Future Of The Past (Remaster 2016)

by Der Spyra

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This release from 1997 offers 70 minutes of gently powerful electronic music. A hesitancy preoccupies the beginning of this CD, as if the music is uncertain of its own definition. It need not worry, for once it getsmoving, the audience is hooked by the lilting harmonics and the softly bubbling rhythms. What first seemed to be reluctance becomes a studied ballet as the music sways back and forth, courting the listener with teasing surges and seductive riffs that emerge from the flow to tickle the senses. Nimble fingers generate appealing keyboard melodies that swim amid pools of gleaming tonalities. This atmospheric environment serves as a birthing place for repeated harmonic entities who rise and display their stately magnificence before sinking away to be replaced by the next glorious specimen. Whether approximating beguiling waterlogged grottos or manifesting as agitated spirals of sparkling radiance, these melodies exude a remarkable charm that easily captivates and mesmerizes all who hear them. Tunes may suddenly explode with dancefloor rhythms that accompany chirping electronic riffs designed to elicit intense curiosity. Or the melody could gradually establish an ambient mood that infects everyone with a drowsy satisfaction. Or Spyra might choose to construct a sculpture of wafting breezes that circle an arcane castle. Or the music may decide to get sprightly and crystalline.
Matt Howard (Sonic Curiosity)

This album couldn't fail to catch my eye - the graphics at the bottom of the page are splashed below the clear CD tray. PPG Modular, made famous on the cover of Zenith 2 - may even be the same one! Actually it's not clear from the sleevenotes who the artist(s) behind Spyra actually is, however the quality of the music is unmistakable. It is a melting pot of styles and approaches, all brought together as a sort of 90's chill out package but with an definite bias towards 70's analog wizardry. 'Non Disperdere Nell Ambiente part 1' is a subtle sequencer driven outing, almost minimalist in approach but oozing poise and "street cred" for want of a better phrase. Once I'd heard the second track 'Source' I knew I was hooked. The opening reminds me very much of Neuronium in 'Chromium Echoes' form - ie brilliant! White noise percussion then heralds the introduction of fantastic sequencer lines, accompanied by weird effects which almost lock into the sequencer pulses. Extra layers are added, backed by more traditional synth pads. Classic Tangerine Dream or (especially) Schulze fans will be bowled over by this. Suddenly a deep ambient beat hits home, transporting the sound 20 years forward in time. The sequences hit back, morphing constantly in an attempt the overpower the rhythm. It probably ends up an honourable draw, but the end result is a totally essential 15 minutes of Electronic Music. 'Non Disperdere Nell Ambiente part 2' brings Node and FSOL to mind with organic pulsations and subliminal sequenced patterns, though the MiniMoog lead again angles the sound towards EM territory. The title track serves up laid back sequencing and relaxed synth leads, and I wish I'd left more space for the closing piece because it's another sequencer epic! But hopefully I've said enough to give you an idea that this is one of those albums which combines old and new to perfection as the title suggests. (GG, Neu Harmony)

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released November 26, 2016

Composed, arranged, mixed and recorded by Wolfram Spyra 1997. Remastered 2016 by Wolfram Spyra. "Message to PoG"....

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