Fusing inner & interstellar ambient teutonic musical elements into a harmonious tone capsule for the adventurous listener yearning for their next sonic enlightenment
- Cosmic Mandala - Part 1
- Liquid Macrocosm
- A Rhythmic Wavelength
- Seas Of Crimson Radiance
- Navigating The Realms Of Infinite Stars
- Mantric Waves
- Cosmic Mandala - Part 2
2010. Press Information
The music of Alpha Wave Movement is rather difficult to definite. A beautiful music, strongly influenced by Steve Roach's musical landscapes, where oniric sweetnesses such as fluty and ethereal synth layers mould a certain approach towards New Age, whereas rhythmic structures, sequences and percussions draw stronger movements lurching towards a complex and sophisticated EM than simple New Age. Remark that this statement ensues from my listening of The Regions Between, a collection of forgotten tracks and which had fairly seduced me. Except that Cosmic Mandala is far from The Regions Between and I have to admit that Gregory Kyryluk surpasses my expectations with a nice EP where bewitching rhythms are measuring to limpid chords and lively synth solos in an introspective cosmic atmosphere.
Cosmic Mandala Part I is a superb track segmented in 5 parts which make us travel between earth and space. Alive water of which the lapping is melting to astral synth waves introduces Liquid Macrocosm. Crystalline arpeggios are waddling there while a synth with sinuous breezes goes through a galaxy filled with musical shooting stars. A sequential movement strums chords which flicker in a musical fauna flooded of soft sparkling keys. Between the earth and the cosmos, Cosmic Mandala Part I evolves with a musical flora rich in diverse eclectic sonorities while quietly the discreetly feverish rhythm implodes in an oblivion of resounding heaviness.
A swaying synth line revives Cosmic Mandala Part I and A Rhythmic Wavelength thunders with good percussions which will roll constantly on a languishing structure where the heavy and slow rhythm pounds a musical structure fed by twisted solos. Solos which criss-cross a heterogeneous cosmos where the electronic sonorities teem around robust percussion strikes.
At around the 12th minute, a desert breeze covers an astral plain and Seas of Crimson Radiance floats in an oniric cosmos where Tibetan percussions hammer a slow morphic march beneath the aegis of a hybrid tones synth. A short moment of calm before the rhythm starts up again with Navigating the Realms of Infinite Stars and its tribal percussions, line of bass with notes which wave heavily and nasal synth waves.
Navigating the Realms of Infinite Starsí slow and sensual evolves with fine jerky movements beneath a beautiful wave of wrapping synth and a rain of crystalline chords which fall of a cosmos filled with rangy synth serpentines. A soft, suave and languishing electronic cosmic rock Navigating the Realms of Infinite Stars Soft, pleasant one, Navigating The Realms Of Infinite Stars soak in a ethereal atmosphere before being immerged into a dark maelstrom which sparkles with twinkling keys and kissing the sweetnesses of Morpheus.
More ambient and more atmospheric Cosmic Mandala Part II multiplies synth layers which are entwining and wave in a heavy galactic cortex. The more the track progresses and the more life is settling down with synth strata which move with a morphic slowness but an atypical heaviness. There are nice synths impulses here which waltz around a winged fairylike where quixotic elytrons flicker with the grace of the most beautiful dreamlike waltzes. Cosmic Mandala Part II is a beautiful dance without body and a graceful movement where the multiplicity of strata shapes superb moving and poignant moments which make it one of the good ambient and atmospheric tracks that I heard. Really nice and good it concludes an EP which amazes and gives me the taste more than ever to discover the musical universe of Alpha Wave Movement and Gregory Kyryluk.
2011. Sylvain Lupari / Guts of Darkness
Ambient space and Post-Berlin school electronica. The latest release from Alpha Wave Movement is a two-part smooth, soaring collection of synthetic music with relaxing beats and twinkling sequences. Ambient atmospheres support melodic progressions and optimistic themes - in places there are lead lines that are dynamic, improvisational affairs demanding the attention, in other places warm sequential patterns come to the fore. Long free-form passages of beatless meandering are interspersed among the more rhythmic material - expansive, galactic interludes serene, expectant. These occasionally morph imperceptibly into motion as cycling structures crystallize, the regularity of arpeggio forms building into multi-layered complexities and dispersing once more. Asian percussion metallics form ponderous muted beats among the more lively programmed grooves and there are some moments of hand drumming. The latter part of the EP is without percussive beats; here the waves and washes of layered tone are given momentum via broad, clean sweeps and gleaming lattice works.
