Reviews

 

"Destined to become one of this year’s favorite albums, Ovum is easily Chronotope Project’s most impressively cutting-edge work to date ...Ovum is certainly not to be missed, undoubtedly earning Jeffrey Ericson Allen a spot at the round table of ambient music’s finest! 

 —Candice Michelle, Journeyscapes

 

"Solar Winds is my kind of ambient electronic music...filled with light, feeling, warmth, movement and melody...It's as if the music transcends time and trend to be something uniquely of its own making. I love that."

 Thomas Mathie, Headphonaught Nanolog

"A deep and engaging aural experience, where space and time are defined by the boundaries of an enveloping soundscape. It's a richly textured album with a number of layers to surround you with, and I find myself coming back to it repeatedly to experience that surrounded feeling, that warmth and richness."

Rik MacLean, ping things

 

"...Jeffrey is a master alchemist in his blending of unique percussive sounds, both natural and sampled, and adding effects to them to create some of the most intriguing multi-layered rhythmic sequences that I’ve heard...Event Horizon is a quietly masterful release that now occupies a place in the upper echelons of my all-time favorite ambient electronic music"

Michael Diamond, Music and Media Focus


...the sonic vistas created on"Chrysalis" are a mesmerizing kind of storytelling with a strong sense of wonder and true spirit running underneath. A good pair of headphones is highly recommended for immersing in the aural splendor of this quality ambient release.”

Bert Strolenberg, Sonic Immersion

 

 “Chrysalis has revealed itself as easily one of the best releases I’ve heard this year... [It is] a stunning piece of work. It sounds fresh each time you listen to it, and offers nearly immeasurable depth. It seems like there’s always something new to hear, a new place to be taken."

—John Shanahan, Hypnagogue Review

 

 "Transcend through the stars of time and space, and get locked into a world of soothing, melodic music that will have you relaxing in peace all at once."

—Steven Gullota, Brutal Resonance

 

 “From chronicles of desolation, and still chill zones, to vigorous workouts of charged musical intrigue, Passages places the monumental right next to the incidental. Its ashen landscapes and moonlit fields, and then a fleeting moment of light at dusk, are meant to hold, then lighten the spirit. Chronotope Project thinks of the listener as a sensory register, and asks softly for our active engagement with his creation - so that these two solitudes may at last touch.”

—Chuck Van Zyl, Star's End

 

"Each successive album I have had the pleasure of hearing by Chronotope Project has taken it to the next level, and Dharma Rain continues this evolution. I especially enjoy listening to this music with headphones to be fully immersed in the richness of the sound, as well as tuning into all the subtle nuances and ear candy that accentuate the recording. This is an album that bears repeated listening, revealing hitherto unheard treasures each time."

—Michael Diamond, Music and Media Focus

  

"...joyful and relaxing, exuberant and contemplative, hedonistic and introspective. Most of all is it an utter delight to consume—and comes highly recommended."

—Thomas Mathie,Headphonaught's Nanolog

 

“One of the best new ambient artists out there, blew my mind. Highly cinematic movements. This is not a drone record, definitely an artist to watch out for, just buy it now, you won't be disappointed.”

—Blake Gibson, Composer (Broken Harbor)

  

“In this carefully ordered experience we feel pulled along on a lovely current of dancing notes and tinkling effects - the signature languid lead line lulling us in calm kindness. Producing a warming energy, Jeffrey Ericson Allen will surely engage listeners beyond Spacemusic's monastic inner circle. However more minimal, with its evocative, rich and dark soundspace, synthetic mechanical pulsations and quietly commanding leads Dharma Rain will make most mainstream albums of New Age music seem secondary."

—Chuck Van Zyl, Star's End

 

 "...Ericson Allen's use of synths, guitar, loops, field-recordings and an extensive use of world percussion helps to narrate these expansive journeys ... giving form to something formless - a feeling ... the feeling of peace ... of grace ... of serenity ... and, most of all, the feeling of travel and of the journey itself.”

