1. ROGUE ELEMENT - Mellowtronthoughts [4:05]
  2. FRANÇOIS-POL CORNEC - Tôle Ondulée [5:16] MP3 soundclip of Tole ondulee (Francois-Pol Cornec) [1:00]
  3. 4M33S - Sunrise on Cyderia [2:49]
  4. GERT EMMENS & RUUD HEIJ - Velvet Sky [7:14]
  5. RUSSELL STOREY - Cosmic Kiwi II part 1 [1:48]
  6. JAMES J CLENT - Black Tails [4:01]
  7. CRAIG PADILLA - Improbability Drive [4:40]
  8. KEES AERTS - Branch Hopping [6:40]
  9. ZEN PARADOX - Creation Garden [4:03]
  10. STEPHEN PARSICK - Electromagnetic [7:03] MP3 soundclip of Electromagnetic (Stephen Parsick) [1:00]
  11. CREATE - Reaching Out [5:06]
  12. ALTRES - Dusktreader [2:16]
  13. RUSSELL STOREY - Cosmic Kiwi II part 2 [2:22]
  14. REMOTION - Sonar Vision [5:21]
  15. REMY - Expectations [6:57]
  16. EM2 - Where two worlds meet [5:07]
    EM2 is Gert Emmens and Embrase
  17. RON BOOTS - Sneak Preview [5:00] MP3 soundclip of Sneak preview (Ron Boots) [1:00]
In October 2005 "Analogy vol.1 was released. It was such a success that we just had to made "Analogy vol.2". And again you can hear unique tracks that were specially made for this project.

Groove Unlimited This CD - as with Vols. 1 & 3 - leaves me with the impression that the featured artists are more preoccupied with showing off their skill in recreating typical 'retro' sounds rather than making a good composition. Therefore the Analogy-series will only appeal to those who have a very special interest in 70's EM and completionists.

Erwin Broers / Belgium In 2005 under the title "Analogy, Volume 1", a compilation cd came out with unreleased material from a lot of interesting electronic musicians. The assignment was to create a piece only using analog equipment. This was a success, hence now a second cd is released (well, the title "Volume 1" already indicated this of course…). And again, this album is the host for a diversity of wonderful tracks.
Collaborating artists are, amongst others, Ron Boots, Kees Aerts (who for the first time in years makes a -very nice- solo piece "Branch Hopping"), Stephen Parsick, Remy, Gert Emmens and Ruud Heij, EM2 (=Emmens and Embrase), Craig Padilla, Create, Remotion, and others.

The cd begins with the most exiting piece: "Mellowtrothoughts" from Roque Element. It is an improvisation (on a Saturday morning) on two Mellotrons, who give this track an atmosphere like Tangerine Dream’s "Mysterious Semblance At The Stand Of Nightmares" (from "Phaedra"). But also "Velvet Sky" of Emmens/Heij (not surprisingly with strong sequences), "Reaching Out" of Create, "Expectations" of Remy (for the biggest part played on the MemoryMoog) and "Sneak Preview" of Ron Boots are fine pieces. Highlights on the cd are -next to Rogue Element- the moody "Electromagnetic" of Stephen Parsick and "Sonar Vision" of Remotion. Hopefully they will make a new album soon.

"Analogy" is a very strong initiative. More may follow because there are plenty of fine musicians making plenty of fine music out there.

Bert Strolenberg / Sonic Immersion Picked up Analogy 1 and 2 at E-live. Started with 2 first, been listening to it last couple days. I think it brilliant. Every track compliments each piece superbly. My compliments to all the artists and groove for making it fit together so well. And of course a special thank you to Artemi for the idea and all his efforts.

Steve Just received my artist copies of Analogy 2 in the mail. Ron & Kees, my compliments on another job well done and another great product as a testimony to the power of Analog and the EM Forum!!!
Many Thanks!!!

James Yesterday I received the package!
The Analogy 2 compilation . . . I have no enough words to say, so I say just - IS EXTTTTTTTRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAORDINARY - I hope that Vol. 3. will follow soon :-))))))))))
Thanks for this GREAT MUSIC !

2006. Robert "Mellowtronthoughts" is an extremely beautiful and gentle Mellotron piece by Rogue Element. It's like being in a magic, extraterrestrial forest. If you wondered what would the brighter version of Tangerine Dream's "Fauni-Gena" sound like - this is it. Excellent!
"Tole Ondulee" from Francois-Pol Cornec follows in a more experimental and dark vein. The basic ingredient here is an echoing sequence that is then joined by heavy-handed bass lines and synthesized melodies. Very analog and very in-your-face.
"Sunrise On Cyderia" by 4m33s is a sedate (but darkish) piece with some interesting effects. The synth pad sound is very dominant here while the rest of the sounds assume a secondary role. Nice piece!
This track then gives way for "Velvet Sky" from Emmens & Heij. A very Jarre-like bass sequence ("Arpeggiator" anyone?) enters and is then joined by excellent synth pads. This track is in typical Emmens & Heij style and if you know (and like) these guys - you'll find plenty to enjoy here! This is pure Berlin School magnificence! One of those tracks to simply sit back and enjoy, while letting your mind wander. A mournful lead line cries on top - excellently done and very beautiful!
"Cosmic Kiwi II Part 1" from Russell Storey gradually fades in with heavy analogue drones, effects and some bright synth flashes. Very good.
"Black Tails" from James J. Clent came as a surprise, as it combines excellent Ashra-like guitar playing with very profound analogue synthesis and a bass rhythm. A very enjoyable number that reminds on the good old days of EM. A processed guitar-solo cries on top and we are heading straight into the stratosphere. (or is that stratosfear?) Anyway, James J. Klent is a new name for me and on this track he proved to be an expert musician.
"Improbability Drive" from Craig Padilla follows with strange effects of the dark variety. After a while a super-fast sequence develops that is then joined by equally fast rhythms and we are motoring down the cosmic highway at quite a pace now. Some cosmic lead lines can be heard in the background. Words can't describe just how much I like this track. It does not have any recognizable melodies. It defies categorization. It's just one big mass of dynamic cosmic sound that sucks you in a whirlpool of dreams and nightmares. At 5+ minutes it's so short - I could listen to this stuff for ages.
Kees Aerts provides us with "Branch Hopping" that starts in a peaceful manner that's in complete contrast to the previous number. However, it's not long before a heavy bass sequence enters the stage, forming the basis for yet another upbeat track. Excellent analogue sounds orchestrate this number that's as good as anything else on this fabulous compilation. Excellent lead lines take us back to the cosmos again. Wow! This sampler is quickly becoming my top album of 2006!
"Creation Garden" by Zen Paradox (aka Steve Law) follows in a sequency manner with all kind of pulsations juxtaposed with mysterious pads and background effects. A TR-808 rhythm supports the flow, resulting in a gently rhythmic, smooth EM track. Steve's trademark style is very recognizable and yet this track is fairly unique.
"Electromagnetic" from Stephen Parsick was another revelation, being basically an Industrial-type piece with various metallic clangs and no-nonsense echoing structures. It's amazing what this man achieved with just a Moog synthesizer and a Rhodes piano. Ever fancied waking up in an abandoned industrial complex on another planet, with ancient, rusty, gargantuan machines surrounding you? If the imagery seems familiar, then this track is for you. Me, I was pissing my pants from excitation in no time. Outstanding!
"Reaching Out" by Create follows. Mellotron choirs and analogue melodies is basically what we get for the first couple of moments, but after a while a sequence appears together with rather mysterious lead lines. The tron flute really adds to the mood of this track, while the sequences are as good as ever.
Altres serves us an acoustic guitar piece in the form of "Dusktreader" with just enough analogue synths to please any fan of EM. A very unusual track I must add, that sounds like a folky version of synth music (or the synth version of folk music).
"Cosmic Kiwi II Part 2" from Russell Storey takes us back to the darker realms with echoing analogue textures and the drones that opened part 1.
The Remotion guys give us "Sonar Vision" - a track that's as emotional as ever. Their sequencing powers are evident on this track as well as their melodic skills. Mellotron strings give this track a mournful, melancholic flair, while the rhythms are as urgent as ever.
Remy gives us "Expectations" - an extremely gentle piece with contrasting (more harsh) sounds. I must add that overall this track is pretty experimental, especially in the rhythmic department, where Remy's Memorymoog provides strange, clicking arpeggios. Interesting stuff.
EM2 (aka Gert Emmens and Embrase) serve us with a dessert in the form of "Where Two Worlds Meet" - a gently sequency piece with all necessary ingredients to make it a top-notch EM number. The sequences are simply stunning, as are the melodies. Basically, this track is what you'd expect from a combination of Gert's and Marc's individual styles. This is the most melodic track on the entire album.
"Analogy 2" concludes with Ron Boots's "Sneak Preview". A preview it may be, but a very spirited one. Great melancholic EM track with expert sequencing.

