Finally after two decades Node have decided to grace us with an epic slab of arp-driven electronica. And it’s released on bandcamp via Ian Boddy’s spaced out DiN imprint! Node is Flood, Ed Buller, Dave Bessell and Mel Wesson – all known and notable producers in popular music and sound design circles.
Like the space music equivalent of a road movie it’s all about the journey. Tracks are often lengthy and semi-improvised – floating free until they latch onto a pulse or arpeggiated pattern which builds to a climax while squeals and squalls dance around the headphone space. Whatever you call it… Berlin School, Progressive Electronica – I tend to like the term Neo-Kosmische Musik – this kind of music is the reason I make music and I could listen to it all day, everyday. More after the jump…
The heritage is Popul Vuh, Klaus Schultze and mid 70’s Tangerine Dream and it has influenced basically all of the ambient electronica I’ve loved from Jean Michel Jarre to Coil through Orbital and the Orb, Future Sound of London and modern practitioners like the Zombi crew (Steve Moore + Majeure). I believe the main difference between this music and techno is simply the focus away from kick-drum beat towards drones and arpeggiated monophonic bass-lines.
*unfortunately much as J74 Progressive is awesome – it is incompatible with the Solfege dice which take chromatic and diatonic scale-points (see below). So Numerology / Launchpad / Nord Modular it is though i’m definately going to multitrack it to Logic or Reaper.