Canovas, Javi

Whether it be rampaging Berlin School sequencing or contemporary powerhouse EM Javi Canovas from Teneriffe / Spain instills the sort of quality that lifts him above the hum-drum.
Canovas, Javi
23Fish - Future?
Artist: 23Fish (Javi Canovas & David Paredes)
P: 2012
It's quite experimental, in a similar way of the first (Unforgiven machine), even more. This experience is the result between two different ways to understand the music and differents influences. My influences are clearly the Classic Electronic Music, David's influences and his actual work are oriented to Free Improvisation. So this is a synthesis between both tendences apparently distants, although perhaps no so much.
What we hear is a lot of sequencing and many synthesizersounds in sometimes little experimental way.

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23Fish - Unforgiven Machine
Artist: 23Fish (Javi Canovas & David Paredes)
P: 2010
If you think of an album along the lines of an even more intense version of ‘In This Moment in this Place’ accompanied by the most wonderfully understated electric guitar courtesy of David Paredes you will not be too far off the mark.

‘Nightwatchers’ starts with electronic effects of what sounds like some sort of alien craft taking off. A warning siren cries out. Little guitar licks quiten things down and sooth the nerves. Two excellent sequences break through, one heavy while the other high register and percussive. They mutate wonderfully gaining more oomph all the time while subtle melodies float over the top. Things build to incredible proportions. Exciting stuff!

‘Underground Voice’ uses very quiet little percussive and windy effects to set a suitably subterranean scene. The gentlest of guitar touches add a little caressing light to proceedings. This is excellent soothing and relaxing stuff. Of course a sequence does make an entrance but to start of with it doesn’t intrude on the blissed out atmos too much, just providing a little crystalline structure. Things become more intense and complex with the arrival of another sequence then before we know it there is a surge containing more notes a second than I could possibly count. It’s like a wave of incredible power or an earthquake. Whooshing electronic pads (or it could even be processed guitar) heighten the intensity still further. Crikey!

Dark brooding tones and arcing electricity effects give ‘Architeuths’ a rather sinister sounding beginning. A bright sequence completely changes the mood and we are soon bounding forward on a surge of positive energy. Ticking high hat and contrasting bass line impart added oomph. Things are cranked up even further with the arrival of another sequence. Processed guitar gives added bite. For a short time the guitar sound becomes more conventional, growling wonderfully in the middle of the mix as once again the energy levels increase to incredible proportions. Things then moderate a little, the intensity of it all ebbing and flowing as we go.

Little guitar touches over subtle chimes get ‘The Twenty Six Gls Man’ underway. A lovely melodic loop is formed. This is gorgeous stuff, ideal of relaxing to on a lazy sunny afternoon. The storm clouds start to gather though and before you know it one sequence after another is brought in, fizzing energy flying from the edge of the pulsations. Guitar shimmers act like solar flares. All then subsides, as an eight note bass sequence becomes the main focus. This retreats into the mix as yet more sequences fill the energy gap, weaving little melodies of their own as they carve their own devastating paths. As with previous tracks the sheer power levels reached at the peaks of the surging pulsations just have to be heard to be appreciated.

Javi and David have created an awesome album here- a real monster in fact!

2010. DL

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Javi Canovas - Aureal

Artists: Javi Canovas
P: 2011

‘Open Flux’ is something of a scene setter. It’s as if dawn is breaking over a misty landscape. ‘Perception’ gets underway with beautiful plucked strings hanging in the air then decaying into the distance. Lush, warm backing adding a shimmering heat haze. Things take a decidedly dark twist for ‘Aeternus’, the sun going behind a mountain, leaving the valley in shadow. ‘Empty Memory’ takes us back to warmer realms but this time with a hint of sadness. Things are peaceful but somehow not as they were. Something is missing. ‘Downfall’ doesn’t lift the mood but to me provides a meditative atmosphere from which answers can come. ‘Echoes from the Dryland’ is a beautiful number with gorgeous flute drifting over a lush reverberating backing. Maybe we now have peace of mind and are moving on. ‘Fractal Dimensions’ drifts along pleasantly enough. We get to another flute lead piece, ‘Age of Irreality’. The mood is similar to ‘Echoes…’ but with a hint of sadness. So far all the tracks seem to have gone together as different chapters of the same story. We now move on to a new quest for the five-part title track. The opening section fizzes into life then settles down to a moody soundscape where unpleasant things could be lurking in the mist. The second part uses the most exquisite combination of sounds with bubbling effects giving it all a rather primordial swamp like feel a bit like a slightly more melodic version of ‘Zeit’. I absolutely loved it. The next section is brighter with a slow lead meandering around warmer shimmers. The fourth is like an approaching storm with chollyThe final chapter has a subtle melodic quality and overall is all rather tranquil and dreamy. It’s a lovely way to finish a gorgeous album. Javi may be well known for his Berlin School outings but this album is a real must for Robert Rich fans, especially Aureal 1 to 5.