This CD arrives in a jewel case with a single sheet insert. Prime space is given to a galactic diagonal splash framed in a dark disc of space. This center piece sits upon a lighter space, held in place by a geometric band. The Rear cover holds track information and AWM contact details. Within are relevant credits an email address and a gear list - the text is laid out upon a further galactic backdrop faintly illuminated by a faded mandala design.
Cosmic Mandala is the latest EP from Gregory Kyryluk working here under his Alpha Wave Movement alias (he also has released music under the project titles Open Canvas and Thought Guild). This release is a two part recording: the first in five sections totalling around twenty three minutes; the second section of around ten minutes sees a more ambient approach with a greater concentration of international instrumentation.
In contrast to what I thought, "Cosmic Mandala" is not a full length release but a 32 minute Ep (although Mr Kyryluk informed me a full length AWM-cd is on the way).
As Gregory put it, the music is a fusion of ambient atmospheres, dub syncopations and cosmic eastern shaded electronica, bringing together the best elements of both Alpha Wave Movement and Open Canvas.
The outcome comes in two parts, the first one clocking at 23 minutes. Itís a tasty kind of moody space music, nicely layered with sweeping, expansive synth pads and some nice soloing here and there on top.
In addition, the sequencer and bass lines give it a good foundation, plus catchy drums and percussive ingredients lend the aforementioned a welcome, almost groovy character to make things end up in a pleasant sonic journey through space.
The second (shorter) part is an ambient, freeform affair with nice analogue sounds accompanied by worldmusic flavours. Great to make the mind wander furthermore.
All in all, "Cosmic Mandala" makes a very pleasant listen.
Bert Strolenberg / Sonicimmersion
Ambient space and Post-Berlin school electronica. The latest release from Alpha Wave Movement is a two-part smooth, soaring collection of synthetic music with relaxing beats and twinkling sequences.
Ambient atmospheres support melodic progressions and optimistic themes - in places there are lead lines that are dynamic, improvisational affairs demanding the attention, in other places warm sequential patterns come to the fore. Long free-form passages of beatless meandering are interspersed among the more rhythmic material - expansive, galactic interludes serene, expectant. These occasionally morph imperceptibly into motion as cycling structures crystallise, the regularity of arpeggio forms building into multi-layered complexities and dispersing once more. Asian percussion metallics form ponderous muted beats among the more lively programmed grooves and there are some moments of hand drumming.
The latter part of the EP is without percussive beats; here the waves and washes of layered tone are given momentum via broad, clean sweeps and gleaming lattice works
Paul Jury / Morpheus Music
This CD from 2009 offers 32 minutes of stately electronic music.
Alpha Wave Movement is Gregory Kyryluk.
Awash in liquid embellishment, pacific atmospherics establish a regal mood which is then elevated by delicate electronics and temperate rhythms.
Gentle textures serve as a foundation for stately electronics and agile keyboard patterns, all contributing to the generation of a celestial euphoria. Auxiliary electronics produce a lushness that is quite hypnotic and definitely enthralling.
There are passages in which the keyboards achieve a shrill disposition, expressing a strident yet coaxing jubilation. The riffs expand, exploring diversions of thrilling scope, then moving on to the next segment in which fresh tuneage goes through similar diversity. A pleasant blend of soothing chords and piercing notes conspire to deliver a well-rounded sonic experience.
While some of the rhythms are crafted from the cyclic application of non-impact sounds, a percentage of conventional e-perc is employed to give this floating music a suitable oomph with uplifting tempos.
While there are only two tracks here (the first occupying the majority of the album), the main track involves an excursion through several stages. Each section unfurls itself in a sovereign manner, reaching ecstatic epiphanies of delightful substance. The second track engages the listener in an intense ascent that passes through dark realms to reach a glorious pinnacle.
2010. Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity
With Cosmic Mandala, Gregory Kyryluk, the lone moving Alpha Wave, says in little over a half-hour more than some artists hope to achieve in a lifetime. Kyryluk represents a diminishing faction in post-Berlin School electronic music that favors actual forethought, composition, and complexity, elements in seemingly short supply in these artistically barren times. What most of the beleaguered TD/Schulze copyists fail to realize is that the founding fathers prized textural diversity and ideation; it was never about being locked into the idiomatic ball and chain of the sequencer nor adopting the notion that mastering faceless ambience was somehow a virtue. Alpha Wave Movement tracks a veritable font of multi-rhythmic color, whether forged fresh from "acoustic" origins or rendered anew by circuit and synapse, all of which underpins a consciously focused determinism that embraces a daunting vocabulary of sounds enhanced by world(ly) musics from both this planet and otherwise.
If this is but a "taster" for the forthcoming AWM full-length, watch out, children to paraphrase Harlan Ellison, Kyryluk makes what the rest of his colleagues do look like felonies.
Darren Bergstein / One Thousand Pulses