ALBUM REVIEW: Joel Vandroogenbroeck – Far View | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 12.11.21







Far View compiles some of the pieces the late Belgian composer Joel Vandroogenbroeck (Brainticket) recorded for the Swiss library music label Coloursound in the 1980s. Although the recordings were initially intended to be synchronised to film and television programmes, they are more than functional mood music. Vandroogenbroeck’s synthesisers – frequently combined with percussions, flute or yet again sitar – generate their own twisted, Chirico-like landscape. One feels suddenly small in such a lunar vastness.

Far View is kaleidoscopic. There are moments when Vandroogenbroeck, half-remembering the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, seems experimentally inclined, and other times when he more studiously imitates the texture of ethnic recordings. Yet the fifteen compositions selected by David Hollander belong together at a deep level – like the ill-matching yet inseparable sequences of a dream.


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