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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 2:44 pm    Betzler & Brueckner "TWO" - 8th review Reply with quoteBack to top

Good news (well, for us at least!!! Wink )

Finally - after this world had to wait for it for about 4,6 Billion years - Betzler & Br�ckner will release an album on the well-known electronic music label SynGate !!!

The planned release day is November the 14th - which is (not entirely incidentally) the same date when the B-WAVE festival will take place; the album will be available from the Syngate booth there, and I will be present, too...

The title of the album will be TWO (...more about how that title came about see below) and this is how the cover will look like:

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Musically, I would describe the style of the album as a mix of neo Berlin School and space rock; so the bigger part of it is rather lively and upbeat (although there are of course also some more atmospheric sections...).

Those of You who have witnessed Tommy's and my two longer concerts back in 2013 may find it interesting that we have performed two of the tracks on the album (although in quite different versions) in Hamm - and one of them again in Bocholt, and if You enjoyed those concerts, You might be happy to find all of our "trademarks" from them on "TWO": lots of Waldorf Blofeld sequences, Tommy's straight but powerful drumming, even some rocking guitar and lots of ELKA soloing on top. All of that - and more!


More info for those who like to learn more...


Attentive readers will have noticed it right away:

I wrote "an" album (not "the" album). And for a reason! After having considerable difficutlties to bring the efforts for the first album to an end, a short while ago I had the saving idea:
Let's just release the second album first!

Mr. Green

"The second album...?!?" You might ask. "...where does that come from so quickly?"
The answer is: it was there all the time (or at least: since quite a while) - I just had not noticed so far that it was another album.

Actually, there are a number of tracks which have been recorded for various occasions (...one for a radio show featuring Tommy's music, another for a compilation, some during concert rehearsals, a private gift for a good friend etc.).

In case of each of these pieces I had at times regretted that it wasn't possible to add them to "the" album as a bonus track (...because that album is planned as a label release consisting of one CD only, which should reflect our live repetoire as presented in our two concerts back in 2013 - without further "extras"). The idea that these very tracks could form their own album only dawned on me just a few days ago...

Some of these track may be familiar to some of our listeners, btw. - because they were (or still are) on Soundcloud or elsewhere. For the album, though, there will be (slightly) different versions, (hopefully) a better sound and actually some guest performances (see below).

The "first" album will - of course - also be released, just three or four (more) months later.
The reason for this further delay is not only the production work that I (still) have to put into it, but in the first place the fact that a very special guest confirmed his will to contribute to the album - but: he won't make it before early 2016. Tommy and I agree to wait for him - and so, our patient (future) listeners can look forward to two albums which will (at least seen from the perspective of earth's history) be released almost at the same time...

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Tracklist:

1. (Not) Too Late (11:34)

2. Two Worlds (Inside One Mirror) (9:16)

3. Gaia (A Suite In Two Parts) (25:33)

4. Monsoon (Too Soon) (12:08 )

5. (One) To The Flame of Hope (18:36)


Guest musicians:

Sammy David: electric guitar

Fryderyk Jona: clarinet, moog, additional keyboards


At the moment, our guest musicians are still working on their contributions, final mixing and mastering of the album will happen during the next few days.

A trailer / preview will follow ASAP.
We'll let You know! Cool


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 3:23 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

That's good news Michael!!

Count me in for a BB2 copy Wink

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« Vignoble @ Co. » wrote:
That's good news Michael!!

Count me in for a BB2 copy Wink


Thanks a lot, Koos! Very Happy

Just the other day I received Fryderyk Jona's contributions, and I think I don't exaggerate when I say that for them alone the album is going to deserve attention.
He also showed me some of his yet unreleased tracks, which are quite different from anything he has released so far - much darker, actually - and absolutely amazing stuff - what an immense talent!

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UPDATE:

After thinking it over and discussing the matter with everyone involved the release date of TWO will be delayed one more week to get a little bit more time for the final touches, and the album will be officially available from the Syngate booth at this years Dinosaurier Synthesizer Meeting in Bocholt on November the 21st (...maybe a fitting event, as Tommy Betzler and me performed there two years ago).

