Ken Martin has been composing & playing electronic music for 40 years. He's developed his own unique blend of Berlin school & space music that hearkens back to the golden age of instrumental synth music. "Berlin Impressions" is a tribute to the early Berlin electronic music scene - gone are the days of analog production - this CD is a homage to the old electronic sounds created with the latest technology.
Having re-released a large part of Tangerine Dream's back catalog in 2009, the Germany based Membran label released the box set The Electronic Journey in September 2010. It contains ten full-length albums from the Membran catalog, all repackaged in cardboard sleeves and put together in a cardboard box. Recording date 1982-2006.
This is a recording of the live concert held at Burg Herzberg Krautrock/Hippie festival from 7/15/99. A kind of Woodstock in Germany with a lot of bands. Sounding from psychedelic rock to berlin school electronic. Release features one track each from seven different artists that played at the festival. A couple of really good cuts here include Ashra's (aka Ash Ra Temple) eighteen-minute "Twelve Samples" and the Hypnotix eleven-minute piece "Roots". Top of the line what many might refer to as new age/world music. The Dissidenten tune "Instinctive Traveler" hit sort of like a Gong wanna be. Tunes here from Sunya Beat, Edgar Broughton, Caravan and Might As Well are so-so.
Pointless Reminder (1999). Free System Projekt is Marcel Engels. "Pointless Reminder" delivers 56 minutes of supercharged electronic music directly evolved from the Berlin School. In fact, this music is quite immersed in that sound, with rich synthesizer sweeps and sinuous E-perc rhythms and seething walls of sequencer loops. Strong melodies imbibe these sounds with grand majesty and affluent energy. Sequencer cycles expand to brilliantly expressive capacity in tandem with thick tonalities lurking in the background. Interesting chords flow through this mix, sparkling like luminous hummingbirds. With song lengths of ten and sixteen minutes, these tracks are allowed ample time to evolve into refined compositions, glowing with tremendous maturity…
Bernd Kistenmacher is a German producer and musician specialised in spherical "kosmische" synthscapes. He started his career in the 80's with a handful of sonic, epic synthesized electronic efforts taking inspiration from Klaus Schulze and the Berlin electronic school. His musical releases deliver complex, achieved floating dreamy-like melodies floating throw deep cerebral spaces. Published in 1987, "Wake up in the sun" can be considered among his classic albums. He also collaborated with the drummer and synthesist Harald Grosskopf (Wallenstein, Klaus Schulze, The Cosmic Jockers…) for the long piece "Stadtgarten Live". In 1988 Bernd created "Musique Intemporelle" - a label, which, although didn't last long, managed to gain a cult status among EM connoisseurs.
Alpha Wave Movement (established 1992) is the electronic music project of Gregory T. Kyryluk. Alpha Wave Movement's musical style can be considered ambient, New Age, some space rock, and the classic 1970s period German style electronic music otherwise known as Berlin school and the ambient aesthetics of Brian Eno, and Steve Roach.
A superb combination at this live event, held 1991 in Cologne. The two musicians joined their forces to create an outstanding work of Berlin School / rhythm and drum music. 3 long pieces show a good expresion of the evening. Overall, a synth album with plenty of live atmosphere, an attractive and unusual emphasis on live drums, and involving variations from abstract to highly integrated sounds.