Jonas Kasper Jensen’s album Within the temporal experience is an atmospheric and dense sculptural experience where slow drones encloses the listener like waves. It is composed with altered recordings of string instruments and is Jensen’s first take on an album with classic elements.
The artistic intention behind this album is seeking the boundary between music and bare sound. The method Jensen uses for this investigation is to play around with the need for variation to make a composition become music. As such, Within The Temporal Experience invites the listener to dig into a dissolved and decentralized being, where everything and nothing is described at the same time and as such plays with the temporal experience in music.
In this way Jensen’s new album stands in opposition to his album Layers Of Bridges that was to be understood as a sonic sculpture that invites the listener to explore the subjective creations of listening. Within the temporal experience strives to do the opposite by being the negation of a central perspective.
Jonas Kasper’s electronic universe evokes a dialogue between music and art. Sound and physical material is inseparable to Jonas Kasper Jensen and his compositions are an integrated aspect of his artistic praxis.
Marcus Döller made the cover text especially for the release. Marcus is a philosopher who lives in Frankfurt and works with topics about Practical Philosophy, Epistemology and Aesthetics. His texts and thoughts has had a strong inspiration on the sound of Within The Temporal Experience. He opens the cover text with the following: “Music creates a silence within the sound. It creates a silence in the sound through the stretching of time as an expansion which creates a form of intensification within the temporal experience.”
Compositions by Jonas Kasper Jensen
Produced and mixed by Jonas Kasper Jensen Mastered by Lars Graugaard Artwork text Marcus Döller
Jensens previous drones and atmospheres work was built from electronic sources, but for this new 6-track collection the key ingredient is processed recordings of string instruments. These long, organic sustained notes and tones are layered up, reworked and effected into otherworldly environments that certainly sound deeply electronic, but the string roots don’t disappear and it never wholly detaches from classical string instrument timbres and the emotional shortcuts that they provide.
As such, what we’ve got here is a decidedly emotive collection of drones. Its surprisingly warm at times, with glacially slow pitch changes working the tone in and out of pleasantness but never getting truly harsh. There are noise elements, for example in Eternity In Finitude, but they are, like everything else here, polished and softened into abroad gentleness.
It often languishes at the edge of your attention – Silence Within The Sound and most-melodic final track The Passing By both sounding like they could have been written for a tense moment in a video game where the audio was intended to unnerve you without properly being heard. There are occasional shades of rhythm, subtle pulsations within A Shape Within A Material that are barely audible yet carefully increase the tension aspect. From The One To The Other might be a good gateway track with which to introduce the deeper stuff to fans of M83 or Radiohead who might be interested in delving deeper into what electronic music has to offer.
As temporal experiences of albums go it’s rather short, barely scraping over 30 minutes. Seeking the boundaries between true music and naked sound has brought Jensen into territory that won’t sound especially new or revolutionary to long-time listeners of ambient, but nevertheless its a polished and high-quality sounding example of its kind and it does have the power to hit a nerve.
To be released way down the line in early fall, actually on September 28th, 2k18, is Jonas Kasper Jensen’s new album on Clang, a six track piece in which the Danish artist sets out to work on the reprocessed recordings of string instruments. Opening with “An Indeterminacy Of Silence” we see him embark on an intense, slightly unnerving journey meandering in between ambient pads and obviously distorted, out of kilter midrange droning, “A Shape Within A Material” gravitates towards classic ambient structures and “Silence Within The Sound” brings forth more warm pads and drones for genre lovers, with the occasional beautiful piano sound engrained in the slowly moving sonic flow. Furthermore “Eternity Within Finitude” caters well eternal droning pleasure dissolving space-time-perceptions once again, “From The One To The Other” – our favorite tune on the album – provides warm, autumnal melancholia for lost spaces of the heart and the final cut “The Passing By” adds a little bit of an eerie, haunting aspect to the ambient genre, employing large scale production value and a remarkably spatial approach that surely qualifies this one to be used as a score piece in an epic feature film for a reason. Good stuff.
Although he is mainly active in the visual arts, sound often plays a role in the installations of this Dane Jonas Kasper Jensen. He is also part of the electronic improvisation collective wulkan. On his second digital solo album he goes in search of the ultimate melodic kaboom by distorting sounds of stringed instruments from a computer. Jensen is surprisingly good in the familiar surroundings of this overrepresented genre, with which we do not want to say that his rich drones are averse us.
The most interesting pieces are bending towards the Brian Eno-variant of ambient by the insertion of vaguely recognizable sounds, for example an ominous cello pattern or piano resonance. Some veiled fragments in combination with titles like An Indeterminacy Of Silence and the album name remind us of Vidna Obamana. In short: for those who have never been confronted with drones of ambient, Within the Temporal Experience is certainly suitable as a starting point. The listening experience gets extra depth if you try to decipher philosopher Marcus Döller’s cover text on theories about music, silence and the stretching of time.