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Event Horizon

by Chronotope Project

Sensuous ambient music for reflective listening. This album explores nine journeys through space and time with deeply layered textures infused with gentle pulsing rhythms and soulful melodies.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Unwinding the Dream
6:11 $1.29
2. Akashic Love Songs
7:17 $1.29
3. Arecibo
4:40 $1.29
4. No Birth, No Death
10:14 $1.29
5. The Temple Bell Fades
5:19 $1.29
6. Automatic Writing
6:58 $1.29
7. Geosynchronous
5:26 $1.29
8. Event Horizon
6:27 $1.29
9. The Path of Least Resistance
5:14 $1.29
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Album Notes
Jeffrey Ericson Allen is a Oregonian composer, multi-instrumentalist and electronic music recording artist. He has an extensive and eclectic background in classical, new acoustic and theatrical music production. His sensuous ambient music has been featured on distinguished and nationally-syndicated radio programs, including "Hearts of Space", "Echoes," "Ultima Thule," and "Star's End." Chronotope Project represents his most recent expression as a creator of contemporary progressive ambient music.

"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 deeply layered textures infused with gentle pulsing rhythms and soulful melodies.

Reviewers have given his first two ambient music releases high praise. Here are some excerpts from recent reviews:

Chrysalis (Relaxed Machinery, 2012)

“...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

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

"Event Horizon" is Jeffrey's latest work as Chronotope Project. The music blends elements common to his work; the deep earthy foundation of sustained drones and rich chordal soundbeds, the flowing, watery melodies, the scintillating sparkle of fiery sequences and arpeggios, and the etheric and mysterious veils that surround and envelop the texture. It continues and extends his musical mission to create works of rare depth and beauty. In his words, “Music is about creating and expressing, first and foremost, but also about radiating the fruits of the work outward to others, who may benefit in ways we cannot imagine. It is my hope that in the coming years I can sustain a high level of creative output, support others who are doing the same kind of work, and continue to grow a base of appreciate listeners.”



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Richard Gurtler

Jeffrey Ericson Allen and Chronotope Project are now heading to Ambient Pantheon
Jeffrey Ericson Allen, from Eugene, Oregon, acting under the name of Chronotope Project is back with his 3rd full length album, "Event Horizon". Released in the middle of October 2013 as his second album for Relaxed Machinery. Jeffrey's both previous albums from 2012, "Chrysalis" and "Solar Wind", have brought to him a lot of attention within the the ambient community, Chronotope Project was certainly one of the most exciting discoveries of that year. Now we are entering the next chapter and I am sure this potential artist is again going to fully unfold his refined musicianship, just like he did on both above masterful albums.

"Unwinding The Dream" spreads with soothing organics, shimmeringly melodious sequences are accompanied by swirling crystalline tinkles and gorgeously nostalgic celestial expanses. An enchantingly floating piece of music transporting each journeyer into tranquilly mesmerizing spheres of sheer grace. "Akashic Love Songs" shift toward majestic panoramas enriched by mellow downtempos, glowing gentle percussive tribal magic and magnetizing filigree acoustic string patterns. A very alluring rhythm-driven elixir delivered by a highly crafted sonic alchemist. For sure this one will become one of my long-time favorites by Chronotope Project!!! "Arecibo" precisely displays the title with its straight cyber-tech mood with all those extraterrestrial-like fragments, radio transmissions and other phantasmal effects. The longest piece, "No Birth, No Death", clocks over 10-minute mark and safely remains in heavenly domains, graciously drifting through colossal cosmic spheres, reinforced by cybernetic breaths. But sad flute-infused sounds add earthy feel, and later warmly soft tribal rhythm and gentle tinkles inconspicuously sneak in. Deeply mesmerizing and contemplative composition!!! The following track, "The Temple Bell Fades", immediately moves into hauntingly mysterious terrains, masterfully enriched by sparse, but stunningly evocative piano magic. A truly beautiful!!! "Automatic Writing" attracts with its uplifting joyful texture scented with some beautiful, breezy, summer-like fragrance. A remarkably captivating and scenic!!! "Geosynchronous" catches up with its sublime mood bridging ear-catching bell sounds, balsamic ultra spacious washes and dreamy female chants. Another genuine sonic bliss!!! "Event Horizon", the title track, returns back to highly relaxing mood with warmly inviting melody created by pleasingly variable synthetic pulses and graciously meandering atmospherics with intangible choirs floating above. "The Path Of Least Resistance" slows down at the beginning with beautifully twinkling distant clinks and deeply evocative washes, but soon euphoric feel blankets the whole composition with richly sparkling palette of electrosounds enthusiastically cascading up and down. This is the closing piece and it's wonderfully expressive!!!

What to add? "Event Horizon", mastered by Peter James with artwork by Steve Brand, is a superb work loaded with high-spiritedness of its creator!!! Well, I should say Master instead of creator and you can be sure that his magic touch is heard all over this enormously sophisticated recording. "Event Horizon" is distinguishably sculpted and highly polished masterpiece, and certainly a very strong competitor for the album of the year!!! Jeffrey Ericson Allen and Chronotope Project are now heading to Ambient Pantheon!!!

