James Johnson – Environment 1: Chinatown – New York


Release data: James Johnson – Environment 1: Chinatown – New York CD-R, Atmoworks, 2003 “Environment 1” is the first cd-ep from James Johnson environmental soundscapes series. This 28-minute cd-r carries the subtitle Chinatown – New York, and depicts a rather peaceful soundscape with only a few street sounds here and there. A drifting texture with faint melancholic elements, complemented by some nice twinkling sounds and…

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James Johnson – Echoes


Release data: James Johnson – Echoes CD-R, Atmoworks, 2003 As Mr Johnson explains in the inlay sheet, “Echoes” is the outcome of an exploration of the process of “designed systems”: self-generated, always changing soundfields, melodies and floating textures, of which traces already could be heard on his former albums “Odyssee” and “The Butterfly Chamber”. Well, the introspective title-track leans towards Thom Brennan (although Thom’s work…

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Ma Ja Le & James Johnson – Live Under a Harvest Moon


Release data: Ma Ja Le & James Johnson – Live Under a Harvest Moon CD-R, Zero Music, 2000 “Live Under a Harvest Moon” came out in January 2000 on the small Zero-Music label. It offers a unique live-concert of Chicago-based Eno-oriented musician James Johnson and the peculiar ambient-duo Ma Ja Le (aka Chris Short and Paul Vnuk Jr.), which took place in Milwaukee in September…

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