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Jeffrey Koepper: MantraSequent (limited edition CD)

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Tracks

1 parallax
2 aura
3 mandala
4 apparition
5 aurora
6 gateway
7 halo
8 equinox
9 spectre

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Limited edition of 300.

First 100 purchases get a MantraSequent download card included in the package with your order.

Creating the music of tomorrow with the analog technology of yesterday.

Poly-rhythmic sequential melodies of warm, emotional electronics propel MantraSequent, an album created on vintage synthesizers and sequencers. Koepper’s reputation as a skilled composer in the Berlin school shines on his 10th release influenced by early EM artists Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre, Klaus Schulze and Steve Roach.

Both dynamic and atmospheric, this sequencer-driven spacemusic brings classic circuits to life via intense interlocking rhythms, thick drones, evolving pulsing meditations, deep textures and lush soundworlds. Carrying the listener through the wires and switchboards of Koepper’s sonic vision, he creates an organic, flowing interconnectivity between these nine electronic mantras.

Koepper muses, “I have loved these instruments since I bought my first analog synth, a Crumar Spirit, in the 80’s. This discovery changed my life and allowed me to see the power and beauty of classic technology. The sound, the look and interface was what really drew me to explore with these instruments. Synths of that era have a purity and power in tone that can’t be matched by modern software instruments. The knob-covered tactile interface allows me to intuitively sculpt new sounds and interact directly with the internal components. I can always produce new and amazing textures each time I switch them on, and when composing music with multiple synths and sequencers, the atmospheres they create ebb, flow and melt together like an aural alchemy creating a new pallet of tone colors and moods.”

Steve Roach coordinated this release with Projekt Records and added spacial enhancements and sonic detailing to the final presentation.

“Somewhere between the academics of Minimalism and the expansiveness of Spacemusic… Koepper and his cult of sonics venture into the challenging realm of technology and creative impulse – in a questing, ever-roving engagement with Electronic Music.” – Chuck van Zyl / STAR’S END

MantraSequent keeps analog music alive in the 21st century.

Projekt has eight additional Koepper CDs available for preOrder

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Weight .3 lbs
Artist

Jeffrey Koepper

Format

CD in 4-panel DigiPak

Label

Projekt

Release Year

2017

Reviews

  1. Reviews Editor

    Review  –:

    From Darkroom

    La Projekt è ormai diventata una vera e propria istituzione in ambito alternativo a livello mondiale. Sin dalle prime pubblicazioni, che riguardavano act storici della darkwave come Black Tape For A Blue Girl o Lycia, la linea editoriale era chiara e avrebbe riguardato solo uscite in ambito gothic, ma con dei tratti di originalità peculiari. Con il tempo l’attenzione della label si è spostata in ambito ambient, producendo alcuni dei nomi più importanti di questa scena. A conferma di ciò ecco la nuova release di Jeffrey Koepper, musicista e compositore già membro dei Pure Gamma e con all’attivo non meno di 10 lavori da solista a partire dal 2003. La sua prolificità sembra non influenzare in maniera negativa la creatività e il livello dei suoi lavori, visto che anche questo MantraSequent si impone su elevati standard qualitativi. I punti di riferimento sono sempre gli stessi, ovvero Tangerine Dream e Klaus Schulze su tutti, con i primi leggermente più defilati, almeno in questo lavoro. Jeffrey non si limita a copiare pedissequamente questi nobili riferimenti, ma li fa propri filtrandoli attraverso la sua sensibilità. In MantraSequent la fantasia di Jeffrey spazia dai viaggi interstellari della opening track “Parallax” alle meditazione di “Halo” e di “Aurora”, fino al ritualismo mantrico di “Mandala”. Ma Koepper è soprattutto uno sperimentatore che cerca sempre nuove vie per ampliare i propri orizzonti musicali: non possono quindi mancare momenti di sperimentazione, come in “Gateway” o nella conclusiva “Spectre”. I suoni di Jeffrey sono profondi e avvolgenti, il ritmo delle composizione varia sempre e non risulta mai monotono. Grazie a questo l’ascoltatore viene trasportato in un saliscendi emotivo di grande efficacia, nonché di notevole valore estetico. Questo, sommato alla padronanza dei mezzi elettronici, fa di MantraSequent un must per gli amanti del genere ambient. Rating: 8/10 -Ferruccio Filippi

  2. Reviews Editor

    Review  –:

    From Sonic Immersion

    As the title already suggests, MantraSequent is a series of Mantra-like meditative compositions that flow into each other creating a long sonic sculpture that lives and breathes.

    This time around, AnalogueJeff found core inspiration in rhythmic chants and analog sequences as well as spiritual places and their special atmospheres. The clockwork of the revolving earth creates many rhythms that we humans are either aware or unaware of in our daily existence. It’s these poly-rhythmic sequential melodies that always kept inspiring during the creative process of shaping and optimizing the final outcome.

    Well, the music features a continuous, lovely pulsating, minimal-flavored and shapeshifting flow of sounds with various hypnotizing hooks and dynamic levels to keep the listeners interest along an always present emotive current. Simply check out “Mandala” or the ethereal swirls of “Aurora” and “Spectre” to get a proper feel of the album’s impact and intrinsic magical vibes. Rest me to say I concur fully on the label’s line MantraSequent keeps analog music alive in the 21st century. -Bert Strolenberg

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