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Javi Canovas - Axiom

Artists: Javi Canovas
P: 2019

‘Sima’ has rapid sequencing reminding me of J.M.Jarre’s ‘Arpegiator’ and I’m immediately catapulted into head-nodding mode as this is very entrancing!
‘Descent’ starts with a single note tone followed and joined by rhythmic sequencing that sound reminiscent of Edgar Froese’s ‘Drunken Mozart In The Desert’. A second rhythm joins in with effects and is rather hypnotic stuff!
‘Masker’ starts with an unusual jerky but interesting rhythm and atmospheric swooshes, being joined by accompanying notes, and is a very enjoyable piece.
‘Axiom’ starts with cathedral-like atmospheric swooshes, then a 100 mile an hour sequencer is deployed followed by a second and I imagine hurtling along on a ‘space-bike’ through a continuously morphing alien landscape as the music builds to a completely body moving trance-experience. It all fades into atmos’. Fantastic!
‘Invisible Symbol’ plays piano that create feelings of emotion, sadness and reflective thoughts. Beautiful playing with atmospheric synth doodlings that make this piece stand out to reach your heart.
‘Hydrometry’ starts with rapid sequencing and is joined by effects and lead lines and atmospherics that break back down into atmospheric end. Nice one.
‘Crush’ opens with blippy sounds and a mid-paced sequence that builds with a bassy thudding rhythm and added sequencing that builds and peaks. Play this on your car stereo on the motorway or autobahn and you are likely to exceed all speed records!
‘Forbidden Zone’ brings us atmos’ and weird effects in waves and random notes with synth washes and even more effects, and it is all very enjoyable.
‘Relapse’ is immediately very rhythmic with effects and is the polar opposite of the previous track, and sounds like a classic tune with a sense of purpose. A lead line and I am reminded of mid-80’s Klaus Schulze. The strength in this album is in it’s variety.
‘The Seeker’ begins with a 5 note rhythm and atmos’, then extra notes are added to the rhythm and it gradually builds to a rapid sequency rhythm and washes of atmospherics. Wonderful!
‘Transcription’ has bouncy rhythm joined by atmospherics and builds in volume and intensity, with effects along the way, giving a sense of automaton.
‘Allegory’ is a fantastic piece of rhythmics and effects not too different to the industrial-synth-pop of artists like ‘Mesh’ and ‘Tenek’ of the UK and Europe. This is something that I could actually imagine being played in any night club that specialises in ‘industrial dark synth’ music! I absolutely loved this piece!
‘Almost Imperseptible’ opens with atmospherics and a rapid rhythm keeps appearing with Jarre-like effects and a lead line plays over the top, sounding epic!
‘Heavy Colour’ has atmos’ and is heavy with effects and an air of anticipation. I feel like I am in a huge dark chamber, forever? A huge sound washes over and a half heard rhythm comes and goes. It’s actually quite soothing and relaxing along similar lines to John Foxx’s ‘Cathedral Oceans’ ambient albums.
Overall an excellent albums of shorter pieces with plenty of variety that show off Javi’s versatility and creativity.
Review by Geoff Mason.

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Javi Canovas - Behind the Shadows

Artists: Javi Canovas
P: 2010
Whether it be rampaging Berlin School sequencing or contemprary powerhouse EM Javi Canovas instills the sort of quality that lifts him above the hum-drum. Uplifting, dynamic, sensational! His music will inspire.
Pure ambient sonics from Javi Canovas.


