Geigertek - Albums
One of the more recent additions to the AD Music stable is the electronic music project, Geigertek. The debut Geigertek album was "The Garden", a superb creation released digitally in July 2008 and also available as a CDr release with AD Music's usual high quality artwork and on body print.
The music of Geigertek has many influences from a wide range of musical styles, including, and not exclusively, such luminaries as John Foxx, Ultravox, Billy Currie, Gary Numan, Kraftwerk, Enigma, Isao Tomita, Edvard Grieg, Gustav Mahler, Frederick Delius, Erik Satie and a certain David Wright, the very music that Geigertek's Neil Fellowes listens to when not in the studio writing or recording his own material.
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"Geigertek" - Neil Fellowes
Geigertek's Neil Fellowes is a classically trained musician based in the Norfolk city of Norwich. He is something of a newcomer to the U.K. electronic music scene, but is steadily establishing his own identity. This has been helped by his recruitment in January 2009 as keyboard player to the popular electronic rock group, Code Indigo, filling the mighty shoes of AD Music favourite Robert Fox, and making his first appearance with them at the successful AD:2009 Electronic Music Festival in the same year. Neil is also a part-time member of Callisto, his role being to take over live performance duties from Dave Massey who "doesn't do live". Neil's first appearance with Callisto was a well-received set alongside David Wright at the Hampshire Jam in October of 2009.
Neil's style of composition and production combines the tones of traditional instruments such piano and violin, with synthesizers and layered processed sounds made up of electronic computer-based instruments, treated vocals, synthetic rhythms and percussion. He is a strong advocate of the use of modern technology for the creation of music and his personal recording set up is of contemporary design and build, centred around a computer system, using a predominantly software generated sound. Hardware and cabling has been kept to the absolute minimum to ensure a clutter-free environment within which to work. Neil has an ever-growing passion for production techniques and the enormous possibilities of electronic music to enable the creation of atmospheric electronic soundscapes, blended with conventional or natural sounds, and using them in unconventional ways. Neil believes the production process to be as important as the creation of the music in the first place and therefore is on an on-going journey of discovery learning the capabilities of the equipment and software he uses.
Neil is a man of many pathways and takes his inspiration from many sources. His strong spiritual leanings and beliefs gave rise to the first two Geigertek albums whereupon he drew from his experiences and feelings in that field. In contrast, the work which has already begun on a third album is being influenced by his urban exploration activities.
Neil Fellowes and Geigertek are about change, development and progress. It is a multi-faceted journey within the world of instrumental electronic music and beyond.
Review by musikzircus (Germany)
One of 4 great new artists discovered by AD Music is Neil Fellowes who records his electronic soundscapes under the pseudonym Geigertek. The debut album "The Garden" derives its inspiration from the traditional electronics of Jean Michel Jarre, Kraftwork and Mike Oldfield and the more pop orientated music of Ultravox, Enigma, John Foxx, Gary Numan and Isao Tomita. The album opens with the title track and the impressive piano and synths are indeed reminiscent of early John Foxx instrumental ballads. "Secrets of The Ivy" has a very spacey beginning and develops into a great track with an irresistible sound and a great melody. The same is true of "The Day it Rained" with its eastern influences and another very catchy melody.
The rest of the album is equally as involving, mostly the melody lines are played on piano with additional synth effects and all are well structured with nice rhythms. This has the effect of making each single track a small works of art. There is a certain resemblance to Andy Pickford at times and that is very clear on the concluding track "The Dreams of future Past". But this is an original and very interesting debut and I am very excited to hear what the next Geigertek album will bring.
The Timeless Mind
Review by Bert Strolenberg - www.sonicimmersion.org
Geigertek is a project by classically trained synthesist Neil Fellowes, who hails from Norwich, UK. In January 2009, Neil was recruited as member of Code Indigo and live session keyboard player for electronic music project Callisto (as Dave Massey still doesn't do "live"). “The Timeless Mind” is Geigertek’s second release, which starts out with the typical English electronics piece “The Stirring of Echoes”, which aptly melts atmospheric parts with melodic and rhythmic structures. Great freeform and emotional spaces are entered on the first half of the stunningly beautiful and highly elevating "Passing", which features some gracious, romantic piano playing in the second part. For me, this deeply emotional and almost funeral-like outing is the highlight of the album. A great set of atmospheric parts unfolds on “What dreams may come”, but I find the solo voice showing up in the second half a bit to loud. “Until the end of time” sound better to my ears: an almost classic-oriented spherical outing without rhythms next to some compelling and emotional violin and piano parts. The 9-minute “In another light” follows things up nicely. Starting out with grand atmospheric realms in the first three minutes, the piece switches into a catchy rhythm/sequencer set and some piano. It’s a pity though things get a bit out of control due to a loud solo voice in the second section, while I prefer a softer one also being played there. The 13-minute “The Embrace of Eternity”, the longest piece on the album, is another winner though with its catchy rhythm/sequencer tandem, accompanied by heavenly choir pads in the first half. Softly roaming celestial spaces show up in the second chapter, toward the end switching to a kind of rhythmic chill-out effort. The 5-minute title track opens with a short introduction of grand and gentle choir textures, but sadly enough thereafter shifts to a mediocre up-tempo tune with a too pronounced lead voice and bouncing beat. I’m sure though many will love this during a live concert. The groovy "Spirit Walking" sounds more appealing to the ears, but besides the great pairing of sequencers and rhythms I again encountered these short (screaming for attention?) leads that don’t do justice to the rest of music. The 3-minute closing track "The Gift of Goodbye" rounds things out nicely with a very nice section of expansive spaces and organ sounds.
All in all, “The Timeless Mind” shows several faces, of which I like the free form, spacious/symphonic side the best.
The Timeless Mind
Review by Stefan Schelle
Just over one and a half years ago, I first came across the British electronic musician Neil Fellowes, who works under the name of Geigertek. It was his debut album "The Garden" that impressed me at the end of 2008. In May 2010, there is now the successor which has the title of "The Timeless Mind". And really timeless musical thoughts Neil lets loose on the listener.
As with his debut, many different styles of artists who come not only from traditional electronic music show in his music. Neil counts for example John Foxx (co-founder of Ultravox) and Gary Numan amongst his influences.
Neil has captured nine soundscapes on the CDr, the sound sometimes celestial comes out quickly from the speakers. It starts with the first celestial "The Stirring Of Echoes", which in it's progress links to Enigma, another influence of Neil. I would describe the track as Space Music meets Enigma.
With "Passing", which initially uses piano and flute as sounds, it is rather more classical. The track is six and a half minutes but in it's progress it's sometimes exhalted and bombastic and has the effect on me like a soundtrack to films such as "2001 - A Space Odyssey." Especially in the second part, he has produced less melody but more mood sounds. In conclusion, there is still a delicate melody on a piano with keyboard support.
In the following, "What Dreams May Come", he first makes his skills at the beginning of the track. For here is Neil at the piano quite classical, but very romantic. After a few moments the track becomes a spacey number, and I stand up, to float through space. This track develops slowly and is from moment to moment, always intense and compelling. For me it is the first highlight of the album.
Wide spaces and chirping sounds in "Until The End Of Time", which thus takes order in the vastness of the universe. A very quiet but very intense track. With "In Another Light" is the next highlight of the album. Here everything is just right. The piece was performed live on E-Day and there showed that it also works well on stage. It is still at the beginning however, it unfolds after about three minutes to full glory. From this point, Neil is presented in top form. Stylistically, he comes close to his label boss David Wright.
"The Embrace of Eternity to" is sequencer-based. In the more than 13 minutes of play, Neil changes the structure of the piece and the rhythm several times, so that an exciting long track is created. The title track has a majestic first minute, then the track changes to a pounding beat with a simple but cheerful and catchy melody part. Another highlight is "Spirit-walking", interpreted with the hand brake on, in contrast to the live presentation at E-Day but losing none of its fascination. A great piece.
The British possess a very dry sense of humour and Neil proves this with the last track "The Gift of Goodbye". The beginning is again very spacy, with wide open spaces, it is a three minute piece, but little more than two minutes after it is good slapstick, because Neil creates the sound like a second-rate entertainer. However in the previous hour he has already demonstrated his class.
Geigertek has with "The Timeless Mind" produced a worthy successor to his debut. Although I like Neil always best when he goes rhythmically to the point, which was good to see live at E-Day in May 2010, I found the full-length album - even in the quiet moments - satisfying.