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Metamorphic Waves

by Sequential Dreams

Classic Synthesizer and Sequencer instrumental music with shades of underlying prog rock in a Berlin-School influence base. A must for fans of the classic-era TD style music!
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1. The Last Ship
9:01 album only
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2. Beyond Darkness
11:38 album only
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3. The Submariners
9:36 album only
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4. The Search
10:08 album only
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5. The Island
11:44 album only
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6. Antarctica Base
10:20 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
During the late 70s and early 80s, there was a time when the use of synthesizers helped to create a new kind of music. For some artists and bands, these new sounds were a way to widen the sonic palette as applied to styles such as progressive rock and also give birth to such styles as ambient and soundscape music. Certainly, synthesizers were adopted by many film score producers as a vehicle of choice for creating a rich musical backdrop to enhance the mood or drama in scenes. One such band, out of Germany, became a reference in this area. The band was called Tangerine Dream. Of course, the 80s turned into the 90s, and then the 2000’s and beyond. However those early days are when the synthesizer and sequencer driven music stood out so clearly from what have ever been produced before. Metamorphic Waves, this album, takes its influences from what some call the “classic age” of Synthesizer/Sequencer music.

The name of the album “Metamorphic Waves” alludes to a music that engages in morphic behaviour. Though there may be the appearance of repetition, which inevitably is a trait of sequencer-style music, the sequences travel through an ever-changing backdrop of soundscapes, vocalizations, pads, and drama enhancing effects.

Track titles, and the ordering of tracks and associated moods, find their influence in the album composer’s explorations of the writings of William Brinkley, in particular, his novel called “The Last Ship” written in 1988. The Last Ship tells the story of a United States Navy guided missile destroyer, the fictional USS Nathan James (DDG-80), on patrol in the Barents Sea during a brief, full-scale nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union. It details the ship's ensuing search for a new home for her crew.

Lovers of “space rock”, prog-rock, Berlin School electronic, and instrumental soundtrack musics should enjoy this album. This one is for you!

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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
Metamorphic Waves is the latest album from Sequential Dreams, one of several recording aliases of Canada-based electronic music composer Ron Charron. The tenth installment in the Sequential Dreams series, Metamorphic Waves was particularly inspired by Tangerine Dream’s Force Majeure era, expounding on the band’s late 70’s and early 80’s signature electronic music style – much to the extent that this album often convincingly sounds like it was recorded on the very same equipment! Comprised of six compositions spanning a little over an hour, each piece ranges from approximately nine to twelve minutes in length, with Ron incorporating various elements of ambient, Berlin-school, progressive rock and electronic space music into his layered arrangements. Melodically dynamic and rhythmic throughout, the album showcases a spectacular array of adventurous sci-fi soundscapes, classic sequencer motifs and cosmic vocalizations, as the true spirit of vintage synthesizer music is effectively transferred to the modern era.

The opening piece, “The Last Ship”, is initially introduced by a wobbly drone before unfolding like a medley throughout over a span of nine minutes. Seemingly embarking on a far-flung space voyage, the piece is guided along by dynamic rhythms that are laced with progressive rock and accompanying electric guitar reminiscent of Pink Floyd. At about a third of the way into the composition, the drums gently fade as sequencers emerge to the forefront seguing into a very Tangerine Dream-like motif, which seemingly evokes that of travelling through a space tunnel filled with pulsing laser lights. “Beyond Darkness” is introduced by a gorgeous ambient soundscape full of blissful dreaminess, effectively bringing-to-mind images of an astronaut floating in space. Choppy vocal samples and a sequenced bassline soon follow as they eventually unfold into a rhythmically driving arrangement of drums, guitar and synthesizer. My favorite piece on the album is easily “Submariners”, which opens with spooky deep-sea effects that seemingly conjure up scenes from underwater sci-fi movies such as Leviathan and The Abyss. A hazy mist of angelic tones drift in and out of the listening space, as if the voyager is traversing the oceanic depths of an alien planet while observing strange lifeforms below. A beautifully dreamlike yet foreboding soundscape, it eventually unfolds into a mesmerizing sequencer pattern in classic Tangerine Dream fashion.

Arguably the most accomplished and impressive album by Sequential Dreams to date, the arrangements, melodies and sound production are simply top-notch on this offering. Remaining true as always to the timeless essence of pioneering electronic music, Metamorphic Waves is a sonic adventure not to be missed, especially if you’re a fan of classic Tangerine Dream such as myself!
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