From: "Andrew J.
Korai Öröm (transl. Early Gladness) http://www.korai.hu/orom.htm Unfortunately the fans' discussion list and the
archives are all in Hungarian... sorry http://korai.listbot.com/cgi-bin/view_archive?Act=view_archive&list_id=korai "1" (1995) (7 tracks; 55:43); "2" (1996) (8 tracks;
71:53); "3" (1997) (8 tracks; 69:34)
11 to 14 musicians;
Instruments: keyboards, drums, percussion, percussion, percussion
(oh, I already said that), bells, guitar, trumpet, flutes, bass,
fuyara, didgeridoo, heating pipe (?), marimba, saxophone, vocals
(including Khoomei -- Tuvian throat singing)..... Huge sound.
Complex, unpredictable, unclassifiable (electronic, ethno-fusion,
Prog, jazz, dance - name it). Watch that volume knob, because if
one track will tempt you to crank it up, the next one will rattle
your teeth. And your neighbors. But definitely make sure your
subwoofer is in good working order. Surround sound is optional,
but will help your breathing, otherwise you will end up with all
this sound right against your chest and your heart may not be able
to take it. Thank goodness for acoustic tile, otherwise my wife
would have been down here to smack me with the broom. Fershure.
The tune-themes are, once again, Oriental and, I expect,
aborigine. Mr. Roach could have taken lessons from these guys. OK,
so I don't like Steve's down-under sound. Orom's sound is so
eclectic that you never know what the next track will bring. This
anticipation is delicious, because they never fail to pleasantly
astonish. If these guys don't make your heart beat faster, you are
dead and just don't know it. There is not a single "wash" on the
three albums. Must have read our list. :-) They don't have much
use for words. I guess, like Global Communication, these guys
think that words sometimes interfere with the enjoyment of music.
I agree. The albums have no titles, no track names, no nothing.
Even the poster in the 1997 digipack lacks any words. Just
artwork. You want to keep tabs?... do what CDDB does: number the
tracks like this: 1, 2, 3, 4,.... :-)) Don't need for any chemical
enhancement... some of the more percussive tracks will get you up
and dervishing in no time at all.... a natural high. Definitely
the highlight of Saturday's 8 hours of music listening. Where the
hell are the albums for 1998 (the remix must be it)? and 1999?
Huh? I need to take this up with them: firstname.lastname@example.org BTW,
there is a "1993" out there somewhere. If someone sees it, please
get it for me. Will trade my wife for it. Richard at Cranium
<http://www.cranium.co.nz/index.htm> has all three, for the
paltry sum of $17 each. Also some soundbytes. He also lists
"Recycled" (1998) as one of Orom's, but I don't see it listed on
their Official HomePage. Richard, you better send me a copy of
that thing, so I can verify its authenticity. :-) Authentication
services are free, but I keep the CD. Deal? Did I mention that I
absolutely LOVE these guys? I happen to be savoring some Kiskörösi
Nemes Kadarka, right now, as I just finished listening. Here,
guys, have a glass. Prost! Life is good.
From: "Andrew J.
Rózsa" Subject: Korai O"ro"m's 2 CDs - subjective
There are two new Korai Orom
CDs. the albums are in those artsy paper/cardboard digipack thingies. Quite attractive.
I asked them about the releases after Cranium Richard told us
about the '93, and Emil Biliarszki replied. Got the two releases
No need for excruciating details.see my earlier
the stuff is still not for faint-hearted Enya-listeners. This is
seriously shamanistic, unabashedly psychedelic, trippy, a
percussion-hog's heaven, truly kaleidoscopic music, in the best
and highest sense of the word.. I mean HIGH, without the need for
acid. I am sure that some young whipper-snapper listening to this
will classify the stuff as trance. so be it. Don't turn off the
lights, unless you want to trip out.. Because, in the dark, trip
out you will. Don't say I didn't warn you. Boo!!! Or is it
The "2000" is a 3 video-clip and 6
music-track album. Don't know how others will do with the
multimedia, but with a 933PIII and Win ME's Media player, the
whole thing is smooth and very artistic. WARNING: one of the clips
works off of female curves, the other has a very brief glimpse of
activity that some consider prurient. I am a dirty-old man, so I
like this kind of stuff.
The productions are flawless. I
enjoyed the video with sound on the "2000" and think that the rest
of the live tracks accomplish precisely what KO set out to
accomplish: infuse the warmth of live play, as opposed to the
squeakily-sanitized (they call it 'sterile') quality of studio
recordings. Amazing how palpable the change in "texture" becomes
with live play. To this day, my favorite Pink Floyd is live. To my
mind and ears, the "2000' is Korai Orom's best. thus far. The
"93-96" is what I expected. Excellent, but no surprises for me,
since I have listened to all their hitherto published output MANY
times. Cozier-sounding than previous releases, even though the
tracks have been digitally remastered.
