Rubycon is the breathtaking nod to primitive electronica released as Tangerine Dream’s sixth studio album in 1975. The highly experimental Krautrock band managed to be quietly cosmic in a progressive manner while sticking to a proto-punk minimalism that said quite clearly that less was more then proved it. Trying desperately hard to say something completely different, the band relied heavily on sequencer based sound that for most of my life has succeeded in saying very little indeed. That being said, it did and does say quite a lot to a multitude of others.
Rubycon I and Rubycon II both open with haunting sequences. The latter’s opening reminds me of an air raid on a desolate moonbase perhaps. As I read somewhere once, it’s ever unfolding and yet never quite manages to arrive. It is that lack of arrival that manages to make a breakthrough like this only a 6 out of a possible 10 to me. Others swear it touches their souls in ways ordinary music does not. To each their own.
Rubycon can be listened to in its entirety here: