|Into The Dream|
|The Fields Of Infinity||
|Unidentified Dreaming Objects||
|Out Of The Dream|
|also available: bonus tracks|
|18.01-2010 2-CD AKH Records AKH 01103-2 original master recording|
10th Anniversary of Remy's debut album from 1999.
Music composed and performed by Remy.
24 Bit - 96 kHz digitally mastered by Wouter Bessels.
Born in 1979, Remy
Stroomer is a relative newcomer to the EM scene releasing his first
CD in 1999 at the age of 20, during his first year of studies at the
Royal Conservatory in The Hague (The Netherlands). So you might say
his realm of influence during his formative years falls outside of the
Berlin School and first wave of Euro EM. Nonetheless, his music has
been likened to Klaus Schulze, a somewhat valid comparison, yet upon
listening the creative impulses definitely come from a different era
featuring far more propulsive energy. His first release was a LTD ED
CD-R entitled EXHIBITION OF DREAMS, a Dbl CD-R, recorded over two years
previous to it release which sold out rather quickly. Jump forward ten
years and a handful of albums and we get to the CDs at hand.
Archie Patterson / Eurock
Those who know me and who read me on Guts of Darkness know in which point I loathe rereleases of these uncountable boxed-sets which exploit the same theme without adding anything really concrete to the initial musical project. I love Remy, as well as his music which tergiversates constantly in the analog/digital fusion era of Klaus Schulze. If the period of Inter*Face, Dreams, En=Trance, Miditerranean Pads and even In Blue fed abundantly your ears, the trilogy of Exhibition of Dreams will manure them even more. Because it is well and truly there that Dutch synthesist music is situated. Melodious variations on dream and its meanders nightlife theme, its at the end of 1999 that appeared the very first edition of EoD. Initially recorded on Mini-Disc and without overdubs, EoD saw the day on a very limited edition. The impact was rather significant for those who discovered Remys sound universe, starting a passion for fans that saw in Remy a Schulze disciple. A more poetic Klaus Schulze who respected his composition frames far from the improvised sessions of the German Master. Ten years later, Remys label (AKH Record) decides to emphasize the release of this album which became out of print too quickly. In last November, a single cd recuting a selection of Remy was release. Two months later, the total! A triple boxed-set including the 1st edition, remastered with the technology of nowadays recording, and a bonus cd in including 6 musical pieces wrote during that same area which, with an incredible musical precision, exploits the unexplained labyrinths and vagaries of dreams.
Such a slide in a night which will be shaken by dreams to random divinations, Into the Dream brings us in a soft musical universe with hesitating bass chords, encircled by fine arpeggios ready to fly in a night of thousand torments. Those who, like me, tasted the summary work will find the soft poetic lines of Entering the Dream with the hesitating approach of the slumber dance. A rhythm constantly held by a synth to spectral breaths and a keyboard with keys situated between an acoustic guitar and a harpsichord to crystal clear and pinched notes. The percussions fall, without ever smashing anything. A little as not to disturb the sleep tranquility, while the synth dresses its most beautiful oniric approaches, before moving us with this melody so for a long time buried in the lightness of the sleep which introduces this long night of dreams. Mirage attacks the night with more vigor. A long title to progressive rhythms, locked into a sphere of night-schizophrenia. On the other hand, this version is more ethereal and poetic than the one on the special edition, freeing a suave perfume of soft night bird madness. Lost Forces (Velocity) follows the rhythmic tangent which develops since Into the Dream. Very similar to Mirage, the pace is however more fervent and circulates nervously in a ghostly universe, shaped by a subtle line of bass to nail-biting pulsations and a synth to nightmarish waves. Luna (Lunascape) calms down the play with magnificent sequential spiral which swirls lasciviously, creating an effect of hypnosis, under a synth filled of a spawn of strata as disquiet as lyrical and where the rhythm beats slightly, as an ode to the moon and its secrets. Distant xylophone arpeggios from out of the nowhere, introduce The Fields of Infinity that hiccups under rolling percussions. Percussions become metallic and slamming which always follow the sequential xylophone approach that fade with the arrival of an acoustic guitar to fine harmonious chords. Obsessed that we are, we have difficulty in noticing this adorable fusion of chords of a divinely charming synth which oscillates slowly behind this harmonious duality which plunges towards a fervent finale where we regret bitterly the short length of this title.
