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After 5 years of silence, Tomasz Zawadzinski makes a return on disk with an album containing tracks wrote between 2000 and 2007. A collection of titles forgotten in his musical attic among which the influences of Tangerine Dream, area Exit, The Thief and Wavelength cannot be ignored. More Cartesian than Sounds Like Pictures and Follow Me with 8 very melodious pieces of music. Saved As follows Follow Me tangent where Zawadzinski showed a surprising musical versatility.
A heavy reverberation opens the musical doors of The Search. We are in fully into Exit area with a synth to resonant sparks of which tentacular fibers form soft oriental strata, while a wriggling sequence draws a nervous tempo where sequences chords skip like bouncing balls of undisciplined heights. References to Dream abound here on this piece of music; hopping sequences subdivided into several fragments, fluid synths, almost whispering ones, and harmonious, percussions in Poland style. Brief, a musical universe that we know ears deeply, except for this so personal touch of Tomasz Zawadzinski who modulates and splits his rhythms with softness and ability, beneath beautiful enchanting and melancholic strata, as well as beautiful synth solos. Imaginative, warm, sometimes nostalgic and well drawn solos, a little as the musical universe he used us to. Softer, in spite of its keys of a keyboard filled of resonances, One million of Stars is a cosmic ode which unravels such a soft melody with a synth weakened by beautiful dreamlike solos. A soft sequential movement shapes a soft rhythmic which accentuates gradually by heavy resonant notes which are always encircled by this soft dreamy synth. Analog Pulse starts as a soft cosmic bed song with spaced out chords which float in an oblivion illuminated by brief synthesized breaths. A little jazzy piece of music where Spyra influences can be heard, here and there. In the middle, a sequence espouses these dreamy chords which were wandering in the cosmos, molding a steadier rhythm beneath a synth to resonant solos.
The intro of Another World plunges us into a strange outer space where misled keys float slowly under a discreet pulsation. The rhythm livens up around this sound constellation, as a linear race where sequences run under suave pads of a stoical synth and chords of a keyboard which run in loops in a semi cosmic trance. The kind of music we would expected by Kraftwerk if they had put aside their robotic musical approach. Intro with a synth to vaporous solos and hesitating paces, Beats & Pads eventually lays a tempo fed by zigzagging sequences. A strange track which is situated between two rhythms and which swims in a synthesized cortex unique to Tomasz Zawadzinski musical world, which amazes with a techno finale inflated to pulsating steroids.
Electronic Bossanova has of its title only a strange sonorous rumba of which the rhythmic bases are soft sequences which roll in muddled loops under a keyboard to erratic chords and a synth to suave solo. Another delicate title where arpeggios skip slightly under hazes of a morphic synth, Rhythmic Waves seems to come out of a Wavelength recording session. A very beautiful title which mystifies at each listening, so much the musical depth there is omnipresent.
I would say less colossal than Sounds Like Pictures and Follow Me, than I would be fair. Because, although very melodious, Saved As misses a little of the audacity that characterized the first 2 albums of Tomasz Zawadzinski on generator pl. label. Nevertheless, it is a very beautiful album where the Polish synthesist preserves this dreamlike tenderness that made so much the charms of his previous albums with title like Analog Pulse, Electronic Bossanova and Rhythmic Waves. Those who like ambiguous tones of the digital years Tangerine Dream are going to be crazy about The Search and Beats and Pads. In any good consider, if there was an album to introduce you to the world of Tomasz Zawadzinski, I would recommend Saved As. A good way to polish you ears before melting for Sounds Like Pictures and Follow Me.
I assume there is not a single devoted Berlin School-fan, who wouldn't associate the title track The Search immediately with one of the most enthralling impressions made by Tangerine Dream at the peak of their career. Tomasz Zawadzinski also gives the opener of his newest record Saved As such a title and this a very good sign indeed. The album has exactly the Virgin-Years-of-Tangerine-Dream atmosphere, but still it wouldn't be fair to talk about copying Tangerine Dream's arrangements and feels - although once upon a time one obviously had to invent the sequential formula and the descendants' task is every now and then not that difficult. Zawadzinski does not imitate Edgar Froese & Co., he is simply able to take the Listener on a journey to some other possible world, where there reigns an atmosphere as impressive as the very one known from the classical Berlin School works. The Search is in such a way both intuitive and melodious, conceptually open and musically (teleo)logical, abstract and film-like. All these attributes could easily be used to describe the whole album. Zawadzinski's impressions, even when they are rather short, help the Listener fall into a specific audio-visual trance, into a particular colourful mood, and exactly this is and should be the very goal of powerful sequential electronica... The title of the second track is Millions of Stars, but the piece has also here more in common with Tangerine Dream - soundtracks as with Jean-Michel Jarre's Metamorphoses. Analog Pulses and Another World are good old pumping sequential-impressions combining typical Berlin-dynamics and "spatial swinging" as far as chords and short improvisations are concerned. In Beats / Pads Zawadzinski once more conjures a Tangerine Dream - atmosphere, but this time we sail - or fly - towards younger lands, those inhabited by Dream Mixes-like sounds. Electronic Bossanova comes with an attractive, sad, velvet solo appearing on a slightly nostalgic background, and the final Rhythmic Waves emerges from an ingeniously simple - and thereby ingeniously powerful - sequential theme, somewhat related to "rhythmic waves" generated by the members of Kraftwerk back in the eighties. Saved As is a great and complex work - it's impossible not to hear that Zawadzinski not only loves, but simply feels the groove and the atmosphere of electronic music. He has plenty to say here on the electronic field, and he creates his sequential moods in a slyly fresh way.
