REVIEWS Thu, Nov 15 2018

Home Recent Reviews Interviews Features Photos Links Bert
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)


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 - Bronx Shadows (cd-r)


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 - Peace (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 - A Strange Light (CD/Digital Download)

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 - 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)

The Three Towers
CD, Groove Unlimited, 2012
Lamp is a collaboration of Michael Shipway (also known as one half of VoLt) with guitarist/friend Garth Jones. Michael and Garth are actually former work colleagues and after a number of studio and live sessions together, they agreed that the combination of Garth's melodic guitar with Michael’s synthesizer soundscapes would be appreciated within and beyond the EM community.

"The Three Towers (Tales from Bernodine – Volume 1)" comprises three long tracks of 20,17 and 19 minutes, mixing elements of classic electronics with contemporary Em styles. They all rise from the foundation of Michael’s majestic sequences and evocative synth pads. These are then capped by lead lines that switch between synthesizer and guitar, in line of a conversation.

The general recording technique was for Michael to create the key sequences for each track, applying mostly the Sequentix Cirklon sequencer with Virus, Oasys and Voyager synthesizers. Garth would then add guitar refrains and riffs from his beloved Fender Stratocaster guitar in the studio or from the comfort of his own desk, approximately 75 miles away.

In the next stage, Michael incorporated these contributions with his own synthesiser leads and performed further editing to create the final mix of each track. In the end, professional mastering was carried out by Ron Boots to put the icing on the cake and lift the outcome to an even higher plain. Michael recalls the structure of the album suggested the title "The Three Towers" which in turn led to the cd artwork. The music itself then inspired Garth to write a short story to be offered as one possible interpretation.

Despite distinct VoLt-influences occasionally simmering through the various layers and main structure of "The Three Towers", its music carries a lighter and more open feel, with Garth’s tasty guitar licks adding melodic, poignant and lush phrases throughout. I for one though feel the third and final part ("The Tower of Diameter") is also the weakest: it’s a bit too easy-going while not aptly tying the strengths of both musicians together.

And although the album title, cover art and inside map might suggest otherwise, the album’s concept is not based on anything related to Tolkien’s "The Lord of the Rings" or Middle Earth: it relates to the multi-being and scientist Bernodine and is on a universal scale, yet provides an echo from an ancient legend.
The full story that triggered the album’s concept can be read on the Mr Shipway’s MSL-Music website listed below.

The duo will demonstrate their Lamp-style live-on-stage at their Awakenings concert in July 2012.


© Bert Strolenberg

Click on arrow to go to top of page