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Brainticket: Zürich/Lausanne

Electronic music pioneers Brainticket is a band I have previously been unfamiliar with. They have been kicking around off and on since the late ‘60s and made a comeback in 2015 with the release of Past, Present & Future. This latest release titled Zürich/Lausanne is a two disc set highlighting two concerts from 1983 and 1984. The Zürich concert was recorded at the Computer and Musik Symposium on February 4, 1983 and features three long tracks. Playing that night was Belgian keyboardist Joel Vandroogenbroeck (flute, synthesizer, electric piano), Hans Deyssenroth (electric piano, computer), Willy Seefeldt (electric piano) and Bruno Spoerri (lyricon). The first track “Flight In The Rings Of Saturn” is a twenty-eight minute epic electronic piece with a pretty catchy keyboard motif surrounded by a host of electronics, sometimes quite experimental in nature and at times very spacey. This is a very cool track that really has a hypnotizing effect. The lyricon makes its presence felt as well adding string-like spacey textures to the band’s bank of electronics. Next is “Seventh Dance To Relativities/For Papa”, a minimalistic offering and even more experimental. Still, the repeating keys and lyricon lines are pretty catchy so there is always something to pick away at your brain. Another cool track. On “Dark Star” the sound is still very eclectic electronic with some fabulous low end sounds and a very trippy and experimental overall vibe.

The second disc was recorded at the Théatre de Beaulieu in Lausanne, Switzerland on October 20, 1984. Here we have Vandroogenbroeck, Spoerri and percussionist Markus Fürst. The first track “Bali Loop” is all improvised electronics and of course completely experimental. The use of repetitive keys help to keep the piece from flying apart. The last few minutes is more ambient and ethereal in nature with the drums building up towards the end. “Matter Matters” is another intriguing tune with persistent percussion and a collage of unusual electronic sounds all highly improvised. The last track “Black Sand” is an improvised sound collage that fittingly ends the disc with a sharp experimental edge. Half way through it does settle into a nice groove.

Anyone who appreciates electronic music should look into this rather important live document from the early ‘80s. I will certainly do some digging into past albums.

Disc 1 - Recorded in Zürich, Switzerland, February 4, 1983
1. Flight In The Rings Of Saturn (28:22)
2. Seventh Dance To Relativities/For Papa (25:01)
3. Dark Star (8:16)

Disc 2 - Recorded in Lausanne, Switzerland, October 20, 1984
1. Bali Loop (16:58)
2. Matter Matters (7:02)
3. Markus’ Interlude (7:18)
4. DoubLinn (9:45)
5. Black Sand (12:52)

Added: March 3rd 2019
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Official Site
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Language: english

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