All music conceived & created by Gregory Kyryluk 2005 except for Track 7 recorded 2008
- Emerald Passage
- Liquid Garden
- Slow Motion Halo's
- Cloud Maker
- Surrender & Flow
- Sky Geometry
- Terra Infinitus
Music on this cd was originally conceived for a limited pressed DVD also titled "Terra". The music on Terra was at the time exclusive to the DVD, however I believe this limited the exposure to many eager listeners. Here now is the entire soundtrack from the DVD with the inclusion of a bonus track Terra Infinitus which was composed to compliment the spacious imagery on the DVD.
Gregory Kyryluk, the leading figure behind Alpha Wave Movement, has published bigger part of this album firstly in 2005 to accompany the visuals by his fellow ambient traveler Rudy Adrian for "Terra" DVD soundtrack exploring the natural beauties of New Zealand's landscapes. Later, in 2008, Gregory recorded "Terra Infinitus" to make full CDr album.
"Terra" exposes with "Emerald Passage", a stunningly gracious and beautiful piano tune leading the electronic washes. Deeply touching intro!!! "Liquid Garden" shifts the album into cosmic regions with its tranquilly floating angelic synth waves, later elevating into slightly more active configuration with appearing softly tinkling bells adding a hint of exotic fragrance, highly mesmerizing and meditative piece! "Slow Motion Halo's" belongs to more evocative romantic compositions on "Terra" while the next one, "Cloudmaker", smoothly spreads through intergalactic space, even if becoming at times more monumental, yet still wonderfully calm and serene. Mid-paced melodic structure dominates "Surrender & Flow", merged with drifting soundscapes and colored with few sonic eruptions. "Sky Geometry" is an aerial theme that later transfers into minimal, but emerging and mid-paced tempos, this is the most melodious piece on "Terra". "Terra Infinitus", attractively colored with tender bell sounds and afterwards with melodic sequences, closes magnificently this essential voyage. Surely another highlight on the album and nicely fitting the theme even if, as already mentioned, recorded few years later.
"Terra" is hauntingly beautiful work skillfully bridging absorbing atmospherics with few captivating melodies with refined creativity and touch, it's definitely worth seeking for those who enjoy warm ambient realms. By the time I am writing these lines, brand new album "Myriad Stars" was just announced by Greg.
2011. Richard Gürtler / Bratislava, Slovakia
Expansive, atmospheric, melodic ambient electronica.
Terra is a delicate album of graceful synth music that features elegant piano lines, bright wispy electro chimes, bowl-like phrases and broad tonal swells as the main voices, supported by fine washes and twinkling textures. Synthetic strings keen and swell, fine gossamer threads and films of sound run one into another whilst melodic arpeggios and meandering scales wander over the surface. The depth and intensity of the music ranges from silken stratospheric strains and airstreams to crepuscular drone banks and glimmering twilight ripples. In places simple bass phrases pulse indolently beneath the gently heaving liquid of the drones and breezy sequential structures, but not for long - much of the music too skyward looking and gliding to be bound and grounded by such low frequencies.
The strictly electronic sonic sources for Terra make for a clean, spacious sound that suggests the clarity and tranquillity of dawn, the subtle shifting hues of early evening. Alpha Wave Movement builds tracks around digital synthesizers and MIDI equipment influenced by natural landscapes and scenic photography - here, more than ever I've felt that connection with the earth from Gregory's compositions.
A sense of comfortable solitude pervades much of the album, almost plaintive in places, but more generally reflective, calm - enjoying the mental vistas conjured up by this delightfully understated soundscaping.
2008. Paul Jury / Morpheus
Gregory Kyryluk, whose predominant recording locus has been as Alpha Wave Movement, remains something of a under-recognized figure on the "scene" despite a career dating back to the mid 90s and an impressive (if smaller when measured against other Berlin school graduates) catalog. In fact, Kyryluk is one of the few odd men outmany of his recordings do indeed adopt the Teutonic syntax, but he’s equally limber at creating broadbased cinematic ambient that coordinate more than a few substantially arresting textures and motifs.
Terra originally sound tracked a DVD sporting its name, though Kyryluk came to his senses and gave the audio portion a proper unveiling. It’s one of his most varied, and by dearth thereof, one of his most inviting works, alternately quiet and serene one moment, kinetic the next, yet of a well-considered piece (and pace) that thwarts charges of idealistic schizophrenia.
"Emerald Passage" in fact makes use of gorgeously exulted piano amidst curtains of synthetic strings, melancholic sans triteness, and most definitely not a barometer for what follows.
"Liquid Garden" partakes of the kind of inter spatial star shine that Patrick O’Hearn first dabbled with on his earliest Private Music recordings, synths bright and airy, augmented by gently swelling flurries of effects. Tracks such as the pregnant, deep-sky pulses of "Cloudmaker" demonstrate Kyryluk’s unabashed passion for landscape, while "Surrender & Flow" finally introduces softly ebbing sequencers into the Alpha Wave mainframe, a series of wonderfully throbbing patterns that recall Jonn Serrie’s more lucid moments. Kyryluk is nothing if not versatile, however: the laminate binding "Terra Infinitus" proffers moods that probe as they darken, dusky wafts of sound that give way to a beautifully spoked sequencer array of moogy goodness.
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Originally released as a DVD in 2005, this CD from 2008 offers 48 minutes of gentle electronic tuneage.
Alpha Wave Movement is Gregory Kyryluk.
Textural and keyboard electronics establish a pastoral realm that stirs the soul with its majesty.
An impressive array of ethereal tonalities is utilized to produce a soothing foundation of harmonic nature. Then keyboard sighs and endearing chords are introduced to give the vaporous flow definition and character.
Stately piano accompanies other keyboards, generating a lavish panorama of expressive disposition. Instead of relying on auxiliary loops to create additional layers, Kyryluk uses tonal sweeps to flesh out his central themes, while gentle harmonic set an atmospheric backdrop.
The nucleus of each tune, however, lies in Kyryluk's skillful command of serene chords. His riffs cascade with pleasant mien, blending and conspiring to evoke an organic calm that seeps into the skin as easily as it traverses the ear canals. Delicate chords drift with a congenial grandeur that expertly matches the textural background. There are some instances in which the sounds achieve a piercing volume in their efforts to express the euphoric definition of nature's beauty.
Percussion is wholly unnecessary to this tuneage. In one track, notes are reiterated in swift velocity to approximate an amiable rhythmic presence to propel the music's aerial consistency.
While seemingly moody in demeanor, the mood is more pensive than brooding. Instead of introspection, the music goads the listener into an attuned state with their environment--which on this release is targeted to include the entire planet. Landscapes and cloud structures and the patterns of air currents are captured with each song and transformed into melodic structures rich with coexistent emotion.
One new track has been added to the DVD's soundtrack. While excellently mirroring the temperament of the rest of the music, this piece exhibits a refined delivery that sparkles with mature luster.
Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity