The Exodus Wave Reviews

Harborough FM - The Exodus Wave album interview

posted Apr 15, 2017, 9:52 AM by Ron Charron   [ updated Apr 15, 2017, 11:07 AM ]
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The Exodus Wave - An Essay by George Miler

posted Apr 15, 2017, 5:03 AM by Ron Charron   [ updated Apr 15, 2017, 10:12 AM ]
by George Miler

    The well-spoken, mild-mannered Ron Charron can write some good space opera in which things can go bang in a big way. After the 1970s paradigm shift to “the violent universe” the pendulum swung back to a serene, beautiful cosmic “heaven substitute” lit with fragile rainbows of ionization.


The premise of the cd The Exodus Wave was inspired by recent observations of black hole “eruptions” caused by a mechanism that astrophysicists are presently debating. Perhaps the matter falling in does not go quietly into that ultimate night. It is known that material sucked in emits an electromagnetic “death scream” of hard radiation powerful enough to exert pressure on the surrounding matter farther away. But to eject 400 solar masses per year at a speed close to 3% of the speed of light must be the result of an action-reaction effect – the reaction being to the action of vast quantities of adjacent matter being dragged in. We can see something like this on our modest-scaled Earth where the tide rises on the hemisphere facing the Moon … and on the hemisphere on the opposite side.

    One such eruption made space deadly to our form of life for a distance of 250,000 light years. Luckily the black hole in the center of our galaxy has already sown its wild oats. But what if this part of our universe collides with another one? The microwave background radiation shows signs of other expanding universes pushing against the envelope of this one in many places. The multiverse is getting crowded.

    The paradigm of our conception of the cosmos may be swinging back to an earlier era. It seems appropriate to evoke these times musically as well.

    If such a collision did occur, then what? Some scientists worry that the laws of physics belonging to the other universe (and different from ours) could seep in and create havoc. What if something worse happens, such as splitting a crack in time and space that will widen and tear?

    As a lover of old sci-fi movies, I come across lines of dialogue that stick with me. One exchange between Dr. Quatermass and Dr. Roney has stuck with me:

    “If we found that our world was doomed, say by climate change, what would we do about it?”

    “Nothing. Just go on squabbling as usual.”

    But if -- ?

 There are other more hopeful scenarios, such as in a few of the novels written during the Cold War. In these variants, humanity united against a common threat.

Telemetry track excerpt from The Exodus Wave

    In “Telemetry” Earth gets the alert in the form of impersonal electronic code. This track develops into the theme of Earth’s response to this terrifying news: dramatic suspense and urgent dread at the prospect of annihilation.

    Not for the first time has Ron Charron attracted other redoubtable talents to his projects. Bernhard Beibl’s guitar riffs inject stern segments of dire realization as the stakes become obvious to minds driven to steely clarity by the sheer magnitude of the threat.

    Read this as a story, with the track titles serving as chapter headings in an audio book that consists solely of cinematic soundtracks. (Hint hint!) “Subspace Breach” must refer to the analysis of the data as scientists learn what is happening in the worst-stricken region. Something from another dimension is invading our spacetime continuum. The front cover depicts the glowing menace in the sky as force and radiation and unclassifiable particles invade our universe through this rip. What are perhaps the last monumental images fashioned by our species dispassionately view this magnesium glare in the sky.


Pleiadian Prophecy Excerpt from The Exodus Wave

   And then comes a real change of pace as Chris Pearre introduces a mystical expressiveness into the pattern with “Pleiadian Prophecy.” It is sublime and mesmerizing in places but it makes me ask what it means in the midst of this crisis. I have been following the Pleiadian phenomenon for years since I am a Fortean who suspects that inexplicable events are connected to social change – and may even cause it. I don’t think that these Pleiadians are being presented here as extraterrestrials bringing us a faster-than-light drive to assist us in our getaway. What often happens in history is an explosion of myth, a spiritual vision of nature, self, and society that unites men and women in a common dream. Ufological hardware may be present, but given that Pleiadians are currently regarded in this evolving consensus as fully sublimated like some of the entities in the novels of Iain Banks, it is more about messages and symbols, meanings and values.

