MorPheusz is Ron Boots, Eric and Harold v.d. Heijden & Frank Dorittke (FD.Project).
- Between the Barriers or Reality [10:50]
- Daylight in a Nocturnal Scarescape [12:57]
- Prophecies of a Pagan [11:45]
- Sandman's Journey through Sanity [14:01]
- Drowse at Dawn [7:12]
- Fearful Awakening [7:03]
The eighties was a difficult time for serious electronic music but from hard times almost always comes something good. In the Dutch city of Eindhoven, the base of the Phillips company, some musicians started to make music in the style of the great inspirators from the seventies. Two of the most important people that have come from that period who are still around these days are Ron Boots and Eric van der Heijden. You could say, there are responsible for the "Eindhoven School" of electronic music (as opposed to the "Berlin School"). On several occasions, Ron and Eric have collaborated in and since that time under the name of "MORE".
On this album, two musical friends accompany them: Harold van der Heijden on drums and Frank Dorittke on electric guitar. Harold has a respected name in the world of EM-drumming, following the footsteps of the almost iconic Harald Grosskopf (with almost the same first name). Dorittke (a.k.a. FD Project) is a specialist in the combination between electronic music and electric guitarsolo’s and steps into the footsteps of no one less than Mike Oldfield. What would it sound if the four of them would teamed together and release an album? The result is MorPeuSz with "Days Of Delirium & Nocturnal NightMares".
The styles of the four blend excellently: from the sequencer-driven style but with a vision of his own from Ron, the melodically and romantic work by Eric, the thrusting percussion and drums by Harold and the wonderful solo’s by Frank. Everything is in it’s place and has a meaning. The album starts off almost as progressive rock in "Between The Barriers Of Reality", filled with great soloing on guitar and synths. Listen to the sequences and sounds in the background. Harold also plays a fine snaredrum on "Daylight In A Nocturnal ScareScape" in which you can hear Frank work on a nice guitareffect, just as Edgar Froese did in the best days with Tangerine Dream. And the sequences just get richer and richer. The guys can rock: they prove this best in "Prophecies Of A Pagan". Nothing Pagan folk to this: it is electronic rock that we know from the gloryyears of TD and Ashra. The influence of Oldfield can best be heard on "Sandman Journey Through Sanity". "Drowse At Dawn" starts with a fine sequencerline and moves into a softer, even a bit jazzy, track. The forceful "proggy" stuff returns in "Fearful Awakening".
With "Days Of Delirium & Nocturnal NightMares" MorPeuSz proves electronic music is not all about ambiences and atmospheres but that it can also rock!
2010. Press Information
MorPheuSz is a new project of Ron Boots together with Eric van der Heijden, Frank Dorittke and Harold van der Heijden on drums.
We start off with "Between the Barriers of Reality" and what we hear immediately is some warm, phased string synth and twittering effects. Sounds like a classic to me. Dramatic key changes follow and a deep bass pulse starts. This is pure Berlin School that reminds on Klaus Schulze's "Timewind" even. The key changes and the flowing quality of the music made me think of that classic work immediately. More sequences are added and after a while we hear a nice and lush symphonic synth solo. Extremely pleasant stuff to listen to. Soon Frank Dorittke steps in with his fine guitar soloing and Harold provides a nice steady beat with his drums. More synth solos follow and before you know it, the 10 minutes are over. This track is a perfect trip into the land of dreamy synth textures and pulsations, floating guitar, and compe tent drumming. "Daylight In A Nocturnal ScareScape" has a fittingly atmospheric beginning, but soon a simple tinkling sequence starts, supported by lower-end pulsations. Some key changes follow and then a symphonic synth solo. You can easily tell this track continues what was started on "Between the Barriers of Reality". Again, all the ingredients of a good EM track are there: quality sequences, fine programming and emotional solos. However, after 6 minutes a certain orchestral bombast seeps in, personified by heavy string stabs and over-the-top choirs. There's a certain soundtrack quality to it all. However, it was fairly strange and I can't decide yet if it goes well with the otherwise typical EM sound of this track. The guitar solo by Dorittke on this track is excellent. "Prophecies of A Pagan" begins like a formulaic Dark Ambient track - weird murmuring voices, windy effects, "spooky" string sounds... Distorted guitar sounds add a certain grungy touch to the proceedings. Don't e ven know how to describe the sound of this track. Tangerine Dream meet Richard Pinhas on a bad day, perhaps? Having said that, I found this track highly enjoyable, especially the second part thereof. It's not what you would expect and hey... you gotta love Hard Rock EM! Nice synth solos are there, too, alternating with wailing guitar from Frank. "Sandman's Journey Through Sanity" brings forth those Pink Floyd influences by means of spacey strummed guitar from Frank. A wonderful, unusual sequence from Ron (or maybe that's Eric's?) adorns this track. Also worthy of mention are the melodic solos that seem to go extremely well with the pulsating soundscape. And before I forget, Harold plays excellent complex drum patterns as well. The final section is dominated by a wailing guitar solo from Frank. "Drowse At Dawn" is a relatively minimal and serene piece that relies on gentle pulsations and warm pads. Melodies played by a very electric piano sounding synthesizer are a unique touch. Finally, "Fearful Awakening" continues from previous track without any interruption. And you could say that this is the Rock piece of the album - it's gets pretty intense in the guitar department while the keyboards resort to sequencing combined with intense Hammond-like stabs.
