Compilation with unreleased music. Released in October 2000.
Marshall McLuhan, the Canadian scholar whose studies of the media and communications have been influential, introduced the idea of "The Global Village" in his 1962 work 'The Gutenberg Galaxy'. McLuhan's concept of "The Global Village" created by electronic interdependence is now reality and it's hard, even for the most seasoned cynic, not to concede that we live in exciting times. However, the proliferation of technology has made it easier to produce "music", which many have done, of little artistic merit or interest. Thankfully, 'World Wide Kind' provides more than a ray of optimism for the future of E.M..|
- Intelligentsia - The Global Village (W.W.K. mix)
- Nathan McCree & Matt Kemp - MarshLander
- Andy Hagerty (Kaleid) - Descent (Nova Mix)
- Nicholas D. Kent - The Future is Tomorrow
- Victor Cerullo - Jon's Theme
- Susumu Hirasawa - Moon Plant 2
- Jan Linton - Sarajevo
- Arthur loves Plastic - Revolution Earth
- Steve Deg - Sweetly
- Thomas Gruberski - Photonic Rainbow
- Ron Boots & Kees Aerts - World Wide Kind
- Elemental - Spiritus Lenitatis
- Chris Born - Ao No Komorf Lita
- T-Bass - Gazing at the edge of forever
- Psyclonic Parandroid - Touching Tomorrow
- Artskool - Diomyslus Fever Corp - Excerpt
- Andy Pickford - Future Boy
- Steve Deg - To be a better world
Intelligentsia's 'The Global Village' begins the compilation highly promisingly. The track opens with sampled voices paying homage to McLuhan before a sequence, percussive effects and treatments combine together infectiously as layers of melodic interest are added and topped by some powerful soloing. 'Marshlander' by Nathan McCree and Matt Kemp continue the high standard with an exotic piece which starts off with a brief melodic, even lyrical passage which then gives way to more dramatic strings, and driving rhythms. Both musicians have impressive track records recording music for the highly successful 'Tomb Raider' series and engineering/co-producing credits for a number of top artists respectively.
Cross fading into Andy Vask'el's truly excellent 'Descent' we are transported into 70's sequencer heaven as Vask'el treats us to a piece clearly influenced by classic early Jarre and with the quality of melodic interest being of the highest standard, Vask'el's back catalogue is one of many on this compilation worthy of further investigation. American film composer Nicholas D. Kent's more impressionistic 'The Future is Tomorrow' provides an effective contrast before, arguably the most commercial cut on the album, Victor Cerullo's 'Jon's Theme'. Inspired by Richard Bach's tale 'Jonathan Livingstone Seagull', 'Jon's Theme' makes an immediate impression with its wonderfully warm and evocative "flutey synth" motif and melodic improvisations. Excerpted from an extended instrumental suite soon to be released, this is yet another musician whose work deserves a wide and appreciative audience if this is anything to go by. Underlining the cosmopolitan nature of the project, Susumu Hirasawa's 'Moon Plant One' is one of the more esoteric pieces combining lyrics of ancient Asian wisdom with some first class synthesiser melodics together with more unconventional sounds. An unlikely combination, but it works surprisingly well. Japanese/UK based musician Jan Linton follows on with 'Sarajevo' a piece which veers a little left field, but its an interesting track which maintains the listener's interest throughout and it came as no surprise to learn that Linton has recorded with Bill Nelson.
Bev Stanton, the "mischievous autocrat" behind the American project, 'Arthur loves Plastic' contributes 'Revolution Earth', an interesting hybrid of techno/ambient/industrial with a catchy hook and vibrant rhythm which cross fades into Steve Deg's quirky but vital offering 'Sweetly', complete with ethnic influences and lively percussion, leads into Polish musician, now in resident in Switzerland, Thomas Gruberski's 'Photonic Rainbow'. Gruberski's piece returns us to the more familiar E.M. influences of Jarre leaning a little more into prog territory but with enough personal touches and melodic flair to make it a more than worthy addition before fading into the title track by Groove label frontmen, and respected E.M. musicians, Ron Boots and Kees Aerts. 'World Wide Kind' begins with some melancholic treatments and vocoder effects before the hypnotic sequencers and percussion combine to great effect cross fading into 'Spiritus Lenitatis' by Elemental. American based musician Steven Stokes, the man behind 'Elemental' offers a more tranquil musical vision deploying sequencers and soothing atmospheres continued in Chris Born's short track 'Ao No Komori Uta'.
The next cut, 'Gazing at the Edge of Forever' is contributed by T Bass U.K., somewhat of a rarity on this compilation, a familiar name. An interesting, optimistic piece underpinned by solid sequencer and percussion effects with sound melodics means Dave Hughes and co. do not let the side down. Psycionic Parandroid's 'Touching Tomorrow' is a reasonable "song" again using vocoder and reminiscent of OMD's later, slightly less satisfying, period. Andy Pickford's 'Future Boy' is the penultimate contribution and returns to the higher standard of previous tracks. Frenetic layers of sequencers, vibrant percussion, and vocoder/vocals are juxtaposed with a stirring theme to make this a fine addition to the proceedings. Steve Deg's vignette 'To be a Better World' brings the album to a low key conclusion.
'World Wide Kind' probably won't change your life, but what it might do is go some way to convince you that there is enough good music out there to be a little more optimistic about the future of E.M across the globe. You probably won't warm to all the tracks, as is always the case with compilation albums but, like me, you may be very pleasantly surprised by many, and captivated by more than a few, which makes this album essential listening. My only reservation is a personal one, estimating the cost of new "must buy" albums by new artists, many of whom have back catalogues, will play further havoc with my disposable income, but I have a feeling it is going to be worth it.
Congratulations to all involved with this project.
This 72 minute collection affords an excellent sampling of numerous international electronic musicians, dedicated here to the concept of a global village society through applied electronic technology.
Included are tracks by:
Ron Boots & Kees Aerts, Intelligentsia, Nathan McCree & Matt Kemp, Andy Hagerty, Nicholas D. Kent, Victor Cerullo, Susumu Hirasawa, Jan Linten, Arthur Loves Plastic, Steve Deg, Thomas Gruberski, Elemental, T-Bass UK, Psyclonic Parandroid, Andy Pickford, Chris Born, and Artskool.
The music is varied, but generally falls into quite energetic territory: powerful electronics with strong E-perc.
Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity