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W.A.DEPHUL - When aliens meet a drop of water (cd)

DER WALDLäUFER - Wanderlust (Digital Download)

LISA WALKER - Grooved Whale (cd)

WANDERWELLE - Lost in a sea of trees (Lp/Digital Download)

SEAN WASHBURN - Wave Mantra (cd)

SEAN WASHBURN - Wave Mantra (CD)

WASSONIC - Wassonic (cd-r/Digital Download)

WATERBONE - Tibet (cd)

JESSE WAUGH - Japanese Tea Garden (Digital Download)

WAVE WORLD - Cloudseeder (cd)

WAVE WORLD - Hieroglyphs (cd)

WAVE WORLD - Tableaux (cd)

WAVE WORLD - The Falls of Varnal (cd)

WAVE WORLD - The Winds of Laax (cd)

WAVESTAR II - Nightwinds (CD/Digital Download)

BERNARD WEADLING - Out of Time (cd)

CHRISTIAN WELDE - Fairytales (cd)

WELLENFELD - Pandemie (cd-r/digital download)

WELLENFELD - Sunshine (cd-r/Digital Download)

WELLENFELD - The Big Bang (cd-r/Digital Download)

WELLENFELD - Trip to Illusion (cd-r)

MICHAEL WHALEN - Like Rain Through My Hands (cd)

MICHAEL WHALEN - Nightscenes (cd)

CLIFFORD WHITE - Ascension (cd)

CLIFFORD WHITE - Atlantis (cd)

CLIFFORD WHITE - The Healing Touch (Ascension II) (cd)

STEPHAN WHITLAN - Inertial Moments (cd-r/Digital Download)

STEPHAN WHITLAN - Map Reference (cd)

STEPHAN WHITLAN - Travelling Light (Digital Download)

STEPHAN WHITLAN - Triangulation (cd)

KLAUS WIESE - Perfume (cd)

PHILLIP WILKERSON & CHRIS RUSSELL - Vague Traces (CD/Digital Download)

PHILLIP WILKERSON - Amorphous Worlds (cd-r)

PHILLIP WILKERSON - Complex Silence 23 (Digital Download)

PHILLIP WILKERSON - Early Works (cd-r)

PHILLIP WILKERSON - Highlands (Digital Download)


PHILLIP WILKERSON - Sojourner (cd-r/Digital Download)

PHILLIP WILKERSON - Starjournal (cd-r)

PHILLIP WILKERSON - Still Point (cd-r)

PHILLIP WILKERSON - Sun Tracer (cd-r)

PHILLIP WILKERSON - Ten to Eleven (cd-r/Digital Download)

PHILLIP WILKERSON - The Stars and Afterward (cd-r/Digital Download)

PHILLIP WILKERSON - Ways of Forgetting (Digital Download EP)

PHILLIP WILKERSON - Wondrous Encounters (CD-r/Digital Download)

SIMON WILKINSON - Cryosleep Dreams (Digital Download)

BEKKI WILLIAMS - Edge of Human (cd)

ANDREW THOMAS WILSON - Carnarvon -Rain Forest- (cd)

TERJE WINTHER - Electronic Regions (cd)

WINTHERSTORMER - Electric Fairytales (cd)

WINTHERSTORMER - Ground Connection (cd)

WINTHERSTORMER - Woodwork (cd)

WITHIN REASON - Farshadow (CD/Digital Download)

WITHIN REASON - Substrate: Collected Elements (cd-r/digital download)

WITHIN REASON - Subtle Shift (cd-r)

WITHIN REASON - Transient Broadcasts (CD-r/Digital Download)


JACK WOOD - Lighthouse (cd)

RENé VAN DER WOUDEN - Altostratus / Cirrostratus (cd-r)

RENé VAN DER WOUDEN - Fixus Naturalis (cd-r/Digital Download)

RENé VAN DER WOUDEN - Numerus Fixus (cd)

