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Review of Behind The Curtain From blog.eclecticfm.ro

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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.

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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.

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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.

Thanks to Andrei Bucureci and everyone at http://blog.eclecticfm.ro/ for allowing the reproduction of the article.

Rodion G.A. – Behind The Curtain-The Lost Album will be released on October 20 on BBE Music.

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Recently, Rodion G.A. signed a new recording contract with the prestigious British independent label, BBE Music. The first release is Behind The Curtain-The Lost Album. It features fourteen tracks which were recorded in Romania during the Communist era. During this period, musicians and artists were persecuted. They were perceived wrongly, as radicals. As a result, Rodion Rosca had to make music underground. He wrote and recorded the twelve tracks on Behind The Curtain-The Lost Album in his basement, safe from the prying eyes of the censors. Then when it came to recording Behind The Curtain-The Lost Album, the songs were recorded using instruments Rodion built himself. 

Rodion Rosca is more than a musician. He’s an inventor, philosopher, poet and dreamer. He invented many of the instruments that feature on Behind The Curtain-The Lost Album. Other instruments he rescued and modified. His genius extends to transforming everyday devices into musical instruments. Using these musical instruments, Rodion Rosca’s talents as a composer, philosopher, poet and writer shine through. The result was an album of innovative and groundbreaking music. It was intended to be Rodion G.A’s debut album. Sadly, fate intervened and the album was never released.

During the Communist era, there was only one Romanian record label. This was the state-owned Electrecord label. Releasing an album on the Electrecord label wasn’t exactly going to be a profitable enterprise. Rodion wasn’t going to become a rich man. Then fate robbed Rodion of the opportunity of releasing his debut album. 

The tapes of Rodion G.A’s debut album went missing. Nobody knew where they were. Rumours surrounded their whereabouts. Had they fallen into the hands of the state censor? Other rumours were that the music had been stolen by a jealous rival musician and that he’d burnt the tapes. There was even the rumour that Rodion G.A’s debut album had been smuggled out of Romania. Over the years, rumours grew surrounding the mystery over what many people referred to as The Lost Album. Then last year, the mystery was solved.

Rodion found himself living in a cottage in rural Romania. Apart from the occasional concert, Rodion was no longer involved in music. His musical career was another country. He still had the remnants of his makeshift studio. They were now akin to museum pieces. They were a connection to his pass. So were the pile of boxes and packing cases. One day, Rodion decided to start sorting through their contents. This was no easy task. It took several weeks. Towards the end of this journey through Rodion’s past, Rodion found some old reel-to-reel tapes in amongst some old photos. 

He’d no idea what was on them. Fortunately, Rodion still had his beloved reel-to-reel tape recorder. With some TLC, he had the reel-to-reel tape recorder up and running. He started spending time listening to the old tapes. Some were just ideas for tracks, other recordings of rehearsals. Then Rodion hit pay-dirt. He found the long lost album. The album that had long been lost, was now found. It had never left Rodion’s possession. All the time, it had been amongst the photos that will feature in  the sleeve-notes to Behind The Curtain-The Lost Album.  

Behind The Curtain-The Lost Album will be released on BBE Music on the 20th October 2014. It will be available on various formats.

The CD version of Behind The Curtain-The Lost Albumwill feature fourteen tracks.

The digital download version of Behind The Curtain-The Lost Album will also feature fourteen tracks.

However, the vinyl version of Behind The Curtain-The Lost Album is a double album featuring twenty-two tracks. That’s an amazing eight bonus tracks. They’re a tantalising taste of Rodion G.A. at the peak of their considerable powers.

Behind The Curtain-The Lost Album is available on pre-order from: 

Amazon: http://geni.us/BehindtheCurtainAMZ

iTunes  http://geni.us/BehindtheCurtain

Place your oder for what is without doubt, the most exciting musical event of 2014, the release of the much anticipated Behind The Curtain-The Lost Album, which will be out on 20th October 2014, on BBE Music.

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For everyone who has asked about the album cover, it was designed by the hugely talented Jake Holloway. http://jakedragons.tumblr.com