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Javi Canovas - Cracks in the Air

Artists: Javi Canovas
P: 2013

Slow synth layers spread their passive wings of which the contrasting tones float such as the breezes from an oasis of melancholy. "No Place to Stay" is the entering door from Javi Canovas' 14th album; a quiet album, the den of contemplativity. After an album bubbling of clanic rhythms, released earlier this year, Javi Canovas comes back to present us a much more peaceful album. “Cracks in the Air”, a title which depicts with poetry all its musical structure, joins the somber meditative reflections that we found on Behind the Shadows in 2010. Set by 10 titles which vary between 3 and 10 minutes, the Spanish synthesist walks on Steve Roach's hollow territories, "One Existence", and sounds his chloroformic horizons, "Overtime" with an enigmatic album where the ambient music is tint of a restful musicality.
"Fatum" embraces a somber aura of mystery with its sibylline breaths which grumble between the sinuous spaces of monoliths and raise sonic particles so much bitter as the sands from the deserts of rocks. We comfortably sit in
Steve Roach's Australian territories, percussions less, with an album filled with dark winds. Winds witnesses of a faded civilization while that "The Structure of Illusion" illuminates a little the musicality with fine chords of an acoustic guitar which commune with themselves in melodious winds. Dreamer, "Paranoid Voice" lies down its somber strata filled of nostalgia in the soft winds of voices which sound like the worn breaths coming out of those Vuvuzela. "Memory Dismantled" marries a little the abstruse ambiences of "Paranoid Voice" by spreading a sonic shroud where the veiled singings of magnetic resonances bring us towards another level of mystification. The synth lines with delicate breaths of oracles rest on these darker strata, they are even more lugubrious, showing this surprising parallel between the blackness and the brightness which crosses the 56 minutes of “Cracks in the Air”. I say 56 minutes because the title-track offers a bouquet of sequences which dance calmly on an attractive ambient structure. This is a great based sequences track which shows all the rhythmic prose of Javi Canovas. After this fleeting rhythmic interlude "Aevum" plunges us back into the morphic sweetnesses which filled the airs of Steve Roach's Structures from Silence. It's a very beautiful ambient title which completes marvellously the too short "Overtime", while that "Ultimate Nature of Mirage" turns around the same torments of these wild winds which moved "One Existence".
A little as in Behind the Shadows, “Cracks in the Air” inhales these fascinating figures of ambient music which drinks of
Steve Roach's meditative spheres and even Robert Rich. It's an album of dark ambient music, even very sibylline, where a subtle duel between the tones of black and white clears a restful musicality. This is why I do love ambient music.
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Javi Canovas - Dead End

Artists: Javi Canovas
P: 2020

'Expulsion' begins with gentle waves of ambient electronic organ sounds. My imagination is taking me on a long space journey, as if asleep in cryostasis. After 4 minutes effects start to be added and things gradually build. A low note bass sound is followed by a strange sequency section but layed back! I really found this interesting. At nearly 10 minutes in a rapid sequence comes forward, with flute and effects, and I am being mesmerised by this beautiful magic. More sequencer lines are added then a lead line dances over the top and I am in a state of euphoric trance! Nearly 15 minutes and a quite deep pounding rhythm underpins this fantastic brew and the music peaks. I imagine hurtling along in a space chase avoiding asteroids and space debris, turning this way and that way! At about 18 minutes there is a fantastic keyboard playing section with lead lines and effects at a fast pace. There is so much going on like berlin-school heaven and back! Wow! I love this. At over 24 minutes the track only calms to ambience within the last minute. What a track! 'Pbs Route' starts with relaxed and spiritual ambient sound, very heart and soul cleansing! New sounds appear at about 3 minutes then soon an undulating hypnotic sound powers through with strange effects, quite weird, as if drug induced! It subsides and a sequence rapidly builds in pace and volume, full of attitude with a mid-70's TD feel to it, but better! Effects and sequencing join in and I imagine taking part in a 'space race'! This is incredibly hypnotic euphoric music, and a great pitch-bending lead line plays along. By 14 minutes it breaks down as the layers are stripped away to a calm atmospheric choral and organ section which gives a lovely ending to this piece. My favourite so far! Amazing! 'Dead End' starts with strange sounds as if I am in a huge chamber with haunting noises, then organ sounds also bring a rapid sequnce, and effects which come and go. A deeper sequence appears at 6 minutes and builds higher until a flute and high register sequence joins in and again I am flying along in my imaginative world of dreams! Layers are being added and this sounds so full with lead lines and rhythms that I am in raptures! At 15 minutes it dissipates into relaxing chillout ambient synth noises, but only for a single breath when a new sequency rhythm starts with another deeper one! Sounds and effects come and go, and it's a bit more relaxed than before. At about 21 minutes we come to an atmospheric dead end. In my opinion this album has a 10 out of 10 for quality berlin school that has elements of trance that gives it a more euphoric twist. An absolutely essential album that will withstand repeated listening pleasure!