—Thomas Mathie, Headphonaught Nanolog

 

 “This is utterly contemplative and wide-screen dreamscape, constantly filled with blissful listening experience. Sheer beauty and splendor!..."Chrysalis" is a brilliant album, a true masterwork displaying giant potential and refined musicianship by its solo protagonist.”

 

—Richard Gürtler, Independent Music Reviewer

 

...Galaxy expanding works on Chrysalis pull our attention across a digital twilight realm defined by echoing chimes, slow slurring solos and a syncopated synthesizer pulse. Each chord change alters the direction, color and mood, and by album's end we feel a great resolution has been reached - leaving us with much to dream about.”

—Chuck van Zyl, Star's End

 

The sonic vistas created on"Chrysalis" are a mesmerizing kind of storytelling with a strong sense of wonder and true spirit running underneath. A good pair of headphones is highly recommended for immersing in the aural splendor of this quality ambient release.”


Bert Strolenberg, Sonic Immersion

 

“This new album bring together a blissful hour that allows one to enter a state of intensified feeling. The sound itself incorporates an emotion that is so powerful that it produces a trancelike elevated sensation and it overpowers you right from the start all the way till the end with a feeling that is somewhere in between carnal and spiritual guidance.

Event Horizon marks the beginning of an odyssey, with nine movements that typically reflect the best transcendent auditory journey, from the ground to the sky, from the sea bed to the unknown horizon or from the unreachable universe straight to another dimension...It is Space Music and ambient sound in the purest form.”

—The Sirens Sound 

"From each listening session I hear something new - the mature delicate layering of sound, attention to detail and frequencies employed make for a beautiful experience - within and without."

Song Sabai

 

Ambient Visions

 

Chronotope Project aka Jeffrey Ericson Allen hails from Oregon with 7 releases under his belt so far and now he makes that 8 with the release of Ovum on Spotted Peccary records on August 4, 2017. Ovum is an introspective journey that borders on being mystical as it calls forth deep feelings from within the listener bringing them into the open and allowing them to be examined in a peaceful and safe environment. Human beings are often reluctant to look deep within themselves because of what they might find I suppose but music is one of those forces that seems to be able to bypass some of our learned safeguards allowing us to look into places that we ordinarily would not delve too deeply into.

Ovum consists of 7 tracks and all of them are more than long enough to allow for deep diving into the otherworldly aspects of ourselves which exist at both a conscious and an unconscious level. The album starts off with a song called Olduvai Dreams which touches an older part of the listener’s mind, a part that is tribal in nature, perhaps even a little more primitive than what we are accustomed to in the 21st century. With flutes that hearken to a Native American musical influence and a slow undulating rhythm played out on the drums the music begins to shift the listener’s consciousness into a frame that will more readily accept the journey that lies ahead. I don’t know for sure but when I looked up the term Olduvai I found that it refers to Olduvai Gorge which was an important archaeological dig in Tanzania that offers some of the oldest evidence of humankind’s evolution.

 

Olduvai Dreams might be the musical equivalent of the changes that this ancient tribe of humans was going through as evolution led them inexorably forward. The song begins in a formless fashion with drifts and swirls but no tangible rhythm or direction until the moment when life moves these humans forward in the next evolutionary step which comes in at about the 2 minute mark which is when we first hear the rhythm that will be with us the for the rest of the song. The music becomes more complex as the song progresses even as life became more complex during this time period for those early humans. This is an excellent piece of music and a wonderful way to start this album.

The title track of this album, Ovum, which is track 2, is a subdued composition that deals in ebbs and flows and the feeling of floating all the while moving towards something that is intangible and ethereal. The word ovum is a mature female reproductive cell capable of producing life if fertilized so perhaps the song is an anticipatory song of what this cell might be. It is a brooding song that evokes an reflective feeling in the listener as they drift along this slow moving current toward a destination that is yet to be revealed. The music is very atmospheric and washes over you like waves gently lapping at the shoreline.  Not in a harsh way but like a soft insistent nudging to keep you moving onward.

