Unlucky at dice, lucky in sounds

Episode 554

It is so common to wish anybody luck for a new year. Maybe other things as well, like happiness, but luck is the most common I think. But what is luck? Is there such a thing as luck? Or is it just a sequence of events and circumstances that presents one as a positive outcome? I am sure there are plenty philosophical books on this topic, and maybe some biology books as well explaining what hormones make a human experience to have luck. Is feeling lucky a consequence of having luck? If so, we have a lot of luck because of the many great artists around composing such beautiful electronic music as to be heard on tonight's edition. Have a lucky hour with tracks by Elsehow (Can Somebody Live the Same Day Twice?), Andy Pickford (Alignment), Curious Inversions (Saciar), Primal Scapes & Record of Tides (Revenant Euclids), Eisenlager (all|is|bright_2020), Michael Brückner & Detlev Everling (Reiseziel Mond), René van der Wouden (Astromen).


New times sounding right

Episode 553

It is done. Another year is gone. A strange and memorable year, for sure. Well, no immediate change to be expected with the simple fact of us raising the number to 2021. But we are looking positive and hopeful to the coming time. Aren't we always? Of course, there is hope to be able to have music events again in the near (or somewhat near) future. And fear not, there will be great music to be heard at least on all the fine podcasts and radio shows out there, for example with the orgy of great tunes you will get tonight on this brand new edition number one for 2021. As a change of heart, it will be a bit more energetic than planned. A worthy start into the coming 365 unwritten days of the year. Put on your headphones and up the volume for tracks by Stan Dart (Basilica), Roberto Sass (The Sentinel), Tony Byrne (The Device), Harald Nies (The Flow of Energy), Organic Prizmo & Anitta (Ninth Listen), Zinkl (Tanzmusik für Roboter), 4T Thieves (Saciar), Stefan Erbe (Selectronisch Vol. 1 & 2), Erätarkastaja (Balance of The Butterfly).


Candle light sounds

Episode 552

So that is it. Here we have the final episode of syndae podcast for 2020. And it was quite a busy year musical wise, which saw lots of cool and great releases and some interesting developments in online eventing. Of course, this edition is no exception to the rule, having again several brand new albums to be presented. But it also provides tracks well fitted for the upcoming holidays. Whatever you celebrate at this time of the year (or maybe just enjoy a more quiet time), I am sure the tracks you get tonight will support to peace out of 2020. Please, join in and enjoy the fantastic music by Stefan Erbe (Serbenity), Bernd Scholl (Switzerland live), Janne Hanhisuanto (Eagles), Robert Scott Thompson (An Open Door for the Escapologist), Mixtaped Monk (Reimagination), Eagle (Synth. Music) (White Christmas in the Desert), Weldroid (Synphonica), Todd Mosby (Aerial Views), Fiona Joy Hawkins (Christmas Joy (Deluxe)), Rick Sparks (Christmas Night), David Helpling (Cardiff Clearing).


Some place to pause

Episode 551

Sometimes a view is all it needs to make one stop and relish the world around us. Especially, if it is a view of the extraordinarity of nature, may it be a landscape, impressive rocks, or a wild field work well for me. I think it is always worthwhile to sometimes stop and simply take everything in. Well, old and modern architecture works for me, too. Anything, which pleases my eyes and gives me wonders. And the same holds true for sounds. I simply love impressive soundscapes, may it be of quiet and delicate matter or powerful melodic rocks and aural paintings. What about you? What makes you hold your breath and relish your environment? I think, tonight's edition will give you some space to do so. Relaxing but mind tickling chill out and related compositions are ahead of you listeners. Enjoy outstanding music by Der Waldläufer (Iris), Level Pi (Elektronische Philosophie), Majestica (Chillscapes Vol. 1 / Compilation), Ron Boots & Synth.nl (BorkHavn), Time Traveler (Sky Falter), Evan Fraser & Vir McCoy (Guardians), Rombreaker (未発表 2020), Phaeleh (From the Vaults: Vol 2), Brückner & Everling (Reiseziel Mond), Orchid-Star (Faster Reimagined).


