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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:49 am    Br√ľckner, Trees Of Olivand√° - review by Thoralf Ko√ü Reply with quoteBack to top

(...I beg Your pardon if announcements by me are coming in a bit densely at the moment - this one actually was in the shelves sooner than anticipated.)

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I’m happy to announce the release of my new solo album Trees of Olivandá on Syngate Records - a sonic fantasy journey through a weird and wonderful world full of mysteries and adventures, enhanced by the marvellous cover art of Andreas Schwietzke!

Listen to the trailer to join the trip! Very Happy

https://soundcloud.com/michael-brueckner/trees-of-olivanda-preview-new-on-syngate-records


Side note: this particular album started as a birthday present for my good friend Olaf Lux (to whom it is dedicated!) - it grew quite naturally from there in a very orgarnic and spontaneous way until I realised that a complete album had emerged that would fit well into the classic EM pattern Syngate is known for.

Some weeks prior to the release I have sent it to a couple of people in who’s taste I trust, and just recently Michael Hodgson, reviewer of progarchives.com, sent me the following message:


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‚ÄěI just wanted to say that I listened to your download of "The Trees Of Olivand√°" twice today, and it's truly wonderful!!

So much variety, so much movement, tons of deep space synths with lots of soloing, but I loved all the modern beats and dance moments too. It perfectly balances vintage Schulze/TDream/Jarre/Berlin School styles with modern sounds.

I think it's a particularly accessible disc as well, without ever being too lightweight or insubstantial. It's just very melodic without sacrificing atmosphere or intelligence. You should be really proud of it!

You said this was going to be a Syngate release, yes?“


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You can order the album from directly on Syngate (...it also will be on their Bandcamp page soon).

http://www.syngate.biz/epages/15513652.sf/de_DE/?ObjectPath=/Shops/15513652/Products/%22CD-R%20MB05%22

Also, Kilian will present it at the Syngate booth at the Electronic Circus Festival in Detmold this weekend... Smile



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:38 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

UPDATE: ...the album has arrived on Bandcamp, too in the meanwhile - a chance to pre-listen some tracks in their entirety.

https://syngate.bandcamp.com/album/trees-of-olivand

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:53 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

It's always nice to get a (positive) reaction to something you did by a stranger* - like in the case of a listener named Nick Lees, who posted these friendly words the other day on the album's Bandcamp page (thanks for that!) Very Happy

"This is a real gem. Sparkling synth lines flow seamlessly the length of the album. Highly recommended."

* ...well, I suppose we're still strangers, then again in the online world, you never know.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:00 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Nice cover , will check this one out today.

And thanks for reminding me about syngate , loads of new stuff there since last time I looked. Great label.

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« thirdsystem » wrote:
Nice cover , will check this one out today.

And thanks for reminding me about syngate , loads of new stuff there since last time I looked. Great label.


Thank You very much! Smile

As for the cover: I'm a BIG fan of Andreas Schwietzke really, and I'm always more than happy to use some of his exceptional illustrations. There are more of them inside of the physical package, btw:

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The first review of "Trees Of Olivand√°" has arrived today, by Michael Hodgson of progarchives.com, and I'm very happy (and indeed considerably proud) that it's a very positive one (again), saying things like:

(Trees of Olivand√°) "...is a seventy-six minute mostly continuous selection of deeply immersive Berlin School space music, that achieves a perfect unison of respect for the vintage prog-electronic masters and cool contemporary sound of modern influences, formless ambience and rhythmic-driven momentum, and there's not a poor moment to be found in its entirety."

"Followers of this underrated modern prog-electronic composer will likely return to this one constantly, and it even makes for a perfect introduction for newcomers to the superb space music of Michael Br√ľckner.

Four and a half stars, and one of the best prog-electronic releases of 2017. "


Read the full in-depth review here:

http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=1801465

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:04 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Big thanks to Harald Gramberg, who has written a wonderful review of "Trees of Olivand√°", for his online music magazine "Hippiesland"! Very Happy

You can read it - in German - following this link, or read my (rough) English translation below:

http://www.hippiesland.de/release_brueckner_treesofolivanda

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Michael Br√ľckner - Trees of Olivand√°
CD, Release 28.09.2017

The name Michael Br√ľckner should certainly not have escaped the attentive readers of our online magazine, he has delivered yet less than a year ago a really exciting interview. And just recently, we have published a short article on his new project Bridge to Imla, which he has created together with Hans-Dieter Schmidt, and of which a first album will be released in the foreseeable future.

