Here are two very welcomed reviews of the Thought Guild - Third Voyage cd:
Thought Guild’s third and final album "Third Voyage" is handmade and packaged in beautiful "retro" 5.25 floppy discs, all hand numbered with a limited edition of only 50 copies.
It’s sad though this is the last recording of this dynamic and creative duo, as the 52-minutes of cosmic music, mainly based around improvisation and use of vintage synthesizers, reaches new heights and depths here.
Despite a slight nod toward the Berliner School style, the duo has created its own inspired and spacious universe during the years, that reaches its peak with the sonic delights and warm environments embedded in the eights tracks that make up "Third Voyage". There’s a pleasant freshness and joy found in their music (mostly due to the highly improvised approach), that features transparent textures but almost no rhythms and sequences.
Review by Bert Strolenberg, Sonic Immersion.org
"Third Voyage", released in February 2012 on Harmonic Resonance Recordings, marks the third and unfortunately the last chapter of collaboration betweeen Alpha Wave Movement's Gregory Kyryluk and his country mate, synthesist Christopher Cameron, who passed away on August 22, 2011. Before exploring the vintage synth sound of this final voyage, we are confronted with nicely looking retro packaging with 5.25 floppy disc, released in a limited edition of 50 copies and hand numbered. Definitely a true collector's item!!! "Third Voyage" unfolds with celestially elated and tranquilly sweeping texture, "The Ebbing Universe". Its warmly inviting and graceful atmosphere is nicely emphasized by agelic choir-like sounds and tenderly tinkling effects. Excellent opener!!! "Iridescent Universe" is slightly more eclectic and expressive in its first half with stronger nostalgic feel, towards the end it becomes more serene and aerial. Charming ethereal mid-tempo melodies invade the next piece, "Last Train To Lyon", and attractively interplay with occasional, evocative and catchy electric guitar riffs. Emotionally strong and exciting composition!!! Darker and deeper intro of "Retropolis" soon slips into actively rhythmed and ever-changing tune. Hauntingly rich, colorful and uplifting blend of melodies and atmospheres. "Moon Blossom Meditation" is dominated by evocative and immersing sorrow soundscapes enriched by crispy bells. The next piece, "VCO Vs. DCO", keeps at the beginning its sad, more orchestral-like feel, but later it quickly cascades into rapidly and dynamically vibrant and refreshing sequence patterns. "Titanium Ashram" attracts with its sky high ride spiced with crystalline gurgles shimmeringly swirling around listener's ears. Peaceful and graceful washes enter "Celestial Glossolalia" and carry it with fragilely pulsing effects into vast open realms with all its sublimity and magnificence, pure aural beauty and majestic way to finish off this highly treasured voyage!!! Gregory Kyryluk definitely succeded in his mission to reflect the vintage atmosphere/vibe of the Thought Guild history and paid tribute to the memory of Christopher Cameron. Thank you so much, Greg, for sharing these memorable moments and recordings with us, Chris will always be remembered through his music, creativity and passion!!!
Richard Gürtler (Mar 04, 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia)