Thursday, March 20, 2014

Archaic Frontiers New Release CD + Digital Download

A further trek into the dominions of dusty red terrain and enigmatic crimson sunsets. Canyons and plateaus that echo a shamans motif of tribes lost in the mist of time & forgotten history. Music infused with improvisation and imagery channeled thru electronic medium and carved into form. Refractive tone clusters and their rhythmic counterparts vibrate thru the sediment and stone on the Archaic Frontiers.

All synthesizer programming & music compositions by Gregory Kyryluk 2009-2014
Photography & Design by Gregory Kyryluk.

Available on cd and digital download via Bancamp (click here)

Limited cd run of 50 copies.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Ambient Online 2 Compilation Unreleased AWM Music + More

Just released on Bandcamp the follow-up to the Ambient Online series of electronic music compilations. These series feature musicians from all over the globe whom carve out their own unique brand of ambient electronic music and offer their works for your listening journeys.

The Ambient Online #2 compilations features the unreleased Alpha Wave Movement track "Sonik Tincture (Microwave Mix)". This is a improvised track recorded the last year and never before available anywhere else.

Here's a brief overview of the compilation which in itself is a superb deal considering the amount of interesting music for a fraction of the price of a regular download.......

Ambient Online Compilation: Volume 2 brings together the most talented artists has to offer. With 40 tracks and a total running time of almost 5 hours, this is by far some of the best ambient, dark ambient, and experimental music you'll find anywhere else.

Please visit the Ambient Online Bandcamp page for audio samples and purchase.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Vintage AWM Titles CD Limited Repress & New Celestial Chronicles Review

Two of my previous releases Concept of Motion (originally releases in 1998 on the Groove Unlimited label) and The Mystic & The Machine (Harmonic Resonance Recordings) have been both out of print on physical media for quite a few years.

I have decided to run a small batch of these releases on cd.

Anyone interested in purchasing the cds please visit the HRR Bandcamp page here to purchase the cd/cds.

The original pressing/release of Concept of Motion on Groove Unlimited did not have the bonus track "Optic Nerve Dream" which is included on the HRR/Harmonic Resonance Recordings repress.

The Mystic & the Machine is a vary different Alpha Wave Movement release stylistically as it explored the romantic and cosmic progressive rock influences of Genesis, ELP, Pink Floyd, Camel of the 1970s only with the use of synthesizers and the addition of fine "vintage" electric guitar of UK musician Steve Hillman.

This is the most 'rock" and high energy release in the AWM catalog and after all these years I am still very proud and humble to have Steve play some of the most warm and harmonious guitar I have heard.

Synth & Sequences Recently Reviewed Celestial Chronicles 

Here is the Review in it Entirety:

Hollow winds awaken an organic fauna as well as some delicate tom-toms which pound on the discreet circular rhythm of "Ancestral Star Chart". Lonely chords are roaming there. They form a shy melody which dances in dense and morphic cosmic veils while other chords hammered in a false xylophone decorate an ambient rhythm which coils up comfortably in the hollow of the ear. Wrapped up in an intense sonic dryad and embroidered into structures of rhythms of which the discretion feed the ambiguities and where we just cannot ignore Steve Roach's influences, "Ancestral Star Chart" breathes all the contrasts of an EM which tries as much to seduce than to introduce a musical quest out of the ordinary. Discreet rhythms, but always very present, in ambiances sculptured in the esoteric-ism are the privilege of Alpha Wave Movement's last work. “Celestial Chronicles” inhales all the serenity of its name. Behind every piece of music, of which the last seconds leave an imprint of amazement, Gregory Kyryluk weaves ambient rhythms which are submerged by an intense cosmic  painting where the stars burst of their twinkling singing, spreading musical tears which melt themselves into spiritual approaches to make cry the winds. And "Ancestral Star Chart" is a soft introduction to this fragility of the contrasts which lie down on an impressive pallet of musical landscapes where the eclecticism and the esoteric-ism sing on the same harmonies.

