Erdenklang (aka Blue chip orchestra) - Komputerakustische Klangsinfonie ,LP ,1982, Austria
Erdenklang were Hubert Bognermayr and Harald Zuschrader.In the mid to late seventies, these guys were part of a very symphonic, progressive rock group called Eela Craig. Their music was very lush and majestic, build on a foundation of keyboard sounds. They released five albums, none of which are available on CD, which are now collectors items of some value, commanding upto $30 for the last four and upto $500 (!) for the first self-titled one. After the dissolution of Eela Craig in the early eighties, B and Z got together and released three works, the first one of which was the first ever release on the Erdenklang label. It was called Computerakustische Klangs- sinfonie, and featured synthesized instruments playing acoustic sounds. A couple of lesser known works were also released, both of which have very religious overtones, much like gospel music and chants played to the backing of keyboards. There is a fair bit of spoken prayer in these two, which tends to make them somewhat unaccessible to the average electronic aficionado.
Later, they named themselves the Blue Chip Orchestra, and have released two CDs so far, both of which feature highly orchestral work, and are excellent.
High quality electronic/space floating music,sometimes much orchestrated sometimes more improvisational.By all means it will appeal to all Tangerine Dream,Klaus Schulze fans.
Eela Craig-One Niter ,LP/CD,1976,Austria
It took EELA CRAIG five years between full blown LPs. They did release a single in 1974 ("Stories"/"Cheese") that totally turned away from the bluesy/jazzy psych and prog of their debut, and was to define their symphonic prog sound of the late '70s (specifically "Hats of Glass" as both were re-recorded for that album). By 1976, they were finally recording for Vertigo Records in Germany, giving them exposure outside of Austria. The band now started going hog-wild on all sorts of equipment. The original LP shows the band members with all their gear on the back cover (an analog keyboard lover's dream come true). There's vocalist/keyboardist Hubert Bognermayr (hard to miss him since he was partially bald, although he was always like that, and he was still in his 20s when "One Niter" came out) with a Hammond organ, two VCS-3 synthesizers, a Wurlitzer electric piano, and a couple keyboards I can't recognize (looks like I see an RMI electric piano, but can't be sure). Bassist Gerhard Englisch is standing next to an amplifier, and two bass guitars are standing by it (including a Rickenbacker). Frank Hueber is seen playing his drum set. Vocalist and guitarist Fritz Riedelberger is seen holding a Gibson "The Les Paul", keyboardist/flautist Hubert Schnauer is seen standing next to a vibraphone, and a custom made Mellotron 400 courtesy of EMI, with a black top, and Harald Zuschrader is seen playing his Mini Moog, and although hard to see, I think it's a Hohner D-6 clavinet (as plent is used throughout the album). This photo is taken in some place in the countryside (I wouldn't mind living), with some overgrown vegetation, and some small valley down below. Love the picture of giant sculpture of a telephone, makes me wonder where that is, and if it's still there? Well, not only was the band going hog-wild on their equipment, it also shows they now had three guys handling keyboard duty as well as the usual other prog rock gear. They were going for a more funky-brand of prog rock, often dominated by the clavinet. "Circles" is a four movement suite that starts off with some really loud and startling Mellotron brass, before things quiet down with some synthesizer and very pleasant flute. Then they go in to a killer jam dominated by clavinet and Moog. Then they go in to a gentle ballad. This is where the vocals first appear, courtesy of guitarist Fritz Riedelberger. Then they go back to the Mellotron and pick up speed. "Loner's Rhyme" is the track Hubert Bognermayer handles the vocal duties. The band goes in to an extended solo, including some great Moog solos and funky clavinet, as well as Hammond organ. "One Niter Medley" is a five movement suite, starts off with synthesizer and Mellotron, before you hear a short song from Bach with an experiment in phasing. After that the band goes in to funky jam, before mellowing out with string synths. "Venezuela" is a nice acoustic song with Fritz Riedelberger handling vocals. "Way Down" starts off with some really nice flute and some droning keyboard in the background. Once again they go in to a funky jam before mellowing out and the vocals kick in. A totally wonderful album to have in your collection.
