During April 9 -13, 2000 the first Okefenokee gathering of Tangerine Dream fans took place to spawn the celebration of Electronic Swamp Music. Amongst these fans were Dutchman Marcel Engels, a.k.a. Free System Projekt (FSP) and American Dave Brewer. Well, it is not hard to find any comparisons to the grandmasters on "Okefenokee Dreams". At this very special place and occasion in the USA they gave a concert with music, which clearly bears all the best from the classic Tangerine Dream-recordings but even goes further…
- Cottage #3 [13:37]
- Ibis Flight [11:19]
- Billy's Island [15:30]
- A night at the museum [32:00]
In 1999, with "Pointless Reminder" Free System Projekt released a pure retrospective album with also a lot of room for melody and symphonic excursions. Marcel’s music brings together all those wonderful ingredients from the classical recordings of the "Golden Age Of Electronic Music". On "Okefenokee Dreams" there are 4 long tracks. While listening to the first track "Cottage # 3" you might get the feeling you’ve entered sequencer-heaven. A real retro-classic. And then those Mellotrons who they enter the scenery in the second track "Ibis Flight". Have I accidentally put on Tangerine Dream’s "Encore"? The epic closing track "A Night At The Museum" is one with a good title. It almost sounds if the used instruments come right out of a vintage synthesizer museum but no, it is Marcel’s Acces Virus synthesizer.
"Okefenokee Dreams" can be regarded along the best recordings in the retro-style. Well, if retro is "in" nowadays, "Okefenokee Dreams" must be one of the most "in"-albums of this time.
2000. Press information
I´m a fan of FSP because my progressive band number one is TANGERINE DREAM
2012. Cezar / Brazil
I just bought a copy of "Okefenokee Dreams" and now easily can understand its popularity. I like the way how the music sounds positively effortless and loose. Perhaps it is the improvisatory nature that makes it sound so airy and nice...the music has confidence...no need to fill every gap with multiple soundlayers... Of all the TD-styled "retro-albums" I´ve heard I think this one captures best the moods and colours that made "Stratosfear" so memorable for me.
Perhaps it´s some strange okefenokee magic :) Nice work!
2001. © Ami Hassinen
Just wanted to write a quick note to you to tell you how much I really enjoyed your CD "Okefenokee Dreams". I love the older Tangerine Dream sound (70's) and you captured it beautifully. I have not had the chance to hear anything else by you but I am curious. This CD was a wonderful find. Thanks, and great job!
2001. © Mike
In April 2000, the first Okefenokee gathering of Tangerine Dream fans took place to spawn the celebration of electronic swamp music. This sound derives its deepest roots in Tangerine Dream's "Stratosfear" release from 1976. For many Americans, this was their first exposure to T-Dream's music, brought about by the band's Encore tour of North America in 1976.
Far more than just the USA were heavily influenced by this sequencer-heavy haunting sound; this style survives today, flourishing in many international corners of the globe.During the gathering, Dutchman Marcel Engels and American Dave Brewer gave a live concert to bear testimony to the evolution of this electronic swamp legacy. This CD features 72 minutes of their performance.
Expect delicate keyboard loops, accreting toward critical mass amid clouds of drifting ambience. Dense application of heavenly Mellotron generate a truly retro air to the swamp. Enter some surging sequencers and you have entered electronic heaven.
There is no need for E-perc in this tune age, for the synthesizer rhythms are profuse enough to thrill any electronic audiophile into ecstasy.
Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity