You know, 50s and 60s stuff. My dress was a flowy silk floral Calvin Klein bought off season at Macys. He wore his one suit he owned. Wedding cakes one traditional Danish layer cake, one grooms cake Made by my grandmother.
Mostly fruit, good cheese, crackers, meatballs, little sweets, etc. Wedding invites done by local printer. I did layout and bought cute printer paper with a pastel floral theme.
Oh yeah! And we had about 20 disposable cameras laying around. GREAT pictures! As a gift, a photog friend did provide us with a contact sheet and one really nice 8 x These all sound like lovely ideas. Last month our daughter married a wonderful man. They are a very laid back couple with simple tastes. The wedding was in a small church a few blocks from their home, with their next door neighbor, an ordained minister, officiating. Her sole attendent wore a similar type of dress out of her own closet.
The Groom wore black pants and a white, lightly stripped, long sleeved casual shirt — no tie. Both mothers wore casual cocktail dresses and the father of the bride wore black pants and a white short sleeved casual shirt. As the pastor is also a musician, he played the wedding march and sang one of their favorite songs. There were about 35 people, counting the bridal party. The reception was at a steak and brew brewery.
I told her to keep it for the honeymoon which will be in February job constraints. Here in palestine, number of guests avg is not less than person Why? In our tradition every person should give money for groom!! So wedding become a business!! My wedding was just over Over guests.
Feed everyone. There was even a kegs. Dessert bar as well. Im surprised a wedding that small cost that much. Glad though you both support enjoyed it! No dj just music playing anda friend helped announce first dance bouquet toys and other things.
Even had a photo vooth set up witj silly props and disposable cameras between the ceremony and reception while they waited. The only thing not included was the cosy of rings because those are payments over a few years.
Also i recycled a lot of things. For centerpieces i spray painted tin cans, put tiny holes in them, covered them in lace and put flameless candles in them. Wonderful ideas and congratulations to all the newly engaged, newly married and happily married couples!
My daughter and her fiance are on an extremely tight budget. I wish I could afford to have her reception there but am dealing with a great deal of medical expenses. So many great ideas! Obviously with the exception of that one materialistic girl. We are not engaged yet but will be soon. Who cares what a centerpiece costs or how fancy the venue is?
As long as we can celebrate our special day with loved ones then nothing else should matter. Plus she has also offered her wedding planning magazines as well. I absolutely loved your article. Gave me some great ideas. I am trying to keep my guest list at Thanks for the article. I could care less.
It will not be a really big wedding possibly only a total of people. I was thinking maybe fruits, veggies, and kabobs? I am very lost right now on what all I need to do to keep this simple, classy, and cheap. All tips are much appreciated and thank you for your time. You could have an afternoon tea reception with finger sandwiches and scones! Whole Foods has them too.
You could also have a cheese and fruit platter. Have a basket of crackers too. People can slice their own cheese with a pretty little cheese knife. I think a homemade cake would be very cute for a vintage theme. On a vintage cake plate with a cute topper, forget about it! Adorable and classy! We bought pearlescent latex helium balloons from Party City in our wedding colors and had them around the reception instead of flowers.
Even if you have flowers, you can reduce your cost by filling in with balloons. Have fun planning your special day!!!
We got married at night on a pedestrian bridge in front of an art museum and had the reception at an upscale coffee shop. Our wedding cake was a croquembouche!
Since the coffee shop already had art and cute decorations, we just brought in some balloons to add to the festive feel. Our friends are artists and musicians, so we got ceremony music upright bass and violin and photographs for free.
My husband and I made a mix on my laptop for the reception. After, most people came back to the hotel bar and hung out. It was fun wearing my wedding dress a simple silk sheath in public. My bouquet was a bunch of white baby tulips wrapped in ribbon. I did my own make-up and my sister did my hair. My husband wore some nice slacks from J Crew, a matching vest, and a new pair of dress shoes. The next day we had our out of town guests and musicians and photographer about 10 people over our apartment for a homemade brunch with mimosas!