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Javi Canovas - Desert Dawn

Artists: Javi Canovas
P: 2013

Fans of a progressive EM style like Berlin School or/and its derivatives have sometimes tepid ears. We like these long structures which perspire the improvisations all along rhythms unstitched by intuitive sequences which cross the ambiences of bluish ether that lead us near transitory dreams. Thus, when we learn that one of the true values wants to bring us to the borders of World Music, we have the ears which grimace. And nevertheless we shouldn't. “Desert Dawn” from Javi Canovas is an album of delicate Berber musical incantations where the clanic rhythms are swirling in the echoes of tom-toms and of their extremely tightened skins. Rhythms of silk which don't pour into techno nor brush it, giving an exotic musicality which sings through layers of synths and of their hybrid whistles to the charms of the warm Arabian nights.
"Atlas" invites us in the new musical fragrances of Javi Canovas with delicate arpeggios daydreaming on a rhythmic embryo livened up by an uncertain bass line and percussions Tablas. Very harmonious, the intro floats in oniric vapors before being collided by strong percussions, struck with bedazzled hands, and by a bass line with throbbing chords. This combination structures a mesmerizing Arabian hip-hop where enchants a synth and its breaths of snake charmers. Blazing, "Atlas" offers a good mixture of percussions to eclectic tones which reminds me a little of Jean Michel Jarre's rhythmic moods on his famous Egyptian night with more slamming percussions and a slightly stroboscopic structure which bites some more ethereal clanic atmospheres. "River Luccus" fills our ears with an almighty rhythm of West Indian folklore which swirls with exhilaration on the breaths of synth singing the charms of the Gobi Desert. This fusion of “Desert Dawn”'s World Music reaches its peak on "River Luccus" with a wild polka which sets our feet on fire, stamping on the harmonies which sing against the current. Delicious and very lively! "Thar" proposes then a very meditative intro with notes of a fanciful harp which roam in some musical winds carried by the heat of the deserts of Magreb. We hear well those clanic tom-toms trying to awaken the rhythm, but the dense synth layers are masking the pale rhythmic reflections. And it's bit by bit that "Thar" embraces the curves of a lascivious tribal dance with tom-toms more fed and notes of sitar which are flavoring a Bedouin dance wrapped in a suave heat of a synth to in melodious Arabian breaths which cannot contain the rhythmic heaviness that hugs "Thar" a little after its 10th minute.
"Blue Desert" begins the 2nd portion of Javi Canovas' intrusion in the rhythms of the world with a lighter approach. Shimmering notes and Tablas percussions are ringing in harmonies, weaving a rhythm finely embroidered in intertwined filets that Arabian flutes caress of their soft tribal harmonies. I like "Fes", while that initially it left me of ice. Its rhythm structure is heavy and rumbling, like on "Atlas", but with an airier harmonious envelope where a piano is running there and dances of its xylophone keys under the breaths of the flutes which didn't leave the quiet ambiences of the title-track. It's quite nice and light. And the orchestrations save the day of a track that would be flat without them. "Nouadibhou" is what that it's closer to the territories of conventional EM with its delicate poetic intro where dusts of stars float in cosmic winds of ether. The synth layers are undulating lazily there, freeing fluty breezes on a cinematographic dune where are dragging some beatings of mislaid percussions and a chain of abrasive sequences which lose all sense of rhythm in these intense vapors of iodine. The rhythm wakes up at around the 5th minute. Arched on percussions to hollow timbres and graffiti of xylophone to tones of anvil, it swings its furtive tempo like a leg hanging in space, making sing the flutes of Babylon. This rhythm, at first sight furtive, espouses a clearly noisier tangent with an avalanche of clanic percussions which make resound their shimmering skins in a languishing approach of tribal waltz, there where are always singing these flutes charmer of snakes.
Like what that one can be different and remain good! That's what comes to mind while listening to this last effort of Javi Canovas whose surprising intrusion in the Arabian spheres listens to with a disconcerting ease. Without kissing the paths of a techno to the disturbing rhythms of Turkey, “Desert Dawn” is a lively exotic album where the percussions enchant in their roles prevailing on sequences, shaping rhythms of wild local dances. Synths are discreet, certainly! They weave Berber harmonies where the Arabic flutes are whipping the cosmic breezes and the dusts of dunes, creating the ideal balance for an album with the charms of the 1001 Arabian nights.
Sylvain Lupari (February 26th, 2013)

