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JAJA - Endless (Digital Download EP)

 
JAJA - Milky Way (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
JAJA - Sparkles (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
JAJA - Starlight (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
JAJA - Stellamare (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
JAJA - Stellaris (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
JAMACARU - Nebelland (Digital Download)

 
JANNEH - Love Times Time (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
JANNEH - Solarization (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
JEAN MICHEL JARRE - Electronica 1: The Time Machine (Lp/CD/Digital Download)

 
JEAN MICHEL JARRE - Oxygene (New Master recording) (cd & dvd)

 
JEAN MICHEL JARRE - Oxygene 3 (LP/CD/Digital Download)

 
JON JENKINS AND PAUL LEAKEY - Continuum (cd)

 
JON JENKINS - Beyond City Light (cd)

 
JON JENKINS - Flow (cd)

 
MARK JENKINS - iPad Album (cd-r)

 
MARK JENKINS - iPaDream (cd-r)

 
MARK JENKINS - This Island Earth (cd)

 
STU JENKS - The Three Surrenders (Soundtracks for Photographs, (cd)

 
STU JENKS - West of the Fire (Soundtracks for Photographs, Vol (cd)

 
ROBERT JíšA - Pět Tibeťanů (Five Tibetans) (cd)

 
ROBERT JíšA - Space Voices (Hlasy vesmíru) (cd)

 
ROBERT JíšA - The Egyptian Book of the Dead (cd)

 
ROBERT JíšA - The Signs of the Zodiac (Znamení zvěrokruhu) (cd)

 
GUSTAVO JOBIM - In Search of Berlin (Digital Download)

 
GUSTAVO JOBIM - Trapped in a Day Job (Digital Download)

 
EDDIE JOBSON - Theme of Secrets (Lp/CD)

 
SVERRE KNUT JOHANSEN - Antarctica (Digital Download)

 
SVERRE KNUT JOHANSEN - Distant Shore (cd)

 
SVERRE KNUT JOHANSEN - Earth From Above (CD/Digital Download)

 
SVERRE KNUT JOHANSEN - Planets (CD)

 
JAMES JOHNSON & APERUS - Ecotone (cd)

 
JAMES JOHNSON & ROBERT SCOTT THOMPSON - Forgotten Places (CD/Digital Download)

 
JAMES JOHNSON & STEPHEN PHILIPS - Lost at Dunn’s Lake (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
BIFF JOHNSON - Mirage at the Crossroads (cd)

 
BIFF JOHNSON - Reading the Bones (cd)

 
JAMES JOHNSON - Echoes (cd-r)

 
JAMES JOHNSON - Entering Twilight (cd)

 
JAMES JOHNSON - Environment 1: Chinatown - New York (cd-r)

 
JAMES JOHNSON - Linger (CD-r)

 
JAMES JOHNSON - Surrender (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
JAMES JOHNSON - The Butterfly Chamber (CD)

 
JAMES JOHNSON - Unity (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
STEVE JOLLIFFE - Poland (cd)

 
FRYDERYK JONA - Wind Experience (CD/Digital Download)

 
JONTEKNIK - The Satellites of Substance (cd/Digital Download)

 
BENN JORDAN - Pale Blue Dot (A Tribute To Carl Sagan) (cd/Digital Download)


JAMES JOHNSON
The Butterfly Chamber
CD, Hypnos Recordings, 2002
The actual release of "The Butterfly Chamber", James Johnson’s second album for Mike Griffin’s Hypnos label was postponed for one year in favor of Mr. Johnson’s collaborative album "Seed" with MaJaLe.

A pallet of self-generating soundscapes form the basic building blocks of "The Butterfly Chamber" to which James added live studio performances on top, ending up in a one hour reverie of open, smooth morphing, introspective and light-melodic aural tapestries blending dreamy and intimate spaces similar to the ambient art of Budd and Eno.
Chris Short contributes some beautiful acoustic guitar to the first and the third piece while Susan Johns’ violin is featured on two other tracks. The presence of intrinsic stillness is intriguing and profound, especially on "Incensario", "Tepantitla" and the closing piece "House of Mist".

All in all, the varying outcome of soft flowing shifting sounds, generative music along almost song-like structures on the almost 60-minute "The Butterfly Chamber" makes premium ambient for all who love to immerse in quiet, inward-traveling environs.
James Johnson made the recording available as a download in January 2016.

Website: www.james-johnson.net

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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