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THE LAB - Analysis Paralysis (Digital Download)

 
THE LAB - Homodigitalis (cd)

 
DER LABORANT - Kontakt (cd)

 
ANDREW LAHIFF - Inner Worlds Returning (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
ANDREW LAHIFF - Quiet Correlations (Digital Download)

 
ANDREW LAHIFF - Somewhere under The Sky (cd-r)

 
ANDREW LAHIFF - Suspended Twilight (Digital Download)

 
JOHN LAKVEET - Epikus (cd)

 
JOHN LAKVEET - The Force of Reason (cd)

 
JOHN LAKVEET - The Last Nine Convoys from Magoria Station (cd-r)

 
LAMBERT - Drachenreise (CD)

 
LAMP - Scales of Fortune (cd)

 
LAMP - The Three Towers (cd)

 
BRANNAN LANE & AMIR BAGHIRI - Lucid Circles (cd-r)

 
BRANNAN LANE - Hypnotic Drift (cd-r)

 
BRANNAN LANE - Submerge (cd-r)

 
DAVID LANGE - Return of the Comet (cd)

 
PASCAL LANGUIRAND - De Harmonia Universalia (lp)

 
PASCAL LANGUIRAND - Ishtar (cd)

 
LAOCOöN - Immersion (cd)

 
SERGE LAPORTE - Sea of a Thousand Stories (cd)

 
LAST INDUSTRIAL ESTATE - Last Industrial Estates (cd)

 
LAUDANUM - Laudanum (CD-EP)

 
LAUDANUM - Laudanum (full album) (CD)

 
LAUGE - Pusterum (Digital Download)

 
LAUREL - Laurel (cd)

 
LAV & PURL - A State of Becoming (Lp/CD)

 
PAUL LAWLER & PAUL SPEER - Wonders (cd)

 
PAUL LAWLER - Bronx Shadows (cd-r)

 
PAUL LAWLER - Lost (Ep)

 
PAUL LAWLER - Opus (Digital Download)

 
SCOTT LAWLOR - Daedalus (Digital Download)

 
SCOTT LAWLOR - Neptune (Digital Download)

 
KERRY LEIMER - Degraded Certainties (cd)

 
KERRY LEIMER - Lesser Epitomes (cd)

 
KERRY LEIMER - The Useless Lesson (cd)

 
BORIS LELONG - Everyday Flower (Digital Download)

 
LEMONCHILL - Sentant (cd)

 
LANCE LENEHAN - Ambient Spaces (cd)

 
LANCE LENEHAN - Analogue Days (cd)

 
LANCE LENEHAN - Soundscape (cd)

 
LARS LEONHARD - Burning Clouds (Digital EP)

 
EIRIK LIE - 12 Bilder (cd)

 
A LIGHT BEACON - Music for the Patient (cd)

 
LIGHTWAVE - Mundus Subterraneus (cd)

 
LIGHTWAVE - Nachtmusik (cd)

 
LIGHTWAVE - Tycho Brahe (cd)

 
WILLIAM LINTON - Traveler's Tales (cd-r)

 
WILLIAM LINTON - Wayfarer (cd-r)

 
LIQUID MIND - Deep Sleep (CD/Digital Download)

 
LIQUID MIND - Relax - A Liquid Mind Experience- (cd)

 
LIQUID MIND - Relaxing Rain & Ocean Mixes (CD/Digital Download)

 
LIQUID MIND - Spirit (cd)

 
LIQUID MIND - VII: Reflection (cd)

 
LIQUID MIND - X: Meditation (CD/Digital Download)

 
LIVEFORM - In Harmony (Digital Download)

 
LIVEFORM - Take One, Volume 1 (Digital Download)

 
LIVEFORM - Take One, Volume 2 (Digital Download)

 
LIVING DREAMTIME - Exploring the Water Element (cd)

 
GLYN LLOYD-JONES - Chaotic Attraction (Digital Download)

