Cosmogenesis

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Cosmogenesis

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REVIEWS John Rose - 'Cosmogenesis' (SpaceForMusic.com, SFM 22001, CD, 2001) Easily one of my top picks among 2001 releases, Cosmogenesis is the fantastic solo debut by Spacecraft co-founder John Rose. Known for his inventiveness both in composition and in building his own instruments, Rose comes up with a gem here. There are tracks with sequencing and synthesizers reminiscent of Tangerine Dream, there are beautiful piano passages, and everything in between. 'Hypnogogia' has a rapid, bubbly sequence and could easily fit on a Spacecraft album. 'Gravity,' on the other hand, is distinctly different from Spacecraft. Reverberant plucked strings are the predominant sound. It sure sounds like an acoustic guitar to my untrained ear, but as none are credited, it must be a synth, or perhaps Rose playing on the dulcimer. It is light and airy, but still retains a sense of the darkness of space. Most of the tracks are shorter, but a few are allowed to languish a bit longer, such as 'Dream of Life.' A haunting opening passage eventually gives up ground to a stuttering electronic pulse. Just as it seems this will grow into something, it devolves into a stretch of almost complete silence. It is one of the best uses of silence in a piece of music I've heard. You strain to hear what's there, and to anticipate what might come next. A rapid sequence appears again, faster this time, but just as quickly goes away. Finally, a third sequence emerges. Then the second sequence and the third play off each other, then dark drones and deep space, then the stuttering first sequence reemerges from it all. Rose's use of repeating musical themes and phrases is excellent. The lengthiest track is 'A Space Within,' which begins in active sequencer mode, sounding much like a loop that Ash Ra Tempel might use. Like a wind-up toy losing speed, it begins slowing down, but as it seems it might stop, it picks up again, continuing at a brisk pace. Then, in an amazing juxtaposition, the latter half of the track becomes a beautiful piano solo, accompanied only occasionally by soft synth strings. Rose's accomplished, delicate playing is full of passion. The effect, particularly after the first half of the piece, is breathtaking. If this is too pretty for Berlin school fans, then cue up the last two tracks, brimming with electronic energy. The closing track, 'O.B.E.,' is one of the best sequencer-based tracks I've heard, hearkening back to the very best of Tangerine Dream, around the Ricochet era. To be able to go from one end of the musical spectrum to the other with seeming relative ease is a testament to John Rose's abilities demonstrated throughout this strong showing. Very highly recommended. 2001 (c) Phil Derby / Sequences Magazine 'Cosmogenesis' is the third traditionally manufactured CD on the SpaceForMusic label. It is the debut CD of fellow Spacecraft member, John Rose. I have been inspired by John's music for the past 9 years and am pleased to present his finest recording to date on Space for Music. John's sensitivity in the true analog synthesis realm is very apparent on 'Cosmogenesis.' He has carefully crafted music that is warm and comfortable with Arp and Moog synthesis, yet filled with his compositional expertise that creates a true hybrid sound that is unique to John. His fascination with instrument building and the traditional mountain dulcimer is demonstrated masterfully on this new CD. If you liked the sounds that stemmed from the Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze

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John Rose - Cosmogenesis (CD NEW)Label: Cd Baby.Com/IndysFormat: CDRelease Date: 01 Nov 2005No. of Discs: 1UPC: 634479182532Album Tracks1. Hypnogogia2. Dawn of Ages Past3. Gravity4. Dream of Life5. Axis6. A Space Within7. Cosmogenesis8. O.B.E.
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