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Circadian Rhythms-Ambient Songs

April 3, 2014

Today on Echoes new music from S. Carey & Erothyme

coverComing up on Echoes, we’ll hear music from S. Carey’s Range of Light.  Carey is the drummer and backing singer for Bon Iver and while he shares Justin Vernon’s vocal timbre he has his own atmospheric approach to the singer-songwriter paradigm.  We’ll also fall into the lush electronic expanses of Erothyme.  That’s the awkwardly named recording moniker of Bobbie West from Seattle who has about 8 releases out. I found him via a Facebook update from Bluetech who recommended Erothyme’s latest album, Circadia.  Bluetech was right.   You can download this album free on Bandcamp but be good and give him some money for his excellent work.  You can hear that and much more tonight on Echoes.


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Japanese Spaces-Arizona Skies

April 2, 2014

Today on Echoes it’s new music from Hiroki Okano and Steve Roach

jpHiroki Okano was initiated as a Buddhist monk, but he decided to take a different path.  Throughout the 1990s, Okano made beautiful , delicately etched albums like Enn , Hearing There and Rainbow Over the Gypsy Hill, some of them on the late-lamented Innovative Communications label.  He formed the Wind Travelin’ Band, mixing Japan’s native Ainu artists with contemporary musicians and that band then collaborated with R. Carlos Nakai for the album Island of BowsSpiral-MeditationsHe spent the last decade or so playing in jam bands and other music experiments including collaborations with English New Age artist Nigel Shaw, but he returns to form on a new CD called .jp. We’ll also hear a new, deep electronic journey from Steve Roach called Spiral Meditations.  We’ll be hearing a lot more about Steve Roach next Tuesday when we feature him talking about the 30th anniversary of Structures from Silence.

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Alan Howarth In Echoes Podcast

February 14, 2014

Hear the Maestro of Horror Soundtracks,
Alan Howarth, in Echoes Podcast

Alan Howarth-Big Brother is Watching You at MOEMS

Alan Howarth-Big Brother is Watching You at MOEMS

The music of horror in movies has been defined by a few composers.  One of them is Alan Howarth.  He’s from The Beatles generation and came up in the psychedelic era and the birth of modern electronic music.  He’s best known for working with director John Carpenter in the 1970s on films like the Halloween sequels, Christine and Escape From New York.  Last fall, Alan Howarth Played a set of his film music at the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit performing against a backdrop of film clips with lots of Michael Myers and Snake Plissken.  I talked with Alan Howarth about the sound of horror.  Hear it in the Echoes Podcast

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Alan Howarth-Composer of Horror on Echoes

February 11, 2014
Alan Howarth Trick or Death @ MOEMS Photo: Diliberto

Alan Howarth Trick or Death @ MOEMS Photo: Diliberto

The music of horror in movies has been defined by a few composers.  One of them is Alan Howarth.  He’s from The Beatles generation and came up in the psychedelic era and the birth of electronic music.  He’s best known for working with director John Carpenter in the 1970s on films like the Halloween sequels, Christine and Escape From New York.  Last fall, Alan Howarth Played a set of his film music at the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit performing against a backdrop of film clips with lots of Michael Myers and Snake Plissken.  I talked with Alan Howarth about the sound of horror.

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Still Tangerine Dreaming

July 10, 2012

Tangerine Dream from Electric Mandarine Tour

There is a nice review of Tangerine Dream’s show in NYC by Jon Pareles in the New York Times.  Nice to see a balanced POV in the mainstream media. Apparently, while they had a bigger venue in New York than Philadelphia, they did not have a bigger audience.  Only a few hundred according to reports.

However…

I’m seeing that we really got gypped in Philly regarding playing time and set-list.  I think they played about half of this at their Philadelphia show at the Underground Arts Theater. .

TANGERINE DREAM – The Electric Mandarine Tour2012
NEW YORK – BEST BUY THEATRE – SAT 7 JULY 2012
SET 1
1. The Sensational Fall Of The Master Builder
2. Dolphin Dance
3. Cliffs Of Sydney
4. Song Of The Whale (to Dusk)
5. Ayumi’s Loom
6. Logos
7. Marmontel Riding On A Clef
8. Oriental Haze
9. Love On A Real Train
10. Underwater Sunlight
11. Homeless
12. Going West
13. One Night In Space
14. The Silver Boots Of Bartlett Green
SET 2
1. Ricochet Piano + Ricochet Song
2. Hoël Dhat The Alchemist
3. Lady Monk
4. Long Island
5. Blue Bridge
6. Alchemy Of The Heart
7. Warsaw In The Sun
8. Horizon
9. Teetering Scale
10. Transition
11. Girl On The Stairs
12. Loved By The Sun
13. Stratosfear
ENCORE:
PHAEDRA
CRYSTAL SHIP

“Stratosfear!”  “Phaedra!” “Horizon!”  We wuz robbed.

