Saturday, December 27, 2014

Thaneco - The Myths Of Panas (2011)

Thaneco (Thanos Oikonomopoulos or Ekonomopoulos) was born in Patras, Greece, in November 1975. Composer of electronic music with several different influences from the electronica of the 70s and 80s (berlin school, krautrock, downtempo). 
His work can be described as vintage-psychedelic electronica with influences from Rudiger Lorenz, Cluster, Vangelis, John Carpenter and other.
He uses a large variety of vintage and modern synths such as: Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, Moog Minimoog Model D, Yamaha DX7 mkII, Korg Polysix, Oberheim Matrix 1000, Korg Z1, Kurzweil k2vx, Roland SH-101, Dave Smith Mopho and Evolver, Mutable Instruments Shruthi-1.
Some of his favourite software synths include Reaktor, Arturia and U-HE synths.
He is also a passionate vintage synthesizer collector and a modular synthesizer enthusiast.
This is one of his best albums and is offered only for a limited time, for the readers of this blog.
This album is inspired by ancient Greek mythology and by the ancient Greek god Panas. Here is a fine example of ancient Greek culture meeting vintage electronica. Complicated rhythms, folk melodies, experimental sounds, and heavily treated drum machines create a unique album.
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Steve Hillman - Phases-Labyrinth (1989-1990)

Steve’s epic 1989 “Phases” and 1990 “Labyrinth” albums (selections), previously unavailable for several decades until now, featuring his trademark combination of driving sequencers, drums, soaring synth and electric guitar solos and atmospheric otherworldly passages.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Steve Hillman - New Horizons (1986)

Pioneering UK synthesizer artist from the West Midlands, who released a number of cassettes in the 1980's, all in a unique style, mostly influenced by Tangerine Dream and ancient mysticism, especially on "Ashtar" which strongly featured his wife Linda on flute.
Steve is still active as a musician today, and has diversified with other projects.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Neuronium - Vuelo Quimico (1978)

One more hidden gem from Spanish electronic band "Neuronium". I especially love the vocals and guitar arpeggios that give a psychedelic folk twist to the whole ambient electronic atmosphere (towards the ending of the first track).
Neuronium have written the following linear notes on the album:
"We dedicate this album to all the people who are attracted to the Hereafter, wanting to explorer the mysterious and winding labyrinths of the mind."

Monday, December 8, 2014

Neuronium - Quasar 2C361 (1977)

This is the debut album from Neuronium. Highly recommended for the fans of vintage electronica.
Carlos Guirao/Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards (Logan String Ensemble)
Albert Giménez/Guitar, Effects (Audiogenerator)
Michel Huygen/Roland, Poly Korg Synths, Keyboards (Elka String), Effects (Audiogenerator)

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Neuronium - Chromium Echoes (1982)

Neuronium is a Barcelona, Spain based electronic music group. It was founded in 1976 by keyboardist/synthesist Michel Huygen, keyboardist/synthesist/guitarist Carlos Guirao and multi-instrumentalist Albert Giménez. This lineup released two albums for EMI-Harvest, "Quasar 2C361" in 1977 and "Vuelo Quimico" (Chemical Flight) in 1978.

With the departure of Giménez the group continued as a duo but was joined on their third album, "Digital Dream" (1980), and their fourth album, "The Visitor" (1981), by guest guitarist Santi Pico. After the release of the fifth album, "Chromium Echoes" (1982), Guirao departed. Since then Neuronium has become synonymous with Huygen, either solo, with Santi Picó, or with guest musicians. On most albums released between 1983 until 1996 Neuronium was the duo of Huygen and Picó with both musicians listed as full members. Four Huygen solo efforts were released under the Neuronium name during that time as well. Picó also returned for an appearance on the album "Alienikon" (1999) and for live performances in 2008.

Huygen has termed Neuronium's music as "psychotronic music" and "cosmic electronic music". Neuronium (Huygen and Guirao) collaborated with Vangelis on the album "A Separate Affair", recorded in 1981 and released in 1996.