Beyond Berlin – Totem


Release data: Beyond Berlin – Totem CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Groove Unlimited, 2019 From this album on, Dutch EM-band Beyond Berlin has become a trio seeing Oscar van den Wijngaard joining Martin Peters and Rene de Bakker on their fine sonic journeys into vintage aural landscapes. Their 60-minute “Totem” is a melodic, sequencer-driven and emotive recording lacking almost any soloing. It embraces the warm ambience and overall sonic…

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Beyond Berlin – Fine Tunes


Release data: Beyond Berlin – Fine Tunes CD, Groove Unlimited, 2017 “Fine Tunes” is the first factory-pressed release of Martin Peters and Rene de Bakker (aka Beyond Berlin) based on musical sketches mapped out during a jam session in November 2016. Both synthesists love vintage Berlin School music, a style also executed with a crisp sound on this almost 73-minute album through three lengthy melodic-…

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Rene de Bakker – Almost Human


Release data: Rene de Bakker – Almost Human CD-R/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2016 Rene de Bakker’s “Almost Human” was launched on “E-Live 2016”, another album of sequencer-based, Berlin School inspired electronic music. Several interesting moves and sounds are present on each of the seven tracks on the 79-minute album, but (as noted on previous recordings) I again discerned several superficial, mediocre passages to grab and…

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Rene de Bakker – Returning Winds


Release data: Rene de Bakker – Returning Winds CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2014 On your search for well-tempered Berlin School music the works by Rene de Bakker will surely please quite an audience, as it is well composed and structured. Did his self-titled first album still need a bit of work on various fronts, the 66-minute “Returning Winds” (Rene’s third effort) comes forward more solid…

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Rene de Bakker – Rene de Bakker


Release data: Rene de Bakker – Rene de Bakker CD-R/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2012 Rene is a previous member of the band AKS and currently one half of the Dutch EM retro project Beyond Berlin. It won’t be a surprise his 78-minute debut contains Berlin School inspired instrumental EM, featuring lush pads and textures along slow-paced, nicely interlocking sequencer lines. The overall sound design is…

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