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Javi Canovas - Eigenspaces

Artists: Javi Canovas
P: 2008

An audacious mixture between cosmic and space music filled of metallic droning waves which collide on rhythmic structures bordering rock and funk, in a Mellotron atmosphere which reminds certain passages of TD and even Schulze, in particular on Where Was The Time. Diversified, colored and very rhythmic, Eigenscapes is an album to multiple musical approaches demonstrating that Javi Canovas is not just another synthesist among so many others. But an audacious musician who is not afraid of deepening his ideas by adding touches of funk and rock, in a constantly evolving sound universe.

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Javi Canovas - Eunomia

Artists: Javi Canovas
P: 2020

 

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Javi Canovas - Exile

Artists: Javi Canovas
P: 2020

Deep Berlin School Sequencermusic.

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Javi Canovas - Gravitational Waves

Artists: Javi Canovas
P: 2011
After 2 very ambient albums Javi Canovas offers us an EP full of sequenced and heavy rhythms. It’s a desirable return to the roots wished by those who had succumbed to the tempting rhythms of Nights of Brightness. Gravitational Waves is a 3 tracks EP filled with sequenced adrenalin. A heavy EP with rhythms and resonant sequences which are sometimes wrapped by soft mellotrons. In fact Javi Canovas makes a temporal journey, there where heavy and mysterious Berlin School was the prerogative of the analog years; the 70s!
And all of this compressed power begins with the hard-hitting Solar Dome whose opening passes by a line of twisted synth where fragile arpeggios roam there and dance too. They skip on oscillating curves of caustic reverberations while a heavy sequenced movement frees big juicy and frenzied chords. The rhythm heavy and nervous, Solar Dome unfolds then at great pace with a powerful undulating sequential movement of which zigzagging chords abound in a boosted resonance. It’s a heavy and infernal rhythm which sinks into lines of a synth to foggy and ghostly breezes that is not without recalling the murky depth of Tangerine Dream or Redshift. Feverish arpeggios twirl around and dance on this infernal structure where the rhythm is forged in a powerful sequential movement with chords that still splash with their reverberations, while very slowly this sequenced fury is quietly going slow. But it’s a much nuanced calm which brings with difficulty Solar Dome at doors of more limpid sequences but as much feverish on a stationary rhythm and encircled by a synth of mist. After an intro where metallic choirs sleep in the abysses of chthonian sub-soils, Elephant Trunks in Space livens up with a crossed lines sequential movement which flow rapidly. Chords open up at full speed, leaving on their passages trails of metallic mists which sigh under the heat of the speed. Another sequence joins the leading one. It flickers nervously with hybrid tones and nervous ascension beneath a superb fluty mellotron. As much hard-hitting than Solar Dome, Elephant Trunks in Space is more melodious and exalts of a splendid depth with its heavy crossed sequences which criss-cross a hyper rapid movement beneath fine parts of a fluty mellotron. That’s a wonderful track that allies sequential strength and melody and which ends its exhausting race beneath breaths of a solitary synth. After an intro to strange murky breezes, Dispersionl offers a beautiful melodious sequential movement with chords which skip finely. Another sequence is adding and draws an echo shape in the shade of a soft fluty mellotron filled of the analog year’s sonorities. Quietly the movement is growing in size and heaviness with chords which cavort and resound, wrapped of a fluid synthesized fog. In spite of its chords which skip nervously and with a heavy resonance, Dispersion evolves between heaviness and tenderness, a little as a blend between Solar Dome and Elephant Trunks in Space, but with a mellotron to more accentuated and fluid breezes.
We can say that it’s a luck that Gravitational Waves is only an EP of a 28 minutes length because I doubt that my ears and my loudspeakers, as well as yours, can take as much heaviness, resonances and tortuousity over a longer period. Gravitational Waves is a monument of weightiness where the melody invites itself in strangely powerful musical contexts. It’s an EP that wants to be a revival for the heavy sequenced music of analog years. In short, an EP all indicated to fans of TD (Franke era), Redshift and Ramp. It‘s very good and strongly livened up, as EM should be a little more often. Gravitational Waves is a solid EP that we can get at MusicZeit download site for the price of a song!


