A personal view on music, all kinds of music.
Artist: Soniq Theater
Album: Stardust Memories
Label: Self released
Review: Diego Camargo
All of the songs on Stardust Memories (2013) were composed and recorded in the last year with 3 exceptions: ‘Globular Cluster’ was recorded back in 1986 and it’s a Space Rock/Progressive Electronic mini journey. ‘Infinity’ was recorded back in 1987 and closes the album, again in a space mood. And ‘Break The Frame’ was recorded in 1997 with the guitars from Jens Klenk.
Listening to Stardust Memories (2013) is certain that Alfred is a very good composer and he certainly knows how to choose his keyboards sounds, all of them very nicely inserted in the songs, in the right moments. Alfred uses a bunch of ‘toys’ to make his music, for example Ensoniq TS10, Ensoniq EPS sampler, Yamaha SY85 Synthesizer, Roland JV1080 soundmodule, E-MU Vintage Keys, E-MU B-3 Hammond Organ module, E-MU Orbit soundmodule, Alesis DM5 drummodule and many others (you can take a look at his list of equipmentHERE.
But it is also certain that Alfred would do better in Soniq Theater with a real band to collaborate with.
I can clearly see his music in the hands of a good band with him on keyboards of course. That would make his album a really strong one. Not that his music is weak because he’s doing it by himself, not at all. But I certainly can see it even stronger with a real band.
For example, in the track ‘Break The Frame’ where we have the guitar player Jens Klenk and some real drum sounds. It’s not the best track on the album, but it’s more ‘real’.
But I guess after thirteen years doing music by himself Alfred is pretty much settled down with his work, and that’s what he likes to compose, play and record. And that, my friends, is being true to yourself.
Musically speaking, Stardust Memories (2013) comes like a glove for the lovers of Jean Michel Jarre or the later period of Rick Wakeman. Lots of layered keyboards working on the melodies, sampled drums and basses and lot of interesting ideas. Among all the tracks there are three songs that go towards Progressive Electronic: ‘Hyperion’, ‘Alien Civilisation’and ‘Metropolis On Mars’, which are the weaker ones. It’s a nice effort in the keyboard field that deserves to be listened at least once by every keyboard Prog fan.
Originally reviwed for: http://www.progshine.net