Hypnotic Beats (1990). The title "Hypnotic Beats", happily, doesn’t mean that this album, Schönwälder’s second since 1990, has something to do with modern rhythms, though, the music is more rhythmic than on its predecessor "The Eye Of The Chameleon". This recording has a great sequence, some nice rhythms, and, on top of this, a lot of atmosphere…
Thomas Fanger and Mario Schönwälder from the famous Manikin label play wonderful Berlin School Retro electronic music similar to Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream. Bas Broekhuis adds drums on the last track. Some very long and contemplative tracks on this 2CD set.
These two artists were just made to work together. All their albums as a team have provided a different listening experience but all have been superb. The opening track uses a style of sequence and very similar sounds to what you would find on Peter Baumann's magnificent first two solo albums 'Romance 76' and 'Trans Harmonic Nights'. If you liked those you should go ape about this. This sequence lasts for the best part of half an hour building quite quickly but pounding along fantastically with all manner of Tangerine Dream type lead lines, circa Stratosfear, Encore and Force Majeure period, blasting over the top…
Broekhuis-Keller-Schönwälder, for years a solid base in the Electronic and "Berlin School" style of music. Inspired by Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and Vangelis they have managed to develop their own style of Electronic Music, with Trance and Ambient influences and their way to perform that on stage. Beautiful sequences and driving drums with a wide variety of pads and astonishing sound effects on top, which can best be described as "the -BK&S-way of Electronic Music".
Detlef's extensive solo catalog contains one gem after another of beautiful melodies and surging sequential tracks. The mix of soaring symphonic arrangements and pulsing rhythms is absolutely intoxicating. He also tends to arrange the pieces so they segue-way into one another creating a striking conceptual flow that sweeps you up in its wave of sound.
Brendan Pollard donates his awesome twenty-minute 'E-Live 2006 Rehearsal' to get this double CD set underway. The initial sounds are as if vast objects are being hurled into the sea accompanied by all sorts of weird whooshes and twitters. A superb combination of sequences emerge from the aquatic depths. These meld rapid melodic runs as well as bass pulses. It is all underpinned by some wonderful mellotron. In other words Berlin School Heaven. More sequences are added accompanied by a flutey lead line. In the seventh minute things subside to more thick analogue sonic effects, coming out of it with a decidedly 'Ricochet' sounding collage of sounds. Very impressive indeed. More sequences emerge including a sedate but wonderful three note one then an amazing one hundred mile an hour scorcher before things quieten down again and we get an exquisite moody finish.
This is a double album set containing (as far as I can work out) all previously unreleased material (except for probably the Entity track). We start with two of the best pieces of music. First up is 'Omnicron' from The Omega Syndicate's Xan Alexander. Lovely bright tones hang in the air gorgeously fading into the distance, as if reaching out. They are answered by an echoing sequence which just gets better and better as it develops. A fantastic slow melody rises from it like a gentle mist from a waterfall. The pace starts to quicken with the introduction of another superb sequence and rhythm. The lead line gains extra bite as we go. This is wonderfully composed stuff- no meandering waffle. I am very much reminded of a cross between Chris Franke's 'London Concert' and 'Pacific Coast Highway' albums. Yes - it's that good!