Allan Holdsworth – Atavachron – Music. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Atavachron – Allan Holdsworth on AllMusic – – For a little background, back in the ’80s. Atavachron is a music studio album recording by ALLAN HOLDSWORTH (Jazz Rock/Fusion/Progressive Rock) released in on cd, lp / vinyl and/or cassette.

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This is very good, but not an essential progrock album. But even in that case you will be very soon bored by not very usual guitar sounds, but sounding without special sense.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing use forum credentials. This new instrument was like a dream come true for Allan, because holdswroth always wanted to produce different sounds than those of an electric guitar.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. So to get started, we have here three – from outer space – drummers: It was guitar-like with sets of strings and other onboard controls that allowed the triggering playing of synthesizers. What was unique was that guitarists could therefore play a synthesizer without needing a great amount of keyboard expertise. So, he had to invent new methods of recording – using distortion in order to create the absolutely necessary sustain – and finally he had to convince the engineer to try out these unconventional practices!

Life is full of compromises, and things can get much worse if someone chooses to make a living from his art. It is worth mentioning that in order to afford it, Allan sold his house in England!


Still, the album is very enjoyable. Much more recently, Holdsworth worked with a US-based group called K2 who recorded an excellent Symphonic Prog album in that featured plenty of his distinctive guitar playing but beneficially restrained by a band environment. I think that all the excitement and joy he felt for this new musical instrument, has found a way into this album. Sure enough, not all of the tracks are classics, but for instance Funnels and Dominant Plague are really well written.


You have to listen to this to believe it! Forum user Forum password. Beautiful female vocals in one song framed by surrealistic visual musicks of the SynthAxe and keyboardy leads by Holdsworth may have turned guitar fans off, but this effort is clear evidence of atavxchron genius Holdsworth was demonstrating release after release. Lyrics by Rowanne Mark. Golden leaves, a light will wtavachron fall and color all our yesterdays.


Holdsworth has always sought a horn-like voicing with the ability to manipulate a note in a myriad of ways. When Allan Holdsworth started dealing with the guitar he faced difficulties in reading notes.

Gary Husband is still one of the best drummers-pianists out there and he truly shines here. The Dominant Plague Allan Holdsworth. He just wanted to do his thing without compromises and for his own pleasure.

The rest left me very cold though.

Atavachron – Wikipedia

Non Brewed Condiment 3: In addition to guitars and SynthAxe we find here keyboards, drums and bass played with skill by different people. The Dominant Plague 5: For guitarist Allan Holdsworthit was yet a whole new way to achieve the sounds unvoiced in his soul in ways he just couldn’t do with a standard guitar.

The Best of Allan Holdsworth: Its output goes to a synth module that produces all the sounds that an ordinary keyboard-synthesizer is able to produce and beyond that. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. For a little background, back in the ’80s the SynthAxe was invented. By the way, the album is a good fusion of jazz and rock.

But in my opinion this is holxsworth less significant – technical – side of the story. The center piece of the album seems to atavachfon the title alllan, Atavachron, which is absolutely stunning, very beautiful, especially because of the breath taking synth chords, which keep coming back. Allan has been working on the remastering of his releases, but some of the master tapes of this disc have been damaged and are beyond repair.


Wouldn’t that be great! The SynthAxe sounds more like a keyboard than a guitar.

And because Chad Wackerman offers a lot of variety on the drums, they seldom sound irritating: His intention was not to become a professional musician. I had to dig deeper to understand what is being played, to tell the difference between Alan Pasqua’s beatiful keyboard and aolan new contraption, the synthaxe.

This is indeed an interesting instrument and the distinctive sound it produces is appealing in moderate doses. The main focus of this album just look at the albumcover is the synthaxe.

However, there are some good standout tracks like “Funnels” featuring some beautiful chord-melody work from Allanthe title track and “Looking Glass”, a beautifully complex and yet melodic piece featuring Allan’s one-time musical employer Tony Williams playing his butt off!

He also highlighted the use of the SynthAxe, as well as praising the “beautiful female vocals” of Rowanne Mark, who makes her first of two appearances on a Holdsworth album; the other being Secrets Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker.

Tony Williams is the legendary drummer who at the age of seventeen joined Miles Davis quintet! Sexy Trippy All Moods.

The most important thing is how Holdsworth feels about music, and also his phenomenal technique and virtuosity. I mean that noldsworth true artist has no choice at all. Results cached 12h Items ordered by ending time Showing all 29 items. Allan makes a very imaginative use of the SynthAxe, though. But main problem is who else is interested in listening this experiments in sounds. That is something very rare which reveals the size and the power of his genius.