And speaking of Chuck, here is his review of Chrysalis.
He is playing some on Star's End this coming weekend.
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 the Pleiades", "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 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 twilight digital 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