My favorite song on the album comes at the very end and it is a song called Starry Messenger. This song is a 9 minute journey that takes the listener to the place that they have been journeying to since the first track began. To me the song points to a place of enlightenment and wisdom. The music is not the rhythmic music that started this album off but more peaceful music which might represent a person whose journey has been successfully completed and where wisdom has been obtained. It is a peaceful song that speaks to the heart and the mind at the same time and offers the traveler a place to rest and contemplate their journey. Instrumentation is deliberately kept sparse so as to enhance this feeling of completion and relaxation.

Jeffrey Ericson Allen aka Chronotope Project has delivered a wonderful journey inward and back again in the form of this latest album release. The relaxing atmospheres that permeate this album caresses deep listeners and rewards them for their efforts as he weaves a musical tapestry that deals with life both ancestral and current day. Jeffrey has shown that he is an accomplished composer and musician with Ovum and that he is able to craft engaging music that is captivating while also being able to create a narrative flow that nudges listeners forward to the journey’s end. The music has a mysterious and haunting quality about it that conveys an emotional message to those listeners who quiet themselves enough to hear it. All in all Ovum is an album that deserves your time and attention and should probably be in your musical collection. Recommended by Ambient Visions.   

Reviewed by Michael Foster for Ambient Visions

 

Journeyscapes : Ovum"

 

Electro-organic ambient bliss!

Chronotope Project is the recording alias of Oregonian ambient/electronic music composer and cellist Jeffrey Ericson Allen. His seventh recording, titled Ovum, is likewise his third release on the prestigious Spotted Peccary Music label, following his excellent Passages and Dawn Treader albums. Comprised of seven compositions spanning fifty-one minutes of organic-electronic bliss, Allen creates deeply immersive, lushly ambient soundscapes that juxtapose synthetic tones and textures with natural instruments such as cello, flute and Irish whistle. Most notably, as with Chronotope Project’s previous albums, the Haken Continuum Fingerboard is frequently featured as a solo instrument where it often takes precedence as a key signature element. Conveyed by visually captivating artwork intended to represent a primordial state of being, each composition audibly illustrates a subtle emergence from either an earthly seed or cosmic source, which gradually unfolds into a continuously evolving and metamorphosing journey.

Inspired by our distant ancestors, the opening piece, “Olduvai Dreams”, effectively transports the listener to remote islands in the Pacific or Indian ocean. Guided along by churning textures and ethno-tribal percussion, the composition eventually blossoms into a luxuriantly flowing arrangement of sensual earthly delight. Exuding the essence of a tropical rainforest, Gamelan-like timbres, ethereal tones and fluttering flutes further paint a surreal and primeval paradise. Deeply meditative and supremely mesmerizing, the title track, “Ovum”, slowly unfurls into an all-encompassing environment permeated by haunting glissando throughout, as the piece effectively evokes subtle shapes and colors that seemingly morph into suspended liquid formations. Illustrating the transitional process of metamorphosis, “Mariposa” (Spanish for ‘butterfly’) ensues with soaring glissando and a drifty bassline amid lightly rhythmic Berlin-School sequencing. The particularly spellbinding, “Primordial”, seemingly evokes a biotic alien world of primeval oceanic lifeforms and nocturnal bioluminescence. In an ode to scientific discovery, “Starry Messenger” perfectly concludes the album with an encircling illuminated environment comprised of iridescent bell-timbres in tandem with prolonged arcs of cello and flute. An indescribably beautiful piece that perceptively alters one's state of mind, it seemingly leaves the listener with a feeling of elevated awareness and conscious expansion.

Destined to become one of this year’s favorite albums, Ovum is easily Chronotope Project’s most impressively cutting-edge work to date. Although distinct unto itself, stylistic and atmospheric parallels to artists such as Ishq and Robert Rich as well as the album Ambient 4: On Land by Brian Eno can be drawn. Feeling simultaneously rooted to earth yet linked with the cosmos, Ovum is certainly not to be missed, undoubtedly earning Jeffrey Ericson Allen a spot at the round table of ambient music’s finest!

