1. Dead Planet
  2. Air Machine MP3 soundclip of Air machine [3:00]
  3. Insomnia
  4. Hyperventilate
  5. All has stopped
  6. Breathe
  7. Cold Steel
  8. The Thin Line
  9. Marbles
  10. Memories of Waves
Frank van Bogaert - Grand Piano, electric piano, synthesizers, string arrangements, bass, percussion and drum programming, vocals on 'Breathe'.
Erik Wøllo - electric and acoustic guitars, guitar synthesizer
Marcus Weymare - drums
Walter Mets - percussion
Rudy 'Mindgames' vander Veken - additional guitar on 'Insomnia'

Air Machine is Belgian composer and producer Frank Van Bogaert’s eighth solo album.
On this album his trade mark lush sound gets even richer because of the contribution of Norwegian guitar player Erik Wøllo as well as some other experienced studio session players.
The 50-minutes of music still has the Van Bogaert-approach, but the music is more spread-out, at times the melodic approach and "Vangelis-sound" has moved to the background, leaving room for some to-the-point guitar work by Erik Wøllo.
This digipak cd comes with some stunning, very clean artwork, of which the music itself took over two years to compose and mix. Air Machine takes you on a beautiful musical voyage going from relaxing to even progressive rock influenced songs. It’s actually Frank’s first concept album, dealing with the environmental issue threatening our planet, and thus affecting us all.
A truly gorgeous album.

Press Information "Air Machine" by Belgian composer, producer and musician Frank Van Bogaert is a privately released cd, which sees him collaborate with Erik Wøllo on a few tracks, besides exploring quite some new musical territories. The digi-pack cd comes with some stunning, very clean artwork, of which the music itself took over two years to compose and mix.
It’s actually Frank’s first concept album, dealing with the environmental issue threatening our planet, and thus affecting us all. The 50-minutes of music still has the Van Bogaert-approach, but the music is more spread-out, at times the melodic approach and "Vangelis-sound" has moved to the background, leaving room for some to-the-point guitar work by Erik Wøllo.

Of all tracks, especially the smoothly rocking "Hyperventilate" is a nice hybrid of the style of both musicians, including some spacious choirs on top. This is followed by the nice, intimate "All has stopped", taking the slow lane for 4,5 minutes, but the air machine shift into higher gear as another strong piece ("Breathe") announces itself. This rhythmic, melodic outing fits more into Frank’s familiar style, and even sees him sing nicely.
The atmospheric "Cold Steel" is a highlight as well, although I noticed some light distortion in the airy female singing, after which the smooth, multi-layered "The Thin Line" fits in Van Bogaert’s grand sounding style again. The heart-warming final track almost sounds like an ode for a better, more balanced world. Although rather different compared to his tradition trade, "Air Machine" reveals another interesting level of Frank’s musicianship.

Due to the satisfying and fruitful collaboration on this cd, Frank and Erik have decided they should work on a future full Wøllo/Van Bogaert album.

Bert Strolenberg / Sonic Immersion I’ve already been raving about Frank Van Bogaert several times. His albums ‘Human’ (2002) and ‘Nomads’ (2007) are among the crème de la crème of contemporary electronic music. This is due to the compositional quality, the monumental and overwhelming melodies, the strong rhythms, his technically strong playing and the beautiful and crystal clear production.
His latest ‘Air Machine’ is a concept album on which Van Bogaert sees the earth in a metaphorical way as a failing air production machine. This caused by age but most of all by abuse of man. This concept as well as the imagination evoking music could have been of big support to Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’

On ‘Air Machine’ Van Bogaert collaborates with Norwegian guitarist Erik Wøllo.
Erik’s atmospheric guitar style adds an extra dimension to the already rich compositions and sound of Van Bogaert. The strong rhythm section is not only provided by Van Bogaert’s keys and bass but also by percussionist Walter Mets and drummer Marcus Weymaere. Again the production quality is of the highest level, just listen to those hits in ‘Insomnia’, the quality of your speakers is tested here. Besides the influences of Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and most of all Vangelis, Van Bogaert really has his own sound because his work is immediately recognizable.

Opener ‘Dead Planet‘ continues a bit in the style of ‘Nomads’, beautiful melodies and rich orchestration as if it were a classical symphony.
So also the strong ‘The Thin Line’. But Van Bogaert dares to explore other territories as we can hear in the jazzy ‘All Has Stopped’ on which the fretless bass playing is on par with the greatest.
Getting Wøllo on board shows that Van Bogaert wants to explore new territories and not get stuck in electronic music only.
And this is how it should be with progressive music ! ‘Cold Steel’ with its choir arrangement just gives me goose flesh, that strong is the emotion !

Once more Frank Van Bogaert has topped whatever he has done before or the least one could say is that he easily manages to maintain the high quality level of his previous works.
This is a big compliment because we all know how hard it is to stay on top. But that’s just were he stays, no doubt.

