'Par Avion - Sequencer Sketches vol.4' contains 48 minutes of sequencer music plus on the same disc a 'bonus album' of 'Starfields II' which are about 32 minutes of electronic atmospheres (darker and more electronic sounding than my usual 'atmospheric music'). One of the sequencer tracks is a remix of a track that came out with E-dition magazine and is a collaboration with Alpha Wave Movement. Rudy Adrian The first five tracks of Par Avion, nearly 50 minutes, are the sequencer sketches, starting with the dreamy title track. A brief French soliloquy courtesy of Rudy's good friend Barbara Stone adds a unique twist to his familiar synthesizer sounds. Soft in pacing and mood, this makes a beautiful opener. Also mellow is "Bavarian Eagle", with a fascinating sequence that sounds like a child's toy or music box being hand-cranked to create the lilting sound. As Adrian does so well, this one slowly builds, picking up the pace and deftly layering in synth solos and various electronic sounds and effects. It is very much the classic Rudy Adrian sound, almost too familiar perhaps but enjoyable just the same. There are some nice segues as it moves from one section to the next over it's 14 ½ minute course, in particular a mesmerizing section around the 10:00 mark. "Across the Canyons" is a collaboration with Alpha Wave Movement that flows quite evenly along. Though definitely sequencer based, this fourth volume of sequencer sketches is more relaxed throughout. "Soaring Birds" even features a lovely piano intro. Only "Sore Birds" really picks up the pace at the end. The last two tracks, nearly 30 minutes, are intended as a bonus album, quite different from the rest, a very ambient affair. "Starfields 2 - Part 1" starts with dark metallic shimmering sounds. If one could imagine music to accompany free-floating in deep space, it would sound something like this. This is colder and harsher than Adrian's mellower albums like MoonWater and The Healing Lake, pretty dark and dank stuff for him, but he pulls it off beautifully. Lie in the middle of a dark room with headphones on for this one. Two fantastic albeit different Rudy Adrian albums on one disc, what could be better? Phil Derby / Electroambient Space Here is the last segment of the Sequencer Sketches series, where Rudy Adrian mixes his soft atmospheres with flexible sequential harmonies, on minimalisms and melodious structures. Without being a concept album, the synthesist from New Sealand begins and finishes Par Avion on an old screen of French cinema, with all the pastiches and sound effects we can stick to it, while revealing us his musical ambitions for the near future. It is with the noises of a postman on bicycle, who ride a path brightened by birds' whistles that Par Avion opens. A woman is reading a letter, whereas the ambiance soaks in a floating pattern where synth modules an air of sadness and melancholy. Gradually, the tempo increases on a fine sequential movement at hypnotic rhythms, like a gliding beat in the middle of gimleting scratches and the chords of a lethargic guitar. A distant wind pushes the first moaning of Bavarian Eagle. Coated of a fluty tint, the movement modulates on a delicate wobbling with harmonious synths and a progressive tempo, which at each rotation's end increases intensity. Beautiful solos strew this 1st part of Bavarian Eagle, with fine gimlets and a more alive sequence to eroding approaches. An excellent example of a migratory track, that draws it's design in the claws of minimalism movements. Softly, rhythm slowed down to undertake a musical migration close to Klaus Schulze's Crystal Lake. A beautiful piece. Across the Canyons is as poetic as it's title. A fine landscapes movement, like Steve Roach, flood of sound effects to metallic crumpling, around a synth to accentuate rotations and driven by the violence of it's breaths. A soft harmonious piano drinks by short sips the space, mixing it's chords with the guitar ones with the delicate softness of a synth that coats Soaring Bird with an ode to the Eastern spirits, supported by a sequencer to hypnotic movement. A track which possesses cascade rhythms, as the opening track, to completes it's course in the serenity of Eolian wind. Sore Birds finishes Par Avion with a shadowy intro to heavy and threatening beats. Hidden by an acid wind and a tempo minimalism, a superb sequence with echotic gimlets remolds the structure, with a very rare aggressively from Rudy Adrian sequences. A great title bordering psychedelic and progressive electronics, with sharp-edged sonorities and distorted guitars, on voracious synth with destructive waves and a heavy sequencer, neurotic with eclectic percussions. The whole thing find his end in the room of our melancholic Frenchwoman, that only the songs of birds manage to collect a sign of life. Starfields II is a slow atmospheric rise that Rudy Adrian intends to explore a little more in his next compositions. A beautiful floating pad with very flexible modulations, that oscillates between the styles of Steve Roach and Michael Stearns. Without sequencer, this slow 30 minutes movement evolves with the likings of the synthetic breaths and landscape sonorities, which modulate in the creative imagination of Rudy Adrian. Par Avion depicts with wonder the union of the quiet atmospheres of Rudy Adrian to his sequencers approaches that have borders. Rudy Adrian embraces all the stages of tenderness and sorrow with the insanity and revolt. A beautiful musical history, where everyone is able to write his own story, his own scenario on these landscapes harmonies. A slightly complex musical world, but not enough to lose any interest at all. A beautiful way of discovering a contemporary artist who likes to explore all the facets of his music, freely, without chains that tied borders Sylvain Lupari / Canada Rudy Adrian does some nice melodic music with sequencers. He's truly a great talent. Scott Raymond "Par Avion, Sequencer Sketches 4" es el nuevo trabajo del compositor australiano Rudy Adrian, un hombre que siempre me ha sorprendido con sus dos estilos musicales. Este australiano, siempre ha sabido conjugar a la perfección sus trabajos más atmosféricos y ambientales con sus discos más en el estilo de la Escuela Berlín. En esta ocasión, nos volvemos a encontrar con su estilo más secuencial, pero incluye una sorpresa, que es la colaboración en el tema "Across The Canyons" de Alpha Wave Movement. Rudy Adrian lo ha vuelto a hacer y nos sorprende con este trabajo lleno de secuencias que nos ayudan a emprender de nuevo el camino subidos en ese avión que todavía no sabemos a donde nos llevará, pero en el que seguro que disfrutaremos de buena música electrónica. Roberto Vales / Ultima Fronteira.