A nice instrumental Rock / EM hybrid. "Days of Delirium..." is an interesting effort that will be especially enjoyed by those who like a bit of guitar pyrotechnics in their EM.
Artemi Pugachov / Russia
This release from 2010 offers 64 minutes of dynamic electronic music.
Morpheusz is: Ron Boots (on synthesizers), Frank Dorittke (on guitar and synthesizers), Eric van der Heijden (on synthesizers), and Harold van der Heijden (on drums and percussion).
Dramatic electronics are infused by vibrant guitars and nimble drums, producing tuneage of gripping impact and enduring stature.
While atmospheric texturals are present, the majority of the electronics embody more substantial roles in this music. Lavish cycles are established and set running, while auxiliary threads caper around those patterns, enhancing them with sinuous results. Nimble fingered keyboards contribute a variety of delightful diversions.
The guitars present zesty riffs that churn with vitality. Space chords throb with extended sustains, creating vistas of dazzling euphoria, while additional riffs inject rock influences into the dense mix. The guitars soar with emphatic passion, belting out riffs capable of searing the ceiling of heaven.
The percussion is often lively and forceful, generating compulsive rhythms that do more than provide locomotion for the melodies, these tempos seethe with their own vigorous presence.
These compositions offer pellucid passages, the music has a tendency to slide into more powerful structures with bewitching ease. Levels of somnambulance are established with loving care, then gradually coaxed into states of roiling intensity, transporting the listener through realms of illusion replete with enticing phantasms of sound and dark clouds of crucial jeopardy.
Yet, despite these periodic hints of menace, the music retains a solid aim on communicating uplifting confidence.
2011. Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity
MorPheusz is the Dutch/German music collective Ron Boots, Eric and Harold van der Heijden and Frank Dorittke (aka FD Project). "Days of Delerium & Nocturnal Nightmares" for me again proves what a great combination Ron Boots and Eric van der Heijden still are, as they were in charge of the arrangement and composition of all six lengthy tracks on this disc.
Although the music still contains lots of sequencing, the output sounds somewhat different than their usual output. This time, things are more in an instrumental prog-rock/symphonic vein with some straight forward and sometimes even mean sounding guitar work flying around the groovy, occasionally even psychedelic infused atmospheres. The more mellow side comes to the surface on "Drowse at Dawn", before kicking into rocking territory again on the album closer "Fearful Awakening".
As this recording is listed as chapter one, I’m already anxiously looking forward to the future additions to this musical formulae of freestyle prog electronics.
2010. Bert Strolenberg / Sonic Immersion
MorPheuSz es un nuevo proyecto tras el que se encuentra Ron Boots, Frank Dorittke, Eric van der Heijden y Harold van der Heijden y "Days of Delirium & Nocturanl NightMares" representa el primer trabajo.
Nos encontramos aquí con algunos de los mejores nombres de la música electrónica actual y esta unión no defrauda a nadie. Seis temas son los que conforman este trabajo, con cuatro primeros desarrollos de más de diez minutos, al mejor estilo de la música electrónica de la Escuela Berlín y dos más cortos de siete minutos de duracción para finalizar.
En este trabajo nos vamos a encontrar elementos de lo mejor de la llamada Escuela de Eindhoven (término para definir a la Escuela de los músicos holandeses en contraprestración con los llegados de Berlín) donde su mejor representante es Ron Boots, son temas donde la música electrónica saca a relucir sus mejores argumentos, con temas secuenciales, baterías y guitarras que en ocasiones nos acercan al rock progresivo y que hacen las delicias de los seguidores de la música electrónica.
Siete temas que no tienen desperdicio y que hay que disfrutar. Este trabajo supone el primer capítulo presentado por este cuarteto, ya estamos esperando con ansiedad la siguiente entrega, porque escuchar estos sonidos es todo un deleite para nuestros oídos.
2010. Roberto Vales / Ultima Fronteira
Do you recall the punchy Derby!? Ron Boots's album in concert which gathered Harold van der Heijden and Frank Dorittke to the Dutch synthesist, giving thus one of the most powerful opus of 2009. Well MorpheuSz it’s this trio, enriched of Eric van der Heijden who assists Ron Boots on synths, giving even more strength, body, heaviness and musicality to a magnificent album which transcends the Berlin School territories to encroach heavily on paths of progressive space rock. It’s a powerful and striking opus that has no faults and which allies melody and complexity on structures as much ethereal as furious.
