Enterphase

For fans of the more traditional European pioneers of the 1970's, Enterphase are USA duo Fred Becker and Jeff Filbert, who produce instrumental Berlin style, improvised sequencer electronic music in Tangerine Dream & Kraftwerk style.
Phase One and Phase Two are both considered EM classics, while Solar Promenades includes notable guest appearances from David Wright, Dean de Benedictis and John Dumitru to expand to expand the Enterphase repertoire to include more ambient and spacey textures. No self respecting EM collection should be without Enterphase!
Enterphase
Enterphase - Phase 0ne

Artist: Enterphase
P: 1994
Eclectic, improvised sequencer based electronic music from USA duo, similar in style to early Tangerine Dream or Klaus Schulze and a big seller in the mid 90's. In electronic music there are those rare magic moments where artists come together and everything falls into place. Phase One by Enterphase is a documentation of just such a conjunction of favorable conditions. The CD starts with the serene and relaxed Lunar Vista. Then the mood changes to a warmer alien ambience with the piece Altarian Meadow. The next tune is an ethereal, nostalgic, and pretty composition called Andromeda Signal. The music suddenly changes pace as it launches into a TD like tune called Blue Shift. The last piece Time Dilation starts off with a catchy base riff that slowly fades into the background. This long piece gradually fades away leaving the listener relaxed and satisfied.
The cover art is quite striking. Blue and red diamonds swirl into a vortex that draws the viewer's eyes hypnotically. On the back cover is a view of galaxies and comets. Even the CD itself has an interesting design on it.


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Enterphase - Phase 2

Artist: Enterphase
P: 1998
The second offering from Jeff Filbert and Fred Becker serves up 9 spontaneously composed pieces, except for some sections added in post production. The sleevenotes are meticulous in pointing these out, together with crediting each of the individual elements of each piece. Detail seems high on the agenda here. The approach is perhaps what most people would expect, with a rhythmic sequenced backbone forming the skeleton, leaving various elements to flesh out the sound. Often the sequenced sections come across very well, with tracks such as ‘Energy Field’ and ‘Edge of the Century’ serving up some classic pulsations.
Enterphase approaches us with a new electronic work of the best quality. The band is reaching the height of his musical virtuosity. Phase 2 could become a production to be remembered for a long time. The style, powerful, agile and with a great use of sequencers, enters within the realm of Space Music. The nine compositions included in this album are pure electronic music, with the philosophy of exploring new sonic continents nonetheless without abandoning melody and rhythm. These two become fused into complex constructions, where the sequencers shape the melodies. Almost all the passages are dense, incorporating complicated sequenced paragraphs, mysterious melodies and magic environments.

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Enterphase - Solar Promenades

Artist: Enterphase
P: 2004
There is an enchantment and mystery to this wonderfully poetic space music adventure in the old school analog vein but yet feathering out into a freshness unique to this moment and time...The pristine quality of letting a CD play over and over again without getting tired sounding is contained within Solar Promenades. A magically healing quality.
Enterphase consist of Fred Becker and Jeff Filbert with guest musicians and on 'Solar Promenades' the band have developed their sound without radically departing from previous output. On the opening title track melodic chimes are accompanied by cosmic treatments and effects which meander pleasantly along until around the three minute mark some string effects add a little more atmosphere and gravitas. 'After Service' begins eccentrically with unusual rhythms, distorted loops set against a slowly drifting ambient space backdrop. 'Procession at Dawn' has a more stately backdrop to the electronic effects which sound similar to those deployed on early Hawkwind albums, with ascending and descending bleeps and rushes. 'Ice and Lace' is more laid back cosmic soundscapes with sequencers and melodics drifting similarly towards mid 70's Tangerine Dream circa 'Green Desert'. 'Courtyard Memories' has the most recognisable melody so far that is repeated with subtle variations. David Wright adds keyboards and atmospherics to 'Sky Surge' and 'Snow Paths' which are successful pieces, with the latter being one of the highlights of the set with a well crafted melody and keen sense of dynamics and understated drama. 'Time Unbound' returns to the more characteristic cosmic drift of the title track with sequencers and improvised effects.'When the Morrow Breaks' begins gently with ethereal voices and understated treatments and chimes which gradually build up the atmosphere. 'For You' closes the set in more impressionistic style but with all the trademark effects and by now of course you will know if Enterphase's excursions into deep space float your cosmic clipper or not. This album certainly is a progression from the previous release with a little more melodic input and variation but as previously stated does not radically alter the Enterphase agenda. Space cadets sign up here.



