Composed, played and recorded by Frank Klare.|
- Alpha Moods
- Beta Moods
- Theta Moods
Mixed and mastered 2005 by Erik Seifert.
‘Moods’ is based on the theory that different frequencies and tones when processed by the human brain can transport the listener to a different state of mind.
This CD contains 3 titles which depending upon the track being listened to, can induce a state of relaxation (Alpha Moods), stimulation (Beta Moods) or deep meditation (Theta Moods).
When listening to this music best results are achieved when headphones are used. To avoid unwanted side effects no use was made of the ‘Brain Sync Research’ extra frequencies function on this CD.
’Alpha Moods’, a composition made specifically for a scientific group for the purpose of inducing relaxation, was the building block upon which the foundation of this album has been built.
2006. Press information
Frank Klare's newie Moods features an unusual cover from Pablo Magne which at least gives the album a more individual look in amongst many lookalike releases.
The three long tracks here are designed to suit or induce a certain mood, namely relaxation and meditation in the case of the 32-minute "Alpha Moods" which builds from an abstract base that reminds me of Schulze's Irrlicht gradually attaining a more melodic feel that ends up having a surprisingly strong sound. An even stronger Schulze influence (from the 80s & 90s this time) characterises the gradually emerging sequences of "Beta Moods" (stimulation & animation) which eventually gain a suitably surging, punchy feel to them, especially once the backing rhythm kicks in.
The album ends with "Theta Moods" (deep meditation, trance & dreams), a relatively short (9 minute) track that builds in a similarly pleasant way to the first piece, only nowhere near as long!
This cd is a daring work in minimalist electronic music at the purest cosmic style. The three long electronic pieces that integrate this cd flow in a consistent, uninterrupted stream of unearthly soundscapes.
"Alpha Moods" and "Theta Moods" are slow suites. Musically speaking, listening to these two pieces has a relaxing effect.
"Beta Moods" has quite fast rhythms, performed with sequencers. More than concrete melodies in the traditional sense, there are chords and melodic atmospheres that come and go, thus contributing to weaving an unreal environment.
This release from 2006 offers 78 minutes of scientifically based electronic music.
This music is based on the theory that different frequencies can alter the listener's state of mind, alpha inducing relaxation, beta generating stimulation, and theta initiating deep meditation. The CD's three long tracks explore these relationships between sound and cerebral response. The "Alpha" composition was made specifically for a scientific group studying these relationships.
Densely layered ethereal tonalities dominate the "Alpha" track (which is 32 minutes long), streaming with apparent infinite determination. Auxiliary textures are employed to give the harmonic flow textural body. Dramatic punctuations occur deep with the piece, accruing stamina as the music progresses and injecting a sense of ascension. Two-thirds of the way through the piece, the flows grow softer so as not to disturb the accomplished sedation.
The textural backdrop of the "Beta" track features an assortment of electronic effects to liven things during this 36 minute selection. Pulsations surface, squea and disappear with regularity. Bongo beats enter the agitated mix, providing a lazy rhythm that propels without disruptive significance. Melodies nibble at the flow while temporary sounds continue to rise and fade. As the piece progressed, the bongos swell with vigor and volume, injecting a sense of urgency. Choppy keyboards assist that sense of vitality. Complex patterns emerge gradually, bestowing substance on the harmonic flavor of the track. A lull toward the end proves false as everything rises again for a demonstrative coda.
With a duration of only 10 minutes, the "Theta" composition utilizes astral sighs and bubbling diodes to achieve a mesmerizing efect. Periodic presences of deeper consistency generate expanses of mental calm that swell and contract according to a celestial pulsation.
While sparse in melody, this music explores the viable therapeutic value of electronic music.
Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity
With the three tracks on Moods (77'47") Frank Klare further explores the concept of mood sustainment first heard on Klaus Schulze's early cosmic efforts.
The opening track, "Alpha Moods", works within the classic sonic architecture found on albums such as Irrlicht and Cyborg. For this piece, Klare develops a deep-freeze of synthy iciness. With its revolving chord progressions and dense layers of frosty electronic timbres, the music conjures up a vast tundral expanse.
"Beta Moods" produces a prolonged energy similar to that of the more vibrant tracks on Schulze's later work Audentity. The rhythm parts build up, fill out and become insistent enough to attract the pulse of the listener. Each chord shift feels like a course correction on this wild cosmic ride.
