Former boss of synth company PPG and chief demonstrator of its products plus Tangerine Dream’s touring sound man, Dueren’s privately released album Eyeless Dreams is a showcase of what the great PPGs could do. In 1983 PPG announced… the PRK Processor Keyboard…. The PRK sported a 72-note (F to E) velocity-sensitive, weighted action keyboard. In addition, the PRK could be loaded with up to eight PPG voice cards, each with four wavetables…. During the next year Palm continued development on the …PRK, resulting in the introduction of the …PRK FD at Frankfurt in 1985…. The PRK FD [along with the new Waveterm B] also sported a 68000 CPU, as well as a 5 1/2″ floppy drive, so that wavetables and samples from Waveterm B disks could be loaded and played. In addition, the PRK FD was outfitted with some impressive MIDI master controller capabilities, including a 99-track sequencer and four independently addressable MIDI outs. Unlike the PRK before it, the PRK FD had pitch-bend and mod wheels. Still the PRK FD suffered from the same fault that the original PRK had: Both were limited to a simple two digit LED display – hardly tolerable for keeping a handle on all the unit’s functions.
Here’s a review from Electronics & Music Maker magazine in the UK:
‘PPG demonstrator and now company Geschaftsfuhrer Duren is no slouch when it comes to taking the PPG computer keyboards through their paces. Although this isn’t a demo LP but a very accomplished album, it relies mainly on PPG’s own 8-Voice 360A, Modular System 300 and 1020 Synthesizer units, together with a 350 Sequencer and a Micro Moog for some lead lines.
The interesting point is that Duren can do all this in live concert and has done so in Wissen and Bad Breiseg to name but two instances. The title track opens with very fast synchronised sequences and slips into. a Jarre-like melody with splashes of percussion and a wailing lead line. ‘Phila’, ‘904’ and ‘Proton’ develop the style, with imaginative and gentle changes of tempo, rich digital abstract sounds and expressive chords making full use of delay and keyboard response effects.
The closing ‘Eyeless Dream 2′ has Bettina Weber’s spoken German text over a huge variety of PPG abstract sounds and chords. There’s a feeling of tremendous power latent in every track, quite understandably in view of the highly sophisticated and desirable instrumentation involved!’
It can be found over at the Synopsis Elektronika blog.