Rating: Excellent Excellent


- reviewed by Candice Michelle on 8/4/2017

 

Passages -Star's End

 

Passages (49'43") by Chronotope Project opens as would a storm blowing in from paradise. Jeffrey Ericson Allen's drifting approachwarm in tone, and pleasantly melody-ledgives this music a welcome and distinctively uncommon atmosphere. With clarity and attention he articulates five tracks worth of spacey, hazy realizations of a live electronic load - yet warmed by the dependable pleasures of this musician's soothing leads and consonant harmonic content. Moments of sinuous sonic curves wind lazily, then speed onto more linear routes. Overlapping planes of burnished chords build, as large aural forms rumble through the sound field. Soft sequencer patterns roll with an ever-brightening pulse, while sustained, steady notes calm and console. From chronicles of desolation, and still chill zones, to vigorous workouts of charged musical intrigue, Passages places the monumental right next to the incidental. Its ashen landscapes and moonlit fields, and then a fleeting moment of light at dusk, are meant to hold, then lighten the spirit. Chronotope Project thinks of the listener as a sensory register, and asks softly for our active engagement with his creation - so that these two solitudes may at last touch.

 Chuck van Zyl, Star's End,  August 2016

 

 

Dawn Treader

 
Judging the high quality of his previous releases it was just a matter of time before Jeffery Ericson Allen, aka Chronotope project, would be signed to a record label, giving full scope to his contemplative art music. 

According the composer, "Dawn Treader"(which is inspired by C.S. Lewis' eponymous sailing ship from "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader") is first and foremost an album about journeys, more particular the inner journey to greater integration and wholeness as a human being. Life sends the vessel, whether we ask for it or not; it is up to us how we navigate the great sea of the Unconscious. As such, the seven-track sonic voyage provided is in many ways a reflection and a response to a very personal journey of self-transformation, relating to some essential archetypal islands visited on this journey or helpful aspects of the self we may engage to move deeper into our voyage. 

The engaging cinematic outcome is lush, dreamy and evocative, featuring smooth evolving electronic sound tapestries along a rich assortment of processed sounds of flute, koto and other Asian and Indonesian instrumentation. Peaceful Asian flavor is depicted very nicely on "Basho’s journey", a most effective and emotive sonic drift and linger triggering the listeners imagination without effort, while a full electronic score makes up "Canticle for the Stars".


Occasionally, serene and immersive currents surface during the album’s carefully rendered, subtle and expansive music which never fails to fascinate. The finale features the track"She Who Hears the Cries of the World", originally a commissioned piece for solo Balinese dance which evolves quite complex and with a great sense of release and wonder. 

For how it stands now, a series of five more albums are to follow the beautiful and skillfully molded "Dawn Treader" over the next few years.


 

Dharma Rain album receives stunning reviews!

 
Chronotope Project: Dharma Rain

This stunning triptych builds on the style cultivated in previous releases, layering scintillating electronic sequences, lush atmospheric pads, gently percolating percussion and long lyrical melodic lines into an integral whole. The themes of all three tracks marry seminal concepts in physics, cosmology and spirituality.

"Each successive album I have had the pleasure of hearing by Chronotope Project has taken it to the next level, and Dharma Rain continues this evolution. I especially enjoy listening to this music with headphones to be fully immersed in the richness of the sound, as well as tuning into all the subtle nuances and ear candy that accentuate the recording. This is an album that bears repeated listening, revealing hitherto unheard treasures each time."     —Michael Diamond,  Music and Media Focus

"The meticulously composed, excellent produced and mastered "Dharma Rain" is highly recommended for those who have a deep love for Buddhist-inspired, vibrant textural ambient music."        —Bert StrolenbergSonic Immersion Review

 "...joyful and relaxing, exuberant and contemplative, hedonistic and introspective. Most of all is it an utter delight to consume—and comes highly recommended." —Thomas MathieHeadphonaught's Nanolog

