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"Sparkling textures and nouveu romantic aspirations of cosmic grandeur"

Tempustry is Allen Brunelle's solo project apart from his occasional duties as drummer for Architectural Metaphor and Dark Aether Project, and though the music on Le Voyage du Temps has some affinities with the former, most of the songs veer far closer to Jean-Michel Jarre/Michael Garrison territory. With a penchant for symphonic bombast and an obsession with portamento-drenched monophonic synth leads, much of Le Voyage plays out like clockwork, with ultra clean production, sparkling textures, and nouveu romantic aspirations of cosmic grandeur. Pieces like "Space Race," "Spindrift," and "Skyward," while nicely programmed and artfully structured, simply recapitulate the conventional synth wizard magic invoked by numerous Schulze apprentices (including Jarre himself, to some degree) since the late 70s. To Brunelle's credit, his use of drum machines adds a much needed rhythmic element to what has become a nearly homogenized plug-in genre of music. The aptly titled "Driven," for instance, propels the listener across the mechanized autobahn of early Kraftwerk, with a nod to the digital highways explored by such 90s speedfreaks as 808 State, Orbital and Eat Static. For connoisseurs of electronica and similar synth-based genres, Le Voyage has the cardinal virtue of doing it all right - and pretty much right by the book when it comes to post-Schulze space music design. Which is to say, if you like the past masters and grand gurus of kosmische musik, you'll like Tempustry's Le Voyage du Temps. - Aural Innovations #32


"Recalls some of the pioneers who blazed a trail for electronic progressive way back when the iconic Moog synthesizer ruled the realm"

Tempustry is the electronic/new age project of one Allen Brunelle, a musiciian whose talent encompasses multiple genres and has landed him gigs with various progressive bands, including american neo-progressive stalwarts Iluvatar. Brunelle is a versatile player, having performed and recorded drums, synthesizers, and vocals. As Tempustry, it's all keyboards and other electronics.
Le Voyage du Temps recalls some of the pioneers who blazed a trail for electronic progressive way back when the iconic Moog synthesizer ruled the realm. Names like Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and Jean Michel Jarre immediately come to mind. This album's 10 songs don't even break the 42-minute mark, suggesting Brunelle might want to stretch things further compositionally on his next outing.
Give him some time. Before Brunelle is through, his work may yet earn him a seat at the master's table. - Ric Levine - - Progression Magazine #49


Discography

2005. TEMPUSTRY 'Le Voyage Du Temps' Time Voyage Music (all music performance & programming by Allen)

Allen Brunelle's extended discography
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2008 KING'S RANSOM 'Curators of the Realm' LP/CD/DVD reissue on Steel Legacy Records Athens GREECE (Allen on Drums/Synthesizer) Metal

2002 THE DARK AETHER PROJECT 'The Gentle Art of Firewalking' (Allen on Drums/Synths/Backing Vox) Prog

2001 PROGDAY 'Encore' Live CD Set (Allen with THE DARK AETHER PROJECT) Prog

1997 ILUVATAR 'Live En Argentina' (VHS) limited release in Argentina (Allen on drums) Neo-Prog

1989 KING'S RANSOM 'Curators of the Realm' (Allen on drums) Texas Metal

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Allen Brunelle is no stranger in the music scene. His live performances with ILUVATAR (neo-prog), THE DARK AETHER PROJECT (prog), ARCHITECTURAL METAPHOR (space rock), and TODESBONDEN (Celtic/renaissance metal) have put him in front of audiences in Argentina, Canada, and throughout the US. In 2005, Allen released the ‘Le Voyage du Temps’ CD as Tempustry, his electronic music project.

‘Le Voyage du Temps recalls some of the pioneers who blazed a trail for electronic progressive way back when the iconic Moog synthesizer ruled the realm. Names like Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and Jean Michel Jarre’. – Progression Magazine

‘If you like the past masters and grand gurus of kosmische musik, you'll like Tempustry's Le Voyage du Temps’. – Aural Innovations

Allen is working on his 2nd CD release, ‘Astral Gate’ which promises to be an all-out unrestrained assault and innovative blurring of Berlin & Dusseldorf schools of electronic music. Tempustry’s live show is equally unparalleled as Allen performs with a vintage keyboard/drum stage setup that boggles the imagination, surrounded by Moog, Oberheim, and Roland analog synthesizers, sequencers, vintage Simmons and Tama electronic percussion, Zildjian cymbals, Celtic Bells, and Tama Gong Bass Drum. Joining Allen on ‘Astral Gate’ in the studio and live on stage is long-time friend and fellow synthesist, Jim Rezek (ILUVATAR) on mellotron and Moog synthesizers. Compositions meld spacey and ethereal soundscapes, soaring leads, and subsonic salvos of electronic and acoustic motorik.

In 2007, Tempustry opened the Rites of Spring Festival (ROSFest) with unreleased material from 'Astral Gate'.