1. Stephan Whitlan - Drive-FDM [14:13] MP3 soundclip of Drive-fdm (whitlan) [3:00]
  2. Faralley - P-W-M-C [7:12] MP3 soundclip of P-w-m-c (faralley) [3:00]
  3. Brendan Pollard & Hashtronaut - Analogue Satourn [27:43]
  4. Der Spyra - Sucrology (excerpt) [12:11] MP3 soundclip of Sucrology (spyra) [3:00]
Special cd for the E-Live 2009 festival containing never before released music. E-Live is an electronic music festival, held every Autumn in the beautiful village Oirschot in the South of The Netherlands. Together with E-Day, which is organized each Spring, this is the biggest electronic festival in the world. E-Live has its roots in the now legendary KLEM-Day, a festival that already started in 1988. Actually, the first two KLEM-Days were held in Best and that is at very close distance from where E-Live is situated nowadays so in a way you can say that everything has come full circle. Just as is the case with E-Day, E-Live also attracts spectators from countries all over the world. It is not only a place where you can see great EM-concerts but it is also a gathering of lovers of serious EM.
E-Live is organized by Kees Aerts and Ron Boots who are also the guys behind the biggest electronic music label in the world, Groove Unlimited. The 2009-version of E-Live had some very interesting concerts with various styles from Wolfram Spyra, Brendan Pollard with his friends Michael Daniel (also known as Hashtronaut) and Phil Booth, Stephen Whitlan and Faralley.

E-Live 2009 is accompanied by a special limited edition cd with unique music from the musicians that gave concerts at the festival. Irishman Stephen Whitlan gained so much interest from his short concert at E-Day when he played in the band of John Dyson that he was asked for a whole concert at E-Live. His "Drive-FDM" is a wonderful sequencer tour-the-force with some great soloing on the MiniMoog.
Faralley (Dutchman Han Versteeg) played in the small hall at E-Live and raised a lot of attention. "P-W-M-C" is a driving rhythmic track with some fine "fat" solos.
Brendan Pollard & Hashtronaut (Michael Daniel) bring "Analogue Satourn". That is a well chosen title because their music is as close to classic "retro" as can be with big sequences, real Mellotronsounds, real Moogs and real stringsynthesizers. Just close your eyes and think back to the time when Tangerine Dream almost broke down the walls of cathedrals in the seventies. Pollard and Daniel bring it all back!
The main act on E-Live was the German Wolfram Spyra, sometimes named Wolfram "Der" Spyra. Wolfram is one of the most respected EM-musicians around. He played virtually every style: melodically, ambient, Berliner Schule, jazz, dance, you name it. "Sucrology" (from which an expert can be heard here) shows clearly why. Accompanied by some excellent drumtracks, Wolfram plays a piece that almost has traces of progressive rock. And just listen to these Mellotron-choirs!

E-Live 2009 was a superb festival again with sublime concerts by some of the best electronic musicians. This great cd celebrated this brilliant festival that -next to E-Day- hopefully will be held in lengths of time.

2009. Paul Rijkens This release from 2010 offers 61 minutes of electronic music.
An anthology release offering tracks by...

Stephan Whitlan: Surging pulsations are peppered by spiraling tones, leading to a wondrous vista of mesmerizing keyboards that gradually flourish in velocity and complexity, ultimately reaching a satisfying pinnacle.
Faralley: Reedy keyboards establish a dreamy opening that slides into a rhythmic territory flavored with shrill electronics and snappy e-perc...and then reverts to a pensive mode for the track's conclusion.
Brendan Pollard & Hashtronaut: This collaborative piece occupies half the bulk of this CD. These guys favor the slow-build mode, starting with abstract electronics which slowly gain cohesion and density until a sparkling spectacle of sequencers is achieved. Nimble-fingers goad keyboards to produce cycles that merge and form riffs of mounting drama. Then an outburst of space guitar enters the flow, boosting the music to cosmic proportion with its dazzling growl. A spacey electronic interlude ensues, leading to a return of agile keyboard loops and another dose of celestial guitar pyrotechnics. Eventually, the glory retreats into a tranquil finale.
Der Spyra: Bewitching pulsations immediately captivate the listener and immerse them in a realm of surging delight. Dreamy textures give way to an agitated expanse of effervescent cosmic electronics...which persists in evolving into enchanting variations marked by enticing verve. Percussion lends oomph as the flow continues to unfurl a series of attractive surprises.

A very worthwhile collection.

2010. Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity On the next October 9th will be hold the great autumnal mass of EM, E-Live. An annual celebration initiated in 1988 with KLEM-Day and as at each year the Groove label released a CD that includes new unreleased music from the artists who participate at the event. In 2009, the festival gathered Stephan Whitlan, Faralley, Brendan Pollard & Mike Daniel (Hashtronaut), as well as Spyra. Groove’s E-Live 2009 presents 4 long music pieces of distinct musical orientations, but very close to the hypnotic movements and the so personal cosmic structures of the Berlin School style. But a Berlin School refreshes by a very current vision of EM personalized by a beautiful series of innovative and nostalgic artists.

Although not very known Stephan Whitlan is a veteran of the electronic music scene since 1998 with the release of K2 Project. In 2009 he attempts a comeback with the Triangulation album while taking part in both E-Day and E-Live festivals. Drive-FDM starts with a sequential hiccupping and hesitant movement which takes strength through a soft fog of a mellotron which frees beautiful enveloping layers among a soft drizzle of cosmic sound effects. Minimalism structure with a divide sequential approach, subdividing its keys which hop nervously on a hypnotic linear pace. Drive-FDM progresses in a wrapping of a fluty mellotron with misty pads which coat a pace which hobble along skillfully on a nervous structure hazed by beautiful twisted solos of a hybrid synth where choirs and mellotron layers are dividing the harmonious envelope. Very good!
Faralley is completely unknown to me and the least that one can say is that it seems very creative if one trusts his P-W-M-C title. A strange track that opens with a superb hybrid synth from which mellotron breaths and heavy reverberations escape from a magnetic storm. Cymbals animate a syncopated tempo, wrapped of wavering layers, filtering little by little an cadence animated of percussions to unforeseeable rolling. A strange amalgam of colliding sonorities which strike a variegated structure where solos of a heavy synth go along with an ethereal fragility, shaping a piece of music with harmonious antipodes.
Brendan Pollard and Hashtronaut present a very long title filled of Berlin School fragrances which is impregnated of a strong psychedelic approach. An intro tinted of cosmic sound elements which evaporate with the arrival of a heavy oscillating sequence, embraced of soft Mellotron flute propels Analogue Satourn towards psychedelic summits with twisted synth solos and cosmic guitars which leaf trough a heavy sequence. A fatty and roaring sequence which hems besides a beautiful line of bass whose pulsations weaken to embrace an atmospheric and cosmic passage filled by heteroclite sonorities which gently re initiate the heavy structure of Analogue Satourn. A sequential structure which undulates with force, wrapped of solos from a guitar and a synth with imaginations as fertile as corrosive. Good Berlin School there, more contemporary than vintage!
Always so disconcerting and intriguing, Spyra throws a track animated by powerful electronic percussions. Sailing on rhythms a bit technoïde, at the same time purely electronic and sometimes cosmic, the German synthesist gives us a true lesson of electronic percussions sticks which strike, roll down and ram hybrid cadences surrounded by sulfurous synths and mellotron choirs. A superb stylistic composition that shows at which point Spyra is unique in the sphere of contemporary EM.

Sylvain Lupari / Guts Of Darkness