This is a great post. Many people spend so much money on their weddings, and it often becomes a competition of who can having nicest party; yet, they forget that it is a single night and they are spending a fortune on it. First, the reception hall a church gym had no ties to any caterer, so we were free to choose our own.
Second, I found a good affordable liquor store that accepts returns on unopened bottles. They set me up with everything on my list, so all I needed to do You Ask For The Moon (Extended Mix) - Various - Dance Factory (CD) transport it.
Our caterer provided a bartender. Of course, the opened bottles kept our home bar going for nearly a year. Well, mine was even cheaper than all this. I had said yes on the pier with a rose instead of a ring. My wedding was set and called the judge who said to go to his office and hed do it for free. Friends helped also: one did a Spanish rice that was only fit for heaven, another from who knows where brought a roasted pig with an apple in his mouth I had jokingly asked for that.
Some one who I had been helping with college degree brought all the flowers I could ever imagine. Rose petals in every possible place. I bought fruit and watermelon basket there was since it was too hot. Salad was bought by family The one that bought the flowers also volunteered to bring his band and play for us for free. The beverages liquor beer ect. In all I spent more on the kids than anything else. That was a good surprise. Cleaning up was easy had trash bags sitting all over with every one helping with not leaving anything out of place.
AHHH forgot I bought the cake Money spent less than Totally agree with you as well!! The only thing that matters to me is saying I do to spending the rest of my life with the man that I love. Found an all inclusive package for Now if I can only convince him Saturday is not the only day to get married!! I was wondering if you could please let me know where that the ceremony had actually taking place.
Thank you in advance, Angel. I love you all!!! I believe the people who wrote this article are the REAL Joneses and those people are the ones I want to follow after! It helps me to see a wider view of extra stuff that I can do to make it a beautiful classy wedding in a cost efficient way. I have a little bit of role reversal in our situation. I want to do something small, and inexpensive… He wants his entire extended family there. I enjoy making clothing so I anticipate spending far less on something that will be much more meaningful to me, rather than spend 3k to dress like a giant cupcake.
Websites like onemodelplace. My future mother-in-law mentioned a Beach wedding, which sounds wonderful to me. There are only six of my family members I would invite, and maybe five close friends to attend mostly in the wedding party! How do we get around either the cost of food do I really have to feed them? Haha without offending his extended family or worse, his mother? I look forward to spending the rest of my life building a family with this man, but the idea of having the wedding he wants is literally keeping me up at night!
Did your photographer do an engagement shoot for you? Did you get a wedding album or just the digital images? Did you have a videographer? Did they announce the dances?
Cake cutting? Bouquet toss? Just curious as to what their responsibilities were. Did you get to have a honeymoon? This will be a second marriage for both of us and neither of us had a honeymoon after our first weddings nearly 20 years ago. I hope you guys had a great honeymoon. Hi there!! Thanks soooo much for this article.
But I know I want a small intimate wedding with people who matter and will see us all the time. I look forward to planning on a budget with him.
We have ideas how we want it to go. I did notice you guys had the ceremony in the gazebo and then had the reception in the hall.
I need a place like that for sure. Thank you so much for this!! All of it just made smile. Perfect for our vision of Our day! Thank you!!! Why not have both an awesome wedding and great marriage? So when I fell in love for the second time I thought things were going to be different but the wedding ended up worse than the first one. They continue their rapid rise into with the announcement of their UK and Ireland tour, including a show at The Button Factory, Dublin, October 24th Nealo is a rapper cut from a different cloth.
Emigration, break-ups, drug and alcohol use, the loss of friends and the death of loved ones have all been an integral part of Ireland, and of the wider world, for generations. Legendary vocalist Geoff Tate performs two classic albums in their entirety. Rage for Order and Empire. Manchester Calling! Featuring live performances by 1 tribute bands: The Total Stone Roses, The Smiths Presumably and Oaysis, if you're keen to hear your favourite Manchester anthems performed LIVE by exceptional tribute acts, surrounded by like-minded music fans, this event is for you.
