Omega Syndicate

This is Dave Gurr and Xan Alexander, they create Progressive, Improvised Electronic music. The Omega Syndicate is constantly evolving and encompasses the talents of other musicians including Robert Clynes and Stuart Jackson (of Architexture).
Omega Syndicate
Magnetron - First Light

Artist: Magnetron
P: 2012
Stephen Humphries and Xan Alexander in a Berlinschool retro style at its best, recordings from 2006 and 2012..

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Magnetron - Future Lines

Artist: Magnetron
P: 2012
Stephen Humphries (Create / Astrogator) and Xan Alexander (The Omega Syndicate) in a Berlinschool retro style at its best, recordings from the Awakenigsfestival 2012 and from their studio.

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The Omega Syndicate - Analogue Waves

Artist: The Omega Syndicate
P: 2004
There is Berlin School, then there is Hardcore Berlin School, and then there is this! Xan and Dave Gurr, the guys behind he Omega Syndicate, really don't seem to care what some people might think. They like sequences, of the good old-fashioned style, subtle as a brick and don't see why you shouldn't crank them up, and up and up. Why should there be a limit to the number of sequencer lines you can have anyway? They let rip and just keep going. I mean, there are three tracks here averaging over twenty-five minutes each, one over half an hour with hardly a moment to catch breath. The sounds they choose are all so mid to late seventies but of denser proportions than I have heard from anything actually coming out of that period. Some reviewers are going to hate this for its pure lack of sensitivity or originality but these guys are having enormous fun doing what they love doing and this fun is infectious. It certainly left a smile on my face throughout the entire album. It is also true that there is the occasional bum note but on the whole the lead lines are melodic and fit the mood so well that they don't really grate, it's all just part of the fun really. A swirling wind, or rather 'Analogue Wave' gets the appropriately named title track underway. It is accompanied by wonderful cosmic twitters and other deep space effects conjuring up images of a desolate planet far away from our galaxy. After three minutes the first sequence makes an entrance. And what a sequence it is, rapid and bass laden enough to shake the floor. A slow lead line, fitting the mood perfectly, gently fizzes over the top. I was concentrating on it so much that I missed the appearance of the second sequence which was even more bass heavy than the first. It all goes together to make an amazingly thick wall of pulsating analogue sounds. Another sequence comes in, a little higher register one, faster and more melodic than the others, morphing in and out of the mix. We are less than 10% into the album and already wonderfully close to overload. '12:21 pm' commences with Sci Fi type electronic bleeps and solar flares. It's another one for all you space cadets out there. Just lie back and drift to the deepest regions of the cosmos. It isn't long however before a steam roller of a sequence rumbles forth. Little splashes of cosmic colour add detail as a second sequence forms low in the mix, spewing steam like a locomotive as the initial line of pulsations become even more thunderous. Again there is nice detail underneath as another melodic lead line plays over the top. This is no pretty little ditty however, being just as mean as the maelstrom it is accompanying. Another lead comes in, even more full of attitude than the first, mellotron putting the icing on the cake- wonderful stuff! There is many a morphing of the sequences and even with five minutes to go the pace increases with additional rhythm and new lead lines heightening the excitement still further. Rarely, for me, has twenty odd minutes passed so quickly. Now you might think that the guys have pushed the style just as far as it can go already but you haven't heard 'Dark Skies' yet! There were doubts as to whether people could take the full version of this track as there were edits done but at the risk of it just being too much for some people it was decided to not curtail the beast so you have the full almost thirty five minute version. It begins in similar cosmic style to the previous two numbers but even more intense with a no nonsense deep reverberating drone creating an intimidating atmosphere. Repeated, slow stabs of sound echo from the speakers then in the second minute a rapid but melodic sequence surges forth full of excitement and energy. Fasten you seat belts as there is now going to be no let up for the next, almost half hour! We step up another gear just a few minutes later as yet another, even faster sequence falls into formation, the backing becoming denser as we go and an almost battle cry of a lead line flashes over the top. Mellotron adds a little softness but to be honest is virtually drowned out by the storm. The sequences morph and for a moment, I though we might be slowing down for a breather but no, instead in comes a repeated salvo of drums and then a steady rhythm, as if golf ball sized hail is smashing into the ground. This is accompanied by another lead line, this time flashing like lightning. It is as if we have all the most devastating atmospheric conditions happening at once. The drums momentarily depart being replaced by a repeated three and then four note melodic motif but the energy level is just as high as before. More lead lines come and go, the best so far making an entrance in the sixteenth minute. It's almost catchy but also very exciting, like laser beams shooting up from the ground, greeting the lightning from above. It's one hell of a solo, ideal for air keyboard whilst the rest of your body moves to all the complex lines of pulsations bubbling away underneath. Unbelievably more sequences keep coming. Yet another lead solo is introduced in the twenty fifth minute as the backing is stripped down to only three sequences or so but it's still more powerful than an exploding nuclear reactor! With seven minutes to go we get more mellotron and a sort of calmness does start to take a hold by the thirty- minute mark. Even so a lone sequence can still be heard slowly winding down amongst more cosmic effects until the finish. Take the CD out of the player and go for a lie down.

