Obsessive Surrealism by Parallel Worlds

Parallel Worlds

Obsessive Surrealism

11 tracks

Running time: 1:03:08
Released: 03/2007

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  01   Beneath Fear - 6:06
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  02   Different Pathways - 5:18
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  03   Empty Human Cells - 3:38
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  04   Increasing Complexity - 5:52
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  05   Into the Caves of the Mind - 4:50
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  06   Interlude - 2:09
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  07   Reflective - 9:32
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  08   Mindmists - 8:49
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  09   Pale Yellow Sky - 5:42
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  10   Distracted - 6:57
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  11   Crying Spells - 4:15
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“Obsessive Surrealism” (DiN26) is his fourth album having previously released “Existence” in 2003 on Greek label Rubber Recordings and “Insight” in 2004 and “Far Away Light” in 2005 both on the UK label Shima Records. He has also had tracks included on several compilation releases.

Bakis is a great advocate of modular analogue instruments and indeed is the moderator for the Doepfer A100 modular users group. He has also been extensively involved with sound design for the UK analogue modular synthesiser company Analogue Systems.

The music of Parallel Worlds is a combination of dreamy, atmospheric textures and pure analogue electronic rhythms and sequences, combining the feel of 70’s electronic music with modern electronica and ambient music. Sirros uses huge analogue modular instruments and analogue step sequencers of the past and present combined with digital FM, virtual analogue synths and sampling. However he manages to elude the fate of many of his contemporaries in not falling into the trap of simply recycling the past. He creates a music that lives and breathes, imbued with his own personality and mannerisms. At one and the same time familiar and fresh. Steady, organic rhythmic structures are overlaid with deceptively simple melodies that remind one of some lost John Carpenter soundtrack.

All tracks composed, arranged & produced by Balis Sirros, between 2002 and 2006, in Wavemountain studio, Athens, Greece. Except track 10 by Bakis and John Sirros.
Treated vocals on track 10 by J. Sirros. Mastered by Ian Boddy.
parallel Worlds live are Bakis Sirros & John Sirros.

Selected equipment :
Doepfer A100 modular, Analogue Systems RS-Integrator modular, Technosaurus System D modular, modified EMS VCS-3 (x2), ARP 2600, Odyssey, Roland System 100, System 100m, modified Oberheim 2-voice, Korg MS50, MS20, SQ10, Trident, PE1000, Analogue Solutions Concussor modular, modified TR606, Nord modular, JP8000, Microwave XT, MS2000R, S750, Emax 2, Korg ES1, Roland Space Echo, Korg SE500, additional sound manipulators.

Cover artwork by Progs von Dön.
Design : www.studioflokati.de