    However it happens, terrestrial eyes regard the stars anew. Only now it is not grand schemes and dreams and ringing phrases about our race throwing down its challenge to the stars, a vision of our species encompassing the universe by the power of human intelligence. We are being challenged by a galactic eviction notice, and we must run the way animals run to escape a forest fire. “Interstellar” is Ron’s alone, a solo performance by a versatile artist. Given the grim prospects, the mood of the piece is appropriately muted, as though the entire universe is hesitating between one step and the next.

    Ron performs “Wavefront” by himself too, and it’s most effective. I see it as a continuation of “Interstellar,” but the mood shifts from abstracted contemplation as the observer's’ gaze is halted by the anomalous intrusion from the other universe, which is blowing the gateway across the fifth dimension wide open, allowing it to blast through like an expanding sphere of nullified gravity, burning radiation, and contagion.

The Arcbuilders track excerpt from The Exodus Wave


 So “The Arcbuilders” get to work. Imagine the hull-assembling job being performed in orbit, the component parts ferried up from Earth’s surface and welded together. The activity is feverish without being chaotic.

    When the enormous bulk is ready, the “Countdown to Launch” begins. This seems to be a time of reflection as the passengers and crew view the planet they are leaving forever. The Arc drifts in space, anticipation builds as systems phase up to full power, fault tolerance checks are made to certify that everything aboard is functioning smoothly.

    Assuming that everything is, what will make it go? The favorite sci-fi technique today is the wormhole. John Archibald Wheeler was talking about constraining one volume of space to congruency with another. If you manage that, an object introduced into one of the spaces will end up in the other as well.

    A friend of mine who is writing a novel is making abundant use of wormholes. During a phone call she brought up the issue that had been bothering me. How do you make the other end of the wormhole open up where you want it? relativity scientists talk sagely about the “initial-value hypersurface” which is a fancy way of specifying the numbers they plug into the spacetime equations. When you write equations with variables you have to start somewhere. All of the values have to be functions of t or time. At t = 0 you have to be clear about the other variables so you can watch how they change when you start the clock. The trouble is, Einstein went to a lot of trouble to restrict his math to our spacetime. Since he couldn’t observe a fifth dimension he went out of his way to avoid it. sure, the wormhole opens up because the symmetry of the process demands that the entrance has an exit. As far as I can tell, where the exit appears is completely random.

Countdown to Launch track excerpt from The Exodus Wave

    Early this year an article appeared that tried to explain quantum entanglement – the odd way that particles are connected together by a relationship that defies the limits imposed by the speed of light. The authors proposed that microscopic wormholes were making this connection possible. The uncertainty principle already insists that the so-called vacuum buzzes and hisses with a “foam” of virtual particles that are on the threshold of existence anyway. Nothing can go completely to zero in quantum physics. When Wheeler was trying to reconcile Einstein’s theory with quantum physics, he claimed that tiny wormholes were creating and uncreating themselves all the time, just like those unpredictable subatomic particles like the electrons, mesons, the whole gamut. If you give one of these ephemeral, evanescent pairs of fairy dust a jolt just right, they’ll pop into reality and share this special relationship until some later interaction breaks the connection. The authors of the paper say that the mini-wormhole is what is connecting them (until it gets cancelled by the next thing that happens to either one of them).

    Since the Arc is a substantial number of particles, the journey might rely on a macro-application of the uncertainty principle. If one of the characteristics for identifying individual particles can be isolated from the rest, since it depends on the location of other particles so distant that they are effectively at infinity (a favorite initial condition among scientists who like to keep their maths and their labs tidy and unaffected by uncontrolled parameters), if this characteristic can be changed by the application of certain local stresses in the continuum, the Arc will go simply because it “wants” to belong to our ordinary universe again, and until it’s in the right place it won’t.

    That’s a lot of “ifs.” And right now, in order to compare the identity of the two spaces you’ll need to generate a signal that is flatly forbidden by everybody from Heisenberg on down.

Quantum Theory track excerpt from The Exodus Wave

    But if you could -- !

    I imagine that “Quantum Theory” is about how mathematical intuition solves the problem. It’s as good a guess as anybody else’s.

