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JACK HERTZ

Progressive Electronic • United States


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Inspired by the mystery of life, Jack Hertz manipulates sound to create intangible techno-organic impressions between music and noise. Composing and recording music for more than 30 years. Jack is always searching for a sonic middle ground between the real and the artificial. He utilizes machines, instruments, found objects, field recordings, and effects processing to design sounds, spaces, and atmospheres for deep listening. His music frequently pushes the boundaries of progressive-electronic and ambient styles with a constant experimentation, with over a hundred solo albums and collaborative efforts to his name.

He currently runs the online record label Aural Films that releases high-quality soundtrack albums for movies that do not exist, covering a wide range of music styles ranging from ambient to experimental to popular to soundtrack musics and Berlin School-flavoured electronic, often on the same albums, from a massive variety of fascinating artists.

(Biography by Michael Hodgson (Aussie-Byrd-Brother), added on behalf of the PSIKE team)

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3.00 | 1 ratings
DRIVE
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
Antarctica
2016
4.00 | 1 ratings
Fast Rails (Jack Hertz and Christian Fiesel)
2016
4.00 | 1 ratings
Planet Red
2016
4.00 | 1 ratings
Secret Coves
2016
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Sleeping Trees on Earth (Jack Hertz & Wolfgang Gsell)
2017
3.95 | 2 ratings
Masks (Jack Hertz & Eisenlager
2017
4.00 | 1 ratings
Blue (Jack Hertz & Wolfgang Gsell)
2017

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 Blue (Jack Hertz & Wolfgang Gsell) by HERTZ, JACK album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Blue (Jack Hertz & Wolfgang Gsell)
Jack Hertz Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars Electronic sound experimentalist Jack Hertz could never be called predictable, and along with numerous solo releases to date throughout 2017, each completely different to the last, he has also found time for some fascinating collaborations. Equally inspired ambient/electronic artist Wolfgang Gsell has previously teamed with Jack on several occasions (the most recent being back in January with the superior and intelligent `Sleeping Trees on Earth' disc in conjunction with the Trees for the Future project), and here they deliver an ode to the great blue bodies of water that cover a large majority of our planet. Thankfully we're not talking some bland new-age release with pretty and comfy acoustic guitar strums around lapping water sounds, instead `Blue' is a hypnotic fusion of immersive prog-electronic and enveloping ambient that somehow remains accessible without becoming too lightweight or insubstantial.

On the opening nineteen-minute title track `Blue', the pair weave a shimmering crystalline soundscape of undulating electronic caresses, full of lulling ambient rise-and-falls, fuzzy pulses and twitching, unravelling washes with only the faintest of percussive teases flitting in and out, mostly relegated to the final minutes. There's almost a drowsy, more subdued (submerged?!) take on the soloing-heavy approach of Klaus Schulze on his early Seventies works throughout, and some darker twists near the climax, but overall the languid atmospheres take on an blanketing bliss that stretches on for eternity.

`Ripples' is a relatively punchy interlude in comparison between the two near-twenty minute bookending pieces of the disc, where pristine electric piano ruminations ring with mystery around hypnotic electronic fuzziness, and some sparse programmed beats help ground the piece into a more compact arrangement that stops it drifting into pure ambient breezes. Hallucinogenic closer `Tides' invites complete immersion, a slow to unfold spacey sweep of unceasing approaching/retreating liquid caresses that lap around fizzing synth ripples and serene cascading swirls.

It might still be a little too freeform and directionless for some prog-electronic listeners, but the album refuses to grind to a halt by settling into static drones, and is too full of colourful movement to be mistaken for solely airy ambient music. Both Jack Hertz and Wolfgang Gsell are too clever the artists to deliver something so predictable or obvious, and instead they present `Blue' as a lightly psychedelic, completely encompassing and mellow dreamy soundtrack to float away to.

Four stars.