RENé VAN DER WOUDEN - Panorama (cd-r/Digital Download)

RENé VAN DER WOUDEN - Pro Sequentia (cd-r)

RENé VAN DER WOUDEN - Stargazer (CD-r/Digital Download)

RENé VAN DER WOUDEN - Zeppelins! There they go (cd-r/Digital Download)

DAVID WRIGHT - Connected (CD/Digital Downoad)

DAVID WRIGHT - Dreams and Distant Moonlight (cd)

DAVID WRIGHT - In Search of Silence (CD/Digital Download)

DAVID WRIGHT - Live at the London Planetarium (CD/Digital Download)

DAVID WRIGHT - Momentum (cd)

DAVID WRIGHT - The Spirit of Light (Best of Volume 2) (CD/Digital Download)

FRéDéRIC WURTZ - Sequence Time (Mc)

BERNHARD WöSTHEINRICH - Live in New Jersey (Digital Download)

ERIK WøLLO & BERNHARD WöSTHEINRICH - Weltenuhr (CD/Digital Download)

ERIK WøLLO - Airborne (CD/Digital Download)

ERIK WøLLO - Blue Radiance (CD/Digital Download)

ERIK WøLLO - Celestia (Digital Download EP)

ERIK WøLLO - Echotides (CD/Digital Download)

ERIK WøLLO - Emotional Landscapes (cd)

ERIK WøLLO - Gateway (cd)

ERIK WøLLO - Guitar Nova (cd)

ERIK WøLLO - Silent Currents (Live at Star’s End) (cd)

ERIK WøLLO - Silent Currents 3 (Digital Download)

ERIK WøLLO - Timelines (CD/Digital Download)

ERIK WøLLO - Tundra (CD/Digital Download)

ERIK WøLLO - Wind Journey (cd)

Electronic Regions
CD, Bajkal Records, 2009
"Electronic Regions", a concert album with varied expressions spread out over two discs, took Norwegian musician Terje Winther a long time to complete, almost five years to be more exact.

For this release, Terje actually wanted to pay homage to all the electronic music that has inspired him, from early Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze, through prog rock and electronic hit songs, to long symphonic works mixed with sounds that stretch your imagination. For this purpose, he mostly used ProTools, next to main synths as the analogue modulars, the Moog and ARP synths, plus various string machines to put the icing on the cake.

Musically, Terje has come up with inspired vintage electronics consisting of lots of full tonal and atonal analogue sounds, strong rhythms from sequencers, good tunes and themes, keeping in mind there’s always a rough, overtly strange and experimental edge to it all. Together, they act like "a walk through a giant landscape where you meet all these wonderful places to visit", as Terje said it in an interview with Planet Origo.

Well, the vibe and backbone of ‘70’s vintage electronics lies firmly embedded in the centre of the highly improvised music. There’s the one hour, five-part "Entering Regions Suite" on the first disc, of which the masterful middle track "I Feel Life" is one of pure and grand design, actually making retro music shine so brightly, while the sequenced, enigmatic spheres of "Repeating (itself)" send its greetings to TD’s "Ricochet".

This also goes for the three pieces on the second cd: although the short opening piece "Electronic RendezVouz" is rather pointless and silly, the over 51-minute "Where the water leaves the road" carries on very nicely in classic Schulze in the first 20 minutes or so. After that, the music turns more melodic and a bit too freaky at times.

Eventually, the vintage style works out better on the cinematic, more harmonic sounding "Evermore", which strays along the numerous paths of "electronic forests".
In its own right, the music re-interprets and redefines the impact of the auditory landscapes from the past, which were ahead of their time. Mr Winther has transformed them into massive and expansive new shapes and figures, even into off-the-world dimensions if you like.

Summarizing: Terje’s "Electronic Regions" is not an easy-to-chew or digest kind of retro music, but a tough one with a full-grown edge of maturity, demanding adventurous ears to experience and appreciate its full meaning.


© Bert Strolenberg

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