Originally released on the Dutch Groove Unlimited label in 1998.
This is the third official Alpha Wave Movement release following 1997's "The Edge of Infinity" which was also originally released in Europe on the Groove Unlimited label then at the time known as CUE Records.
This cd has been out of print for many years and the release contains not only revised artwork but an additional track recorded some years later but never officially released to the public. You can only find this bonus track on this version of Concept of Motion.
Cd is of limited pressing and will be made available on I-Tunes and other affiliated CD Baby pay for download websites such as Amazon.com.
Gregory Kyryluk or Alpha Wave Movement may not yet be household names in the ambient/electronic listening community, but the sounds from his newest disc, Concept of Motion, will be welcomed into your home like familiar, friendly faces. These smooth (and often quite energetic) synth compositions harken to the "classic" analog sounds of Tangerine Dream, etc.
If you would like to meet the artist behind these sounds, refer to the Gregory Kyryluk interview where he discusses his work as Alpha Wave Movement as well as his other musical outlet, Open Canvas.
From within a skewed haze of notes, the arpeggios of Linear Perspectives (4:36) begin to sparkle. Lush synth sounds and crystalline sound structures are charged with a sense of urgency. Phantom voices shift in and out between the notes of Ritual Circle. Washes of synth surround the electronic pattern which is the song's core, and fat beats add power to the proceedings. Delicate serenity is found in Sanctuary, where light xylo sounds blend with gently stirring synthesizer breezes. Slow, muffled beats enter into, but don't intrude on, this nicely rendered realm of dreamy spaciousness.
Driven by more of those edgy arpeggios, Across the Axis could easily be the soundtrack for a nightime, urban chase scene. Almost techno-like in its energy levels, but never pounding. Continuing in a similar vein, soft, though insistent beats drive the layered sequences of Motion Generator. The track mixes rapid cycles with smooth drifts to nice effect, and components quietly deconstruct themselves at the end. The longest piece (7:40), Gaia's Heartbeat turns down the intensity, to lull in nature's embrace. Cricket sounds and subdued ethnic drumbeats and effects lay down a path for synth strains to wander.
Tinkling bells and wafting waves open Ocean of Dreams. Synth patterns and stylish lounge piano emerges. The sound gets a bit Muzak-y, though shakes that cloak off by becoming more intense, and more subtle, by turns. The Frontier of Silence is an expanse of gentle electronic music. Low-key bass and non-intrusive cymbals meld with clouds of synth and almost-oriental patterns to form a dreamy atmosphere. The cloud structure seems to billow, everything swirls momentarily, to slowly return to its former state.
Concept of Motion should appeal to listeners on many levels. Very "electronic" and well-constructed, the disc's quiet interludes are ambient enough, and the more lively tracks are powerful without being overbearing. I give Alpha Wave Movement one appreciative thumb up!
AmbiEntrance, Online Music Review Zine
"Concept of Motion" is the 3rd CD of Gregory Kyryluk under the name AWM on which this musician again walks on some new edges in his familiar style of trance-ambient music. Nevertheless there are some pointing surprises as this brandnew, well-balanced release features some music which masterfully turns towards trance-dance. Gregory nicely demonstrates his ability to bring the listener in a pure state of excitement with his keen, slowly developing textures as he's heading for undiscovered ambient horizons. On the other hand, the strong trance-dance like tracks with their vast & intruiging synth/rhythm samples and patches definitely move the listener before AWM returns to the quieteness of the introspective soundworlds, the point where he's putting you back your feet. Another great album which a lot of listeners will absolutely enjoy !
Bert Strolenberg, Sonic Immersion
A superior slice of synthesis from Gregory T. Kyryluk, who hails from the USA but whose latest CD has been released by Netherlands-based label Groove. There's little information here expect an instrumentation list - a Macintosh running Master Tracks Pro (the only software used by sensible people!) into an Ensoniq ESQ module, Kawai K3, Oberheim Matrix 1000, E-Mu Classic Keys, Korg EX-8000 and EX-800, Roland U220 and JV880, Korg XD5 with Roland DR660 drums.
A pretty analog-oriented lineup then, and most of the music is dominated by fast, repetitive analog sequencing. "Linear Perspectives" certainly proceeds at frantic pace, although for just four and half minutes, while "Ritual Circle" opens with an odd '70's feel to it, something like one of Synergy's computer experiments with distant voices under the synthy strings and splashes of percussion.
"Sanctuary" has a remote, cathedral-like feel to it, while "Across the Axis" gets back to the frantic sequencing with a piece reminiscent of early and now seemingly inactive British experimentalists like Kevin O'Neill.
"Motion Generator" is beaty too, laying frantic hi-hats over a wobbly sequencer pattern, while "Gaia's Heartbeat" introduces slight but inoffensive touches of world music, with log drums thudding away under swooshes of strings and floaty flutes. "Ocean Of Dreams" features some of the most interesting abstract synthy sounds on the album before launching into an extremely Ashra-like bouncy sequence - very satisfying - while "Frontier of Silence" closes the album at a rather undemanding and New Agey mid-tempo.
Overall, then, a very enjoyable album. No particular concept (despite its title), not much innovation, minimal sleeve notes, and perhaps a poor choice of running order for the last two tracks, but an entertaining enough slice of synths and sequencing.
Rating: **** Four Stars - an excellent album of its kind
E-Mix, Online Music Zine