The discovery of this other pleasant surprise of Alpha Wave Movement continues with the very ethereal intro of "When We Roamed the Stars". There where cries a very musical synth within a symphony of stars dusts. A rhythm arises from this sonic abundance under a shape of a spiral of which the ascending curves tie up their jumping keys to some sober percussion. The metronomic beatings, soft as harmonious pulsations, accelerate a rhythmic which always remains a prisoner of a dense electronic pattern where the tears of synths abound in the iridescent mists and those fragments of stars and their twinkling dawn serenades. The winds of Orion smother the final, like they blow on the very ambiospherical introduction of "The Tender Sea of Space". The ambient music expires the melancholic sighs of Vangelis in his futuristic visions while that the soft movement of sequences reminds the one that Richard Pinhas exploited in his wonderful East/West (Ruitor). The fusion of these two genres in this interstellar sonic palette irradiated by thousand tones is rather crunchy. "Radiosonic Temple of Harmonic Sound" is the most impressive and lively track of “Celestial Chronicles”. And yet, its slow contemplative introduction, where the sitar and the Steiner EVI of Mark Steiner tune their sound prayers, calls up to the meditation. Sinuous synth curves draw the intriguing drones which liven up a superb hypnotic rhythm where our ears have difficulty in kissing all the subtleties of sequences and percussion's. The rhythm is clanic, with Middle East fragrances, and embraces a kind of soft ambient down-tempo with a structure which hiccups smoothly in the Arabian breezes of the Steiner Electronic Valve Instrument. It's very good and the ear hooks on the very first listening.

"Genesis of a Super Nova" offers a somber lunar lullaby with a fine movement of sequences of which the ritornello of the chords from a kind of cosmic harp floats in astral choruses, rivers of harmonious prisms and in breezes of ether. Still there, it's very beautiful, magnetizing. I would say even very striking with those slow floating synth layers which cry and kiss these muffled knockings which divide carefully the morphic rhythms from the cosmic moods of “Celestial Chronicles”. How beautiful it is! "Stellar Mantra" is closer of the Hindus divinities with a slow rhythm, very transic, where the sitar scatters its weeping notes on the back of fine tribal percussion's of which the delicate tom-toms calm our torments as much as the fascinating monasterial choir. And as for each of the tracks on “Celestial Chronicles”, the rhythm evolves with a subtle velocity in the pace without ever overflow beyond its hypnotic Mantric shroud. "Final Transmission" is the last connection between cosmos and our spirit of “Celestial Chronicles”. It's a track which is as much ambient than somber. And it is very dark with its long movements of drones which cross a very abstract soundscape where prisms shine and gradually form a chain of rhythm of which the keys hop and hiccup finely in thick synth clouds and their electronic radio activities to be cut out to the chisel. Fine arpeggios emerge from nowhere, so decorating a finale which reminds fortunately that we can take back our lost senses in the floating harmonies of "Ancestral Star Chart".

The more I dig into Gregory Kyryluk's universe, the more I discover an artist among whom the value and the talent remain still too much underestimated in the very big sphere of EM. A little as Steve Roach, Robert Rich and Jeffrey Koepper, the American synthesist does his small affair without making too much noise. Remaining very discreet in his native Massachussetts, he has created his own label (Harmonic Resonances) and produces a delicious EM which passes too often under the radar. I just hope that “Celestial Chronicles” doesn’t undergo the same path. As beautiful as good, it's an album to be discovered. Moreover if there is an artist whom you should discover in 2014, I strongly recommend Alpha Wave Movement.

Sylvain Lupari (February 26th, 2014)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Alpha Wave Movement "Celestial Chronicles" 2014 Release

Travel across space within the womb of warm synthetic sound and rhythmic symmetry. Twilight horizons on distant shores echo signals of ancient light pulses emitting streaming knowledge of forgotten star tribes. AMbient music drawn from the well of influences past, filtered thru the present time continuum and refracted into the ether of the cosmos.

The latest Alpha Wave Movement release moves forward into the deeper voids of space, time and audio permutations. Drawing once more from the genre's of classic space music, ambient music and new age music of revelatory past.
Guest musician Mark Steiner performs on the Steiner EVI (electronic valve instrument) adding extended electro harmonic voice to the audio narratives of the Celestial Chronicles.

