Wavestar

Wavestar was an English New Age instrumental music duo active in the 1980s. Formed in 1983, the band consisted of John Dyson and David Ward-Hunt,ontributed synthesizers, keyboards and sequencers, while Dyson also played guitar. The duo formed after Dyson responded to an advertisement placed by Ward-Hunt.They toured throughout the United Kingdom as well as playing in France and released three albums, Mind Journey, Zenith and Moonwind.
Wavestar
Schwingungen Radio auf CD - Edition Nr.276 05/18
Schwingungen - Radio auf CD
Edition Nr.: 276
05/2018

 
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Wavestar - Live UKE 1985
Artist: Wavestar
P: 1985 / 2018

Hot on the heels of 2018’s release of the WAVESTAR II: ‘Nightwinds’ album, comes this rare archive recording of the original WAVESTAR line-up in performance at the UK Electronica in 1985, where the band brought the house down with their debut ‘live’ performance!
WAVESTAR first came to the attention of Synth Music fans via Denis and Jeanette Emsley, two of the UK’s main EM supporters who ran the cassette-based magazine: ‘Inkeys’ and Lotus Records in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, the EM mail-order firm run by Andy Garibaldi in the early 80’s. As well as being instrumental in bringing bands like WAVESTAR to the attention of the record buying public, Andy G was also heavily involved with the Emsleys in running ‘UK Electronica’, an annual day-long Electronic Music festival - an event where fans could experience music from artists and bands involved in the genre that they would not otherwise get a chance to see, as well as enjoy music retail stands selling EM titles that were only ever available via mail-order and could not be found in any “normal” record shop. This WAVESTAR performance captured at UKE Sheffield University on Saturday, August 24th 1985 was their first exposure to a ‘live’ audience, so many did not know what to expect, but by the end of the show the whole place was won over by the exciting new music they had just heard that seemed to bundle strong melody and “Berlin School” sequencing into one mighty glitter ball scintillating synth music! The set featured tracks from the duo’s first two cassette releases: ‘Mind Journey’ (1984) and ‘Zenith’ (1985) and includes a rousing rendition of the track that was to become the bands iconic anthemic encore piece: ‘Time Node’. The core WAVESTAR duo on stage was John Dyson (guitar / keyboards) and Dave Ward-Hunt (sequencing / keyboards), and they were joined on stage for tech/fx help from Tim Dyson (John’s nephew) and Shaun D’Lear, a friend who went on in later years to assist as a member of John Dyson’s band for his solo concert performances. From there on it was somewhat of a meteoric rise to fame for WAVESTAR throughout the late 80’s Electronic Music scene, culminating in their signing to US based Record Company: Jem / Passport Records. The label’s electronic music imprint: Audion, run by Larry “Synergy” Fast, was to be the first to release WAVESTAR’s classic 3rd album ‘Moonwind’ internationally in 1987, and on three formats: LP, CD and Cassette! Everyone who owns the three 80’s WAVESTAR albums and the recent WAVESTAR II comeback album will want to own this amazing piece of early “warts and all” UK Electronic Music history.
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Wavestar - Mindjourney

Artist: Wavestar
P: 1985 / 2006

This was Wavestar’s first recording, dating all the way back to 1984, now reissued with a bonus track.
“Departure” is a bright, happy opener, making 14 minutes go by in a carefree, easygoing manner. “Seascape” focuses more on atmosphere and texture, but it still has that light, lilting Wavestar quality, and is quite soothing. “Landfall” is a surprisingly dark brooding interlude, but it leads into “Wavestar”, an excellent namesake with brisk sequencing that chugs along just so. Though the disc holds up pretty well, “Acrotramp” does sound a bit dated with its preset drums and percussion, along with the breathy female vocals in the opening seconds. Still, it is definitely vintage Wavestar and will no doubt appeal to many. “Atmospheres” is what it says, although there is a soft beat pacing the synth atmospheres. “Return” is an expressive piece that would not have been out of place on a Tangerine Dream soundtrack album from the same time period.
The bonus track is a live recording of “Voyager” from 1988, the liner notes mentioning it is a bit rough around the edges but also rightly acknowledging is a strong enough performance that it is worthy of inclusion here.