Richard Gürtler (Jan 09, 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia)

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
I had the opportunity to write a review of the previous Chronotope Project release, “Chrysalis,” which I portrayed as: “Lush sonic textures and ambient atmospheres conjure the element of space, with time being marked by gently pulsing rhythmic ostinatos and exotic percolating percussion.” These are signature elements of Jeffrey’s sound, and are present on his latest release as well. On the first track, entitled “Unwinding The Dream,” I loved he yin-yang contrast of the fast paced sequencers providing forward motion with the atmospheric synthesizer textures and aqueous ambience. Track 2, “Akashic Love Songs,” features one of the elements I enjoyed most about the previous album – the percussion. 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. This entrancing groove, which is both earthy and ethereal, is the foundation of a soundscape that mixes a mélange of exotic electronic sounds, twinkling textures like stars falling from the sky, and acoustic guitar tones. The word I would use to describe it is “magical.”

More of Jeffrey’s incredibly cool percussion sequences grace a track called “Automatic Writing,” which floats on dreamy drifting clouds of sound. This track segues into the next one, “Geosynchronous,” and maintains the floating feeling, although the movement is provided by arpeggiated bell sounds, draped in silky shrouds of sensual synths. As a synthesist myself, I was extremely impressed with the seemingly endless palate of innovative electronic tonalities Jeffrey uses to paint his soundscapes. Fans of Jonn Serrie, Robert Rich, and Steve Roach will find a lot to like in the sound of Chronotope Project. There is a cinematic quality to this music that could serve equally well as a film score or as a soundtrack for a movie in the mind’s eye. Event Horizon is a quietly masterful release that now occupies a place in the upper echelons of my all-time favorite ambient electronic music.

To read a full length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com


Third Chronotope Project-album SUPERB !!!
Although ambient-guru Richard Gurtler has made an incredible review on this album already, I really think the ambient-world needs more reviews so we can offer the interested music-lovers some help in choosing the albums that are in line with their tastes, and to make sure the artists can keep on releasing their work (on CD / vinyl please!!!). This is Jeffrey Ericson Allen's (who is Chronotope Project) third work and again, it's MAGICAL! The first track "Unwinding The Dream" starts immediately, no slow soft ambient-waves but it starts with an almost 'happy' feel... Sounds of light sequenced synths, combined with water-sounds and then the beautiful e-bow-(or flute?!) -sounds, a little like Robert Rich, but then again the way Jeffrey does it: on this third album it's like this is getting one of his signature sounds, to me a combination of 'uplifting', and at the same time a little 'sad' but above all stunning!!! The title really fits, because this really sounds dreamy. A lovely start of the album! "Akashic Love Songs" is up next, and after a very spacy start, with beautiful sounds and atmospheres this track evolves into a piece which could be Jeffreys 'hit-song' on a chill-out album. And I mean that in the best way possible.., because this track keeps playing in your head long after it's finished... The tempting acoustic guitarparts combined with shimmering xylophone-like sounds and the beautiful percussion in background lead to it that this one could be on a succesfull (quality!) chill-out album, that is suited for playing while on the beach or looking at the sunset, so another stunning track!! The next track "Arecibo" consists of soundeffects which play a rhythmic pattern, combined with spacy, shimmering sounds, and some 'cockpit'-talk in the background... A unique combination, and I like the way Jeffrey stays 'in touch with his space-sound' then again also succeeds in combining it with a lot of other elements and sounds... The longest track "No Birth, No Death" makes a sort of heavy title, so what to expect?... Yes, it's a bit darker, with again the lovely e-bow and flute sounds, light drone-sounds, some otherworldly noises, but after a while things start to 'move' with some really nice percussion, flute-melody's, and even some bird-sounds.. It's as if Jeffrey wants to tell us that birth and beauty will come after death..... Yes, I know that sounds deep, but so does this track...! "The Temple Bell Fades" starts with bellsounds combined with rather dark synths, and then becomes this sort of Harold Budd / Darshan Ambient track... I really love it! The atmosphere is everything I like here: drones, drifting, moving, glowing, sultry...awesome! "Automatic Writing" brings us a more uplifting sound and feel. I like the light guitar-riff (!!), in combination with the really extraordinary percussion-sounds here, and the atmospheric synth-waves, it feels like (my favorite expressions..) 'sky-gazing' or 'cloud-gazing'-music...it's another awesome piece!! "Geosynchronous" is the next track, and for me it feels as if this 'summer-feel' from the last track, is continued. Shimmering sounds make this percussionloop, synth-waves, and wordless female vocals are combined to make it a whole, everything fits perfectly so it feels as if this track flows and moves in one direction, so just relax and let yourself go..! Next up is the titletrack "Event Horizon" and we start off in space again. It's as if Jonn Serrie and Jeffrey are joining forces..! Yes, this is really space-ambient and we LOVE it!.. "The Path Of Least Resistance" is the closing track of the album, and surprised me the first time with it's uplifting synth-melody's, poly-rhythmic beats against the sequence-loops, and many sound-effects. Most importantly it leaves you with wanting more! I'm curious where the title of the album came from, first I thought from the science fiction / horror-movie (1997), but I guess it's too uplifting-sounding... Well, it's a great title anyway, and even though I think it's really impossible to choose which Chronotope-album is his best, this one is definitely a likely candidate!!! Well done Jeffrey!!!