They'll bring the spirit of Knebworth to Birmingham! The forthcoming show at the Button Factory has been rescheduled to Saturday November 13thto allow for normal indoor regulations and services to be resumed with the full re-opening of the live entertainment sector by that date.
If you cannot make the re-scheduled date, please let us know by using the Eventbrite refund option on their website, by Monday September 20th. If all is good with you and the date of Saturday November 13th, well we will see you at the show. Full refund offered if Show is cancelled due to any ongoing Social Restrictions that could possibly still be in place.
One of the UK's most talked-about live acts 'Fred again. This will be her first headline show in Ireland. Topics range from anger and disillusionment with the powers that be, to a nostalgic love song about friendship. Themes of personal growth permeate throughout, with a DIY attitude being evident in its overall sound and feel.
These songs were written in a pre-pandemic environment, but the seismic changes in the world since their inception has given new and deeper meanings to their subject matter, making the songs even more important to the artist and his band. In opening himself up, he hopes something connects with the listener on a much deeper level than before. Modeselektor have been shaping the electronic music scene since the early s with their flamboyant DJ sets and genre-melding productions.
The duo of Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary formed in the early 90s while they were involved in the rave scene on the outskirts of Berlin. After moving to the post-wall capital, a close-knit community of artists and friends emerged around them, including multimedia collective Pfadfinderei, who developed the visual concept of the famed Labstyle parties the crew held in various Berlin- Mitte clubs since the late 90s.
With their energetic live shows and offbeat productions encom-passing multiple electronic styles, they gained popularity far beyond the techno scene. Inthey founded their own imprint Monkeytown Records while also running the more dancefloor focused sublabel 50Weapons. Together with Sascha Ring aka Apparat they also released three albums under the name Moderat, which raised the bar for electronic pop music informed by bass music and club sounds.
This joint venture turned into a huge success, selling out concert halls all around the globe. After extensively touring for two years, Bronsert and Szary temporarily retired Moderat and turned their focus back towards Modeselektor.
The last record on 50Weapons was released inbut instead their 90s techno label Seilscheibenpfeiler was revived in with dancefloor filling releases by Lory D, Kasper Marott, Fjaak and many more. InModeselektor are finally able to fulfill themselves a dream that goes back to their very early days: "Extended" sees the light of day, a tracks-mixtape with unreleased and brand new music by the band, bringing the unique, energetic live-experience of a Modeselektor-show as close as possible to the listeners living room.
Ticket Information:. The genre-defying trio New Secret Weapon bring their unique fusion of alternative rock, prog and jazz to The Button Factory this November. And like many of us, indie-pop band Scouting For Girls initially responded by surrounding themselves with sources of comfort and escapism, things from what felt like a simpler time.
Going back to the music and culture of their childhoods in the s, the band regrouped during what should have been a summer of festivals, and the result is a joyous albumof 80s covers alongside some incredible new You Ask For The Moon (Extended Mix) - Various - Dance Factory (CD), and an optimism that can be everything that was not! Columbia Mills due to take place at Button Factory September 18th has been rescheduled to December 3rd Biletele Meet and Greet va dau posibilitatea sa va intalniti cu artista dupa spectacol.
Singular Artists proudly presents:. Live at The Button Factory. Limited tickets are available to purchase through Tickets. Due to unforeseen circumstances we can no longer proceed with the Workmans show scheduled for November 20th. Melts are delighted to announce that they will headline the Button Factory on Thursday 16 December All Eventbrite tickets purchased for our two socially distanced sold out shows at the Button Factory Dec 4 and 5 will be valid for this show which will be a full capacity standing show.
