All music recorded at the Ankara International Music Festival on 22nd May 2002.
- Torchlight [5:55]
- Arpeggiator [5:24]
- Underwater Moonlight [2:37]
- Dark Velvet [4:15]
- Whiteout [14:53]
- Marco Polo [6:00]
- Winterland [5:36]
- Dream Recorder [6:26]
- Abyss [4:08]
- Leonardo [8:43]
Can Atilla - Electronics & drumming
Murat Yucil - Electric & classic guitars
Can Atilla is an important artist because there are not so many Turkish musicians known who make serious electronic music. Until now, Can has released one CD "Ave" (a tribute to Tangerine Dream) and one (un-official) CD-R called "Waves Of Wheels". Both were received very well.
The music on "Live" is recorded at the Ankara International Music Festival on May 22nd 2002. The music is completely new and contains style elements of Jean Michel Jarre, TD and Vangelis but also clearly has the distinctive Atilla touch.
"Torchlight" opens the CD with a big production: great sequences, sounds, effects and rhythms. Everyone who has lost Jean Michel Jarre in recent years should listen to this piece.
"Arpeggiator" leans towards TD’s music from the eighties. The title "Underwater Moonlight" also gives a TD-hint.
"Whiteout" with 14:51 minutes is the central track. This is really TD from the end of the eighties/early nineties but with the solos and sounds from the seventies and with a modern approach. Well, is this special or not? Pieces like "Winterland" with a beautiful piano solo could be from Vangelis himself and the brilliant "Dream Recorder" can be used as film music.
With "Live" Can Atilla proves to be a versatile musician who is at home in all the styles electronic music has to offer. It is an album that might appeal a lot of fans of electronic music.
2003. Paul Rijkens
Can Atilla took the world of EM by surprise with his amazing homage to Tangerine Dream, his excellent Ave. Since this, he produced Wave Wheels …and then silence. A silence broken in a beautiful manner with a very good new opus « Live ».
Born in Turkey, this album was recorded in his natal earth, the international music festival that was held in Ankara, capital of Turkey, in May 2002. With all new materials, this cd shows the strongly influences on his music by Tangerine Dream, Vangelis and Jean Michel Jarre.
It is very obvious when we listen to the opening track, Torchlight. We can easily believe that it is Jarre himself. Very electronic, with a lot of rhythms and sounds effects. The nostalgics will ask for more. The following pieces are in the spirit of the 80/90 Tangerine Dream’s sound. Whiteout is a striking example.
Marco Polo is not without recalling us the better moments of Vangelis. Winterlands has a more acoustic approach, with piano and beautiful guitar joined by an excellent synthesizer play, a very beautiful piece that shows the talents of Can Atilla in composition. Dream To Restring plunges us back in the very enchanting universe of CA rhythms. Sounds effects, percussions and especially very hooking synthesizers. Abyss is a rather experimental intro to Leonardo that close magnificently this album.
Live is a very EM album electronic that marks the return of Can Atilla. While waiting for the upcoming studio cd entitled Omni, due for this spring. It’s energetic and full of rhythm. It’s powerful and melodious. It’s pleasing listening to it. CA is a brilliant and excellent writer and musician. I give this cd a 3 on 5.
2003. Sylvain Lupari / Québec, Canada
Deze meneer is voor mij een hoofdstuk apart. Na Ave waar de grondslag niet kan missen is Live ook een cd waar je niet lang hoeft te luisteren om erachter te komen waar je de muziek al eerder gehoord hebt.
Toch zit er iets in wat misschien meneer z'n eigen stijl is. Hopelijk maakt meneer nog eens een cd gevuld met eigen muziek. Deze cd is zeker geen afknapper maar teveel herkenbaar.
2003. Hugo / Nederland
Can Atilla’s "live" album, which was recorded at Ankara International Music Festival in May 2002, features great tracks of electronic music with different flavours. Influence of Tangerine Dream, Vangelis and Jarre may be seen together with Can Atilla’s unique way of musical touch and approach. Layers of synth sequences and drums are combined in an ultimate way and the result is a production that is certainly worth to listen.
The opening track "Torchlight" is quitely different from its earliest version featured in "Waves of Wheels" album. It is more in a way of Jarre sound in "live" album and is a great production. "Dark Velvet" and "Leonardo" are also other tracks with this way of sound.
"Arpeggiator", "Underwater Moonlight" and "Whiteout" are such unique tracks that make you travel in different dimensions of music, engineering, mathematics and even science-fiction.
"Marco Polo" and "Winterland" reflect Vangelis influence with the chords and layers of great sounds accompanying the amazing themes. Just close your eyes, and then let the music takes you from the planet and carry you to horizons of the distant earths.
"Dream Recorder" is definitely a great production featuring a brilliant synth solo together with the layers of lovely sounds, especially that piano, which reflect Can Atilla’s ultimate talent in music composing and engineering.
"Abyss" carries you to the deep oceans of fantasy.
As a person who has been at the mentioned festival and seen the stage performance of the "live" album, I am satisfied very much with the "live" album and recommend to it to the electronic music fans.
2003. Kürsat Pasinlioðlu / Ankara, Turkey
Wow! The first track, "Torchlight", is a full-featured romp in the style of the most active pieces by Jean-Michel Jarre. In fact, I'd swear I'm listening to Jarre.
But then this Turk named Can Atilla is no stranger to faithful convincing imitations. His Ave CD was dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Tangerine Dream, and he had their trademark sound down cold.