But today we will discuss his most recent solo album entitled "Trees of Olivand√°", which was released on 28 September 2017 on the quality label for electronic music, SynGate Records:

Trees of Olivand√°

Once again a true stroke of genius by the master of the Berlin School and ambient music with refreshingly new (and at the same time tried and tested) Brueckner-style sequences, universe-filling synth solos with astounding spatial depth - paired with very melodic, rhythmic and by means of occasional percussion sounds also quite danceable beats, without losing anything of its atmosphere, which is clearly in the vein of the ancestors of the Berlin school (Tangerine Dream / Klaus Schulze), and which isn’t drowning in mid-frequency mud either.

The album basically consists of a single track, even if divided into seven sub-tracks, and should therefore best be listenend to in its entirety. Would just be a pity to make a break in the middle and later to start again, because this way one would lose some of the overall impression. So relax, forget about space and time for just 80 minutes, get distance from everyday hectic, dive into the infinite depths of the universe and enjoy the unique sound that is offered to you here, and you will always want to enjoy it again…

However, if you want to a first impression, you can do this on SynGate’s Bandcamp site at https://syngate.bandcamp.com/album/trees-of-olivand.

You can also order this musical jewel directly on the homepage of SynGate Records under this link: www.syngate.biz/Michael-Brueckner-Trees-of-Olivanda

Harald Gramberg, 11 October 2017



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:17 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Yesterday, I created a new trailer video for the album, especially featuring the very deep and detailed cover illustrations by Andreas Schwietzke, and (partly) using different excerpts than on the first "trailer" on Soundcloud.

If You're interested, see here...

https://youtu.be/KGI7Mf2TiuA

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The other day a new review of "Trees of Olivand√°" arrived, this time by Sylvain Lupari, the trusty EM reviewer from Canada, for his online magazine "Synth&Sequences" - and apparently Sylvain did enjoy the album, saying:

‚ÄúA very poetic artwork and a very lyrical ode, Trees of Olivand√° is at the height of both qualities. A splendid Neo Berlin School style album and the best of Mister Br√ľckner‚ÄĚ

Actually, (as usually) he says a lot more and rewards the album with 4 1/2 (of 5) stars

Read his full review (in English AND French) here, if You like:

http://synthsequences.blogspot.de/2017/10/michael-bruckner-trees-of-olivanda-2017.html

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Michael, great cd, i like it alot.
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« Starwalker » wrote:
Michael, great cd, i like it alot.


Thank You so much! Very Happy Happy You enjoy it!

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German music journalist Thoralf Ko√ü recently reviewed ‚ÄěTrees of Olivand√°‚Äú for the online music magazine Musikreviews.de, saying:

‚Äě(the album) has turned out really good, even if it has some lenghts, which is not unusual for a musician whose big role model is KLAUS SCHULZE.‚Äú

‚ÄěParticularly strong is "Escape To The Outer Moons", the last and at the same time most dynamic title, together with a surprising change of mood and again clear JEAN-MICHEL JARRE references.‚Äú

‚Äě‚Ķin the end it will give all friends of synth sounds in the environment of Klaus Schulze to Jean-Michel Jarre much joy.‚Äú



Read Thoralf’s complete review (in German) following this link, or a quick and dirty Google translation to English just below… Wink

http://musikreviews.de/reviews/2017/Michael-Brueckner/Trees-Of-Olivanda/


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MICHAEL BR√úCKNER is another very hopeful representative who goes to the (electronic) Berlin (music) school to emulate his teachers MANUEL G√ĖTTSCHING, EDGAR FREOESE and KLAUS SCHULZE. And that the 48-year-old electronics inventor is one of the most industrious, proves not only the fact that he has been active since 1993 in the buttons skin and presses the right buttons or connections, but especially the variety of his album releases, which since 2012 already exceed the three-digit number 100!
You can also overdo it - although in the end it always depends on the result and not the quantity. In the case of "Trees Of Olivand√°" the hard-working Mainzer can certainly be satisfied, it has become really good, even if it has some lengths, which is not unusual for a musician whose big role model is KLAUS SCHULZE.