Tickets go on general sale for the new date on Friday Sep 10th at 9am. Pillow Queens reschedules their upcoming Irish shows for December Tickets available from www. Friday, 17 Dec Button Factory, Dublin. Saturday, 18 Dec Button Factory, Dublin.
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This team performs everywhere; the band creates high quality music, which is intended to be used for DJs in the clubs and for other needs. With two studio records in their repertoire, the Latvian pair keep leaving their fans dazed as new singles are released.
Like the band name, the music of The Driver Era captures a certain classic feeling while looking toward tomorrow. With the two brothers, Ross and Rocky Lynch, writing, performing, and producing all of the tracks, their stylistically unpredictable music also conjures up every romantic association with heading out on the open road: limitless possibility, the thrill of escape, a refusal to stay in one place for any real length of time. A bewitching club track that skips out of the speakers, the peppy 2-step drums cosying up to swollen pads that tug on your heart strings.
Frustrated by the friction to the creative process that arises when recording hardware and instruments through a computer—the constant need to start and stop recording, saving and cataloguing everything as you go—Felix decided to write and build his own piece of software.
When he later came to composing the album, he was then able to draw on specific moments, either recalling the exact date or time he had made a recording, or simply browsing the now vast audio library of his own making. Finding himself confined over lockdown to a small stretch of the Old Kent Road in London—an area between his studio and his house that he would traverse You Ask For The Moon (Extended Mix) - Various - Dance Factory (CD) day—Felix discovered this was the same neighbourhood in which his Nan had worked in a sweet shop many years before, and where his Dad had attended various parties and squats in his heyday.
From toVai recorded Passion and Warfare at his home studio, his second studio solo album. Upon its release in NovemberSlip of the Tongue sold over three million copies worldwide, reaching number 10 on the Billboard while Vai joined the band on their thirteen-month world tour.
In MayVai released Passion and Warfare through Relativity Records,   and following its release, the album had reached number 18 in the Billboardselling over a million and a half copies worldwide. Vai left Whitesnake in to pursue his own musical avenues, and formed a band that included Devin Townsend on vocals, T. Stevens on bass, and Terry Bozzio on drums.
Due to conflicts, the album was re-written and recorded with Zakk Wylde on guitar. I was more concerned with making the record that I wanted to make, and not worry about what some others thought I should be doing.
On September 17,Vai released Fire Gardentrack double album, through Epic,  with the first half being primarily instrumental while the second half featured Vai on vocals. On each G3 tour, three guitar-centric headlining acts are chosen to perform their own sets, and then collectively jam to fan favorite songs at the end of the show. The goal of the foundation was to provide funding for musical education to those otherwise unable to attain it.
Today, Vai often auctions items in his possession with proceeds going to the foundation. The release, which Vai himself produced and engineered, won him his second Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Album in February While most widely recognized for his stature as a rock guitar player, Vai is also a musical composer fluent in the composition and arranging of orchestral music. In speaking of Westcott, Vai says "He taught me how to write, compose and appreciate music.
There was no greater musical influence in my life. InVai released Real Illusions: Reflectionsthe first installment in an ongoing three-part trilogy concept album. Each of the three installments to the series contain material songs, lyrics, and both spoken and written narration with particular relationships to the storyline, purposefully left out of order. Upon the release of the third installment, Vai intends to complete a fourth album of material, which will then be released with the previous three installments and completed storyline in order.
It's a story about this man who has a traumatic experience in his life, and it drives him insane. We see the story through his eyes. It also involves the town he lives in and this stranger that enters the town who's like a shaman; he builds this giant edifice, like a reflecting pond, and when people come to it they see aspects of their personalities and identities and discover things about themselves. There's some comedy involved, too, but it's pretty esoteric. It's about a lot of lofty principles, so it's not a bad idea to dish this all out slowly.
In support of Sound Theories Vol. During a month of twelve- to fifteen-hour a day rehearsals, Vai and the band perfected the performance which consisted of pieces from Vai's catalog, arranged by Vai to include the two violins. Made of an acrylic body with three-dimensional "swirl painted" interior, this guitar can be seen in the beginning of the Where the Wild Things Are DVD.
