Album Review

Szajner, Bernard – “Visions of Dune” – [InFine]

Thurston Hunger   11/24/2014   A Library, CD

Should post a review of some Bene Gesserit hand-jive vine
videon instead, but here’s the wormy words.

1979 work from Frenchman Bernard Szajner who also goes
by “Z” (Zed). Upon first listen the retro synth moves,
Escher-esque climbing loops of block waves, all too
perfect intervals, and the squishy envelope of the
synths as dials are spun made me think of Jean Maurice
Jarre. Apparently the laser harp that Jarre would ripple
was first tripped with by Szajner (built by Denis Carnus?).
Anyways you might find trace elements of Oxygene on the
planet Arrakis as constructed/imagined by Zed. Suprisingly
few wooshing winds on this, but synthy voices do blow into
the mix, including on both bonus numbers, “The Duke” and
“Spice”, a slightly harrowing operaesque cry wafts about.
Other garbled speak runs in and out from the outro of the
leadoff “Dune” into “Bashur” where some tight drumming
courtesy of Clement Bailly kicks in. Please note that pieces
1-6 and 8-13 all track as intended. (5/6, 9/10, 12/13 break
somewhat cleanly). “Shaa Halud” starts with a clicky galactic
gyroscope. Zed bringing in friends (guitars/voice/drums)
helped keep this from suffocating in the technology of its
age. It still feels like a time capsule. What was side A
on vinyl, being the more Spice high drift, and side B
connecting to Can/Magma moves. Anannka Raghel’s mind and
larynx altered non-words sound great. I’m guessing there’ll
be “Dune” reinterpretations every 25 years until the actual
planet Arrakis is found.

Bernard’s got an interesting back story at

-Thurston Hunger

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