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JD EMMANUEL
Rain Forest Music LP
19
Aguirre 46 / BEL / 2017
In 1980, with his newly acquired Crumar Traveler-1 organ, analog synths, guitar and various effects, he began building a body of warm, melodic, usually stripped-back ambient trance with a certain mystical vibe that's difficult to put into words. On Rain Forest Music he 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 - the extreme end of classical minimalism - but more in the spare arrangements. There's also an open, loving optimism to the melodies that has obvious appeal to new age listeners. Originally designed to enhance relaxation and meditation, as a background for massage or for counseling to help a person relax and open up faster.