InVai announced the release of his signature Ibanez Jemini distortion pedala twin distortion pedal with both a custom overdrive and lead distortion section.
In FebruaryVai announced the introduction of "VaiTunes", a platform used to release digital-only singles via iTunes and other digital media outlets. October saw more movement from Vai as a composer, with the premiere of two original symphonies at the Steve Vai Festival in Groningenthe Netherlands, and performed by the North Netherlands Orchestra.
In MarchVai in conjunction with the online education division of Berklee College of Music set a Guinness World Record for the world's largest online guitar lesson. Vai's eighth studio album, The Story of Lightwas released in August as the second installment in the Real Illusions concept album trilogy.
Released on April 7, the double-disc set contained a copy of the Stillness in Motion concert footage and a special bonus feature disc called The Space Between the Notes. The latter is a complete chronological timeline of the Story of Light tour, with a video or picture representation of each show of all of the engagements attended. Each year the camp is held, Vai creates a syllabus with a particular theme and invites special guests to help him teach it.
During the day, Vai and the special guests of whom have included Guthrie GovanJeff BaxterVernon Reid, Eric Johnson, Sonny Landrethand others hold classes in which they add their insight and perspective to the theme.
Each evening, Vai and the special guests jam with the campers. Vai has announced an upcoming release commemorating the 25th anniversary of Passion and Warfare. This release contains remastered songs from the album, as well as the inclusion of a new album of material written from the time between the recording of Passion and Warfare and his first solo album Flex-Able.
After the release, Vai held a world tour in which he played the entire Passion and Warfare album, along with material from the new release. The tour would continue during the first half of InVai played an uncredited guitar solo on the track " Go!
Starting in June, Vai embarked on the Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary World Tour, where he played the album in its entirety for the first time. He also performed on the track "Never Surrender". He later featured in the second volume of the soundtrack, where he performed on the track "Reclaimer".
Vai returned to re-record his Halo work for the Halo 2 Anniversary Original Soundtrackwhich was released in and included as part of the anniversary edition of Halo 2. InVai performed "Amazing Grace" in the film Dudes. InVai's record label Favored Nations produced and released the award-winning original motion picture Crazy.
An independent film, Crazy was inspired by the life and music of the guitarist Hank Garland. At the age of thirteen, after having purchased his first guitar and begun taking his first lessons from fellow New York native Joe SatrianiVai became obsessed with the discipline of practice.
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The lyrics here are regarding loneliness and isolation, and it just becomes too easy to make those Joy Division comparisons. However, there are a lot of moments here that also show that New Order are also all about making progress. They make no secret of looking to the past here though, as references to Ian Curtis cloud this album as Sumner makes many laments to the lost of an old friend.
Other than that Movement is business as usual, solid post punk with some electronic influences. However, there is an outstanding moment which singles aside is New Order's first truly great song. Stephen Morris who excels the most out of any New Order member here drums brilliantly, with haunting synths and Bernard Sumner's emotional and weary vocals about the loss of Ian Curtis, ending in "I'm so tired, I'm so tired" bringing a sense of dramatic closure to proceedings and closing the book on that part of their career.
In the end Movement may well have been a less edgy version of the third Joy Division album. But what it definitely is is the classic example of a transitional album and showing that the band could progress without their iconic lead singer. Bursting with vivacious beats and electronic flourishes, Kaloli is an awesome LP of techno and tradition proving that there is little gap to bridge between them in the first place.
Recently providing an exhilarating support slot to Aphex Twin earlier this year. During a time of unprecedented global upheaval — and the lengthy process of healing a broken thumb — ambient composer Nils Frahm quietly drops a follow-up to Screws. This year, March 29th was marked in the calendar as Piano Dayand German musician and composer Nils Frahm would drop an album on the very same day. Ever the rascal of modern classical music, Frahm recorded Graz for Erased Tapes back in and kept it under his hat for over a decade.
