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STEPHEN BACCHUS - Ambient Origins (cd)

 
STEPHEN BACCHUS - Etherium (cd-r)

 
STEPHEN BACCHUS - Pangaea (cd)

 
STEPHEN BACCHUS - The Keep (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
JONATHAN BADGER - Metasonic (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI & MATHIAS GRASSOW - True North (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI & NIMH - Entities (cd-r)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI & WEE BANDITS - A Brief History of Light (cd-r)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Bluebox Collection (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Cages (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Dreamresources (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Exosphere (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Light Textures (CD-r)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Live Long and Proper (CD/Digital Download)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Planet X (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Prayers for the Earth (cd-r)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Rooms (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - The Serenity (CD)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Time (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Winterscape (cd)

 
AMIR BAGHIRI - Yalda (cd-r)

 
CHRISTOPHE BAILLEAU - Air Resort (cd)

 
RENE DE BAKKER - Almost Human (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
RENE DE BAKKER - Rene de Bakker (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
RENE DE BAKKER - Returning Winds (CD/Digital Download)

 
BANCO DE GAIA - Apollo (cd/digital download)

 
BANCO DE GAIA - Maya (20th Anniversary Edition) (cd)

 
BAFFO BANFI & MATTEO CANTALUPPI - Frontera (cd)

 
BARBELO & JORGE REYES - Ethnoaural (cd)

 
SIDDHARTHA BARNHOORN - Pillars of Light (Digital Download)

 
SIDDHARTHA BARNHOORN - Structures of Light (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
DAN BARRIO - This Physical World (cd-r)

 
EVAN BARTHOLOMEW - Caverns of Time (cd)

 
EVAN BARTHOLOMEW - Secret Entries into Darkness (cd)

 
KEVIN BARTLETT - Glow in the Dark (cd)

 
KEVIN BARTLETT - Near Life Experience (cd)

 
KARL BARTOS - Communication (cd)

 
LYONEL BAUCHET - The Secret Society (Digital Download)

 
HOL BAUMANN - [Human] (cd)

 
PETER BAUMANN - Machines of Desire (LP/CD/Digital Download)

 
ADRIAN BEASLEY - Powerhouse (cd-r)

 
BEEHIVE PLAINS - Tape (cd)

 
MICHEL BEKKERING - Cosmopolitan Dances (cd-r)

 
DENE DE BENEDICTIS - A Lone Reply (cd)

 
DENE DE BENEDICTIS - Salvaging the Past (cd)

 
MICHAEL THOMAS BERKLEY - Arctic (cd)

 
MICHAEL THOMAS BERKLEY - Images from Earth (cd)

 
BERLIN HERITAGE - Land of the Rising Sun (cd)

 
BERLIN HERITAGE - Phoenix (Digital Download)

 
BERNHARD - Down on Earth (cd-r)

 
RON BERRY - Osiris (cd)

 
DAVE BESSELL - Analogue (cd)

 
DAVE BESSELL - Black Horses Of The Sun (CD/Digital Download)

 
BETWEEN INTERVAL - Autumn Continent (cd)

 
BETWEEN INTERVAL - Legacy (CD/LP/Digital Download)

 
BETWEEN INTERVAL - Radio Silence (cd-r)

 
BETWEEN INTERVAL - Secret Observatory (cd)

 
BETWEEN INTERVAL - The Edge of a Fairytale (cd)

 
BETZLER & BRüCKNER - Triplet (CD/Digital Download)

 
BEYOND BERLIN - Fine Tunes (CD)

 
BEYOND BERLIN - Music for Cosmic Nights 2013 (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
AMIN BHATIA - Virtuality (cd)

 
MARK BIEHL - Landscapes (cd)

 
BIOSPHERE - Shenzhou (CD)

 
BIOSPHERE - Substrata (cd)

 
THE BLACK DOG - Music for Real Airports (cd)

 
THE BLACK DOG - Radio Scarecrow (cd)

 
TIM BLAKE - Blake’s New Jerusalem (CD/Digital Download)

 
DANIEL BLANCHET - L’Harmonie des Mondes (cd)

 
SERGE BLENNER - Musique de Chambre (cd)

 
DANIEL BLOOM - Event Horizon (cd)

 
BLUE STONE - Breathe (cd)

 
BLUETECH - Phoenix Rising (cd)

 
BLUTIGER FLUSS - Dawn of Mars (cd-r)

 
BLUTIGER FLUSS - Rings of Saturn (cd-r)

