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SONIQ THEATER

Crossover Prog • Germany


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SONIQ THEATER is a one-man band, presenting a mixture of progressive styles, mainly symphonic progressive rock with elements of metal, electronic and classical music, jazz, world music and traces of other styles. The music is composed, performed, recorded and mixed by Alfred MUELLER. As it is a one-man-project, the music only exists on CDR's and is not planned to be played live. Nevertheless SONIQ THEATER has a big audience and the music is played in about 50 radioshows in 15 countries and through webcast worldwide (until February 2004) SONIQ THEATER is recommended to all open-minded progressive rock-fans and is appreciated as well by "normal people" with some musical education.

The most known influences are the great prog-bands of the 70's like YES, GENESIS, KANSAS, ELP, KING CRIMSON, UK, CAMEL, GENTLE GIANT, PINK FLOYD, MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND, the progressive rock of the 80s: SAGA, RUSH, IQ, MARILLION, German progressive rock of ANYONE'S DAUGHTER and ELOY, prog metal bands like DREAM THEATER, ENCHANT, SYMPHONY X, ROYAL HUNT, new prog bands of the 90s: MAGELLAN, CAIRO, EVERON, SPOCK'S BEARD, TRANSATLANTIC, INES, electronic music of TANGERINE DREAM, YANNI, Chris FRANKE and VANGELIS. Also, prog-related artists like: Rick WAKEMAN, Mike OLDFIELD, ALAN PARSONS PROJECT, Karl JENKINS (of SOFTMACHINE and ADIEMUS), Rupert HINE, Pierre MOERLEN's GONG, Steve MORSE, David ARKENSTONE, Pat METHENY, GANDALF, and classical music: symphonies and baroque music.

: : : Alfredo TAPIA CARRETO, MEXICO : : :

See also: RACHEL'S BIRTHDAY

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3.00 | 5 ratings
Soniq Theater
2000
2.35 | 5 ratings
A Second Of Action
2002
3.00 | 5 ratings
The Third Eye
2003
2.49 | 6 ratings
This Mortal Coil
2004
3.00 | 4 ratings
Pandromania
2005
3.02 | 3 ratings
Enchanted
2006
3.00 | 4 ratings
Seventh Heaven
2007
3.45 | 6 ratings
Life Seeker
2008
3.00 | 5 ratings
Vision Quest
2009
3.00 | 5 ratings
Unknown Realities
2010
2.93 | 8 ratings
Force Majeure
2011
3.47 | 7 ratings
Overnight Sensation
2012
3.24 | 9 ratings
Stardust Memories
2013
3.29 | 8 ratings
Heroes Of The Past
2014
2.76 | 9 ratings
Guitarissimo
2015
3.05 | 3 ratings
Globaliced
2016
3.12 | 6 ratings
The Journey
2017
3.08 | 5 ratings
Squaring The Circle
2018

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 Squaring The Circle by SONIQ THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.08 | 5 ratings

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Squaring The Circle
Soniq Theater Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

3 stars Another year, another Soniq Theater album, and amazingly enough this is the eighteenth by keyboard player Alfred Mueller. I'm pretty sure I have heard all of them, along with the album he recorded with Rachel's Birthday, and for this one he has definitely taken a different tack. Often one would say that for the most part his playing is an amalgam of artists such as Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre and Rick Wakeman, but I was surprised at just how much like Wakeman the first few songs of this album come across as. By the end of the second track, "Circus Ponies On The Run", I was already thinking that this could well be his best album to date.

If he could just get hold of "proper" drummer instead of a machine then I am sure that some of these songs would be lifted to a whole new level. Although the complete album didn't quite manage to live up to the promise of the opening tracks, I do believe that this is his best album to date, quite a statement when one thinks how many he has released so far. Alfred has been working as a solo artist for many years now, but this release did make me wonder what it would be like if he could find some like-minded musicians to make this into a full band, now that would be something to hear. As it is, I really enjoyed the album, and it is available for "name your price" on his Bandcamp site so why not give him a try?

 Globaliced by SONIQ THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.05 | 3 ratings

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Globaliced
Soniq Theater Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars German project SONIQ THEATER is the ongoing creative vehicle of composer and keyboardist Alfred Mueller, and starting in 2000 he has steadily been releasing new material under that moniker. "Globaliced" is the 16th in the series, and was issued at the start of 2016.

