Recorded and mixed in Barcelona, Spain, 2001|
- After secrets [6:31]
- Insomnia [8:18]
- Materia Obscura [3:19]
- Navigating lights [6:38]
- Procesos [12:34]
- Alien advice [2:48]
- Cuerpos celestes [8:28]
- 2000 kms [5:27]
Mastered by Ron Boots
All tracks written and performed by Dom F. Scab
Great sequencing from Spain.
The album gets off to a fantastic start with ‘After Secrets’. Eerie dark rumbles give way to a steady deep pulse over which flies a lovely energetic tinkling sequence. A beautiful piano melody floats wonderfully above the pulsations. A sedate snare drum adds a little extra detail as that spellbinding sequence 4 · smd magazine issue 134 works its way deeper and deeper into my psyche. With a couple of minutes to go the pace quickens, finishing this fantastic opener on a real high.
’Insomnia’ blasts forward as more pulsations immediately spew from the speakers, coming thick and fast like fragments of rock in a meteor shower. A further sequence can be heard forming lower in the mix, subtly at first like the faint rays of the sun making their delicate appearances above the horizon before really unleashing their full power as things progress. At the five-minute mark all but one of the sequences subsides. A brief piano melody makes an entrance to be replaced by plucked strings whilst one after another fresh sequences come and go. Highly crafted stuff.
’Materia Obscura’ is a short subterranean sounding track with all sorts of electronic twitters and effects. An almost Morse Code series of notes increases the unease.
This same feel continues through to ‘Navigating Lights’ until the most powerful bass laden sequence on the album so far breaks through. Piano colouring creates a lighter contrast but there is no disguising an overall feel of tension. String pads swell, subtly changing the mood to euphoria as things becomes much more positive. An absolutely brilliant track. ‘Procesos’ is initially sedate in both rhythm and sequence. As time goes on however the pulsations are cranked up, guitar licks are added and more sequencer lines are introduced. Unexpectedly (which is a good thing) all subsides to tranquil floating synth in the fifth minute. From this interlude a bass pulse forms and once again we build up a head of steam enhanced by more wonderful guitar touches.
‘Alien Advice’ is another short track- all appropriately strange and cosmic.
This same mood continues forward into ‘Cuerpos Celestes’ until a playful sequence and contrasting melancholy lead line waft through the air weaving the most wonderful spell. Things get even better as a lovely piano melody is added. The pace quickens and mood lightens as another sequence and rhythm break through, getting my feet tapping and head nodding to the beats.
What could be machine gun fire provides a curious beginning to ‘2000 Kms’ but as expected a sequence soon breaks forth- a real corker it is too. A two note bass loop (almost like a heartbeat) is deployed underneath. More pulsations are layered throughout the track and a superb infectious lead skips over the top. My whole body is moving to the music again. An excellent uplifting finish to the album. I haven’t so far compared any of these tracks to anyone else because in my opinion there is only one name to mention.
Every piece of music here sounds as if it could have come straight from a Tangerine Dream album. Now TD are often used by reviews as a comparison for almost anything Electronic, even if the music has nothing in common at all to our heroes BUT here the best characteristics of the band from the 70s, 80s and 90s are melded it into an awesome album that is simply impossible not to love.
It would be easy to say that this is one of the best Tangerine Dream sound alike albums I have ever heard, and that would be true but also could give you a wrong impression of Dom. Sure, this album is a dead ringer for TD but he has done many albums over the years and every one I have heard is excellent. He has such a talent for both melody and sequence that he can turn is hand to almost anything. It just so happens that what he has produced here sounds like Tangerine Dream at their very best.
New incredible album for this great Spanish musician. 8 tracks full of a total immersion of electronic music, rich of those sounds that go inside the soul, to show again how much music can be a new breath for the listener. Scab gives a perfect result of his style, curing with all his love for EM every passage and changing of sounds... Wonderful the choice of the piano to complete parts of fabulous vibrations that play with touches of percussions. Advised to everyone for a travel where the mind is free to use the fantasy with the memories of that electronic almost lost in the past, but still alive in this artist and who, like him, continues to love and to look for and to look forward. A very good Scab, which style is always better and full of incredible emotions. Great!!!
2002. Stefania Carezzoli / 21st century Music Magazine
This 2002 release delivers 58 minutes of strong electronic music from Spain. Coming from the group AT-Mooss, Scab has also worked with John Lakveet and Albert Gimenez.
Scab's style of electronic music owes deep roots to that of Tangerine Dream and Vangelis, but he has forged ahead, molding these retro traditions into a modern and melodic sound that is simultaneously mellow and energetic. Sequencer rolls combine with languid E-perc (often with densely synthesized notes functioning as the percussive impact) to produce tune age that shimmers with lively keyboard riffs and intricate textures. While twinkling electronics establish a foundation of cosmic definition, atmospheric tones give way to pulsing chords that build into dynamic (but not aggressive) passages of celestial grandeur. The melodic nature found here is quite engaging. Tracks are not overly long,
resulting in a compression that increases the appeal of each composition. Encompassing organic and hard science inspiration, this music celebrates a union of these elements. As shown on the cover art, a tree leaf hooked up to micro circuitry can reveal commonality between these two realms, presenting our world view into a unified sonic expression.
2002. Matt Howarth
Spanish electronic composer Dom F. Scab has created a stunner of an album that not only pays homage to the old-school Berlin masters, but also carves out a very distinct sound that is uniquely his. Analogical Confessions is a complex and wholly satisfying recording that exemplifies the magic that can be produced with those curious electronic boxes and synths that we so often see these days.
