Chronotope Project interview with Progressive Rock Central

 

Jeffrey Allen at Gung-Ho Studio

INTERVIEW WITH CHRONOTOPE PROJECT

Dawn Treader by Chronotope Project is one of the best electronic music releases of 2015. Progressive Rock Central talks to multi-instrumentalist and composer Jeffrey Ericson Allen, the artist behind the project.

 

http://progressiverockcentral.com/2016/01/19/interview-with-chronotope-project/

 

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 Excerpts

 

Chrysalis (2012, Relaxed Machinery, rM0032)

 “...a subtle and quite ambitious ambient/space release bridging smooth pulsations with dreamy, soft breathing textures, all spiced and deepened with extensive melodic curls and shapes."

  “The evocative and sensitive music glistens and evolves slowly, backed by some spatial percussive elements...as it gently carries along. The ethereal and the atmospheric "shake hands" throughout the single tracks, evoking similar imaginary spheres and rich emotions as found on certain Robert Roach and Steve Roach releases, while executing its own true voice.

 “...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...captivated me from the get-go...it intrigued me and aroused my senses like a deeply intoxicating fragrance...[His ambient soundscapes] pervade and enhance any physical space and bring with them a positive and uplifting presence...There is an effervescence to tracks like the opener and title track Chrysalis--it moves and evolves...dancing into the subconscious of the listener. It is a pleasure to behold and to be held by this enrapturous music.”

 Thomas Mathie, Headphonaught Nanolog

  “Gently bubbling sounds are cleverly merged with warmly tinkling embellishments and other softly invading fragments, all surrounded by hauntingly celestial blankets. Gorgeously swirling, chiming and soaring with unmeasurable grace, shimmering beauty and balmy melodies. The mixture of sensitive tribals, ear-catching transitions and soothingly hypnotic zones is absolutely splendid, a true masterpiece igniting this luxurious journey.

“ ...Chrysalis is a brilliant album, a true masterwork displaying giant potential and refined musicianship by its solo protagonist. Yes, to me, Chronotope Project is undoubtedly one of the revelations of 2012!”

Richard Gürtler, Independent ambient music reviewer

 “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.”

  Ambient composer Blake Gibson (Broken Harbour), Bandcamp Review

 “Over the course of five tracks Chrysalis succeeds masterfully in creating 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. Chrysalis is a truly exceptional work that's already in the running for one of my favorite albums of the year, and I strongly encourage you to check it out for yourself.”

Rik MacLean, ping things

 ...Chrysalis offers lush detailing, the stability of consonance and a pleasant musical arc...Whether sliding from one rounded note to the next, or beautifully converting a spare evenly paced melodic line into dramatically shifting chords, the listener is constantly being invited inside the piece. Other 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

 “Using lovely harmonic atmospherics and windchime-like articulations, he continually creates an alchemical space of gorgeously swirling, chiming and soaring sounds with immeasurable grace, glimmering beauty and balmy melodies. Jeffrey’s carefully built digital twilight realm is defined by echoing chimes, slow slurring solos and syncopated synthesizer pulses.”

Lloyd Barde, Independent Music Journalist, former CEO of Backroads

 “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...His Buddhist meditation practice 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.”

 Michael Diamond, Awareness Magazine

 “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. Kudos to Jeffrey Ericson Allen. This is a standout recording.”

—John Shanahan, Hypnagogue

 Solar Winds (2012)

 “...a richly colored kaleidoscope of immersive textures along atmospheric, soft-breathing tapestries, all journeying gently and smoothly across the great beyond out there...I especially love the fifteen-minute "Redshift" with its polyrhythmic, minimal structure and spatial sequencing, all evoking lush and bright spaces. When heard with headphones, this pinnacle even more spreads a scent of magic and wonder as it slowly evolves.”

 Bert Strolenberg, Sonic Immersion

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

Thomas Mathie, Headphonaught Nanolog

 “...The easy familiarity and the superb execution of the style make it very listenable. There is a wonderful softness to it, offset in places with the rigid maths of the sequencer. The balance is excellent. It’s quite loop-worthy, either as a pleasant backdrop or, as I’ve been doing, as a close-up headphone listen. Solar Winds is a very enjoyable journey.

John Shanahan, Hypnagogue

 

 

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

 

 

Star's End Review of Chrysalis

 

Artist: Chronotope Project
Album:
Chrysalis

Released: 5 November 2012
Label:RRelaxed Machinery
 

 

Chronotope Project, the musical persona of Jeffrey Ericson Allen, produces an electronic music realized without turning off the conscious mind. His CD Chrysalis (72'12") presents five intriguing and renewing thought experiments - mental adventures on a darkling plain. The sounds themselves have but a small force of their own. Yet through Ericson Allen's arrangement, pacing and appealing sonic dynamics he convincingly re-conjures the singularly gorgeous auditory realm first heard on albums such as Light From Orion, The Stargazer's Journey and The Way Home. A deconstruction and deceleration of classic sequencer Spacemusic albums, Chrysalis offers lush detailing, the stability of consonance and a pleasant musical arc. The composer is in possession of a diverse musical background, which is kept in reserve - placing the more delicate ideas of texture and atmosphere over technique and virtuosity. When Ericson Allen occasionally connects with a melody, it is in a profound way. Whether sliding from one rounded note to the nexxt, or beautifully converting a spare evenly paced melodic line into dramatically shifting chords, the listener is constantly being invited inside the piece. Other 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   21 February 2013

