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Geophonic Records:
JAMES JOHNSON | APERUS - Ecotone



"Ecotone" Limited Edition CD:
http://www.geophonicrecords.com/page.php?menu=music
http://www.james-johnson.net - also selling FLAC and High Quality MP3!

"Ecotone" Digital Download:
1. Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CK5E4NC/ref=dm_sp_alb
2. Band Camp - http://aperus.bandcamp.com/
3. CD Baby - https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jamesjohnsonaperus
4. Google Play - https://play.google.com/store/search?q=aperus&c=music
5. iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/aperus/id156350093

James Johnson Digital Albums:
"Environment 1", "Lost at Dunn's Lake", "Cube 1 - 4", "Slow and Low", more to come...
http://www.james-johnson.net/sound_recordings.php
FLAC and High Quality MP3

Ecotone finds ambient sound sculptors James Johnson and Brian McWilliams (aka Aperus) at the height of their powers as they deliver a deeply textured environmental sound study using field recordings, electronics and organic instruments.

In the studio, the duo improvised and recorded whatever happened as they worked with a wide variety of compositional techniques. Johnson set up song structures and loops on the fly while McWilliams colored around the edges with additional chords and samples. By time they parted ways, they had recorded over two hours of material to digital tape.

Final curation and mastering was intensive as McWilliams structured songs, added overdubs, and reprocessed some tracks entirely. Reflecting back, both artists feel that "Ecotone" represents a major milestone in both their catalogs and dedicate it as a strong statement of appreciation and concern for the natural world and its current fragile state.

This limited edition run of 500 CD"s features pressed CD's (not burned CDR's) with booklets and tray cards printed on 100% recycled post consumer paper. The first 250 copies will ship with a set of photos chosen from each artist's catalog of landscape photography.

JAMES JOHNSON ~ keyboards, piano, percussion, drum loops, guitar, samples, field recordings

APERUS ~ keyboards, percussion, ebow guitar, ocarina, samples, field recordings

TRACK LISTING
1. Descending Arc - 11:00
2. Cycle 17 - 4:42
3. Nostalgia and Memory - 2:54
4. Crow Over Walnut Canyon - 6:54
5. Long Goodbye - 11:43
6. Ancestral Voices - 3:24
7. The Moth Jar - 5:21
8. Transmigration - 6:02
9. Traces - 2:02

Total Playing Time: 54:01

AUDIO CLIPS
1. Descending Arc
http://geophonicrecords.com/media/audio/ecotone/jj_aperus_descending_arc.mp3

2. Cycle 17
http://geophonicrecords.com/media/audio/ecotone/jj_aperus_cycle_17.mp3

3. Crow Over Walnut Canyon
http://geophonicrecords.com/media/audio/ecotone/jj_aperus_walnut_canyon.mp3

4. Ancestral Voices
http://geophonicrecords.com/media/audio/ecotone/jj_aperus_ancestral_voices.mp3

5. The Moth Jar
http://geophonicrecords.com/media/audio/ecotone/jj_aperus_moth_jar.mp3

"... as a naturalist, my favorite places to be are along the ecotone. It's where it's most alive ... usually ... the edge of the forest and the meadow. It's the edge of the ocean and the sand ... where the rack line occurs. It's that interface between peace and chaos. It's that creative edge that I think we find most instructive. It's also the most frightening. Because it's completely uncertain and unpredictable and that's again where I choose to live."

Terry Tempest Williams - American Public Media Interview, Feb 2011

MatthewJHarris:
I just received this in the mail on Friday.  It's been so long since there has been a release from James and I treasure the various Cube CDs I have, so I was really looking forward to this.  My feeling is that James has been one of the best at long or short-form, seemingly "organic", gorgeous environments.  Not simply droney, but subtle, quiet, and beautiful.  My six-year old daughter often falls asleep to his Cubes and not everything fits that bill.  His being dormant has seemed a shame.  I have also been familiar with and impressed by McWilliams' music so the pairing was promising.   

The first thing I noticed was the very attractive and tasteful packaging.  But beautiful packaging will annoy me in the end if the music doesn't live up to it.

Happily, the music is wonderful.  This music is varied. At times it is benevolent, lighter, and gorgeous.  At other times it has a darkness, a doubt, a discomfort.  But be clear, while these tracks clearly can challenge the listener in ways, it is never difficult to listen to.  Even in the darker sections it is beautiful, not jarring, and very listenable.  While most ambient music is created by single musicians I think this CD is a testament to the benefits of collaboration.  It feels more rounded, it feels like someone was there to cover the blind spots of each musician.

This is not a retreading of the earlier work of either musician.  The sound of the disc as a whole feels like a clear statement of intention to do something new, but it is still familiar.  With the tremendous quantity of ambient music available, I find that there is a small percentage that I really, really value.  This will certainly be in that category.       

richardgurtler:
I can only agree, "Ecotone" is a masterwork, one of the best of 2013!!!

Richard

Geophonic Records:
Hi Matthew... this is such a great comment... may I use this to help promote the album? I would be very happy to attribute it to you - Brian


--- Quote from: MatthewJHarris on April 28, 2013, 10:11:49 AM ---I just received this in the mail on Friday.  It's been so long since there has been a release from James and I treasure the various Cube CDs I have, so I was really looking forward to this.  My feeling is that James has been one of the best at long or short-form, seemingly "organic", gorgeous environments.  Not simply droney, but subtle, quiet, and beautiful.  My six-year old daughter often falls asleep to his Cubes and not everything fits that bill.  His being dormant has seemed a shame.  I have also been familiar with and impressed by McWilliams' music so the pairing was promising.   

The first thing I noticed was the very attractive and tasteful packaging.  But beautiful packaging will annoy me in the end if the music doesn't live up to it.

Happily, the music is wonderful.  This music is varied. At times it is benevolent, lighter, and gorgeous.  At other times it has a darkness, a doubt, a discomfort.  But be clear, while these tracks clearly can challenge the listener in ways, it is never difficult to listen to.  Even in the darker sections it is beautiful, not jarring, and very listenable.  While most ambient music is created by single musicians I think this CD is a testament to the benefits of collaboration.  It feels more rounded, it feels like someone was there to cover the blind spots of each musician.

This is not a retreading of the earlier work of either musician.  The sound of the disc as a whole feels like a clear statement of intention to do something new, but it is still familiar.  With the tremendous quantity of ambient music available, I find that there is a small percentage that I really, really value.  This will certainly be in that category.     

--- End quote ---

MatthewJHarris:
Absolutely, Brian.

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