GENESIS OF ALPHA NEBULA (Classic EM series vol. 11)
This album is a tribute to a certain kind of psychedelic rock, and especially to the very first experimental albums by Tangerine Dream, as experts can tell from the title, but not only. Part of the influence comes from much of the music broadcast by the internet radio show on space rock hosted by Jerry Kranitz (HERE), who picks a lot of truly amazing space / psychedelic material for his program. Finally, I stumbled across a vst instrument - an electric organ simulation called "Wurler" (created by Scott A. Root) that is just fantastic and absolutely perfect to recreate the organ sound(s) from that era - that gave me all the vibes I needed to start the project (you can hear it on every track, even when it doesn't sound like an organ ). I wanted this album to sound as if it had been badly recorded in the early 70's by a bad engineer on drugs, performed by a bad band on LSD in the form of total and bad improvisation, all badly saturated, badly distorted and badly sounding, down to the horrible tape noise, and transferred to CD today with basically no remastering at all. I'm against drugs and normally I'd try to have my music sound good, so why all this? Well, first off, my passion for that kind of music. Second, it was a pretty interesting experiment, soundwise. But, above all, that is the way I was feeling at the time of recording this album: badly improvised, badly saturated and distorted, badly recorded and with a lot of bad tape noise... Life, I guess.

This album is Mac’s foray into early krautrock, hence a name that conjures up images of early Tangerine Dream albums. We start with the 22-minute epic “Imploding Star,” full of fuzzed-out, distorted organ music and a cool, pulsing bass sequence. Mac intentionally gave it a raw sound and production quality, lending an air of authenticity as if this were some recently unearthed Tangerine Dream bootleg album. We then float out into deep space, as formless and meandering as TD classics like “Fauni-Gena” Later on, a light, playful bass line, flute, and a few drums and cymbals gently rock out a bit. Then some wavering, warbling synths go a bit crazy. This is mind-blowing psychedelic stuff. Once again I’m amazed at Mac’s ability to reinvent himself, but I suppose I really shouldn’t be anymore. Eerie, melodramatic tones emerge on “Light from the Second Sun,” which get quite intense in the latter stages of this relatively brief track. “Radiation from the Planet’s Core” gets even trippier if that’s possible, bubbling and jumping about, sounding like old sci-fi films from the 1950s. After several minutes of seeming randomness it coalesces into a wonderful slab of Berlin school bliss with a rock edge to it. Fantastico!

Phil Derby, Electroambient Space (U.S.A.) - Click HERE to visit his website