The mid-70's German electronic music influence is evident from the start on Analogical Confessions, and it would probably be fair to say that Dom is a fan of Tangerine Dream and Vangelis. However, the similarity only goes so far and the sound that is Dom Scab comes through on each and every single moment of this album. Cosmic washes, pulsing sequencers, and various electronic elements set the stage for some seriously good EM, and Dom delivers.
Each track on Analogical Confessions seems to bring a new idea to the table, contributing to an overall theme that I took as a comment on the blending of the organic and technological. If you're familiar with H.R. Giger, I could easily imagine this music as a background for some of Giger's most fantastic creations. Though I wouldn't call this music foreboding or subversive, I think at times it teeters on the darker side of nature and technology, bringing forth a real sense of the ideals and motives behind the music.
I would submit that the kind of music found on Analogical Confessions is not easy to create, especially when so many other artists in this genre have a similar credit to their name. Where Dom really stands out among this crowd is in the way he can make the electronics seemingly bend to his will, making each note just as important as the last. This is not just a musician noodling around in his studio with a giant synth...this is a man with a musical vision, and the tools at his disposal have truly become an extension of his thoughts.
The Instrumental Weekly
Dom F. Scab exists on a slightly higher plane than most contemporary synthesizer musicians. That may be because he actually appears to do a bit of sound programming - although there are some terribly mundane sounds, like little xylophones and marimbas in his compositions, there are also swirling, panning, abstract noises which are enticingly beyond description. Churn in a seemingly effortless fusion of symphonic sound and actual composition, and you have a musician who looks back to the days of Vangelis before he mostly gave up synthesizers in favour of symphony orchestras, and Tangerine Dream before they simply gave up...
The opening "After Secrets" sums up this stylistic fusion perfectly; it starts abstract, goes all sequence, but then surprisingly layers big piano and symphonic sounds.
Yet the little indescribable analog effects are still there - it's a real paella of sound. Elsewhere, zither, timpani and other acoustic and orchestral effects layer themselves over the synths and sequences - who knows which if any of them is "real".
If your only experience of Spanish synthesizer music is Michel Huygen and Neuronium, you should be pleased to find that Dom F. Scab is leaving those light years behind, and at under 55 minutes, more than enough for any synthesizer musician to prove himself, the album is endearingly not too long.
This 54 minute release from 2002 delivers dynamic and entertaining electronic music by Spanish Scab, whose style has evolved from the Berlin School into a uniquely cosmic realm of its own.
Complex keyboards establish a foundation that expands with a versatile range of synthetic sounds. Heavenly airs conspire with grand majesty, punctuated by impressive riffs that drive the audience far beyond ambience into an energized zone of pulsating melodies. Rich patterns become laced with temperate E-perc that adds strong rhythm to the compelling electronic harmonies. An element of frenzy is present in this music, barely sedated by dynamic sequences that leave the listener infused with stamina. Gurgling electronics achieve an edge of mystery amid these surging sentiments, creating dynamic music glowing with awe and esteem.
Blending high-end with deep bass, Scab's compositions are a superb example of controlled enthusiasm. His use of cyclic repetition becomes immersed in a bevy of innovative hooks, littering the melody with mercurial components.
The repetition becomes lost in the flurry of fresh sonic factors, resulting in energetic riffs that conspire smoothly to form dazzling passages of lush proportion and accomplishment.
2002. Sonic Curiosity
Showing an uncanny ability to fusion rhythm and melody, already known in his previous works, Dom F. Scab re-creates an epic adventure, brimming with strong emotions. As the title of the album suggests, the music gathers, in a way, the pioneering impulse of Space Sequencer Music when, supported by analogic synthesizers, it opened the doors to a new universe of sound and music, in the 1970s. The technological evolution followed its course, thus easing the task of electronic musicians more and more, yet, in the opinion of many of the followers of this music, the essence of that First Creative Impulse was lost with the monopoly of digital sound.
However, the pass of time has ended up by having the artistic dimension of those heroic pioneering machines grow. In many of those synthesizers, such as for instance the Yamaha CS-80 that Scab has been using, the characteristics that mark its technical fragility are just the ones that provide them with an expressively typical of acoustic instruments most representative of orchestral virtuosity.
Injecting new ideas to that old approach full of technological romanticism and a vision of the future, the composer succeeds in getting extraordinarily powerful sequencers, as well as intense, lively melodies, vital, capable of evoking inner ghosts that appear to re-create the most transcendental situations of human existence.
Es bueno, me gusta mucho los sonidos dispersos que se mueven por dentro, elucubro relajado con la musica.
2006. Christian / Perù
"Analogical Confessions" is the eagerly awaited new album of the Spanish electronic musician Dom. F. Scab and his second on the Groove-label after the critically acclaimed "Binary Secrets" from 2001.
Dom’s music has deep roots in the retro/Berlin School style the masters played in the good-old days but he has the ability to combine the influences from that time with a totally own approach and look at things. Yes, there are pulsating sequences. Yes, there are great cosmic effects. Yes, there are fat analog sounds but there is also something you can really call "Dom. F. Scab". That is a special sound in which an important part is played by his impressive sounding (and weighing!) Yamaha CS80-synthesizer.
From the bombast in "After Secrets", the experiments in the well-found title "Materia Obscura" and "Procesos", the masterful layers of sequences in "Navigating Lights" to the beauty of "2000 Kms": all pieces on this album prove that Scab’s music is something very special. Real analogical confessions.
2002. Paul Rijkens