Label: Indie 2012
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
Soniq Theater, it's basically a one man project, music composed, arranged, performed, produced, mixed and mastered by the multi-talented, Alfred Mueller. "Overnight Sensation" - album number twelve by the German and it's certainly hasn't been anything even remotely like the title may at first suggest. The all-instrumental musician deserves respect for his decision to keep up with the playing of electronic, ambient, symphonic, synth/prog melodies on his keyboard while others may not be quite as impressed by his work at first.
...And that's what music is all about really. Devoted nut-heads are various die-hards are making this world go round. You can't trust the average 'absolute music 15' consumer to come up with any music worthy of your attention. I quite like the idea of Mueller in the role of the mad composer/doctor Frankenstein and he's obviously creating a monster in his lab. He's clearly been listening to everybody from Mike Oldfield, Jean Michael Jarre, Alan Parsons Project, Brian Eno, Vangelis, Yanni, Yes, ELP, to eighties synth, and everything just seems to follow in the wake of keyboard and piano lessons. Are there any guitars, you ask? Ehem, not really, it's very much a keyboard, a computer, and the technology of composing straight into/onto the internet.
It's difficult to single out the better tunes and it's perhaps not something to digest on daily bases. I do enjoy playing this in the background while doing other things. If you like quirky, dreamy, innocent, instrumental synth/prog? Check out the link and site below, the rest of you may look elsewhere for entertainment (I would suggest: www.RockUnited.com).