For this, his eighth solo album, Dave Pearson (computerchemist) has gone back to basics and produced 5 new tracks completely in the analogue domain. With guest appearances from Chris Gill (Band of Rain) and Zsolt Galántai (MAYA, Rusty Gold, Ossian) this album is sure to hit the sweet spot for analogue fans of ‘old school’ synthesizer music.
Bruce Gall’s show ‘Atmospheres’ on oneworldmusic.co.uk exclusively premiered the album, together with an interview with Dave, in two parts between March 10th and March 17th 2019.
Label: Terrainflight TF010
Release Date: 10th March, 2019
- volcan plain 12:03
- through the volcan forest at dusk 10:08
- volcan sea 15:31
- valley of modulation 06:45
- subsonic volcan flight 14:55
dave pearson: volca modules, keyboards, sequencer programming
zsolt galántai: drums on ‘valley of modulation’
chris gill: guitars on ‘volcan plain’
all composing, mixing and mastering in the digital domain at terrainflight hungary
between jan 2019 and feb 2019
chris recorded his guitar at hollow hill studio, dorset, england in jan 2019
zsolt had his drum performance recorded by dave in a damp basement in budapest in 2011
written & produced ©(p) 2019 by dave pearson
no virtual synthesizers or virtual effects were used on this record.
“Music has a tendency to take the listener back to a certain period of their lives and Computerchemist’s new album, “Volcan Dreams”, takes me personally back to 2009 and the album “Aqual Measure”, but this is all new material from Dave Pearson and recorded over a few weeks in early 2019, which just happens to be 10 years after “Aqual Measure!”
However, Dave says this was composed and performed in a relatively short space of time and in one of those rare fertile artistic periods (for some of us at least, meaning myself) where the music comes to you from some unknown dimension. How many times have you heard a musician say they had no idea where the ideas came from but were compelled to play it!
Dave’s love of “classic” EM and the analogue age is evident in the sounds on “Volcan Dreams” so for any EM fans who have not managed to progress past the 70’s, for those who have but still enjoy a little nostalgia, and for those who enjoy krautrock, then this is certainly worth your time.
Track lengths are between 10-15 minutes so there’s plenty of time for the music to slowly develop and take on a life of its own with hypnotic, rhythmic sequences, not only that, but with guest appearances on real drums by Zsolt Galántai (Valley of Modulation) and Chris Gill on guitar (Volcan Plain).
I’m listening to this music for the first time as I type and already I know I like it. You know that feeling when you hear a track and within two seconds you know you’ll like it? Maybe not, but that’s the impression I am getting while listening to this album. Of course, there is a Tangerine Dream feel but isn’t every album released with the slightest hint of that 70’s sound related to TD and Dave openly admits he is influenced by the dream? But if you can harness that sound and feel and add your own personality to it, which I believe Dave has to great effect, then you are on to a winner.