Those familiar with the later works of Soniq Theater will get pretty much what they expect as far as this album is concerned. Well thought out arrangements and melodies, distinct moods and atmospheres, certain key instrument details used to emphasize the different aspects of the individual compositions, all wrapped up in and explored in instrumental music that draw inspirations from ambient and new age music just as much as the classic era progressive rock keyboardists and the sounds of artists such as Tangerine Dream. A compelling album on many levels, but suffering from the fact that everything has been worked out on and performed with synthesizers and keyboards exclusively.

 The Journey by SONIQ THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.12 | 6 ratings

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The Journey
Soniq Theater Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

3 stars As surely as day follows night, January 1st brings with it a new Soniq Theater album, and 2017 is no exception, with this Alfred's seventeenth release under that name. This one is back to the old traditional style of artwork as well, back when everything was being released on CD-R, but now he uses Bandcamp so in many ways the artwork is even less important. There are a few vocals on here, but for the most part it is Alfred and his keyboards, with a mix of some up-tempo numbers and the more New Age style with which is he is most commonly associated. This is a "classic" Soniq Theater album, and is quite safe in that it isn't doing anything dramatically different to what he has done before, but if you enjoy that then you will most definitely be interested in this one as well. One of my few complaints is that I do wish that "Short Trip To Space" could have been extended, as the keyboard sounds being used and the melodic feel of this demands much more than the amount of time it was allocated, and it would be interesting to hear a full album going down that path. As always, it is possible to hear the album in full (and even download them at no cost), so why not give Soniq Theater a try
 Globaliced by SONIQ THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.05 | 3 ratings

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Globaliced
Soniq Theater Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

3 stars Alfred's 2016 album is the first since 2012's 'Overnight Sensation' not to feature any old recordings from his time before he worked with Rachel's Birthday, and with no guests involved this time we are down to just Alfred and his trusty keyboards (including of course programmed drums). I have said previously that Alfred's playing reminds me of Rick Wakeman combined with Vangelis and Jean Michel Jarre, and this album is again on very similar lines. There are times when the music is progressive, others when it is more New Age, but never really moves into pure electronic territory. It would be interesting to hear 'Ayers Rock' with a strong proper rhythm section behind it, as I think that additional vitality would make an already interesting song even more so. Working in a band framework with live instruments would make this album even more appealing, if Alfred maintains full control and keeps doing what he is already.

Yet another interesting album from Germany's Alfred Mueller, and worth investigating from Bandcamp where it is possible to download this free

 Guitarissimo by SONIQ THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2015
2.76 | 9 ratings

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Guitarissimo
Soniq Theater Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

2 stars As with all of Alfred Mueller's releases this is available as a low budget CD-R, or as a free download through Bandcamp. What isn't normal though, is that this isn't a solo keyboard-based release, but instead is a collaboration between himself and guitarist Stefan Grob. Recorded back in 1990, and only now being made available, this is very different to what I would expect from Alfred and it suffers for it. There are times when the guitars work well, and others where the keyboards are quite superb (love the Vangelis sweeping stylings on 'Beach of a New World' for example), but rarely do they totally gell together, and the result is an album I was quite disappointed in. But, Alfred keeps to as high release schedule of an album a year, so given that this came out in 2015 there are more for me to be listening to.
 Guitarissimo by SONIQ THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2015
2.76 | 9 ratings

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Guitarissimo
Soniq Theater Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars German project SONIQ THEATER is the long ongoing creative vehicle of composer and keyboardist Alfred Mueller, and he's just about annually released a new album under that name ever since 2000. "Guitarissimo" dates back to 2015, and, as usual, it was self-released by Mueller.

Those familiar with the previous works of Alfred Mueller's ongoing project Soniq Theater will be surprised by the contents of this album. A blend of new age-oriented affairs and what might be described as movie or TV-score dramatic soundscapes, this production is, at least for me, more interesting as a chapter in the development of Mueller as a musician and a composer than it is as a standalone production in its own right. As far as pointing towards a receptive audience, I'd suggest that those who find movie and TV scores from the late '80s and early '90s to be generally appealing may find this album to be a charming experience too.

