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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:19 pm    Br├╝ckner "During a Lull..." - 4th review Reply with quoteBack to top

Dear friends, listeners, and others...

today, my solo album

During a Lull and other Tales

has been released on SynGate records!


https://michaelbrueckner-syngate.bandcamp.com/album/during-a-lull-and-other-tales-xxl-version

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It's an album in pure Berlin School manner, lots of sequences (and arpeggios, for those who like it accurate Wink ), the usual few minor chords, Space sound effects and a healthy dose of synth soloing on top of that.

...plus one or two gimmicks here and there to keep things (hopefully) interesting.

I see it as a somewhat darker, more monochrome companion to last year's "Trees of Olivandá" (...if You happen to know that one).

What's maybe of interest here at the EMPortal:
Those three tracks I had submitted last year (I think) for "The Sequel" form the core of "During A Lull..." now - I called those tracks back a while ago when I needed good material for my annual SynGate release, and "The Sequel" didn't seem to go somewhere fast...

(...but never mind, I have other music in store in the meanwhile, just in case a contribution to "The Sequel" should be required Wink )

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:22 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

First review of "During A Lull And Other Tales" by Sylvain Lupari for his online magazine "Synths&Sequenzes".

"This is another very good album from Michael Br├╝ckner..." Wink

If inclined so, please read the full review in Sylvains usual lyrical style here:


https://synthsequences.blogspot.com/2018/12/michael-bruckner-during-lull-and-other.html?fbclid=IwAR2OyQG6ZzvY2VVixCli5ZN9Q9v7dtUfOJb1nKtx7rXfmDNW_xsdWVKXoKM

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:04 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Gunnar Clau├čen wrote a thoughtful and detailed review of "Durning A Lull and other tales" for Babyblaue Seiten online prog magazine! ^_^

Find the original review (in German) here, or my (rough) English translation below.

http://www.babyblaue-seiten.de/album_17887.html#oben7

Everyone else's opinion to the album is welcome, too, by the way (no need to hold yourselves back Wink ). Thanks! Smile


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Michael Brückner's "During A Lull And Other Tales", unlike many other works of the Mainz based musician, was released on Syngate - and as with his previous release on that label, "Trees Of Olivandá", it can be assumed that this album once again shows a comparatively accessible, if not commercial, side of the electronic musician. And Brückner himself even agrees with this assumption when he writes in the info text to "During A Lull And Other Tales" about "(almost) pure Berlin School", puts artworks borrowed from Caspar David Friedrich and contemporary painters into this context, and calls the album at the same time "a slightly darker and more monochrome brother to last year's 'Trees Of Olivanda'".

And yes - the music fully lives up to these conditions. The basic structure of the six pieces (buyers of the digital version subtitled "XXL" also receive a 22-minute "Space Jam" as a bonus) are indeed created via sequencers, over which synth pads are layered, mostly imitating strings or wind instruments. In addition, there are solo lines that introduce melodic fragments or are actually soloing.

Well, also the negative things that have occasionally been said and written about the time-honored Berlin school electronics apply to "During A Lull And Other Tales": Here, too, changes take place only slowly, if at all, there's a lot of repetition, and often the music simply "stands (still)", and unlike with some more modern representatives of the style such as Sankt Otten, there are hardly any through-composed melodies. But nevertheless: Even if the existing variation in the music is mostly limited to the sound or the texture, the material on this album is not simpler than on the possible great idols of the 70s and 80s.

In addition, Br├╝ckner also manages to do two things quite well, some of which even set his music apart from familiar classic electronica tropes.
The one, to which the latter is less true, encompasses the tension and variety of the individual pieces among each other. For example, the cheerful "In The Springtime Of Our Lives", arranged light as a feather almost without deep notes, with its somewhat bumpy sequence and sounding like a twisted version of Kraftwerk's "Europa Endlos", stands between the futuristic-mechanical sounding "La Femme Derri├Ęre La Lune" (including vocoder-alienated samples in French - compare "The Day After X" by Robert Schroeder) and the much darker quasi-titletrack "During A Lull", which focuses on lamenting melodies and deep booming bass rhythms and also interjects some set pieces from Br├╝ckner's dark ambience works.