I’m always intrigued by musicians who produce improvised music, I know this is not strictly improvised, but composed and played over a short period and I weigh up whether it is sometimes best to go by your instinct, whether it is in life or in music-making, an inspirational moment where you play what “feels” right at that time can be preferable to taking weeks or months to get it “just right” where everything is perfect and, sometimes, that feeling that you are doing the right thing also applies to life decisions. Dave said he set himself a target with a certain sound in mind and in my opinion has produced something most EM lovers will be interested in, so if you are reading this I assume you are an EM fan so I will also assume, no, almost guarantee you will enjoy this. I don’t try to describe what each track sounds like, as you will listen yourself and will interpret the music in your own way so why should I tell you how it sounds? I’m just a fan like you!” – Bruce Gall, Atmospheres, oneworldmusic.co.uk
“Full of Berlin school nuances with a great sense of harmony and melody. Hypnotic, beautiful, like a river flowing to the heart and mind…. and above all, pure. This record is a real stimulation for my senses, a heart touch and a food for my mind and thoughts. Ab-so-lu-te masterpiece.” – Jose Luis Martinez Arilla, Descubre LA CAJA DE PANDORA
“For many EM fans, there’s nothing quite like the big, robust taste of nostalgia. Spring-loaded, planet-crushing bass keyboard notes, frenetic laser arrays of perfectly layered sequencer lines, and arena-ready, rocket-fueled guitar licks become the high-volume stuff of dreams—and we all know whence those dreams come. For those who worship at the altar of St. Schulze, a new offering has arrived in Computerchemist’s latest release, “Volcan Dreams”, Dave Pearson heads back to his roots, recrafting textbook Berlin School voyages full of all the familiar delights. Armed with just Korga Volca modules and analog effects, and aided by Chris Gill on guitar and frequent collaborator Zsolt Galantai on drums, Pearson delivers energy-packed potency track after track. His love of the style shines through every note. It’s fun, it’s fast, and you’re going to blow out speakers with it because you absolutely will be turning this up.” – John Shanahan, Hypnagogue hypnagoguepodcast.wordpress.com
“Computerchemist is a solo project from Dave Pearson, an English musician residing in Hungary. Volcan Dreams is his latest and, armed with Korg volca modules, keyboards, and sequencer programming, creates a set of Berlin School meets sci-fi soundtrack analogue delights.
‘Volcan Plain’ opens the set in Klaus Schulze mode, though Pearson adds an underlying layer of sinister sci-fi soundtrack sear. The music marches along at a slow but commanding pace, creating a cool blend of watch-your-back tension and hypnotic mind massage. As a bonus, Band Of Rain’s Chris Gill guests on guitar, adding periodic solo guitar runs to the overall deep space vibe.
Pearson picks up the pace on ‘Through The Volcan Forest At Dusk’, which zips along at a classic Tangerine Dreamy syncopated stride, while melodic synths create yet another spaced out soundtrack feel. I especially like the dual classic space-prog and banshee wailing synth melodies on this track.
‘Volcan Sea’ is similar though even more energetic, with a beautifully catchy melody, sounding like the 15 minute full version of the opening credits theme to some sci-fi TV series. I love how the atmosphere and theme gradually evolve on this space-prog rocking slab of cosmic electronica.
‘Valley Of Modulation’ welcomes Zsolt Galántai on drums, who collaborated with Pearson on the previous Computerchemist albums, 2013’s Signatures 1 & 2.
Finally, ‘Subsonic Volcan Flight’ closes the set and is a bit different, injecting a high energy Neue Deutsche Welle meets dance floor rave electronica groove into Pearson’s brand of space exploration.
In summary, I’m really diggin’ the Berlin School meets sci-fi flick soundtrack theme that characterizes most of this set. Klaus Schulze meets Delia Derbyshire meets Goblin meets John Carpenter… If that catches your attention then check it out.” – Jerry Kranitz, Cassette Culture and Aural Innovations, January 2019
“Vor ein paar Jahren hat David Pearson, der unter dem Namen “Computerchemist” veröffentlicht, schon einmal “Music For Earthquakes” eingespielt. Jetzt ist er mit “Volcan Dreams” zur Geologie zurückgekehrt. Wer jetzt angesichts des Titels einen bombastischen musikalischen Ausbruch erwartet, liegt nicht ganz richtig: Der Vulkan schläft über weite Teile der Zeit, und das Album bietet einen abwechslungsreichen Mix verschiedener Stimmungen, um in dem letzten der fünf Tracks einen passenden Schlußpunkt zu setzen. Wie die Anzahl der Titel – un die daraus resultierenden Längen – erahnen lassen, macht der Computerchemiker keinen Hehl daraus, dass seine musikalischen Wurzeln bis in die 70er-Jahre zurückreichen. Erfreulich ist, dass er bei seinen Mixturen immer rechtzeitig einen Absprung findet, bevor sie langweilig werden könnten. “Volcan Dreams” ist für die Fans von Berliner Schule und Sequenzen, aber nicht nur für die, auf jeden Fall einen Mitflug wert.” – Alfred Arnold, EMPulsiv.de, 11 March 2019