Hans van Kroonenburg a.k.a Skoulaman, started experimenting with electronic music in the late 70's after encountering the music from artists like Vangelis, TD, JMJ, Kraftwerk and many others. Being fascinated by the music, and as a curious person Skoulaman wondered how all these sounds were created and soon bought his first keyboard, a Solina electronic organ, to find out. Slowly more synthesizers and effects were added to the collection, which until today fill up his cozy home studio.|
- Coloured Glass - [11:26]
- Foreign Woods - [13:56]
- E.C.2 - [12:38]
- Rumble - [13:57]
- Ocean and Air Guitar - [8:07]
- Coloured Glass Alternate - [17:49]
This being the first Skoulaman album that's being released under the Groove label, makes it a special occasion. Also the recording process was a bit more special than usually. Where normally a track would be created completely spontaneous during the moment of recording, this time a more structured approach was needed to be able to reproduce the songs during live performances. The fact that Skoulaman plays his songs completely live without backing track or computer, made it even more challenging.
On all the tracks the arpeggiator of the Moog Little Phatty was used as a base sequencing pattern. On some songs sounds recorded in nature were added to the intro (birds from a forest in Boschoord Netherlands / Evening atmosphere Monopoly Italy / and streaming water in Wilnis, the town where I live).
As always reverbs and echoes play a big part in Skoulamans sounds. On 2 tracks Skoulamans son, Rik van Kroonenburg plays electric guitar to beef up the sound.
The title 'Next steps in evolution' is chosen because of the constant evolution of Skoulamans music. Creating an album under the Groove Label creates a great step in this evolution.
Hans van Kroonenburg 05-03-2018
Instruments used for this album are a mix of analog and digital (build from 1982 until 2018):
Kawai K1r/K4 (choir sound!!)
Roland Juno 106 / SH32 / U110 (leadsolo/pads/e-piano)
Waldorf micro Q / Streichfett (effects/pads)
Korg DS8 / 03r-w / 05r-w (solo's/effects/pads)
Moog Little Phatty (the high range notes in the sequences)
Vermona Perfourmer (mid - high range tones in sequences)
Realistic Concertmate MG-1 (The bass notes in the sequences)
Dreadbox NYX (solo with a lot off reverb!)
Yamaha REV100 (first delay, for the Samson mixer)
Alesis Microverb 4 (first reverb, for the Samson mixer in combination with the
GLX CE-100 Chorus ensemble to fatten up the reverb)
Alesis MicroVerb 3 (second delay, for the Korg mixer)
Lexicon MPX100 (second reverb, for the Korg mixer)
NUX Time Core (used for creating stereo tap delay with the DS8)
Electrix Mo-Fx (panning/flanging and widening the stereo for the SH32)
Korg KM122 mixer
Samson PL1602 mixer
Digital Music Processor MX8 Midi patch bay processor
Moogerfooger CP251 signal processor
Bheringer BCN44 / BCR2200 midi controllers
Doepfer MCV4 midi to cv converter
LTD EC-401VF E-guitar with a pedal board filled with:
Boss DSD3 Digital sampler delay
HBE Big "D" distortion
Digitech Multi Chorus
Nano LPB-1 Liniear power booster
All the audio signals of the equipment were sent to a Spirit Folio Rack Pack and recorded live, each track of the album, in one stereo track with a Tascam DP006 digital recorder. After recording the track was premastered with Ableton Live 8 and mastered at Dreamscape studio.