BTW, has anybody seen my
Carlos Castaneda collection?. suddenly I feel this impulse to
re-read him again. I think I found a way to converse with Don Juan
without the use of mescalito, yerba del diablo, or humito.
sum: I still think these people are absolutely brilliant; the
music is not for background listening (wallpaper) but for moving
into. living in it while listening. I think that Korai Orom will
appeal to folks who like fusion cum prog (or is it the other way
around) and who also think that Ozric Tentacles would be the cat's
meow if they weren't so repetitive. Listening to Korai Orom I am
always left with my heart pounding, even if I don't end up doing a
poor imitation of Tutsi warrior dance around my office. Sitting
still seems hard to do while listening to Korai Orom. my feet seem
to get a life of their own. I wish I could dance.
For the full
experience, I recommend you use a visual plug-in with your
surround-sound audio processor. I like G-force.
objective/factual data follow
49:30' new music and 3
The new material was recorded in a two-day live
session. Besides the two pieces already played on concerts, the
rest is pure improvisation. Our aim was to avoid the sterile
studio sound, which is dominant in today's music, and we offer our
live presence on this album. Author's Edition, Distributed by
Stereo Ltd. tel/fax: +361 385 6440, email@example.com
Track 1. 8:25' Track 2. 6:06' Track 3. 2:23' Track
4. 14:45' Track 5. 6:04' Track 6. 11:45'
Sound: Biliarszki Emil
- keyboards Csanyi Viktor - drums Jocsik Janos - percussion Kilian
Zoltan - bass Nadasdi Zsolt - percussion, drums (Paizs Miklos -
fuyara, pipes, Jew's harp, trumpet) Szalai Peter - guitar Vajdai
Vilmos - special effects Vecsi Tibor - vocals
Zoltan - slides Szucs Laszlo - lights Varga Tibor - live videomix
Volgyi Gabor - slides
NB: Somebody threw these boys a PC curve,
'cose they translate a Jew's harp as 'jewish harp.'
Orom Live '93-'96"
total play time: 73:56'
material contains the concert in "Tilos az Á" in 1993, originally
released on cassette tape, three pieces recorded in the Hungarian
Radio (two of them released by Lollipop Shop on vinyl compilation
in Germany) and one piece recorded for the '96 album, but
unreleased until now. Released by Trottel - http://trottel.mentha.hu
Track 1. 21:55' Track 2 . 3:06' Track 3. 5:49' Track
4. 6:02' Track 5. 4:30' Track 6. 9:41'
Track 7. 6:00' Track 8. 10:26' Track 9. 6:24'
"Tilos az A"/ "A is forbidden"- Nov. 1993 6,7,8 - Magyar Radio/
Hungarian Radio - Apr. 1994 9 - Studio HSB - Aug.
Musicians Biliarszki Emil - synthesizer/keyboards Csanyi
Viktor - drums Horvath Gyrogy - guitar Jocsik Janos - percussion
Kilian Zoltan - bass Nadasdi Zsolt - percussion, drums Takacs
Peter - guitar Vajdai Vilmos - didgeridoo Vecsi Tibor -
Vision F. Kiss Geza - slides Szucs
Laszlo - lights Varga Tibor - videomix Volgyi Gabor -
From: "Andrew J.
Rózsa" Subject: Re: new Vedres Csaba and Korai Orom
Some of you asked...so here it is:
I found a Hungarian source for Vedres Csaba and Korai
I bought the following:
Vedres Csaba: "Zongorazene"
(Piano Music) CD; XP006
Vedres Csaba: "EPHATA I. - Tortured
& Formatted" CD; XP013
Vedres Csaba: "Lélektánc" (Spirit
Dance) CD; SKKTCD202
Korai Öröm: "2001", CD; KORAI0006
Emil is selling them for $10 a piece plus $5 for shipping... so
the 4 CDs above will cost $45, everything included. Emil
Biljarszki is the promoter and manager for the group Korai Orom
(see reviews at e-prog2 Web site) and now
also the export manager for Fono Records (Hungary).
directly at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or visit the store
and check out the Katalogus. They are listing only the new stuff,
but they have a lot, if not everything we need
from Vedres and Korai Orom. I
have asked about Solaris and After Crying, will let you know. Don't' worry about the Hungarian. They
speak English and eventually will have
everything tri-lingually. Meanwhile, ask me... I will translate,
or look for stuff for you.