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Frank van Bogaert: Docking

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Frank Van Bogaert is from Belgium, and his output is definitely in the tradition of European synthesizer pop music. Not the German kind, with its driving obsessive sequencer patterns, but the “inspirational,” dramatic kind epitomized by Vangelis. You hear the Vangelis imprint everywhere in Bogaert’s music, from the modal melodies and easy-going but insistent rhythms, to the slow buildups into a “big sound” full of emotional appeal.

Bogaert, though, lacks the bombast and pretension of Vangelis. (He also lacks the ...

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Frank van Bogaert: Geographic

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Frank Van Bogaert is a Belgian pop composer whose work is very much like that of Vangelis. He shares Vangelis’ taste for simple chord changes, easygoing rhythms, synthesized “orchestral” textures, and buildups to dramatic climaxes. In this album, Bogaert uses samples from native chanting as well as environmental sounds – certainly not original touches, but they fit well within his theme of “pop world” music of the kind that those other Europeans, “Deep Forest," produce. He also uses Scottish and ...


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