This album documents the (slightly adjusted) concert Dutch synthesist Hans van Kroonenburg (whose motto is the power of a synthesizer is not to imitate but to create) performed at The Gatherings concert series in May 2019 in Philadephia, USA. Totally relying on hardware synths he used no backing tape, computer whatsoever. As Hans’ son couldn’t travel with him for this event, Harrison McKay (member of The Tangent-Project) replaced him on e-guitar on two tracks.
Well, warm, embracing and lush textural pads blended with spatial sequencing and vintage soundings inspired by classic Berlin School lie at the core of smooth evolving and emotive “Fluxes in Philadelphia”. Pieces like “Rumble”, “Oceans and Air Guitar”, “EC2” as well as the title track (kicking off the second set) are where grace and imminent magic shines through the notes especially.
Rest me to say one simply can’t go wrong with the well-done “Fluxes in Philadelphia” (that I rate between 3.5 and 4 stars) if his previous album “Next Step in Evolution” ticked lots of boxes for you.
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the Skoulaman artist page
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