It's hard not to have a good time listening to Iridescence. Rudy Adrian's fresh insight into the Berlin School of electronic music combines his sensual memory of the natural world with suprising shapes of glowing analogue sound. Coaxing classic warm timbres from his synthesizer, Rudy Adrian transmits the most cosmic of ideas with instinctual accuracy. Syncopated synth patterns beneath confident lead melodies rise out of vast cerebral preludes and provides each piece with it's own unique contour. Detuned drones, shifting pads and elated harmonies give Iridescence an introspective quality and vivid dimensionality while the album's rhythmical cadence and lilting melodies provide a bright and lively focus. On a few of the pieces we hear the human voice, wordless singing processed with reverb and echo - a wonderful signature. Elsewhere, the artist's voice is expressed through his unrestrained playing, so vulnerable in it's joy of discovery. Chuck van Zyl / Star's End Just got in Rudy Adrian's 'Irridesence' CD today. Wow! When he hits full stride he blows me away! The man is good! [Headshaking] Where have I been ?? Looks like I'll be tightening up my belt some more, missing a few more meals and reaching into an ever skinny wallet again. 8-) Some of you musicians should be held responsible and accountable for me being so thin and frail! 8-D Frank Arellano Hailing from New Zealand, Rudy Adrian delivers 53 minutes of ambient electronic music with this 2001 CD (a follow-up to his very popular 'Kinetic Flow' release). Fusing Berlin School sentiments with modern technology, Adrian produces a lush trance that is peppered with sequenced liveliness. Although the music is highly rhythmic, hardly any E-perc is utilized, tempos being comprised of applied surges and cyclic keyboard riffs. Adrian's style blends rapid sequencing with languid ambience, injecting power and grandeur to what is normally considered a background presence. The result is peppy electronic music that exudes an atmospheric quality. At nearly 17 minutes, 'Song of the North' is the CD's longest piece. It starts with a traditional-sounding Vangelis-esque synthesizer intro that soon gives way to a delicate fairie-land soundtrack of twinkling notes and crystalline chords, evoking a chilly but pleasant soundscape. Denser sequencing gradually slides into the mix, lending the flow muscle and a more predominate melody. Soon, these textures explode with fanciful velocity and vibrant force, filling the icy sonic sky with cavorting spirits of an inspiring nature. The compositions display a fusion of energetic passages undulating against a curtain of glimmering sonic softness. These tracks create a rich feeling of aerial passage through regions of sparkling light. While disdaining overtly demonstrative expressions of volume, Adrian achieves a majestic command of the listener's attention through engaging melodies laced in drifting structures. Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity.