1. The Dream Goes on ...Mandarinentraum
  2. Sternennacht MP3 soundclip of Sternennacht [1:00]
  3. Evolution MP3 soundclip of Evolution [1:00]
  4. Le Culte
  5. Time to Remember
  6. After the Rain MP3 soundclip of After the rain [1:00]
  7. Desire
The versatile and accessible music of F.D. Project is not that simply to depict as it’s influences range from Tangerine Dream to Mike Oldfield, at other occasions keenly blending elements from the Berlin School and guitar riffs. At times it can be melodic and up-tempo, then switching to captivating atmospheric textures and soundscapes, but in live-settings one can count on it some great guitar playing will show up.

2010. Press Information This last FD Project work is of superb minimalism tenderness and this in spite of some jolts with technoïd flavors. Time to Remember is in the lineage of these albums which scroll in loops and that each listening brings a new beam of musicality. A nice album, with soft passages weakened by a somber nostalgia, where mesmerizing and charming Frank Dorittke's dodecaphonic world is in constant evolution and torn between soft melodies with flexible rhythms and curter cadences which touch lightly a kind of zombie techno.

The Dream Goes On... Mandarinentraum is a superb track and the cornerstone of Time to Remember which begins by a suave lamentation as sensual as ethereal falling with a light crash on a delicate note. As if it awakened a cosmic world, this note makes resurfacing synth waves which ripple over a soft sequence in formation which turns with delicacy, such as an oniric nursery rhyme. A hypnotic sequence which turns as a slow musical carousel beneath streaks of a spectral synth. Between the mystic world of Legend, the sensual and lyrical synths of Le Parc and melodies of Underwater Sunlight from Tangerine Dream, The Dream Goes On … Mandarinentraum unfolds as an ode to Tangerine Dream, a little bit as on Heavensgate, with this delicate voice of Matzumi of which sensual and melancholic breathes are mixing with synth exhalations. Synths with vocals breathe which are entangling in a perfect symbiosis to laments and ethereal vocalizes sighing in a musical universe with multiple crystalline notes of a nostalgic piano. A poetic softness trapped in minimalist sequential carousels which spin criss-cross and sparkle such as ditties for young imps in a luxurious electronic world with analog flavors à la Schulze and Jarre. A very nice track which increases appreciably its crescendo to ends with a guitar à la Oldfield which sings its long solos filled with excitability on a beautiful line of piano. Delicate, mesmerizing and melancholic, The Dream Goes On … Mandarinentraum is a long melody which goes astray in the analog cosmos and suave lamentations of Matzumi. One of the most beautiful melodious tracks that I heard in 2010 and which is going to please fans of TD, Legend, The Park and Underwater Twilight areas, as well as Mike Oldfield fans.
Dualist, Sternennacht begins with a tenebrous synth line which blows a somber sigh with romantic fragrances. Fine piano notes roam in this syncretic cosmos where brief studded breezes sparkle. The synth embraces guitar sounds shape, bringing Sternennacht bends towards a sequence to soft resonances, which is melting to another sequence with more candid jolts. This sequential juxtaposition forms a tempo which increases its pace beneath by filiform synth solos. And Sternennacht falls into rhythms of a heavy space rock with a tempo sustained by good electronic percussions and a guitar of which chiseled solos are merging with more sinuous synth solos, unique to the very mixed musical world of Frank D Project.
After an atmospheric intro where synth layers remind those of the melancholic sweetness of Pink Floyd on Wish You Were Here, Evolution shakes its rhythm with a hybrid sequence where bass notes twirl in spiral and hem in cascade with chords closer to glass tones. The tempo is supported by its sequences which hammer a muffled technoïd movement in a nebulous electronic atmosphere with sinuous synth solos which are criss-crossing in a heavy electronic ambiance which is not without recalling Software in Electronic Universe.
Heavy, incisive and striking Le Culte beats the pace on heavy pulsations which act as steady percussions, leading Le Culte in a weighty whirlwind of pulsating rhythms where sulfurous solo of symphonic synths abound in hypnotic zombie pulsations. Le Culte rhythm isn’t still completely form that it crosses its only quiet moment where random sequences spin among beautiful layers of a hum and hawing synth, melancholic vocoders, percussions with rattler tones and solos of guitars which scratch this floating atony on a cadence on alert and on a point to explode. And this is what’s happening some 2 minutes farther with an infernal rhythmic, structured by heavy hypnotic pulsations and minimalism percussions which hammer a techno rave, ragged by explosives guitar solos to striped dance floors.
Time to Remember explains itself Mike Oldfield's influences on Frank Dorittke and the worship of this last one for the universe of Tubular Bells. We would believe to hear a remix, so much it is near the reality, of this delicious intro that fascinated the music lovers throughout the world, with a guitar to hatched riffs and a synth to spectral loops which cross this soft minimalism piano / bass fusion. Beautiful, but it doesn’t surpass the original although it gives a sudden need to listen to it... which I did!
After a nebulous foggy and galactic intro, After the Rain gallops on a nervous line of bass which skips with delicate crystalline arpeggios. Percussions mold a steady pace which pounds beneath cosmic synth streaks. A brief atmospheric insert divides the rhythm, just to let guitar riffs filter and scroll in loops caressing Manuel Göttsching's very minimalist universe, beneath suave layers of a synth with cosmic aromas, sculpting thus After the Rain in a very cosmic rock structure.
Desire encloses Time to Remember by a beautiful strummed ballad. A soft lullaby with a synth to tribal violin laments that a guitar bites into its deepest furrows with acuteness solos, dividing the musical world of Frank D and the one Oldfield of a delicate musical Ariane's thread. A divine ballad where shrill daydreams of guitars cross the tears of violin on crystalline sequences with a heavy final where drum and bass bring us back in Mike Oldfield's tribal world.

