While a definite departure from his previous work, Diode Melody still retains an emphasis on melody - bringing a warmth to the world of electronics.
Even if you don't like electronic music, listen again.
Diode Melody is composer/guitarist's Chris Lonsberry's departure into the realm of vintage electronic composition. The title is apt since Lonsberry has a gift for strong melody and uses it as a foundation for his work here. The sound is a mixture of analog and digital synthesizer timbres with uncomplicated melodies and arrangements. Lonsberry often uses his melodies as a foundation for which a track might evolve into a cycle of shapes and return. Instances of techno appear throughout as well giving this album a very well rounded feel, heightened by the return of its opening theme as a sort of return home after a long journey..
Reviewed by Bryan Baker 11/7/99.
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1. Early Morning
3. The New World
4. Glass Reflection
6. Climbing Mountains
9. Open Terrain
10. Eyes Of Wonder
12. To Say Farewell