As was the case with the first volume of "Analogy", this compilation features a stunning diversity of styles and approaches, with not a single weak track on it! Two thumbs up to Ron and Kees for making this happen. Also kudos to Ron for great, smooth transitions between the tracks.
Now, this is what I call a quality product!

2006. Artemi Pugachov / Encyclopedia of Electronic Music This release from 2006 offers 80 minutes of analog electronics.
Featured here are exclusive tracks by:

Rogue Element: watery and pensive with dreamy textures laced with chirping birds.
Francois-pol Cornec: energetic melody with bouncy keys and sweeping tonalities. 4m33s: a moody approximation of a sunrise streaming across an alien landscape.
Gert Emmens & Ruud Heij: surging chords flavored with celestial atmospherics that accretes notable vigor of high appeal.
Russell Storey: part one of a spacey excursion with dramatic disposition.
James J. Clent: mounting electronic cycles spiced with astral guitar.
Craig Padilla: an ambient intro plunges into high energy terrain with hyperactive loops and twinkling quasi-rhythms.
Kees Aerts: a determined electronic riff is enlivened with sinuous e-perc and fanciful effects.
Zen Paradox: eastern influences tweak an environment of erratic beats and a rising surf of lush textures.
Stephen Parsick (from 'Ramp): a spooky dose of ricocheting effects amid a nebulous fog of haunting demeanor that escalates into a dense tapestry of rewarding sonics.
Create: a heavenly excursion into moody layers and growling electronics.
Altres: acoustic guitar accompanied by congenial synth riffs and mirthful embellishments.
Russell Storey: part two of the prior piece, in which things take a darker turn with eerie results.
Remotion: lavish keys swim in a sparkling pool agitated by churning non-impact rhythms.
Remy: portentous textures ascend with majesty and are seasoned with pulsing tones and glistening effects.
EM2: carefree cycles become dominated by more resonant riffs with gentle e-perc nibbling at the edges.
Ron Boots: a monumental finale as dense tones fuse with masterful riffs of growing vigor, rising to a coda of shrill eruptions.

Again, the musicians demonstrate inventive applications of analog technology coupled with diversity and satisfying acumen. Standout contributions from Parsick and Boots.

Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity The second "Analogy" compilation (GR-136) brings together 16 EM artists with 17 tracks (Kiwi Russell Story is the lucky blighter with two!), including contributions from, amongst others, Groove head honcho Kees Aerts, Altres, Create, Gert Emmens & Ruud Heij, Stephen Parsick, Remy & Ron Boots who, as probably the best known artist here, closes the album in a surprisingly surging style, not unlike Schulze, in fact.
Opening the album is Blighty's own Rogue Element who prove once again that the Mellotron is the most perfect instrument ever made while a new name Francois-Pol Cornec makes his mark on "Tole Ondulee" which sounds like an analogue version of Kraftwerk's Computer World (& why not, eh?).
If you've even the slightest interest in analogue instruments then you'll definitely want this.

Carl Jenkinson / Sequences Even better than Analogy Volume 1, this disc is packed with 80 minutes of music from 17 artists.

