Discover: Signals by Jameson Nathan Jones (Interview+Review)


Here's where Instagram tags can do wonders, the video below was suggested to me on my feed and autoplayed. Now I will admit, when it comes to modular synthesisers, the equipment, and indeed the music, I know very little. What I can say without a doubt is that something in the tones I was hearing hooked me and resonated deep inside of me on a level I haven't felt in a while. I instantly felt the need to share this masterful album with you all.

Jameson joins us for an interview about his music and I have also included a review.


The video that instantly hooked me on his music:

"Not just an atmospheric pad machine. The Iridium can get downright nasty in some wonderful ways..

Using a couple S&H lfos to rhythmically modulate a gnarly wavetable. The 2nd oscillator is sampling a very clean cello part from one of my albums. Oscillator 3 brings in a granular variation of that same cello sample. I love the way certain filter models drive the signal in very hard, and overload the filter past the point of distortion. Add a little (or a lot) of the digital former post filter and you have one filthy machine." - Jameson's description on Instagram


Play the album as you read to soak up the beautiful atmospherics and relate to the words of the article.

Interview


Q. What is the emotional and or story telling concept being told in Signals as it seems to be an incredibly deep piece or artistic expression?


A. 'Signals' is a collection of electronic-based improvisations. Many of the tracks were in collaboration with the popular Youtube urban explorers, The Proper People. They used some of my music in their videos, and I reached out to them to see if they wanted to provide some footage to accompany some new pieces. They were kind enough to agree, and thus, the album was heavily influenced by the beautiful imperfections of the abandoned places they explore.


As you were music video:


Q. Am I correct in that this is your first release focusing mainly on synthesises, electronics, etc and what made you chose to release this album?


A. While I've used synths and electronics quite a bit in past releases, most of my previous work is more of a hybrid, modern classical blend of electronics with organic instruments. All my training is Classical, so synths are something I've just gotten into in the past 4-5 years. As I fall farther and farther down that rabbit hole, I've been enjoying relying on them more and more. It's been a refreshing departure from my previous work.

Q. You clearly have a deep passion for music that resonates within your work, can you tell us how you became involved in music and what it means to you to be able to create the different styles of music that you do?


A. I started studying piano at the age of 8, so I can't really remember a time when music wasn't a major part of my life. As I mentioned, I was really just in the Classical world all the way through my university years. I began studying composition while still in college, and then after I graduated I started to get into recording, production, and scoring to picture.


Q. I have also discovered your unbelievably beautiful track ‘What dreams may come true’ can you tell us the story behind this piece of music and what your inspiration was.


A. My track 'What Dreams May Come' was the title track from my first full length album (2017). That was also the first album in which I started using hardware synths, so it taught me a lot about making music in that way. There are still a lot of modern classical elements, with quite a bit of piano and a string quartet appearing on several of the tracks, but I think I was already breaking out of that mold a bit and going in some unexpected directions. 


'What dreams may come' Video:


Q. What have you been working on and what plans do you have for the near future?


A. I've put out several singles and reworks over the past few months, including my newest ambient single 'All Things Fade.' Found HERE

I've also got a new album in the latter stages of development, and I had the opportunity to score my first feature film this year. The film is an indie horror/thriller called Concrete Savanna. Both of those should be out early next year.

The old and the new combined..


Review:


'One' has the effect of plucking somewhere deep in your core, that imaginary organ of the soul that resonates whenever it is strummed correctly by music as if someone were dancing upon your diaphragm; The sensation is as surreal as it is deeply satisfying to experience, as if you're suddenly part of something magical.

This is a beautiful blending of nature and technology in an almost cyberpunk meets fantasy soundscape. It tugs and pulls at you in all the right ways.


'Two' is a spa like relaxation whereas 'Dismember' and 'Impend' are like hiding in an industrial underground complex with rusted walls and dripping pipes, the ominous atmosphere of pain and sorrow coating the historied walls as you try desperately to escape a killer or supernatural entity.


'Machina' is a playful experimentation of sound that reminds me of early 2000's album intros and outros in the likes of Linkin Park, or even Nine Inch Nails.

'Grounded' is the ultimate cyberpunk city soundscape with it rolling synthwave vibes and enthusiastic tones; all disguising the dark and overbearing oppressive atmosphere.


'Springs' and 'Expanse' bring that sandbox gaming feel similar to the game 'No Man's sky'.

'Out of time' Has a very similar sound and vibe to the likes you hear throughout the incredible German Netflix show 'Dark' about alternate realities and timelines.


'Still here' and 'As you were' are tracks full of hope and a positivity even with some heavier, deeper base tones in the latter.

'Monuments' seems to incorporate the emotional content of all the previous tracks in to one.

'Signals' rounds the album off with just that, the sound of distant signals being received, almost like an ominous message from the stars that there is so much more yet to be discovered..

Tracklist


One

Two

Dismember

Machina

Grounded

Springs

Expanse

Impend

Out of Time

Still Here

As You Were

Monuments

Signals

Conclusion


Jameson Nathan Jones has created something that has opened up a whole new avenue of music for me. I have found myself listening to this album for many different reasons. It has helped me concentrate when working, much like a gamma waves YouTube soundtrack; It has helped me drift off to sleep, and it has helped me feel energised to carry on with my daily tasks.

'Signals' is like a piece of ancient technology found in a dense forest, magical and out of place but so very, very welcome once you open up to it.

Overall score: 8.5 / 10


Jameson Nathan Jones' Links:

Website//Bandcamp//Spotify//Instagram//YouTube


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