Chronology – Spotted Peccary Music SPM-2808
Jeffrey Ericson Allen is an Oregonian composer, cellist, and electronic music recording artist with an extensive and eclectic background in classical, new acoustic and theatrical music production. Chronotope Project represents his most recent expression as a creator of contemporary progressive ambient music. The album Chronology is an excellent example of this.
1. About the album Chronology
“Chronotope” refers to the essential unity of space and time, a concept with numerous expressions in literature, physics, and the arts. The music of Chronotope Project explores this time-space confluence and invites the listener on ambient journeys of deep texture infused with gentle pulsing rhythms and soulful melodies.
Chronology is music that comes from timeless attention and awareness, acknowledging thousands of years of human experience, rendered by electronic synthesizers, sometimes with a Haken Continuum Fingerboard, joined at different times by the cello, the shakuhachi flute, the (low) Irish whistle, the strings of a koto, the ethereal delight of wordless vocals, and the infinite entrancing realms of hand percussion.
2. The tracks
The sparkling opening is like light reflected off the water in…
…the afternoon, calming but strangely kinetic in appearance. “Unwinding the Dream” (6:12) (a remix from the 2013 album Event Horizon which is with the Relaxed Machinery label) balances a weaving pattern with a crying beast somewhere in the distance. The glasslike layers that frame the atmosphere of the sound flow into larger forms. The geometric sound forms are perfect, the atmosphere warm and relaxing, the beast is sad somewhere out there. The music makes an entrance for beauty and there she is.
Now the wind changes and becomes darker and deeper, track 3 “Solar Winds” (9:06) (remix from the 2012 self-released album, Solar Winds, the title track) and I hear the continuous flows of charged particles from the sun, permeating the void. Track 5 brings new voices that emerge from every corner of the world, “Tonglen” (10:32) puts me in a forest of dark wonder, the flute guides the ear like a spirit in the forest, the air sparkles with strange colors. The feeling is always calm and meditative, here the flute is the messenger, the crier, the pace is perfectly slow and steady, the forest comes alive. A flute meditation, giving and taking, mixing self and other, sending, and receiving. I love the touch of the hand drum.
Emerging cycles, geometric precision swinging one way and…
…then back again, weaving into the mix dry wooden tones cycle consistently supporting the emergence of each new life form. Track 7 “Chrysalis” (9:57) (a remix of the title track from the 2012 album on Relaxed Machinery) from a quiescent encased transitional state new life is emerging, tiny hearts stir in oblivion, new forms emerge ready for flight. The cycles go around and around, the darkness starts to show only a little until the Haken Continuum beast brings everyone home, loving the young life full of everything and so eager.
Track 9 “No Birth, No Death” (8:28) (a remix from the 2013 album Event Horizon on Relaxed Machinery) suggests strange noises that seem to answer as if in dialog, held within an energized continuous drone. The Haken Continuum beast cries nearby this time, yearning for something, or for everything. The wheels turn, bringing the ongoing atmosphere of eternity.
This final track is a whole different style of music. Suddenly we are in the movies, orchestral strings rich and full, sudden cinematic velocity, is that a gigantic cathedral organ, with shimmering bowed strings? “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” (7:38) delivers a romantic tone, strings, and rich orchestral arrangements. Imagine, this is a ballet about the joy of feeling good.
Each of these tracks speak of mastering the heaviest of burdens, the notion of a singularity of events contradicting the possibilities of eternal recurrence. Music and acceptance of the remaining tragedy of wisdom. Each track is full of glorious unique characteristics, as if different spirits wrote parts of each of them. There is one guy doing all this, yet to me it sounds like there could be a thousand musicians and composers employed here, the sound is very powerful and detailed, each track shows perfection.
Spacetime diagrams are as useful in visualizing as for sonification, recorded as fused time and suggesting that the three spatial dimensions of “is” could form into a single four-dimensional continuum. Spacetime diagrams are useful in visualizing and understanding relativistic effects such as how different observers perceive where and when events occur, haunted by the promise of the unities of place and time, the unity of action, true and well founded. Just listen.
4. Where to buy the album Chronology?
Written by Robin James, September 22nd, 2023