Inspired by the great electronic music albums of the past. But also a full album with electronic Moog-style sequencing. The concept of this album is about the intrugeing flying machine which was popular at the beginning of the 20th century. For the Dutch masters project I took the painting of Carel Willink called "De Zeppelin". While I recorded this track I had just finished the openings- and title track of this album. Due to the success of the Dutch Masters project, I decided to go on and create a full album about this interesting flying machine. A Zeppelin is a type of rigid airship
- Zeppelins! There they go - [17:23]
- Hydrogen - [18:06]
- Transatlantic Flights - [12:43]
- Moving Forwards - [9:13]
- The Liquid Haze - [14:23]
- Kompass - [6:08]
All tracks reflect a certain aspect of this invention. All tracks are in the Berlin School sequencing style which suits perfectly with the character of the Zeppelin. Imagine the big engines while listening to those fast sequences on the second track of the album. The Mellotrons and the B3 organs reflect the atmosphere during the flghts. The Waldorf/PPG sounds reflect the technology. As a kid I was fascinated a lot by this piece of early modern technology.
2011. René van der Wouden
On the 78-minute "Zeppelins! There they go", Dutch musician René van der Wouden offers his listeners five lengthy pieces and one shorter trip. The adventurous and airy compositions are all inspired by the great electronic music albums made from 1974 to 1984 beside the magic realm surrounding the legendary, giant space ships.
Fans of melodic and Berliner-School based music will finds lots of their liking in the nicely layered and overall spacious synth pads, catchy sequencing, vintage solo voices, choir textures and sound effects. Of course, the great sounds of mellotron and vintage organ also fly by, smoothly fitting to the antique flavour of the albums concept.
One can clearly hear René invested loads of work to get the complex outcome right, fresh and sparkling. And while each piece evolves and unfolds in its own pace, one is also part of the composers personal joy of shaping, re-shuffling and lining up the large range of ingredients. A few names come to mind when listening to this album: Rolf Trostel and Tangerine Dream on e.g. the 17-minute title track opening the album along Klaus Schulze on "Hydrogen".
With "Zeppelins! There they go", Mr van der Wouden made another notable and firm step ahead: he proves he has the balls to play an adventurous but also recognizable and much loved style of electronic music, but executed in his own fashion. Mission well accomplished, René!
2012. Bert Strolenberg / Sonic Immersion
This is an excellent album!! Very uplifting and oldschool Berlin School electronics referring to the German artists of the EM-genre. I think René van der Wouden is one of the most convincing EM-artists today. While he is definitely inspired by the old school sound, he also has his own unique style. This album may be compared with the excellent track on the Dutch Masters album. Just like Groove announces it in their selling list: A great (new) album by René van der Wouden. This is electronic music from the Netherlands like we are used to and expect. It seems like that the Dutch artists are leading in electronic music today and René is certainly no exception.
2012. Antonio Lombardo / Italy