    As the wavefront of destruction approaches, the clock ticking relentlessly, Earth’s scientists battle impossible odds and their own fear of inadequacy to pull a scientific hat-trick that saves the human race and as much terrestrial life as possible. A good way to sum it up is by saying that the wave created by the bombardment of our cosmos by another creates a second wave: “The Exodus Wave.”

    Apparently normal space persists in imposing conditions of its own: so many degrees above the plane of the ecliptic; direction set as though for sublight travel. While Ron sustains the central theme, Bernhard reappears as though to remind the listener of the unaccountable disturbances in real space which the Arc is fleeing. Arend Westra has envisaged the different order of existence to come, when the Arc is crossing that indefinable threshold between its two possible states of being after “Booster Separation.” Ron has a gift for tying together these disparate methods of space travel.

Booster Separation track excerpt from The Exodus Wave

    Colonizing a new planet requires much more than just settling down. New planets can be different in thousands of ways. The refugees from the cosmic catastrophe are well-prepared, and salvage has been complete, but there are no college degrees for planet-building (unless they’re science fiction writers). Their job is to foresee all the problems necessary to set up a safe home for humanity. The refugees will have to be creative when they draw up their “Mission Objectives.” Ron retains the serious tone in this installment of the saga.

    During “Arcflight” the Arc has ceased to exist in our normal universe, but the crew remain aware – their hearts beat, their onboard clocks continue to tick away time. Subjectively a “real” ship and a “real” crew continue to exist. I don’t know if the people aboard experience anything untoward as they rush onward from one sun to another, driven by whiplashes of light. The transition might have felt like tumbling as far as the devil when he was cast into the pit, yet it lasted only seconds.

    Facing them is the long stress of the voyage, especially since it is unbroken. There is the risk of developing claustrophobia. There are other psychological effects. There may be physical ones too. As far as normal spacetime is concerned, the Arc exists only potentially. Human tissue may react differently in this other state of being. To reduce the strain of the journey, most of the people will be put into “Hibernation in a Virtual World” where they can live a second life.

Hibernation in a Virtual World track excerpt from The Exodus Wave

    Be prepared for some find metallic pianambience augmented by lines of music that weave banner-like around the deep vibrations. Next comes a hastening buildup of epic notes which may signify the immersion of the passengers in heroic adventures, test of courage, the making of kings and queens, lost worlds from a distant, half-forgotten past that prepare them for the real adventure to come.

    A grating robotic voder calls the sleepers back from an archetypal eternity while they are “Approaching Terra Nova.” At trip’s end they will open the Arc’s ecology to replenish the resources which are bound up in their bodies. Water, calcium, phosphorus, nitrogen, carbon, eighty or a hundred pounds of complex organic compounds in the form of heart, brain, liver, lungs, the rest. How marvelous it is that beings spawned in a chemical soup, mere smears of moisture on a ball of rock, should cross the gulf between the galaxies. And utilize powers similar to the seething, crackling furnace fires that were threatening to reduce them to ashes, and their home planet to molten slag.

George Miler, April 12, 2017

Journeyscapes Reviews "The Exodus Wave" album by Sequential Dreams

posted Feb 25, 2017, 12:22 PM by Ron Charron   [ updated Feb 25, 2017, 12:38 PM ]

Candice Michelle
January 25, 2017

The Exodus Wave is the eighth album from Sequential Dreams, a project conceived by Canada-based electronic music composer Ron Charron, who also releases albums under the name Kuutana as well as other projects. Comprised of fourteen compositions spanning an intensely-packed and lengthy seventy-nine minutes, the album was composed and performed by Ron, who plays keyboards and synthesizers on all tracks as well as electric guitar on several. He is additionally joined by ex-Tangerine Dream member Bernhard Beibl on a few of the compositions, who also plays electric guitar on a few tracks, including “Telemetry”, “Subspace Breach”, “Pleiadian Prophecy”, and “Booster Separation”.

