Sequencer Rarities is a compilation of pieces which were created around the same time I released six albums with Groove Records (2000 - 2007). The tracks here were never included on any of my Groove albums, and in fact the majority have never been previously released.|
- Solar Flares
- Kinetic Flow
- Blue Waves
- Wind In The Trees
- Summers at Ruby Bay
Written in 1998, this is an out-take from my album Twilight and was created as a companion track to Summa Cum Laude. This track is dedicated to my good friend Barbara Stone and her sister Alison.
2. Solar Flares
Written in 2003, the year after my album Concerts in the USA, this is a semi-live studio recording and uses many of the techniques I employed for my USA concerts. It was originally written for my good friend Mike Valent.
3. Kinetic Flow
Written in 2000, this piece uses the same techniques as used in Kinetic Flow and was released on a CD-R which accompanied Mick Garlick's Sequences magazine.
4. Blue Waves
A live studio improvisation from around 2005.
5. Wind In The Trees
A semi-live recording from 2007, this was another track originally created for my good friend Mike Valent.
6. Summers at Ruby Bay
One of the first sequencer tracks I ever created. It was written at my father's house in Ruby Bay, New Zealand, during a very productive two-week summer holiday at the end of 1995. During that same time, I created many of the tracks that would end up on my first pressed-CD albums Twilight and The Healing Lake.
All the music on this album was recorded direct to stereo digital tape from a Yamaha SY77 synthesizer (plus on some tracks a Kurzweil K2000R sampler), driven via MIDI by a 1-megabyte Apple MacIntosh running Mark Of the Unicorn Performer 2.31+ software. External processing included a Lexicon MPX100 reverb and two Zoom 508 digital delays. Final mastering was done on ProTools at The Video Factory.
I am forever grateful to (in chronological order): Barbara Stone, Gerard Hueting, Dave Law, Bert Strolenberg, Fritz Couwenberg, Kees Aerts, Ron Boots, Eric Snelders, Mick Garlick, Mike Valent, Chuck van Zyl, Paul Ellis, Robert Carty, plus all the others who encouraged me to to explore this style of sequencer music during the time that these tracks were created.
Rudy Adrian, January 2017
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A humming is seizing our ears of its slow agony. The same ears hear prisms singing whereas the vibration unties a more ethereal sound thread where we can even feel voices humming between our ears. A slight pulsation turns up. Hopping as in a rodeo without a way out, the structure of "Sisters" invites then some percussions and other percussive effects to join this harmonious movement of which the jerks tear up a bag of cosmic elements. Soft and floating, the rhythmic structure of "Sisters" pours nevertheless against other percussive elements and more crystal clear dominating sequences, so giving a more detailed dimension to this title that Rudy Adrian composed in 1998 for his Twilight album. Par Avion - Sequencer Sketches Vol. 4, realized by Groove in 2007 was the last fiesta of sequenced rhythms that the New Zealand synthesist offered to the Berlin School aficionados. And still there, our friend Rudy found a way to insert a lot of ambient ph a ses which had diluted a little the vision of his suite of Sequencer Sketches albums. Setting on 6 superb jewels of an EM which flirts between the borders of the Belin School and the melodious sequenced approaches of the Netherlands School, “Sequencer Rarities” is a mine of sequences which confront and melt together in epic fights where the rhythms and the melodies are not doing any winner, otherwise the audiophile. Although written between various periods, the music here flows like a long river of ambient, melodic and lively rhythms which Ron Boots has polished up with his usual dexterity. "Solar Flares" is thus following the path with the somber lost breezes of "Sisters". Layers of voice and of effects lay down a tide of melancholy whereas are tinkling in the background some reserved chords. The rhythm arises from these sequenced rhythmic matrices of the 70's. More specifically the era of Tangerine Dream with Franke and Baumann on board as well as Froese and his mythical harmoniou s solos which liquefy in strange caramelized mist. The melodious approach unique to the style of Adrian completes this delicious music composed at the time of Concerts in the USA, back in 2003. Knocks of reams in the water and a wide veil of opalescent sounds substance, "Kinetic Flow" proposes a nice introduction of melancholic vibes with a very Vangelis synth which scatters its gloom such as a saxophonist and his bruised soul lonely at midnight. Written at the same time of the album of the same name in on 2000, "Kinetic Flow" is the only title which has already appeared officially in an album of compilations from the British monthly magazine Sequences. The proposed structure is in the pure Berlin School tradition with hypnotic sequences which skip such as in a potato bags races, with runners in shape all the same, where fluctuate synth solos under harmonious forms and where is also added another thine line of rhythmic sequences which is splashing of sound effects.
This rhythm fi lled with oscillating loops overflows into structure "Blue Waves", a title composed in 2005 but which strangely sounds very much like "Kinetic Flow". With its 23 minutes, "Wind in The Trees" is the most recent composition in “Sequencer Rarities”. In an approach semi improvised, a delicate piano dances with the sibylline synth waves which decorate its introduction. The melody is melancholic with strong notes which resound in this veil of effects of an astral blue. My old ears hear a seraphic choir, but they can be fooled as well by these lines which melt themselves in a harmonious continuity sculptured now by the synth. The sequences jostle these peaceful moments with a structure of rhythm which aims to be more and more in the kind of Phaedra. By bringing subtle variances to this structure of ambient rhythm and which adopts nevertheless the pace of a train through cosmic plains and mountains, Rudy Adrian sprays abundantly the evolution of "Wind in The Trees" with good solos which ar e as much harmonious as free of any melodic contributions. I find many similarities between this title, which was written in 2007, and the structure of compositions in Par Avion - Sequencer Sketches Vol. 4, in particular with the title Bavarian Eagle. No it's not Tubular Bells from Mike Oldfield, although the notes of piano which tinkle brightly in the opening of "Summers at Ruby Bay", and nevertheless …
The oldest of the compositions in “Sequencer Rarities”, "Summers at Ruby Bay" is this ideal title to explain the foundations of the minimalist music assisted by a sequencer. The ghost ritornello of this brilliant melody of the English musician swirls over its 7 minutes, giving the necessary space for Rudy Adrian to annex on it a multitude of parallel and nearby lines, so creating an immense effect of Spirograph of which the hypnotic loops are besieged by various effects and other sequences which skip such as these graceful water dancers' pairs of legs. Splendid and intrusive, "Su mmers at Ruby Bay" concludes a Rudy Adrian's very solid album and certainly the best of his Sequencer Sketches adventures. An inescapable for all the fans of sequencer-based style EM, like this good old Berlin School.
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