Zed - Visions of Dune. 1979 France

Zed is one Bernard Szajner, a French synthesist and theatrical design artist, who would later plant his own name on future recordings. On Visions he is joined by guests on guitar, bass, drums, and vocals from various members in and around the Magma camp - though this is mostly a solo electronik musik affair. Overall the music portrays an aural painted landscape of darkness, with sequencers, Moog solos, and guitar providing the ominous atmosphere - all designed to recall the Dune novel. If this all sounds familiar, it is because fellow countryman Richard Pinhas (Heldon) did exactly the same thing with his second solo album Chronolyse one year earlier with arguably better results. Both apparently shared a fixation with Frank Herbert. Late 70s Conrad Schnitzler also comes to mind here. For fans of French dark electronic music, this one is hard to pass up.

Personal collection
CD: 1999 Spalax

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