Pollard, Brendan

Hailing from the UK, Brendan Pollard has been recording superb electronic music with the band Rogue Element for several years. Now he’s launched a solo career that promises to attract him some well-deserved international attention.
Pollard, Brendan
Pollard, Daniel + Booth - Volume 1

Artist: Pollard, Daniel & Booth
P: 2009 / 2019

Perfect analogue sequencing. This is the first set of the 3 musicians from the UK. Now rereleased as factory pressed CD. The other Volumes will follow!

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Pollard, Daniel + Booth - Volume 2

Artist: Pollard, Daniel & Booth
P: 2010
The epic Pollard / Daniel / Booth / Ramsey / FSP concert from Hampshire Jam 8.
Oceans of mellotron and walls of modular.
‘Hampshire 1’ commences with fizzing, twittering effects which act as an intro for two different Heavenly Mellotron lines. Close on their heals enters a rapid tinkling sequence. A second heavy bass sequence joins it and we are soon belting along at break neck speed, the foundations shaking as we go. Electric guitar touches heighten the excitement still further. What an incredible opener!
After whooshing atmospherics and beautiful ethereal effects ‘Hampshire 2’ continues its slow exquisite build up with a lonesome synth flute lead. When the first sequence does arrive it is again of the rapid high register variety. The second sequence falls into formation with the first perfectly. A third, deeper sequence, joins in the fun and we are soon bathed in a sea of pulsations. Pure Berlin School heaven. The sequences evolve like living entities and the guitar, though used sensitively and never above the middle of the mix, adds even more oomph.
‘Hampshire 3’ grabs the attention right from the opening few seconds with sonic blasts and Mellotron. We then follow the winning formula outlined in the previous two numbers. A sequence emerges, which is again first rate, topped off perfectly by a sensitive flute lead line. The sequence morphs wonderfully, little guitar touches making brief but most welcome appearances.
The sequencer is fired up right from the first second for ‘Hampshire 4 (Encore 1)’ and the trons, taking the lead role this time, have never sounded better. Edgar Froese style guitar tops things off perfectly. The audience demands more and sonic screeches get ‘Hampshire 5 (Encore 2)’ underway. Soothing Mellotron softens things a little until the sequences burst forth once more and proceed to give fans of Berlin School music exactly what they want.

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Quadra - First Contact
Artist: Quadra
P: 2006
Quadra comprise four of the musicians who appeared on the 'Hampshire Jam 'Jam' 2006'album. They are Brendan Pollard and friends he invited to his studio: Steve Humphries, John Sherwood and Jez Creek. Deep reverberating drones and a bass throb provide a very atmospheric introduction for 'Convergence'. Little melodies shimmer over the top accompanied by soothing mellotron. A rapid sequence nestles perfectly amongst the other instrumentation. A second comes to join it and we are soon motoring along in energetic, head nodding, fashion. In the eleventh minute things wind down to soft tron. A little melody shines above it all, echoed by the mellotron. Soft meandering tinkling piano adds to the gentle atmos still further. The track then seems to spend the next few minutes searching for direction. A sequence can be heard low in the mix but that is where it stays whilst various lead flourishes come and go but without really making their mark. In the twenty first minute a more substantial sequence surges forward, mutating this way and that only to subside back to tron and piano a couple of minutes later. We then get a section of pleasant atmospherics which gradually becomes more metallicly percussive and sparse sounding. Images of dank rat infested dungeons come to mind. A heartbeat sound can be heard, soft drones lightening the mood which becomes brighter still as wordless vocal pads give an ethereal presence. The heartbeat fades away and is replaced by a tinkling sequence, slow rhythm then more sequences as things surge forward nicely once more. In my opinion this track was good for two thirds of its over forty minute duration, it just had a bit of a dodgy middle section where things became a little aimless. Initially 'Pastorale' is wonderfully soothing, with gentle tron and flutey synth combining beautifully. A tinkling sequence emerges in the second minute, then a rhythm starts up skipping along nicely. Flute sounds are particularly effective but the other leads aren't bad either. Sequences become more prominent as things get increasingly energetic. 'Starbirth' acts as something of a fest for mellotron and string pads. A faint beat low in the mix gives a hint of structure rather than any driving force, which in the context of the track is a good thing but I thought the track lost its way for the last three minutes as layers of percussion etc were added that weren't really necessary and only resulted in the track losing its focus. 'Heritage' starts in a similar tranquil way to the previous track, dreamy vocal samples adding a little detail whilst a slow strangely comforting throb can just be heard low in the mix. A gorgeous way to finish the first disc. The second CD starts with 'Emergence'. The first few minute or so are a little like 'Epsilon in Malaysian Pale' but then we get lots of twittering effects. A slow bass sequence starts up and I found my head gently nodding to it. We descend to electronic twitters once more in the eighth minute. Whining drones go up and down the sonic spectrum like an alien craft swooping high into the air then plunging Earthward. In the thirteenth minute a brace of sequences pick up the pace. They bounce off each other nicely, various 'melodies' coming and going over the ever-present tron. The sequences mutate beautifully but the lead lines were maybe a little over done. This stage of the track finishes at about the twenty-minute mark. Mournful plucked strings lead to a slow sequence (backed by more mellotron of course) then restrained drums and yet another sequence. Things quickly build to quite a head of steam before just as suddenly subsiding, allowing the musicians to regroup for the next sequencer based section. The swirling pulsations work well enough but the leads seemed a bit directionless to me. 'Astral Plane' is a slow dreamy track, the atmospherics working wonderfully along with a subtle bass line. From around the six-minute mark the pulsations become more prominent and things chug along very nicely. 'Callisto' is a lovely track featuring soft tones over fizzling pads. There's something rather melancholy, even spooky about it all. 'Take-Off' creates tension with the use of choral pads. The sequences slowly start to build developing into a strange sort of manic groove. It's like listening to some bizarre satanic ceremony.

