Profile: Free System Projekt
With influences like Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michel Jarre, Pink Floyd and Pulsar one can see what Free System Projekt draws upon to create an air of mystery and urgencey in his music. The debut release by FSP is entitled Pointless Reminder and demonstrates these Dutch artist's love of the classic analogue synthesizer sound and technique. Warm, fat bass synth rhythms drive the low-end of each piece as synchronized arpeggiations dance above. Icey strings, resonant lead lines and the occasional white noise sweep fill out the five pieces on Pointless Reminder. Marcel Engels
Free System Projekt Engels takes us further into the zone with shifting choral and string pads drawn from the now legendary Mellotron. Used in moderation, even the percussion is vintage analogue. We may have entered a new millenium, but Free System Projekt is embracing the sound and technology from the dawn of when keyboard and synth first met.
Enjoying the live performance environment, Free System Projekt often performs live with fellow countryman Ruud Heij (of Patchwork) and together have given concerts at many of Europe's prestigious electronic music festivals. Engels has also been involved in the Okefenokee Gathering in Florida, resulting in the album Okeefenokee Dreams with Dave Brewer.

Free System Projekt (Marcel Engels, Ruud Heinj and Frank vd Wel) made their full-on stateside concert debut in Philadelphia on 13 October 2001 at The Gatherings Concert Series. Also appearing was fellow Dutch synthesists Wave World. Access reviews and photos at: Free System Projekt 2001

FSP - Marcel Engels - Ruud Heij - Frank van der Wel

Free System Projekt

Free System Projekt - live on STAR'S END

Following their 13 October 2001 concert at The Gatherings in Philadelphia, Free System Projekt performed live in-studio on the 10.14.01 broadcast of STAR'S END Ambient Radio. The trio performed two lengthy sets of classically inspired spacemusic, pointed by deep space rumblings, commanding rhythms and focused melodies.

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