|Greg Klamt |
Using arpeggiated sequencing, and neoclassical symphonic textures, Greg Klamt skillfully combines analog and digital synthesizers to achieve the ultimate musical experience. From the driving percussion of Flotatio, to the desolate openness of Momentary Mirage, to the swirling soundscape of Shadowfall, Fulcrum is a prerequisite for anyone who appreciates electronic music
From out of nowhere, that same place from which came Mark Dwane, comes Greg Klamt and his brand of New Age Space Music.
Twelve cuts comprise this rather short (45 minute) effort of Greg’s, ranging from 1:09 to 7:50. All of them tiny gems. Favourite cuts of mine include ‘Flotatio’, ‘Driven’ (an obvious uptempo piece), ‘Vale of the Kalandrin’, ‘The Unseen’...well, now that I think about it, they’re all my favourites!
As alluded to earlier, the music here is of the cosmic space variety, with New Age and rhythmic progressive EM blended in for good measure. One can just as easily put this CD on low volume and be spirited away to otherworldly destinations as s/he can put on headphones and really listen to Greg’s deft arrangements, alluring melodies and beautiful synth playing (see ‘Perfect Union’ and ‘Wetwalk’).
One often wonders how/why musicians like Greg can go virtually unnoticed when they put out such stellar material as found here on Fulcrum. Buy this record.- Jason Markowitz, Synthesis Magazine
Fulcrum. Great new cosmic/space music release that draws its influences from the classic late 70’s/early 80’s period of Tangerine Dream, Jarre & Schulze. Deep space synth chords, captivating melodies and pulsing sequencers carry you on an incredible journey through the heavens via some of the best ‘Electronic Music’ to come out of America in ages! Also, worth a mention is the excellent cover and CD label artwork. A lot of thought has gone into this production!- C & D Compact Disc Services
Fulcrum, the debut recording of Greg Klamt, is a superlative assortment of space songs. The tracks incorporate the synthesized whispering of wind sounds and delicate tinkling of chimes as they merge with Greg's ethereal, digital harmonies. The compositions lead to an aural destination and have a sense of unity and structure lacking in many of the nebulous space musings on the market. Like his music, Greg's outstanding cover art leads us into the starry expanse of the universe. We hear a mystic music, the sound of things never known and are lifted into dreams.- AllMusic.com
Those of you into Berlin School Emusic and classic space music will be overjoyed by this release by a really fine musician making his debut on the Spotted Peccary label. The album contains a healthy mixture of upbeat and reflective pieces. Klamt’s debut is very impressive, offering melodies that match titles like ‘Driven,’ ‘Shadowfall’ and ‘The Unseen.’ The five minute piece, ‘Vale of the Kalandrin’ creates an effective atmospheric as true picture music. It’s a concept album with a beautiful poem in the inner sleeve which connects the title, music and impetus for the albums creation together gracefully. It’s an album which is strong both on emotion and melody, a rare occurrence these days. Greg Klamt really knows how to play and ‘Fulcrum’ instantly overwhelms you in a wall of spectacular sound.- Dreams Word Magazine
The title Fulcrum immediately made me think of my high school Physics classes. Aside from that unpleasant reminder I read the notes carefully, liked the cover and put the music on with anticipation. Unlike those old classes I liked what I heard, good thoughtful electronic music.
The title track comes first, and is merely a short introduction but a good one, setting the scene for an impressive floating side of synths. The first few tracks are not in the sequencer/up-beat mode, but are strong compositions. That changes with Driven, which
sounds very Tangerine Dreamish. There are several concurrent musical themes over a pulsating background. Momentary Mirage which follows is just that, a temporary ambient journey before Vale of the Kalandrin, a musical soundscape reminiscent of Gandalf, with varied passages, smooth to menacing and back. Shadowfall is one of the more impressive tracks, and is also the longest at eight minutes. Again, this piece is high quality synth music which all lovers of the genre would appreciate. Udu drums are used alongside the synths here to give an added dimension to the drifting music. Perfect Union is the most immediate and melodic piece, and sets up a perfect ending for the last piece, Balance, which is lush, spacey and just too short.
For those who know people with a complete collection of Tangerine Dream albums and who love electronic music, make them jealous by taking round a copy of Fulcrum for them to listen to. There aren’t that many American labels producing this kind of music, and when they do, it is rarely of this quality.- James Cornall, Sound Mind Magazine
‘Fulcrum’ is the debut album of American synthesist and visual artist Greg Klamt, which offers a rich blend of symphonic-flavoured, cinematic music with occasional powerful percussive elements.
Created from intuition and through experimentation, Greg’s classic / symphonic compositions are assembled of gentle flowing textural spaces, which he gradually unfolds with rhythmic sequences into emotive, sweeping and melodic movements.
The outcome are 12 spacious, evocative tracks containing occasional hints of Richard Burmer and mid-‘80s Tangerine Dream, but most of all creating its own imaginary sonic worlds. One of the highlights on ‘Fulcrum’ is the almost 8-minute, highly atmospheric ‘Shadowfall’.
It’s a pity Greg’s enchanting and well-produced sonic journey (which comes with some fantastic cd art work) only lasts 46 minutes…- Bert Strolenberg, Sonic Immersion