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The Omega Syndicate - Apocalypse

Artist: The Omega Syndicate
P: 2006
This is the third 'proper' album by the band and sees the introduction of a new member, Rob Clynes. He is a most wonderful guitarist, never twee but just knowing when to provide support work and when, very occasionally, to let rip. It is a CD which sees them mature still further into one of the best UK Electronic Music groups around. It is most certainly their best work to date. The coolest of cosmic sounds get the title track underway. This is really moody stuff. Three minutes in and a stunning (and I mean stunning!) melodic sequence strikes up along with some menacing cosmic guitar playing which adds that extra bite without dominating too much. There is the feel of pent up power about to explode. 'The Lycanthropic Principle' cranks the sequences up immediately. A wonderful bass laden one erupts from the speakers accompanied by sympathetic rhythms and excellent tuneful pads. Extra bite is added in the form of superb guitar riffs nestling in the middle of the mix. Then to make this exquisite combination still better in comes the most stunning lead line duelling with the guitar. Some say that guitars can sometimes spoil EM but surely that can't be said of this, it just works so well. If Tangerine Dream had come up with a track like this in the last 20 years people would be in ecstatic bliss. It really is something special. 'Pixie's Playground' might not be my favourite title on the album but musically it's another winner. Shimmering metallic drones mix with sonic tinklings, a heavenly flutey synth line floating above it all. A bouncy melodic loop adds a little extra movement which is soon stepped up a gear as another wonderful bass sequence rolls into formation. 'The Global Extinction of the Wireless' begins rather moodily with a melancholy melody just hanging in the air above delicate fizzing drones. A rapid tinkling sequence cuts through the calmness. A second joins it along with restrained guitar licks. Yet another sequence is chucked into the brew and we are now storming along in almost 'Force Majeure' fashion. Things continue to gain added oomph, the guitar taking the main melodic duties but keeping fairly restrained, letting the sequences provide the powerful salvos. 'Masque' starts like there is a UFO coming down to land then yet another awesome sequence rolls forward with steam hissing from its vapour trail. What we have here is of classic Arc proportions. The lead lines, one after another, are all brilliant and could have come straight from Ian Boddy as Mark wielded the mighty modular. Yes, the track's that good! Their first album was good, fuelled by pure joy of what they were doing. The second album refined their style somewhat but what we have here is really something special. I have played it many times already and especially the second and last tracks would be on any best of compilation I would currently make, even if I just has one eighty minute CD to put my current favourites on. Mention should also be made for the artwork which is an original work by Gary Ocean portraying a half destroyed National Space Centre! An all round wonderful package.

