Electronic Music of Brainvoyager
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The Name Brainvoyager
Welcome to Electronic Music of Brainvoyager! It is great to see you stopping by. This website officially went online on 24 September 2013. First, let me introduce myself briefly.
My real name is Jos Verboven, but artistically I go by Brainvoyager. I’m a Dutch creator of cosmic and ambient electronic music, living in The Netherlands. Spelled as ‘Brain Voyager’, this name appeared in 1985 as Robert Schroeder’s, a German electronic musician, 7th album title. This name covers exactly what Brainvoyager’s music stands for: a voyage within the listener’s brain, thus turning him or her into a real brainvoyager. My music is best described as a mixture of contemporary rhythms and hypnotic electronic ambiences, inspired by the model of retro Berlin School. You are kindly invited to discover how great these voyages can be. For listening to my tracks you may check the galleries under ‘Galleries’ in the main menu. You have the choice to listen to and watch the tracks on YouTube or, if you prefer a better sound quality, you can can listen to the tracks on Soundcloud.
Electronic music has been a big musical passion for me for almost 35 years now, however, the first 33 years were spent as a listener. My biggest influences come from Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Robert Schroeder & Steve Roach, but I like trance music as well, and I’m not unfamiliar with the music of the likes of Armin van Buuren either. I have put some links to their official websites under ‘Links/Other Artists’ in the main menu so that you can check their websites.
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If you like my productions, you could consider to support me by purchasing my music. If you would like to look around in the shop, click ‘Music Shop’ in the main menu. Or just click here. If you prefer buying the music from Bandcamp, click here.
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It would be great seeing Electronic Music of Brainvoyager become an interactive meeting place for electronic music lovers. Therefore, this website doesn’t want to limit itself to a certain style or genre. Both the sections ‘News & Blog’ and ‘Reviews’ should be helpful to achieve this goal, as there are lots of things to discover there. If you like what you see and what you hear, I would hugely appreciate it if you would put a link to this website on your own website and/or share this website on your social media. You can like my Facebook page, follow me on Twitter & Google+ as well. Bookmarking this website is also a very good idea to stay informed.
Last nut not least; I’m always open for your suggestions to improve Electronic Music of Brainvoyager. So don’t hesitate to use the contact form under ‘Contact’ in the main menu. Enjoy your stay and I hope that you will come back to my website regularly. Thanks in advance!
Review album Drifting Memories
The Internet, and more exactly Bandcamp, became a real opencast mine where sparkle some underestimated talents in all the music forms. And it’s even more true with electronic music. We have that to think of Gustavo Jobim, DigitalSimplyWorld, E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr, Christopher Alvarado and Sequential Dreams to hear all the talent which expresses itself in this virtual universe.
With its mosaic of e-beats and floating ambiences, Drifting Memories is a pleasant discovery which shines of the influences from Robert Schroeder all over its 80 minutes. Drifting Memories is a mix of upbeat and ambient electronic music.
Brainvoyager is also a part of this new wave of sound creators who expose their works on the Web. If the name seems to you familiar it is because it’s inspired by the album of the same name that Robert Schroeder released in 1985. ‘Drifting Memories’, even here the mixture of both names brushes two albums of Schroeder, is the 3rd opus from Brainvoyager and presents 4 long minimalist music pieces which border the 20 minutes and among which the slow evolutions present continual fights between rhythms and ambiences. And if we can make a narrow correlation between the famous musician of Aachen and this project of the Dutch musician Jos Verboven it would rests exactly on a mosaic of very contemporary rhythms which beats some iconic measures in electronic ambiences apparently inspired by the model of retro Berlin School.
The stroboscopic filets which wind the introduction of ‘Awake in Swirling Dreams’ get couple to some fascinating vocal samplings of which the childish singings get melt to a meshing of jerked pulsations and beatings. From the outset, Brainvoyager propels us in a universe of House and Jungle Music with brusque tempos which lose their deafening beatings into nice more ambient spheres. It is what happens after the first 4 minutes. The winds of Orion, I hear the slow cosmic waltzes of Software here, caress the last rhythmic palpitations of “Awake in Swirling Dreams” entailing the listener towards a superb paradise for dreamers with a slow movement of cosmic waltz which gets lost in some zigzagging pulsations where the revival of the rhythms restarts slowly. ‘Awake in Swirling Dreams’ is thus divided into 4 segments where the rhythms have precedence on ambiences with synths of which the charming vocal harmonies melt themselves marvelously in a structure of rhythms as much stroboscopic than jerky which, at times, chose the ambient sweetnesses of more morphic synths in order to expose better its latent velocity. This is good! But it’s quite necessary to listen more than once to get into it. And at the end, we hang on it. I hear some Geoff Downes and a Schroeder more contemporary to Brain Voyager there. These synths weavers of awaken dreams feed the very nice ambio-cosmic intro of the title-track, I hear Tomita here, where the diverse movements embroider a symphony for cosmic drifting. The synth waves which roll in countersense are splendid. They beautify a rich electronic musicality which little by little turns into an astral choir of which the peaceful singings wrap a soft structure of passive rhythm. And it’s there that the influence of Robert Schroeder jumps to ears. ‘Drifting Memories’ presents these keyboards with the talking keys, exploited so well by Schroeder at the turning of the 80’s, which overhang an ambient rhythm and its stroboscopic threads which go and come, roam and drift in a dense ambiospherical fauna.
This influence of Schroeder on Brainvoyager can be felt more and more as long as we move forward in ‘Drifting Memories’, in particular on the Ambient House style ‘All That has Been’ and its introduction which binds itself to that of the title-track with soft chords sparkling into cosmic mists. Lines of synth, as the astral voices, are cooing and floating over the rollings of the percussions as well as the dance of the keys and their crystal clear tones, while that quietly the rhythm, subdivided between jerked pulsations and random beatings, is melting into an ambient mass in order to be absorbed by these slow cosmic waltzes, these sibylline singings and these floating synth solos which swallow all of this diverse rhythmic fauna of ‘Drifting Memories’. This is a quite good track.
The voices and the Berber singings which introduce ‘Ascension’ don’t deviate it from the axis of the Ambient House and Chill Out styles which surrounds the minimalist envelope of the impromptu and explosive rhythms of ‘Drifting Memories’. The rhythm is clearly more present, even if always it gets lost and is magnetized by dense morphic envelopes. It inhales of this duality between the hypnotic movements of Berlin School and those of the more current electronic music scene while being very near, but very near, of Robert Schroeder’s influences.
I would say that this ‘Drifting Memories’ from Brainvoyager is a pleasant discovery. It’s necessary on the other hand to be patient to tame well these structures which are all alike while being rather different. Contradiction you will say? Well, it’s often the lot of those long minimalist works. I like this mixture of contemporary rhythms with those more sedentary and hypnotic of the Berlin School. But I would say that the strength of ‘Drifting Memories’ lies in the ambiences and these sonic flashbacks which remind so much the evolutions and the changes of skins of Robert Schroeder. To listen in solo and with earphones in order to really let us drifted with our memories.
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