Van Zyl and Gulch — Regeneration Mode
(Synkronos Music SYNK024, 1994, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-12-22
Chuck van Zyl and his compatriot, ex-Nightcrawler Peter Gulch, continue to mature musically with each new release. Gone are the driving sequencers that have characterized much of their recent work. Regeneration Mode is a quiet, introspective look at electronic music. It harkens back to those experimental electronic days of Zeit-era Tangerine Dream, yet not near as abstract. The opening track "Sector Zero Zero One," the longest at nearly 30 minutes, attests to their new direction. For the first time that I can recall, they’ve added whispered found voices to their electronic palette. The dynamic range is quite broad throughout the five tracks, "Sector Zero Zero One," "Sub-Space Fields," "Shield Failure," "The Automatons," and "Regeneration Mode." Sometimes the music is so quiet and understated that you forget that the CD is still playing. But that is a disservice to these fine musicians. Regeneration Mode is not background music! Instead you should strap yourself in and listen intently as van Zyl and Gulch take you on a journey through the best electronic music the US has to offer today. Regeneration Mode is truly music to sink into.
Related artist(s): Chuck van Zyl
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