By Andrei Bucureci on September 16, 2014
In music there was always a huge difference between technique and feeling. Is there someone really passionate about music, tonal beauty, unpredictability and sonic surprise to challenge the feeling of the first 5-10 seconds gap between something played with heart and something that aims to impress vituozitate?
Apparently Rodion Rodion and his band G. A. I favor the art. Only apparently, because I’m actually in favor of novelty, originality, psihedelicului, progressivity, the organic and technology actually futuristic music visionary who recorded it. This despite the fact that Giorgio Moroder and Kraftwerk and there is always, but always, a metronome that dictate the order and rigor.
But what comes out of the speakers and music transcend this dimension strict plan and continue to the future: light and eternity. With eyes closed and guitar riffs and synthesizers in the background, with layers of reverb and delayurile where instinct dictates, the music on “Behind The Curtain” seems like ancient Romanian painting landscapes, they do not belong to the past and not the present. The intention seems to be to belong and seek future. So it seems after several auditions. Vision take shape and sound architectural concept. A man, musician, sketch in mind and then give life to matter, sounds, according to certain standards and principles. Revelatoriu talking about a designer. A sound designer, the sonic side of human existence and a local identity. Without any reference or feeling that you have to relate to the music as if it belongs to a geographical rather time points are taken into account.
There is a crucial difference between this album and Lost last year’s release The Lost Tapes: fluidity. The role of the supreme pioneer of electronic music played by Rodion Eastern European Ladislaus Rosca is evident on both releases, but the last album is a show of force a sound designer and composer skills soundtrack. Meanwhile soundtrack was released and cartoons from the eighties science fiction, space missions Delta. Each piece has a monumental and attitude oscillates between melodic and elegies sprints slow and sublime. Rezidor incredible talent and vision of this artist before time. Barely Breaking Even Brits (BBE Music), which released the album, like his countrymen Strut Records, which released last year rightly assert the authenticity of this music heritage provided breathing socio-political context of Romania late seventies and early eighties. With this compilation of rare jewels, do not follow a pattern, or pattern but huge collection of records and tapes composer is rather a philosophical standard, not inspirational. A healthy attitude in terms of art.
Acvilaa Fragment is an introductory march guitar beats and not far from the idea of specifying a continuous loop of contemporary electro. Seems background for a fashion parade eighties without Tariceanu the catwalk. Charm Charm 1 and 2 are two meditative pieces almost pastoral, with a relaxing and floating melody. Contrast is a kind of ode German medieval epic outro which decays completely at the end. It has a syncopated rhythm that only the krautrock bands and proto-electro in Dussledorf be met. Cosmic Game, a possible promotional single proposal has gaps of hard rock heavy metal, but with harmonies backed by synthesizers. It has a tribal and organic, a natural sound dimension emulation feature music Rodion GA in general. Dance Macabre, the first official single of the album, reminiscent of the construction of a rhythm by recording a metal object on the floor rolling. An equally unconventional sampling that have used their song Depeche Mode Stripped a few years later in 1986 by Rodion song and dance but has a melodic but aggressive allure duel. Elastic describes very well the content composition that has a rhythm built as a game of ping-pong game which is self-declared passionate Rodion Rosca.
Paradox stands out groove balanced and bold guitar riffs but the melody princely hard rock voice. Clearly Rodion listen Black Sabbath and Iron Butterfly troops built with the same aggressive attitude-melodic. A video for this song should contain frames of Michael the Brave’s Nicolaescu. The song has some of the Balkan nationalist pride is shared and still share the euphoria. Pyramid Pyramid 1 and 2 as the other pieces in couplet on “behind the scenes” are like typical classical music interludes. And even make a bridge invisible existence in the 60s and 70s between classical music and electronic music, or between progressive rock and classical music. Point begins with a guitar riff and builds almost indie waves of synthesizers around him and a rhythm krautnian. The song would have been in place a framework for dynamic breathing of any Romanian historical film where horse racing scenes. The Gym is what’s playful song on the album. He clearly playful accents and as natural as possible for a tour of the stadium, whether you’re jogger or doing athletics. The Train makes clear reference to his passion Rodion Rosca industrial sounds. The artist once said that when he first arrived at the station and heard the locomotive, he knew he wanted to be a musician and to remove / do and it sounds like. Waterfall and previous song are kind of bonuses on the disc, they are part of a source other than the bands that would become his debut album Rodion GA. Cascada song has the highest quality of video game soundtrack. Video games that existed at that time in a proto-incipient stage. In the construction of this disc, the songs of resistance, potential speakers and popularized songs are in the middle of the disc: Cosmic Game, Dance Macabre, Elastic and Paradox. Can not be called singles or hits, although in the seventies-eighties Rodion was broadcast on the radio and not rare. There are 37 minutes of unreleased material that arouse nostalgia. A nostalgia and admiration honest, pure before the revelation of what it meant 40 years ago synthesizers. Same respect you require and Silver Apples records Klaus Schulze. Music this is a push out of your comfort zone electronic music conteporane, the shivers down my spine, to surrender to the creative genius.
You once mentioned to those who first read about Rodion as with his comrades from other countries, pioneers and legends of electronic music, made it with little means. Their music was dominated by philosophical concept so effective and divine “Less Is More”. Obviously synthesizers and electric drums represent some less common instruments, but they were just a means of expression, not influenced talent “composer” or attitude that originality was the key experimental music artists in that period. If the artist’s face, which had equipment were electric guitars, appliances Tesla recorded on magnetic tape, the cheapest drum machines and the discovery of a proto-sampling techniques.
Without Rodion G. A. I have understood and accepted, even idolized, bands like New Order, Daft Punk, LCD Soundsystem, Kuedo or M83, although it is likely that none of those mentioned have listened to or even heard of him. Despite his belonging to an era where science fiction soundtracks and Vangelis’s Blade Runner, Dune those from Toto and Brian Eno, Wendy Carlos Tron’s,’s Videodrome Howard Shore, Rodion GA makes this style of music to overcome and transcend the limits even futuristic music by the organic ancestral descriptive. Hieronymus Bosch’s like or Max Ernst, a painter of post-planetary landscapes, post-temporal reality where imagination creates mutations in hybrids complacency. It is recommended Rodion live, because they can see and feel the experience and safety of this brave artist.
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