 


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Rogue Element - Premonition

Artist: Rogue Element
P: 2004
Rogue Element is Jerome Ramsey & Brendan Pollard
Recorded at the Radial Velocity Studio, England, between October 2002 and December 2003
All tracks composed, performed and produced by Rogue Element
A new album of previously unheard works is now available. 'Premonition' has been recorded in the RadialVelocity studio over the last fifteen months. Every effort has been made to use authentic equipment - read the gear list and weep..! - and most of the instruments wouldn't have been out of place in the 70's. This is electronic music at it's purest.
The great sound of TD in the 70’s we all keep in mind, still lives, the name is Rogue Element.
But while classics like “Stratosfear” and “Ricochet” are never far away, “Premonition” has its own sound: The overall feeling is more relaxed, the pace less relentless, structures are more resting. Long intros melt into gentle grooves, which build up and die away, without changing their mood.



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Schwingungen Radio auf CD - Edition Nr.220 09/13
Schwingungen - Radio auf CD
Edition Nr.: 220
09/2013

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Schwingungen Radio auf CD - Edition Nr.223 12/13
Schwingungen - Radio auf CD
Edition Nr.: 223
12/2013
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Schwingungen Radio auf CD - Edition Nr.225  02/14
Schwingungen - Radio auf CD
Edition Nr.: 225
02/2014

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Schwingungen Radio auf CD - Edition Nr.227  04/14
Schwingungen - Radio auf CD
Edition Nr.: 227
04/2014

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Various Artists - Awakenings 2006 Volume 2

Artist: Various Artists
P: 2006
This is the nice collection of Ambientlive with new tracks by the listed artists.

 

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Various Artists - Awakenings 2007 Volume 1

Artist: Various Artists
P: 2007
New Worlds, 15 new tracks exclusiv for this collection. Most of them are Berlin School style.

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Various Artists - Awakenings 2007 Volume 2

Artist: Various Artists
P: 2007
Journeys in Space and Time. 14 new tracks by all the artist listed. Most of them are really Berlin School style.

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Various Artists - Awakenings 2008 Volume 2

Artist: Various Artists
P: 2008
All new tracks by the artists, most Berlin School EM Tracks.

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Various Artists - Awakenings 2009 Volume 1

Artist: Various Artists
P: 2009
This is the new Awakenings Collection Part 1 of the new unreleased tracks by the artists listed out of the year 2009.

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Various Artists - Best of Awakenings Vol. 2

Artist: Various Artists
P: 2010
A collection of the best tracks from the Awakwnings compilations.
Here Vol. 2 with the tracks from 2005-2008.

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Various Artists - Best of Awakenings Vol. 4

Artist: Various Artists
P: 2012
A collection of the best tracks from the Awakwnings compilations.
Here Vol. 4 with the tracks from 2009-2012.

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Various Artists - E-Live 2009

Artist: Spyra, Stephan Whitlan, Brendan Pollard & Hashtronaut, Faralley
P: 2009
LTD 500
4 Tracks, exclusive for this CD.

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Various Artists - Hampshire Jam 'Jam' 2006

Artist: Various Artists
P: 2006
Nice session with the main electronic musicians from the UK. Two CDs with long tracks of Berlin School style electronic music.

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