Br√ľckner's now 100 + x album is titled "Trees Of Olivand√°" and immediately stands out for its successful, quite mysterious-looking cover and nature-loving title. Also, the total of seven titles on it, suggest that the music - instrumental or not - seems to follow a certain concept. In addition, there is a dedication for the good friend Olaf Lux, which makes curious - because who is nice Olaf Lux. A short request with the musician, who has the tendency to answer in great detail - as detailed as he designs his music, sometimes just something a bit lengthy, but in the end always comes to the point. Lux certainly manages the German-speaking KLAUS SCHULZE Forum and their two passions for the Berlin-based school electronics pioneer have brought them together and over time so closely that this album - more precisely, a total of 51 minutes later - is actually a birthday present from Michael was meant for Olaf. Since it would have been a shame to listen to this music only in private circles, the idea arose to extend the 51 minutes by another 25 and from the original "Olifandia" (beware, not confused with the "Ottifanten"!) " Trees Of Olivand√° ". At the same time, this would also clarify the musical parallels that can be discovered en masse on this "Berlin-Schul-Elektronikon" when gift-giving and gifted people combine their love for KLAUS SCHULZE.

In a (logically) very detailed and extensive interview with Hippiesland, in which Br√ľckner also reveals his complete musical career, he ends with one of his favorite poems, "The Dream of Flying" by Michael Ende, in which some verses fit perfectly with the mood, which primarily meets us in the "Birthday Album":

You spread your arms wide
And a deep breath!
You swing yourself up over the street and the house
In the fantastic bird flight.
You fly and you fly and you do not need a destination,
Existence itself is luck!
No limit down there worries you much,
You never want to go back.

For long stretches, "Trees Of Olivand√°" sounds as if the album were intended for the musical framing of the lines, as evidenced by a title like "Into The Birdlands" or the sometimes "chirping" synths.

Although the album begins almost menacingly, as if a thunderstorm were opening in the distance, the keyboard sounds start to rise trumpet-like, and Oxygene sound-effects reminiscent of JEAN-MICHEL JARRE whir between the speakers. "Oxygene" was the first album that M. Br√ľckner bought from his own money - you just do not forget something like that and you can hear that in his music as well.

However, the suspected concept is only partially one and the idea with the title name was inspired by the impressively designed by Andreas Schwietzke cover, which is reminiscent of the graphics to the computer game "Myst".
Br√ľckner remarks: "I only interpret the story, do not formulate it completely, because I regard it quite as a kind of artistic virtue (just like my two musical role models Klaus Schulze and Robert Rich) ... only one half of the listener offer, and he - or she - complements the other. To give him space for his own interpretation and to stimulate his own imagination. "

Particularly strong is "Escape To The Outer Moons", the last and at the same time most dynamic title, together with a surprising change of mood and again clear JEAN-MICHEL JARRE references. Thus, the "Jarre" circle closes, similar as if Br√ľckner had chosen this influence as a musical "framework" for "Trees Of Olivand√°", an album on which the Korg Z1 synthesizer is used as the most important instrument.

Particularly strong is "Escape To The Outer Moons", the last and at the same time most dynamic title, together with a surprising change of mood and again clear JEAN-MICHEL JARRE references. Thus, the "Jarre" circle closes, similar as if Br√ľckner had chosen this influence as a musical "framework" for "Trees Of Olivand√°", an album on which the Korg Z1 synthesizer is used as the most important instrument.

CONCLUSION: At the Berlin School's homageing "Trees Of Olivand√°" by MICHAEL BR√úCKNER, a German electronic and ambient passionate with a huge album output of well over 100 releases, reminds us of his 2012 SynGate label debut "100 Million Miles Under The Stars ", which also focused on the Korg Z1 synthesizer. Br√ľckner himself states: "The sound result has been decisively influenced by this" - and in the end it will give all friends of synth sounds in the environment of Klaus Schulze to Jean-Michel Jarre much joy.

Thoralf Koß

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