 
GLYN LLOYD-JONES - From Time to Time (Digital Download)

 
LLYN Y CWN - III: KA (Digital Download EP)

 
LLYN Y CWN - IV (Digital Download)

 
LLYN Y CWN - Llyn Y Cwn (Digital Download EP)

 
LOGIC GATE - From the Silence (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
LOGIC GATE - Voyages (Digital Download)

 
SIMON LOMAX - 5 Textures (CD/Digital Download)

 
SIMON LOMAX - A Glimmer of Memory (CD/LP)

 
SIMON LOMAX - An Ember Glows (Digital Download)

 
SIMON LOMAX - Zone of Cold (cd)

 
THE LONELY BELL - The Lonely Bell (Digital Download EP)

 
LOOM - 100 001 (CD Ep)

 
LOOM - Scored (live) (cd)

 
LOOM - The Tree Hates The Forest (cd)

 
BERTRAND LOREAU - From Past to Past (CD/Digital Download)

 
BERTRAND LOREAU - In Search of Silence (ft. Lambert) (cd/Digital Download)

 
BERTRAND LOREAU - Journey through the past (cd)

 
BERTRAND LOREAU - Nostalgic Steps (cd/digital download)

 
BERTRAND LOREAU - Spiral Lights (cd/digital download)

 
LOVELIESCRUSHING - Ghost Colored Halo (Digital Download)

 
LUMINOUS DIMENSIONS - Luminous Dimensions (dvd)

 
JOHN LUTTRELL - A Sense of Impending Levitation (cd-r)

 
DAVE LUXTON & AARON GATES - Futurus (cd)

 
DAVE LUXTON - Dark Moon (cd-r)

 
DAVE LUXTON - Dreams Ghosts and Parallel Universes (cd-r/digital download)

 
DAVE LUXTON - Hidden Music (cd-r)

 
DAVE LUXTON - Music From The Firmament (Digital Download)

 
DAVE LUXTON - Portal (cd-r)

 
DAVE LUXTON - The Divided Line (cd-r)

 
DAVE LUXTON - When The World Was Young (cd-r)

 
JOHN LYELL & BRENT A. REILAND - Synthetic Universe (cd)

 
JOHN LYELL - Dimensions (cd)

 
JOHN LYELL - Eternity (CD/Digital Download)

 
JOHN LYELL - Planetary Artifacts (CD/Digital Download)

 
JOHN LYELL - Reflection of Time (cd/Digital Download)


JOHN LYELL & BRENT A. REILAND
Synthetic Universe
CD, Private release, 2002
"Synthetic Universe" is the second cd of this Minneapolis-based duo that made quite an impression in the scene with their debut-cd "Wormholes" in 1998.

This is another fairly strong effort in traditional spacemusic, but John Lyell & his musical companion Brent A. Reiland also dare to do their own thing by weaving seduced tribal-percussion ("Cosmic Serengeti"), deep bass-tones and intimate flute sounds into their slow-morphing, sometimes slightly repetitive sound textures.

The album clocks over 77 minutes, offering ten tracks that spread out the universe before the listeners ears. This journey would be a perfect companion to a planetarium show, where you step into deep space, not knowing what will come along the way.
Next to various mysterious and darker shades also more lighter, serene elements and spacy touches can be heard in the music. In addition, some vague melodies, intimate flute and piano sounds are nicely carried away by the duo’s soaring synthesizer washes without things getting new-agy.
"Enigmatic Muse" or "Light Years Away" e.g. get you in the same relaxed atmosphere as Jonn Serrie’s "Tingri" of "Flightpath".

To my modest opinion, John and Brent only make 1 small mistake in "Zone 5", where they infuse some slightly experimental touches in the music, which isn’t appropriate to the other tracks.

Nevertheless, "Synthetic Universe" will do very well next to the cosmic recordings of Meg Bowles, Glenn Deardorff or Jonn Serrie.

Website: www.lightyearproductions.net

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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