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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El Vox said...

Could you recommend a fairly inexpensive synth to a novice or if you wanted to buy one for your child that was interested?

Zero the hero said...

I would look at the "korg mikrokorg" or the "Novation Mininova"

El Vox said...

Thank you for your recommendation. Synthesizers can be bewildering to someone interested in them. I used to own an Arp Odyssey, which I loved, but after a while, it stopped working, and I regrettable got rid of it. I wasn't sure if it was fixable or even where to take it. Quite honestly though, I wish I had kept it due to its uniqueness. By the way, your album you shared is very nice.

Zero the hero said...

Thanks for your nice words. Its rewarding to get good comments about my music.
Dont worry about your Arp. Korg will reproduce a remake of the original Arp Odyssey later this year! I dont think its going to be very expensive...

Anonymous said...

I did not expect Panos to be so damn good!

And VERY IMPORTANT that you used real percussion (alla Vangelis).
That programmed/synth drumming, no matter how good, is rubbish.Totally kills the music. You want real perc. and you dont want it to be disco-simple. Very few can pull it off. Of the early stuff, Larry Fast wasn't to shabby at this.
A great use of percussion with keys is the side-long piece on side two of the first Dionne/Bregent lp (Quebec 70s).The second lp, "Deux", is remarkable as well.

Sound was incredible too. And beautiful raw tone on that moog. It bites!

And the composition was top hole - you're definitely NO shitty Fajerman-type synth composer.
(I like the melodic interspersed with the (sort of) short mysterious tonepoem-like bits!

My only complaint - one or two tracks were a bit too sweet.

Very impressed!

Zero the hero said...

Thanks a lot for your comments! I'm glad you liked it!