Future World Orchestra

Robert Pot is born in the place called Nijverdal, a quiet village in the country of Holland. Since he was 14 he began to develop a great predilection for symphonic oriented rock music. Groups like: "Genesis, Yes, Emerson, Lake & Palmer", "Keys" is the keyword in Roberts musical life. At the age of 16 Robert bought his first keyboard, an organ build by a neighbor. As a student electronics he soon began to modify the keyboard to develop his own, unique sounds. He realized that synthesizers had a great future and were to create a brand new view of making music. By delivering newspapers and to work as a DJ in local discotheques in his spare time, Robert earned the money he invested in the newest synthesizers and recording equipment. A few years later he had expanded his equipment at a level of a professional recording-studio, where he started to record his first compositions. In 1980 Robert met Gerto Heupink who also worked with synthesizers and recording-equipment and…Future World Orchestra was born. With Future World Orchestra or for short F.W.O., in the period from 1982 to 1985, scored several European hits, like: "Desire", "I'm not afraid of the Future", "E.T." and "Roulette". Also because of the world-wide economic depression in the recording-industry, F.W.O., unfortunately stopped recording together in 1987, although Robert continued with F.W.O., now solo. Robert, more a studio musician than a live-performer, maintained his effort, to keep writing and recording despite some major setbacks in his personal life. Until now, Robert has developed himself further and now has written many musical works for radio and television productions.
Future World Orchestra
Future World Orchestra - The Hidden Files

Artist: Future World Orchestra
P: 2002

At the end of 1999 I decided to commit myself to start with new recording-projects from the year 2000 on. Until this moment I was involved in various multimedia productions as a director/developer/cameraman/musician. I strongly felt the desire to start new CD-projects and stuff. Therefore I gave up my regular work I just mentioned, just to concentrate on the new projects.
"The Hidden Files" consist of some material I recorded during the period of 1990 until 1999. I strongly felt these tracks should have "a right" to go public, since I consider them to be tracks, I have a special bond with in various ways.
I also decided to add 4 tracks of "Darwin-The Evolution", which I recorded in 1990 with the "Bollands", because I consider these tracks also to be valuable.
Amazingly catchy electronic pop tunes with more melodic hooks than you can shake a stick at. This is the work of one Robert Pot, a.k.a. Futureworld Orchestra. His music is filled with bright, colorful keyboards in lush arrangements. He says his hero is Tony Banks from Genesis, which is apparent throughout, though emusic fans will also catch wisps of Jarre (cue up the opener, "Games") and latter day Tangerine Dream as well. A range of emotions is demonstrated. "The Beagle" sounds surprisingly majestic, with very good guitar leads. Several mid-tempo energetic pieces are featured, such as "After the Rain" and "Devining-rod," which again features strong guitars laid over the bouncy synths. Perhaps the strongest track is 'Running Water," with its fantastic layer upon layer of Genesis-like keyboards. Where's Phil Collins on vocals? I half expect a vocalist to break out in song at every turn. "The Jungle" even sounds a bit like him on drums.
Occasionally, "The Hidden Files" plays out like a series of jingles or soundtrack snippets, some of the 14 tracks only being a minute or two long.
"Origin of Species" sounds suspiciously close to Vangelis' familiar main theme from "Chariots of Fire." It also suffers from opening with the same harpsichord patch that Edgar Froese got stuck in the down position on his keyboards for about ten years with Tangerine Dream, though of course that's certainly not Robert's fault. After a very strong beginning, the energy falls off a bit toward the middle numbers, but things do pick up again quite nicely in the later going. Prog fans should be in heaven with the big, sweeping keyboards and drums that build to a crescendo in "Crickets Theme." Also good is the somewhat quirky "Atmosphere," which plays with a simple alternating set of chords amidst some unusual frenetic rhythms in the middle section.
Very majestic, bright piano finishes things off in good grandiose fashion with "Mountains."

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