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Tomasz Zawadziński | Follow MeBestseller Good priceAfter a stunning 1'st album where
Tomasz Zawadzinskiexplored a musical universe very near the roots of a Berlin School,
Tangerine Dreamstyle and even a little of cosmic rock, the Polish synthesist offers in Follow Me an album immensely more personal. A 2nd album released in 2004 and which demonstrates the fickleness of
Tomasz Zawadzinskito create atmospheres rich in heterogeneous tones where the listener can imagine an interesting virtual world, abundantly illustrated by a sound wealth which seems without borders. With Follow Me
Tomasz Zawadzinskidoes not waste time returning on the paths of his 1'st album. Towards the 5 tracks that compose his 2nd opus, he weaves synthesized labyrinths which exceed the borders of the imagination, being always inspired by the Berlin School style but the one we call the second wave which brought interesting names as
If You Feel opens with an intro of soft floating strata soothed by chirping and hooting of a pleiad of birds to phantasmagorical singings such as oviparous sirens. An intro to ambient atmospheres, such as structured on each of Follow Me 5 titles, that evolves slowly. A little as if we were in a black cosmos where we could see stars moving with a morphic passivity with slow sinuous movements which shape a timeless waltz that dance with a dreamlike delicacy. Sequences come to graft to this cosmic waltz, molding a soft rhythm of which ascending pulsations form a strange rhythmic waterfall to hybrid forms assaulted by a divine synth which blows its celestial harmonies. Of which this splendid refrain that magnetizes the ear and spawns among a keyboard with keys as limpid as nervous and these warm synthesized strata which already bitten our soul since If You Feel intro. A superb track which still bewitches me and for which I always try to listen again, quite as the very beautiful If You Need which opens with beautiful strata of floating waltzes, as the poetic universe of
Softwareon Electronic Universe. A soft pulsating sequence, more sober this time, shapes a warmly suave rhythm. A pace that flows in the shade of a very beautiful synth filled of enveloping layers and melodious lines. If You Want starts with an unusual rain of heteroclite tones, little as drops of wooden rains which bounce on a tight drum skin. A synth pierces this strange shower and spreads a hedging pad, while another layer with trumpet tone is slipping through shaping an ambient dreamlike texture. A sequential movement appears and subdivides the pace with striking of cupping style which team up to beautiful chords from a limpid keyboard, moulding a rhythmic universe as chaotic as unexpected under a serene musical approach among a synth to delicate approaches and fine solos of which discretions are get lost in a galactic foggy. A beautiful title of an incredible delicacy for a rhythmic structure so unusual.
This sequential approach to assorted tones and oversize cadences is the cornerstone of Follow Me. If You Can begins with synthesized layers which run slowly on the dunes of a galactic beach. An exotic sound landscape ornamented with strata of an idle synth and with the singings of fanciful birds. A slow atmospheric intro where crystalline chords toll the knell to a sequential opening filled by heterogeneous tone, as teeth comb that we rub on a manual saw. Chaotic and undisciplined, these sequences skip in every direction beneath the layers of a soft mellotron synth, shaping a strange melody in the harmonious paradox that we can also hear on If You Miss finale which, after a soft morphic departure, waves on sequences which skip in a harmonious indiscipline and subdivides a rhythmic wrapped of a soft synth to wrapping strata.
A superb album, Follow Me is clearly more different than Sounds Like Pictures. Although always avant-gardism and surprising,
Tomasz Zawadzinskipresents a more poetic album and closer to contemporary sonorities, giving an album rich in sound textures and melodious approaches. Being a big fan of a sound wealth that the digital sound world established with the ingenuity of
Weisserof Innovative Communication, Follow Me can only subject me. And with titles as powerful as If You Feel and If You Miss, which entangle with other tracks as exotic as melodious, we can't let such an album passed by. I liked it a lot and I h2ly recommend it, especially if the period of IC and
Johannes Schmoelling'sfirst solo album (Wuivend Riet) charmed you, because we find this magic of sounds there which few dare to exploit, even if we speak about EM here!
