Composed, played and recorded 2003-2007 by Frank Klare.|
- Digitalic One [17:34]
- Digitalic Two [8:10]
- Digitalic Three [10:57]
- Digitalic Four [10:08]
- Digitalic Five [12:48]
- Digitalic Six [16:53]
Except Digitalic Five and Digitalic Six, composed, played by Frank Klare and Ron Boots.
Mastered by Ron Boots.
Digitalic is musically the successor album of Analogic (1999) which was rereleased in 2005.
The new album continues syncing to Analogic as the recordings originated between 2003 and 2007.
With these six digitalic compositions recorded between 2003 and 2007 the circle of Analogic-Digitalic is closed.
Musically in the style of Analogic, Digitalic is a mixture of cosmic soundscapes and hypnotic sequences that all those who enjoyed Frank Klare's albums Modular Music or Moods will love.
La boucle est bouclée. Avec Digitalic, Frank KLARE complète son Analogic sorti en 1999. A la différence qu’à la douceur et aux courbes des sonorités analogiques répondent une musique extrêmement dure, syncopée, agressive, qui n’apporte aucun répit à l’attention de l’auditeur. La plupart des morceaux sont construits comme un mille-feuille où chaque épaisseur est une boucle qui s’enchevêtre avec celles du dessus et du dessous mais sans former un quelconque brouhaha. Chaque séquence, quelle soit de son ou de percussion, reste distincte, et l’auditeur peut suivre le morceau en s’accrochant à l’une ou l’autre avec un plaisir jouissif.
Cerise sur le gâteau, l’homme à tout faire du label Groove, Ron Boots, est de la fête pour les deux derniers morceaux d’un album qui en compte six. Mais le talent de Klare est déjà bien là par lui-même et le mastering de Boots n’a de but que de sublimer la musique de l’Allemand. Un must, ce trimestre!
2010. LouLou / Prog-résiste
Frank Klare describes "Digitalic" as the musical successor of his 1998 album "Analogic", containing six recordings made between 2003 and 2007. Mr. Klare has an energetic way of composing electronic music, which overall is strongly sequencer based and rooted in the modern Berliner School of music.
The outcome on "Digitalic" is music that demands and takes its time to unfold, so I might imagine not every listener can or is not willing to be that patient. The repetitive and rolling sequencer lines actually have an entrancing effect on the listener, as they lead the way through a digital but warm sounding landscape of keenly melted sonics, while Frank adds some nice melody and effects to it.
Musician Ron Boots joins Frank on the last two tracks of the album, where the music makes a turn towards organic flavored music due to the use of a minimal tribal rhythm. This collaboration again proves as worthwhile as on "Analogic", and for me make up the best part of the album.
All in all, the almost 71 minute "Digitalic" is a dynamic album with minimal elements which will surely please fans of Klaus Schulze but most of all those who like Frank’s previous albums.
2010. Dante Gambino Vilarrubias
Digitalic is the conclusion of Analogic re released in 1999 and re edited in 2005. Like Analogic, Frank Klare proposes six titles, but instead of the softness and the spiritual undulation of the analog, Digitalic is of an extreme musical hardness where numeric and the complexity of the emotions are masters.
Digitalic One opens the work with a short harmonious reflection in own way of intro. A light melodious sequential loop bores with minimalism docility. Gradually, a line of bass is installing on hypnotic cymbalistic percussions. The sound universe is rich and dense, when that cold slapping of a metal percussion animates the track of a hyper digital bound, giving to Digitalic One an unusual musical strength and deep, dressed of a dense synthetic armour, which superimposes musical minimalism layers, creating a sound intoxication which finds its fierce in the echotic mode of interposed modules. A superb title that introduces an album to the limits of an artistic paradox.
Nervous and hypertensive, Digitalic Two goes down as a reversed spiral where the notes multiply in an insane race. A little as a frenzied runs after its tail, convinced to be guided by strange metallic voices.
Part three and four are superb approaches of current Berlin School with a breath of long ago, pointing out analog intoxications. Frank Klare multiplies loops inter laced, in a minimalism symphony puffed up of short synthetic jumps which are lost in a stylized cacophony where harmony finds a chaotic road of a very conclusive digital coldness.
We feel Ron Boots touch on Digitalic Five and Six. If the first is a superb hypnotic procession, worthy of Steve Roach great tribal moments, the second is laborious on a beautiful bass sequence which undulates a hesitant tempo, on suave eclectic breaths of an aboriginal heat. A title with discrete percussions, which defines more the vision of these two artists, on a growing rhythm and Wrapping synth.
Digitalic is a two shutters album; the first part of Frank Klare is an immense sensory flood where the coldness is coated to a strange feeling of latent schizophrenia cause of the incredible spirals which overhang this portion.
The second part, with Ron Boots, is completely its opposite. Giving to Digitalic a unique character which combines insanity and serenity on superb minimalism alloys.
A powerful album which depicts the strong influences of Frank Klare and Ron Boots on the marvellous world of EM.
2007. Sylvain Lupari / Guts Of Darkness
What an amazing CD this is. The first time I listened was on my iPod, on a noontime run across Portland’s downtown bridges in the midday sun.
