Chuck Van Zyl – The XYL File


Release data: Chuck Van Zyl – The XYL File CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Industry8, 2016 Let’s focus on some old School-based electronic music from the US created in the mid ’80s that now sees a re-release. Marking the 25th anniversary of its first release in 1991 on an audio cassette by Peter Gulch’s Synkronos Music label, this limited edition cd release contains some of the first compositions…

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Chuck van Zyl – The Relic


Release data: Chuck van Zyl – The Relic CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Centaur Discs/Industry8,  1995/2018 Despite not being a collector, while owning the original “Celestial Mechanics”, I’ve always regretted not having a hardcopy of Chuck van Zyl’s “The Relic”. Fortunately, Industry8 did a limited physical re-release of it in 2018 (for which the full recording was remastered), which is the one reviewed here. In 1995, accomplished US-synthesist…

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Johannes Schmoelling & others – 20


Release data: Johannes Schmoelling & others – 20 CD-EP, Viktoriapark Records, 2020 This is a celebratory release due to the 20th anniversary of Viktoria Park Records founded by Johannes Schmoelling in December 2000. The 30-minute Ep features four previously unreleased tracks where harmonic, melodic lines merge sophistically with delicate yet evocative sequences. There are two compositions Johannes made with his mastering engineer Jonas Behrens, one…

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Chuck van Zyl – Spacetones


Release data: Chuck Van Zyl – Spacetones CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Groove Unlimited, 2019 Well, I guess the review of this one comes quite a bit later than I anticipated as I bought at the E-Live 2019 event where it was released. “Spacetones” presents Chuck’s full concert of minimalist Berlin-School inspired synth & sequencer improvisations performed at “E-Day 2018”. Its three lengthy cosmic parts reveal Van Zyl’s…

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Chuck Van Zyl – Recitals 2


Release data: Chuck Van Zyl – Recitals 2 CD, Synkronos Music, 2018 “Recitals 2”, following in the footsteps of the previous volume, features a selection of live pieces recorded at two late 2017 performances. As happened on the previous volume, Chuck again takes his own turn on the classic/teutonic Berlin School style of the ’70’s most notably the vintage works of Tangerine Dream. His emotive…

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Chuck Van Zyl – Recitals


Release data: Chuck Van Zyl – Recitals CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Synkronos Music, 2016 What I got here is a 140-minute double album featuring sequencer-driven electronic music (extracted from five May 2016 performances) tapping in the pool of German vintage electronics bridged with an own signature. Imagine two 70+ minute highly improvised sonic journeys extending the trajectory of van Zyl’s “MemorySpace” (2010), “Cenotaph” (2012) and “Rituals” containing…

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