The Polish Generator.pl label must have a lot of faith in music of
Thomasz Zawadzinskias Follow Me is the musician's second release this year. On the other hand, the moody and well produced music of this guy is made up of nicely layered textural, highly cinematic soundscapes and rich elements of the Berliner School style, featuring occasional melancholic undercurrents in the freeform passages. Especially the nice cascading sequencing patterns at the core of
Zawadzinski'ssonic adventures make his engaging music sparkle. Warm, sustained soundpads and lots of atmospheric depth do the rest on the five long pieces, breathing both nostalgic as modern vibes. Of all pieces, the slowly evolving 18-minute opening track If You Feel is my favourite.
Zawadzinskisure is a talent of sound-paintings, so make sure you don't miss out on his music.
Follow Me - certainly towards magical electronic lands, spooky tonal jungles, which remind us so much of those painted by the masters of Berlin School or their talented descendants. Already the very first track on the album signifies a very nice surprise for devoted fans of Early-Virgin-Years
Tangerine Dream: The awakening of a yellowish exotic forest at dawn has exactly that murky vibe we remember from TD's Zeit and Atem! This mélange of fascinating abstract soundscapes then makes room for a soothing electronic impression, perhaps a bit melancholic, but still underlined with optimistic notes. The second piece emerges from an interesting passage of some mysterious crisps and chirps, and leads to places which have very much in common with those so ingeniously "described" by
Wolfram Spyraespecially on his Fax-Recordings: there it is, a soft "rainy" tune, jazzy swinging between tonal systems, and "vibraphone" dreamy sounds as if taken from a film soundtrack. Track three, probably the best one on the record, consists mostly of numb and milky synthesizer lights, reflecting and sliding on some deep black electronic pond, dreamt about in a minor scale - one could compare the atmosphere of this piece with moods conjured up by
Klaus Schulzeon the Body Love and Mirage albums! Track four gives the Listener a handful of sounds and arrangements both rooted in the Berlin Scene sound and eclectic, future-oriented, as if taken from a random
Paul Naglealbum. The final track is probably the most "traditional" one here - I mean obviously the Berlin School tradition - but still all the recognizable influences were filtered through the innovative imagination of the artist. Let us give this record a careful listen and we will really appreciate the already well-formed style of Tomasz Zawadzinski, who is able to paint musical scenes sounds like pictures both nostalgic and optimistic, both snowy and warm. The Listener will discover, that She is asked to follow
Zawadzinskinot only in one particular direction, but rather in many different ones, towards a great many different worlds...
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Tomasz Zawadziński | Sounds Like PicturesBestseller Good priceBehind this sublime artwork hides a more magnificent album. Sounds Like Pictures carries easily its title. Sonorous images that
Tomasz Zawadzinskidraws with a magic dexterity will undoubtedly please
Tangerine Dreamfans of a more metallic and innovative period; the
Schmoellingyears. Originally composed in 2002, released in 2008 by the Polish label Generator pl and distributed by Ricochet Dream label, Sounds Like Pictures is a wonderful album where 3 long music pieces to progressive electronic flavors of the 80's fill our hearing with a forgotten nostalgia. An album which will become an unavoidable to your discography and where the Polish synthesist weaves a sound fusion as complex as melodious, like those great music moments created by the mythical German trio formed by
Metallic waves entangle in a cosmic sound labyrinth very well structured and full of imagery on Sounds Like Pictures' opening. Towards these galactic waves and its intersidereal breaths, the synth crumbles metallic serpentines which scroll among morphic strata to very metallic shapes. A slow intro to cold spatial aromas where the electronic universe shapes perfectly to the progressive one, in particular at around the 5th minute when a warm atmosphere settles down with a synth with a synth of which slightly fluty breaths of air float uninhibitedly in an atmosphere very near
Pink Floydon Wish you Where Here. Their synthesized waves are perturbed by the arrival of the other waves more motley and metallic, moulding a sonorous world to stunning paradoxes where, quietly, the electronic universe of a
Tangerine Dreamfirst version settles down in a foggy to vapors of ether. The first steps of a sequencer pulse under mellotron layers, introducing a shy rhythmic under violin strata. The rhythm becomes steadier, beneath the pulsations of a sequence to the beatings of a drum, while the synth fulminates splendid warm and suave solos below hiccupping chords of a discreet keyboard.
Tomasz Zawadzinskidoesn't just content to amaze with this intro to hybrid influences. He plays with his cadences and transposes his rhythms among brief atmospheric passages where the synthesized waves shape to
Tangerine Dream'stones, grind in the tones of Dream, on unexpected rhythmic permutations and long and sinuous synth solos.
