Eloy Fritsch

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Eloy Fritsch
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Eloy Fritsch (1999)
Background information
Born 1968 (age 45–46)
Origin Brazil
Genres Electronic music, New Age music, Progressive rock, Space music
Occupations Musician/composer
Instruments Electronic Keyboards, Synthesizer, Organ , Piano, Percussion, Sampler, Electronics and Computer.
Years active 1983–present
Labels Musea, Rock Symphony, Atração
Associated acts Apocalypse
Website www.ef.mus.br
Notable instruments
Modular Roland Laboratory System-700, Minimoog, Korg MS-20, Korg M-10, Korg 01/W, Korg Kronos, Korg Triton Extreme, Roland VK-8, AKAI S-5000, Roland AX-1, Korg Delta, Korg Polysix, Roland JX-3P, Tokai TX-5 DS Plus, Labolida Pico4, Labolida Nano1.

Eloy Fernando Fritsch (born 1968) is an electronic musician, keyboard player and main composer of Brazilian progressive rock band Apocalypse. As a solo artist he creates cosmic New Age music.

History[edit]

Since his childhood he has been studying music and researching on new sounds through synthesizers in order to express his electronic compositions. In 1983 Fritsch formed progressive rock band Apocalypse. They are considered pivotal in the development of progressive rock in south of Brazil.[1][2]

In 1992, he moved to Porto Alegre and began his solo project composing Electronic music. His first official solo album was Dreams, recorded in 1994 and 1995. During 1997, he released his second solo album, Behind the Walls of Imagination, which showcases his skills with various electronic and acoustic keyboard instruments.[3] In the mid-1990s, Fritsch secured a recording contract with French Label Musea. His third album for them, Space Music, was released in 1998.[4][5][6]

The composer reveals his sci-fi style with Cyberspace. In this album Fritsch offers instrumental music of seventies inspired keyboard symphonic/electronic progressive music. Fritsch performs an electronic music that evolves between Vangelis´ ambient and impressionist electronic, and the synthesised progressive rock of masters such as Rick Wakeman.[7] Nevertheless, Fritsch has found his own style within melodic electronic music framework. The compositions are very melodic and emotive, with multi-layered instrumental textures/voicings and solidly coherent arrangements.[8][9][10][11]

Fritsch has earned a PhD in Computer music, and has served as a teacher of Electronic Music at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). During 1999, Fritsch created the Electronic Music Center in the Institute of Arts at UFRGS.[12]

Parallel his work as keyboard player of the group Apocalypse and his academic activity, Fritsch release through Musea and Rock Symphony labels the album Mythology, a large variety of truly original musical works in which he brought to full maturity the use of synthesizers to compose melodic electronic music.[13] This ambitious work justly uses the whole panel of his electronic sounds to depict fifteen tracks exclusively dedicated to the different gods worshiped in the past. The Brazilian, Mesopotamian, Hindu, Amerindian, Inca, African, Greek, Egyptian, Scandinavian, Roman or Chinese are outlined in the Mythology album by an instrumental composition, thanks to his panoply of keyboards including a Roland System-700 Laboratory Modular Synthesizer.[14]

Eloy Fritsch's love of the sky inspired him to compose the electronic suite Atmosphere (2003). Once again the composer reveals his ecological convictions: he presently defends the virtues of the gas envelope that allow everyone to live on Earth: the Atmosphere.[15][16][17][18]

Landscapes (2005) was Fritsch's next work to emerge on disc.[7][19]

In 2007 Eloy Fritsch wrote the book "Electronic Music" that was released in 2008 during the Book Fair in Porto Alegre. The book is accompanied by a DVD containing the electroacoustic compositions Synapse 5.1, Synthetic Horizon, Public Market, Indian Sampler, Mystery and Silicon Child created during his research in Electronic Music Center at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Eloy Fritsch received the Açorianos Music Awards. The awards ceremony happened on 28 April 2008, Tuesday night at the São Pedro Theater, Porto Alegre, Brazil. The Açorianos Music Awards honor the best albums, musicians and contributions to the music in South o Brazil. The ceremony was broadcast on television and event production presented a short film about the music and artistic works of the composer.[1]

In 2009 Eloy Fritsch played keyboards in several concerts with the Apocalypse.[20] He also released the album The Garden of Emotions.[21] Musea company distributed the CD in Europe. The recorded company wrote the following lines about the album: "The ninth album The Garden Of Emotions presents symphonic themes with choirs, analog and digital synthesizers dominating. Fans of classic VANGELIS, Jean-Michel JARRE and Rick WAKEMAN works will enjoy this. Some of the more solemn themes remind Isao TOMITA. "Lumine Solis" is one of the best compositions and a choir-laden track. "Solar Energy" introduces a spacier atmosphere, with phasing pads and Berlin School sequences. This is pure electromic music and a very good one, with all sorts of really fat analog timbres. "Beyond The Mountains" is a very cinematic and return to the classically inspired structures, with an extra ethnic elements. "Electric Light" is synthetic and even KRAFTWERK-like, with insisting sequences, vocoders and a simple repeating melodic theme. Flutes, marimba sound and percussion welcome the coming of "Savage" before a melodic synthesizers theme appears. "Space Station" is another foray into a purely synthetic world and you could also draw a comparison with Jean-Michel JARRE's "Chronologie". "The Canyon Of Hope" finishes this album with flowing synthesizers, symphonic textures and a reflective electric piano".[7]

In the same year Fritsch was also honored on the Journey of Literature event in the Passo Fundo city, Brazil. The composer received the trophy Vasco Prado.[1]

In 2010 Fritsch worked on two major projects: In the production of The Apocalypse 25th Anniversary Box Set (2 CDs, 1 DVD and the book about the Apocalypse Hystory)[22][23] and the MCT Project - Music, Science and Technology funded by the Brazilian government. Fritsch has created the Brazilian Virtual Museum of Synthesizer and a documentary film about electronic music to be distributed to schools and music teachers. He also created an exhibition of Electronic Music at the Museum of the University.[24]

In 2011 Eloy Fritsch perform in South of Brazil with Apocalypse, Orchestra and Choral during the Symphonic Rock Concert[23] and the group received the Açorianos Music Awards. The awards ceremony happened on 9 May 2012, Wednesday night at the São Pedro Theater, Porto Alegre, Brazil. The Açorianos Music Awards honor contribution of the Apocalypse group to the music in South of Brazil.[23]

The tenth Eloy Fritsch CD brings Exogenesis Suite in four movements inspired by the genesis of the universe. In addition to this suite that references the first conceptual albums by Jean Michel Jarre, the CD contains more eight individual tracks. Joining the symphonic and electronic, but without forgetting the ethnic instruments and the voices, the composer of new age music uses high technology in the service of emotions to create compositions. The CD cover and blooket images were created by European artists specializing in science fiction illustrations Maciej Rebisz and Mirek Drozd and refer to the creation of the cosmos and the existence of other life forms.[25][26]

Selected discography[edit]

With Apocalypse[edit]

  • Apocalypse (1991)
  • Perto do Amanhecer (1995)
  • Aurora dos Sonhos (1996)
  • Lendas Encantadas (1997)
  • The Best of Apocalypse (1998, Compilation)
  • Live in USA (2001, Live)
  • Refugio (2003)
  • Magic (2004)
  • Apocalypse Live in Rio (2006)
  • DVD Apocalypse Live in Rio (2006)
  • The Bridge of Light (2006)
  • Magic Spells (2010)
  • DVD The 25th Anniversary Concert (2006)
  • 2012 Light Years from Home (2011)
  • The 25th Anniversary Box Set (2011)

Solo works[edit]

Compilations featuring Eloy Fritsch[edit]

