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lovely! Should've had a wider audience,
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This review is from: Departure from the Northern Wasteland (Audio CD)
Michael Hoenig was a synthesizer player in Berlin in the heady days of the kosmische krautrock scene of the early 70s - he played keys in the band Agitation Free, and then did a 6 month stint in Tangerine Dream in 1975, playing live with them when Peter Baumann went AWOL. Following that, he spent two years making this solo album....released in 1978, at the height of punk and the new wave, it sank like a stone. Which is a shame, cos it's lovely. Anyone who's heard Tangerine Dream's "Rubycon" album will immediately recognise the musical vocabulary here. Tumbling moog sequencer lines are in full effect, draped with much additional synthery (no mellotron though... :) Compared to T.Dream, there's less stuff that's pure atmosphere and sonics - instead we have a lot more notes, musicality and contrapuntal progressions. But it never strays into pretentious baroque wibblings like Walter Carlos or Larry Fast. If you like "Berlin school" analogue synths, you will love this album.