The past is future

Episode 550

From day one on, Bernd Scholl aka moonbooter was present on syndae. By that time, nobody could imagine how long this podcast would last. And now its edition 550, and we still have thes how, and we still have Bernd as regular guest. In tonight's special edition, we will talk about his brand new album, about his label, the situation for him and artists in general in these demanding times and more. And of course, you will get fantastic music in tracks by moonbooter (Beyond the Neon Lights), Wellenfeld (The Journey of Voyager 1), Faber (Floating Waves), Harald Nies (The Flow of Energy), and Frank Duval (If I Could Fly Away).


No turkeys on this train

Episode 549

Yay, it's Black Friday! So what could I give you for this money saving day? Hey, I give a 50% rebate on this episode. So you will get one hour of fantastic music with only half as many talkovers than usual for free. Isn't that something? Oh, well. Are you on shopping tour today? Hunting the best sales deal out there? So, I was curious, where the phrase came from. It seems rather mundane to refer to the massive crowd that built up on the day after Thanksgiving, opening the Christmas shopping season. No interesting story in there, really. What is interesting though, and actually exciting, is the excellent music you will find on this edition. So put on your headphones or turn up your amplifier for great sounds provided by Time Traveler (Sky Falter), Ron Boots & Synth.nl (BorkHavn), Stefan Erbe (Breathe), Primal Scapes (Entertain), Curious Inversions (Requiem for a Neural Network), and Christopher J. Wray (Berlin).


Keyed for happiness

Episode 548

It was a dark night in the 1970s, when some mysterious guy opened up a music studio in a Berlin school to enable freaky drug addicts to play music using instruments powered by electricity ... Nah, it wasn't. But would make a nice story about the origins of this style of music, nowadays often known (or confused) with sequencer driven electronic music. Berlin School, one of the earliest main sources for the then famous and new electronic music scene, actually has its roots in Berlin. We all know its pioneers like Klaus Schulze, Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke, Günter Schickert, Manuel Göttsching, Dieter Moebius, Michael Rother, ... Well, and many more. It was originally an exploration of these new kind of instruments and what one could accomplish using them for sound creation. There definitely are some variations on Berlin School, some when reviving the old 70s style in the early 90s and bringing it up to date with new developments in technology and musical experience. And, yet again, younger and current artists are picking up the scents and bring it back to modern life. Now, this is not meant as a history podcast, but to relish the music. Enjoy the modern way of Berlin-ish school music with tracks by Klangzaun, Mythos (Berliner Schule Sequencing), Däcker (Pareidolia), Cloudwalk (Realm of Jupiter), Nations of the Reverbs (Fractures), Steve Roach (Tomorrow).


May the chill be with us

Episode 547

Thinking about tonight's edition, I thought about the term chill out and where it comes from. I could think of some situation, where you are getting hot because of anger or being uptight about something. Then you need to chill out, i.e. cool down. But I could not find any evidence to that origin. The general meaning though is to calm down and relax. And it's quite a young phrase, some claim it's from the 1970s, others put it to the 1980s. Well, if you know more about the origin of "chill out", let me know in the comments on social media or send me a message or mail. What I found interesting though and did not know before, to chill out also means to spend time with your friends. And that's perfectly fitting for syndae, spending time with all of you to listen to fantastic music by Eleon feat. Jeff Pearce (Chillscapes Vol. 1), Der Waldläufer (Daolai), Stefan Erbe (Breathe), Wellenfeld (The Journey of Voyager 1), Ivan Black (The Skirmish), D-Echo Project (Flavour), Rose (Quarantine in Warm), moonbooter (Beyond the Neon Lights), Rombreaker (Summer Pain), Toffo (The Matter of Life), In Vitro (Modulandi).


Exhilaratingly relaxing

Episode 546

What a week! Especially nerve wracking for all hour friends in the US. For whatever happens next, I only hope the best for you guys over there. So all the right reasons to relax a bit and clear one's mind for all the things coming up. Tonight, you will get treats in harmony and melodic sounds, easy listening material for the soul's pleasure. So, if you feel in need of some chilling but cheering tunes, this is the place. Or if you simply like great and beautiful music, join in and listen to the wonderful tracks by Divine Matrix (Beachcombing), Robert Fox (House Of Chimes), Kevin Keller (The Front Porch of Heaven), Roberto Sass (Equinox), Deep Imagination (My Silent Celebration), Chris Field (Beneath The Sun), Mike Clay (Imaginary Edges), BlueMonk & Michael Whalen (Karmic Dreams), Evenfall (Monsoon Winds), Leaving Richmond (Visions), Richard Souther (Waiting in the Wings).


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