The new Sensitive Chaos CD Emerging Transparency, released on February 14, 2009, is the second solo effort from Atlanta-based producer and performer Jim Combs. It contains six new tracks expanding upon the eclectic, electronic palette he established on Leak, the first Sensitive Chaos album released in August of 2006.
#19 album on New Age Reporter Spin List for May, #52 on New Age Reporter's Top 100 for April, #50 on New Age Reporter's Top 100 for March, Emerging Transparency CD selected #1 on WWSP 90 FM Ambient Aether / Space Continuum show for April and March 2009, #3 on WXDU's New Frontier show for March 2009, #8 on WVKR FM's Secret Music Top 20 for April, #11 on KRSC 91.3 FM's Spectral Voyages Top 20 for April, #11 on KKUP 91.5 FM's Mystic Music Top 20 for March 2009, and WDIY 88.1 FM's Galactic Travels Top 20 for March and February 2009.
"Full of lengthy, dense, eerie instrumental bliss and a few selections that sound like happy-robot dance music." - Jeff Clark, Stomp And Stammer Magazine
"Another interesting and engaging ride on Jim Combs' blend of New Age, jazz and electronica." - John Shanahan, Hypnagogue
"A really stunning release, VERY well executed." - Darrell Burgan, StillStream.com
The CD is in current rotation on WRSU FM in New Brunswick, NJ, and WBGU 88.1FM in Bowling Green, OH.
"Emerging Transparency" played on Echoes, the daily two-hour music soundscape, distributed by Public Radio International and broadcast on 130 radio stations from Maine to California, WDBX 91.1 FM in Carbondale, IL, WWSP 90 FM in Stevens Point, WI, WRSU FM in New Brunswick, NJ, WXDU 88.7 FM in Durham, NC, KKUP 91.5 FM in Cupertino, CA,, and Radio Despi 107.1 FM in Barcelona, Spain, and WDIY 88.1 FM, in Allentown and Bethlehem, PA, 93.9 FM in Easton, PA and Phillipsburg, NJ, 93.7 FM in Fogelsville and Trexlertown.
"Fifty Light Years From Home" played on WDBX 91.1 FM in Carbondale, IL, WFIT 89.5FM in Palm Bay, FL, WRAS 88.5 FM in Atlanta, GA, Radio Despi 107.1 FM in Barcelona, Spain, KRSC 91.3 FM in Tulsa, OK, WWSP 90 FM in Stevens Point, WI, YLE Radio 1 in Helsinki, Finland, KKUP 91.5 FM in Cupertino, CA, WXDU 88.7 FM in Durham, NC, and WDIY 88.1 FM.
"Bazaar Behavior" played on WRAS 88.5 FM in Atlanta, GA, WDIY 88.1 FM n Allentown and Bethlehem, PA, WFIT 89.5FM in Palm Bay, FL, and WWSP 90 FM in Stevens Point, WI.
"Erase Yourself" played on WFIT 89.5FM in Palm Bay, FL, WWSP 90 FM in Stevens Point, WI, and WVKR FM in Poughkeepsie, NY.
"Luck Of The Draw" played on WFIT 89.5FM in Palm Bay, FL, WWSP 90 FM in Stevens Point, WI, and WVKR FM in Poughkeepsie, NY.
"Tanzen Filter" on WMUH 91.7 FM, Allentown, PA and WWSP 90 FM in Stevens Point, WI and KKUP 91.5 FM in Cupertino, CA. All tracks played on Stillstream.com.
"There are a few songs on the new CD that date from the Leak sessions, and a few that were created and refined over the past year," says Combs. "This CD is kind of an homage a broader range of my electronic music influences, and brings in elements of electropop, Berlin-school space rock, and even a bit of avant jazz/reggae/dub. The beats are a bit heavier and the arrangements are a bit thicker."
Combs re-enlisted Leak soprano saxophonist Brian Good for the songs “Fifty Light Years From Home” and “Bazaar Behavior” (which also features Finnish multi-instrumentalist Otso Pakarinen on synthesizers, synth guitar, and synthesized percussion work).
U.K. photographer Andrew Lee supplied evocative photographs for the album cover art. Andrew’s impressionistic image processing and subject matter conveys a message of resource conservation that resonates with Combs’ political outlook.
