Rhythmic / sequencer music from Dutch synthesist Michel van Osenbruggen. Michel became interested in synthesizers during the late 1980's / early 1990's. It was at that time that he started collecting electronic instruments. After a while a body of work was accumulated and by 2005 Michel was ready to release and promote his material.
Early influences included Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis.
2007. Artemi Pugachov
Synth.nl is new in the world of Electronic Music. Behind this modern and recognizable artist name is the Dutchman Michel van Osenbruggen. On his first album ”AeroDynamics” he manages to mix two of his big passions into a very interesting musical whole: Formula 1 racing (well, Michel doesn't race himself but he watches the races with great love and anticipation) and Electronic Music.
The 12 tracks on ”AeroDynamics” are not only inspired by cars but also by planes where Michel has a special feeling for as well (he was once an F16-mechanic), especially the aerodynamics of the machines. Cars and planes go fast.
“Fast” is also an idea the listener to ”AeroDynamics” might have because most of the compositions have a certain “drive”. The music is rhythmically done cleverly and played with much emphasis on melodies. Let’s say, this could be the music that Jean Michel Jarre might have created nowadays. That can be heard very well on tracks like “DownForce” that has a great base melody, “Drag”, “Turbulence” in which also modern day Tangerine Dream greets and “Modena” that has an euphoric overall feeling.
In the relaxing “Stall” the rhythms are scaled down a little. In contrast, fans of danceable music are also invited to ”AeroDynamics” because a lot of the numbers have moments where the feet cannot be held on the ground.
Within the world of Electronic Music which is primarily one of ambient and Berlin Schoolsequences, Michel’s work is a welcome new and fresh style.
The musician behind Synth.nl is the Dutchman Michel van Osenbruggen, who started recording music for his concept album 'AeroDynamics' in 2006.
Although I can not say the cd-cover to it is that attractive to me, the twelve tracks on the disc speak their own language. It is a nice collection of mellow-melodic pieces with proper portioned rhythms which all sound very honest and open.
They are not that fancy, but still well done, sometimes even slightly leaning towards techno/dance kindred music, this due to his fast sequencing style. Especially the first half of the cd creates a very nice mellow and relaxed mood, in which the energizing sounds of racing cars and machines pass by in the sound spectrum.
'Modena' is a weak track in my opinion, lacking composition and sounding a bit too simple compared to the others, although the title track coming after it is not that strong either. Nevertheless, Synth.nl is a welcome name in the genre of electronic music, as I am sure lots of fans will be pleased by his straightforward and warm sounding music.
(Remixing and mastering credits go out to no other than Ron Boots)
Bert Strolenberg / Sonic Immersion