Unidentified Dreaming Objects is a long epic track that breathes of this approach night bird which is the premise of EoD and of which we perceive all the sequential approach which lies in it. A long title which seems to be a summary of the cd 1, but with a more poetic approach with notes of acoustic guitars which measure to morphic synthesized strata, or still of piano spawning under the influence of a synth to somber rotary waves. The rhythm clings to this sequence to stealthily chords, shaping to a fine line of bass which seems to go out of nocturnal oblivion. It goes and strikes where it needs, leaving all the room to captivating mellotron strata, to salvos of synth tinted of symphonic waves flooded in soporific choruses and its wonderful oniric chords of guitar and solitary piano. Very different from Silent Conversations, Silent Voices is a marvel of solicitude and solitude which blooms beneath a soft piano of which notes embrace notes of a crystalline keyboard, where discreet percussions become the witnesses of this strange harmony of a duality between softness and disturbing dream. A superb track that bursts as much the soul as the lachrymal glands, of which reminiscences drag far beyond the uncoordinated rhythms of Out of the Dream.
If you already own EoD, know that the cd offered in bonus with this new edition is everything a find. Some very beautiful Remy who navigates comfortably any seas, as serene as eventful. Metroid starts this collector's item with fine flutes of blowpipes to sharp breaths of which the echo is shaping in a synth to circular and hesitating waves. Waves which float, as leaves falling from tree, among xylophone keys to nervous striking to which couple tam-tam percussions that strengthening a cadence of which the agitation soaks in a hybrid statism rhythmic. The structure becomes warmer with a synth of which fluty strata become entangled with symphonic breaths on a warm bass line which nuances subtly Metroid rhythmic envelope. Darker, poetic and enigmatic, Silent Voices Part II progresses to weak stealthily on a structure more amber than her big sister. A sweet reverie on a much sharpened synth and oniric tinkled sparkling. Strata to dense orchestrations which cogitate under loud striking notes of pianos, Waiting for Dusk takes us in a night of tormented dreams with strikes of piano which cry under fanciful violins, before taking a tangent where dream recedes nightmare in a sound sphere filled with fluty mellotrons and xylophone keys on a tormented structure. A great musical drama! After a finality where the duality of harmonies makes more complex The Fields of Infinity, The Cave plunges us into an atonal atmosphere with an intriguing approach. The atmosphere is biting and soaks into a world of ether where the madness nightlife watches for us in every heterogeneous tone. A strange title which looks for comfort among lost spirits. The Storm concludes this beautiful bonus cd with a long minimalism procession where the intensity is deploying with nuance, respecting the premises of Schulzes works, in harmonies which is the reflection of the duality between the dream and the nightmarish approach that is Exhibition of Dreams.
As for me, Exhibition
of Dreams is a magnificent musical piece of anthology. The kind of work
which marks time and which will leave all of its traces for coming years.
The sound, the compositions, the approach sometimes dramatic sometimes
melodious on structures at once minimalism and uncoordinated, make of
this work a musical monument which explains all beauties and subtleties
of the EM art.
Sylvain Lupari / Guts Of Darkness, Planet Origo
Following the release
of a newly recorded version of some of the tracks from Remy's 1999's
debut, here is a double CD of fully remastered original music from that
album. "Into the Dream" begins with heavy effects before a
dramatic four-note theme is introduced. Familiar sequences gradually
unfold, with all kinds of dramatic melodic synths serving as a nice
background. A key change follows and a nice guitar-like sound plays
an improvised melody. This is moody EM in the style of Klaus Schulze
circa 1987 - 1992. Further key changes give the track an urgent character
that I like so much. Overall, this is for me one of the best EM tracks
recorded in the last 15 years or so. "Mirage" is another familiar
piece that appears on "EoD". There's not much to say about
it except that it uses the classic combination of urgent, dramatic sequences,
soft pads, rippling effects and unexpected key changes. Some nice solos
also make appearances in the second half of the track. Another winner.
The closing part sounds almost like an outtake from "Beyond Recall".
"Lost Forces" relies on uptempo sequencing and sharp synthetic
sounds. This is then complimented by a few melodic lean lines and solos.
This track is insistent and yet very soft and emotional. "La Luna"
(known as "Lunascape" on the "EoD" album) is a reflective,
bittersweet piece with simple, slow sequencing and classical strings
/ flute leads. Silky synth textures flow through the ether, full of
anguish and melancholy. Some very Schulzian sounds get used on this
track. It is quite obvious that at this early stage Remy was still strongly
influenced by Klaus' work. Not a big problem of course, especially since
he has made a transition to a more unique, personal style that's still
KS-influenced but has more individuality. Finally, "The Fields
of Infinity" closes the first disc. A marimba-like sequence is
heard underneath the bed on silky pads and drum rolls. This piece did
not appear on "EoD" in any form and it became a nice surprise,
as it's a very tasty EM track, with acoustic guitar leads (very typical)
and a significantly brighter tone, i.e. no Teutonic minor-key harmonies
here. A galloping sequence takes up the second half of the piece, with
supporting sounds gaining in drama and intensity until it all ends abruptly.
Disc two opens with a very Schulze-like "Unidentified Dreaming
Objects". A slap bass sequence is all we hear for a few minutes.