 
BLüCHEL & VON DEYLEN - Bi Polar (cd)

 
BLüCHEL & VON DEYLEN - Mare Stellaris (cd)

 
CHRIS BOCAST - Through the Airlock (cd)

 
WOLFGANG BOCK - Cycles (Lp)

 
CLAUS BOCKSTANDT - Voyages (cd)

 
IAN BODDY & BERNHARD WöSTHEINRICH - Hemispheres (cd-r)

 
IAN BODDY & ERIK WøLLO - EC12 (Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY & ERIK WøLLO - Frontiers (CD/Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY & PARALLEL WORLDS - Exit Strategy (cd)

 
IAN BODDY - SID SMITH - JANE MOLLOY - Other Rooms (Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - After the Rain (Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - As Above So Below (Lp/CD/Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - Aurora (cd)

 
IAN BODDY - Chiasmata (cd/Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - Continuum (CD/Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - Liverdelphia (cd/digital download)

 
IAN BODDY - Sepulchre (Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - Slide (CD/Digital Download)

 
IAN BODDY - Strange Attractors (Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BONE - Aera (USB-Drive/Digital Downloa)

 
RICHARD BONE - Alternate Realities (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - Anthology (Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BONE - Beleagured Blossoms (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BONE - Experiments ’80-’82 (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - Images from a Parallel World (cd/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BONE - Infinite Plastic Creation (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - Saiyuji (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - Short Waves (cd-r/dvd-r)

 
RICHARD BONE - Sudden Departure (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - The Eternal Now (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - The Ghosts of Hanton Village (cd-r)

 
RICHARD BONE - The Spectral Ships (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - Vertical Life (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BONE - Vesperia (cd)

 
RICHARD BONE - Xessex (The Palindrome Project) (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
BOOTH & CREEK - Lightwaves (cd-r)

 
RON BOOTS & FRIENDS - By Popular Demand (cd)

 
RON BOOTS & FRIENDS - Joie de Vivre (cd)

 
RON BOOTS & IAN BODDY - Phase 3 (cd)

 
RON BOOTS & JOHN KERR - Juxtaposition (cd)

 
RON BOOTS & JOHN KERR - Offshore Islands (cd)

 
RON BOOTS & MORPHEUSZ - From the forgotten rooms of a lonely house (cd)

 
RON BOOTS & SYNTH.NL - Refuge en Verre (cd)

 
RON BOOTS, KEES AERTS & HAROLD VAN DER HEIJDEN - BAH! Live in Sweden (cd-r)

 
RON BOOTS - 80's Box (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Acoustic Shadows (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Ante Oculos (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Area Movement (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Beyond the Boundaries of Twilight (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Current (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Derby! (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Detachment of Worldly Affairs (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Different Stories and Twisted Tales (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Dreamscape (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Ghost of a Mist (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - La Caída de Hormigón (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Liquid Structures in Solid Form (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Mea Culpa (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Of Desolate Places And Urban Jungles (cd-single)

 
RON BOOTS - Screaming Whispers (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - See Beyond Times, Look Beyond Words (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Signs in the Sand (CD/Digital Download)

 
RON BOOTS - Standing in the Rain (CD)

 
RON BOOTS - Tainted Bare Skin (cd)

 
RON BOOTS - Too Many Secrets (cd)

 
BOREAL TAIGA - Arctic Remixes (Digital Download)

 
BOREAL TAIGA - At Gutú (Digital Download)

 
BOREAL TAIGA - Glacia Form (Digital Download)

 
BOREAL TAIGA - Isopectic Isotac (cd-r)

 
BOREAL TAIGA - Polar Reflections (Digital Download)

 
BOREAL TAIGA - Return to the North (Digital Download)

 
BOREAL TAIGA - yg:drasil (Digital Download)

 
ANNEMARIE BORG - In Nomine Tellus (CD)

 
BOUVETøYA - Interstellarphonic (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
MEG BOWLES - A Quiet Light (cd)

 
MEG BOWLES - Blue Cosmos (cd)

 
MEG BOWLES - The Shimmering Land (CD/Digital Download)

 
KEVIN BRAHENY & TIM CLARK - The Spell (cd)

 
KEVIN BRAHENY - Galaxies (cd)

 
KEVIN BRAHENY - Lullaby for the Hearts of Space (Mc/CD)

 
KEVIN BRAHENY - The Way Home (cd)

 
BRAIN LAUGHTER - In the Land of Power (cd)

