasterial choir. And as for each of the tracks on “Celestial Chronicles”, the rhythm evolves with a subtle velocity in the pace without ever overflow beyond its hypnotic Mantric shroud. "Final Transmission" is the last connection between co smos and our spirit of “Celestial Chronicles”. It's a track which is as much ambient than somber. And it is very dark with its long movements of drones which cross a very abstract soundscape where prisms shine and gradually form a chain of rhythm of which the keys hop and hiccup finely in thick synth clouds and their electronic radio activities to be cut out to the chisel. Fine arpeggios emerge from nowhere, so decorating a finale which reminds fortunately that we can take back our lost senses in the floating harmonies of "Ancestral Star Chart".
The more I dig into Gregory Kyryluk's universe, the more I discover an artist among whom the value and the talent remain still too much underestimated in the very big sphere of EM. A little as Steve Roach, Robert Rich and Jeffrey Koepper, the American synthesist does his small affair without making too much noise. Remaining very discreet in his native Massachussetts, he has created his own label (Harmonic Resonances) and produces a delicious EM which passes too often under the radar. I just hope that “Celestial Chronicles” doesn’t undergo the same path. As beautiful as good, it's an album to be discovered. Moreover if there is an artist whom you should discover in 2014, I strongly recommend Alpha Wave Movement.
2014. Sylvain Lupari / gutsofdarkness.com & synthsequences.blogspot.ca