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Expressing Loss Through Creative Music

Frédéric L’Épée – The Empty Room (2019)

French guitarist and composer Frédéric L’Épée explores various genres within the context of progressive music, ranging from classic progressive rock to ambient and looped electronic music and avant-garde explorations.

Frédéric L’Épée is best known as founder of the progressive rock band Shylock in 1974 (reunited again since 2012), the guitar band Philharmonie in 1988, the instrumental quartet Yang in 2002, and the acoustic rock band Lobotonics in 2008.

Frédéric L’Épée – The Empty Room

Additionally, L’Épée is also a solo performer, a contemporary music composer, and takes part in several collective projects (e-werk, Steppe Scape).

The Empty Room relates to the emotions experienced by individuals who face one day the loss of a beloved person. L’Épée started co,mposing the material in The Empty Room nine years ago. The process was long as L’Épée suffered several big losses in his life during that time. “The Empty Room is about mourning, but it doesn’t make it a sad album,” says L’Épée. Rather, it is a questioning about loss, letting go or managing pain. “How grief can turn into a vessel of serenity and peace. Though we all have to face it one day or another, the process is different for each of us.”

L’Épée believs that only music can carry such deep and subtle feelings.

The lineup includes André Fisichella and Volodia Brice on drums; Nico Gómez on bass; Laurent James and Frédéric L’Epée on guitars; and Olivier Innocenti on bayan.

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Fusion and Electronics Around the Drums

Manu Katché ‎– The Scope (Anteprima Productions, 2019)

French drummer, singer, songwriter and composer explores various genres on his ninth album, The Scope. The biggest innovation on The Scope is the addition of various forms of electronica.

Manu Katché ‎– The Scope

The highlights include the superb opening instrumental piece, “Keep Connexion,” where jazz fusion meets funk and West African kora; “Glow,” a track where soulful male and female vocals combine funk jazz with chamber strings; “Overlooking,” a piece where jazz fusion meets chilled electronica and Latin jazz; the exquisite and mesmerizing trip hop meets funk jazz song “Please Do”; the song “Don’t U Worry” where rock, edgy electronica and neosoul are intertwined; and the bluesy “Goodbye For Now.”

On the downside, the prerequisite, annoying hip hop song and a cheesy electropop bonus track.

The lineup includes Jerome Regard on bass; Manu Katché on drums and vocals; Patrick Manouguian on guitar; and Jim Henderson on keyboards and programming.

Guests include Jim Grandcamp on guitar; Kandia Kouyaté on kora; Faada Freddy on vocals; Jazzy Bazz on vocals; Jonatha Brooke on vocals; Frédéric Kret on cello; Michael Nguyen on viola; Hugues Borsarello on violin; Kayla Galland on vocals; and Alexandre Tassel on flugelhorn.

Tony Palmer & Tangerine Dream Announce “Live At Coventry Cathedral 1975” Deluxe Box Set

Tangerine Dream – Live at Coventry Cathedral 1975

 “Live at Coventry Cathedral 1975” is the title of an exclusive box set of Tangerine Dream’s filmed and directed by Tony Palmer.

In December 1974, German electronic music pioneers Tangerine Dream were invited to play in the grand setting of Rheims Cathedral, a groundbreaking move. Afterwards, they were then invited to perform in the cathedrals of York, Liverpool and Coventry. The tour attracted extraordinary coverage in the media, especially at Coventry Cathedral, an iconic building rising on the ruins of the old cathedral bombed to rubble by the Germans in 1940, as a celebration of peace and reconciliation, as well as a lasting showcase for great contemporary art.

This DVD features the live recording soundtrack (unlike the previous issue), and also contains footage of Tangerine Dream from the legendary music program, All You Need is Love.

This deluxe box set brings together both the film DVD and memorabilia together for the first time, along with a signed and numbered certificate by Tony Palmer, the director.

To pre-order: burningshed.com

Mesmeric Electron Birth

Steve Roach – Electron Birth (Timeroom Editions, 2018)

Electronic music wizard Steve Roach recorded Electron Birth in front of a live audience during a remarkable performance at Tucson’s Galactic Center on February 11, 2018.

The album Electron Birth consists of 54:49-minute long progressive electronic music piece titled “Electron Birth” and a second composition called “Cloud Currents.”

Steve Roach’s electronic styles vary from album to album. In this case, Steve delivers a transfixing set of intricate, multilayered and constantly evolving, fast-paced electronic pulses generated by sequencers and other devices along with shape-shifting harmonic layers. This is the new generation of what is known as the Berlin-style of electronic music.

After the high energy construction, Steve takes the listener to another level of consciousness with “Cloud Currents.” It’s a dreamy, peaceful and delightful track of morphing ambient music that lets you sit down and relax.

The instruments used on Electron Birth include Oberheim Xpander, Emu Esynth, Korg Wavestation, Nordlead 2 and 4, TTSH Arp 2600 clone and Eurorack expander, Doepfer MAQ 16 Sequencer, DSI Mono Evolver, and Mackie VLZ 4 – 32 channel mixer.

Dina El Wedidi Explores Ambience and the Sounds of Trains

Dina El Wedidi – Slumber (Kirkelig Kulturverksted, 2018)

Egyptian artist Dina El Wedidi is known as a vocalist, composer and percussionist who performs world music rooted in Egyptian tradition. Her new album Slumber takes her in a totally new direction.

On Slumber, Dina El Wedidi enters the world of electronic music and sound experimentation in the studio. For two years, she worked with the sounds from various Egyptian train stations, people in the streets and moving trains, including train whistles. The result is a set of electronically processed music featuring ambient music layers, trance-like percussion generated by trains and Dina El Wedidi’s dream-like vocals.