 
BRAIN LAUGHTER II - Not Far from a Distant Sun (cd)

 
BRAINWORK - Ten (cd)

 
STEVE BRAND - Avatara (cd)

 
STEVE BRAND - Bridge to Nowhere (cd-r)

 
STEVE BRAND - SoulSpiral (cd-r)

 
THOM BRENNAN - Satori (cd-r)

 
THOM BRENNAN - Shimmer (cd-r)

 
THOM BRENNAN - Signals in Moonlight (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
THOM BRENNAN - Silver (cd -r)

 
THOM BRENNAN - Stories from the Forest (cd)

 
THOM BRENNAN - Vibrant Water (cd-r)

 
OLIVIER BRIAND & BERTRAND LOREAU - Interférences (cd)

 
BRIDGE TO IMLA - The Radiant Sea (CD/Digital Download)

 
JOHN BROADDUS - 4 at 18 (cd)

 
JOHN BROADDUS - A Strange Mint (Digital Download)

 
JOHN BROADDUS - Afield (Digital Download)

 
BAS B. BROEKHUIS - The Escher Drawings (cd)

 
BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHöNWäLDER - Blue (cd)

 
BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHöNWäLDER - Green (cd)

 
BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHöNWäLDER - In Repelen (cd & dvd)

 
BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHöNWäLDER - Live @ Dorfkirche Repelen 2 (cd)

 
BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHöNWäLDER - Red (cd)

 
BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHöNWäLDER - Red Live @ USA (CD/Digital Download)

 
BROEKHUIS, KELLER & SCHöNWäLDER - Repelen 3 (cd)

 
BROKEN HARBOUR - Broken Harbour (cd-r)

 
BROKEN HARBOUR - Gramophone Transmissions (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
BROKEN HARBOUR - The Geometry of Shadows (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
VINCENT BRULEY - Dauphins et Baleines (cd)

 
VINCENT BRULEY - La Nature s’endort (cd)

 
BRUNETTE MODELS - Last Poem (cd)

 
MICHAEL BRüCKNER - Endless Mind Portal (Digital Download/CD-r)

 
HAROLD BUDD & BRIAN ENO - Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror (CD)

 
HAROLD BUDD & BRIAN ENO - The Pearl (cd)

 
HAROLD BUDD & CLIVE WRIGHT - A Song for Lost Blossoms (cd)

 
HAROLD BUDD - Lovely Thunder (Lp/CD)

 
HAROLD BUDD - The Room (LP/CD)

 
HAROLD BUDD - The Serpent (In Quicksilver) / Abandoned Cities (cd)

 
HAROLD BUDD - The White Arcades (cd)

 
BUDD/GRACIA /LENTZ - Music for Three Pianos (CD/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BURMER - Bhakti Point (CD/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BURMER - Invention (cd)

 
RICHARD BURMER - Mosaic (CD/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD BURMER - On the Third Extreme (CD/Digital Download)

 
BYSENSES - Frigments-Fragments (CD)


BAFFO BANFI & MATTEO CANTALUPPI
Frontera
CD, AMS Records, 2016
Some older EM-fans might have wondered whatever happened to Italian musician Giuseppe 'Baffo' Banfi, who’s also former keyboard player of the Italian progressive rock band "Un Biglietto per l’inferno", after he made three solo albums (two of them produced by Klaus Schulze) and then vanished from the scene.

Well, it appears Baffo devoted himself to the world of video production and post-production in Milan for a long while. In 2010 Mr Banfi eventually ran into Matteo Cantaluppi, an Italian multi-instrumentalist, producer, sound engineer and connoisseur of the ’70’s European electronic scene. This contact made Baffo decide to pick up electronic music again after 30 years, sticking to his old style but using new technology and computers along the expertise of Matteo to achieve an excellent sounding outcome.

The 38-minute "Frontera" turned out a symphonic/electronic work of contemporary and at times even rather groovy EM along crisps, poignant percussive elements. It delivers some clean, melodic and almost "sunny" music overall. On "Fronteravalley", the outcome is spiced with string and wind instruments offering an even richer sound pallet. In addition, the layered orchestral music incorporates a strong "Italian style" along an occasional Mediterranean and lunar "touch", even walking the cinematic avenue on "Nuovera".

All in all, there’s much to like and discover on this album that embraces old school style, melody and true musicianship. Plans are already made to release a follow-up of the album around spring 2017.

Website: www.ams-records.it

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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