With his tenth album, marking the twentieth anniversary of “Zinkl Music”, the Munich composer again remains true to his very individual style and working methods. His instrumental “Chamber Prog” – inspired by the classic progressive art rock – was produced electronically. The mainly rhythmic music contains catchy melodies, is imaginative and varied – the moods change from gloomy to jovial, to melancholic, to bizarre.
Zinkl likes to include the “historical” keyboard instruments from the early days of prog (such as the Hammond organ, the Mellotron and the Minimoog), but incorporates above all modern synthesizer, sequencer and percussion sounds. He has a special preference for the sound of the xylophone, carillon and tuned glasses.
His new album “Cockaigne” presents an exciting sound expedition through twelve tracks and best makes an impact when listened to intently as a suite in one piece. The music invokes images in the listener’s mind, and it is not unintentional that the graphic album design is somewhat reminiscent of ELP’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”. However, the pictures, drawings and collages on Zinkl’s album cover were created by himself – in the 1970s.
Zinkl’s instrumental “Chamber Prog” – inspired by the classic progressive art rock – was produced electronically; the predominantly rhythmic music contains catchy melodies, is very imaginative, and the moods fluctuate between gloomy, jovial, melancholic and bizarre.