In 2014/15 I made a couple of spontaneous tracks without thinking too much. They are a bit dark & mysterious, cosmic/psychedelic/electronic with arpeggio’s swirling, random synth patterns, distant space guitar solo’s, gliss and ofcourse hiss, hum, background noises and other things that make it lo-fi. I have remastered the songs for this special release keeping the atmosphere as it was. Looking back on these songs I can tell I was very much influenced by Edgar Froese, Manuel Göttsching and Daevid Allen.
In a nice flow I made three instrumental synthesizer tracks this week. On only one of them I played guitar, the same pattern over and over, alongside a sequence.. There are dreamy parts, just sounds moving around, sparse melodies, if any. I used the setup that I played at ESE with an additional poly synth. The mood is pretty calm and serene.
Our Electric Spectrum Experience live Electronic music festival was a succes. We had around 30 visitors, EM lovers, EM musicians, EM dj’s from the Netherlands, Germany, England and even Russia. The atmosphere was great and people were able to talk with old friends and meet new people from the scene.
As a festival we’ve grown. As musicians we also gained experience and I was very pleased with the sound and cooperation with the people from Muziek Organisatie Noord. Things like this need time to develop.
The performances were done by: Phrozenlight, Albert Steenbergen, René van der Wouden and of course Phrozen Weaver and Son of Ohm. And we had a little guest Ansgar Stock from Germany who joined our jam session. Unfortunately Albert wasn’t allowed to play his laser harp! Because of the smoke machine and fire alarm… What a pity.
We feel ESE deserves continuation and found a place in the EM scene. We may have some exciting developments for the next time. There is a need for live electronic music happenings, a place for musicians to play live and to meet people. We will see what happens.
Here is a German review of ESE by long time visitor Alfred Arnold from the electronic music webzine EM Pulsiv: EM in Hollands Norden
It was lovely to meet Harald Gramberg from Hippiesland. He wrote a nice report here
It was also nice to see John Valk Waveman (EM Expert from Underground-ÄxpÄrten) and Norman van Krimpen from STYLZ-Radio. Among the audience also were Hans van Kroonenburg, Ruud Heij & Marcel Engels from Free System Project and Bas Broekhuis, to name a few. Phil Booth has been visiting us from the beginning and most of the pictures shown here were made by him. He cames together with Michael Shipway from Volt. Arend and Gert who played with us last year were also present.
The Electric Spectrum Experience was organised by Bert Hulshoff (Phrozenlight) and me. Because we like to play on stage and for the joy it brings getting people together. We are delighted to have wonderful guest musicians and looking forward to a bright future!
This album has a whole different approach. It was made from studio jam sessions with synths, sequencers, space guitar and looper. I was searching for a way of free expression, direct and spontaneous. On the previous album Paradigma I was heading in this direction and I just followed the trail.
The core of this album are live studio sessions with synths, sequencers, space guitar & looper.
Some notes: Telefunken Baby! was recorded mono on reel to reel tape, then mixed live through a space-echo device; only bass was added later. The Endlos session was recorded on two track; drums, tabla, lead guitar & additional synth were overdubbed. Third Rock is a long two track jam; drums & some synth/tape effects and a touch of gliss were added later.
Instruments : Four analog synthesizers, two sequencers, looper, floor tom, low tom, snare, tabla, cymbals, egg, tambourine, tingsha, electric guitar, bass guitar, effects.
High resolution 24 bit/ 88,2 kHz download provided on Bandcamp.
I’m going to do a solo live performance and a Phrozen Weaver session with Phrozenlight at ESE. I will bring a bunch of synths, sequencers, looper and space guitar.
In preparation to the event did I a lot of live studio sessions with sequencer, looper, synths and space guitar. From some of the recordings I made a new Son of Ohm album. So the album is centered round spontaneous two track recordings with overdubs and several treatments. It has a very strong early krautrock feel and at times it is even lo-fi.
“Filled with perfumes of analog tones and with psychedelic vibes, Paradigma is another fine album from Son of Ohm who never stops to amaze with its sweet motorik beats”
A very beautiful album from Son of Ohm, PARADIGMA is got to be added to a discography full of very good albums from the Netherlands musician. For a little that we love these charms of an EM drenched in psybient and animated with motorik rhythms for Zombies marinated in THC, this album is a necessity. Like all the albums of Son Of Ohm by the way! Simply very good! Sylvain Lupari (April 19th, 2019) ****
This is absolutely fantastic! The smell, the noises it makes, it is alive…. And recording. Just mono, but that’s fine. I will let her run while I’m playing stuff, why not? It is a different feeling and I love it!
I just found an old reel in a second hand shop. There’s old German schlager on it. Could have been something more exciting. But anyway, it made me pull out the old machine.
On of my first experiments….
This is a cosmic joke. I didn’t want to have the original recording still sounding, but hey! This is fun stuff!!!
On the 22nd of June I’m going to do a live performance at Electric Spectrum Experience in Groningen. Preparations have long started. Currently I’m arranging my guitar pedal board. I narrowed it down to some essential pedals. It is all about tone. I changed the chain a bit. I decided to use the stereo outputs from the Electric Mistress Deluxe to create a lush stereo image. It is wonderful! I had to chain the echo unit in mono for that but it sounds brilliant this way. Furthermore I’m experimenting with the Sansamp GT2 (Tube amp emulator) because I don’t want to use my real tube amp setup. After some trial and error the sound is coming out really nice now.
In addition I’m going to use a looper that will synchronize with a sequencer. So I can drive a Moog Minitaur sequence and do some guitar looping with it! Really cool! I will also bring the Sub Phatty and probably another synth or two…
Main focus now is the Tone. And reducing the amount of devices. Creativity flowing in many directions!
Het album start met “Algorhythms”, een iets meer dan 10 minuten durend elektronisch stuk krautrock met een licht hypnotiserend ritme, dat tegen het einde iets rustiger wordt en over loopt in het korte “Cosmic Revival”, een rustig eentonig hypnotiserend klinkend nummer en ook dat gaat verder in het volgende nummer, dat “Pixies” heet en daarin speelt Son Of Ohm een schitterend nummer, dat ruimtelijke invloeden heeft en opnieuw een licht hypnotiserend eentonig ritme bevat. Dan volgt er weer een korte overgang naar het volgende lange nummer getiteld “Cosmic Revival II” en hierin hoor ik hem een nogmaals een licht hypnotiserend werkje spelen, waarna hij vervolgd met “Caravanserai”, een heerlijk swingend Oosters getint nummer, waar een mysterieus ritme in zit, dat verandert in een melodisch, klassiek aandoend stuk. In “Cosmic Revival III” speelt hij een psychedelisch kort nummer en in “Spirit Flash” laat Son Of Ohm me opnieuw genieten van een fantastisch stuk krautrock, dat in een niet al te hoog tempo gespeeld wordt en ruimtelijke invloeden heeft, waarbij het ritme licht hypnotiserend klinkt.
“Paradigma” van Son Of Ohm is een verrukkelijke elektronische schijf, die vol hypnotiserende nummers staat, waarbij krautrock een grote rol speelt en ik kan deze CD dan ook zeer aanraden aan elke liefhebber, die van deze muzieksoorten houdt.(luister naar dit album via de bandcamp link onder de recensie) Nog vermeldbaar is, dat hij, net als bij zijn vorige albums, het hoes ontwerp weer zelf heeft gemaakt.
* De muziek van deze band/artiest is ook regelmatig te beluisteren op maandagavond tussen 20.00 en 22.00 uur (Europese tijd) in het radio programma Carry’s Music Machine via www.osuradio.n