Gregory T. Kyryluk = Alpha Wave Movement
- Sundial West [10:31]
- Eternal Panorama [7:17]
- Transwave Oscillations [7:25]
- Sustained Enviroment [3:45]
- Sweeping The Soniq Spectrum [9:00]
- Dynamic Atmosphere [9:00]
- Wave Gliding [3:59]
- Contours & Cloudforms [8:50]
Ambient music composed on and inspired by Ensoniq synthesizers.
On Soniq Variants, Alpha Wave Movement (Gregory Kyryluk), delivers an hour of vintage electronic and atmospheric delights. Working mostly with vintage Ensoniq synths (VFX-SD (modified to SD-1), ESQ-1 and SQ-R+), Greg presents an overview of classic synth music, clearly having a lot of fun.
The album abounds with analog warmth, despite its digital origins. Classic-style melodic sequences sparkle and buzz. Electronic rhythms bounce, chug and hurry us along. Luminous chord progressions lift us up and expand our vision.
Sundial West starts the album with a gamelan-like intro, a sunrise invocation, a bouncy rhythm loping through the desert. Thereís a strong sense of vast outdoor spaces here, sounds bouncing off distant rock formations under a blazing sky, as we travel without hurrying.
Of the albumís eight tracks, my favorites included the three most atmospheric pieces, and the most frenzied rhythmic one. That would be Sweeping the Soniq Spectrum, a nine-minute tour-de-force and easily the albumís slam-dunk soundtrack piece. Gorgeous spacy chords lift us up at the outset, with brassy chords adding more punch to the driving rhythmic lines later on.
Eternal Panorama is splendid and still, vast and earthy, with a slow, grounding rhythm and a vibrant and stately two-part melodic sequence. I wish that Sustained Environment, the albumís shortest track at under four minutes, had been sustained a few minutes longer. A lovely, shimmering chord, full of light, is held throughout, and long single notes rise and fall over a cool low sequence simulating a choir of frogs.
Contours & Cloudforms provides a strong closing for the album, starting with a subdued piano-like sequence under echoing bird calls and chimes. Beautiful, strongly-lit chords fly in over a minimal sequence and a lightly-tattering rhythm.
There are no great revelations here, but none are needed. The territory may be familiar, but the ride is no less enjoyable for it. Our tour guide has a firm grasp on the wheel, and his sense of fun is absolutely infectious. Don't miss this album; I think you'll be smiling when itís done Ė as I was.
2011. Eyes Cast Down
After mini album "Cosmic Mandala", released one year ago, respected US ambient musician, Gregory Kyryluk, returns with long awaited full length album "Soniq Variants". Yes, I am one of those who have been waiting very curiously for Greg's new long-player. "Soniq Variants" is based and realized on Ensoniq synthesizers, their most famous models were made during the late 80's and early 90's. I am sure Greg is going to handle this concept more than efficiently, because he was always very strong and crafted at composing, it continues throughout his long body of work since the very beginning with unforgettable debut "Transcendence".
The album opens effectively with 10-minute piece "Sundial West", nicely spiraling sequences with aerial hypnotic textures, wonderful! And the next one, "Eternal Panorama", gets even more relaxing with its elegant rhythmic elements, plus stunning percussive ingredients, a pure sonic vista! "Transwave Oscillations" starts quite monumentally, but the tension is relieved very soon by some smooth, clean and refined downtempos. The album turns into slower emotional compositions with "Sustained Environment" and "Sweeping The Soniq Spectrum", but this one moves soon to much more lively textures. "Dynamic Atmosphere" belongs to slower floaters with slowly evolving and swirling dynamics, another exactly fitting track name. Greg seems to be very strong in this one too. "Wave Gliding" keeps the path and "Contours & Cloudforms" closes this elegantly sculpted ride with all its majesty and tranquillity.
Mission "Ensoniq", blending electronic rhythms and soundscaping, has been successfully completed and "Soniq Variants" is highly recommended to all AWM fans. And if you are a new to AWM soundworlds, don't hesitate too!!!
2011. Richard GŁrtler / Slovakia