Release date February 7, 2014

Available on CD + Digital Download
from Bandcamp


Saturday, November 23, 2013


Just released on cd and for download Thought Guild "Electric Curios".

From the Harmonic Resonance audio vaults found recorded vestiges that predate the debut Context. This release is a compendium of unreleased music.

Rare live recordings (we never performed but 3-4 times live and even then they where very short improv's), droneworks, soundscapes and live studio curios. We used everything from old analog drum machines, Moog's, ARP's, primitive samplers and early digital synthesizers to carve the music out that was spontaneous and driven by the moment's inspiration.

The music is never pre-calculated or composed although at times it may seem so the intention of Thought Guild was to let things happen and ride the wave of momentary inspiration.

Released 22 November 2013

Limited edition cd and digital download.

Available here at Bandcamp

Review of Electric Curios by Synth & Sequences Music Blog

I knew the music of Alpha Wave Movement but not that of Thought Guild. What is the link between both? Set apart a music which is alike in several points, Thought Guild is an American duet consists of Christopher Cameron and Gregory Kyryluk, the man behind Alpha Wave Movement and the Harmonic Resonances Recordings label whom he set up in 1995. It's thus with pleasure that I have accepted Gregory's invitation to review “Electric Curios”, a collection of EM of which the analog flavors keep bringing up the past with rare live recordings and unreleased tracks played and recorded before the exit of Context in 2002. And believe me; never remainders had so many flavors.

"Netherworld Passage" passes at the attack of our ears with big drones which weave apocalyptic atmospheres à la Vangelis. Squeakings of synth and ethereal voices invite each other in this intense burden of ambiospherical drones which want to be a good sonic portal “Electric Curios”. Then we fall in love with the splendid "Vapor Trails" and its sequenced keys which cut out the vintages atmospheres with keen sedentary flutterings. The rhythm is delicious. It waves lazily, such as slow roller coasters, colliding another line of sequences to contiguous movement as well  the jingles of cymbals and the arrhythmic pulsations which drum deftly in an ocean of static rhythm where are fluttering these delicious analog tones and some solos from a synth prowler. We are swimming the ears full into the analog eras of Jean Michel Jarre and Michael Garrison with these ambient rhythms which are used as rampart to some very contemplative cosmic structures. Even if the rhythmic approach is finely more sustained and slightly livelier, "Son Synthetique" breathes of the same perfumes of the confused rhythm and the rich cosmic ambiances as in "Vapor Trails". The synth is just as much delicious by forging these harmonious solos, as well as these analog tones, which float against the current of some dense clouds of floating layers and a rhythm which decorates constantly its strengths by amassing elements which contribute to its sedentary blooming. Recorded in one of the rare live performances of Thought Guild, "Machines at the Edge of Dawn" is a small jewel of cosmic rhythm, I hear fragments of Jarre and his Equinoxe, with pulsations which quietly emerge of a thick interstellar cloud where are gliding the slow waves of a morphic synth whose fine harmonies are roaming like lunar spectres. The musical show is exhilarating with this pulsatory rhythm which chases the nothingness more insistently while the synth embalms the night-ambiances with solos more and more ethereal, more and more ironic. It's of a tranquility to be cut at night, while the pulsations weigh down constantly our eyelids.

