Different Stories & Twisted Tales
RON BOOTS is part of the so-called third generation of electronic musicians. The first generation, in the early 1970's, consisted of the EM pioneers and the second generation emerged at the end of the 1970's/early 1980's which included their descendants. Ron was born on October 13th 1962 in Eindhoven. Nowadays, he still lives and works in the neighbourhood of his native town, in the village of Best. In the middle 1970's, Ron was introduced to electronic music through the album 'Timewind' by grandmaster Klaus Schulze. Ron was so overwhelmed by this style music that he decided he wanted to play electronic music himself. In addition to the well-known electronic music names like Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, Steve Roach and Patrick Kosmos, Ron was also influenced by other music genres. His favourite bands and artists included Simple Minds, David Sylvian (from the band Japan), Pearl Jam, Marillion and film composers John Williams and Maurice Jarre (the father of Jean Michele). In 1984 he bought his first synthesizer, a monophonic Yamaha CS10. While, his first excursion into music was in 1977 as a singer in a school band - 'That was to get girlfriends', he explained in an interview. Using the CS10 he began to seriously compose and in 1986 Ron gave his first electronic music concert... More on his homepage: ronboots.groove.nl Press Information This CD from 2004 offers 75 minutes of dynamic electronic music. Joining Boots on this release are: Klaus Hoffmann Hoock on guitar, Harold van der Heijden and Guido Negraszus on drums, and Eric van der Heijden. Even the most discriminating audiophile will be captivated from the onset of this CD. Crystalline keyboards tremble with icy clarity, while majestic drums delineate powerfully engaging rhythms. Sparkling electronic embellishments cavort in a gloriously twilight sky, evoking strong promise for an optimistic sunrise. A thrilling drama permeates this song, reaching deep into the human soul to stir legendary courage and bring such emotions cascading to the surface of the audience's mind. The melodic music is wrought with sinewy disposition tempered with humanitarian sympathy, a masterful fusion of strength and compassion that will delight as equally as it mesmerizes. This initial track lasts for 17 minutes, never once allowing it's grandeur to abate or diminish for an instant. The presence of Hoofmann Hoocks rock-styled guitar on the piece 'The Call' elevates Boots customary stratospheric ecstasy to a transcendental scale, injecting fiery riffs to the already vigorous sound. Enormous chords fill the air, creating a glimmering tapestry laced with searing guitar threads that make this a highly memorable and gratifying sonic experience. All of the tracks on this release exude brilliant compositional talent. Boots ability to combine atmospheric sensibilities with epic proportion is unparalleled and thoroughly delightful. Few contemporary electronic composers achieve this combination with such ease and rewarding results. Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity I have never been a big fan of the Ron Boots of the eighties, I'm a fan of his work of the late nineties and early years zero. Different Stories And Twisted Tales is an excellent example why this is the case. With the first track of 17 minutes (Twisted Tales) Boots deserves in my opinion the title 'The Dutch Schulze': a fine melodic song with a trotting rhythm and regular breaks, delightful, we want more of this, more, more! After this force it is good to relax with Amor Facit which flows smoothly along. On The Call Ron is assisted by guitar-player Klaus Hoffman-Hoock who conjures another fine solo from his instrument. Cuivienen is not such a strong track: (very) tranquil piano and keyboard playing with not much development so the 15 minutes last rather long. The fifth track Gwahir, although heavier than the previous one, is more noise than melodic. Omnus Mundi is a typical Schulze-like percussion-oriented song, on which drummer Guido Negraszus plays a leading role with electronic percussion. The CD concludes with Different Stories, on which Boots, synthesizer-player Eric van der Heijden and drummer Harold van der Heijden passionately work, in the characteristic manner we are used to from them, to a climax. Excellent! André de Waal / SonicImmersion.org Different Stories and Twisted Tales is a documentary, of sorts, by Ron Boots. He has spun a yarn of about how tales become legends and how individual lives are, in and of themselves, tales and legends. Ron creates the story-telling mood by mixing Berlin school sequences with dense atmospheres. Track 3, The Call, features a smoking electric guitar by Klaus Hoffman Hoock. The guitar is a dynamic compliment to the atmosphere. Rons overall diversity allows for dark AND pastoral atmospheres. The darkness is heavy and overt. The pastorales are dense without relying on new age or symphonic textures. They rely on Rons innovative use of sequences to create lightness. That unique texture is awesome and essential! Jim Brenholts I spent a few hours listening to the Dutch synthesist Ron Boots. I listened to 3 of Mr Boots CD's Close But Not Touching, Ghost Of A Mist and Different Stories Twisted Tales. I have to say I didn't realise what a wonderful composer this Gentleman is. The guy is brilliant. BIG RON is MAGIC. Go out and BUY some BOOTS. Colin Jouxson I had the chance to work with Ron a bit, and I have never met anybody with such perfect hearing. This album really demonstrates what a genius this man is. The EM scene of today owes a lot to this man. Andreas Akwara / Germany.