Possibly their best effort. Bognermayer and Zuschrader later formed Blue Chip Orchestra
EELA CRAIG One Niter (Studio Album, 1976)
1. Circles: (13:59)
a) The mighty (5:41)
b) The nude (2:00)
c) The curse (5:05)
d) The blessed (1:13)
2. Loner's rhyme (9:23)
3. One niter medley: (11:03)
a) Benedictus (1:54)
b) Fuge (0:47)
c) U.A.T (3:17)
d) Morning (1:47)
e) One Niter (3:18)
4. Venezuela (3:30)
5. Way Down (7:16)
Total Time: 45:11
- Hubert Bognermayr / keyboards, vocals
- Raoul Burnet / congas (2-4)
- Gerhard Englisch / bass, percussion
- Frank Hueber / drums, percussion
- Alois Janetschko / live mixing
- Fritz Riedelberger / guitars, piano, vocals
- Hubert Schnauer / keyboards, flute
- Harald Zuschrader / keyboards, flute, guitar
Blue Chip Orchestra - BLUE DANUBE - DONAU SO BLAU (1991)
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The digital philharmonic sound images of the Blue Danube project draw upon the rich orchestral heritage of the Austrian region in this avant-garde tribute to some of the most dynamic and brilliant of European classical composters. The Blue Chip Orchestra is the brainchild of Hubert Bognermayr who has fused this interplay of classically trained instrumentalists and live soloists of the computer age....Blue Danube is thoughtful and intelligent music which demands attention, then leaves you wondering "Are these guys serious?" ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats, All Music Guide
artist....: Blue Chip Orchestra
album.....: Blue Danube
Genre: Elektronische Musik
Einzelpreis: EURO 12,50
01. moll tau 03:49
02. tam tam 04:29
03. austrian groove 02:57
04. donau blau 06:47
05. mozart 03:17
06. maestro k. 03:45
07. an ton 03:44
08. kravallerie 03:49
09. vergelds gott 03:40
10. strawanski 04:59
11. uhrsprung 03:35
12. wiener witz polka 03:09
13. kaiser walze 03:01
Österreichs Musikkultur und Orchestertradition sind Impulsgeber für die DigiTalPhilHarmonischen KlangBilder des Projekts "Donau So Blau". Das Zusammenspiel von Virtuellen PhilHarmonikern und Live-Solisten im Zeitalter der ComputerKultur ermöglicht dem "Blue Chip Orchestra" neue formale und DigiTalAkustische Klangstrukturen, die in Verbindung mit neuentwickelten Musikinstrumenten wie Ultraschallharfe, Mirror Percussions, KlangSegel, BinärHackbrett, Flaschencello, Autozitter u.a. realisiert und visualisiert werden.
"‘Neue formale und digital-akustische Klangstrukturen’, ‘Schritte am Steinboden endloser Konzertsäle’ oder ‘Ohrenreise in den Dali Dom’ - nur keine Angst: Da hat einer arg gelabert, aber was er meint, das hat Stil und macht Spaß: High-Tech-Sound vom ‘Blue Chip Orchestra’. Das sind höchstens zwölf Musiker mit allerlei Geigen und Keyboards, Hirschknopfmundharmonika, Donautuba, Flaschencello, Autozitter und anderen hausgemachten Klangerzeugnissen, auf- und zubereitet, programmiert und moduliert mittels Computer. ‘Kaiserwalze’, ‘Kravallerie’, vor allem aber ‘MoZart’ sind die Spitzentitel der ‘Erdenklang’-CD, auf der Orchesterchef und Ober-Elektroniker Hubert Bognermayr, 43, aus dem österreichischen Linz mit eitel Harmonie und Kuschel-Arrangements gegen alles Schräge und Schrille zeitgenössischer Tonkunst mixt." - DER SPIEGEL
Boleros, Schritte am Steinboden endloser Konzertsäle, die durch die geheimnisvolle "Suite Eleya" führen und den Zuhörer nach 52:42 Minuten Ohrenreise in den "Dali Dom" entlassen...... Wir reden vom ersten Album des BLUE CHIP ORCHESTRA (BCO), Orchesterleiter: Hubert Bognermayr, Linz/Österreich. Hubert Bognermayr gründete dieses Orchester 1988, um seine Idee eines "Digital Philharmonischen Klangkörpers" mit verschiedensten Musikern zu verwirklichen: Ein interaktiver, spontaner Dialog zwischen elektronischem und akustischem Instrumentarium. Der Pionier der computerakustischen Musik.
1970 Gründer der EELA CRAIG, österr. Rockgruppe (CD auf Erdenklang).
1979 Mitbegründer der ARS ELECTRONICA in Linz/ Austria.
1982 Computerakustische Klangsinfonie "Erdenklang" (CD auf Erdenklang).
1983 "Bergpredigt" Oratorium für Musikcomputer und Stimmen.
1988 gründete das Blue Chip Orchestra (CD auf Erdenklang).
Hubert Bognermayrs künstlerisches Anliegen ist es seit Jahren, den Klangverarmungstendenzen mit der Klangquelle Natur entgegenzuwirken. Seine "Erdenklang Sinfonie", "Bergpredigt" und die Einspielungen seines "Blue Chip Orchestra" gelten als Meilensteine einer neuen digitalphilharmonischen Klangästhetik.
