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the Next Album

Finite Space

The new Alias Zone album uses the well-known electronic genres of Space Music and Berlin School as its jumping-off point, and extends them with touches of jazz, classical, and world musics – all serving Chris’ melodic, cinematic approach to aural storytelling. His unique, interactive approach to sequencing brings very human melodic phrasing to music otherwise created by machines. Complex pads, languid leads, haunting choirs, deep basses, field recordings, and acoustic percussion add layers of detail and texture. The intoxicating results definitely rewards multiple listens. Longtime collaborator Richard Bugg lends his hyperacoustic flute to the epic closing track, Nightfall: Kyiv.

Steve Sheppard of One World Music Radio says: “…albums of this ilk do not come around that often. Finite Space is a total masterpiece of a release. This has to be the finest for me this year, with ease. I defy anyone to press play on this album and not be totally immersed by the experience that follows.”

The initial reaction from fellow musicians has been glowing:

“great to hear modular synths used in such a musical way”
Ian Boddy

“a fresh take on sequencer melodies that avoids the overtly Teutonic zone”
Robert Rich

“never static…continually moving and morphing…it sounds so very ‘alive’”
David Helping

“the sonic clarity, balance, dynamics and detail in the production of Finite Space makes this one of my favorite albums to listen to for the pure pleasure of it, as it transcends conventional auditory experiences”
– Bart Hawkins

“this is music: there is a medium between experimental & melodic construction that a lot of people miss; Finite Space navigates beautifully between both”
Steve Turner

Chris Meyer of Alias Zone

Chris Meyer

Alias Zone is the “zen master alter ego” of Chris Meyer of LearningModular.com. Each composition starts with a sound that catches Chris’ ear: an experiment on his modular synthesizers, a particular rhythmic pattern, a field recording, or even something as simple as a Tibetan bowl being struck. From this core, he builds stories and entire worlds by researching and retelling the stories behind those sounds, weaving in layers of complimentary textures as he conjures his own narrative to this “alias” or alternate reality.

Musically, modular synthesis is at the core of each new Alias Zone composition. However, Chris is unafraid to blend in struck & plucked arpeggios, ambient soundscapes, ethnic rhythms & percussion, and “found” spoken word in different languages as part of his journey creating this uniquely emotional, impressionistic electronic music.

Upcoming Events

Alias Zone performances have been described as “amazing,” “nuanced,” “transcendent,” as being in “a whole other class,” and simply “one of the finest live electronic sets I have ever witnessed.” Make sure you catch Chris Meyer perform when he appears near you:

September 7, 2024

Knobcon Chillout Room

Alias Zone will be peforming during the upcoming Knobcon show in Schaumburg, Illinois, as part of the Chillout Room – in quadraphonic sound. We’ll post more details when the date gets closer.

September 14, 2024

Paradiso Santa Fe

Michael Stearns and Chris Meyer will each be performing sets of immersive, cinematic electronic music in quadraphonic sound on the evening of Saturday September 14 at this wonderful, cozy venue in Santa Fe. Times and links to tickets will be posted later; in the meantime mark it on your calendar and plan to come out and join us!

October 11, 2024

Denver

We are in the early stages of putting together an event with other modular musicians in Denver, Colorado the evening before Steve Roach’s 40 Year of Silence concert. Come back and visit this page, or follow Alias Zone on Facebook or Instagram.

interview

Steve Turner & Chris Meyer

Steve Turner – founder of the modular synthesis collective Australian Control Voltage – did an in-depth interview with me on my musical history, and both the inspiration behind and techniques used in the creation of my new album Finite Space. We dive into the multitrack files and pick apart some of Steve’s favorite passages, detailing how they were created. If you are into synthesis or music compositon, I think you’ll find this interesting.

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the Previous album

Water Stories

Bodies of water – and the mysteries that lie beneath their surface – is the thread that runs throughout this deeply-layered audio travelogue. Inside these three extended tracks,
Chris takes you searching for sea monsters in Iceland, waking the souls stranded underwater in a shipwreck off the coast of Cyprus, and exploring a series of majestic underground caverns by canoe in Thailand. His goal is to create a uniquely emotional experience. Ellison Wolf of Waveform Magazine described Water Stories as “a relaxing, positive-vibed, soothing listen.” It has also been featured on numerous playlists, and was named one of the best Ambient/Space Music releases of 2022 by Lloyd Barde.

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Compelling Dreamscapes

We Only Came to Dream

Aztec poetry (read by a descendent of the author), a Buddhist ceremony in Vietnam, and a Navajo elder sharing his wisdom provide the inspiration for the tracks on this album. Chris Meyer takes these seeds and carefully crafts entire musical worlds around them with each story slowly unfolding for the listener to explore and enjoy. Two pieces also contain flute by old friend Richard Bugg, who appeared also on the original Alias Zone album from 20 years ago, Lucid Dreams.

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