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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)

 
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)


RENé VAN DER WOUDEN
Stargazer
CD-R/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, REWO Records, 2015
It’s been a while since I reviewed an album by Dutch synthesist René van der Wouden, so I’m glad to investigate one of his recent endeavours. "Stargazer", released in June 2015, is a smoothened-dynamic and melodic recording featuring nice sequencer/rhythmic underlayment paired with sound effects along classic and modern electronic sounds.

The cosmic theme is explored through five accessible tracks, of which I especially like the textural, free form parts (always 4-6 minutes) found at the start setting the mood of each composition. A haze of Berlin School airs through the whole album, especially on the vibrant title piece, but is transformed and interpreted into René’s personal style. "The Blue Lights" is rather minimalist in form, but a closer listen reveals the slow, low-melodic/sequenced progression happening along the 19-minute ride.

The title kicks off spherical but evolves into a nicely tweaked and rapid sequencer-driven venture without any solo voices. The minimalism though on "Galaxy Floating" sounds uninspired, empty and rather dreary, missing a true drive and kick. Fortunately, the happy song "Mosaic of Stars" rounding out the recording connects to a catchy aural realm again, making it the most melodic one on the album.

Website: www.renevanderwouden.net

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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