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D LOOP - Mystery's River (cd)

 
JOS D'ALMEIDA - Aether (CD)

 
JOS D'ALMEIDA - Awaken (CD)

 
DANIEL & BOOTH - Mutiny (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL DANIEL - Henglers Circus (CD)

 
MYCHAEL DANNA & TIM CLéMENT - A Gradual Awakening (cd-r)

 
MYCHAEL DANNA & TIM CLéMENT - The Best of Danna & Clément (cd)

 
MYCHAEL DANNA - Sirens (cd)

 
MYCHAEL DANNA - Skys (cd)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - A Day within Days (cd)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Autumn's Apple (cd)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Dream in Blue (CD/Digital Download)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Falling Light (CD/Digital Download)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - From Pale Hands to Weary Skies (cd)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Little Things (cd/digital download)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Skyful of Bliss (CD-r)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Songs from the Deep Field (CD/Digital Download)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - The Zen Master’s Diary (cd-r)

 
KELLY DAVID - Angkor (cd)

 
KELLY DAVID - Broken Voyage (cd)

 
PETER DAVIDSON - Even Darker Still (cd-r)

 
PETER DAVIDSON - Green Moss Trail (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
KEN DAVIES - Floating Galaxy (cd-r)

 
ROBERT DAVIES - Shadow Dreams (cd-r)

 
DEAD BEAT PROJECT - R’Evolution (CD/Digital Download)

 
DEAD BEAT PROJECT - Samsara (CD/Digital Download)

 
GLENN DEARDORFF - Primordial Mariner (cd)

 
DEDAST - Banished From The Realm (Digital Download)

 
DEDAST - Soft Landing (Digital Download)

 
DEEP IMAGINATION - Gemstones (cd-r)

 
DEEP SKY DIVERS - Highlands & Skylands (cd)

 
DEEP SKY DIVERS - Momentum (cd)

 
DEEP SKY DIVERS - The New Fast Lane (cd)

 
DEEPERNET - Impossible Landscapes (CD/Digital Download)

 
DEEPERNET - One (cd/Digital Download)

 
DEEPSPACE - Another Empty Galaxy (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
DEEPSPACE - The Barometric Sea (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
DEEPSPACE - The Barometric Sun (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
DEEPSPACE - World Ocean Atlas (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD DEHOVE - Worlds of Number (cd)

 
DELERIUM - Epiphany (dvd)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Aeterna (cd/digital download)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Novus Magnificat (cd)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Novus Magnificat, 30th anniversary edition (CD/Digial Download)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Set Free (cd)

 
DERELICT THOUGHTS - Autumn Moon (cd)

 
DEUTSCHE WERTARBEIT - Deutsche Wertarbeit (Lp/CD)

 
SERGE DEVADDER - Cambrian (cd)

 
SERGE DEVADDER - Ganda (cd)

 
ADELBERT VON DEYEN - Atmosphere (Lp/CD)

 
ADELBERT VON DEYEN - Painted Black (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL DIAMOND - Atlantis Rising (cd-r)

 
DIATONIS - Ambient Life (cd)

 
DIATONIS - An Abstract View (cd-r)

 
DIATONIS - Highway 1 (cd-r)

 
DIATONIS - Invisible Order (cd-r)

 
DIATONIS - Landscape of a Dream (cd/Digital Download)

 
DIATONIS - Pond (cd-r/dvd-r)

 
DILATE - Cyclos (cd)

 
DILATE - Octagon (CD/Digital Download)

 
DISTANT SYSTEM - Spiral Empire (CD/Digital Download)

 
DJEN AJAKAN SHEAN - Crows Heading For Point Blank (cd-single)

 
DANIEL DOROBANTU - Knock on the Sky and listen to the Sound (cd)

 
GEOFFREY DOWNES - The New Dance Orchestra/The Light Program (Lp/cd)

 
DREAM JUNGLE - Lucid (cd)

 
DREAMFIRE - Atlantean Symphony (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
DREAMFIRE - Atlantean Symphony (CD)

 
DREAMSTATE - A Decade Dreaming (cd-r)

 
MARK DWANE - 2012 (cd)

 
MARK DWANE - The Monuments of Mars (cd)

 
DWELLER AT THE THRESHOLD - Full Boundary Condition (CD)

 
DWELLER AT THE THRESHOLD - Generation-Transmission-Illumination (cd)

 
DWELLER AT THE THRESHOLD - No Boundary Condition (cd)

 
JOHN DYSON - Darklight (cd)


GEOFFREY DOWNES
The New Dance Orchestra/The Light Program
LP/CD, Geffen Records , 1986
Being a fan of quite some symphonic/rock music as well, I thought it a good idea to reflect a bit on this album, which the composer released as The New Dance Orchestra.

"The Light Program" (this title actually pays homage to early radio days in Mr Downes homeland) is the remarkable debut solo-album of synthesist Geoffrey Downes, known from Yes, The Buggles and Asia. The album contains five main pieces, divided into separate sections, for a total of 33 tracks. In addition, the text in the booklet encourages listeners to use the program function of their CD players to create their own personal arrangements of the music by shuffling the different sections around in regard to sequence.

In the process of reviewing the outcome I sticked to presented chronology of pieces. I also like to point out the sounds of the synths heard were mostly those popular in the mid ‘80’s when the rise of synth technology made rapid steps forward. Vince DiCola displayed a similar approach and style for the pieces he delivered for the "Rocky V" soundtrack.

If this doesn’t put you off, the five lengthy pieces on this 70+ minute album offer a feast of a vast range of synth sounds and many complex structures. There are many layers and neo-classical hints to be found in the vibrant electronic symphonies displaying many different moods and faces, as Mr Downes fires off his excellent playing skills, most notably on the opener "Symphonique Electronique".

It was actually lack of support from the record company in the mid ‘80’s that kind of doomed the project, although "The Light Program" would later gain cult status over the years as a remarkable keyboard classic.

Website: www.geoffdownes.com

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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