 

Hypnagogue Review of "Solar Winds"

 

 

chrono_solarJeffrey Ericson Allen, recording as Chronotope Project, takes listeners on a classic spacemusic voyage on Solar Winds. From the very beginning, this disc resonates with familiarity as it charts its own course to the stars. In five tracks, Allen creates a comfortable trip built on space-between-stars drifts, occasionally using uptempo sequencers to bring us up to cruising speed. The opening title track welcomes you with big, rich pads crossing slowly past one another to establish the spacey theme. A fantastic transition late in the track ushers in a shift that hits in the form of a percussive sequencer groove–it’s brief, but effective. From there the tone shifts back to the quiet side with “Raga of the Earth.” Here, a woodwind tone wafts introspectively over a bass-loaded drone and the unobtrusive exhalations of sighing-wind pads. A pleasantly meditative piece with a slight Eastern touch. This one works its way into you, body and soul–you may not be aware how much you’re relaxing to it until it ends.  ”Sirens” livens things up, packed with star-twinkle glockenspiel chimes over rolling waves and vocal pads. A touch of harp finds its way into the mix. Allen captures a sort of feminine grace with this track, along with a very solid 80′s spacemusic vibe. It feels like a track you’ve heard before–and don’t at all mind hearing again. “Redshift” opens with more spacey pads before a beat works itself in by way of an insistent tone, something between the ring of a dulcimer and the sharp snap of a tabla. Allen uses it to ramp up the pace to the disc’s most energetic, building a rush of vibraphone-like notes with a Phillip Glass pacing. Even at that it’s still a pretty laid-back, toe-tapping kind of thing, a starfaring joyride that deposits us into the very hushed environs of “Clear Bells Ringing in Empty Sky.” The title tells you what you need to know. Gentle wind chimes sing their complex song over choral pads as Solar Winds winds to a calm close. 

Solar Winds doesn’t go out of its way to do anything novel with the spacemusic framework, but the easy familiarity and the superb execution of the style make it very listenable. There is a wonderful softness to it, offset in places with the rigid maths of the sequencer. The balance is excellent. It’s quite loop-worthy, either as a pleasant backdrop or, as I’ve been doing, as a close-up headphone listen. Solar Winds is a very enjoyable journey.


 

Review of Chrysalis in Sonic Immersion

 

 

CHRONOTOPE PROJECT
Chrysalis
CD-R/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Relaxed Machinery, 2102

The musician behind Chronotope Project is Jeffrey Ericson Allen, who has an eclectic background in classical, new acoustic and theatrical music. As a composer, Jeffrey is triggered by themes that contrast yin and yang, of mysteries that open themselves slowly, gradually unfolding and revealing hidden facets.

"Chrysalis" contains music centered on the theme of transformation and refers to the unity of space and time, the intimate connection of the relative and the absolute. Moreover, it’s a subtle and quite ambitious ambient/space release bridging smooth pulsations with dreamy, soft breathing textures, all spiced and deepened with extensive melodic curls and shapes.

The evocative and sensitive music on the five tracks glistens and evolves slowly, backed by some spatial percussive elements (executed in a minimal sense on three pieces) as it gently carries along. The ethereal and the atmospheric "shake hands" throughout the single tracks, evoking similar imaginary spheres and rich emotions as found on certain Robert Roach and Steve Roach releases, while executing its own true voice most of the time. The deepest, most tranquil spaces surface on the soft shimmering"Reflecting Pool"


All in all, 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. Well done, Jeffrey!


© Bert Strolenberg

reprinted with permission



 

Ambientblog Review

 

Chronotope Project -Chrysalis


Reading the accompanying promo text you might fear we're slowly driftin off into 
New Age territory:"'Chronotope' refers to the essential identity of space and time..The music invites the listener to commune with this unified field of being. It weaves a sonic tapestry that relaxes the body, soothes the mind and gladdens the spirit."


However, this album is released on
Relaxed Machinery, a label (or 'collective') that has released enough great albums to clear away any suspicious 'New Age' doubts.
Seventy minutes of well-produced, classic ambient, somewhat similar to music by
Robert Rich/Steve Roach.

 

Chrysalis featured on "Hearts of Space"

 

The title track from Chrysalis headlines the most recent broadcast of the nationally-syndicated radio program "Music from the Hearts of Space," heard by 200,000 listeners nationwide. The program (PGM 1004) is entitled "Electronic North," February 15, 2013. Check local listings for broadcast times.

 

Loving..."Chrysalis" by Chronotope Project

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2013

 

Loving... "Chrysalis" by Chronotope Project

 
If it wasn’t for the music given to me to consider reviewing, I could easily get caught up in all the music submitted to my netlabel. Don't get me wrong, I love to listen to all the music I receive for waag - it's just that you need to cleanse the palate everysooften so that you can approach what you love with renewed vigour. This is why I love to receive music from folks to consider listening about. Not everyone makes it but those that do ... do so because they've caught my attention.

"Chrysalis" by Chronotope Project aka Jeffrey Ericson Allen on Relaxed Machinery is one such album. It captivated me from the get-go ... it intrigued me and aroused my senses like a deeply intoxicating fragrance. In fact, I would go so far as to say his ambient soundscapes are like a fragrance - they pervade and enhance any physical space and bring with them a positive and uplifting presence. The sounds presented enhance the listener and his/her immediate space. The sounds build up everyone who hears them and I, for one, am really grateful for this.

There is an effervescence to tracks like the opener and title track -"chrysalis" - it moves and evolves ... dancing into the subconscious of the listener ... giving them something to focus and fixate on. It really is captivating ... a swirling movement of ambient sounds and tribal percussion. It is a pleasure to behold and to be held by this enrapturous music.

The soundscapes presented within the 72 minutes of this release are all similarly captivating ... "l’Avenue du ciel" (the second track) is more atmospheric ... opening with a drone before presenting a deeply hypnotic synth that counteracts the joy of the opening track with a sense of the melancholic. The juxtaposition is electric and oh so delicious ... especially when the track shifts gear around the 4 minute mark with the introduction of ethnic percussion and a slightly more trance-y aesthetic - it is still melancholic but with some drive and movement. Movement that is further encouraged with the introduction of a field recording of flowing water. Whilst this is a wonderful addition, it is not for the weak bladdered.

Track three - "Trance-Missions" - is also wonderfully expressive with a real sense of vitality and movement. At 25:36 it is in no hurry to expressive itself ... instead it takes it's own time to grow and become - an act that I found utterly captivating and thrilling to witness.
When a subtle beat is introduced around the 5 1/2 minute mark, the anticipation is palpable - "where will this track go?" is the question on my lips. The introduction of a sequencer around the 7 minute mark helps to answer this by building a heady rhythm to follow. It explodes around the 11 minute mark into something decidedly hypnotic and all-encompassing. Truly brilliant. It does calm down in the later stages of the track ... but by that time the intended effect has been experienced and enjoyed ... sheer, unadulterated joy. Brilliant, truly brilliant.

The penultimate track - "reflecting pool" - is a truly immersive experience with a field recording of a pool of water underpinning some seriously lovely harmonic atmospherics and windchime-like percussive sounds. I find this track deeply relaxing.

The final track is stunning - "Eternity's Sunrise" is an aural delight. The use of the guitar is such an other-worldly manner whilst underpinned with an utterly delightful synth drone is just breathtaking.
The way the track builds from these initial moments with deep percussion and the wailing of such longing on guitar is truly marvellous. This is the soundtrack to an unseen film and I want to see the film!

This is a great track on a great album. An album I am captivated with and will, without doubt, treasure for a long time.
 

Chrysalis Review - Amazon

 


5 Stars * * * * *
2012 turned out to be a surprisingly fertile year for ambient music, and this easily ranks as my favorite ambient release of this year. Very organic, fluid, and mesmerising, but with some surprises that just aren't found so often anymore in the genre, like unexpected tempo changes and actual melodic structuring. And with the inclusion of subtle tribal rhythms, it reminds me a lot of early Steve Roach and Robert Rich, with an emphasis on a relaxing and imaginative musical journey that I find more emotionally satisfying than a lot of the trance-inducing, shoegaze-ish drone music that represents a lot of ambient music these days. The beautiful opening track alone sounds like a lost track from "Dreamtime Return". Jeffrey Ericson Allen also adds in gorgeous, unique touches and instruments, like almost Middle-Eastern sounding cello on the second track and surprisingly effective use of what I hate to say can be a bit cloying in ambient music, recordings of nature sounds such as running water and the like. It all adds up to an hour of guaranteed bliss. So if you enjoy melodic, organic ambient music in the vein of Aglaia's "Three Organic Experiences", early Steve Roach, or Robert Rich, this will be a satisfying listen.
 
 

Chrysalis Review - Bandcamp

 

“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.”  

 

Chrysalis Review - Relaxed Machinery

 

 

Chronotope Project - Chrysalis
Wow. Incredible. That's it, that's my review... ok kidding aside, this is an amazing album, a nice counterpoint to the more vaporous, unstructured albums released on rM this year. It's highly cinematic, Jeffrey [Allen] has a very promising career in ambient ahead of him, I could easily see him up there with the big names in a few years.  I love his use of melody and the many unexpected instruments that popped up throughout the course of the album.  This is a guy to watch in the future.
--Blake GIbson (Broken Harbor), Relaxed Machinery January, 2013
“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, Bandcamp, January 2013

Chronotope Project - Chrysalis

"Wow. Incredible. That's it, that's my review... ok kidding aside, this is an amazing album, a nice counterpoint to the more vaporous, unstructured albums released on rM this year. It's highly cinematic, Jeffrey [Allen] has a very promising career in ambient ahead of him, I could easily see him up there with the big names in a few years.  I love his use of melody and the many unexpected instruments that popped up throughout the course of the album.  This is a guy to watch in the future."