Chronotope Project — Dawn Treader
(Spotted Peccary SPM-2803, 2015, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2015-09-28
Somewhere along the road between floating ambient electronic sounds and deep mystical audio imagery one can find rich spaces of solitude imbued with shimmering sonic beauty, where meta-stillness mixes with energizing forces creating a trance-like state that evokes inner peace. This is where Dawn Treader exists, reaching deep into the listener’s being, opening into that subconscious portal. The seven tracks herein will gently guide the listener down the spiral path, suspended in drifting tonal colors and shades of light and dark, punctuated by soft and delicate percussive events highlighting the moments of the journey. Chronotope Project is in fact one person, composer Jeffrey Ericson Allen, who makes all these beautiful sounds with analog and digital synthesisers, sequencers, continuum fingerboard controller, various hand percussion, Tibetan and quartz singing bowls, Shakuhachi, Irish whistle, recorder, cello, koto, and more. The additional non-electronic instrumentation – especially the woodwinds, percussion and koto gives many of the pieces an exotic flavor that recalls elements of east Asian traditional styles, gamelan, and more, presented in a very subtle and gentle way that works hand in hand with the main course of synth textures. There are at least four previous Chronotope Project releases, and how Dawn Treader compares to those I cannot say, but those looking for mystical, contemplative and subtle yet intensely melodic sounds will surely herein find all of that and more.
Related artist(s): Chronotope Project (Jeffrey Ericson Allen)
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