All music recorded direct to DAT at Rudy's home studio.|
- Coming Home [4:51]
- The Legacy of Luxor [5:23]
- Kinetic Flow [19:17]
- Turqoise [10:41]
- Le Songe du Singe [13:23]
- Happy Memories [4:56]
- Luxor revisited [4:30]
Mastered on ProTools at The Video Factory.
Ok, so you call yourself a Berlin school fan? Can't get enough of those driving sequencers, a rhythmic hypnotic pulse surrounded by dreamy, rich pads and scintillating synth leads? Well, then step right up to 'Kinetic Flow', appropriately subtitled 'Sequencer Sketches Vol. 1.' All I can say after first listen is, bring on volume two! New Zealander Rudy Adrian showed a sneak preview of things to come on his more ambient release, 'Twilight,' which featured two very strong upbeat sequencer pieces sandwiched between a lot of mellower fare. This time, though there are great ethereal passages of slow space music, they almost always lead to a heavenly build up of electronic layers that is truly fantastic for any fan of the Teutonic style.
Case in point is 'The Legacy of Luxor,' which starts soft and slow. Beautiful, thick pads are soon joined by a deep pulse, which slowly brightens. Occasional wordless vocals in the distance enhance the proceedings, as the sequencers take center stage. Bright synths toward the end complete a perfect rendering of Tangerine Dream circa 1980, capturing the essence of that time without blatantly ripping it off. Though the Berlin school style radiates from the speakers like the return of an old friend, the music somehow breathes new life into this now familiar well-worn genre. The most wonderful crystalline tones open the stunning 19-minute title track. The sounds used seem familiar, and yet fresh and vibrant. A marvelous sequence much in the style of Airsculpture or RMI begins just past the 4:30 mark, and from there it quickly gains momentum. Sounds very reminiscent of TD's 'Tangram' emerge. This track has a few distinct movements. The main sequence fades, allowing atmospherics to float around a bit, then the sequence reemerges, then it fades again. Finally, the tease ends, and the stops are pulled for the finish, intense but not over the top at all. A breathtaking centerpiece to an excellent CD, but only one of many strong points.
'Turquoise' is delicate and playful, sounding almost like a child's wind-up toy, again with the most delightful sounds. 'Le Songe du Singe' is a very spacious 13-minute track, conspicuous by its lack of sequencers on a disc full of them. This only serves to make it stand out as a great space music piece bridging some of the more energetic passages. I've barely touched on but a few of the many, many high points on this CD. If you like Berlin school, you simply must own this CD.
2000. Phil Derby
Ron Boots and Kees Aerts of Groove were very proud that they had succeeded to "snatch away" this release from the competition. And after listening to it, I can imagine why... The subtitle of this CD is "'Sequencer Sketches Vol 1" and while making these sketches Rudy managed to hold himself back in a special way. So, not all slides open and those nice fat sequences with which you can get a severe scolding so nicely. Now, this New Zealander has chosen for a very subtle and civilised approach. The sequencers are there, but they stand beneath the other instruments in the stereo-image and the compositions are build up well. Besides, Rudy's instrument-mastering and playing-technigue is without doubt well so that no weak solo's have to be covered by a fat layer of sequencers. In short, a thorough piece of musical craftmanship which I have listened to with a lot of pleasure several evenings. Recommended to all KLEM-readers.
Originality: 8, compositions: 8, performance: 8, recommended: 8.
2000. Frits Couwenberg / KLEM-Magazine.
A the moment, there are two trends in electronic music which are very popular. First you have the ambient music. On the other hand you have the vintage style, emerging from the Berliner Schule.
Now, what happens if you combine these two styles into one? Well, you get the music of Rudy Adrian, which has resulted in a provisional highlight with the album "Kinetic Flow, Sequencer Sketches, vol. 1", released on the Groove Unlimited label.
The first time this synthesist from New Zealand came into the spotlights was through his extremely surprising debut-album "Twilight, Atmospheric Works vol. 2" which he released on his own in 1999. Quite rightly, this CD raised many eyebrows. It's an album, which already shows Rudy's many talents. The CD is focused on ambient music and contains very beautiful, quiet and uplifting sounds. Sometimes, a soft sequencerline is added. In a couple of pieces, Nick Prosser pays a fine contribution on a baroque flute. It is clearly one of the best electronic ambient albums ever released, leaving the listener hungry for what will come next.