"Die Strukturen von Klassik, Avantgarde und Pop lösen sich auf, um postwendend zu einer neuen Form zu verschmelzen. Das Blue Chip Orchestra setzt die Möglichkeiten der Computer-Akustik kunstvoll ein, ohne in Avantgarde-Arrangements zu erstarren. Ein neues Klangzeitalter hat begonnen." - HIFI-VISION
Red Buddha - Siddhartha In Space (2005)
mp3 @ VBR 192~250 | New Age, Easy Listening
This Austrian production, composed and performed by Double X-Dee, continues the Germanic world-ambient sound so expertly demonstrated by Blue Chip Orchestra. Each track contains a smattering of vocal samples with heavy layers of synthesiser strings and bubbling electronica. However while Blue Chip Orchestra’s Native American themed album was more introspective and ambient, Red Buddha would not sound out of place in many world trance clubs. Tracks are epic explorations of Western dance music in a Far Eastern world. Thrown into the mix are vocal snippets from the region — ranging from guttural Buddhist chants to Tibetan folk singing — while Lenny Mac Dowell contributes synth and bamboo flute playing. These elements occasionally sound foreign in the mix, as if they were added after the main composition instead of the music being built around them, but for the most part the arrangements are seamless. While the opening track lulls you into the album, the pace is heightened by Trip to Lhasa HO and Freedom for Tibet with their thumping drumloops. Basslines on tracks such as Gong Chi and Walk to the Inside are reminiscent of Delerium’s albums. Double X-Dee expanded his sound into India on the follow-up album Siddhartha In Space, which features a host of live singers and performers. While the group's strong trance-rhythm focus won’t appeal to everyone, if you enjoyed Professor Trance or need a Far Eastern album with more edge, look no further than Red Buddha.
01. Raja-Raja feat. Kabir 5:45
02. Veen Bhangra 4:25
03. Isfahan feat. Nasrin & Voyage 5:46
04. Hawa Mahal feat. Bahramji 6.46
05. Flavored Atmosphere 6:26
06. Evening Celebration 6:11
07. Siddhartha In Space 5:47
08. Mystical Tribe feat. Bahramji 6:29
09. The Spirit Of Ladakh 6:45
10. Desert Thar 5:05
11. Al Rashid 7:31
12. Bororo´s Dance 7:45
BLUE CHIP ORCHESTRA "White River - Red Spirit
Das Blue Chip Orchestra nahm sich bei ihrer dritten CD Archetypen aus dem Schöpfungsmythos der Dakota-Indianer als Orientierungshilfe für eine musikalische Reise durch die Geisterwelt. Originale indianische Gesänge, Flöten, Rasseln, Trommeln und Naturgeräusche verschmelzen mit elektronischen Klängen auf magische Weise.
Das heisst, der westliche Hörer kann einen Effekt wahrnehmen, der beim Schamanen die Erweiterung des Bewusstseins signalisiert. Die irdischen Töne und Geräusche verschwimmen, verhallen in einem surrealen Raum, über- und unterirdische Klänge mischen sich in die psychedelische Erfahrung.
Die Trennwand zur Geisterwelt ist durchlässig geworden oder gar verschwunden - je nachdem, wie weit die Entdeckerfreude reicht. Bognermyar und Zuschrader wollen damit keinen Beitrag zur ethnologischen Forschung liefern, aber eine Anregung zur schamanischen Reise können die atmosphärisch dichten Kompositionen schon sein.
Wem das Schamanisch- geisterhafte nicht geheuer ist, der kann sich auf die Begegnung von archaischen und elektronischen Klängen oder rein ästhetisch auf die künstlerische Gestaltung konzentrieren. Das Konzept ist offen. Spielerische Fantasie und meisterhafte Beherrschung des Klangmaterials sind garantiert. (Christian Salvesen)
Takes Your Breath Away!, May 8, 2000 By "nyrube" (Culver City, CA USA)
If you are thinking about getting into Native American music, start here. This group is not only original, but each song on this cd is very different. They can move you fast, slow you down, pick you up, or ease you mind. If you are a Native American cd collector, this one is a must for your collection. Buy it and enjoy it over and over again.
For those who truly appreciate Native American culture..., March 22, 2006 By Ursula Raphael "astradaemon" (Western Michigan, USA)
First of all, this entire CD tells a Dakota myth of creation - every track is part of the story...with that in mind, it makes perfect sense to have tracks that contain elements such as winds and fire crackling. If you are looking for something that is strictly music, don't buy this CD - there is plenty of other new age electronica to choose from.
If you enjoy going to pow-wows, and other Native American events, you will appreciate the detail put into this album. This isn't just a CD you pop into your car for background noise - this is a journey you become a part of.
I loved this album so much, when my son was being delivered into this world, we had this CD playing...I think track#6 was playing when he actually made his appearance...anyway, if you are trying to expose your children to different cultures and music, this is a good album to start with. My son is only 7 mos old now, but he loves listening to every track.
I have yet to find another album I enjoy as much as this one, for this particular genre.
Gather round the fire now!, June 2, 2001 By PHP 46 (Taj Mahal)
Hard to believe this is the product of some folks from Austria..in fact, this could well be the last item from them as I understand, as the main brain behind this is now dead :( Really though, this is a wonderful statement of combining Plains Indian music and chants with some more western interpretation. I assume that a lot of it is authentic field recordings, complete with the crackle of flames and popping of coals in the fire and a huge thunderstorm that you better watch out for, as it will about blow yer speakers right out of the cabinet when it Kabooms!! Beautiful images of Indian civilisation are present in the soundscape, you feel like you were there for an hour or so. A really lovely armchair trip to the past, not in the same league as say R. Carlos Nakai, but very, very satisfying.
Powerful, Moving, Stirring, Haunting, June 26, 1999
This is the most powerful and moving Native American/Contemporary blend CDs I have listened to yet. It is far better than Cusco's light and airy Apurimac III. It touchs your inner emotions. It is one of my favorite CDs.