Psycho Acoustic Overture

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All Music Guide - Robert Taylor
The great irony with this release is that it was perhaps the most innovative and interesting on the Shrapnel label, yet received little attention until years later. Yngwie Malmsteen's influence on young guitarists produced an endless supply of technically competent, but largely uninspired, effigies. Mark Varney signed the German guitarist/composer Bernd Steidl, who had been studying at the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) in California, after hearing a demo tape. Released without much press or fanfare, the recording was only mildly successful within the guitar-shred community. Perhaps the reason for this was that the core American audience, primarily young, heavy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Robert Taylor
The great irony with this release is that it was perhaps the most innovative and interesting on the Shrapnel label, yet received little attention until years later. Yngwie Malmsteen's influence on young guitarists produced an endless supply of technically competent, but largely uninspired, effigies. Mark Varney signed the German guitarist/composer Bernd Steidl, who had been studying at the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) in California, after hearing a demo tape. Released without much press or fanfare, the recording was only mildly successful within the guitar-shred community. Perhaps the reason for this was that the core American audience, primarily young, heavy metal-influenced guitar students, were not ready for the level of sophistication presented in this acoustic format. In fact, the music on this recording bears little to no resemblance to the guitar shredders that Steidl was unfairly being compared to (i.e.Tony Macalpine, Vinnie Moore, Greg Howe). Formally trained on classical music in Germany, but also influenced by the likes of Al Di Meola and Django Reinhardt, Steidl amassed a prodigious combination of guitar technique and compositional skills. The listener is thus treated not only to staggering displays of guitar gymnastics, but also to distinctive, diverse, and memorable compositions that add up to a cohesive musical listening experience. As the years went by and the spread of MP3s became the dominant form of music acquisition, word quickly spread about this recording, and a cult classic was firmly established. There are a number of standout tracks here, with the jaw-dropping "Irrlichter" and haunting "Cobra Negra" being the most memorable. The supporting musicians are careful not to overplay and make a valuable contribution, especially the eerie choral vocals of Dioni Michelle Collins. With Psycho Acoustic Overture, Bernd Steidl managed to outplay and outclass his contemporaries, and although it took nearly a decade, the musical community finally realized this player's special talent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/30/1992
  • Label: Shrapnel
  • UPC: 026245105423
  • Catalog Number: 1054
  • Sales rank: 256,640

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Irrlichter (1:23)
  2. 2 Cobra Negra (6:00)
  3. 3 The Death of Ludwig II (4:42)
  4. 4 Walburgis Night (7:11)
  5. 5 La Campanella (2:26)
  6. 6 In Venice (3:14)
  7. 7 Metamorphoses (3:47)
  8. 8 Jeux d'Eau (3:24)
  9. 9 Eine Kleine Bassmusik (0:55)
  10. 10 Papillon (3:53)
  11. 11 Will-o-the-Wisp (1:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bernd Steidl Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Keyboards
Mark Robertson Piano
Brad Russell Bass, Electric Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar, Upright Bass
Veronika Kruge Handwriting
Konstanza Licht Harp
Petra Steidl Guitar
Atma Anca Drums
Technical Credits
Bernd Steidl Producer
Joe Marquez Engineer
Mark "Mooka" Rennick Engineer
Mike Varney Executive Producer
Andy Fuchs Digital Editing, Mastering
Till Kruge Artwork
Veronika Kruge Contributor
Peter Luske Engineer
James Oweng Producer, Sound Design
Friedrick Valetta Engineer
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