J D Emmanuel - Rain Forest Music - Tape
Fans of deep, dark, minimal & meditative new age music on cassette will be chuffed to learn that IMPREC is reissuing three of J D Emmanuel's earliest releases on tape.
Rain Forest Music (1981), Wizards (1982) and Trance Formations 1: Ancient Minimal Meditations (1986) are all available for the first time in many years...
A bundle including a Wizards t-shirt and all 3 tapes is available exclusively for IMPREC mailorder.
"If you have been wondering what all the fuss about 'private press new age' is, go here to find out. Your mind shall be subtly blown...." ~ Fader
On Rain Forest Music (1981) J D Emmanuel builds gentle, short cycles of notes into floating clouds of sound, mostly improvising around single chords. The "minimalism" in his music lies not in repetitive patterns that barely change but more in the spare arrangements that focus the listener while also taking them on a sonic journey.
A tape loop technique used by Brian Eno, Terry Riley, Robert Fripp (and likely many more) called Continuous Looping was used in the creation of this album and a loop diagram is included in the packaging.
"I originally designed this music to enhance relaxation and meditation, as a background for massage or for counseling to help a person relax and open up faster. Dr. Robert Pennington, PhD., a clinical psychologist and friend, was very interested in the idea of using music in this way. So he used the Rain Forest Music in his counseling sessions as background and noticed a marked difference in the quality of the patient's sessions. He continues to use this and similar music as a background for his counseling." J D Emmanuel