"Theta Moods", the third and shortest track, is the most nuanced of the three, and a well-chosen pendant to the longer pieces. Here Klare rolls out sci-fi space blip and raygun blast effects which flash high above a slow current of phasing pads and hollow tones. Somber harmonies rise up and play out in a brief but epic gesture. This stark rendering of interior space is profound in its simplicity, and is a testament to the magnificence of the original.
2007. Chuck van Zyl / Star's End
Molto più interessante Moods (2006) di Frank Klare: tre lunghissimi brani ispirati alle teorie sulle onde, le frequenze e i toni che possono alterare la percezione - e dunque gli stati d'animo e le emozioni - dell'ascoltatore. Partendo da questo presupposto, Klare ha messo in piedi un progetto sperimentale, in cui ha puntato su diversi tipi di onde (Alpha per il rilassamento, Beta per la stimolazione, Theta per la meditazione profonda) allo scopo di stimolare differenti risultati interiori.
L'autore suggerisce l'ascolto in cuffia per un effetto ancora più profondo.
Donato Zoppo / MovimentiProg
Frank Klare is an experienced musician from Germany who already has a long career behind him in electronic music with band like Synco and Traumklang, numerous solo-releases, many collaborations and a lot of appearances on compilation albums. Until now, his solo albums have been primarily retro/Berlin School excursions.
On "Moods" he changes the mood (so to say) to a more atmospheric album. "Moods" is based on the theory that different frequencies and tones when processed by the human brain can transport the listener to a different state of mind.
The cd contains three long tracks that can induce a state of relaxation and meditation ("Alpha Moods"), stimulation and animation ("Beta Moods") or deep meditation, trance and dreams ("Theta Moods"). These results can best be achieved by using headphones.
"Alpha Moods", a composition made especially for a scientific group for the purpose of introducing relaxation, was the building block upon the foundation of this album has been built. It consists of multi-layers of sounds and effects as well as an intriguing melody.
"Beta Moods" is a more traditional track which has the most references to the music we know from Frank. It has some great sequences and fitting, slow, rhythms. Here, Klaus Schulze (from the early eighties, that is) and Mario Schönwälder greet us.
"Theta Moods" is an atmospherically affair with fine strings.
"Moods" is an album you don’t just put on while washing the dishes. You have to sit or lie down for it…
Moods is mood music in the truest sense of the word.
"Alpha Moods" is designed to achieve a relaxed state over its 32-minute course, which I would say it does effectively. What I like best about this track is that it doesn’t go for the usual approaches, either some long minimal drone or something too sweet and new agey. Rather, Klare employs swirling synthetic sounds, very electronic and very spacey, just like I like my EM. This is the sort of music that you might normally expect to drift for just a few minutes, then lay a sequencer or a lead synth over the top, but Klare keeps a soft steady hand on the music throughout. Changes are subtle but definite. Though a rather unassuming piece, it also strikes me as fresh and original, not sounding like anyone in particular.
"Beta Moods," on the other hand, plays to Klare’s strength, Berlin school sequencing and catchy beats, though like "Alpha Moods" it evolves slowly and deliberately. The light brisk sequencing reminds me a lot of Bernd Kistenmacher, a good thing in my book. Some sections of the 35 minutes run a bit long before changing pace or sounds, but for the most part it’s effective.
"Theta Moods" is for deep meditation, trance and dreams, again achieving this by going an unexpected route. Twittering spacey sound effects come and go, and though definitely a drifter it is more structured than I’d expect for meditation music. In fact, I find this one very enjoyable to listen to at full attention, to catch the nuances. It’s a strong finish to a good CD.
2006. Phil Derby / Electroambient Space
Pour les gens de ma génération ET amateurs d'e-music, l'album Mirage de Klaus Schulze est une référence en matière de musique cosmique hyper-planante. Je ne crois pas me tromper en affirmant que les Moods de son compatriote Frank KLARE voyagent dans les mêmes dimensions.
En trois volets dont deux franchissent allégrement la demi-heure, il tente d'étayer la théorie que des fréquences et des sons créés par le cerveau humain peuvent amener l'auditeur à différents états de l'esprit. Le premier, Alpha, est destiné à la relaxation et à la méditation, le deuxième, Beta, génère plutôt stimulation et animation, et le dernier, Theta (ceux qui ont dit Gamma viendront me voir à la fin de la chronique), conduit à la méditation profonde, la transe et les rêves.
Cet album est donc destiné à ceux qui aiment les voyages tant intérieurs que vers des destinations au-delà du cosmos. Hautement recommandable.
2010. LouLou / Prog-résiste