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by The Gak Omek

A musical mind journey of Instrumental Progressive Rock that explores the far reaches of outer and inner space and expands into dimensions both seen and unseen.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Tunguska Event
6:16 $0.99
2. The Pythagorean Lambdoma
7:27 $0.99
3. Galaxia Nuncius
10:01 $0.99
4. Nonrenormalizability
15:17 $0.99
5. Bagudzinishinabe
4:01 $0.99
6. Fifteen Billion Nanoseconds In Hell
0:16 $0.99
7. Alien Television
5:59 $0.99
8. Into The Fourth Density
8:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Continuing on his journey from his last disc Return of the All-Powerful Light Beings released in 2004 (has it been over five years already?) The music here is an eclectic mix of electronic styles that amazes me every time I listen to it. Rob (aka The Gak Omek) is not only an accomplished guitar player but he is a very skillful arranger and the music on all of the pieces here is meticulously multi-tracked in a very dramatic fashion. This one is just great for the headphones.

The disc opens with "The Tunguska Event" (Rob has a certain way with titles..just thought I'd mention that.) The first few seconds is an odd collage of noises before the actual music comes in. This is a nice rocky number with some heavy distorted guitar work. "The Pythagorean Lambdoma" (see what I mean?) has a sort of classical feel or maybe it's a march or something soundtrack-like. Whatever he's going for I really dig it. He's using some very orchestral sounds in the piece that really make it stand out. There's a slow buildup to "Galaxia Nuncius" which as the name implies is a nice spacey piece. It starts out mellow with some nice backwards guitar sounds and progressively gets heavier.

The centerpiece of the disc is the title track, not only due to the fact that it is the longest piece on the album but it's also in the center of the track list. This one sees Gak in a nice percussive mode with a marimba rhythm driving the melody. There's lots of great guitar playing in this one as well. "Bagudzinishinabe" would have fit well on the Light Beings disc. It's a very cool track that starts out with some sci-fi soundtrack sounds that quickly gives way to an upbeat pulsing beat. There are some really nice moments in this one that make it one of my favorites on the disc. It would take longer to review the track "Fifteen Billion Nanoseconds In Hell" than it does to listen to it. Ok, now it's over.

"Alien Television" is also the track that Rob used as the basis for a very cool computer animation. This can be viewed on YouTube. I wish Rob could have put a version of that onto the CD. If you like the music in the video, you'll definitely want to pick up this disc. The final piece takes us "Into The Fourth Density" with a bit more ambient grooves and some more great guitar leads. Folks that like the Fripp and Eno collaborations should dig this one."
Floyd Bledsoe -

"The Gak Omek delivers an album which is food for imagination as each song is well written and played full of energy and emotion."
-Gert Hulshof,

"I just got the new CD and it is out of this world great."
- Joseph M. Croft

"I've been playing this CD quite a bit lately, and I have to say it's GREAT! It's chock full of color & detail: there's a lot going on, which begs for repeated plays. In terms of breadth & scope, it has more of a symphonic slant to it than the previous two, at least to my ears, while at the same time maintaining their highly original "electronic meets angular guitar rock played by androids" sound. Best thing the band has done so far, IMHO."
-Allan Bruce Ray

"Multi-instrumentalist Robert Burger is the brainchild behind THE GAK OMEK, an experimental instrumental progressive project combining symphonic elements of Larry Fast’s SYNERGY and FUTURE SOUNDS OF LONDON with the bone crunching bombastics of the Larks Tongue In Aspic thru Red era KING CRIMSON.

Nonrenormalizability is an impressive follow-up to Burger’s previous albums Alien Eye and Return Of The All-Powerful Light Beings. Each new release displays a remarkable level of compositional maturity and sophistication.

The music is an insane hyper-kinetic soundscape of psychedelic space rock, rhythmic tribal fusion, concrete sounds, manic guitar and keyboard interplay, and snippets of sampled dialog blended together into a giant acoustic Cuisinart, creating an exotic taste treat for the adventurous listener. Very highly recommended."
-Joseph Shingler,