 Masks (Jack Hertz & Eisenlager by HERTZ, JACK album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.95 | 2 ratings

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Masks (Jack Hertz & Eisenlager
Jack Hertz Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars 2017 sees the release of another collaboration from Jack Hertz, this time alongside German experimental sound artist Eisenlager. `Masks' offers eight interpretations for a broad range of ceremonial, religious, theatrical and ornamental masks, with the album frequently weaving ancient old-world elements with modern electronic styles, making for a varied but surprisingly coherent collection of ambient, prog-electronic, electronica and drone experimentation over field recording sound collages.

`Zangbeto', traditional voodoo guardians of the night, is a drowsy tribal chant over lurching beats, `Avatar', a graphical representation of a computer user's alter ego or character is unsurprisingly modern slinking electronica, and `Topeng', a dramatic form of Indonesian dance blends twitching looping electronics to bring a gamelan-like hypnotic quality. `Batak' grafts chilled panning beats to shivering Steve Roach-like outreaching ambient pools, the drowsy `Skin-Walker' crosses murky beats with violent electronic slivers, and `Death' is an eerie and subtly consuming machine drone that never becomes completely pitch-black. Low-key acoustic strums pervade the disorientating droning drifts of`Gas' , and `Ngil' is a surreal dark ambient closer full of unease, with ebbing dozy washes lapping around pulsing beats that skitter in and out of the darkly psychedelic atmosphere.

The duo here have crafted a completely fascinating work for the Aural Films label with a cool concept that allowed them to offer a very colourful and eclectic range of interpretations of their source material. `Masks' also sees the artists at a good middle ground, with many pieces reasonably accessible without being vaguely commercial, yet always remaining intelligent and challenging, but nor is it as uncompromising or difficult to get your head around as might have been expected. Open minded electronic fans should definitely look into this diverse collection, and let's hope for more collaborations on this subject between Hertz and Eisenlager in the future, as it seems like they've just scratched the surface here!

Four stars.

 Antarctica by HERTZ, JACK album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Antarctica
Jack Hertz Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars The coldest, driest, and windiest continent on Earth has inspired several music artists over the years - keyboard icon Vangelis himself offered a lovely soundtrack of the same name in 1983 - and this time it's sound experimentalist Jack Hertz who delivers a themed work on the ice covered desert for the Aural Films label. Jack's music can cover a whole range of styles, from progressive-electronic/Berlin School to ambient and well beyond, but it's in pristine icy drones, eerie sound-collages and calmer ruminations that `Antarctica' has its sound.

Opener `Frozen Wave' is a sustaining and panning machine groan with a howling but not hostile ebb and flow, `Sun Run' perfectly balances ringing crystalline cold with pure ambient touches, and `Coldness' is an unwavering hovering drone similar to the opener. `Polynya' is teeming with life and is a warmer lulling ambient embrace not dissimilar to the gentler early Steve Roach pieces with cooing synth caresses, making it one of the highlights. `The Calving' is a cavernous, rumbling and submerged sound collage, the dream-like `Cravasse' is groaning and piercing with maddening pin-drop trickling machine pulses, soothing ambient washes lap around the crashing rumble of `Thunder Hill', and the completely sublime `Endless Blue' is a softly panning hum of shimmering synth slivers against spacey isolation that almost reminds of Tangerine Dream's defining proto- dark ambient classic `Zeit'.

In many ways, `Antarctica' is an uncompromising and difficult work that many will find too vague, uneventful or just downright cold, especially on the two longer early tracks. It admittedly holds a frequently suffocating, overwhelming mood with only a few softer moments to provide some relief, but it's actually quite a darkly beautiful album if you let it seep in. Newcomers to Jack's music would probably be better off starting with the more accessible `Planet Red' set or even the drowsy`Secret Coves' (both also from 2016), but `Antarctica' is best suited to long-time electronic or dark ambient listeners, or those prog-electronic listeners who don't mind their music on the minimal and experimental side.

Three and a half stars (but seasoned electronic/experimental fans can make this a four).