However, Kilian (of Syngate) and me will still bring a little "something" with us to the B-Wave festival next weekend - a "promo preview EP" called (Almost) TWO that will contain some unfinished mixes, alternative versions, excerpts and also some otherwise unreleased material. You can purchase it at the festival for a small price AND there will be a discount code on the EP, so when You purchase the actual album, You even will get the little money you pay for the EP back (...the album will be cheaper).

There's also a trailer including excerpts of "TWO" - featuring contributions by Sammy David (guitar) and Fryderyk Jona (clarinet, Moog).

Some of the material in this trailer won't be on the actual album, but instead on the above mentioned promo EP...


https://hearthis.at/brueckner/betzler-brckner-teaser-1/

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2015 2:14 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Looking forward to this.
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« REWO Records » wrote:
Looking forward to this.


Thank You very much, René Smile Well, much more You might look forward to the other B&B album that's still in the making... Wink

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To quote Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson:

"HOOOYAA!!! HOOOYAA!!!!" Very Happy

Ladies and Gentlemen, it has finally arrived!!!! Mr. Green


Tommy Betzler (P'Cock, Klaus Schulze, Picture Palace Music)

Michael Brückner (B4 Sunrise Wink )

with

Sammy David (guitar on two tracks)

Fryderyk Jona (clarinette, moog and additional synths on two tracks)

...brought You:

TWO


(...for the record, a project by two musicians,
supported by two guest musicians who contribute to
two different tracks each, consisting of material that
was recorded during the past two years... )


Oh, not to (!) forget the two photographers:

Cover photo: Bernd Lux

Additional photos: Anke Betzler


Get the album here:

http://syngate.bandcamp.com/album/two


P.S. Of course I personally like all of the tracks, but if You're time is limited, maybe check out the last one first... Wink

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« REWO Records » wrote:
Congrats and best wishes with the release


Thank You very much, Renée. Smile

And thanks to Koos too for featuring the album - it made me quite happy when I just saw that! Very Happy

First listener reactions also were encouraging so far. I think the album turned out a nice one...

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Hartelijk bedankt, Koos! Mr. Green Zeer gewaardeerd!

FYI - here are two recent listener's reactions:

"The talented Michael Brückner brings his ambient music to another level on his new album "Two". (...)
This is very good stuff! The clarinet really does work beautifully with the electronics. Really liking this! (...)
I should also add that the drumming is inspired. Injecting a beat into your ambient sensibilities is bringing a wonderful color to the music. Mr. Betzler has done a marvelous thing by giving rhythm and pace, but never overwhelming the music. As a drummer, I know how difficult that is!"

(Bill Brinkmoeller)

"Fantastic work by Michael and Tommy. Very difficult to say which would be my favorite track...
All tracks are very unique and innovative. The clarinet by Fryderyk is the cherry on the top of this very very fine piece of music - cake.
Highly recommendable CD.

Favorite track: (One) To The Flame of Hope."

(Volker Lankow )

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Tommy and me are very happy about a first review of our new album that just came in; again, the progressive rock reviewers seem to take more notice of the album than the actual EM scene - but this time for a better reason, I guess, since the album has a quite distinct rock feeling to it, in some places at least (...perhaps not surprising since it features a drummer who co-founded a prog band in the early 80ies Wink )

Anyway - some quotes from the review:

"The team-up" [...of Tommy and me] "...makes `Two' (...), along with the addition of some surprising instrument choices and a strong balance of modern and vintage techniques, one of the most diverse and interesting electronic releases of 2015."

"It's no easy task incorporating an instrument like the clarinet (or even electric guitar) whilst maintaining an ambient and atmospheric mood, but the combination works very successfully here. `Two' might be an ideal place to start for newcomers to the progressive-electronic genre, as it not only frequently stays carefully melodic, but it balances great variety and more obvious movement with the expected expansive, immersive droning ambient stillness of the deeper works of the style. (...)

