- Torchlight (original version) [5:02]
- Waves of Wheels [3:56]
- Mona Lisa Smile [4:57]
- Love Sequence [6:58]
- Steel Sky Tales [5:18]
- Pause of Time [2:57]
- Eagle’s Dance [4:33]
- Lost in Madrid [4:28]
- Winterland (original version) [3:34]
- Epilogue [4:08]
- Angel in Dream [13:58]
- Omega Gate One [7:13]
- A New Life in Medresse [4:58]
- Karma [6:14]
Very melodic with great rhythms and tunes
The Cosmic Frequencies –
I’ve always loved electronic musik that can really touch my soul and this release is just one of them that can do that, I find Can Atilla‘s style to be his own, Not sounding like Tangerine Dream or Klaus Schulze or Jean Michel Jarre, It’s a beautifully created set of melodic pieces that will truly become a wonderful classic Love Sequence” is Excellent!!
2008. The Cosmic Frequencies“
Mall Smith / UK –
Wow what can I say, I’ve been a Tangerine Dream fan for a long time and always enjoyed the 80s and 90s TD era but of late have not enjoyed there music as much since Paul Haslinger departed then Linda Spa.
But I’ve found the music I’ve been hankering for in the shape of this fantastic album by Can Atilla.Very melodic and some great rhythms and tunes.
I just cant stop listening to it.
Another very happy English man
2003. Mall Smith / UK
Edgar Kogler –
Can Atilla shapes in this album a vigorous music, that flows between Synth-Pop and Space Sequencer Music, with incursions into the New Instrumental Music and evocations of Trance.
Though there are slow parts, much of the music has a lively rhythm. The sequencers have an important role in all the compositions. Can Atilla shows in this album a great sensitivity when it comes to creating passages dominated by warm, emotional melodies, together with others where the strong sequencer rhythms dominate.
A general trait of the album is the fact that the music happens to be very intense, vital, as if reflecting strong emotions.
2004. Edgar Kogler
Jim Brenholts –
Can Atilla a Turkish e-music impresario, released Waves on Wheels in 1998.
It is now available in a remastered and extended format on the Groove Unlimited label. It is pure retro and pure Berlin school but retro to a more recent era than listeners expect. This set harkens to the late 1980s and early 1990s somewhat unspectacular times for this style of e-music. However, Can has the moxy and virtuosity not to mention the temerity to make it work. It is easy to compare Can to Tangerine Dream from that era. It is not accurate. Can is much better and this disc is miles beyond the best TD of those years. It is great electronica as fans have come to expect and love from Groove!
2004. Jim Brenholts
Roel Steverink –
A lot of em-composers nowadays, after listening to their favorite music at home, decide to follow their predecessors and do their own material in this particular style. Can Atilla is one of them. Hes from Turkey and has won several prizes for composing, but I must remark that this seems to be his first album in this particular style.
Beside keyboards, Atilla did the drumming as well and got help from Eroglu on guitar and sax. You cant miss his devotion for the Optical Race album from Tangerine Dream.
He has filled a whole album with Optical Race soundalikes, but he did a good job and you actually cant hear the difference, or tell that these are Can Atillastracks.
The first ten tracks were recorded in 1996.
This is a must have for Optical Race-diehards, others would wisely avoid.
2004. Roel Steverink
Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity –
This CD from 2003 offers music which was originally released as a rare CD-R in 1998, and is now available in remastered form with additional material, featuring a total of 78 minutes of energetic electronic music by this talented Turkish synthesist.
Many electronic musicians find powerful inspiration in the music of Tangerine Dream, generally focusing those influences on TD‘s Seventies period style of lushly sequenced music.
Atilla, though, deviates from that model with this release, seeking to pay homage to other styles explored by TD during their long and varied career, specifically from the late Eighties and early Nineties.
Joining Atilla on these tracks are: Cenk Eroglu on guitar, and Meric Demirkol on saxophone.
Dense layers of crystalline keyboards are laced with lively chords and heavenly textures. Charismatic riffs explode with verve and determination, echoing within the craniums of the audience long after the CD has finished playing. There is little use of cyclic patterns; instead, Atilla pursues a constant accretion of variations, keeping the melodies active and relentlessly evolving.
Thrillingly vibrant guitar, emphatic sax, and dynamic percussion add greatly to this expansive magnificence. The guitar licks soar with fiery splendor, catching the audience’s collective breath with each successive escalation of enthusiasm. Sustains are tortured to produce monstrous pinnacles of ecstasy. The saxophones are vivacious and steeped in celestial glorification. The rhythms evoke a potent fervor, propelling the melodies with appealing tempos of great distinction.
Exuding a pleasantly insistent quality, these melodies churn with passion and cerebral impact.
A transcendental glory permeates the tune age, infinitely satisfying and rewarding.
2004. Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity
Paul Rijkens / SonicImmersion.org –
Not surprisingly, the music of Tangerine Dream continues to be a source of inspiration for other musicians and very often people simply try to copy it.
Some do this very well. Most of the time the result is classic TD music harking back to the seventies.
Can Atilla however takes the other route.
On the album Waves Of Wheels he is clearly inspired by TDs late-eighties and early-nineties sound, which is quite unusual.
This also accounts for the fact that Can is from Turkey and there are not too many electronic musicians there.
Waves Of Wheels was originally released as a CD-R only in 1998 and is now available as a remastered version, coupled with some new and unreleased tracks.
Cans music is very neatly played and recorded, showing a lot of respect for his source of inspiration.
Certain pieces, like Torchlight with its great sequences and lead guitar by Cenk Eroglu, and Mona Lisa Smile featuring Meric Demirkol on sax, sound as if they could have stemmed from TD albums like 220 Volt Live and Rockoon while Destination Berlin would have made a good host for the albums title track.
But there is more to it like the romantic sounding Love Sequence and Winterland.
In my opinion though this period didnt produce the best TD albums and some of the tracks sound quite commercial and danceable, which is not exactly my cup of tea.
Can has made another album with TD-inspired material, Ave, which was dedicated to the 30th anniversary of TD.
The new track Angel In Dream also sounds like a homage to 35 years of TD.
2004. Paul Rijkens / SonicImmersion.org
Phil Derby / Electroambient Space –
This reissue of Can Atillas 1996 recording has been remastered, and includes three additional tracks from 1998 and one from 2003.
Torchlight” is so eerily similar to Tangerine Dream from the early 90s that it is virtually indistinguishable from the genuine article
hyperborea / UK –
His tendancy to want to emulate 80’s/90’s TD may not be to everyone’s liking but I recommend his albums to anyone who loves the Tangerine Dream output from this era.
2005. hyperborea / UK
Theodoros Sotiropoulos –
Melodic and rhythmical album, style Tangerine Dream and Jean Micheal Jarre.
Really a good album.
2005. Theodoros Sotiropoulos
Ivan / Bolivia –
Thank for this album.
2010. Ivan / Bolivia
Paul Armstrong / UK –
I HAVE THE CDR OF THIS ALBUM AND THE MUSIC IS WONDERFUL AND WAS ONLY LET DOWN BY THE MASTERING.
I know Groove will do a great job when you issue this. Great music, great musicians, good luck and any synth fans out there who have never heard this are in for a treat. Wonderful, you have made me a very happy Englishman.
2003. Paul Armstrong / UK