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Wavestar - Mindjourney

Artist: Wavestar
P: 1985 / 1993

This was Wavestar’s first recording, dating all the way back to 1985.
“Departure” is a bright, happy opener, making 14 minutes go by in a carefree, easygoing manner. “Seascape” focuses more on atmosphere and texture, but it still has that light, lilting Wavestar quality, and is quite soothing. “Landfall” is a surprisingly dark brooding interlude, but it leads into “Wavestar”, an excellent namesake with brisk sequencing that chugs along just so. Though the disc holds up pretty well, “Acrotramp” does sound a bit dated with its preset drums and percussion, along with the breathy female vocals in the opening seconds. Still, it is definitely vintage Wavestar and will no doubt appeal to many. “Atmospheres” is what it says, although there is a soft beat pacing the synth atmospheres. “Return” is an expressive piece that would not have been out of place on a Tangerine Dream soundtrack album from the same time period.

Here the last copy of the Surreal to Real label version!

 

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Wavestar - Moonwind

Artist: Wavestar
P: 1987 / 2003 / 2015

This is actually the third incarnation of the epic Wavestar album ‘Moonwind’. Having sold out of the second re-press, the album had been unavailable for some time so this chapter is welcome indeed. The album is musically identical to the last release, hence includes the additional track ‘For the Whales’. The packaging has been completely revamped and has the sort of presence which an album of this calibre deserves. It quite simply contains pure 100% EM of the highest calibre and tackles styles across the spectrum, presenting epic Tangerine Dream style sequencing alongside stunning melodics.
The opener ‘Voyager’ is possibly the greatest 12 minute package in EM history. It opens with drifting spaced out refrains and subtle effects. In the background the sequencing glories to come can be heard in subliminal fashion. At the 5 minute mark those sequences are unleashed to spectacular effect. The way the Digisound Modular’s power is harnessed to produce such hard hitting yet hugely enjoyable rhythms is a stroke of genius. Percussive rhythms explode and focus the beat to produce a hugely impressive backdrop, then John Dyson gets to work on producing some of his infectious lead melodies and we are presented here with some of his finest. They sear through the soundstage and scale seemingly never ending heights. The track seems to peak then goes higher.
The title piece ‘Moonwind’ is a brooding masterpiece which displays how effective electric guitar can be melded with synths. The main theme is wonderful and imparts such power and meaning at every turn.
‘Chase the Evening’.... No fan of classic TD style sequencing should be without this slab of pulsating electronic rhythmics. Not content with this, further lustre is added with marvellous melodics and massive symphonic escapades. It really is a masterpiece of synthesis, a sentiment which can be extended to the whole album.

 

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Wavestar - Zenith

Artist: Wavestar
P: 1985 / 2001
Originally released on cassette in 1985. Re-released in 1993 on Surreal to Real. This is the 2001 remastered 24bit/96Khz re-release with a bonus track. If this material is "dated" at all, it is firmly rooted in a time of expansive majesty in the genre of electronic music. Ambient electronics float in a sea of actively sequenced keyboards. When these sequencer rolls are not fulfilling the music's rhythmic quotient, E-perc delivers the required energetic elements. Searing guitar injects a visceral quality, bestowing both guts and intellectualism to the music.
The melodies are carefully balanced between brooding soundscapes and explosively dynamic structures. Slowburn passages lead into more intricate waves of ascendant music.
Besides featuring a different version of the track "Time Node" from the original release, this CD also features a live version of that piece from Wavestar's rehearsal for their KLEMdag concert in 1991.

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Wavestar - Zenith

Artist: Wavestar
P: 1985 / 1993

Originally released on cassette in 1985. Re-released in 1993 on Surreal to Real. Ambient electronics float in a sea of actively sequenced keyboards. When these sequencer rolls are not fulfilling the music's rhythmic quotient, E-perc delivers the required energetic elements. Searing guitar injects a visceral quality, bestowing both guts and intellectualism to the music.
The melodies are carefully balanced between brooding soundscapes and explosively dynamic structures. Slowburn passages lead into more intricate waves of ascendant music.

Equipment: Digisound Modular Synth with Alphadac Computer Controller - Roland Juno 6 Polysynth - Roland TR808 Rhythm Composer - Roland VP330 Vocoder Plus - 2x Roland MC202 sequencers - Korg Sigma - Siel Orchestra - SCI Pro-one - Custom VC Phaser - Electric Mistress - Boss DE200 Delay - Boss Chorus/Flanger/Phaser - Sony TC730 (Tape Echo/Flanging) - Fostex 3070 Compressor - Vesta RVI Reverb.

This is the last copy of the original Surreal to Real label version!

 

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Wavestar II - Nightwinds
Artist: Wavestar II
P: 2018

John Dyson, Paul Ward and Stephen Whitlan are the "New Wavestar". They play music in the traditional Wavestar style. E-Music at its best.
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