Jenkins, Mark

The synthesizercollector, musician and labelboss of Amprecords, based in London.
Jenkins, Mark
Mark Jenkins - Analog Archives

Artist: Mark Jenkins
P: 1995
Eight previously unreleased pieces developed during the early to mid 80's on instruments which "could create rich, powerful textures seldom matched by the later generation of digital keyboards". I certainly wouldn't argue with that, and there aren't many albums around nowadays which have the likes of the Moog Sonic Six and the EDP Wasp & Spider amongst the lineup. 'Where No Shadows Fall' consists of various analog effects and timbres with a short sequenced section near the end of the piece. With 'Ohrwurm' it's sequences all the way and impressive they are too with speaker crunching dynamics. 'Urizen' initially adopts a lilting pace punctuated by rasping synths.The pace then picks up as the collage of sound becomes denser with vocoder joining the fray at one point. Two shorter pieces follow. 'Sun Down' combines an effective melody picked out on flute with a delicate sequence. 'Heart of Darkness' features psychedelic guitar and another pulsing sequence. 'Electric Eden' show-cases some of the most accomplished and effective sequential rhythms on the album, embellished by unmistakable MiniMoog solos. 'Dancing About Architecture' contains many pleasing elements but is unfortunately swamped by crude electronic percussion leaving 'Time's Wingèd Chariot' to close the album with more excellent sequences and lashings of vocoder. Don't expect compositional finesse. Don't expect state of the art sound quality. Do expect a window on a period when synths still sounded and looked like synths and could literally make the foundations shake. The catalogue number perhaps suggests this could be the first of many.

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Mark Jenkins - Ghosts of Mars

Artist: Mark Jenkins & Alquimia
P: 2007
Joining British synthesist Jenkins is Alquimia, who provides vocals for three tracks. Bouncy electronics blend with dreamy backdrops to produce invigorating tuneage that floats. Engaging keyboard riffs interweave with hypnotic looping pulsations, establishing a lush panorama that meticulously evokes an alien landscape--but as perceived through human senses. Lacing a strange milieu with familiar aspects can be a tricky process, but Jenkins handles it with suave skill. Although everything (except the guitars and Alquimia’s voice) is generated via computers, the sonic palette is nicely seasoned with traditional sounds. A horn section delightfully bolsters one track.
The guitars function in a sneaky manner, often disguising themselves through treatments so that they are unrecognizable as string instruments. At other times, however, the energetic strumming is distinct and vibrantly familiar.
Percussion is present throughout this release and results in steady propulsion for the electronic melodies. Snappy beats pitter away, supported by more sedate rhythms, eventuating a lively pace that restrains itself from dominating the compositions.
The three songs that feature Alquimia’s lyrical vocals possess a pleasantly organic quality that tends to nudge these tracks in a quasi-commercial direction. Overall, the tuneage exhibits an eerie character that is congenially tempered by a rich sense of humanity. The catchy percussion abets this disposition by appealing to mankind’s inherent toe-tapping predilection



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Mark Jenkins - If The World Were Turned On Its Head, We Would Walk Among The Stars

Artist: Mark Jenkins
P: 2005
The CD If The World Were Turned On Its Head, We Would Walk Among The Stars presents three epic peaces of dark ambient electronic rock music. Fusing the driving instrumental styles of the German electronic acts Ash Ra Tempel and Klaus Schulze with ambient world and rock elements from American artists such as Steve Roach and Jan Hammer, the album creates fascinating textures from the classic days of the Moog synthesizer while incorporating the very latest in virtual synthesis technology.

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Mark Jenkins - IPad Album

Artist: Mark Jenkins
P: 2010
Believed to be the world's first album created entirely using software running on a 64GB 3G Apple iPad, the CD forms part of the "MJ50" celebrations of the London-based electronic musician's 50th birthday.

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Mark Jenkins - IPaDream

Artist: Mark Jenkins
P: 2010
Here we find very nice compositions all played on the I-Pad by Apple. It sounds unbelievable, that all these different tunes come out of this little computer machine. Mark played famous tracks by Tangerine Dream, Peter Baumann, Christopher Franke, Michael Garrison and Ron Grainer in a new way. So we find for example Flashpoint, Tangram or Vermillion Sands.

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Mark Jenkins - Live Archives

Artist: Mark Jenkins
P: 2008
‘The Sun in Splendour’ is from a concert in 1989 though to me it sounds much more early 80s. There is a fine sequence and nice slightly metallic melody, a good way to start the album. Next up we have ‘Red Light City’. It was taken from the same show as its predecessor again making use of a really good sequence and melodic motifs but is even better in that so much is going on. It crams more interesting twists and turns within its six minute duration than many a sequential epic lasting three times as long. The third track ‘Moon Under Water’ (iffy title department) is another cut from the same gig and continues in a similar style with harp, piano and brass sounds providing the lead lines. ‘Wednesday Evening’ is from 1987 and starts sounding a bit like Steve Jolliffe before it becomes more rhythmic then later on David Vorhaus comes to mind. ‘Dolphin Square’ (another iffy title) is from 1988 and tries to incorporate many styles and layers but was probably a bit ambitious as on my first couple of listenings it sounded a little messy. Who knows though, it could be a grower. ‘Tell Them I Said Something’ is from the same 1988 concert and makes nice use of an overdriven guitar sound but then like its predecessor becomes a little muddled. ‘Souda Bay’ was from a Sheffield Electronica in 1985, the drums and in fact the whole thing sounds very dated. ‘Take a Chance’ follows continuously on and is much better in the melodic department but still sounds dated, wrong choice of drum machine or whatever. The next four tracks comprise of linked pieces taken from the first UK Electronica in 1983. ‘Overture’ is a gentle opener before we move into ‘The Visitor’, starting from spacey beginnings it develops into a sequencer / drum romp but I’m afraid both do sound even more dated than most pieces recorded around this time.
Koyaanisqatsi’ is a Gothic / organ laden piece and is very effective. Really the main things that let Mark’s 83 / 85 pieces down are those dreaded drum sounds he used. The tracks such as this which didn’t have a rhythmic content come over so much better.