“Telemetry” opens with spacey signals and digitized gurgling effects, which are accompanied by an arrangement of vintage sequencers and dynamic drum programming. Definitive of the Berlin-School style of electronic music, elements of progressive rock are also present on this track, as well as throughout the rest of the album, in which potently expressive and powerful electric guitar riffs serve as the lead ‘voice’ on many of the compositions. “Subspace Breach” follows next, bringing images to mind of solar winds and orbiting satellites, before slipping into “Pleiadian Prophecy”, a piece that begins with haunting wordless voices that seemingly echo throughout the cosmos. Featuring additional keyboards and synthesizers by Chris Pearre, the name of this piece suggests a reference to the intriguing mysteries surrounding the Pleiades constellation, which has played a notable role in many world religions and ancient mythologies. Winding things down a bit, the beautiful “Interstellar” ensues with a Pink Floyd-esque atmosphere, which is characterized by drifting, howling guitars and moody chord progressions. Conveying a sense of floating and weightlessness, one perhaps gets the notion of slowing approaching an interstellar destination as a distant horizon comes into view. Following it up is the equally compelling “Wavefront”, which opens with an encompassing, gravity-warping wind tunnel effect, before leading into a dynamic arrangement of sequencers, drum programming and electric guitar. My favorite piece on the album is quite easily the eighth track, “Quantum Theory”, which also seemingly bears the strongest influence of classic Tangerine Dream, with even some of its vintage synthesizer effects mimicking that of their Stratosfear album. Arend Westra lends keys and synths to the next track, “Booster Separation”, a somewhat foreboding piece that deftly interweaves an almost gypsy or middle-eastern melody into its framework of electronic programming and rock guitar. Closing out the album is “Approaching Terra Nova”, a classic travelling electronic-space composition that imparts scattered celestial voices throughout.

Bearing many hallmarks of 1980’s-era Tangerine Dream albums in particular, Sequential Dreams also explores similar philosophical concepts and musical territories as Mark Dwane, whose recordings are likewise based upon themes of ancient legends and great cosmic mysteries. Adventurous music for mind-expansion that perhaps suggests a longing to find our place in the greater scheme of things, The Exodus Wave traverses a convoluted landscape that is both terrestrial and intergalactic. This is another outstanding album in the ongoing Sequential Dreams saga, and is simply a must-have for fans of Tangerine Dream, Mark Dwane, progressive rock and electronic-space music! ~Candice Michelle

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Synth&Sequences Reviews "The Exodus Wave"

posted Jan 16, 2017, 6:57 PM by Ron Charron   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 6:28 PM ]

<< “The Exodus Wave” hits the bull's eye! >> year 2017 kicks off the year in a very rock way for Borders Edge Music and the interplanetary band Sequential Dreams which throws its 8th album “The Exodus Wave”! Flanked by his last known accomplice, Bernhard Beibl, Ron Charron also encircled himself of the Californian synthesist Chris Pearre (Synthesist) and of Arend Westra of the duet Parallaxe whose album I had appreciated well; Breaking The Laws of Physics released in December 2015. Since the very beginning of Sequential Dreams, Ron Charron tries to get his music closer to that Tangerine Dream with a good electronic rock shaped between the roots of the mythical German trio of the 80’s and those of the years of hard electronic rock of the Seattle era. If every album moved closer to its purpose, “The Exodus Wave” hits the bull's eyes! 

After a short ambio-cosmic passage,
"Telemetry" sets the tone with an energetic rhythm where Bernhard Beibl shows that he is still has this 220Volts biting with his guitar. Sometimes very rock and other times rather soft or hopping like a light electronic rock, the music breathes of freshness in the permutations of its phases. If the guitar of Beibl is biting, Ron Charron's piano is very melancholic and both instruments paint mutually the phases of a structure in movement. Always influenced by stories of the cosmos, the music of this last album of Sequential Dreams is unfolding like a soundtrack of a sci-fi movie.

 Thus, 14 titles for 78 minutes propose so a very structured EM which leaves no room to improvisation nor to long passages of ambiences which are rather inserted in the intro, either into short phases of each title, to feed better the intensity of the structures which are always in movements, with a few exceptions. When we also find 14 titles on an album of 78 minutes, there is good chances that the structures are fed by similar approaches. But we have to approach it like a big sound mosaic where the hard rock flirts with the soft rock wrapped of good electronic effects. The music goes well between the ears and Ron Charron takes a jealous care of giving to it an amazing way of turning it into totally short unexpected phases. 