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Javi Canovas - Hidden Path

Artists: Javi Canovas
P: 2014
Retro / analog / Berlin school

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Javi Canovas - Impasse

Artists: Javi Canovas
P: 2005
Warm synth tones, vaguely like organ music, hang in the air for several minutes, creating the atmosphere. Just before the 6:30 mark the sequencing starts up and male choirs ring out over the top, signaling the arrival of another solid entrant in the Berlin school class. Just before 8:00 a cool filter effect morphs the sequence a bit, as a spacey wind blows through. Next up are the vintage synth leads, lending a dramatic flair. This section does a solid impersonation of Tangerine Dream around the Tangram period. The sequencing continues on the attack, growling assertively as the intensity continues to build just so. Drums are added toward the end, modulated not unlike TD’s “Through Metamorphic Rocks.” It’s an epic piece on a grand scale to start the album most promisingly.
“North of Circle” starts low and distant, as if tentatively exploring its way onto the sonic terrain. Choirs return, and sequencing returns in short order, propelling things briskly along. If you like other Teutonic artists like Navigator, Kubusschnitt, Gert Emmens and so forth, this should be well to your liking. “Zenith” concludes the hour-long synthfest with more of the same, deep space wanderings to begin, followed by slowly wavering electronics, and the obligatory sequencing, fastest of all here as it spins nearly out of control.

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Javi Canovas - In this Moment, in this Place

Artists: Javi Canovas
P: 2009

It is one long 70 minute track but with many different sections. It was recorded live but you would never know it, sounding like a wonderfully crafted studio album of all new music. Fizzing electronics give way to the first sequence and even at this stage the quality shines through. It is rather melodic, bouncing along beautifully. A second sequence nestles with the first perfectly as a gorgeous slow lead hovers above the pulsations. Yet another sequence comes in, packing quite a punch, the melody swelling in response. The sequences then build to such amazingly powerful proportions, diving this way and that. Just turn up the volume and make the ground shake. This is absolutely awesome stuff. In the twelfth minute things subside to a rather spooky section lasting just a couple of minutes before another earthquake of a sequence bursts through, full of rumbling bass and enormous energy. Things are softened slightly by a contrasting flutey lead line and whooshing effects. A higher register sequence enters flying over it all, the initial sequence storming back creating even more wonderful mayhem than before. Very gradually the intensity subsides only to return again in wave after wave. By the twenty sixth minute we are given time to get our breath back, relaxing in the beautiful gentle pads. A fizzing lead adds a little detail before things become really deep then rather stormy. Javi has already shown us what he can do with power sequencing, now he shows us that he is also an expert at atmospheric descriptive music. The images that come to my mind are of a rather strange rainforest. A slow pulse can be heard, as if something is awakening. A brace of playful sequences change the mood once more, like rays of bright light twinkling through the canopy above. The tone is optimistic and the pace fast. The sequences start to surge, gaining power all the time, sounding like a crackling raging fire. This section then changes in character once more as yet another sequence / melodic loop is thrown in the brew, like a giant crushing all before it- absolutely amazing. There are so many elements to each section, every one fitting perfectly with the whole. Things start to subside as a single slow lead settles over it all like some vast hand smothering all beneath it. We then get another gentle interlude, this time with lovely solo piano. It’s really quite tender stuff, softening us up nicely for the next sequential barrage. It starts off simply enough with a sturdy twangy sequence, a second rapid one darting in and out of the pulsations like a wasp around a picnic table but then as more and more roller coaster sequences and mellotron are introduced we are once again in the middle of another blistering turbo charged wall of sound. Pure Berlin School Heaven! If you are into sequencer music this album is simply essential.
 

