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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)

 
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)


BETZLER & BRüCKNER
Triplet
CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Groove Unlimited, 2016
The 76-minute "Triplet" is a collaborative project by Tommy Betzler (drums) and Michael Brückner (synths) joined by Sammy David (e-guitar) on most tracks and Fryderyk Jona (Moog synth) on a few of them. The first three pieces, all clocking between 16 and 22 minutes, are in the same vein as what the three musicians presented with full enthusiasm during the day in the upper room on E-Live festival 2016.

The outcome is a mix of freestyle, contemporary and progressive (rock-oriented) electronics dressed with various vintage sounds and textures thrown in as each composition unfolds in its own pace. I can’t deny I had to adapt quite a bit to the highly improvised nature and constant change of the music which I feel quite hectic, restless and unpolished overall (especially on "The Trip" and "Trilogy"). The rather psychedelic-flavored "Doublette" proves a bit more consistent due to its sequencer-driven structure. Meanwhile Tommy Betzlers drums remain sounding as flat as on the previous tracks.

The first three minutes of the final track "(Three) To the flame of life" sound promising, but it’s again a lot of non-catchy improvisation on guitar and synths kicking in thereafter preventing things to become at least a bit attractive to my ears in any way. After finishing the full album I felt drained and quite annoyed while not having a clue which Em-fan I could possibly suggest giving "Triplet" a go.

P.S. The first 100 copies of the release come with a DVD-r containing video footage of most of the second and third set the guys played at E-Live 2016.

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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