The track then develops with a few additional sequences and some typical
late 1980's preset synth sounds. A few key changes follow in typical
Klaus Schulze tradition. This is the most derivative piece so far. Not
that there's anything terribly wrong with it, as you can't expect 100%
originality from a person who is only at the very beginning of his musical
career (and who is 19 years old for that matter). There is an overdose
of sampled flute leads, orchestral textures and acoustic guitar on this
track. However, the nice flow of the music makes up for it. Basically
if you like Schulze circa 1992 - 1995, you find this right up your valley.
The final part features an underlying rhythm that brings a new dimension
to this lengthy piece of music. In a surprise move, "Silent Voices"
delves deep into the realms of shadowy piano music. This melancholic
piece is nothing short of brilliant. It also appears in different mix
on the "EoD" album. The piano is drowned in a sea of silky
synthesizers and mysterious tinkling bells as the track progresses.
Even more of a surprise is "Out of the Dream". It's basically
an upbeat rhythmic number that doesn't remotely sound like anything
else found on this album. "Exhibition of Dreams" is a fine
debut by a talented artist who would only become better with each subsequent
Artemi Pugachov / Encyclopedia of Electronic Music
In iO 90 besprak
ik EoD, de knap gemaakte heropname van een deel van Remy's debuutalbum
Exhibition Of Dreams uit 1999. Naast EoD heeft Remy ook een remaster
uitgebracht van de originele muziek. Dit is op fraaie wijze gedaan door
Wouter Bessels, mijn voormalige collega van het blad E-dition. Nog gemaakt
met behulp van de vermaarde Atari computer, bewijst Remy op Exhibition
Of Dreams reeds zijn talent. De muziek zit inventief in elkaar en wordt
prima gespeeld. Kwa geluiden (bijvoorbeeld veel Korg M1) en ritmes is
er een link te maken met de muziek die Klaus Schulze in die periode
maakte maar Remy's composities zijn melodieuzer en (sorry, Klaus) beter
gespeeld. Ik vond dat destijds heel bijzonder omdat vele andere elektronische
musici bijvoorbeeld juist de klank van Schulze uit de jaren '70 als
voorbeeld nemen. De melodieuze insteek horen we al in het eerste nummer
Into The Dream dat een fraaie sequence kent en lekkere drumklanken.
Remy is altijd goed geweest in het creëren van puntige sequences:
dat is goed te horen in Mirage en Lost Forces. Één van
zijn beste composities vind ik het romantische sfeervolle La Luna. De
tweede CD bevat onder meer Remy's langste stuk ooit, Unidentified Dreaming
Objects van bijna 43 minuten. Dit stuk met stuwende ritmes en zachte
solo's, vind ik nog het meest klinken als Klaus Schulze's muziek uit
die tijd (maar dan dus beter). Naast La Luna vind ik Silent Voices het
hoogtepunt van de CD. Dit stuk klinkt bijna als filmmuziek (misschien
iets om nog eens doen voor Remy), kompleet met piano. Out Of The Dream
kent flinke ritmes en bassen. Het swingt heerlijk en bewijst de vele
markten waarin Remy thuis is. Het is lekker dat Remy's debuut, naast
EoD, ook weer in de oervorm te horen is.
Paul Rijkens / iO Pages
Remy Stroomer, más
conocido como Remy es un compositor ya de sobra conocido por todos,
pero si embargo, hace solamente diez años que se publicó
su primer trabajo, "Exhibition of Dreams", en estos diez años
ha recorrido un largo camino, con unos comienzos en los que su música
era un homenaje a Klaus Schulze, pero que poco a poco a marcado sus
distancias hasta tener su propio estilo.
Roberto Vales / A Ultima Fronteira
With the release of "Exhibition of Dreams", fans of Remy Stroomer's music are given the opportunity to hear the remarkable musical development this Dutch musician and his music has undergone since he made his first steps in the genre of electronic music.
the 10th anniversary of the debut album, "Exhibition of Dreams"
revisits the electronics composed back in 1999. The music was devoted
to minidisk, so things had to be done in one take.
"Exhibition of Dreams" takes us on a ride through Schulzian-inspired music (his late '80's /early '90's period), offering repetitive structures and rhythmic patterns which opens up spaces of happy, transparent and confident sounding electronics with an analogue edge.
The use of guitar sounds and flavours of mellotron and other vintage gear is evident, next to some occasional enthusiastic, powerful synth-soloiing, the latter putting the icing on the cake on "Mirage". More than once, the outcome put a smile on my face as I absorbed the warmth and creativity hidden within Remy's fine crafted harmonic music.
I have no doubt
it will do the same for everyone who looks for nostalgic sounding electronic
music with its own intrinsic, fluent vibe.
Bert Strolenberg / Sonic Immersion