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Javi Canovas - Light Echoes

Artists: Javi Canovas
P: 2006

"Light Echoes" is one monster of an album, filled to the top with excellent sequences. If you like sequencing and more sequencing, Light Echoes is the ticket, again it features three lengthy excursions into all things Teutonic.
The title track wastes little time getting up to speed, and sounds much like AirSculpture, with a synth lead that mimics an electric guitar solo. Though Impasse was good, this sounds better, more polished. The effective layering of sequences is hypnotic as they dance about each other. Very upbeat, it would be hard to be down while listening to this. The last five minutes are given room to breathe as mellotron flutes and ethereal synths play brightly.
“Two Toned Rock on Mars” is up next, again reminding me of AirSculpture or perhaps Create as dreamy textures start us off. Once again a stonking sequence rises up out of the mist, full of bubbly energetic electronics. Cánovas tends to find a cool groove and ride it out, with generally solid results. Here he allows for more delicate touches and a more expansive feeling, as the song moves back into dreamy reverie before its barely half over, allowing plenty of time to explore the subtler side of synthesizer sonics. A bit of soft piano even gets into the act, a nice touch toward the end.
“Interpherometry” not only serves up another solid slice of Berlin school energy, it also gives me an excuse to look up the word, apparently a term used in both holography and astrophysics, fitting in well with both the main theme and the cool cover art of Light Echoes.

 

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Javi Canovas - Mens Demersa

Artists: Javi Canovas
P: 2020

Sounds like TD Rubycon or newer TD 70s compositions. Very analogue sounding sequences.

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Javi Canovas - Monochrome Time

Artists: Javi Canovas
P: 2020

"Having just listened to this album I would kind of describe it as like a soundtrack to a science fiction film based on an alien planet, or just a cohesive collection of musical impressions, like what TD might have done with Sorcerer but 40 years on! First track 'Freedom' started beautifully with pleasant ambient atmospheric swooshes. Relaxing reflective, simple and effective. 'Outward' has metallic effects echoing from ear-to-ear, a drum-like rhythm builds then a speeding sequencer appears then we are getting deep pounding meditation interspersed with metallic sounds, then fades out. Interesting mix, and enjoyable. 'Toward The Unknown' starts with a deep organ sound, a rhhythm builds with sequencing going mad, wonderful body moving stuff! Layers weave through each other like going on a fantastic journey. Wow! I loved this one! 'Re-Echoes' lives up to its name. Effects and a deafening rumble of power rises in anticipation, effects are echoing like reverberating shockwaves, you feel like you are standing between two metallic buildings that resonate sound bouncing off one another. 'Inductance' has a brief ambient intro and a huge deep sequencing along with metallic effects, sequences bouncing along up and down in crescendoes, an almost Kraftwerk like track. This is fantastic, my favourite piece so far! 'Demarcation' has a huge filmic burbling sound and metallic echoing, strangely like Vangelis. There is ambient atmospherics flowing with electronics. My imagination was far away. 'Until The Extenuation' has many sounds and atmospherics building with a mid-paced rhythm, rather percussive in nature, much was going on to keep your attention fully, but not over-cluttered. Pleasantly different. 'Cataclysm' starts with sequencers and a deep rumbling building with swirling wind effects, more being added. A storm is brewing heading for a 'cataclysmic event' like an epic tornado swirling around in a couldron of sounds and effects, sonic booms in the distance and aftershocks echoing. Fantastic track! 'Drops Of Solitude' has metallic stirrings along with a two-note deep hypnotic rhythm, metallic sequence arrives with more effects driving along quite nicely. It would work very well as a movie trailer. 'The Wait' starts with rhyhmic tapping and drumming sounds and a dancey sequencing, then a groundshaking deep bass sound underpins, then synth sounds are introduced into the mix, this continues nicely to the end. 'Volatile' starts with loud ambient noises and sequences come quickly building with urgency, sounds and effects come and go. This is a powerful mix of sounds that could form part of a much longer piece. 'Quadrature' begins reflective ambience and a deep sequencing bubbles into a rapid frenzy building louder and a drone together with this feels like you are being sucked into a black hole. A full-on barrage of sequencing, effects ricochets everywhere and it all seems to end by folding in on itself. 'Storm' is a perfect way to end the album. A huge atmospheric storm is brewing and growing in strength and power. I imagine the sky turning dark as big black clouds spell doom. This is a sequencer-free magestic and awesome piece of music". Review by Geoff Mason

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Javi Canovas - Neuromodulator

Artists: Javi Canovas
P: 2017 / 2020

Berlin School sequencermusic like TD end of the seventies.

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