It starts in very laid-back fashion as the title "Mellowtronthoughts" suggests, courtesy of Rogue Element. Clearly paying homage to Edgar Froese’s classic Epsilon In Malaysian Pale, gently lapping waves and birds give way to classic mellotron strings and flutes.
We then jump light years into the future of electronica with newcomer Francois-Pol Cornec with the excellent "Tôle Ondulée" with its wonderfully bubbly yet edgy sequencing.
In the many tracks that follow we are treated to a variety of exceptional synthesizer music, from the moody atmospheric tones of brief bridging pieces like "Sunrise on Cyderia" by 4m33s and "Cosmic Kiwi II" (in two parts) by Russell Storey to sequencer feasts like Gert Emmens and Ruud Heij on "Velvet Sky" and James J. Clent’s very catchy "Black Tails".
Craig Padilla’s "Improbability Drive" moves at breakneck speed, space music in hyperdrive.
Groove label co-founder Kees Aerts joins the fray again with "Branch Hopping" – wonderful melody and relaxed sequencing, when will he release another solo album? Intentional or not, this is a fantastic Jarre tribute.
Familiar names like Create, Remy and Ron Boots round out the rest, along with some new names to be on the lookout for in the future.

It’s all good.

2007. Phil Derby / Electroambient Space A magnificent collection of compositions within the Space Music with analogic sounds. Using the magic of certain classical synthesizers that have left their imprint in electronic music in the same way as the Stradivarius have done in Classical Music, the artists in "Analogy Volume 2" take us to a journey towards the other shore, that of dreams.

The contents of the CD is as follows:
Rogue Element: "Mellowtronthoughts". François-Pol Cornec: "Tole Ondulee". 4m33s: "Sunrise On Cyderia". Gert Emmens & Ruud Heij: "Velvet Sky". Russell Storey: "Cosmic Kiwi Ii Part 1". James J Clent: "Black Tails". Craig Padilla: "Improbability Drive". Kees Aerts: "Branch Hopping". Zen Paradox: "Creation Garden". Stephen Parsick: "Electromagnetic". Create: "Reaching Out". Altres: "Dusktreader". Russell Storey: "Cosmic Kiwi Ii Part 2". Remotion: "Sonar Vision". Remy: "Expectations". Em2: "Where Two Worlds Meet". Ron Boots: "Sneak Preview".

A very commendable album for the lovers of that kind of electronic musical avantgarde less related to conventionalisms and commercial constraints.

Edgar Kogler If you want to check out many artists at once without making too much of an investment, Groove issues several compilation CD's of which the "Analogy" series concentrates on pieces created entirely using analog keyboards. The rules change slightly from one volume to another but in general only one or two instruments are used on each piece, and there's a tiny illustration of the instrument used on the sleeve often with a brief mention of exactly how each instrument was used. On this volume there are pieces from Craig Padilla reviewed above, from Gert Emmens in collaboration this time with Ruud Heij, from British artists like the duo Rogue Element and the Scottish band Altres, and a rare piece too from label founder Kees Aerts.

2008. Mark Jenkins In 2005 under the title "Analogy, Volume 1", a compilation cd came out with unreleased material from a lot of interesting electronic musicians. The assignment was to create a piece only using analog equipment. This was a success, hence now a second cd is released (well, the title "Volume 1" already indicated this of course…). And again, this album is the host for a diversity of wonderful tracks.

Collaborating artists are, amongst others, Ron Boots, Kees Aerts (who for the first time in years makes a -very nice- solo piece "Branch Hopping"), Stephen Parsick, Remy, Gert Emmens and Ruud Heij, EM2 (=Emmens and Embrase), Craig Padilla, Create, Remotion, and others. The cd begins with the most exiting piece: "Mellowtrothoughts" from Roque Element. It is an improvisation (on a Saturday morning) on two Mellotrons, who give this track an atmosphere like Tangerine Dream’s "Mysterious Semblance At The Stand Of Nightmares" (from "Phaedra"). But also "Velvet Sky" of Emmens/Heij (not surprisingly with strong sequences), "Reaching Out" of Create, "Expectations" of Remy (for the biggest part played on the MemoryMoog) and "Sneak Preview" of Ron Boots are fine pieces. Highlights on the cd are -next to Rogue Element- the moody "Electromagnetic" of Stephen Parsick and "Sonar Vision" of Remotion. Hopefully they will make a new album soon.

"Analogy" is a very strong initiative. More may follow because there are plenty of fine musicians making plenty of fine music out there.

Paul Rijkens