2009. Harry 'JoJo' de Vries This release from 2009 offers 50 minutes of stately electronic music.
Van Bogaert plays: grand piano, electric piano, synthesizers, string arrangements, bass, percussion, drum programming, and vocals on one track. Wollo plays: electric and acoustic guitars, and guitar synthesizer. They are joined on this recording by: Marcus Weymaere (on drums), Walter Mets (on percussion), and Rudy Vander Veken (on additional guitar on one track).

Stately electronics and astral guitars create inspired tuneage supported by sinuous rhythms. Textural flows establish shimmering auralscapes that serve as backdrops for lush electronics. Keyboards delineate majestic melodies of expansive properties. A blend of synthesizers and piano evokes a well-rounded sound, contrasting cosmic airs with organic flairs. The keyboards generally display a rich emotional power, but there are also instances of gentle contemplation in which delicate passages instill a soothing luminosity.
The guitars inject a searing nature that brims with unrestrained puissance. Emphatic guitar passages lift the music to stratospheric altitudes with their nimble pyrotechnics. This ebullience is tempered by the occasional appearance of acoustic guitars, lending an earthy touch to the overall grandeur.
The percussion bolsters the noble music with motivational locomotion, providing rhythms that are tastefully immersed in the mix instead of overwhelming things. One track features vocals.

These compositions tell the tale of a geological machine (our planet) whose atmospheric production is threatened by age and abuse. This fragility is communicated by the music, but each tune mixes objective concern with a very human optimism that a curative solution is within reach, conveying dire anxiety seasoned by hopeful outcomes. Each track urges the listener to embrace their reliance on the planet and act to save their home from self-induced failure. The uplifting music is flavored with a touch of melancholic unease, stimulating a sense of hopeful sympathy for the endangered environment.

2009. Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity Belgian composer Frank Van Bogaert’s new album is a collaboration with Norwegian guitar player Erik Wøllo. It’s also Frank’s first concept album.
All tracks together tell the story of a failing Air production machine, the Air Machine. This concept has also been impressively interpreted by graphic designer Michal Karcz. His cover design reminds us of the works of Pablo Magne or Hipgnosis. The album has 10 tracks in which Frank and Erik, besides the typical electronic elements, also use a lot elements and influences out of Progressive Rock. The latter is mostly due to the atmospheric guitar parts of Erik.

With ‘Dead Planet’ the album opens very atmospheric and symphonic. One has the feeling to be standing on the edge of a vast landscape over which the wind blows. Then Frank’s monumental music kicks in, working like an overture or a soundtrack. The song closes with only wind, leaving the listener in a somehow sad mood.
Mechanical sounds open the second track ‘Air Machine’. The basic melody of this track is first played on the piano. Then the goose flesh evoking Guitar synthesizer takes over. Besides Mark Dwane only Erik Wøllo can play this instrument in such a sensitive way. Both piano and guitar interact in such a way that they build a real tension, the frontiers between Electronic and Rock music vanish.
‘Insomnia’, with its over eight minutes playing time the longest track of the album, is a slowly evolving, fascinating track with atmospheric guitars and very beautiful synth lines. Enchanting atmospheres and moods are created, touching the listener’s soul.
‘Hyperventilate’, which has a more rhythmic feel, is again being carried by luscious piano playing. The track evolves into a rocky one because of the drum programming.
‘All has Stopped’ takes us back to a slow and loungy pace whereas swirling synths and exciting rhythms in the track ‘Breathe’ make sure the power is back on. This song also has very beautiful melody lines but the special thing about it is Frank’s singing. His relaxing way of singing really fits the song and once more gives the album an unexpected turn. The percussion gives this track a slight ethnic touch.
The next four tracks continue in this rich atmospheric and mood full style, of which ‘The Thin Line’, with acoustic guitar, has a very epic and also classical feel. When the collaboration between Frank and Erik results in such fantastic tracks, I can only say ‘I want more’.

This album is really addictive because the melodies and harmonies are so’stay in the head’. Both have delivered a truly gorgeous album that I can only highly recommend to both fans of Electronic music and melodical Progressive rock.

2009. Stephan Schelle / Muzikzirkus Magazine Frank Van Bogaert has done it again with a rich tapestry of melodic majestic sounds. Long compared to Vangelis, by now he should really be recognized on his own merits for his skillful dramatic flair.

"Dead Planet" sounds anything but, a sweeping, lively introduction with an epic feel. This moves seamlessly into the title track, with powerful piano and airy synths for atmosphere. I continue to marvel that Van Bogaert hasn't been "discovered" yet beyond the EM community, as his signature sound seems built for mass appeal, and I mean that as a compliment. He is ably aided by Erik Wøllo, no slouch himself in the art of emotive EM compositions.
"Insomnia" is breathy and airy, with a light tribal touch on percussion. Both acoustic and electric guitars by Wøllo add just the right touches, blending never overpowering.
"Breathe" includes vocals, something I'm never crazy about in my electronic music, but it works well as far as that goes.
A synth like a female choir works well in the next track, "Cold Steel" adding atmosphere to an album already loaded with it. Recommended.

2010. Phil Derby / Electroambient Space