A recording based on American made Ensoniq(hence the name Soniq) brand synthesizers now almost considered to be vintage digital. The music was composed using only hardware synthesis with slight computer assistance for compositional arrangement and audio recording.
Music was realized on the Ensoniq VFX-SD(modified to SD-1) and an Ensoniq ESQ-1 with the addition of a Ensoniq SQ-R+, DP-4 processor and some minor use of a Novation Nova.
The concept was to take these older instruments and carve out long, ethereal ambient soundscapes that convey a timeless space to listeners. Considered limited by today's standards these machines offer a special timbral quality that made them unique and a niche in the world of contemporary music making tools.
Review from DARREN BERGSTEIN, One Thousand Pulses / www.onethousandpulses.com
The latest electronic missive from Alpha Wave Movement, aka Gregory Kyryluk, is a love letter to the Ensoniq brand of synthesizers, whose unique sound constructs and tonal capabilities remain somewhat unheralded in this day and age of soft synths and Apple-based digital decryption. Kyryluk's worship of these keyboards isn't comprised of fawning syncophancy nor does it wax the manufacturer's fantasy of some ultimate high-gloss tutorial; rather, a true mindmeld between man and machine occurs, the result a virtual manna of expertly crafted sequences and rich, timbral patterns that reveal a savvy compositional mien hard at work. Right from the get-go, "Sundial West" doesn't seek to recreate the rampant clichés of "Berlin School", "old-school", or, for that matter, any kind of stale categoric institution: blue, gently bobbing tones and efflorescent sparkles ride a crest of wooden heartbeats and popping circuitry that is positively illustrious in nature; "Transwave Oscillations", with its wholly hypnotic bass-throb mosaic and space-age thrush, recalls the halycon days of early 90s 'ambient trance' before the whole genre sank into a maelstrom of formulaic junk-funk. And the closing twilight beauty of "Contours & Cloudforms" suggests what might have happened to 'new age' music had it been well-stocked with Kyryluk's expert brand of pregnant mysticism and sharp grasp of tone and key; instead of casual derision, there might well have trod a genre to be truly respected, one no doubt buoyed by the phantasmic movements of these sonorous alpha waves.
Review from Sonic Curiosity:
This release from 2010 offers 60 minutes of gentle electronic music. Alpha Wave Movement is Gregory Kyryluk.Delicate electronics produce engaging tunes of shimmering beauty.
The electronics are soft and ethereal. Texturals serve as lustrous backdrops for elegant melodies and their unhurried variations. Tones are generated and elongated, then subjected to sensuous enhancements by additional chords. The melodies reside in these auxiliary embellishments as keys deliver pacific passages of fragile suspension.
Calm riffs float with stately demeanor and periodically engage in swirling activity of a mesmerizing nature. Crisp electronics achieve a regal posture that incites an alluring attraction with their luxurious definition.
While a degree of rhythms can be found here, the beats are extra soft and especially unintrusive, lending punctuation to the melodies more than propulsion.
To be fair, not all the tracks are floating structures. A few display a degree of oomph with more spry keyboard riffs in tandem with understated tempos.
These compositions were created primarily using Ensoniq gear, which bestows the tuneage with a gentility that excellently matches the composer's tranquil intentions. The music flows with a soothing serenity, instilling a restful mood in the audience.
Review by Bert Strolenberg www.sonicimmersion.org:
Made on a few Ensoniq hardware synthesizers with slight computer assistance for compositional arrangement and audio recording. With these synths, known for their special timbral quality, Gregory mapped out eight fine tracks of ambient soundscape music with sequenced parts, all conveying a timeless space to listeners. Opener “Sundial West” sets out nicely with smooth sequencer patterns and spacious textures, which made me think of Roach’s “Destination Horizon”. Also the warm, gliding soundscapes on next track “Eternal Panorama” stay close to the cinematic electronics and vibe found on Roach’s concept album “Western Spaces”. Pleasant atmospheric realms are further explored on “Sustained Environment” and “Sweeping the Soniq Spectrum”. The latter piece features a pronounced solo voice, followed by engaging spatial sequencing and the input of an analogue drum machine. “Dynamic Atmosphere”, carved out of minimal-oriented sequencers and layers of floating soundscapes, contains a strong move-forward feel with its dynamic undercurrents.
“Contours & Cloudforms” elegantly rounds out he album with mesmerizing, atmospheric sensibilities.
All in all, the moody and versatile ambient outcome of “Soniq Variants” is proof the AWM-concept is still alive and kicking, and more than worth a listen.