  • Planeta Nova Era Vol. 7 (1997) Track: Lake of Peace Movement 1 and 2
  • Planeta Nova Era Vol. 13 (1999) Track: Cosmic Winds
  • Planeta Nova Era Vol. 14 (1999) Track: Starlight
  • Margen - Music from the Edge Vol. 6 (2002)- Track: Ionosphere
  • Edition #5 (2005) Track: The Garden of Emotions Suite
  • Brasil Instrumental 2006 (2006) Track: The Garden of Emotions Suite
  • Compact Mellotron 34 (2006) Track: Andromeda
  • Edition #13 (2006) Track: Shiva
  • Edition #14 (2006) Track: Atlantis
  • Edition #15 (2006) Track: Andromeda
  • Brazilian Electroacoustic Music Compilation (2009) Track: Synthetic Horizon
  • Schwingungen Radio auf CD - Edition Nr.210 11/12. (2012) Track: Moonwalk

Keyboards used by Fritsch[edit]

Throughout his albums Fritsch uses several instruments. Some of these are:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Eloy Fritsch, Official Web Site. Retrieved 5 June 2008
  2. ^ Cesar Lanzarini. "Perto do Amanhecer (review)". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Cesar Lanzarini. "Behind the Walls of Imagination (review)". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Prato, Greg. "Eloy Fritsch Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  5. ^ (in Portuguese) Costa, Thiago. Cover Teclado. Eloy Fritsch: Progressivo Brasileiro. Interview with Eloy Fritsch. p. February, 2001. p. 22-25.
  6. ^ "Workspace: Eloy Fritsch". Keyboard Magazine: 168. January 2001. 
  7. ^ a b c "Eloy Fritsch - The Garden Of Emotions (review)". Musea Records Le Classifique du Futur. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  8. ^ (in Spanish) Muradás, Manuel Lemos. New Sounds Digital. Interview with Eloy Fritsch. Retrieved 3-6-2001.
  9. ^ (in Portuguese) Teclado e Audio Magazine. A Síntese de um Artista. Interview with Eloy Fritsch. p. 20-22. June 2005.
  10. ^ "Eloy Fritsch". Discogs. Retrieved 12-9-2011. 
  11. ^ Purgachov, Artemy. "F". Encyclopedia of Electronic Music. Retrieved 01-09-2011. 
  12. ^ Electronic Music Center at UFRGS Retrieved 01-02-2010
  13. ^ Cesar Lanzarini. "Mythology (review)". All Music. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  14. ^ (in Portuguese) Ruiz, Flávia, Audio Música & Tecnologia Magazine. Eloy Fritsch Buscando Sempre Novos Caminhos. Interview with Eloy Fritsch. p. 137-141. 2001.
  15. ^ Sergio, Jorge. "Eloy Fritsch Atmosphere". Articmist. Retrieved 10 October 2002.  (in Spanish)
  16. ^ "Eloy Fritsch: Atmosphere". Sonic Curiosity. Retrieved 9 October 2002. 
  17. ^ "Eloy Fritsch: Nel Cosmo com Amore". 21st Century Music Magazine (13): 6–8. December 2004.  (in Italian)
  18. ^ Last FM. "Eloy Fritsch Biography". retrieved 08-09-2011
  19. ^ Duck FM. Eloy Fritsch Biography. Retrieved 04-10-2012.
  20. ^ Tomasi, Eliton. The Apocalypse Hystory. Ed. Evangraf, Porto Alegre, 2011.
  21. ^ (in Portuguese) Arte Brasilis. Eloy Fritsch Emoção e Música Instrumental Brasileira. Retrieved 12-10-2010.
  22. ^ ProgArchives Apocalypse. Retrieved 01-10-2011
  23. ^ a b c "Apocalypse Official WebSite". Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  24. ^ Virtual Museum of Synthesizer. Retrieved 12-12-2011
  25. ^ (in Spanish,) Reviews New Age: Discovering Music. Retrieved 14 September 2012
  26. ^ Olsen, John. New Age Music World. Best Electronic Albuns 2012. retrieved 15 December 2012.

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