Track #1 : Telemetry (excerpt)

"Subspace Breach" is the perfect example with an intensity embroidered in the heaviness from where pops out a really nice movement of gleaming sequences. Sequences which sparkle and lap innocently before being snatched up by riffs and solos from Bernhard Beibl who sounds very David Gilmour here. The movement of the rhythm reminds me enormously those of 220Volts  with phases of rock and some little quiet ones where the percussions are nervous and the sequences are crystal clear as the spatters of water on a mirror. Ron Charron inserts effects of drama and intensity here and there, adding some more of weight to his story of global disaster.

As in "Pleiadian Prophecy" who proposes a slower rhythm with good effects of synth. The percussions are very good and the sonic envelope which surrounds this title is equal to all which surrounds the 78 minutes of “The Exodus Wave”. Still here, Bernhard Beibl's guitar is very furious and gives a very TD depth to "Pleiadian Prophecy" which splits rather well its charms between its soft and rock phases.

is more in the ambient and intense kind with very good synth solos. It’s the most quiet title of “The Exodus Wave” and it’s also the title which exploits the most the charms of the synth. 

"Wavefront" proposes a long ambio-spherical introduction a la Rubycon before taking a rather rock tangent with a rhythm which flounders and spits effects of jerks under the bites of nervous percussions. While a line of sequences adopts an oscillating structure,  Ron's electric six-strings spits riffs and solos which get embraced by nice layers of voices. More elements which fill the electronic rock anthems of each track here.


"The Arcbuilders" track excerpt

"The Arcbuilders"
takes also some time to take off. And when it's done, we are entitled to a good movement of sequences a la Franke. The rhythm is lively with a Floyd guitar.

"Countdown to Launch" we are in the lands of Mars Polaris, to say the least of the introduction with its loops of guitars which remind of U2. The structure of rhythm is as light as that of "The Arcbuilders", but with more electronic effects and this even if the guitar dominates the ambiences and of "Countdown to Launch" and of “The Exodus Wave”

With its sibylline envelope and its rhythm which goes up and down, such as TD in its Flashpoint years, "Quantum Theory" unites the many phases of the long Tangerine Dream odyssey for a so short title. The title-track allies romance and lively rhythm with biting guitar riffs and unbridled percussions of which the crazy race is subjected to beautiful affectionate layers. 

Between a heavy rhythm and moments of ambience, "The Exodus Wave" is a very good indication of what we will find in this last album from Sequential Dreams. 

"Countdown to Launch" track excerpt

The same goes for the blazing "Booster Separation" which still proposes some Bernhard Beibl's good solos.

 "Mission Objective" and "Arcflight" propose good electronic rock which go very easily between the ears while "Hibernation in a Virtual World" is the most progressive title here. This is a very good one with good atmospheres!  "Approaching Terra Nova" ends this last opus of Sequential Dreams with a lively and jerky rhythm which rocks between its liveliness and its heaviness.
 A title which reflects the whole dimension of “The Exodus Wave” which addresses to a public already conquered beforehand with a beautiful brochette of lively and mordant titles and always well structured to which one listens without too much difficulty; as in the time of Rockoon, the time of Jerome Froese, the time of Bernhard Beibl and of the TDI years from Edgar Froese's sound and music vessel.

Sylvain Lupari (January 14th, 2017)

1 Telemetry 4:38 
2 Subspace Breach 3:16
3 Pleiadian Prophecy 6:57  
4 Interstellar 5:27
5 Wavefront 4:14
6 The Arcbuilders 5:56
7 Countdown to Launch 6:24
8 Quantum Theory 4:32
9 The Exodus Wave 6:15
10 Booster Separation 7:06  
11 Mission Objectives 3:47
12 Arcflight 5:56
13 Hibernation in a Virtual World 9:18 
14 Approaching Terra Nova 4:32
Sequential Dreams (CD/DDL 78:21) ****
(Electronic Rock)

Sequential Dreams discography

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