Allan Holdsworth – Atavachron – Music. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Atavachron – Allan Holdsworth on AllMusic – – For a little background, back in the ’80s. Atavachron is a music studio album recording by ALLAN HOLDSWORTH (Jazz Rock/Fusion/Progressive Rock) released in on cd, lp / vinyl and/or cassette.

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So, he had to invent new methods of recording – using distortion in order to create the absolutely necessary sustain – and finally he had to convince the engineer to try out these unconventional practices! The album is instrumental, except for the last track, which is sung by Rowanne Mark.

In addition to guitars and SynthAxe we find here keyboards, drums and bass played with skill by different people. That’s why he constantly improvises and hates playing the same solo again and again.

Allan Holdsworth undoubtedly belongs to the second category, where the personal cost is very big, and only giants can handle it.

Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. On the other hand, the main desire of every true artist is to find a way of expressing himself, because this is a necessity. It is listenable, partly enjoyable and worthwhile for anyone with a special interest in Holdsworth’s experimental Jazz-Rock style. Other sites agavachron the MAC network: Allan Holdsworth – Atavachron. This instrument was basically an innovative midi controller with various triggers, but with the look allzn feel of a guitar.


Atavachron is almost entirely instrumental but the last number features female vocals. A couple of tracks are on the new Best Of: I have always enjoyed Holdsworth best when he was a band player, particularly when he was a member of UK in the late 70’s with John Wetton, Eddie Jobson and Bill Bruford. Life is full of compromises, and things can get much worse if someone chooses to make a living from his art. I mean holdsworh a true artist has no choice at all. This his work is evidence.


Allan makes a very imaginative use of the SynthAxe, though. Even now – after 26 years – the present is just a scene that he watches at a Looking Glass Possibly, could be interesting for musicians, some heavy fans, but generally it is one of weakest Holdsworth albums ever. Its output goes to a synth module that produces all the sounds that an ordinary keyboard-synthesizer is able to produce and beyond that. I had to dig deeper to understand what is being played, to tell the aatvachron between Alan Pasqua’s beatiful keyboard and this new contraption, the synthaxe.

Nonetheless, if you have the energy to follow the songs, it can be quite rewarding.

I believe, he was very interested with new sound and new possibilities. Allan Holdsworth albums albums Enigma Records albums. In Science and Arts you can find two kinds of people: So to get started, we have here three – from outer space – drummers: Allan Holdsworth – Atavachron [CD].

Beautiful female vocals in one song framed by surrealistic visual musicks of the SynthAxe and keyboardy leads by Holdsworth may have turned guitar fans off, but this effort is clear evidence of the genius Holdsworth was demonstrating release after release. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker.

It has a wider sound spectrum than keyboards and in this release you will hear a myriad of synthscapes and effects. Overall, Atavachron is an interesting album but I find it hard to see it as anything over and above alan curiosity. As regard to the compositions: Live All Night Wrong Then! On the whole, there is a sameness to the production that can be tiresome, but some of the tunes are still played live, the melodies evolving and fresh.


ALLAN HOLDSWORTH Atavachron reviews

This is a landmark album, but be sure to do some homework before you atavzchron it. Alan guitarist Allan Holdsworthit was yet a whole new way to achieve the sounds unvoiced in his soul in ways he just couldn’t do with a standard guitar. To a degree I also enjoy the album Holdsworth did with Jon Hiseman’s Tempest earlier on in the 70’s, though Holdsworth had not yet really developed his distinctive sound at that point.

Allan has been working on the remastering of his releases, but some of the master tapes of this disc have been damaged and are beyond repair. When you know all story about Synth-Axe used there, it gives some additional attraction.


And to celebrate this event he invited a dream-team to jam with him! The Synthaxe is an extemely ingenious instrument and apart from Holdsworth, all I know is that Ian Crichton of Holdswrth played it. Much more recently, Holdsworth worked with a US-based group called K2 who recorded an excellent Symphonic Prog album in that featured plenty of his distinctive guitar playing but beneficially restrained by a band environment.

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