samedi 17 janvier 2015

RENE Van Der WOUDEN: Numerus Fixus (2009)

“Numerus Fixus is a real nice album which aims to be a continuity of the analog space music of Jarre without getting into some kind of ordinary plagiarism”

1 Fixus Part I 14:33 
2 Fixus Part II 10:24 
3 Fixus Part III 4:25 
4 Fixus Part IV 4:56
5 Fixus Part V 7:33
6 Fixus Part VI 8:27 
7 Fixus Part VII 4:18 
8 Fixus Part VIII 9:11

REWO Bandcamp (CD-r/DDL 63:27) ***½
(Sequencer based Cosmic Rock)
Masterised by Ron Boots, “Numerus Fixus” is Rene van der Wooden's 8th opus. It has as background the fragility of the ecosystems in a world which is going smaller and smaller. I think that it's a beautiful opus with a melancholic aroma. Very much like the Dutch synthesist in a way. Him who is strongly inspired by the analog sound effects, giving so to this album a musical approach more galactic than earthly very much influenced by the French School style of EM. “Numerus Fixus” sails between two universes with a strong scent of Jarre where the cosmos interlaces the perfumes of the Earth with a contemporaneousness which does not really bind to the theme of the album. If the 3 first parts form a moving symbiosis where the paradox earth / space is vibrating, the 5 last ones are projecting us in a sound universe where Van Der Wooden follows the paths there where Jarre  has once stopped his creative meter.
"Fixus Part I" opens “Numerus Fixus” with fine arpeggios which tinkle, such of the hits on a xylophone, in order to dance lazily on a movement of sequenced rhythm of which the minimalism shape adopts a spiral swirling at the infinite. It's turning into a galactic twisting accompanied by space choirs to the vaporous breaths which scrolls such as a bed song worthy of a Halloween theme where the humming of some motorcycle engines are bursting and get lost in this crystal space. It's an intro full of paradoxes and quite eclectic to which is added the weight of a good bass line which rocks the movement of a same minimalism similarity and where the synth solos breathe of an approach more spectral than cosmic. But the fact remains that "Fixus Part I" is closer to cosmos than Earth with its Mellotron and its slow breaths of violins which cross a sequencing pattern fed of twisted momentums and harpooned by strikes of e-percussions and beautifully painted of colorful sound effects which bring the track towards another level of intensity without however derived "Fixus Part I" of its beautiful ethereal bed song. Electronic tones in the fragrances of the analog years water very often the works of
Rene van der Wooden and “Numerus Fixus” is full of it. "Fixus Part II" soaks in these tones with a shower of sound constellations which breaks out under powerful cosmic waves before that a heavy oscillating sequence, and sometimes resonant, livens up a tempo which beats through a panoply of sound particles. Slowly the rhythm gets loose from its lunar approach to kiss a more earthly structure beneath the breaths of a Mellotron which always hesitates between both universes. A Mellotron which harmonizes its fluty airs while that "Fixus Part II" is flirting with the tinkling arpeggios of the introductory part. Always in the register of the crystalline arpeggios to the soft musical prayers, "Fixus Part III" is simply wonderful. It's an oniric sweetness which sings life and hope, like the tick-tack of a timeless watch, in order to finally adopt a sometimes hot and sometimes poetic musicality which in the end is a real pity that it has to be end.
"Fixus Part IV" brings us back to the rhythmic soils of Space Art with its fierce beat adorned with some juicy synth interlaced solos, whereas "Fixus Part V" is of a galactic weightiness extremely well structured. It's a kind of mix between
Jarre's Magnetic Fields and the post electronic punk of Daft Punk with a heavy and livened up tempo from which a nasal synth offers some beautiful symphonic impetus. Just like "Fixus Part VI" which moreover has a splendid ambiospherical intro and a clearly more roaring rhythmic pattern. This is the wildest and my best track here. "Fixus Part VII" is similar to Jarre's Oxygene period. This track has a very beautiful ambient and cosmic structure which is endowed with a dramatic approach of a rare intensity. "Fixus Part VIII" ends “Numerus Fixus” with a livelier way. It's a heavy piece of music encircled by juicy and fat sequences which run and roll beneath the ethereal caresses of a beautiful Mellotron whose fluty breezes float and wrap some bright tones of xylophones which dance in the shadows of festive percussions.
If not in my Top 10 list of 2009, “Numerus Fixus” is then not really far from it. It's a nice album which aims to be a continuity of the analog space music of
Jean Michel Jarre without getting into some kind of ordinary plagiarism. There are great passages on this opus that we listen to without having one second of boredom. So, it's another very nice album from Rene van der Wooden who doesn't stop to amaze and also touch. But at the end of the day and once we get familiar with his music, we observe that Rene van der Wooden is to Jarre what Redshift, Arc or Free System Projekt are to Tangerine Dream; the reflection of eras sealed in the time with a fair dosage of creativity and originality. Fans of Jarre and Vangelis; “Numerus Fixus”, and most of Van Der Wooden's albums besides, are true sure values.
Sylvain Lupari (February 10th, 2009 / Translated on January 17th, 2014)

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