Jan Buyteart: Korg 01/w, Waldorf Microwave, Yamaha V50, Micro Korg, Korg MS20, Softsynths from LogicPro.|
- Open Your Eyes [33:30]
- Floating in an Ocean of Discords [23:45]
- This wasn`t Meant to Happen [22:19]
Koen Buyteart: Andromeda A6, Korg Wavestation, Yamaha TG77, Novation Nova, Waldorf Blofeld, P3.
Recorded between 2000 and 2008.
Berlin School will always have new followers who will renew and will perpetuate the genre, years after years. Who didnít hear about the Roswell affair? This supposed crash of an UFO near Roswell in New Mexico piqued the curiosity of the American people and many others curious around the world since 1947. Itís part of the myths and contemporary legends. Well Ö There is also another Roswell affair and the Crash origins this time from Belgium, with as aliens the Buytaert brothers. Composed of 3 long tracks drawn from the influences of Berlin School, The Roswell Incidentís "The Crash" is a splendid album moulded in the creative imprints of Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream. An album which has passed totally unnoticed in 2010, like what there isn't only the O.V.N.I. that we donít see.
Powerful mellotron layers draw a slow and dark morphic movement to shape a gorgeous pre-apocalyptic atmosphere and open "Open Your Eyes". They float and dance with an oniric slowness, perturbed by scattered eclectic percussions and pulsations as well as sequences which zigzag in a puzzling way. A synth sings and chants a hardly audible dialogue, where we can hear the phrase Open Your Eyes, in a synth and mellotron symbiosis which reaches its peak towards the 10th minute. There, a heavy and low pulsation skips with velocity creating a sequential movement with nervous chords which are splitting up with ferocity, supported by percussions with a hammering and galloping flow. The percussions/pulsations resound beneath the winds of a synth which spit threatening streaks on an intense pulsating rhythm. A fine sequence, sharply more crystal clear, distances itself and waves over this rhythm with hits and eclectic tones. We approach the 15th minute point and "Open Your Eyes" undergoes an other rhythmic transformation with a crystalline sequential approach which waves awkwardly, such as a multiplication of loops with slightly imperfect twists and turns. Twisted and juicy synth solos fly over this stunning hypnotic sequential path, adding a superb melodious approach to a sequential structure which parades with a disconcerting suppleness. Koen and Jan Buytaert offer us a brief and lightning sequence solo before that "Open Your Eyes" dives into the cosmic mysticism with waves and layers of synth as spectral as spatial which float and hoot among syncretic sound effects. And this wonderful sequential movement to discreet arrhythmic modulations goes out gradually, realizing a subtle musical journey towards the return of its harmonies and chords to fall asleep within the blackness of its introduction.
"Floating in an Ocean of Discords" is a long cosmic bolero which starts in an intense maelstrom of synthesized layers and waves which become entangled in a very nice symbiosis with syncretic tones weaved right from Klaus Schulze's intergalactic dialogues. In spite of the eclectic impetusí fury, there is an infinite tenderness in this fusion of synth waves where the absence of rhythms is compensated by nice modulations (where one believes to hear the magical Farfisa) which waltz in those delicate implosives ardours of philharmonic arrangements. It guide us towards a fine storm to echoing pulsations from where a fine sequence emerges and undertakes a solemn march in this static whirlwind. This movement draws a difficult cosmic progression, such as a caravan of astral pilgrims, dragging the weight of the synth modulations and iridescent reverberations which are linked to it. This long hypnotic sequential bolero challenges time and stars in a universe filled of subtle variations that affect the transparency of its movement beneath the immensity of the metallic synth layers and black winds which roar and moo in a tetanised atmosphere, leaving crystalline imprints of a cosmic world fill the astral space. "This wasn't meant to Happen" is a slow sequential spiral beginning with a series of 5 chords which sound as notes of a Kyoto guitar that we pinch curtly. A circle forms, reflecting the sequences' echo which hiccup among dark winds, hybrid lamentations and scattered pulsating implosions. Gradually the movement accelerates the pace to be transformed into an enormous sequential spiral with heavy and resounding sequences which criss-cross in a powerful ritornellos where they alternate among synth winds and voices. "This wasn't meant to Happen" evolves with an unheard-of power where sequence hits form a stunning oval race with variable tones and forms which roam in this dance to jerky movements. Sequences which are unfolding and criss-crossing in a circular rhythm increasing constantly its power, such as a sequential hurricane gobbling up everything on its passage and a little after the 13th minute, this powerful rhythm splits up and offers a surprising sequenced dance. An immense spiral which swirls of a powerful swiftness in a movement bending under the weight of its resonances, whereas synths shape beautiful harmonies with short acuteness solos whistling in this vast sequential madness pounded constantly of a heavy and insistent tempo. And "This wasn't meant to Happen" turns and turns, as a musical tornado which cannot maintain any further all of its chords in the grooves of its swarms, dragging this last track of "The Crash" towards the twilights of a tranquility which hiccups of its last sequences to finally lead in a calm after a real sequenced tornado.
Wow! This last track of "The Crash" shakes the walls and makes unstuck the tapestry out of them. It also depicts all the power that we find behind these 3 compositions which float between the post- apocalyptic psychedelico-electro music and the hypnotic rhythms of Berlin School which furnish this The Roswell Incident's first opus. I adored this album which is mainly centred on sequences. Sequences which swirl in powerful atmospheres reminding me of Redshift and Ramp but which, especially, let glimpse an immense potential behind this rather discreet duet of Belgium. This is an outstanding album which must be on the 2010 Top 10 and in your record collection.
2011. Sylvain Lupari / gutsofdarkness.com & synth&sequences.com
The Rosswell Incident (named after the UFO incident in the Ď40 in the USA) is a project by the brothers Koen en Jan Buytaert, both hailing from Belgium.
"The Crash", recorded between 2000 and 2008 and 2008, contains three long tracks in Berliner School style to which elements of their own have been added. Well, the live-played space music pieces evolve slowly but persistently and in a highly atmospheric fashion.
It sees moody synth pads being laid down together with mysterious sequencer patterns, painting an extended sonic canvas for the mind, in while slight comparisons with the vintage oriented works of Airsculpture or Free System Projekt can be discerned.
The sound of the appealing and nicely paced sequencer patterns is spatial and powerful, sometimes even kicking in as a blasting, psychedelic element while the melodic soloing is engaging and nicely complimenting the overall sonic picture.
Well done guys!
2010. Bert Strolenberg / Sonic Immersion