Special cd for the E-Day 2009 festival containing never before released music.
- JOHN DYSON - Posevalue [5:23]
- GERT EMMENS - Mascarade [13:50]
- F.D.PROJECT - Polarstern [8:03]
- JOHN DYSON - Signals [6:15]
- HUMAN METRONOME - Cosmic Hweeldi [9:13]
- STEPHAN WHITLAN - Out of the Box [11:34]
- JOHN DYSON - Outpost [9:21]
- 33 TETRAGAMMON - Divine Bliss [7:45]
2009. Press Information
E-Day is an electronic music festival, held every Spring in the South of The Netherlands. Together with E-Live, which is organized each Autumn, this is the biggest electronic festival in the world. It attracts spectators from countries all over the world. E-Day is organized by Kees Aerts and Ron Boots who are also the guys behind the biggest electronic music label in the world, Groove Unlimited. The 2009-version of E-Day was special because it marked the comeback by no-one less than John Dyson, the Prince of melodically electronic music, after being away for ten years. But there were also great concerts by Gert Emmens, F.D. Project, 33 Tetragammon and Human Metronome. E-Day 2009 was accompanied by a special limited edition cd with unique music from the musicians that gave concerts at the festival. Englishman John Dyson is present most prominent through three tracks.
He opens the cd with “Posevalue”, a wonderful melancholic track that already after a couple of seconds shows John’s recognizable solo work on the Korg Sigma synthesizer. Gert Emmens from The Netherlands brings “Mascarade”, a piece from the sessions of “When Darkness Falls Upon The Earth” from 2005 that didn’t make it on the actual cd. That is a pity and now this is corrected. It is “typical Emmens” because of the melodically approach of Berlin School electronic music. The sequences are great, the soloing fine and the rhythms innovative. It is a good thing this track is released finally. Frank Dorittke (F.D. Project) from Germany is a master in a style that can best be described as “Tangerine Dream meets Mike Oldfield”. His “Polarstern” is a progressive composition with fine solos on the electric guitar. It is John Dyson’s turn again on “Signals”. This is a superb quiet track with elements of John’s time with Wavestar that could be used as music for a film. For something completely different Dutchman Eelke van Hoof (a.k.a. Human Metronome) is responsible. “Cosmic Hweeldi” is a relaxing ambient track with a great atmosphere. In John Dyson’s band on E-Day was a really fantastic keyboard player, Irishman Stephan Whitlan. He opened the concert with a wonderful solo spot. His “Out Of The Box” is an excellent composition with a fine sequence and very nice rhythms. “Outpost” is the last contribution by John Dyson. The vibe-like sequences have references with his 1989-masterwork “Evolution”. The apotheoses is from Dutchman Wasili Papadopoulos (33 Tetragammon) on “Divine Bliss”, a warm bath of sounds.
E-Day 2009 was a great festival with sublime concerts by some of the best musicians in electronic music. This cd is a brilliant and very welcome momentum to this festival that hopefully will be held in lengths of time.
The Netherlands became the cradle of modern EM. With musicians so experienced as Ron Boots, Gert Emmens, Nattefrost and others, Netherlands took back the German torch in what concerned EM to Berlin School soft steams which caress a rhythmic and orchestral modernity less minimalism and more progressive. What we call New Berlin School should rather be named Dutch School. Since 2006, Groove label organizes the annual two festivals, E-Day in spring and E-Live in autumn, in the city of Oirschot, more specifically in Enck Theater. On April 11th, 2009, this EM rave-up also celebrated the 25th anniversary of Wavestar 1st album, or cassette, Mind Journey. During this festival, quite as E-Live held later in the year, Groove prints in limited version cd including original and unique music of the artists which participate at these festivals. While waiting for the next festival of 2010, which will be held on May 22nd, here is a review of the one from E-Live 2009.
Give honor where honor is due, Wavestar’s John Dyson is opening this limited edition cd. It is the very first time that my ears cross John Dyson music and I have to admit that I am a bit perplexed. I expected robust Berlin School style, but they’re rather soft and very catchy melodies that Dyson proposes us. As Posevalue where a fluty synth shapes a medieval approach. The rhythm is lively and rests on good percussions to hybrid directions on a structure which brushes a brief ambient passage.
