Mike McLatchey 22-August-2002 Cycles

If Klaus Schulze had an energetic young brother who made similar music, it could be Wolfgang Bock. While Bock went on to make music for Sky much later, he created this extraordinary electronic rock album in the late 70s that stands up well next to any of the giants. Cycles includes two side long pieces, the first of which, the title track, is broken down into three parts, "Robsai" parts I and II and "Changes." "Cycles" begins with huge floating synthesizer patches before breaking into one of several amazing sequences on the album, chugging along before being joined by, yes, a real drum kit. The similarities with Schulze's 1976 album Moondawn are immense here - the chugging sequencers, the drums, and yes a background choral patch. This piece floats along with all kinds of wonderful warm synthesizer patches and squirly noises throughout its duration in fine Berliner style. Side two's "Stop the World" turns it up a notch. This piece starts with a strange pipe organ synth patch before voices and a speedy, arpeggiated sequence patch in. These come to a pregnant pause before a rolling drum pattern and string patch sequence enter in (strangely enough) a major scale. Solo drums, and yet another drop into silence, before some key-changing sequencer trickery emerges, setting up a phenomenal drum and sequence bit that lasts out the rest of the album with some fine synth soloing and a dramatic finale with mellotron chorale and effected bells. This is an easy title to recommend to fans of sequencer/Berlin styles of electronic music, a worth answer to Schulze's Moondawn.

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