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jeremy bible - the journey of enoch (cassette)




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ARTIST // jeremy bible
LABEL // rubber city noise (us)
CAT // rcn006rcs


  



*C78 pro-dubbed and printed. Early work recorded 1998-2000. Repress of the 2011 reissue that sold out immediately with new covers for this 2014 repress edition.*

"The Journey of Enoch is ambient apocrypha—dark, dirty synthesizer soundscapes built from eerie, expansive timbres and drones read from an ancient tome written in fractured oscillations and noise generator syllables. Created between 1998 and 2000 w/ a range of hardware synthesizers and effects, Enoch was first released in 2004 as incredibly limited CDr and netlabel release that went on to over 22,000 downloads and became an internet cult classic. Far from youthful synthesizer experiments, Enoch is a haunting account of the world-generative abilities of synthesis and soundscape storytelling loosely based around hidden books and warring angels. A newly remastered reissue, the RCN version of Enoch features a new track listing."
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"Jeremy Bible is one of the kings of freaky indie audio. Dude is the sole proprietor of the Experimedia online label and distro, which has been pumping out the non-hits since the turn of the millennium. The site has since become a mainstay for the sonically adventurous who are looking to pick up the latest wares via their web browsers. The imprint itself is equally crucial.

Some of the earliest releases on the Experimedia label involved the participation of Bible himself. "The Journey of Enoch," in all its dark ambient glory, is one of those budding artifacts that helped put the imprint out there for all the world to worship. Originally issued in 2004 in an ultra-limited CD-R edition (also available digitally), this drone masterpiece has recently been given the reissue treatment – this time on cassette – by the folks over at Rubber City Noise.

Composed entirely with synthesizers, the textures and timbres exposed by this release are incredibly chilling. This is deep, deep sonic material – murky, subterranean tones for eyeless organisms. His softer side getting the better of him, Bible strays away from producing music that is outright terrifying, choosing instead to slot himself into the cozy nook between dream and nightmare. Given today's crazed synthesizer hordes, "The Journey of Enoch" was an incredibly prescient album upon its original release date – that it has remained relevant is proof of its greatness." - Bryon Hayes, Foxy Digitalis
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"The proliferation of tape labels has given birth to an equally rampant and much appreciated phenomenon: the lost reissue. Of course, how do we know something is lost to us when we never had it in the first place? Needless to say, Jeremy Bible's The Journey of Enoch was most definitely lost, drowned in limited availability and a response to the blowhards that dominated radio, television, and print for the last few years of the 20th century. Recorded between 1998-2000 and first released as a CD-R in 2004, Bible's baby is given a proper Easter celebration — the dark, piercing synth reverberating from the hollow earth from where Enoch was buried, as Bible busts through the dirt and ascends the physical plane, only to find a world seeking salvation at the hands of the synthesizer. Of course, the persistent hums key a chorus of angels, singing in a language that needs not to be fully recognized to be understood. Bible's cult classic now finds itself on tape, a place its manifesto was meant to be guarded all those years ago. With a new track lineup and art, Bible's cherished Enoch is given the dressings of a king without tarnishing its halo. But come the end of Enoch, you may begin to discover that Bible has not produced the new savior, but has in fact given rise to the horn-tailed devil, as the album pokes you with its sharp pitchfork, the angelic chorus turning to fiery cackles." - JSpicer, Tiny Mix Tapes

"Remastered cassette reissue (from Rubber City Noise) of an original ultra-limited CD-R issued in 2004 by underground legend and Experimedia founder Jeremy Bible. Recorded between 1998 and 2000,The Journey of Enoch prophesied the rise of lo-fi, minimal drone underground which first reared its analog head in mid 2000's. Jeremy Bible's release is a haunting, stretched-out affair of harsh sound effects, sudden atmospheric changes and heavy synthesizer bliss. An essential release for every kosmische sound archivist." - Weed Temple
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"As the owner of Experimedia, one of the most laudable distributors of ambient and experimental music, Jeremy Bible didn't achieve this extent of notability in an instant. One of the label's first releases was The Journey of Enoch, a limited CD-R and digital release that emerged in 2004 and accrued over 22,000 downloads since its outset. To keep the relevance unwavering, Akron label Rubber City Noise couldn't have been more timely in reissuing the album, because the 2011 underground has shown an enormous growth in interest of synthesizers and the cassette format.

Despite its great significance and cult legacy in experimental music circles, the album's history isn't meant to insinuate an impact in which The Journey of Enoch found its way into modern day synth work. Contrary to the melodic, sequence-fed nostalgia shared by many, Bible's electronics function as a purely tonal entity, stark and lustrous. The album's most compelling facet is in the absence of connotation in Bible's textures, for they elicit neither sublimity nor disquietude. These are ululations of pure emptiness, a locale parsed well enough to consume its observers." - Carter Mullin, Olive Music
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"Even if you're the most casual fan of the music I write about on this blog, you have probably come into contact with Jeremy Bible a few times through the one-stop mecca-like internet-distro Experimedia, which he owns and operates. Bible is also a notable figure, however, due to his consistently breathtaking ambient and modern-classical records, released sporadically throughout the years on various labels. This particular tape, 2004's The Journey of Enoch, happens to be a re-release of one of the most influential synth-based drone releases of the last 10 years and a totally killer set that's been out of print entirely too long. Dark, chilling, and utterly essential." - Zen Effects