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The Omega Syndicate - Phonosphere

Artist: The Omega Syndicate
P: 2005
The snappily titled 'Our Communications Satellite Has Disappeared' is a very impressive opener. Lovely thick analogue cosmic whooshing might sound like quite a standard way of beginning a track but there are ways of doing it- and there is The Omega Syndicate way of doing it! In electronic music the choice of sounds is vital and these really are impressive- indeed they are some of the best space sounds I have ever heard though you will need a pretty good system to appreciate them fully. Out of this stellar bliss first one high register sequence then another massively bass laden one surge forwards. Again the sounds are awesome. They constantly morph and move in and out of the mix almost like gusts of wind surging one way then another in a storm, reeking havoc as they go. Little lead lines fizz between the pulsations like lightning, the mellotron being heard from time to time as if the hand of God is making an appearance, personally conducting the mayhem. There is no atmospheric beginning for 'Onyx' as we are straight into a swirling constantly changing sequence. Indeed you could say it is completely self-sufficient containing rhythm, melody, power and atmosphere all in its ever-shifting pattern of notes.
By the third minute it has departed and we get an atmospheric section full of tinkling tones (as in a soft rain) and slow tuneful pads. It reminded me of water gently falling on a wind blown lake. A stunningly beautiful flutey lead line takes an already exquisite track up a further gear then in comes the most gorgeous melodic sequence you could ever wish for. A slightly more powerful six-note sequence gives added oomph but without destroying the pure beauty the lead line and original sequence had already created. A third sequence comes in, almost mimicking but also in support of the first then the second is cranked up in response. Pure words make this all sound rather mechanical but nothing could be further from the case. There is an organic' quality to this whole album. Everything is a constant state of flux but also perfect balance. It is as if the music is a living entity not just mere 'compositions'. We now commence the first episode of the seven-part title track with shimmering metallic atmospherics. This only lasts a few seconds though before we enter the multi sequencer layered part two. What grabs the attention most however are the wonderful lead lines ranging from lush to awesome bass, speaker wrecking growls. It is so powerful! This sort of intensity can't be kept up forever so we return to atmospherics for the beginning of 'Part Three' Another brace of sequences reek devastation, one hurling thunderbolts whilst the other issues forth a torrent of rain. The lead again is like the intervention of some divine being. But we have only started. Unbelievably the quality gets even better and more powerful. The sequences develop a snarl to their edges then increase in pace as if a wolf has chosen its moment to pounce in chase of its pray, leading to the inevitable bloody conclusion. The fourth part calms things down with a short piano passage before the sequences return once more for 'Part Five'. They are rather tuneful ones acting as a perfect base for some lovely lead lines and mellotron backing. This is still retro bliss but with a touch of tenderness. The eye of the storm I suppose.'Part Six' is another very short piano interlude taking us back to the steamroller sequences of Part Seven- slow but powerful. You wouldn't want to get in their way. When I first heard The Omega Syndicate I loved their attitude of just having a bloody good time producing Berlin School inspired music. It was exciting stuff but didn't take itself too seriously. I am sure the tracks on this album were done in the same spirit but these guys are learning their craft so quickly that the quality of what they are now coming up with is of the very highest. This album marks a sort of coming of age - the realization if you like that life also has a darker side.

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The Omega Syndicate - Sequences, Chords & Leeds

Artist: The Omega Syndicate
P: 2005
LTD 100

Released at the second Omega Syndicate concert at the Awakenings Mini Festival in Leeds on the 10th of June 2005

Here the last copy!

 

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Various Artists - Awakenings 2005

Artist: Various Artists
P: 2005
This is the first Set of all Awakenings collections. Each collection contains rare unreleased material of the listed artists.

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Xan Alexander - Elektro-Technology

Artists: Xan Alexander
P: 2015 / 2018
Melodic and rhythmic Berlin School sequencer music.

Tracks 1-4, 6-10 Composed, Produced and Mixed By Xan Alexander 2010-2015
Track 2 Composed with Rob Clynes
Track 5 Composed in 2007, Edited and Re-Mixed 2015
Xan Alexander:- Analogue/Digital Synths, String Machine, Vocoder, Theremin, Sequencing and Guitar
Rob Clynes:- Guitar

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