The steady hypnotic beat and mesmerizing sequences of "Digitalic One" were perfect, giving me exactly the invigorating push I needed. Layer upon layer is perfectly executed as one sequence tops another, and then as percussion and drums join in, making 17 ½ minutes go by like nothing.
"Digitalic Two" is half as long and seemingly twice as fast as it lets the throttle open and lets it rip.
Warbling twittering synths open "Digitalic Three" along with a chugging beat and warm synth pads. The whole disc has a very Schulze-like feel to it, particularly here. The stutter step drums could easily have come from Audentity. After three energetic numbers, part four cool things down a notch. Mechanical electronic noises flitter about for a while until it settles down and yet another sequence emerges. Sound loops come in waves, rolling over the top of one another in spellbinding fashion.
The fifth track mixes it up a little more, with vaguely tribal though still highly synthesized-sounding beats. The disc has a wonderful flow to it as it segues from one track to the next, changing up just when it needs to. Following the more laid back approach of tracks four and five, "Digitalic Six" brings the energy back up just so, not too much, for a stirring finale.
Digitalic is fantastic.
2007. Phil Derby / Electroambient Space
In 1999 Frank Klare created the album "Analogic". It was re-released in 2005. With his 2007-album "Digitalic" Frank closes the circle of these two records. The experienced German is a sequencer specialist, "Digitalic" clearly shows this again. But its not only sequencer work on his cd’s, he cleverly manages to combine cosmic landscapes with his sequencer patterns. His album "Moods" was a good example of this mixture. Remember the pumping sequencer loops and rhythms that ruled the albums of Klaus Schulze from the early eighties?
With the sound on "Digitalic" Klare comes remarkable close to this intriguing period in the grand masters career but also Robert Schroeder comes to mind. The wonderful track "Digitalic Three" is a great example of this. Frank’s sequences are thrusting, rich, sometimes hard and metallic but again at all times melodical. It seems simple to create a sequence: just turn some knobs. Well, this is certainly not the case and Frank proves this on "Digitalic". Just listen to the brilliant sequence on "Digitalic Four" and this becomes clear. The last two pieces, "Digitalic Five" and "Digitalic Six" are joint ventures with Ron Boots. These compositions surely breathe a "Boots-atmosphere" but at all times keep the recognizable sound of Frank Klare.
If you are looking for a sequencer album, but not one that is only based of the seventies Berlin School-sound, "Digitalic" might be the perfect choice.
"Digitalic" can be defined as pure Space Sequencer Music, with melodic atmospheres that come and go, as well as hypnotic sequencer solos in a trance key. The structure of the work is very rhythmic. The rhythms even sustain the melodies, in the shape of minimalist sequences that keep oscillating around a determined basis.
All the themes have been composed by Frank Klare, except for Digitalic Five and Digitalic Six, where Ron Boots has participated.
This CD from 2007 features 71 minutes of densely sequenced music.
German synthesist Klare is joined by Ron Boots on the CD's last two tracks for a total of 24 collaborative minutes.
Retro electronics produce urgent chords that are looped to generate a lavish density. Additional keyboard-driven electronics are layered in, increasing the sonic depth. These auxiliary patterns possess a more crystalline character, nicely contrasting the prevalent bulk. As the tracks progress, Klare employs a nimble-fingered complexity that increases the music's overall appeal.
E-perc rhythms provide suitable propulsion for the music. These tempos generally remain submerged in the dense sequencing, enhancing the tunes from a secondary level.
For the majority of this music, basic patterns are created and allowed to run in repetitive cycles. Variations are achieved through the introduction of collateral patterns. Operating in conjunction, these elements attain a rich melodic presence that communicates an ascendant drama.
The electronics exhibit a classical undercurrent, one that harnesses an expansive quality and revels in modern expressions of hypnotic demeanor. The notes are deep and vibrant. The use of airier tones in the complimentary riffs results in a balanced range of sound.
The two collaborative pieces manifest a more subdued mood. These tunes still maintain a vivid density of layered electronics and motivational rhythms, but a distinctly organic quality is present, attributing the tuneage with more humanity. Light-hearted auxiliary riffs imbue the last track with a decidedly bouncier mood than the rest of the CD's pensive music.
Fans of Klaus Schulze will enjoy this release.
Matt Howarth / Soniccuriosity
Nuevo trabajo de Frank Klare, un disco compuesto entre el año 2003 y el 2007 y en el cuenta con la colaboración en los temas cinco y seis de Ron Boots. Este disco es el sucesor de "Analogic" y sirve para cerrar un ciclo (música analógica – música digital).
"Digitalic" sigue el estilo musical iniciado en "Analogic", mezclando paisajes cósmicos con hipnóticas secuencias, que nos hacen volver la vista hacia los años gloriosos de la música electrónica, afortunadamente, existen músicos como Frank Klare y Ron Boots que todavía nos siguen deleitando con sus composiciones.
Un trabajo imprescindible para los amantes de la buena música electrónica.
2007. Roberto Vales / Ultima Fronteira
The Frank Klare album is another extended work made up of 6 tracks with the same that are linked sonically and conceptually as well. Aided by Ron Boots again, they make a good team as this may well be the best Klare album to date. It is billed as the successor album to ANALOGIC, so what you get is lots of energy and analog vibes that literally jump out of the speakers.
Real cool stuff!