  “In this carefully ordered experience we feel pulled along on a lovely current of dancing notes and tinkling effects - the signature languid lead line lulling us in calm kindness. Producing a warming energy, Jeffrey Ericson Allen will surely engage listeners beyond Spacemusic's monastic inner circle. However more minimal, with its evocative, rich and dark soundspace, synthetic mechanical pulsations and quietly commanding leads Dharma Rain will make most mainstream albums of New Age music seem secondary."  Chuck Van ZylStar's End

 

Event Horizon Review

 

http://www.headphonaught.co.uk/2013/10/loving-event-horizon-by-chronotope.html

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Loving... Event Horizon by Chronotope Project




I'll admit something to you, if I may? I love what I do. I love listening to music. I love that I am entrusted with some people’s music & asked to give some thought to it. I don't take this role for granted and appreciate all the music submitted to me for consideration ... even if I cannot get to it, I do listen to it.

There are some folks whose contact brightens my day ... I love it when I get a note through from Gaving Catling over at Twice Removed or a mail from John Koch-Northrup at Relaxed Machinery. They both represent tremendous creativity & I am proud to be entrusted with their work.

I also love getting mail directly from the artists themselves and I have come to appreciate the mail from folks like Jeffrey Ericson Allen aka Chronotope Project. Email from him points to a good day ahead simply because I love his music.

"Event Horizon" by Chronotope Project on Relaxed Machinery is my kind of awesome: ambient soundscapes with a Vangelisian approach to percussion & sound effects. The pictures he paints with sound are simply phenomenal.

Just short of 1 hour in duration, "Event Horizon" is the demonstration of someone at peace with their form of expression ... yes, there are moments of evident progressive experimentation; but, for the most part, this release is the work of someone at the top of their game with little left to prove. It exudes a confidence that is deeply reassuring to me as a listener ... a reassurance that is doubled by the fact it is released on Relaxed Machinery. There are no gimmicks or ego-stroking flourishes on here ... just something beautiful. But then that is my expectation.

What is on here is sheer beauty refined and defined into sound. From the opening refrain of "Akashic Love Songs" to the dying moments of "Unwinding the Dream" ... this is my kind of ambient.

I don't have the words to hand that will allow me to effectively describe the music on "Event Horizon". Expressive cinematic musical journeys comes closest, I guess. Ericson Allen's use of synths, guitar, loops, field-recordings and an extensive use of ’world’ percussion helps to narrate these expansive journeys ... giving form to something formless - a feeling ... the feeling of peace ... of grace  ... of serenity ... and, most of all, the feeling of travel and of the journey itself.

I particularly like the sound pictures shaped for the second track "Arecibo" ... in particularly the percussion that flies in and out of the present consciousness. It reminded me, in particular, of Vangelis’ soundtrack for "Blade Runner".

I've been touched by "Event Horizon" and am so grateful to Jeffrey Ericson Allen for sending me a copy. I would highly recommend it to anyone with a love of cinematic music ... either through ambient or the soundtrack genre.

Tx

Credits
Released 18 October 2013
Written, produced and mixed by Jeffrey Ericson Allen
Mastered by Peter James
Images and Graphic Design by Steve Brand
 
 

Review of "Chrysalis" in Awareness Magazine

 

Chronotope Project is the musical nom de plume of composer, cellist and electronic music recording artist Jeffrey Ericson Allen, whose "sensuous ambient music" has graced the radio airwaves on Hearts of Space, Echoes and Star's End. The term "chronotope" refers to the unity of space and time, in this case finding expression in ever-evolving permutations throughout the music. Lush sonic textures and ambient atmospheres evoke the element of space, with time being marked by gently pulsing rhythmic ostinatos and exotic percolating percussion. While some rhythmic elements evoke actual percussion instruments, others are created by unique and intriguing sequenced electronic sounds.

