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atmospheric

by computerchemist

Swirling, layered, melodic synthesizer pieces. a fresh, modern interpretation of the classic European Berlin School instrumental electronic sound. "more TD than TD."
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Marshfire
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2. Atmospheric
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3. Domino's Lament
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7:55 album only
4. Flight of 'f'
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9:34 album only
5. Tribalibal
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6. French Game Idea
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7. Sharazad
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
computerchemist is the ongoing solo project of Dave Pearson, who lives in Székesfehérvár, Hungary, after moving from the UK in 2008.

Over the last 25 years Dave\'s music has been strongly influenced by “classic” Berlin School performers such as Tangerine Dream (mostly from the \'72-\'86 period) and Klaus Schulze, as well as taking inspiration from newer, more contemporary musicians with a diversity ranging from The Mars Volta to Csaba Vedres.

The album “atmospheric” was released in January 2007 to critical acclaim. Drawing heavily on the Berlin School sound, but interpreting it in a distinctly modern style, within its seven tracks it takes the listener on a fresh voyage of discovery, with each piece telling a very different story through the universal medium of music.

Dave\'s comments about the album: “The title track “atmospheric” was inspired directly from the recordings of the Cluster-2 spacecraft, which listens to the earth\'s magnetic fields, translating the raw energy of particle impacts from the magnetosphere into audio making a truly ethereal sound. This research was performed by Prof. Gurnett at the University of Iowa and NASA, who has very kindly given me permission to use those sounds, which you can hear interwoven within the piece. Why did I do it? Well, when browsing cyberspace sometimes you come across something which truly moves you... and the fact that something as beautiful as the aurora could make music - literally out of thin air - it would have felt wrong to have missed it out.
I worked on the album between June and December 2006 at my studio. All of the tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered using Cubase SX3 - all instruments are virtual VSTi apart from the bass and lead guitars. All of the drumming is played through customized Yamaha MIDI drum pads or from the master keyboard and is then sequenced. “


“atmospheric” from computerchemist - reviews

\"Now, that\'s what I call quality EM. If you like melodic, Tangerine Dream-influenced sound, be sure to check this one.... Atmospheric is a nice EM album that\'s well worth checking out\" - Artemi Pugachov, Encyclopedia of Electronic Music

\"Jump in the Wayback Machine, Sherman, and let’s go back to the heyday of analogue electronic music! Set the controls—no, not for the heart of the sun, Sherman—for Computerchemist’s well-programmed and enjoyably nostalgic CD, Atmospheric. Well worth a listen, and a nice addition to any mix.\" - John Shanahan, Hypnagogue

“Nice to hear what your up to, I always love to hear people being themselves. Lots of detail and colour. keep it flowing.” - Steve Jolliffe

“If you want to fly and leave the hardships of this reality behind or search for unknown, restful worlds, this music will help you a great deal.” - Csaba Vedres


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Kristian Persson

A Rich Tapestry Of Atmospheric Sounds...
Something new and something old. This is probably the best way to describe this album by Dave Pearson, aka Computerchemist. The album itself is sort of a cross between space-music and progressive rock/electronic. And if you ask me, this is one of the best albums out of the four released so far. It has a completely different feel/approach to it if compared to say; his latest release 'Aqual Measure'. The first track opens up with a hypnotising synthetic sound that soon fades out, and later it fades in to a more upbeat rhytmic palette of sounds, simply just to tease your ears a bit making you want more of the same. Short but good!

Later the track 'Atmospheric' slowly emerge and evolve, showscasing Dave's love for the mid 70's Tangerine Dream sound, with it's slow & soft/melodic beat which soon turns into a inferno of blasting synths that really captivates your ears before you know it!. Here we have the highlight of the album, and it marks Dave at his finest hour as a composer, at least on this album it does. Just brilliant stuff!.'Dominos Lament' picks up where 'Atmospheric' left of, and takes us deeper into the world of wonders. This track is another highlight, with very intelligent production, and it also has a very melodic sound structure to it, a sound that wouldn't be too out of place in a album by 'Gert Emmens'. Great sequencing!. Next track has a more ancient theme to it in the beginning, but quickly turns out to something completely different as it progresses through. Synths and flutes are arranged in great harmony along with drums, and makes this track leaning towards the sound of early Tangerine Dream as we all know it. Despite that, it is quite clear to me that Dave's personal approach to the music is always present aswell, much because of the drum effects which represents the style of early progressive rock/krautrock, but with a twist!.

What we are about to hear next is the track 'Tribalibal', a track that immediately grabs me and makes me think of 'Chris Hulsbeck'. After the track 'Atmospheric', this has to be one of THE best moments on this CD. It opens up with gorgeous swooshing synths, just to later slow down and morph into a melodic inferno of hypnotising drum effects and guitar? sounds. This track has many nice "surprises" added to it, and will grow on you!. Yet another keeper!.

As we near the end of the CD, the track 'French Game Idea' kicks in. This one starts out with some high pitched synth effects that later slows down with a subtle bass effect that breathes in the background while keeping the excitement going. After a while it opens up again with lush sounds not of this earth(!), those synths really leaves you breathless!. A track that should have been a bit longer due to the awesomeness near the end of it, but that's just a minor flaw. All in all, it's a superbly composed piece!.

The last track on the other hand is perhaps the most versatile of them all. A blend of long, drifting drum and bass lines that goes hand in hand with the 'hi-hats' makes this the 'kraut-rockiest' sounding experience on this album. It's like a cross betweem early 70's TD and Hawkwind (without the vocals involved) at their early moments. So all in all, this CD has something for everybody who wants the taste of something new and something old!. It really conjures up all the EM elements of both the 70's and the 80's in such a lush harmony. And it's really hard to make a comparison with other EM artists out there. I would say this album is perhaps not for the fanbase of Michael Stearns & Jonn Serrie, but more for the fans of Tangerine Dream, Eloy, and Ozric Tentacles.

The 'Computerchemist' has made it again. He is simply one of a kind when it comes to well produced progressive EM that touches the heart and stirs the imagination!

Dale Allcroft

Excellent sounds mate....
Been listening to this progressing over the last months, great sounds.

Ann-Kristin Skoog

Look no furter, this is all you need.
Atmospheric, yeah that's right. this album is atmospheric.

Listen to this album on a dark night when you can see the stars in the sky, turn out all lights, sit or lay down. Listen..Feels like flying around in space. Gives me the goosebumps. This is the best electronic/ambient album I have heard for a long time. Honestly; I just love it.

Neil Robinson

Superb debut album from the 'chemist!
Stunning album from Computerchemist. Every track is a winner - no album fillers here! If you're a Tangerine Dream fan, then add "Atmospheric" to your "must have" list of albums!