A nice way to concludes a very beautiful album, where all Frank Dorittke's influences are admirably well depicted and returned.

2011. Sylvain Lupari / Guts of Darkness Wenn eins in der Elektronikszene Kontinuität besitzt, dann ist es seit 2003 die Tatsache, dass alljährlich ein neues Werk des aus Dinslaken stammenden Musikers Frank Dorittke erscheint. „Time To Remember" ist schon das achte Sololalbum des Keyboarders und Gitarristen, das er unter dem Namen F. D. Project veröffentlicht.

Die CD beginnt mit dem Stück „The Dream Goes On … Mandarinentraum", das Frank bereits auf der Schwingungen Gartenparty am 17.07.2010 in Hamm zum Besten gab. Auf dieser Produktion, wie auch beim Liveauftritt agiert neben Frank Kathrin Manz aka Matzimi am Mikro und verfeinert diesen an Tangerine Dream angelehnten Track durch ihre atmosphärische Stimme. Hypnotische Stimmung mit tollem Rhythmus unterlegt, dazu Matzumi’s Stimme machen diesen ersten, mehr als 17minütigen Track gleich schon zu einem Highlight des Albums. Über weite Strecken dominieren die Synthies und erst im letzten Teil packt Frank seine Gitarre aus und bearbeitet die Saiten in gewohnt atmosphärischer Art.
Als zweites kommt dann das fast zehnminütige „Sternennacht", das mit recht spacigen Sounds beginnt. Nach diesem Weltraumfeeling erzeugenden Beginn geht es, sobald der Sequenzer seine Rhythmusbahnen einschlägt, im typischen F. D. Project-Stil weiter.
„Evolution" wandelt aus meiner Sicht zwischen „Berliner Schule", F.D. Project und Brainwork und weist im späteren Verlauf einen tollen Rhythmus auf, der durch weitere fesselnde Sounds ergänzt wird. Das kommt vertraut und doch neu rüber.
„Le Culte" hatte im Juli in Hamm ebenfalls seine Feuertaufe und zeigt einen stampfenden Beat, der mit einer eingängigen Melodie gepaart ist. Beides geht umgehend ins Ohr und man hat das Gefühl tanzen zu müssen (Soundmäßig ist eine Spur der französischen Band Space auszumachen).
Im folgenden Titelstück zeigt Frank, warum man ihn auch den deutschen Mike Oldfield nennt. Instrumentierung, Rhythmus und Melodieführung kommen wieder sehr nah an den großen Briten heran. Ein Stück das Oldfield nie gemacht hat. Musste er auch nicht, denn wir haben ja Frank Dorittke!
Nach dem mitreißenden Titel „After The Rain", bei dem ein pulsierender Synthie, so man ihn auch von den Ron Boots-Produktionen her kennt zu hören ist und der auch eine Spur von Alan Parsons zu bieten hat, beschließt Frank mit „Desire", einem gitarrenlastigen Track, der fast schon Folk- bzw. Mittelalterelemente aufweist, sein neues, wiederum faszinierendes Album.

Es ist schon erstaunlich und ich traue mich es kaum zu schreiben, aber Frank schafft es mit jeder neuen Veröffentlichung den hohen Standard, den er bereits gesetzt hat, kontinuierlich fortzuführen. Wer seine bisherigen Alben mochte, der kann hier blind zugreifen. Wie gewohnt ein tolles Stück Musik.

2010. Stephan Schelle