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JUTA TAKAHASHI - Across the Flow (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Albion (cd)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Angel (cd)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Hymn (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Light and Shadows (CD)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Moonlit Flowers (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Quiet Rain (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Remembrance (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Seabound (cd-r)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Silence (cd)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - The Door into Winter (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
JUTA TAKAHASHI - Transcendence (CD/Digital Download)

 
TAKLA MAKAN - Technicollage (Digital Download)

 
TANGENT PROJECT - Surface (cd-r)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Booster (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - DM 2.1 (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Izu (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Josephine the Mouse Singer (CD-EP)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Mala Kunia (CD-EP)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - One Times One (Ep)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Particles (CD-EP)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Phaedra 2005 (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Quantum Key (CD-Ep)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Quinoa (CD-EP)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Soundmill Navigator (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - The Endless Season (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Views from a Red Train (cd)

 
TANGERINE DREAM - Winter in Hiroshima (cd)

 
TANGRAM - Flow (cd-r)

 
TANGRAM - Tepidarium (cd-r)

 
GLEN TARACHOW - Waterclock (cd)

 
TAU SAGITTARII - Sensory Data (Digital Download)

 
TELOMERE - Astral Currents (cd)

 
TELOMERE - Lux Primordia (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
TELOMERE - The Stellar Sea (cd)

 
TELOMERE - Zoetosis (cd)

 
TEMPS PERDU? - Athanor (cd)

 
TEMPS PERDU? - Earth Story (cd)

 
TEMPS PERDU? - Terra Incognita (cd/Digital Download)

 
TERRA AMBIENT - The Darker Space (cd-r)

 
TERRA AMBIENT - The Gate (cd)

 
TERRA AMBIENT - Wanderlust (cd)

 
TERRA SANCTA - Exile (cd/digital download)

 
TERRAN SPIRAL - Time to Slide (cd-r)

 
IAN TESCEE - A Traveler’s Guide to Mars (cd)

 
IAN TESCEE - Breathwork (cd-r)

 
THAMNOS - WIR (cd)

 
ALEX THEORY & DANIEL PINCHBECK - Emergence 2012 (cd)

 
THIS - Zone (cd-r)

 
STEVE THOMAS - More People have been to the Moon (cd)

 
ROBERT SCOTT THOMPSON - Pale Blue Dot (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
ROBERT SCOTT THOMPSON - Poesis Athesis (cd)

 
ROBERT SCOTT THOMPSON - Silent Shore (cd)

 
THOUGHT GUILD - Continuum (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
THOUGHT GUILD - Electric Curios (Digital Download)

 
THOUGHT GUILD - Third Voyage (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Black Soma (CD/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Circuit Bloom (Mc/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Dream Tempest (CD/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Further Rooms (Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Heather Spa (Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Hollow (CD/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Hypersona (CD/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Lithea (CD/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Memories in Whitescreen (Lp/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Pulse Dive (EP/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Seconds & Forever (Lp/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Shadowplay (cd/digital download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - The Infinity Room (LP/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Tomorrow's Explorers (EP/Digital Download)

 
THREE-SIX (36) - Void Dance (CD/Digital Download)

 
TI-CAL - Coriolis (cd)

 
TIDAL FORCE - Nebula (Digital Download)

 
TIME BEING - A Dimension Reflected (cd)

 
TIME BEING - A Place to Belong (CD/Digital Download)

 
ALEX TIUNIAEV - Artificial Symphony (cd-r)

 
TM SOLVER - Axon (Digital Download)

 
DAVID TOLLEFSON - New Eyes on the Universe (cd)

 
TONEFLOAT:IKON - Streams of Consciousness (Series) (Lp)

 
ISAIAH TORAN - Another Way Home (cd)

 
ISAIAH TORAN - Whispering Quietly (cd)

 
TOSS POWER TRAPS - Earth Rot II: Music For Iceland (Digital Download)

 
THE TOWER TREE - Transposing (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
COLIN TOWNS - Full Circle (cd)

 
TRANSCEIVE - Exit to Nowhere (CD/Digital Download)

 
TRANSCEIVE - The Circe Complex (Digital Download EP)

 
TRANSCEIVE - Transformation 88:98 (cd)

 
TRIPPLE S - Poles (CD/Digital Download)

 
TRIPSWITCH - Geometry (cd)

 
TROIKA - Faeries (CD)

 
TROIKA - Goddess (cd)

 
TROIKA - Shaman (cd)

 
TROIKA - Troika II Dream Place (cd)

 
JOHAN TRONESTAM - Far Away (CD/Digital Download)

 
JOHAN TRONESTAM - Roots and Legends from the North (cd)

 
JOHAN TRONESTAM - Space Collection (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
EMMANUEL TUTS-SCHIEMSKY - Muze in de Storm (cd-r)

 
EMMANUEL TUTS-SCHIEMSKY - Rust voor de Stilte (cd)

 
TUU - Mesh (cd)

 
TUU - Terma (cd)

 
TUU - The Frozen Lands (CD-EP)

 
TWOFISH - Zero Crossing (cd-r)

 
NIK TYNDALL & BERND SCHOLL - Dreamspheres (cd)


TAKLA MAKAN
Technicollage
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release , 2016
This album is my first encounter with the music of UK-synthesist Tony Allgood, aka Takla Makan. "Technicollage" contains two 20-minute sets, the first one starting out with a simple but engaging melody on which things slowly start to build. Almost halfway the first set, Mr Allgood introduces a smooth Berlin School sequence to which soft, dreamy and warm synth work, choir pads as well as smooth bouncing rhythms are added. Classic TD is addressed here very nicely but in a less upfront and melodic fashion.

This non-intrusive sonic approach and mellow sound design is continued on the second set. Unfortunately, it falls flat briefly around the 5-minute mark before picking up again, but from there on the various elements/passages come forward less cohesive and effective compared to the previous set. Up-tempo old school sequences along a soaring solo-voice though emerge around the 16-minute mark making things much more interesting again and even slightly soundtrack-like.

In the end I was left with the feeling Takla Makan’s music might work better when he sticks to tracks half the size or even less.

Website: www.takla-makan.bandcamp.com

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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