July: Here's a review of the Blackbirds album by Sylvain Lupari:
“Blackbirds is the perfect
example of how EM was made in the early 70's”
In the first week of July I made four songs in a real nice flow.
They make up a new album. I think it will be released soon,
after checking and optimising mixes, mastering etc.
Electronic Muse was an idea I had in my mind for a longer time.
A certain sound and flow. It just didn't happen, too busy doing
other things. And then I made a new synth patch. Within four
days the whole album was recorded + artwork painted, out of thin
air. I spent another week for mixing, a few gliss overdubs and
mastering. All in all this is a pretty spontanous album in the
Berlin School style.
I always make choices which instruments to use and not to use.
This time it were 5 synths, both analog and digital, two combo
organs and glissando (a blissful electric guitar technique). I
also used two sequencers.
New space album together with Phrozenlight.
Cosmic Message by Phrozen Weaver,
our new collaboration. Released on Neu
Harmony. This is pure improvised EM with a true Berlin School
Soon on Bandcamp also.
Phrozen Weaver - Cosmic Message
New album by Son of Ohm:
Also released by Neu Harmony, on high quality CD-r
(get it at SynthMusicDirect)
The first two songs I recorded live in
my studio on two track, in preparation of the live set played at
the ‘Electric Spectrum Experience’ June 16, 2018 in Groningen.
Blackbirds I actually played at ESE. I added a third track,
Velvet Sky, also recorded live in my studio, 2016.
'Normally I spend a lot of time building up an album in
my studio. It is a process in which an album slowly grows and I
have all my synths at hand'.
Electric Spectrum Experience was great fun. There were some very
interested visitors. People that traveled from the other side of
the Netherlands and some even coming from Germany or England.
We had some problems with the P.A. in the first half; they
appeared to be off... And the only sound we heard came from
three stage monitors that were mono as well.... My sound was
very shitty. And my performance wasn't where it should be, I was
so distracted. There was a horrible loud hum in my guitar
sound... The recordings went wrong, the video couldn't be played
at first Luckily a friend in the audience came with a solution;
he had his laptop and became member of the crew.
Well, it was a very useful experience!! All in all it
wasn't too bad, and the audience anticipated very nicely.
I loved to perform on stage. There was so much happening all
afternoon, it went by like a blur. Slowly it is sinking in. The
nice conversations with visitors, some of them musicians who had
experienced all the hassle that performing live electronics
brings. The experience of playing with fellow musicians on
stage, free improviation. The organisation of an event like this,
keeping it all together.
So it really made me thinking. There are many possibilities. I
would be a good thing to keep on playing and developing a solid
live set. I really feel like approaching this beast with the
same attitude I have with Astral Son. It is inside me and has to
come out! I can make studio albums forever, and I am very
skilled to do so, but I need to step out. There are so many ways.
And meanwhile the Astral Son album probably is delayed.... I
have to check with the label to see what's happening.
The Electric Spectrum Experience is a showcase of EM made in the
North of the Netherlands. We do believe we have a unique sound
because of the landscape and character of the people who live
here. We are mostly inspired by the cosmic electronic music made
in the seventies. Free flowing soundscaping and sequencing with
lots of space for improvisation.
Saturday 16th June
Muziek Organisatie Noord
Bieslookstraat 23, 9731 HH Groningen
May: Artwork for the new Astral Son album almost done. Bonus track for the CD almost done.
Slowly I have to focus on The Electric Spectrum Experience (june
16th, in Groningen). doing a solo live set + live jam
April: The new album 'Wonderful Beyond' has been mastered and oh
boy, it sounds great!!! This album took one year to grow and the
mastering really brought it all together. I'm so happy! Now I
will focus on the artwork again.
Mastering is set at the end of April. Headspin Records is
going to release the new Astral Son album on vinyl!!! Release
March Astral Son IV almost ready for mastering. Started painting
a possible artwork... Let's see if I can get this thing on
Oh, here's an live electronic music event...I'm going to play
some as well...
leonardo soundweaver, astral
son.,, silver moon, syrinx, son of ohm, gurumaya, mind's eye,
cosmic , electronic, space music, dreamy, experimental,
krautrock, Berlin School, Blackbirds, astronaut, gliss,