The album opens with ‘Linear Perspectives’ and instantly the high standard set by the two previous AWM albums is matched. This is a highly charged example of rampant sequences which hits the spot at every turn. ‘Ritual Circle’ is a moodier but no less successful offering with tribal samples and a thought provoking sequencer/pad mix supported by heavy rhythms.
AWM’s trademark is sublime drifting EM and ‘Sanctuary' fits the bill perfectly, but really every track on this album has something to admire. Listen to the fantastic ‘Ocean of Dreams’ then imagine if today’s TDream had produced such magnificence?
If anything this album surpasses the previous AWM releases, and if you remember how I raved over those it gives you an inkling of how good this really is.
Gregory Kyryluk or Alpha Wave Movement may not yet be household names in the ambient/electronic listening community, but the sounds from his newest disc, Concept of Motion, will be welcomed into your home like familiar, friendly faces. These smooth (and often quite energetic) synth compositions harken to the "classic" analog sounds of Tangerine Dream, etc.
If you would like to meet the artist behind these sounds, refer to the Gregory Kyryluk interview where he discusses his work as Alpha Wave Movement as well as his other musical outlet, Open Canvas.
From within a skewed haze of notes, the arpeggios of Linear Perspectives (4:36) begin to sparkle. Lush synth sounds and crystalline sound structures are charged with a sense of urgency. Phantom voices shift in and out between the notes of Ritual Circle. Washes of synth surround the electronic pattern which is the song's core, and fat beats add power to the proceedings. Delicate serenity is found in Sanctuary, where light xylo sounds blend with gently stirring synthesizer breezes. Slow, muffled beats enter into, but don't intrude on, this nicely rendered realm of dreamy spaciousness.
Driven by more of those edgy arpeggios, Across the Axis could easily be the soundtrack for a nightime, urban chase scene. Almost techno-like in its energy levels, but never pounding. Continuing in a similar vein, soft, though insistent beats drive the layered sequences of Motion Generator. The track mixes rapid cycles with smooth drifts to nice effect, and components quietly deconstruct themselves at the end. The longest piece (7:40), Gaia's Heartbeat turns down the intensity, to lull in nature's embrace. Cricket sounds and subdued ethnic drumbeats and effects lay down a path for synth strains to wander.
Tinkling bells and wafting waves open Ocean of Dreams. Synth patterns and stylish lounge piano emerges. The sound gets a bit Muzak-y, though shakes that cloak off by becoming more intense, and more subtle, by turns. The Frontier of Silence is an expanse of gentle electronic music. Low-key bass and non-intrusive cymbals meld with clouds of synth and almost-oriental patterns to form a dreamy atmosphere. The cloud structure seems to billow, everything swirls momentarily, to slowly return to its former state.
Concept of Motion should appeal to listeners on many levels. Very "electronic" and well-constructed, the disc's quiet interludes are ambient enough, and the more lively tracks are powerful without being overbearing. I give Alpha Wave Movement one appreciative thumb up!
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released January 1, 1998
All music composed and recorded by Gregory Kyryluk in the Soundcave 1997.
Harmonic Resonance Recordings est. 1995 home base of recording artist Alpha Wave Movement, Subtle Shift, Thought Guild &
Open Canvas. Focus is intelligent, emotional and atmospheric electronic music that draws from the wellspring of 1970's era progressive rock, ambient, jazz, new age and world music. Music for the adventurous listener eager to x-pand ones listening landscapes further out........more