Remarkably, for an artist who has opened the door for electronic instrumentation within his field, the album shares a spirit with his release Empty coincidentally released on Piano Day in its strikingly powerful minimalism. Nova Materia here show their debut album to the world, full of their idiosyncratic take on electronically-driven post-punk. It Comes could feasibly be at home both on the decks of an electro-focused club, or on the stage of any number of festivals.
The band grew out of remnants of Chilean band Panico, so if you liked them, you should give this a go. On Crammed Discs. Bordeaux composer Franck Zaragoza returns with a further development in the Ocoeur sound. Everything traces the electronic meets modern classical compositions of previous works Inner and Reversed to a more minimal space, operating on microscopic alterations and vast swathes of synthesis. The all-lower case format of its title hints at the compositional closeness within.
This Olafur Arnalds LP. Just lovely. The loveliest, in fact. Beautiful music. The piano. The strings. The delicate pitter-patter drum machines, possibly left over from his forays into techno as part of Kiasmos. A masterpiece. The epitome of all art ever made. The Ultimate Music. Composed as if by God's own hand. They produced two fantastic albums in Pacific Street and Across the Kitchen Table but this anthology concentrates on rounding up their early singles and unreleased material adding in a few live tracks.
They also throw a bonus live CD into the bargain. Phonophani is the alias of Espen Sommer Eide, who also makes music as half of Alog. There was no composition or reasoning, just the beating of blood in my ears. I was finally making music like a dog. It makes some sense, especially the beating blood.
I find it interesting that most electronic musicians end up with drawn out washes of sound, the beats of dance music — Deep Learning being a prime example here — and also love the interruption and jump of a poor radio signal running through their work. They seem to cling to such conventions despite having the freedom to escape them. The vaguer tracks are the most successful. In a word, woof! He has also worked with Max Richter and Howard Goodall. Guest performers include violinists Warren Zielinksi and Magnus Johnston.
Plaid return with their 10th LP. Unsurprisingly for a record so heavily concerned with the current socio-political climate, there are times when Polymer can be an intense listen.
Quite a few of these tunes feature the sort of wheezy, pensive synth play that crops up in the work of Oneohtrix Point Never. The fact that this is frequently wed to choppy breakbeat techno rhythms think Clark only heightens the air of dystopian unease that skulks in the background of the LP. A rare and vital part of his oeuvre, indeed.
The Photographer was composed for a three-part mixed media performance, based on the life and homicide trial of 19th century American photographer Eadweard Muybridge, and Glass's distinctive minimalist musical style compliments the theme perfectly. Henry, who began composing new, futuristic sounds indied in Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Toop seem to have followed similar trajectories over their many decades in music.
The Radiophonic Workshop present Possum Original Motion Picture Soundtrackastonishingly the first ever soundtrack from the pioneering UK electronic research lab who are responsible for some of the mind-warping sounds from Doctor Who and Quatermass. Following the 'Burials In Several Earths' long-player and the extended 'Everything You Can Imagine Is Real' session, which was composed and recorded in response to an exhibition of work by Pablo Picasso, 'Possum' is the first time the Radiophonic Workshop who in one shape or another over half a century have been writing scores for radio and television have ever scored a feature film for theatrical release or collaborated on a major score.
Tapping into the hidden reverse previously explored through the sounds of groups like Zos Kia, Nurse With Wound and the many masters of Italian Giallo soundtracks, Possum Original Motion Picture Soundtrack finds The Radiophonic Workshop bringing to boil some of the most haunted, blood-chilling incidental sounds to have ever been captured within Room Renowned British artist Robin Rimbaud known also for his work spanning three decades as Scanner presents Staging Silence - a collection of four film soundtracks created in conjunction with Belgian multimedia artist Hans Op De Beek.
