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DR. ZAB & HIS ROBOTIC STRINGS ORCHESTRA

DR. ZAB & HIS ROBOTIC STRINGS ORCHESTRA

MANTRA 074 WM335642074 : 1992
BOOSTER 2009

André Mergenthaler
Saxophones sur la plage 22.

Thierry Zaboitzeff
Composition, basse, violoncelle, voix, claviers, samplers, électronique.

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  • KEYBOARD MAGAZINE (F)


    Art Zoyd est, avec Urban Sax, Magma et quelques autres, l'un des groupes français qui se sont forgés une forte identité dans le champ des musiques Thierry Zaboitzeff, l'un des piliers d'Art Zoyd, nous offre un album solo où se manifestent pleinement ses talents de compostion et sa maîtrise des instruments électroniques : rythmiques hypnotiques, boucles répétitives, fusion des styles et des traditions, soundtracks débridés et climats recueillis, ironie parfois grinçante et jeux mécaniques.

    Le Dr. Zab, au milieu de ses drôles de machines, explore de manière ludique des labyrinthes de la modernité. De la même famille et du même talent, Patricia Dallio nous avait, il y a quelques mois, gratifié d'un très bel album, 

    « Procession ", sur le label D.T.R. (distr. M.S.I.). 

    KEYBOARD MAGAZINE (F)
    Christian Jacob
  • BABYBLAUE SEITEN (D)

    Thierry Zaboitzeff, Art Zoyd’s bassist until 1996, released his second solo album in 1992, at the same time as the two ‘Marathonnerre’ cds (‘Prométhée, his first solo work, was released in 1983).


    On this album Dr. Zab takes a romp through his home studio. Zaboitzeff mixes together an orgy of sampled sounds and noises and diverse instrumental tracks. The result is a singular, electronic sound brew which from ‘Marathonnerre’ on increasingly characterizes Art Zoyd’s music as well : neo-classical, gloomy, threatening, symphonic, complex – just more synthetic as the music on the band’s albums from the 1980’s.


    The whole work is quite varied, including a series of background noises (water dripping), horses clip-clopping, helicopters flying by...etc.), at times quoting classical role models (for instance the track ‘Dr. Zab & his robotic string orchestra’ is stolen directly from the third movement of Schostakowitsch 8th symphony) without mentioning the corresponding composers – but hey, we’re used to Prog-musicians doing that – and has a truly gigantic sound.


    ‘Dr. Zab & his robotic strings orchestra’ is a wholly interesting cd and a worthy investment for all Art Zoyd-completists and electronic sample freaks.              

    Achim Breiling
  • EXPOSE (USA)


    Zaboitzeff is the Bass Guitarist/Cellist for Art Zoyd. This solo project shows him in a more electronic setting, as it is done mostly using synths and sequencers. There are 22 tracks of varying length and styles, but firmly in the neo-classical/electronic style. The album is brilliant, and strikes a good balance between melodics and dark Zoydian textures; It's one that tends to grow on the listener, but not one that will alienate on the first listen; in fact this album is sufficiently accessible that even folks who've had problems adapting to the dark and angular worlds of bands like Art Zoyd and Univers Zero should have no problem with this. 

    EXPOSE (USA)
    Peter Thelen

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