 Fast Rails (Jack Hertz and Christian Fiesel) by HERTZ, JACK album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Fast Rails (Jack Hertz and Christian Fiesel)
Jack Hertz Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars `Slow TV' is a term used for a type of live `marathon' television coverage of an ordinary event in its complete length, popularised in the 2000s by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), beginning with the broadcast of a 7-hour train journey in 2009. It is from this event that sound experimentalist Jack Hertz, collaborating with fellow electronic artist Christian Fiesel, draw inspiration, and the duo (following up their terrific earlier related work `End of the Steam Age' from April 2016) have crafted a fascinating album of both vintage and modern influenced expansive progressive/ambient atmospheres, cool electronica and experimental soundscapes, `Fast Rails', and there's the option to purchase an additional DVD of the above described stock NRK footage that runs the 77 minute length of the disc as part of a `crossover' package to compliment the album, which works to beautiful effect.

`Crossing the Horizon' opens with subdued pulsing beats that grow and retreat in stature over reverberating sustaining electric drones and fizzing panning washes, subtle slinking electronica-flavoured grooves emerging subtly throughout. Both `Around the Bend' and `Glimmer on the Tracks' have a flowing Steve Roach-like shimmering aura teeming with mystery, with the latter almost able to pass for a lost Tangerine Dream soundtrack piece, and the lightly danger-laced `Bergen' fuses expansive Berlin School moods with shadowy electronic beats, electric guitar distortion, Mellotron-like choirs and ruminative acoustic guitar flecks that remind of Robert Schroeder's `Harmonic Ascendant' in fleeting moments.

The strident guitar strums weaving in and out of the hovering electronics of `Station' hold a faint bluesy tone (and just listen for that lovely if brief Mellotron passage in the final moments), the psychedelic `Park Sides' is both playful and mysterious with a mellow The Orb-like lurching cool drowsiness to its slowly revealing slithering beats and sequenced trickles that perfect fuses old and new sounds, and the distorted electric guitar strains over wavering overwhelming electronics backed to a constant driving beat of the closing title track `Fast Rails' build to a wild and disorientating finale.

It sounds like it could be completely dull, but the gently hypnotic visuals and the frequently floating music accompaniment work to sublime effect on this Aural Films netlabel release, and this is very far removed from placid slow-moving generic ambience or tired progressive-electronic clichés. Completely removed of the visuals on the DVD, the `Fast Rails' album in itself is a diverse and deeply immersive electronic collection of extended works, but together the two mediums achieve a mesmeric cohesion. It's also not a slight in any way to consider the disc a fascinating and cool background listen, and it turns out to be an unexpectedly lovely musical surprise that can be enjoyed on a number of levels from two intelligent and unpredictable artists.

Four stars out of five.

 DRIVE by HERTZ, JACK album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.00 | 1 ratings

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DRIVE
Jack Hertz Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars How nice that Jack Hertz has been included in the Progressive Electronic archives. He deserves to be in as he presents an alternate yet very true example of this style's evolution. This alone is always welcomed n this P/E world (at least by me).

I had the luck to encounter his work via Bandcamp. They actually set this "Drive" in 2013 in my e-mail's doorsteps. "A suite of tracks composed for listening to while driving and also an ongrowing project". -This is how this project came to be and as Jack Hertz advertises.

"DRIVE" is closer to the U.S.A's West Coast school of electronics than its European counterpart, therefore some of its sounds may remind you of this side of the earth ones yet he has turned these influences to his own course and benefit without no kind of "piracy symptoms" and of course experimentation, as always, is allowed.

This project delivers, most of the times, the kind of music composition which changes or stays in its running time in pursue of its best, or more interesting, melody lines with exceptional creativity and innovation and even if not the best section or track, composition wise speaking, everything is perfect pitch sound engineered.

At some point in the long run the conceptual issue becomes bigger than its musical one ,(i.e. an excess of not that hypnotic nor attractive drum-beats), but ironically, when this happens, it highlights the brighter and more unique parts or tracks of the whole release by contrast and one understands what he is capable of when driven.

So in a few words this release is by no means flawless yet a very good and original ride in the Progressive Electronic highway.

***3.5 PA stars.

P.D.-Jack Hertz's discography is quiet more prolific than as it appears, now, in this PA's archive.

 Secret Coves by HERTZ, JACK album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Secret Coves
Jack Hertz Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars With its tranquil cover art and title, it might be easy to expect a bland wishy-washy New Age album with `Secret Coves', but sound experimentalist Jack Hertz would never resort to something so vapid and easy. Jack's numerous (and constant!) albums are always anything but straightforward, covering any style from ambient, progressive-electronic/Berlin School to drone from one project to the next, and this one is no different, a single 51 minute track album that weaves an immersive, even lightly hallucinogenic environment.

`Secret Coves' reveals itself to be a drowsy and constantly-evolving fluid soundtrack, and while there's no actual melodies or obvious themes, lulling synths create a very hypnotic and disorientating atmosphere instead. Slinking beats lurch in and out of the piece and take on a subtle groove here and there, any light tribal-like elements that appear are distorted into subdued oblivion, and the whole piece is never completely breezy or lightweight, with occasional gently melancholic traces floating in and out of the serene surroundings.

Sometimes comparable in only fleeting moments to Ishq or the occasional psychedelic Steve Roach works, the dreamy and mysterious `Secret Coves' is easy to have on as a background listen, but uneasy little slivers and unexpected sonic detours mean it's anything but a pure easy-listening experience. Those who like their electronic music at its most unhurried, drowsy and mysterious will discover a fascinating and shimmering work here, and it's an intoxicating fusion of nature and electronics.

Three and a half stars, rounded up to four.

 Planet Red by HERTZ, JACK album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Planet Red
Jack Hertz Progressive Electronic

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars Space is a frequently covered theme for plenty of prog-electronic albums, and this time it's sound experimentalist Jack Hertz who draws intrigue from the cosmos by focusing on the third planet from the sun with the double CD set `Planet Red'. Jack's music can cover a whole range of styles, from ambient to experimental and well beyond, but `Planet Red' is firmly in the progressive-electronic/Berlin School style, further split into two volumes subtitled `Missions' (offering more melodic, often beat-driven rhythmic music) and `Atmospheres' (four lengthy and more challenging drifting pieces), with Syndromeda, the Alpha Wave Movement and Klaus Schulze being easy reference points here.

Although the first `Missions' disc often holds shorter and more compact pieces, there's still several that branch out beyond the ten-minute mark, but frequent gentle programming and restrained beats anchor these compositions from wandering too far. Of the highlights, the whirring and warm `Space-Time Crystal' serenely floats along with trickling beats and twitching synth ripples, `Burning Star' is a cooler drone with a ticking electronic pulse, `Interstellar Voyager' holds symphonic synth washes over plodding beats, `Planet Red' is mystifying shimmering ambience with an eerie liveliness breaking through, and `Dark Matter' is frequently chill-out ambient with bleeding synth pools melting around alien tribal pattering.

The second `Atmospheres' disc is often darker and more challenging, being completely devoid of beats or rhythmic patterns and taking the set into deeper ambient territory, holding a greater depth than the first disc. Thankfully it avoids becoming vacuous and overly pretty New Age fluff, and its lengthy droning passages never move so far into the uneventful near-stillness of the extreme examples of the sub-genre. Humming synth caresses slowly and softly descend around the listener in `Return to Alpha Syntauri', `Andromeda' (the darkest and most challenging piece on offer here) is a deeply immersive and unhurried ringing and reverberating thrumming drone with the most low-key of rise-and-falls, the cooing and almost playful synth glistenings of the lightly psychedelic and mysterious `Cosmosis' are teeming with life, and the moody `Aquarius' is wide- screen and expansive in approach, with the haunting and enveloping sweeping finale almost calling to mind the early Klaus Schulze worlds, a style that lightly permeates this entire disc.

This somewhat more accessible release presents Jack Hertz at a good half-way-point - intelligent and atmospheric but reigning back on many of the experimental indulgences found on plenty of his other discs for something more frequently melodic and approachable. It's an ideal place to start for newcomers, as well as being a wonderfully crafted space music/Berlin School-flavoured work in its own right (and one that's far more interesting than the billion Tangerine Dream clones out there!). Alone they make for two excellent standalone works, but together you have a contrasting set of varied prog- electronic styles that makes for a very attractive and atmospheric collection of space music.

Four stars.

Thanks to aussie-byrd-brother for the artist addition.

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