Music From Memory is turning 50 with a special release: Virtual Dreams: Ambient Explorations In The House & Techno Age, 1993-1997. ‘Virtual Dreams’ delves into music produced during the 1990’s that redefined the boundaries of ‘Ambient’. This was music that explored the possibilities of Ambient music within a new setting, created often by House & Techno music producers for a world beyond dance floors but made very much with the pre and post-clubbing listener in mind. When House and Techno exploded out of America in the mid 1980s a whole generation was redefined not only musically but also culturally and chemically speaking. Peaking, quite literally, with a second ‘Summer of Love’ in 1988, millions of young people across the world would experience the life-changing ups of a brave new world but with it of course came the downs; enter the concept of a ‘Chill-out’ room. Whilst early Chill-out rooms lacked a specific sound and were often soundtracked by music such as reggae and soul, slowly young Techno and House producers themselves would become increasingly interested in developing a futuristic ‘Ambient’ soundtrack to a world beyond the thud of the main room. From Ambient and early Chill-out classics, to lesser known one-off projects, as well as Ambient deviations by some of House and Techno’s leading producers, Volume One of Virtual Dreams features tracks by Bedouin Ascent, David Moufang, LA Synthesis, LFO, Marc Hollander, Mark Pritchard & Kirsty Hawkshaw, Richard H. Kirk and more.
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Few projects in electronic music have remained at the very cutting edge for as long as Reagenz, a collaboration between San Francisco based Jonah Sharp aka Spacetime Continuum and Heidelberg based David Moufang aka Move D. Twenty years after their first project, comes The Periodic Table, a stunning live album captured at The Bunkers tenth anniversary party at Public Assembly, Brooklyn, January 2013. The Periodic Table incorporates elements of house, techno and ambient in an organic flow that few artists could replicate.
Full Flavor Music has reached its 18th release, the Freefall EP by Strange Attractor. Strange Attractor is an alter ego of Jonah Sharp aka Spacetime Continuum and half of Reagenz, his collaborative project with Move D. Jonah’s sound with Strange Attractor tends to reflect a slightly darker and more techy side of his productions. Freefall is the peak time drivey cut, with a perfect 4/4 beat and a great build going on with layers of synth sounds. Plexa uses Jonah’s favorite, his 808 providing a standout build with several elements of the drum machine all working together. There’s an unexpected synth line that comes towards the tail end of the track that gives it clever perfection! Sudachi gives more of a funk element finishing off the EP nicely, very comparable to a Spacetime Continuum tune with rich layers of synth arpeggiation coming from Jonah’s Roland SH-101. These tracks were composed live in the studio, pretty much in one take with all hardware running straight through the board and processed in the moment using mostly analog gear.