`Two' is an outstanding achievement, a wonderful and addictive electronic release with great crossover appeal."


Read the full (well written and detailed) review here:

http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=1494158

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Uwe Saße recently reviewed TWO on his EM review page sequenzerwelten.de.

First contact seemed to have been somewhat difficult, but everything turned out fine, after all... Wink

Actually, Uwe says that he was "quite shocked" about the first track and felt it was "too heavy" for his taste. He particularily disliked the guitar playing here (...calling it "schräg" which could mean "weird" or "being out of key / tune" - not sure which he exactly means, maybe both... Shocked ).

[To make up for the inconvenience, we decided to buy him a copy of King Crimson's "Starless and Bible Black" as compensation... Wink ]

After surviving this attack on his eardrums, he still discovered a lot of things he liked (much to our relief) - "an interesting mix of Berlin School and Ambient with many elements from other genres" "also with a slightly ethnic influence through the use of clarinet, processed voices that remind of overtone singing, and some other oriental elements" which make for a varied listening experience.

All in all - and in spite of the challenging first track - he calls the album "highly recommendable".

Phew! Wink

Read the full review (in German) here:

http://www.sequenzerwelten.de/brueckner_main.html

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JAY! Two new - and VERY positive - reviews of TWO just arrived the other day:

One is by the well-known Canadian EM reviewer Sylvain Loupari for his Synths&Sequences page, saying things like:

"Written between 2013 and 2015, the music of “Two” is his 3rd collaboration album since then. Flanked essentially by Tommy Betzler, who has already played with Klaus Schulze and P'Cock, on electronic drums, Michael Brückner has also recruited Sammy David on guitars and Fryderyk Jona on clarinet as well as on Moog. Synths, electronic drums, guitar, clarinet and Moog! This sound cocktail offers some very interesting perspectives which will become a reality as we move forward in this wonderful album where every minute is planned with perfection, making of “Two” an album as fascinating, as attractive than the superb Sparrows, released at the beginning of 2014."

"(One) To the Flame of Hope" is the jewel of “Two”! The first 5 minutes are weaved in a rich envelope of atmospheres with a sharp singing of a synth which picks you up the soul. Its harmonies of roaming dominate a fields of drones which undulate like sound waves, making splash some bursts of percussions and cymbals from where escapes a movement of sequences which makes its keys oscillate in the singings of a clarinet. The atmospheres are rich and stuffed of electronic effects as well as of cosmic effects where the synth solos sing with a clarinet which aims to be discreet in front of the turbulence of the percussions."

“Two” is the outcome of a reflection where Michael Bruckner agreed to lend his music to a percussionist who beat up it and ripped it without ever that it loses its identity. The biggest tour de force of “Two”!


You can read the full, detailed review here:

http://synthsequences.blogspot.de/2015/12/brucknerbetzler-two-2015.html



While Sylvain is usually checking new Syngate releases, the next review came as a surprise, rather - it's by a new listener from France who also posted it (like the very first review) on progarchives.com (...not as the member of the staff, but a visitors' review, if I got that correctly).
However, here's what he wrote:

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"Tangerinesque ... there must be something in the water the sky the land the shift of the stars the geolocation of Berlin which allows for this total Kosmische connection which cannot be the same anywhere else... This music soars and soars and soars. Then it takes off...

Do not play whilst driving would be my advice :] Will it relax you? Yes. As you breakdance with aliens in a far far away conurbation on the hidden side of Zorg 5611 or its little-known neighbour 5612 . It is also really polished and gentle bathed in oil; drums are held back in the background driving you forward elegantly.

A Meisterwerk indeed!"


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See also here:

http://www.progarchives.com/review.asp?id=1497930&fb_action_ids=1085875401425727&fb_action_types=og.likes

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:06 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Michael,
You continue to impress me with increasingly stronger work. Bravo on "2".
I've been checking out some of your live performances on Youtube. You're inspiring me!

Cheers and congratulations on a wonderful release.

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