Having met in when working together Le Fresnoy Studio national des Arts Contemporains, this record compiles the four complete works the duo have conjured so far. Ambient music as a means of imagined exploration.
Bold and broad-sounding synth atmospherics give a wide, quite soundtrack-y feel, most notably in the title track. The album encapsulates not just a landscape but a place in time and an identity forged through youth and adulthood, all viewed from his current base in Berlin.
You cannot have enough Steve Reich music in your life. Four Organs is a work for four electronic organs and maraca, composed by the Reich, in Januaryand is the very definition of minimalism a movement he started with Glass, La Monte Young, Riley et. Four identical Farfisa organs strike a single chord and gradually lengthen each note to produce polyrhythms between the players. Anchored by Jon Gibson's on maracas, the piece deconstructs its opening burst to a sustained mass of sound — stretching the tones to create in You Ask For The Moon (Extended Mix) - Various - Dance Factory (CD) words "slow-motion music.
Eminent hosts of contemporary ambient gems Music You Ask For The Moon (Extended Mix) - Various - Dance Factory (CD) Memory oversee the debut collaboration LP from two modern masters of the style. Ditching his day job as an economist, composer Susumu Yokota pursued his DJ career, performing house sets across his native Japan. Soon after establishing himself, he released his prodigal full-length debut Acid Mt. Fuji on Sublime Records, and his reputation as a master of dancefloor psychedelia and organic ambient music was cemented beyond his home country.
He went on to produce remarkable work until his untimely death in from a prolonged illness. Tord Gustavsen and his small ensemble of musicians have created something truly amazing with this album.
To my ears Gustavsen has found a musical balance with What was said that suits his prodigious talent better than most of his recent work. It's a cinematic album dominated by female voice and, a first for Gustavsen, uses digital atmospherics and harmonies in the the background. Made to Measure Vol. Opening with a number of Minimal Compact contributions, who are at their most experimental here, "Bat-Yam" was an abstract tapestry of gothic-rock, jazz-rock, electronic and ethnic flavours, with "Too Many Of Them" adding funk and the litany wail to their assimilated influences, while "Immer Vorbei" added the ghostly symphonic waltz and the incantation to their canvas.
This series of tracks could well be Minimal Compact's masterpiece. Aksak Maboul then took over, starting with the ambient ethnic chamber "Scratch Holiday" which wasn't far removed from what had gone on before, while "Odessa" went for the marching ceremonial symphonic piece.
These tracks displayed a smoother Aksak Maboul, when compared to their previous work, but the angst-ridden piano piece "Retour Chez Les Futuristes" revisited their rock-in-opposition background. Tuxedomoon's contribution was equally seductive, they too tackling the lush symphonic burlesque theme with "Fanfare", before raising the stakes with the enticing industrial vortex "No One Expects The Spanish Inquisition" one of their most violent piecesYou Ask For The Moon (Extended Mix) - Various - Dance Factory (CD) finally "Driving To Verdun" was one of their typical futurist symphonic dance-themes.
Arriving two years on from his PAN debut, Value pushes the envelope of the dystopian grime sound of his previous work by transmitting both himself and us as the listener, deeper into his own psyche. More so than ever before, he approaches his music with a graceful composed elegance that sits side by side with the relentless energy that made his early work stand out so far forward.
Value finds elements of neoclassical ambience dropped into the club context of haunted memories and ice rink rhythms that pulsate around the machines that make up this high-gloss soundworld.
This LP is gritty in both the emotional and aesthetic sense, the soul-baring qualities of these tracks often amplified by juddering low-ends and distorted atmospheres. As caustic as A Call To Arms can be at times, there is also poetry and light to be found on this record. By turns abrasive and beautiful, A Call To Arms is an arresting set of avant-garde ballads from Visionist. After being selected by Phillip Glass to perform some of his Etudes at the barbican he has gone on to record a selection of them, and here they be on delicious double vinyl.
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