Between the Barriers or Reality opens Days of Delirium and Nocturnal NightMares with a beautiful line of synth which sways lazily in an oniric Milky Way. A synth à la Pink Floyd on Wish You Where Here that stretches its line in a stellar constellation stuffed with sound shooting stars. A heavy reverberation puts an end to this cosmic reverie and introduces a weak sequential beat which pulses with energy under the foggy breaths of a suave Mellotron pleasant and jingles of electronic cymbals. Another sequential line hems with feverishness, filling the rhythm of Between the Barriers or Reality with voluminous subdivided pulsations which pound as a heavy bass beneath a sound sky stuffed with sinuous synth solos. Up to here Between the Barriers or Reality flows as a sulfurous space rock, but at the 5:20 minutes spot the rhythm explodes with Frank Dorittke's heavy guitar solos and Harold van der Heijden’s robust percussions which roll and hammer a hybrid structure as Klaus Schulze and Harald Grosskopf knew so much how to do it. Solos are shrill and run in loops beneath a cadence which waves with heaviness, merging marvelously the electronic and progressive art where solos of synth and guitars are entangling in an almighty musical fight.
As in the finale of Daylight in a Nocturnal Scarescape which starts with fine waves of synth undulating with prismatic chords which sparkle in a cosmic oblivion. A brief intro before that Daylight in a Nocturnal Scarescape rolls on minimalism arpeggios which skip nervously. Arpeggios which sparkle and hiccup beneath deaf percussions surrounded of a syncopated line. The rhythm swirling on a circular movement, fed by stroboscopic hoops, Daylight in a Nocturnal Scarescape unravels among smooth and musical synth solos which remind nostalgias of Vangelis. Warmth solos which are bumping on robust incisive orchestrations, howls of madden choirs and unbridled percussions, propelling the second portion of Daylight in a Nocturnal Scarescape towards a more rock approach with heavy guitar solos which fly over a rhythmic with frenzied chords and sequences. Chords and sequences on boosted rolling movements by their feverish echoes, joining drum strikes which pound an undisciplined pace by the effects of dramatic tearing from brief orchestral strata.
Prophecies of a Pagan is leading us into the dark corridors of Days of Delirium and Nocturnal NightMares with a foggy somber intro where weak and low pulsations of machineries resound around a lugubrious mephistophelic voice. A strange incantatrice and atmospheric intro that takes a kind of musical life with random strikes of a furious drum, strata of a roaring guitar and solos of a Mellotron synth. An odd sonorous amalgam filled with duality, as melodious as atmospheric, which stagnates in a cosmic musical broth from where deaf and heavy pulsations of a bass line mold a cadence that goes in growing.
Delicate arpeggios, à la Tangerine Dream on Tangram, emerge out of this intense sonorous magma where hatched guitar strata shape a cruel caustic world, but where Sandman’s Journey Through Sanity stays the course of the musical duality undertaken on Prophecies of a Pagan. We can hear there a synth line whistling a soft melody which will obsess us throughout the evolution of this track that seems to come out of Frank D Project territories with its slow minimalist tempo à la Mike Oldfield. Solitary guitar notes are mislaying there among percussions bursts, sinuous reverberations and chords which deeply collide, vestige of an untidy sequential universe recalling Rainbow Serpent’s. A fine sequence, more minimalism, pulses a light cadence which clear among limpid chords, molding more and more this soft and innocent synth line. Synth solos fuse, whereas Heijden’s drum rolls and hammers a more sustained cadence. And quietly, Sandman’s Journey Through Sanity goes out of its hypnotic torpor to embrace a rhythmic divided by the drum strikes and a sequence which is more and more livened up. A synth spits heavy symphonic strata, leading the way to a rhythmic that bites to full teeth with incisive guitar solos and delightful synth solos which wrap this innocent and frail melody that came out from somber galactic caves of its intro. A very strong track because very different from what Days of Delirium and Nocturnal NightMares presents.
Drowse at Dawn and Fearful Awakening are two tracks linked together but which have totally paradoxical universes. Drowse at Dawn evolves all in softness on a mesmerizing minimalist structure. Delicate arpeggios skip there, forming a cadence which finds its nervousness on the multiplicity of the chords skipping in loops. A fine minimalist and hypnotic sequential movement which flows as a prismatic stream beneath a sky shaded by a synth at once foggy and spectral which frees nebulous gas. The movement increases with the addition of finely hatched percussions and pulsations which mold a hypnotic pace where keyboard keys stroll with a jazzy approach. Skipping on a discreetly syncopated line, Drowse at Dawn sings under a sky covered by syncretic solos of a languishing synth and a foggy Mellotron.
A track which reminds me a bit the universe of The Who on Who Next and which continues its progression towards the stormy Fearful Awakening where heavy and almighty solos of guitars as well as crazy percussions burst out around robust solos of synth, bringing Days of Delirium and Nocturnal NightMares towards a finale which he couldn't avoid.
A finale models after this striking album which got to be the best in 2010. To say the least of what I heard until now. And this is Chapter One I just can't wait to hear Chapter II!
Sylvain Lupari / Guts of Darkness