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VALLEYFORGE - Live and Session Tapes (cd-r)

 
FRANK VAN BOGAERT - Air Machine (cd)

 
FRANK VAN BOGAERT - Colours (cd/Digital Download)

 
FRANK VAN BOGAERT - Geographic (cd)

 
JUSTIN VANDERBERG - Synthetic Memories (cd)

 
VANDERSON - Another Day in Future (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
VANDERSON - Earth Moving (cd-r)

 
VANDERSON - Echoes of Darkness (cd-r)

 
VANDERSON - From the Bottom of Space (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
VANDERSON - Synthetic Breath (cd)

 
VANDERSON - Visions (cd)

 
VANDERSON & RUDź - Remote Sessions (cd)

 
VANGELIS - Antarctica OST (LP/CD)

 
VANGELIS - Chariots of Fire: The Play (cd/Digital Download)

 
VANGELIS - El Greco -Original Motion Picture Soundtrack- (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Albedo (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Ambienism Volume 1 (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Ambrosia (CD/Digital Download)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Analogy 2 (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Analogy 3 (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Awakenings 2005 (cd-r)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Chasing the Dawn - Ultima Thule Ambient (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Devil in The Detail (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - DiN 30 iNDEX 03 (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Distant Friends (cd-r)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Dreams of My Space - Vol. 1 (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Dutch Masters (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Electronic Music for Life (CD/Digital Download)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Euphony 1 (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Euphony 2 (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Evening Sky (cd-r)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Fahrenheit Project Part 3 (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Fahrenheit Project Part 7 (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Floating Point 3 (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Future Memories (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Greenosophy (CD/Digital Download)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Gyalpo (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Imaginary Friends (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Joint Efforts - The Album (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Lost In The Humming Air (Music inspired by Harold (CD/Digital Download)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Manikin Records Second Decade 2002-2012 (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Oxycanta III (cd/Digital Download)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Oxycanta – Winter Blooms (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Passages (cd/Digital Download)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Phra Rahu (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Ping Ambience 2 (cd-r)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Ricochet Gathering Mojave 2003 (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Shapes and Phases of Ambience (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Soundscape Gallery 2 (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Soundscape Gallery Series One (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - The Collective, Vol. 2 (cd-r)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - The Other World (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Waterhaven (cd)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Wilderness Mysterium (cd)

 
BRIAN VASSALLO - Beyond (cd)

 
BRIAN VASSALLO - Flashback (cd)

 
BRIAN VASSALLO - Memoirs of a Lifetime (cd)

 
VELGENATURLIG - Húmus (cd)

 
VENJA - Mode Zen (cd)

 
STEVE VERITY - Timestar (cd)

 
BIL VERMETTE - Galaxies IV (CD/Digital Download)

 
VIDNAOBMANA - Crossing the Trail (cd/digital download)

 
VIDNAOBMANA - Echoing Delight (cd)

 
VIDNAOBMANA - Revealed by Composed Nature (lp/cd/digital download)

 
VIDNAOBMANA & JEFF PEARCE - True Stories (cd)

 
VIDNAOBMANA & SAM ROSENTHAL - Terrace of Memories (cd)

 
VIR UNIS - Aeonian Glow (cd)

 
VIR UNIS - Mercury & Plastic (cd-r)

 
VIR UNIS - The Drift Inside (cd)

 
VIR UNIS & JAMES JOHNSON - Perimeter (cd-r)

 
VIR UNIS & JAMES JOHNSON - Perimeter II (cd-r)

 
VIR UNIS/DISTURBED EARTH - Drawn from the Well (cd-r)

 
PAUL VNUK JR - Silence Speaks in Shadows (cd)

 
VOID - Avoidance (cd)

 
VOLT - Circuits (cd)

 
VOLT - HjVi (cd)

 
VOLT - Nucleosynthesis (cd)

 
VOLT - Particles (cd/Digital Download)


JUSTIN VANDERBERG
Synthetic Memories
CD, Spotted Peccary Music, 2011
To me, Justin Vanderberg is a new ambient musician, but the press sheet learned he already released an album back in 2007 called "In Waking Moments".

"Synthetic Memories", a concept album upon the idea of questioning the reality of memories, is his second effort. And what a beauty it is: an impressive and thought provoking work of warm, emotive and contemplative textural scapes journeying in worlds of wonder, featuring rich sounding and nicely layered electronics, sequencing and minimal rhythms, alltogether building great arcs of cinematic sound.

While the catchy opening track "From Below" (a collaboration with Jon Jenkins) is already breathtaking, the 13-minute title track is a driving sequencer outing, while immersive and deep ambient spaces are explored on "67", "Dusk" and the lingering "Cold Brightness". I was also moved by the mesmerizing and reflective piano meditation "Drops".

Due to the expert mastering and detailed, spacious sound by Howard Givens, Justin’s smooth pulsating synthetic creations touches deeper ground on a personal level: his gentle evolving sonic journeys display the feeling of searching, inner exploration and self-transformation/realization.

The stunning "Synthetic Memories" proves to be a intimate comfort zone, highly recommended if you like Steve Roach, Ti-Cal or Patrick O’Hearn. Congrats on this outcome, Justin!

Website: www.spottedpeccary.com

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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