Signals is a soft ethereal melody of which first chords of acoustic guitar are getting lost in soft synthesized orchestrations. The synth multiplies the moving and harmonious layers which waltz among sinking keys with a charming limpidity. Dyson handles his synth with dexterity, creating symphonic tones which perfume an idle sweetness on misled chords by guitars and celestial harps. A structure which is similar to Outpost, although more dramatic, with its grave chords which surround a quiet avalanche from notes sounding as acoustic tones. The intensity gets higher with very beautiful strata of a e-guitar which rush towards a drum to short untimely rolling which get lost in dense synthesized orchestrations where a pleiad of fickle chords flutters with nonchalance before succumbing on strikings of a heavy drum kit which draws a slow and caustic tempo. Good electronic blues!
Gert Emmens's Masquerade is in the purest tradition of its works; vaporous and cosmic intro, wave-like and hilly sequences in an ambiance mi cosmic and mi unreal unique to Emmens. Synth solos fuse on this hybrid structure where the rhythm remains latent, crumbling under sublime solos of a very harmonious synth which frees its chiseled sufferings and its monastic choirs under hilly sequences, before sinking into a somber and atonal passage. Subtly, Emmens shapes again the rhythm with slamming percussions of which the echo pierces the misty opaqueness before embracing suave and hybrid synth lines to crossed solos, so joining the constant rhythmic duality of Gert Emmens's sound universe. Again, some great Emmens there and sometimes, I wonder from where comes all this creativity?
F.D. Project’s Polarstern tacks under a somber wave-like sequence and breaths of a distressing synth. Another sequence, more crystal clear, subdivides the tempo which becomes more hatched and which hiccups under good percussions and a sequential line as mesmerizing as hypnotic. Beautiful curly solos cross this rhythmic to melodious intertwining, before caustic and ethereal guitar solos finalize Polarstern rhythmic progress. A title which will certainly please F.D. fans.
Human Metrodome is unknown to me and offers a long ambient title to Roach steams with Cosmic Hweeldi, where somber cosmic waves blow among the curves of galactic grottos stalactites.
Hesitating sequences, moulding an indistinct tempo, Stephan Whitlan's Out of the Box gropes in an exploratory musical universe where fragrances of Tangerine Dream can be smell. Mainly because of synth strata and e-guitars fusion which float in loops on a hesitating sequential movement, covered with percussions to metallic felting.
Other unknown group to me which makes in very deep ambient, Tetragammon offers in Divine Bliss a very crystal clear cosmic journey where everything seems to be at dreams reaches.
Divided by 3 very varied musical approaches, E-Day 2009 is a beautiful way of discovering the musical universe of Groove, as well as new names and names less known for EM fans (I think in particular of Dyson, Whitlan, Human Metrodome and Tetragammon) whom revolve in this musical universe to unlimited borders that is EM. The next E-Day will be held on May 22nd and will present interesting strong artists as David Wright, Callisto, Free System Project, Erik Seifert and E.R.G.
2010. Sylvain Lupari / Guts Of Darkness
This release from 2010 offers 71 minutes of electronic music. An anthology release offering unique tracks by...
John Dyson: Pleasant electronics and sprightly rhythms with a stately disposition.
Gert Emmens: Airy textures provide an astral backdrop for a series of interweaving electronic cycles. An optimistic keyboard theme takes center stage and engages in cosmic variations only to be supplanted by a dramatic void that eventually allows a more mechanical passage to surface and mature into a fresh melody comprised of crisp e-perc and haunting chords. (A left-over track from his When Darkness Falls upon the Earth album from 2005.)
F.D. Project: Sedate electronic threads spin themselves into a dreamy lattice with a mounting loop that develops into an enticing melody. Auxiliary electronics provide non-impact rhythms, coaxing the tune into sparkling vivacity. Conventional e-perc enters the mix, soon joined by quasi space guitar chords.
(Another piece by) John Dyson: Languid pulsations coalesce around a nucleus of regal keyboards.