Well, next comes "Kinetic Flow, Sequencer Sketches, vol. 1".
It has the same atmospheric beauty as "Twilight" but goes further, much further. Now, Adrian goes back to the seventies when the grandmasters ruled the world (it's up to you, if you think they still do). In spite of this, the ambient feeling of "Twilight" is also still clearly quite present. To be able to combine this, is something which has not been heard much. It is a quality Rudy Adrian possesses.
And he does that with rather simple equipment. Only a digital synthesizer and a sampler are used, so there are no Moog's, ARP's or Mellotrons on this album. Nothing to worry about, actually. The album consists of 7 pieces, in time varying between 4:30 minutes and 19:17 minutes. "Coming Home" opens this masterpiece with a calm sequence, nice spherical sounds and effects and a bell-tone. "The Legacy Of Luxor" goes back to "Twilight" through the serene and intense atmosphere, the voice and a soft sequence. The title track is the longest piece of music on the CD. It can be regarded as a kind of suite. First there are the sequencers which become richer and richer when the piece emerges, than a solo starts and the sequence switches to hypnotic, becoming more and more heavy and a guitar(-like) solo is heard. "Turquoise" is a rehearsal for a free festival in spring 1997. It has traces of the early sequencer works of Steve Roach (like "Empetus") but also shows eastern influences. 10 Minutes, only sequencers.
"Le Songe Du Singe" is the soundtrack for the Otago Museum planetarium. This is a brilliant piece of floating spacemusic, which can be compared, to the master of spacemusic, Jonn Serrie. Extremely imaging music.
"Happy Memories" is a good title because when you listen to it, it is possible memories from the great times of the seventies come into you. Again, the sequence is great.
"Luxor Revisited" ends the album in the style of "The Legacy Of Luxor". The name of Rudy Adrian is relatively new in electronic music but through his fantastic music he has to be on the verge of a breakthrough. The quality of "Kinetic Flow, Sequencer Sketches, vol. 1" will be significant to realize this. Now, let "Volume 2" come into our lives.
2000. Paul Rijkens
Rudy Adrian is primarily known in his native New Zealand through music realized for art exhibitions and planetarium soundtracks. "Kinetic Flow -Sequencer Sketches Vol 1" by Rudy Adrian compiles music that transcends its original purpose. The seven tracks that make up "Kinetic Flow", while meant to augment a visual presentation, stand strong on their own. Each track is a multi-layered linear tone poem designed to spark the imagination. The overall mood of the album is gentle, embracing and as warm as an analogue synth. Adrian uses sequencer patterns to give each piece energy, key changes to add a sense of motion and evocative lead melodies as a voice upon which to focus. "Kinetic Flow" is Adrian's own and personal interpretation of the Berlin School. His work clearly demonstrates insight into the craft and art of sequencer based space music.
2000. Chuck van Zyl / Host: Star's End
In this album the listener will find seven themes, six of which are different pieces or sequencer sketches. The fifth theme of the CD, however, constitutes the soundtrack created by the author for the Planetarium at the Otago Museum, which develops thirteen intense minutes of ethereal music, whose cosmic textures take the listener to a brief yet intense space voyage throughout the Solar system, evoking starscapes of a mysterious beauty.
Emma Dors / Amazing Sounds
Just wanted to briefly comment on what an excellent release Rudy Adrian's 'Kinetic Flow - Sequencer Sketches Vol. I' is!
WOW! Being that this is the the first CD that I've listened to of his, mainly because I'm not heavily into just ambient music, I can't help but think and feel that I've stumbled across one of the best ambient practioners around.
Chilled out for the most part, but not boring in the very least.
There's much too much going on for that. In fact, there's some darn right fantastic sequencing on this CD. I seem to be really drawn to some of his "sounds" and how intricately their put together. In short I'll just submit my two cents worth and give my personal recommendation. Looks like I'll being reaching into my wallet again to give a listen to another release of his.
2004. Frank Arellano