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When I saw the Biomechanoïd cover art by H.R. Giger, I was disturbed and intrigued enough to seek out this bizarre album, the first release by the German label Colorsound Library. It is composed by Joel Vandroogenbroeck of the experimental/krautrock act Brainticket.
Biomechanoïd is an avant-garde album of electronic sound effects and soundscapes, with snippets of piano and other instruments. The album opens with "Dark Plasma" which effectively brings to mind bubbling, boiling liquids, with a series of strange metallic drones in the background. The two album highlights for me are "Sign from Space" and "Lost Planet". "Sign from Space" is a mind-bending little trip through some dark territory. Odd vibrations and electronic calls are interrupted by screeching signals from another world. It feels like you are getting closer and closer to some secret, but then it vanishes. It’s pretty cool. “Lost Planet” is an amazing sci-fi synthesizer freak-out that makes me picture ascending from outer space to the surface of some terrifying but beautiful world. I also enjoyed the album closer “Galaxy Recall”, a two minute hypnotism. I'm curious to know what other library albums by Vandroogenbroeck sound like. Let the search commence.
Year of Release: 1980 Label:Colorsound Catalog #: CS01 Genres: Electronic, Library Music, Avant-garde, Ambient, Noise Format: MP3 Bitrate: 192kbps
Track list: A1 Dark Plasma 4:30 A2 Elements 4:55 A3 Sign From Space 4:30 A4 Strange Lady 3:00 A5 Plastic Gnome 2:05 B1 Voices 1:46 B2 Metallic Agony 5:40 B3 Lost Planet 5:30 B4 Asteroids 2:20 B5 Interstellar Insects 2:28 B6 Galaxy Recall 2:07