"Arpeggiator" is not the Jarre track of the same name, but the forceful drumming and sequencing could again pass for one, with some dramatic TD touches thrown in.
These first two tracks pack a powerful one-two punch to lead off the CD in grand style.
"Underwater Moonlight" allows you to catch your breath briefly before "Dark Velvet" pulls you straight into the vortex again. The disc is guaranteed to have you stomping your feet - or the accelerator if you are listening while you drive.
"Whiteout" is far and away the longest track at just under 15 minutes, and it dives straight into TD's late 80s-early 90s sound, with bright piano and stabbing harpsichord notes. The lively rhythms drive everything, whipping the listener once again into a frenzy. It compares favorably to the awesome Froese/Franke composition "Valley Of The Sun" from The Dream Roots Collection.
In a change of pace, "Marco Polo" is a slow, epic piece with sweeping grandeur.
Continuing this more somber tone is "Winterland", beautifully adorned by piano.
By the time the energy picks up again with "Dream Recorder", I'm totally hooked.
"Abyss" would be right at home on Ian Boddy's The Deep.
"Leonardo" delivers an appropriate glossy high-energy finish.
Where Ave came dangerously close to outright copying TD at certain moments (don't get me wrong, it is still a fantastic CD), Live brings Can Atilla's own musical signature to bear on the Jarre and TD influences.
The result is pure listening enjoyment.
2003. Phil Derby / Electroambient Space
This CD from 2003 features 64 minutes of electronic music recorded live at the Ankara International Music Festival in May of 2002.
Atilla's electronics and drumming are accompanied by Murat Yucel on electric and classic guitars.
Of Turkish ancestry, Can Atilla explores electronic territory in the footsteps of Tangerine Dream and Jean Michel Jarre, flavoring those influences with his own uniquely lively sensibilities.
Dense keyboards belt out rapidly structured riffs with a frenetic passion, immediately drenching the audience with melodies that surge and cascade full of vigor and stamina. Sequencing provides lavish, growling under layers for the emphatic keyboards. A variety of clever electronic effects flavor the music with astral airs.
Powerful percussion swiftly propels the music to epic proportions, adding larger-than-life rhythms that explode with authority. A sense of compelling grandeur is achieved, a majesty that expands with each passing minute.
Fiery guitar-work embellishes the already hyperactive music, injecting ardent fury and cosmic demeanor.
Possessing strong Tangerine Dream influences, Atilla forces an escalation of dazzle from those roots, generating tune age that is huge and impressively masterful. His audience reels before the sheer power of his music, dazed by its commanding presence and entranced by its engaging melodies.
To call this CD amazingly satisfying is a gross understatement.
2003. Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity / SynGate
As proof of the increasingly global appeal of electronic music comes the Turkish musician Can Atilla with an album recorded at the Ankara International Music Festival in may 2002.
There is little trace of Atilla's Turkish roots to be found in the music (it would have made for an interesting mixture if there had) but Atilla certainly wears his twin influences in the shape of Jean Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream firmly on his sleeve.
Unlike many artists who use their 70s output as inspiration Atilla takes his cues from their up-tempo, highly rhythmic 80s output with noticeable similarities throughout, not least in the titles "Apreggiator" which actually sounds nothing like Jarre's track of the same name, being far faster & more dynamic & "Underwater Moonlight" (as opposed to TD's "Underwater Sunlight"-not exactly subtle, is he?).
Of more importance, though is the fact that this is an excellent album full of memorable tracks such as the opening "Torchlight" which builds up from it's quiet beginnings (reminding me somewhat of parts of "Industrial Revolution" in the process!) into a piece of some power, dynamics and clarity, helped by Murat Yucel's breathtaking guitar work or the TD-influenced closer "Leonardo" where the sequencing owes a great debt to Chris Franke's recognizable style.
The album's highlight comes in the form of the Techno-flavored "Whiteout", an infectious and totally irresistible piece which really rattles along at full throttle.
It's obvious that Atilla is not only a first-rate musician but also one that knows what makes instrumental music so special.
This is demonstrated by the emotional and majestic "Marco Polo" or "Abyss" which expertly mixes more abstract sounds with atmospheric chords into an astounding piece of picture music' as well as the touching piano-led ballad "Winterland".
I guess that such an obvious references to his mentors might downgrade this album's worth in some people's eyes and while it would be desirable to see him strike out into new realms in future the fact remains that Atilla's music contains as much, if not more, excitement, power and plain old fashioned top tunes than either of his influences are currently exhibiting, something you might want to think about.
2003. Carl Jenkinson
In this magnificent album, recorded live on May, 22nd., 2002 during the International Festival of Music in Ankara, Can Atilla plays powerful sequencer rhythms, strong melodies and a general stylistic approach that
includes the best elements of Synth-Pop and Space Sequencer Music. The talent of the composer is appreciated both in the slow themes of a romantic mien, and in the fast ones, which appear to re-create transcendental life experiences and extreme situations.
The task of Can Atilla in this CD is very solid, and will appeal to the followers of these genres.
"Whiteout" contains a passage of about three minutes that, in some way, are intended as a homage to Tangerine Dream, but that show the unmistakable imprint of Can Atilla, and which, to my taste, is the most impressive passage in the entire album, with an explosive rhythmic and
melodic display. All the themes of the album are performed by Can Atilla himself, with the support of guitarist Murat Yucel.
2003. Jorge Munnshe / Spain