Human Metronome: Breezy atmospherics swirl into definition, blend with rising electronics of a gentle nature, then set course for a remote cosmic location. Soft percussives are encountered en route to an ambient destination, along with moody incidental effects.
Stephan Whitlan: Delicate oscillations muster strength as they pass through zones of blooping sounds and nimble loops. Keyboards establish an engaging theme that spirals to lofty heights. Crisp e-perc help supply propulsion. And a delightful selection of novel effects occur during the ascension.
(A third contribution by) John Dyson: A longer dose of Dyson's congenial electronics. Airy tones usher in a passage of majestic keyboards that evoke a remote outpost guarding the edge of a celestial frontier. Percussion lends drama to the lonely sentry duty, while fanciful electronics offer winsome distractions.
33 Tetragammon: Glittering ambience punctuated by bell-like notes and wavering tones. Resonating to this pleasant finale, the listener gains a suitable vantage on a blissful void.
An excellently representative introduction to the music of these fellows.
2010. Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity
Each year, Groove Unlimited label from the Netherlands organizes two Electronic Music festivals, one held in spring (E-Day) and the other in autumn (E-Live). For each event they prepare a unique, limited edition CD with unreleased tracks of performing artists. This is one of such releases, filled to the brim with fine electronics by leading European artists.
The first track is "Posevalue" by John Dyson. If you know this artist, you should know what to expect. As a master of delicate, melodic electronics, John sculpts a nice flowing and romantic piece here. There is a dreamy quality to the music that oozes fluety synth leads and delicate live drum rhythms played by Mark Dale. If you can imagine an extension of Tangerine Dream's mid-1980's melodic style using a more romantic formula, you wouldn't be far from the true image of this offering by John.
Gert Emmens continues with "Mascarade" - a track written in 2005 for his "When Darkness Falls Upon the Earth" album but discarded at the time. This is more or less your typical Gert Emmens and yet somewhat basic-sounding. I suppose that was the initial approach. It has slow sequences, familiar effects and floating pads and a scorching jazzy solo you've come to expect from Gert. There's also that special harmonica-like Elka sound that he often used at the time. The second part of the track is more exotic. Surprisingly, it relies on a stomping tribal rhythm and a lot of pads. The sequences are barely present and the mood is melancholic and reflective.
"Polarstern" by F.D. Project introduces a darker atmosphere, with low bass pulse rhythm and mournful, atmospheric synthesizers. The track then progresses into a rhythmic piece with fine synth solos. Sequences are present as well. But of course I expected a nice wailing guitar solo from Frank and he does deliver, a pity it's too short though.
"Signals" by John Dyson has a lovely spacey introduction before a more typical sound, rich in pads, is established. The track plays almost like a classical piece - it's a suite of many movements and moods.
Human Metronome continues with "Cosmic Hweeldi". This is where we step into the ambient realms. A tribal rhythm likens this piece to some "desert ambience" / shamanic works by American master Steve Roach. It's pretty organic stuff with a meditative character. If you like Ambient of the darker variety - this is a great example of this style.
Stephan Whitlan kicks in with "Out of the Box". Dramatic strings gradually give way for a slowly building pulse amidst a sea of great twittering effects. Finally, the guy starts churning out one of his tricky solos and you know that this guy can sure play. On the other hand, the sound design is pretty neat, too. Overall, it's one of the most expressive tracks of this collection. Classic Berlin School sequencing coupled with great sound design and virtuoso soloing just can't do no wrong.
John Dyson then gives us another track of his. "Outpost" is an uplifting, cheerful composition that just flows effortlessly on waves of synth pads and electronic bell arpeggios. An equally floating and serene guitar contributes a few lazy licks to this relaxed piece of music. A wonderful symphonic section follows that's brimming with bright synthesizers, silky pads and a few stomping bass notes. A drum rhythm brings this piece to a close.
"Divine Bliss" by 33 Tetragammon is a fitting closer. 7 minutes of pure sonic nectar, this piece is meditative and lulling, hypnotic and mysterious. These notes just hang in the air - weightless, effortless, delicate and comforting.
2011. Artemi Pugachov / Encyclopedia of Electronic music