 Guitarissimo by SONIQ THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2015
2.76 | 9 ratings

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Guitarissimo
Soniq Theater Crossover Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

3 stars I've been listening to Soniq Theater for a while and I've heard the whole discography Alfred Mueller (the name behind the group) put out so far.

Now, when it comes to Guitarissimo (2015) this change the game a bit. I've said in earlier reviews that Alfred's music sometimes lacked some live elements and he finally got on this one. The album was recorded in 1990 by Alfred and Stefan Grob, the latter recorded guitars (thats why the name of the album) throughout the whole album and it makes a huge difference to the band's sound.

Now, saying that, please notice that this album has almost no Prog in it at all. There are many interesting moments and many intrincated passages, but in all in all it's not really a Prog album.

But anyway, I think Alfred would benefit greatly if for his next album he shared credits with other musicians as he did on this one. Cause this is one of his strongest releases.

3.5 stars

 Heroes Of The Past by SONIQ THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.29 | 8 ratings

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Heroes Of The Past
Soniq Theater Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars The studio project SONIQ THEATER is the long ongoing project of German composer and keyboardist Alfred Mueller. He's in the habit of releasing one new album each January, "Heroes of the Past" is his fourteenth production and dates back to 2014.

The music of Soniq Theater isn't one that will have a broad, universal appeal, as the limitations of using keyboards only to create a full, rich rock expression results in some odd-sounding emulated instruments. His compositions are well made however, and if you are able to mentally fill out the gaps of his atmospheric instrumental compositions and you suspect you'll enjoy an artist existing on the border between symphonic progressive and e-music that might also be described as new age, the music of Soniq Theater is available for free on his homepage.

 Guitarissimo by SONIQ THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2015
2.76 | 9 ratings

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Guitarissimo
Soniq Theater Crossover Prog

Review by floflo79

3 stars Soniq Theater is a one-man band (like Nine Inch Nails or Synergy). But Guitarissimo is a compilation of all the songs Alfred Mueller (the man behind Soniq Theater) made with the guitarist Stefan "Groby" Grob. There's really good songs like Starlight Madness, Moon In June (no links with the Soft Machine song), or Downtown L.A. But there's weaker moments like Metropolis 1990, Harlequin or Seregenti Walk. For me, the biggest problem is the sound. The sound is too much synthetic. Take for example the song Metropolis 1990. It sounds like a 80's movie car chase soundtrack (that's why there's a 2014 remix on the album). All the instruments sounds fake, and it's a shame, because some compositions are great.
 This Mortal Coil by SONIQ THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2004
2.49 | 6 ratings

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This Mortal Coil
Soniq Theater Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars Come 2003 and Soniq Theater return with a brand new album, titled ''This mortal coil''.This was the second work by Alfred Mueller to include some vocal work, his collaborator Suzann provides voice samples on ''Flashpoint'' and Mueller himself sings in ''Break the frame''.

The material presented in ''This mortal coil'' is slightly better compared to the previous ''The third eye'', but insisting on sampled instrumentation eventually won't bring the awaiting progress.Once more Mueller prooves to be a good composer in the field of Symphonic and Electronic Rock, offering music with a deep sense of melody, a mood for bombastic orchestrations and a touch of Classical Music in the piano parts, but the drumming is unacceptable to say the least plus the guitar still bursts this totally fake aura and the sampled orchestral interludes sound completely thin.The addition of vocals in the aforementioned pair of pieces is definitely welcome, just decent and far from enganging, but every addition of natural sounds, even if this is just a human voice, can do only good to such a digital-dominated style.Stylistically the album is still grounded in the field of Neo/Symphonic Prog with electronic vibes and Mueller's flashy keyboard solos are pretty nice, while his compositions could have sounded quite great if performed by a normal band.The result kind of reminds me of BACKYARDS, ALIMAR or even THE INNER ROAD with ''Minas Tirith'' being the absolute highlight, finally with an acceptable guitar sound and a very bombastic keyboard performance.The rest of the album is ok, but far from trully interesting.

Visit Soniq Theater's website to download the album and display your own thoughts on the project's development from album to album.To my ears Mueller still struggles to come up with a trully recommended release, although part of his ideas is competetive and well-played...2.5 stars.

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