"The Gak Omek is the personal project of Robert Burger who lives in Stockton, New Jersey (USA), and who began his solo career in 2003 with the album “Alien Eye”, released by the independent label Blue Cube Music. His second release, “Return of the All-Powerful Light Beings” (2004, Blue Cube Music), had the participation of drummer Glenn Robitaille and keyboardist Dave Cashin. Both albums were acclaimed as outstanding works by the specialized press. The style of The Gak Omek may be defined as Instrumental Electronic Progressive, having insertions of Psychedelic, Jazz-Fusion, and Experimental elements. Or, as Burger himself said about it: “…a progressive rock interpretation of ancient and modern mysteries“. Now, The Gak Omek is back with a new release, which is sure to spark the same favorable reaction on the Progressive Scene. “Nonrenormalizability” (2010, Blue Cube Music) brings 8 instrumental compositions entirely performed by Burger alone. Besides using guitars and guitar synthesizers, he uses an extensive list of original “electronic musical devices” with funny names like “Porkatronic Vibrolator” or “Octostrimpolizer” (see the list below). Musical influences come from many different sources, and many names may be cited: Guitarists (“Robert Fripp”, “Steve Hackett”, “David Torn”, “Lanvall”, “Allan Holdsworth”); Classical composers (“Beethoven”, “Mozart”, “Tchaikovsky”, “Strauss”); Progressive Bands (“King Crimson”, “Allan Parson’s Project”, “Zappa”, “Peter Gabriel”, “Mike Oldfield”, “Djam Karet”); Experimental and Electronic Music (“Stockhausen”, “John Cage”, “Jean Michel Jarre”, “Brian Eno”, “Vangelis”, “Wendy Carlos”, “Drew Neumann”); Electronic Trended Krautrock (“Kraftwerk”, “Tangerine Dream”); Minimalist and New Age Music (“Philip Glass”, “Kitaro”, “Gandalf”); and even Brazilians “Tom Zé”, “Hermeto Pacoal” and “Uakti”. Burger knows however how to dose all ingredients, so that The Gak Omek does not sound like a mere copycat of those influences, being rather original, producing musical pieces that shine on with their own uniqueness. Over a lively and contagious rhythmic section, founded on samples of computerized effects and electronic drumming, Burger performs beautiful melodies with his guitars, which sound like carefully elaborated Classical Music. "Cosmological" waves of sound reach your brain at all levels, evoking cinematographic images of futuristic landscapes. "Devoid of the cold", robotized, artificial, and inorganic mood so common in electronic music, The Gak Omek sounds lively, contagious, cheerful and touching – as if a young Mozart could make a voyage through a space worm-hole to arrive in our modern technological world to produce New Music for the Quantum Mechanics Era. Overcoming the strange TV-static intro and mechanized-robotized sounds of “The Tunguska Event” (which reminds me of “Drew Neumann’s” soundtrack for the “Aeon Flux” animated series), the listener will be introduced to the most cheerful “Mozartian” tunes of “The Pythagorean Lambdoma“. Differently, “Galaxia Nuncius“ presents graceful “Beethovian” melodies on the background that will later explode in colorful waltzing guitars, like a piece of “Tchaikovsky” or “Strauss”. The title track, “Nonrenormalizability“, will transport the listener from the Old to the New World through Brazilian Northeastern rhythms and ethnic beats, with influences of “Hermeto Pascoal”, “Tom Zé”, “Uakti”, “Peter Gabriel” and “Philip Glass”. The fast-paced “Bagudzinishinabe“ sounds mostly like a thriller soundtrack, combining electronic sampled beats with dramatic machine-like sound effects and creative Jazz-Fusion soloing. “Fifteen Billion Nanoseconds in Hell“ is a noise that lasts 15 seconds, and introduces one of the most Progressive tracks of this album - “Alien Television“ – which brings influences of “Philip Glass”, “Mike Oldfield”, “Jean Michel Jarre” merged with electronic vocal sounds that make one feel lost in an extraterrestrial rainforest (search for the video-clip on Youtube). The last track - “Into the Fourth Density“ - is a soft New Age piece with Asiatic influences, sounding like “Kitaro”, “Gandalf”, and “Lanvall”. The Gak Omek’s “Nonrenormalizability”  features brilliant and meaningful music that cannot be overlooked by any Progressive music lover, being an indispensable item for any collection. Highly recommended. Band members and collaborators involved in The Gak Omek are: Robert Burger – Guitar, Guitar-synth, Fingerdrums, Porkatronic Vibrolator, Fengku, Octostrimpolizer, Blipophone, Bagundochord, Schrimpler, Yakapod, Flekoscope, Blomosizer, Hekletuber, compositions, design, and photography."
- Marcelo Trotta, Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal E-ZINE

"The alien musical entity known as “The Gak Omek” has produced a new CD of thrilling instrumental progressive rock. Much of this reminds me a lot of Anderson, Bruford Wakeman, and Howe, but to stop there in the description would only capture part of the music. You’d need to include King Crimson, jazz music, fusion and a whole lot more to really get everything into the description. Whatever you want to call it, it’s exciting and captivating."
-Gary Hill,



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