~© 2012 John Diliberto ((( echoes )))

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Space Music on YouTube

April 11, 2012

RMI’s Steve Dinsdale & Duncan Godard in Live Echoes performance in Duncan’s London flat.

I got a notice from Chuck Van Zyl, the producer and host of WXPN‘s Star’s End and one half of The Ministry of Inside Things about a live solo  performance this Sunday, April 15 at 7:00 PM at the AxD Gallery, 265 S. 10th Street in Philadelphia.  (It’s a static site and there’s no info about the performance on there)  It’s a free gig.  Chuck posted this video of a live performance with stills from various gigs.  It’s a very cool live excursion of vintage mid-70s’ Tangerine Dream style electronics.

While I was checking out that video, I saw another one for Radio Massacre International, another retro-space band.  Their video is a nicely produced live

Chuck Van Zyl in Echoes Living Room with MOIT

performance.  I’ve seen RMI many times and they’ve been live on Echoes a few times as well.  One of their performances is on our CD, Resonance. This is one of the best live segments from them that I’ve ever heard.

There are times when I hear music like this and think, “Guys, it’s the 21st century already.” Then there are times when I listen to performances like these and think it’s the most amazing sound of the last century, period.   Those analog synths and sequencers still take you places that no other music can reach.

I hope you enjoyed this celestial trip from your humble space travel agent.

~© 2012 John Diliberto ((( echoes )))

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A Treasure Trove of Electronic Music Journalism

April 3, 2012

Those of you who are old enough might remember Synapse magazine.  When electronic music represented the brave new frontier of sound, Synapse was the leading source documenting this movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  Zappa, Eno, Fripp, Stockhausen, Devo and other artists famous enough to be referred to only by their surnames, adorned their covers along with Tonto, , Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and more.  It was the new music magazine I would’ve wanted to produce and write for.  And notable writers did, among them Kurt Loder and David Fricke.   Bruce Warren from Echoes affiliate WXPN and somevelvetblog  just  emailed  me that an archive of Synapse magazines has been put on-line for you to peruse at Dangerous Minds.  If you want some great interviews with artists who were the pioneers of electronic music, go and read.  They’re on the Dangerous Minds website.

~© 2012 John Diliberto ((( echoes )))

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Tangerine Dream Live at Moogfest

January 20, 2012

Is It Safe To Listen To Tangerine Dream Again?

Tangerine Dream's Founder Edgar Froese

This might come a bit late but I’ve come across very  little coverage about it since Moogfest 2011 at the end of October.  Tangerine Dream headlined the festival and did a 2 hour show.  Like many fans, I’ve become a bit inurred to the band.  You can understand why with albums like Under Cover – Chapter One, on which they do covers of pop hits that are often faithful (The Eagles‘ “Hotel California”) and sometimes excruciating reinventions (Kraftwerk’s “The Model”).  Either way: This is Tangerine Dream?

But I just found out that they are in the processing of booking a US tour and that made me look online again.  And I discovered this great performance from Moogfest.  NPR put up their entire 2 hour show, and while it’s not classic-era 70’s TD, it is an extension of that sound with a full band.   The sound, probably a board feed, isn’t spectacular, but the performance is actually worth sitting through.  I can’t remember the last time I said that about Tangerine Dream, and I really want too.

Here’s the link: http://www.npr.org/event/music/141658754/tangerine-dream-in-concert-moogfest-2011

Or you can get this set from TD’s site.

Here’s the reported US dates so far:

THE ELECTRIC MANDARINE TOUR IN USA 2012

July 1st – New York, NY / Whitman Theatre

July 6th – Philadelphia, PA / Verizon Hall

July 7th – Washington DC / Warner Theatre

July 11th – Atlanta, GA / Fox Theatre

July 13th – Cleveland, OH / Palace Theatre

July 14th – Detroit, MI / Fillmore Theatre

July 18th – Chicago, IL / Vic Theatre

July 20th – Milwaukee, WI / Pabst Theatre

July 21st – Minneapolis, MN / Orpheum Theatre

July 25th – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre (State Street)

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Echoes in the Media

March 18, 2011

Echoes has popped up in a few places recently.

Agnes Obel’s Philharmonics was our January CD of the Month, and we’re quoted in an article on the Danish singer in Time Magazine.

And, back in 1984, I interviewed Malcolm Cecil, one half of the synthesizer duo, Tonto’s Expanding Headband.  Their 1972 album, Zero Time, was a seminal recording of electronic space music.  The interview was originally used in the radio series Totally Wired and was printed in Keyboard Magazine.   That article appears in a new book called Synth Gods.