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V/A - 1995AD

Artist: V/A
P: 1995
New and unreleased material of the listed artists.

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Various Artists - Ocean of Light

Artist: Various Artists
P: 2007
A collection of 18 melodically inspired tracks from the AD Music catalogue.
"Ocean of Light" is an excellent introduction to the artists on AD Music. The CD is primarily a compilation of previously released tracks, (although there are 2 unreleased pieces) with a coherence defined by the label's vision and style. No ambient doodling here and no sugar sweet, new age wallpaper music either.
It contains music with infectious melodies, ambient textures, cinematic tones, jazz tinged textures, dynamic soundscapes and powerful, strident themes that demonstrate the versatility and diversity of the AD stable of artists.

Ocean of Light is a superb collection which will enable you to discover astonishing artists, with complex dimensions, sometimes progressive, but always harmonious. Superb ballads like 24 AM, Beyond Paradise, Ultraviolet, Water Music, Stasis, We Rest and Postlude will bring you into the arms and caresses of Morpheus. Much of what you hear on this superb album will soothe the spirit, but it isn't relaxation music. New Berlin School with rhythmic sequences on complex structures is also well represent with Ocean of Light, Queen of Hearts, In the Arms of Morpheus, And All Shall Be Well, Ovi, Elara and Snow Paths. And there are also titles a little harder, with heavy percussions and riffs A Certain Malaise, Code14 and astonishing Ov1 by Raviv Gazit.

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Various Artists - Sacred Skies

Artist: Various Artists
P: 2007
"Sacred Skies" continues our introduction to the artists on AD Music.
The CD is primarily a compilation of previously released tracks, (although there are 2 unreleased pieces) with a coherence defined by the label's vision and style. No ambient doodling here and no sugar sweet, new age wallpaper music either. "Sacred Skies" is an album of real power and emotion, a collection of rhythmic tracks highlighting the collective diversity to be found in the AD Music catalogue.
The album has a slightly darker edge than volume 1, with some ethnic influences. However, the infectious melodies, ambient textures, cinematic tones, dynamic soundscapes and powerful, strident themes remain. If you like music to be creative, to be different enough that it doesn't fall easily into a category, to have depth and purpose, then you should find the music we have to offer just what you're looking for.
Beginning with the previously unreleased 'The Plains' by Bekki Williams, in less symphonic mood, the piece reflects the increasing maturity of her music. One of the finest albums in AD's canon is Catalin Marin's 'First Breath' represented here by 'Nandana-Paradise in Indra', an ethnic tinged gem that would not sound out of place on the 'Bladerunner' soundtrack. The shimmering 'Iceberg', again echoing Vangelis at his most accessible, is equally impressive.
Robert Fox's illustrious backcatalogue is condensed to the superb 'Over Turquoise Seas' taken from his first Ad realease 'Asfafa' and the majestic 'Three Sisters'. Another previously unavailable track 'Sacred Skies' by David Wright is further incentive to buy this compilation. A slow burner, 'Sacred Skies' again reveals the lynchpin of AD Music in great form and bodes very well for his next solo album. The sublime 'Flame Sky' from 'Walking With Ghosts' and 'Taiga', an earlier favourite from 'Between Realities', does not disappoint.
'Jumping Air' from Raviv Gazit's underrated 'Shapeshifter' is the most rhythmic offering here. Code Indigo's, 'Call of the Earth', 'Fallen' and 'Code 11' remind us of the enduring quality of AD Music's supergroup. Callisto's 'Setisphere' has already become a classic from the debut release 'Signal to Stars.
Another AD favourite, Bekki Williams is further represented by 'Under The Same Sky' and 'Nightflier', both high quality offerings. Traditional cosmic synths appear on Enterphase's 'When the Morrow Breaks'. However, there is one AD music act, again criminally undervalued, that impresses here because it offers something different from the other artists. Witchcraft's 'Angel Dust' has ethereal vocals and 'Cathedral' from 'As I Hide' offers a subtley darker ambient vision of subdued menace.
All in all 'Sacred Skies' serves as a fine introduction to AD Music and an essential companion to Volume 1. First time purchasers may find that investigation of many of the source albums may be essential.

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