Ah...Do these floating rhythms are delicious. They re-appear after the slow ambiospherical intro of "Interstellar Hitchhikers" and its lugubrious drones which kiss the clear breezes, the lunar violins and the sighs of old organs which sweep the arid intersidereal plains. I like hearing these old analog tones where we easily confuse the waves of Farfisa with the dark lines of Moog or ARP and of which the merging breathes of these psychedelic perfumes of the 70's. The rhythm makes tremble the columns of the contemplative a little after the mark of 6 minutes. Resounding of its heavy sequences of which the reverberations make ripple the synth lines, it waddles slowly its black dangling which oscillates between some fluty winds, sinuous lines and choruses. Gregory Kyryluk and Christopher Cameron have the art to embroider progressive rhythms by injecting here and there elements which are weighting down a fictitious pace or accelerates the pulse. As here where the rhythm sparkles as much as it crackles, skipping and stumbling in its shadow to copy a pleasant attractive arrhythmia with the support of sober electronic percussions to the Teutonic beatings. The ambiances are delicious. Less powerful than those of Arc or yet Redshift, they are the result of a sound mosaic with lines of synth which agglutinate and get mix in a black ambient magma where we have the impression to be transported in another dimension by pads to the colors of sulfur. How such a track was forgotten in the vaults??? More dark and melancholic, "Juniper Moon" is a somber down-tempo with a guitar which makes roll its obscure dreams in synth pads of which the singings get unite with the romps of locusts. It's a quieter music piece which brings us to the cradle of meditation with the very lunar and ambiospherical "Angels in Empty Rooms", and of its synth layers which complain literally, as well as in the very ambient "Before we Migrate"; two tracks strongly inspired by Steve Roach's meditative and organic ambiances.

Well, I was more than conquered by this fascinating search in the vaults of Thought Guild, because “Electric Curios” is well and truly the result of a search in the archives of the American duet. And nevertheless, all along we have the impression to hear a concept album so much the gradation of the rhythms and ambiances reach a peak before to withdraw in a superb astral contemplativity worthy of Steve Roach's beautiful works. I like this sensation of flirting with the universes of Jarre, Garrison and even Tangerine Dream of the analog era on an EM that seduced me both by its ambient rhythms and its rhythmical ambiences. A pleasant surprise which urges me to discover this American duet of which the death of Christopher Cameron in 2011 is limiting only for other searches the vaults. And great finds like this, I'll take it by dozen!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Pete Namlook Fax Tribute - Within Reason Track Included

During the course of music there are people who do not tread lightly and therefore tend to leave a deep impact on the timbral landscapes.

One of those dear musicians was Germany based Pete Namlook who had a vision of operating a music label that focused on many different styles of electronic music albeit the sublime to the more grooving semi dance oriented and everything in between. That label was Fax in which Pete Namlook ran with focus and creativity throughout the 1990's and well onto the 2000's.

Pete Namlook passed away recently and a tribute was compiled by Carpe Sonum in reverence to the man and his visionary label.

My ambient/dub music project Within Reason has been chosen(voted actually) to be included on the fan tribute discs that will be included into the box set that will be available this month November 2013.

Here is the information for the tribute and how to go about purchasing the set.

A big ambient thank you to Dave at Carpe Sonum and all who voted for my track to be included in the project!

From the Carpe Sonum website: 

Peter Kuhlmann, aka Pete Namlook, founder of the FAX +49-69/450464 label, passed away unexpectedly in 2012, leaving behind an incredible catalog of hundreds of releases, composed by himself and/or collaborators from around the world, full of electronic music like no one had ever heard before. Namlook's passing is a great loss to the entire electronic music community and we are producing a tribute compilation worthy of recognizing the tremendous impact he had on the world of electronic music.

The result is Die Welt ist Klang, consisting of 4 CDs of tracks from FAX +49-69/450464 artists, plus 4 CDs of tracks from fans, all housed in a handsome wooden box. Many of these tracks were written especially for this compilation, some are lost tracks which have never seen the light of day, while some have been previously released. Such a tribute compilation for one artist is unprecedented and will remain a testament to how much he meant to artists and fans alike.

All proceeds from the sales of Die Welt ist Klang will go to the family of Peter Kuhlmann

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Within Reason Substrate: Collected Elements LImited CD Availble Now

A body of collected Within Reason tracks created prior to Subtle Shift and in-between Transient Broadcasts. Also included is the rare and never released Group Think - Within Reason (Within a Dub Mix) of the track "Does it Dream" from the Group Think release "Of Microcosmic Origins".
Malibar Bay is one of the first proto-type Within Reason tracks and is a more uplifting down-tempo electronica track which is itself reveals the varietal nature of the Within Reason project.

There will only be a limited micro run of 25 cd's

All musical conceptualization, manipulator & programming Within Reason(aka Gregory Kyryluk) excluding Does it Dream which was composed by Group Think. 
Cds and digital downloads available at the Harmonic Resonance Recording Bandcamp page here.