ABOUT THE SONGS
The title track “Emerging Transparency” starts the CD with an ambient drone that soon reveals sequenced ostinato and counterpoint phrases, driving drums, and vintage synth melody lines. Combs originally composed this piece at the 2007 Different Skies music festival, where it saw its live debut. This studio version contains several elements of the original, but has been rearranged with extended themes.
“Erase Yourself” is an instrumental synthpop tune, with a wink and a nod to Vince Clarke.
Brian Good makes his first appearance on the CD’s “Fifty Light Years From Home”, which begins in spacey ambient sounds with a chorale of bells, evolves into more symphonic tones and saxophones, and then devolves into a beat-heavy, ring modulated, electronic quagmire.
Otso Pakarinen joins Combs and Good on “Bazaar Behavior”, a world-beat, jazz-dub, fusion-rock number with lots of ethnic percussion, Otso’s tasty guitar/synth and Brian’s soprano sax work.
“Luck Of The Draw” is another instrumental synthpop homage, drawing its influence from the darker side of the genre.
And closing out the album is “Tanzen Filter”, which tries to decide whether it’s leaning toward Miami, New Orleans, or Detroit.
With the exception of his collaborators’ original tracks, sessions for the CD were done at Combs’ Common Sound Studio in Decatur, GA. “I rely upon my custom Sequentix P3 sequencer for creating most of the initial compositions, then record track-by-track into MOTU Digital Performer for arrangements and mixing. The sounds come mostly from my current live rig of a Roland JD-800, Novation SuperNova, Roland JV-1080, and three different Korg Electribe drum machines, plus my collection of old hardware synthesizers like my Moog Minimoog, Yamaha CS-50, and Fender Rhodes. And there’s a few softsynths in the mix, mostly Reason and Korg Analog Legacy.”
ABOUT SENSITIVE CHAOS
Sensitive Chaos, a solo project of Atlanta-based producer and electronic musician Jim Combs, was voted Atlanta's "Best Local Electronic Act" 2007-2008 by readers of Creative Loafing.
Leak was the first album from Sensitive Chaos and was selected as a "Top Visionary Music of 2007" by KKUP 91.5 FM in Cupertino, CA, and as New Age Reporter's "Top 12 Best Ambient/Spacemusic/Electronica Recordings of 2006".
Current internet radio airplay for Sensitive Chaos Leak album cuts includes StillStream.com, Space Station SomaFM, and SomaFM cliqhop idm.
Other terrestrial and internet radio airplay for Leak includes Public Radio International-distributed Echoes (broadcast on over 145 stations across the US), KEVL FM 89.9 in Memphis, TN, NPR member station WDIY 88.1 FM, Allentown and Bethlehem, PA, WREK 91.1 FM in Atlanta, GA, WFIT 89.5 FM in Palm Bay, FL, WDBX 91.1 FM in Carbondale, IL, KKUP 91.5 FM in Cupertino, CA, Radio Despi 107.1 FM in Barcelona, Spain, WXDU 88.7 FM in Durham, NC, WWSP 90 FM in Stevens Point, WI, CoolStreams Ambient Caverns, WUSM 88.5 FM in Hattiesburg, MS, WTUL 91.5 FM in New Orleans, LA, AMBiENT PiNG RADiO out of Toronto, Canada, KRFC in Colorado, 106.7 FM WETX in Johnson City, TN, WVKR-FM in Poughkeepsie, NY, YLE Radio 1 in Finland, Aural Innovations Radio, and KTUH FM 90.3 FM in Honolulu, HI.
Press for Sensitive Chaos and Leak includes:
Atlanta Creative Loafing, Best of 2007 Awards
CoolStreams Ambient Caverns
Guts Of Darkness (Canada)
Hypnagogue Ambient Music News & Reviews
Johnson City Press and Go Tri Cities
Music Beyond The Lake
New Age Reporter
Ping Things (Canada)
Sequences Music Magazine (UK)
Southeast Performer Magazine
Stomp and Stammer Magazine
Sensitive Chaos Leak is available at CDBaby.com and iTunes.
Information on Sensitive Chaos can be found at sensitivechaos.com or www.myspace.com/sensitivechaos
Information on Jim Combs can be found at www.myspace.com/jimcombs
Information on Brian Good can be found at sundaggermusic.com
Information on Otso Pakarinen can be found at ozoneplayer.com
Information on Andrew Lee can be found at www.flickr.com/focusman5