REVIEWS Sun, Apr 30 2017



Home Recent Reviews Interviews Features Photos Links Bert
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V
W
X Y Z
 
W.A.DEPHUL - When aliens meet a drop of water (cd)

 
DER WALDLäUFER - Wanderlust (Digital Download)

 
LISA WALKER - Grooved Whale (cd)

 
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)

 
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 - Interplay (Ep)

 
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)

 
WOLFSKIN FEAT. LAST INDUSTRIAL ESTATE - Stonegates of Silence (cd)

 
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 WĝLLO & BERNHARD WöSTHEINRICH - Weltenuhr (CD/Digital Download)

 
ERIK WĝLLO - Airborne (CD/Digital Download)

 
ERIK WĝLLO - Blue Radiance (CD/Digital Download)

 
ERIK WĝLLO - Celestia (Digital Download EP)

 
ERIK WĝLLO - Echotides (CD/Digital Download)

 
ERIK WĝLLO - Emotional Landscapes (cd)

 
ERIK WĝLLO - Gateway (cd)

 
ERIK WĝLLO - Guitar Nova (cd)

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

 
ERIK WĝLLO - Silent Currents 3 (Digital Download)

 
ERIK WĝLLO - Timelines (CD/Digital Download)

 
ERIK WĝLLO - Tundra (CD/Digital Download)

 
ERIK WĝLLO - Wind Journey (cd)


STEPHAN WHITLAN
Map Reference
CD, Fairy Nuff Records, 1996
With "Map Reference", Irish synthesist Stephan Whitlan delivered his debut album on his private Fairy Nuff label back in 1996. Looking back, it's a great example what a whole bunch of analogue gear and some keen musicianship can lead do (although the story in the cd-booklet reveals to get to this outcome wasn’t easy at all).

The key factor though remains Mr Whitlan, who knows his ways with electronics, as he loves modular programming next to dabbling around and experimenting with his instruments. While he does so, he created sort of his own cool sound, although references to John Dyson have been made as well (which isn't strange as he was part of the JD live-band for years).

Well, this 74-minute album contains some infectious and bouncing sequencer patterns as well as well layered synth pads with some jolly nice solos on top. A sure highlight is the 20-minute album opener "The second hand swept away the time that could never be", an energetic and complex outing with a stunning flow of recurring electronic elements and melodic lines.

Another one is "The last place God made" is a gorgeous, almost classical piece, a kind of emotional hymn in which his work as an organ player shines through. Also take notice of the untitled 6-minute piece found at the tail of the album.

"Map Reference" stands out due to a great pairing of sequencing, rhythmic patterns and melody, offering a lot to discover and enjoy over and over again.
Nice going, Stephan!

© Bert Strolenberg

 
Click on arrow to go to top of page