Impulses of Abyss opens with a synth to slow and sinuous reverberations, drawing a cadence just as much heavy and sensual which doubtless influenced
Gert Emmens'world, cause it's the first impression (printing) that jumps to ears while hearing it. A slow and heavy rhythm which progresses under beautiful limpid percussions and under heavy mellotron strata, bringing us back to
King Crimsonstrange years, but with a sharply more fed cadence. A great title and by far the most beautiful on Sounds Like Pictures. Walk Towards Sequencer's intro reminds me of these foggy percussions that we heard on 86's
Tangerine Dreamtour. Still there, a metallic intro which leads to a soft cadence encircled with hopping keys of a keyboard which are moulding marvelously to alternating sequences and a synth to juicy and finely chiseled solos. A good title that preserves its hopping tempo, but with a synth to hybrid tones of which
Tomasz Zawadzinskilikes switching around its ethereal movements, while shaping very good solos. Short and atmospheric, Swamp of Reverb soaks in a melancholic atmosphere while Running Through The Rhythm really runs towards a nervous rhythm, seasoned by superb mellotron strata which waltz with ardor on a frenzy cadence.
We can't stay indifferent to
Tomasz Zawadzinski'smusic. Even if the Polish synthesist seems definitively influenced by the sound universe of
Tangerine Dream, the fact remains that the man amazes by his great versatility in and, doubtless the big strength of Sounds Like Pictures, in his synthesized universe where he multiplies hybrid strata and cosmic atmospheres soaked of long solos in unexpected forms and random surges. Very beautiful albums which we listen to with surprise, so much that developments of a Berlin School still virgin are at ears reaches.
According to the press info,
Thomasz Zawadzinski'sSounds like Pictures is a highly cinematic sonic experience who's sound is deeply rooted in the Berliner School sequencing tradition. The almost 20-minute title track starts out atmospheric with rather flat and artificial sounding mellotron textures, but soon
Tangerine Dream- kindred sequencing, rhythms and a lush melodic solo lead things into better territory, although the superficial mellotron soundscapes show up again later on. A well executed and enjoyable sonic ride. The highly atmospheric second piece Impulses of Abyss (13:29) vaguely realms in vintage
Gert Emmens- territory, featuring some metallic rhythms, warm solo leads and better sounding mellotron textures. The overall relaxed, moody style reminded me of the sound of
Tangerine Dream'salbum Wavelength but also their classic vintage albums. The 19-minute melodic Walk towards Sequencer is next, nicely following in the steps of quality Berliner School sequencer works with a lengthy, joyful and well executed solo on top, which in the second half gets a bit too rough and freaky to my liking. The album comes to a closure with two short tracks of four and five minutes each. The free form sculptured Swamp of Reverb is a melancholic sounding ambient trip while the sequential electronics, vintage textures and dance rhythm of Running through the Rhythm take a dynamic step ahead, revealing a glimpse of what's coming on
Thomasznext album (according to the press info).
All in all, Sounds like Pictures is an accessible album worth a listen.
Already by the first listen given to
Tomasz Zawadzinski'salbum, the title suggestion will not disappoint us - indeed, the artist's pieces are very suggestive as far as visual associations are concerned.
Zawadzinski'swork is deep-rooted in the Berlin sequencing tradition, whereas he represents this party of the Berlin School, which is by no means afraid to explore new musical teritories and experiment on them. Already the title track is a good taster: the first half of the composition explores spooky deserts a la Ultima Thule Part 2 by
Tangerine Dream, while the second one injects the Listener out of the dark and into some rhythmic lands of pulsating sequencers, dreamy arpeggio-clouds and wonderful intuitive improvisations. Impulses of Abyss conjures up a metallic flanger mood, in which mysterious sequences now dissolve, then freeze. Pay attention to the vast background soundscapes, as if coming from some obscure Salvador Dalí dream or the long bygone "Pink Years" of
Tangerine Dream. A slight decrease of speed, whereas the sounds get more metallic, distorted, and grungy - here comes the next piece, Walk towards Sequencer. This 19-minute-piece brings quietness and some elements of tightness simultaneously. Swamps of Reverb, a very short one, is surely one of the most appealing episodes of the CD. Rather ambient as Berlin-like structures are here wrought in fantastic electronic fabric a bit like in
Paul Nagle'sLore. The coda, Running thru the Rhythm, is a good piece of music in which sequential electronica, Pink-Years-TD-moods, IDM and very sophisticated trance join forces. In such a way, tradition and a close look into the future get unified. Let's hope, this knot will become the starting point for the next album by
Tomasz Zawadzinski, and let's hope, another interesting album of this artist will be coming our way very soon...
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