Dina El Wedidi’s previous recordings include Aswan (2013), Jinja (2014) and Turning Back – Tedawar W’Tergaa (2014).

Slumber is a transfixing, masterfully-crafted and accessible experimental album by the multifaceted Egyptian artist Dina El Wedidi.

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Entrancing Ambience from Laraaji, Arji OceAnanda and Dallas Acid

Laraaji • Arji OceAnanda • Dallas Acid – Arrive Without Leaving (2018)

Arrive Without Leaving is a fascinating collaboration that brings together various artists involved with acoustic and electronic ambient music, minimalism and sounds explorations.

On Arrive Without Leaving, Laraaji, Arji OceAnanda and Dallas Acid take the listener on a spellbinding voyage through mesmeric music, combining evolving electronic layers, mystical flutes and Laraaji’s signature sound on the electrified zither.

The lineup includes Laraaji on electrified zither, mbira, percussion, electronics, voice, ThumbJam electric violin, samples; Arji OceAnanda on percussion, ThumbJam strings, ThumbJam flute, Peruvian cacho seed pods, hand chimes, mbira, shakers; and Dallas Acid, featuring Linda Beecroft on steel tongue drum, gong; Michael Gerner on Moog synthesizers and Mellotron; and Christian Havins
Pn Moog synthesizers and Mellotron.

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The Material Turn, First Techno EP Made Entirely By Self Made DIY Robots

Classically trained media artist and robotic musician Moritz Simon Geist has released his debut EP “The Material Turn” on his newly formed label Sonic Robots Records. The EP precedes the release of Geist’s full length album, “Robotic Electronic Music” on November 16.

The EP and LP, both co-produced with Berlinian sound wizards from Mouse On Mars, are the first techno records played entirely by self-made futuristic robots, including small motors that beat on metal, futuristic 3D-printed robo-kalimbas, and salvaged parts from old hard drives that click and cut. It took Geist several years to build, tweak, test and play all his DIY robotic instruments which push the boundaries of the imaginable. With these releases Geist explores the unknown and the futuristic world of techno robotics.

When you listen to robots playing, you realize, that they sound precise, but in contrast to digital sounds they transport an immense organic feeling,” says Geist. “No beat is like the other, everything is played with actual acoustic physicality and thus actual error. At the same time, the repetitive nature of the robots make it perfect for playing electronic music. It’s industrial and organic.”

Mortiz Simon Geist will be announcing US Tour Dates including an official SXSW showcase and panel/presentation this March.

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Rone Releases Animation Video Mirapolis

French electronic music artist and producer Rone (Erwan Castex) has released a new music video titled Mirapolis. The video was envisioned by his sister, illustrator Aurélie Castex.

The concept is: in infinite space, a tiny woman pilots a paper plane. On the Mirapolis planet, among a crowd of extravagant characters, a man swallows it by accident. He finds himself instantly tiny on his turn. Then he goes through a crazy race. He will cross giant shoes, dive into the seabed of a tin can, climbs on a planet that smokes a pipe… until a big party in which a merry and motley crowd dances on the shoulders of a giant: Rone.

“Mirapolis” is one of the last solo tracks that Rone composed in the spring of 2017, while thinking about the live performance: “I wanted to record a festive track, which completely stands by its “funfair” vibe.”

This new video is combined with the release of a new four-track EP including 3 exclusive remixes by Laurent Garnier, Johannes Brecht and Matias Aguayo on October 5th.

Rone’s discography includes Mirapolis, Tohu Bonus, Creatures and Spanish Breakfast.

Regular illustrator for Elle France magazine and Le Parisien Magazine, Aurélie Castex has also contributed to issues of Vogue Japan, Velvet Italia, Common & Sense, Flaunt and GQ. After graduating from l’École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, she worked a year for Givenchy parfums before starting her professional free-lance activity in collaboration with her friend Claire Laude under the name Mesdemoiselles. They created many visual identities using drawing and illustration with chic and squeaky humor.

Now Aurélie is working in her own Parisian studio. She likes to draw funny pictures, to tell stories and to imagine animated movies for famous institutions and brands such as Paul & Joe, the Grand Palais, A La Mère de Famille, Hôtel Particulier Montmartre, Château Troplong-Mondot St Emilion Grand Cru or Chaumet.

Millimetrik Releases New Music Video “Adoration Lights”

Electronic music artist Millimetrik has released a music video tiled “Adoration Lights”. The piece will be include in his upcoming album set to be released next fall on Coyote Records. The transfixing piece combines electronic music and psychedelic rock.

 

 

Millimetrik’s previous recordings include Lonely Lights, Northwest Passage’s New Era and Fog Dreams.

Deep into the Dreamtime Zone

Steve Roach – Return To the Dreamtime (Timeroom Editions, 2018)

Thirty years after the seminal electronic music album Dreamtime Return (Fortuna Records, 1998), trailblazing synthesist Steve Roach has released a double album titled Return To the Dreamtime.

This recreation of the original music is an expanded version created and recorded live at the Galactic Center in Tucson, Arizona, on February 10, 2018.

The project came out after Roach remastered Dreamtime Return for the 30th anniversary. Roach wanted to magnify and present this music live for the first time since the early 1990s. In order to do this, Steve Roach had to locate the archived sounds, samples, and location recordings he made in 1987 and 1988. Thankfully, the files were still cataloged and warehoused in his studio.

Disc 1 begins with a mammoth Berlin-style, sequencer-based piece called “Towards the Dream.” After that, Steve Roach goes deep into the spellbinding dreamzone, incorporating marvelous soundscapes and tribal sounds featuring distant drums and aboriginal musical instruments like the didgeridoo.

Return To the Dreamtime is a masterful performance by the prolific Steve Roach, one of the great electronic music artists of our time.

Buy Return To The Dreamtime from steveroach.bandcamp.com