Pulsar Bleu - "1999"
By Mike Ventarola
Periodically this reviewer
will scour the corners of www.riffage.com and www.mp3.com in search of unsigned
artists who have something really great to deliver to the world. Pulsar Bleu is
among this group. This is a solo project of Wolfgang Friedl from Ingolstadt,
Germany. Friedl manages to create lush atmospheres reminiscent to Enigma, but
with a more futuristic slant. If you like Enigma, you will adore Pulsar Bleu.
His technique utilizes for most of the recordings: Korg m1, Casio fz1, Nord
modular, Roland jv 1010, Roland vm 3100pro, Cubase, Ews 64 xl, Sony dat, pc pII
400, Cyrix 166, and Atari st. The artist does not use "rebirth."
Rain deftly begins this disc with sounds that
transport you to a lush wooded glen. You can almost reach out and feel the
water covered leaves in this tropical hide away. In between the music, natural
sounds are incorporated to provide an almost 3-D element. There is also a light
percussion to give a hint of a groove. All the essences of being within a
natural paradise are somehow squeezed into the soundscapes of this tune that
you wish it would never end.
sex on the streets utilized sound byte
samples from our not so distant past. It plays in an ominous fashion as a
reminder of politics and religion exploiting music as a witch hunt for all of
society's ills. This gently reminds us to cherish our freedom and never allow
"authority" to determine what we should listen to or determine as "art."
A.T.H.E. was the first song that I actually ever
sampled from this artist that had me totally hooked on his brilliance. He
incorporates sound bytes of HAL from 2001 Space Odyssey as well as other areas.
This is a juxtaposition of futurism and some of our past tragedies such as the
Hindenburg explosion. HAL gently reminds us that "it can only attributable to
human error." Our world that is densely reliant upon machines must never forget
that the mechanisms are only as good as those who program them.
Liven is more somber and reflective.
Vocal intonations dance between the layers of sound to provide yet again
another moderately mid tempo groove while still remaining true to its genre. As
the artist states, "many people are alive but few know how to live." The
male/female voices seduce the listener and wash over you with sensual abandon.
Nighttrain uses a banjo to represent the wheels of a
train that follows us through our nocturnal journey to nowhere. We are in total
solitude as the scenes from the environment fly past the open door of a box
car. The fact that the artist would use a banjo as opposed to any of the
electronic sound effects he had at his disposal yet again demonstrates his
passion and desire to provide full bodied aural landscapes.
Apostasy uses Gregorian chants, guitar and keyboard
effects to create a sense of introspection to decipher where we are
individually. We are musically guided to question our faith and allegiance to
any cause, be it religious, political or personal.
Eternal Woman is "not a love song," according to the
artist. Again we have a percussive groove layered under light vocals, somber
flutes, and whispers. In its own right, this tune plays very erotically while
the dialogue in the background laments poetically about the aging process.
Listening to Pulsar Bleu will bring to mind an essence of a
spiritual bath awashed by dulcet sounds. It is a sensuous exploration into our
psyche. We are seduced and comforted at the same time by one who seems to be in
control of higher ideals than your average man on the street. Some of the songs
with a more percussive groove could actually be utilized for club play. Each
song stayed within the parameters of its theme while we are mute witness to the
effects. Pulsar Bleu composes musically what artist Red Grooms creates
tactilely. These 7 songs represent a new era of 3-D for the mental cinema. This
work is HIGHLY recommended for those who seek a full bodied tonal experience.