Classical composers Satie and Debussy have been as much of an influence for Jeffrey as contemporary artists like Steve Roach, Jonn Serrie, and Brian Eno. But these days, Jeffrey’s biggest inspiration is his Buddhist meditation practice which has taught him the value of spaciousness and given him a sense of the transcendent, which is embodied in his music. Reflecting the confluence of space and time, sound and spirit, "Chrysalis" merits my highest recommendation.

 

Solar Winds Review by Thomas Mathie

 

Heaphonaught Nanolog, July 18, 2013

http://www.headphonaught.co.uk/2013/07/loving-solar-winds-by-chronotope-project.html

I've featured music from Chronotope Project before and wanted to talk about one of his other albums - "Solar Winds" - an album I've become very fond of.

"Solar Winds" is my kind of ambient electronic music ... filled with light, feeling, warmth, movement & melody.

Each track works collectively as part of the album as well as singularly on their own ... which is something I appreciate because I can dive in and out or listen to the full piece, if desired.

What I particularly enjoy about the music presented on this album is the timeless quality of the expression ... something I've found, of late, digging into the ECM Records back catalogue. It's as if the music transcends time and trend to be something uniquely of its own making. I love that. This doesn't feel like a 2012 release ... the timelessness of the music puts it out with normal classification.

The music is effortlessly played ... with an exemplary degree of prowess and talent.

The album opens with the title track - "Solar Winds" - a 9 minute atmospheric slice of ambience that subtly shifts from floaty-synths to a more cinematic trance-inspired percussive ending. It is a beautiful journey ... one I do not tire of taking.

The next track - "Raga on the Earth" - is the kind of effortless elegance that simply stuns me ... an Eastern-inspired melody played in a manner that reminds me of obscure Jazz musicians on ECM. A thoroughly relaxed and relaxing piece of music ... a 9 minute slice of heaven.

"Sirens" - the third track - is a wonderfully vibrant electronic expression ... blissfully bleepy and hypnotic ... a 7 minute lullaby for a post-modern age and an utter delight.

The penultimate track - "Redshift" - is the longest track on the album. It weighs in at just over 15 minutes and is a masterpiece of atmospheric ambient electronica. Floaty synth soundscapes ... complemented with the restrained, careful use of percussion ... provide the listener with the perfect soundtrack for dreaming on lazy days.

The closing track - "Clear Bell Ringing in Empty Sky" - is a further example of the talent of Chronotope Project. Atmospheric with field recordings of frogs at night and wind chimes ... it is the melody that seals this track as a real beauty. A languid, unhurried melody ... one that haunts the listener whilst simultaneously engaging ... it is something beautiful indeed and a fine ending to a very fine album.

I would highly recommend this release. It is very dear to me.
--Thomas Mathie, Heaphonaught Nanolog
, July 18, 2913

 

Chronotope Project on Hearts of Space This Week

 

The nationally-syndicated ambient music program Hearts of Space is featuring the title track from Chronotope Project's "Solar Winds" in this week's program, also entitled "Solar Winds."

 Other featured artists are John Lyell; Broekhuis, Keller and Schonwalder, Meg Bowles, Craig Padilla and Zero Ohms; Hollan Holmes; and Nimanty and Solarsoul. Stephen Hill describes the program in this way:

In summer, the energy of the sun seems more intense. But the sun is a nuclear furnace that never stops, and the sun's corona is so hot that high energy particles there reach escape velocity, flying into space at over a million miles an hour in a stream called the solar wind.

Made of ionized atomic particles and magnetic fields from the sun's corona, the solar wind is spun into a spiral as the sun rotates every 27 days. Here on earth, variations in the sun's magnetic field carried by the solar wind create auroras — the northern and southern lights — the plasma tails of comets, and geomagnetic storms that can knock out power grids.

On this transmission of Hearts of Space...another interstellar journey on electronic waves, on a program called SOLAR WINDS.

Check your local station for broadcast times and dates. For more information about the program, visit Hearts of Space:

 http://www.hos.com/#program/1017