Apart from that it's also interesting that Br├╝ckner sometimes puts the rhythmically moving passages, which of course are achieved by the use of a sequencer, into the background and instead emphasizes the voluptuous floating surface sounds - thus creating a certain dynamic as well.

The other peculiarity which needs to be menitoned, is that Br├╝ckner didn't record a retro record. The employed electronic instruments sound very modern, actually only the basic concept makes references to tradition. This in turn also means that Br├╝ckner doesn't shy away from contemporary rhythms: "During A Lull" and "Daphne" use harder beats at different times, bordering on techno and related stuff, which then, piquantly enough, are even put into the service of dynamics, providing even more movement and intensity, if not excess, thus themselves adding to the creation of structures.

So it's twice as good that Br├╝ckner tends to look beyond his own nose, and that's exactly what makes up a big part of the appeal here.

Finally, there are only two odd things to note:
First, it's amusing that all, really all pieces end quite similar in structure. 2-3 minutes before the end of the running time rhythmic components and everything else go back slowly, and the ending consists of "breathing" synth pads. You can almost set the clock to that...
And the other one: Although the rest of the songs are very well done, the concluding "Votre Coeur" fails to keep up. Although the sequence develops quite some drive, there's not enough happening beyond that in the long run.

All in all, however, Br├╝ckner maintains a remarkable level on the album, which is already quite long, and which, as already mentioned, doesn't sound out of date despite references to the past. So, "During A Lull And Other Tales" definitely deserves a recommendation.

11 (of 15) points


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:32 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

German reviewer Stephan Schelle recently gave his opinion of "During A Lull And Other Tales" in a review for his Musikzirkus online magazine...

Read the original review (in German) here, or my (rough) English translation below...

http://www.musikzirkus-magazin.de/dateien/Pages/CD_Kritiken/elektronik/michael_brueckner_during_a_lull_and_other_tales.htm

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It is really unbelievable what a great qualitative output the German electronic musician Michael Br├╝ckner has to show. One would think that he does nothing else but to translate his feelings and ideas into music and to show a tremendous variety of styles...

His last output on the SynGate label dates from 2018 and is called "During A Lull And Other Tales" and was given to me for review in March 2019. On this work Michael dedicated himself to the "Berlin School". All six pieces are more than ten minutes long.

"Seen From A Thousand Miles" is the first piece on the CD-r. After initial synth noise and echoes, sounds reminiscent of the "Berlin School" enter the mix. Rhythmic synth patterns and pads form the basic structure here. Electronic birdsong or something that sounds like it is added while the track rests on the sequencer patterns. Half way into the piece, melody arcs appear. Michael maintains the tension curve over the entire length of almost 13 minutes.

Sparkling synth patterns can be heard at the beginning of the 15:15 minute "La Femme Derri├ęre La Lune", from which some pads emerge into which a spoken text and spacy synth motifs are woven. Michael changes sounds and rhythms and thus provides variety in the piece. At the end mystical moods are built up by the sounds.

"In The Springtime Of Our Lives" runs eleven minutes plus, and is carried by an unusual rhythm pattern that runs for almost the entire length of the piece. Michael varies this rhythm sporadically and adds further sound patterns. This doesn't create a melody, yet the sound has a certain charisma that you can't escape.

"During A Lull" begins quite solemnly and after some synth solos in the second half it starts to pick up speed through fast sequencer rhythms and further solos. Sounds like an improvised piece played live by several musicians and thus gets its special flair.

"Daphne" has a mystical feel with its initial pads and synth noises and the faster sequences that are mixed in later.

Michael keeps the highlight of the album for the end of the silver disc though. The 13:26 minute "Votre Coeur" begins slowly with a gentle rhythm and beautiful, harmonious pads. After about three minutes Michael starts into a beguiling part, which is initially only defined by the sequencer and where the dynamics constantly intensified as the track progresses. This has a hypnotic effect and the melodic patterns, which are interspersed, are very harmonious. A great track.

Michael Br├╝ckner is a musician who always surprises. He brings the most different albums on the market again and again, all showing a high quality. This also applies to his 2018 work with the unusual title "During A Lull An Other Tales".

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Interesting detail: Stephan Schelle praised the very track as the highlight of the album of which Gunnar Claussen in his older review said it was the one track that's weaker than the rest. I'm confusedÔÇŽ Laughing

(Personally, I tend to agree to Gunnar though, to be honest...)

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