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Five Essential Robert Rich CDs Plus Two.

June 16, 2010

The Best from Robert Rich, One of 20 Icons of Echoes.
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Few artists have cut a creative swath over the last thirty years as consistently and with as much innovation  as Robert Rich.  Each one of his nearly 40 albums is a meticulously crafted, creatively conceived work that reveal the fingerprints of an obsessive mind and deep soul. Whether playing analog synthesizers, blowing into PVC flutes, or stroking the the strings of a lap steel guitar through waves of processing, Robert Rich approaches each work with a conceptual grounding and an understanding of the sensuality of sound.  Robert Rich was voted #14 of 20 Icons of Echoes.  We’ll be featuring an interview with him tonight, June 15 on Echoes.

Picking out five  Robert Rich albums is difficult, and picking out a number one CD out of dozens of perfect CDs is impossible.  But here’s the Robert Rich albums that have moved me over the last three decades.

1- Propagation
For me this is Robert Rich’s techno-tribal manifesto.  He mixes primal, earth shaking percussive rhythms, flute melodies that weave in smokey contrails and lap steel solos that alternately descend like gossamer wings from the heavens and arise like avenging angels from hell. It’s a powerful and defining album that laid the groundwork for other great CDs like Seven Veils and Ylang.

2-Electric Ladder
Rich dials up the electric juice on Electric Ladder, creating deep cyclical patterns, churning analog atmospheres and paying homage to some of his influences, especially Terry Riley. Riley’s “A Rainbow In Curved Air” cycles are echoed in the title track against feedback lap steel guitar and on “Poppy Fields” soprano saxophone from Paul Hanson nods to Riley’s “Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band.” But while the influences are there, it also reveals how much Rich has subsumed them into his own aesthetic.

3-Rainforest
This is the album that really established Robert Rich. It’s a zen garden walk as Robert Rich takes you deeper from gamelan Bach cycles on “The Forest Dreams of Back” to deep sonic meditiations on “The Raining Room.” Even in 1989, Rich was avoiding the usual cliches. Instead of using environmental sounds like every other space/ambient composer at the time, he created his own jungles of insects, birds and streams electronically.

4-Trances/Drones

This is a bit of a cheat on my part.  This package pairs Robert Rich’s second and third albums, Trances and Drones from 1983, but also includes a track from his 1982 debut, Sunyata. It’s hard to believe that Sunyata was recorded nearly 30 years ago when Robert Rich was only 19. He was involved as a researcher with dream studies at Stanford University and was already performing his sleep concerts. These were all night affairs, true “chill out” rooms where the audience came with sleeping bags and curled up to Rich’s subtle, shifting soundscapes, providing a soundtrack for their dreams. His first 3 albums emerged from this experience.  These are  remarkably detailed soundscapes which, like looking at a forest carpet, reveal more and more the deeper you go.  For a contemporary iteration of this sound, listen to Rich’s 7-hour DVD, Somnium, or the more concise, 3-CD set, Humidity.

5 Ylang

Appropriately for an album named after a tree, Robert Rich goes back to some of his roots but also expands them into new branches. You can hear many of Rich’s influences including psychedelic rock, German space music, Brian Eno ambiences and global trances. The album abounds with murky, trancey percussion grooves and long undulating melodies that owe a debt to Hassell.  Arabesque flute melodies, throbbing hand drum rhythms, and lap steel guitar wailing a siren cry, like Jimi Hendrix sent into infinite sustain make this album an epic of 21st century music. Ylang was the Echoes CD of the Month in April

PLUS TWO
I’ve only included Robert Rich’s solo albums above, but he’s also made some extraordinary collaborative releases. Here are two of the best.

Strata
Robert Rich and Steve Roach are often spoken of in the same breadth, but the two have only collaborated on a full album twice, and both are brilliant. Strata was the first and it’s the definitive techno tribal album mixing primal rhythms, churning, canyon ripped layers  of texture and melodies that are etched from flutes, lap steel and digeridoo.

Outpost
Robert Rich has gotten together on three CDs  with synthesist Ian Boddy. They explore analog electronic grooves and symetrical structures on their first outing, Outpost. It shows how far post-Tangerine Dream electronics can go when you leave Berlin behind and push for the edges of the universe. Kinetic grooves, enveloping textures and soaring melodies make this a must-have for any navigator of space music.

Tonight, June 16 on Echoes, we’ll feature a retrospective interview with Robert Rich, one of 20 Icons of Echoes.

You can read a complete review of Ylang and  hear an audio podcast with music from Ylang here.

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