 

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Mark Jenkins - Live in the U.S.A.

Artist: Mark Jenkins
P: 2006
This double CD shows a lot of different styles by Mark Jenkins. With many guest musicians he plays tracks from his older releases, new tracks and also some variations on Michael Garrison tracks.
For all who order this double CD now, we include a third CD
"Live with Damo Suzuki at the Royal Festival Hall".

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Mark Jenkins - Mexico Rising

Artist: Mark Jenkins
P:1994
Mexico Rising opens with an epic concept track whipping through ambient, techno, ethnic and trance music and closes with powerful, spacey, sequenced music.  Inspired by a journey around Mexico and starting with an epic, six-section concept piece covering everything from dark ambient to thumping techno music, via melodic synth/sequencer material, all inspired by differing aspects of that majestic country. Joined by several long, sequencer-based tracks under the title "Space Odysseys", and even a synthesized orchestral/traditional music track, and featuring Alquimia (voice), Steve Jolliffe (wind synth and flute) and Richard Pinhas (guitar).

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Mark Jenkins - Moog Meditations

Artist: Mark Jenkins
P: 1998
Mark Jenkins in a different style with slower, meditative tracks with a little bit New Age feeling.


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Mark Jenkins - Sequencer Loops

Artist: Mark Jenkins
P: 2002
The result is being described as sounding like "Tangerine Dream meets Hawkwind", or "Jean-Michel Jarre jamming with Carlos Santana". The technology used to achieve this groundbreaking style involves everything from 20-year-old kit-built synthesizers to the massive triple keyboard yamaha ex1, via computers, samplers and exotic rhythm machines. Epic tracks with running times from 4 up to more than 10 minutes typically open with multiple analog sequencers, overlaid with electric and acoustic guitars, samples, vocoders or recorded voices. In another indication of the range of styles covered, the cd is dedicated to the memories of Camel keyboardist Peter Bardens, whose melodic minimoog playing particularly was an early influence on mark's style, and of legendary can guitarist Michael Karoli.
All compositions & performances at Unicorn Studio, London by Mark Jenkins.


 

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Mark Jenkins - Sequencer Loops 2

Artist: Mark Jenkins
P: 2003
MARK JENKINS celebrates 25 years in electronic music with a follow-up to massively acclaimed "Sequencer Loops". Again the mix is of classic and modern synths, flowing electric guitar and compelling sequencer and drum rhythms, earning comparisons with Tangerine Dream, Mike Oldfield and Jan Hammer at their best.   On "Sequencer Loops 2", classic synths like the MiniMoog and Prophet soar over pulsating sequencers and pads and duel with guitar, vocoder and sampled voices. Long, ambient tracks in the style of Klaus Schulze alternate with shorter melodic pieces, and there are guest appearances by two US presidents and an ex-starship captain!

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Mark Jenkins - Space Dreams

Artist: Mark Jenkins
P: 1994
Powerful, floating,energising, spacey pieces inspired by Roland's Jd-800 synthesizer, one of few versatile enough to create a whole album alone, some rhythmic sequencers though no drums; the most popular track Harlequin featured on the cover CD of Exposed Magazine.
Music by Mark Jenkins from the Space Dreams and other albums has already been performed at the London Planetarium and at major theatres and arts venues as well as open air sites around the world, including the London South Bank and the Teatro Naçional in Brazilia.

Here the last copy!

 

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Mark Jenkins - Space Dreams 2

Artist: Mark Jenkins
P: 1996
10 tracks of modern EM brought together to form the second instalment of Mark Jenkins' 'Space Dreams' series.
'SuperNova' is an up tempo sequenced piece with a decent enough melody which almost breaks into 'Telstar' at one point. There's a fair old lineup of equipment on show, both analog and digital, and the sound produced is consequently full and detailed. Pump up the volume to appreciate fully. 'Gravity Waves' (the longest piece at 7:48) opens in measured fashion with pleasing synth stabs. The tempo is then raised (literally) producing a boppy number which does its best to hold the attention and largely succeeds. 'Neptune Storm' takes over seamlessly and grabs the focus with beefy sequencing. Melodically it's a bit lightweight but overall it's another successful outing. 'Ancient Light' is certainly not lightweight in the melodic department. It's a surging example of electronic theme work which stirs the imagination. Of the remaining tracks, 'Rock 64001' contains some more dramatic sequencing and 'Pulsarsphere' serves up plenty of uptempo electronic rhythms and synth lines. One of my criticisms of 'Space Dreams 1' was that it straddled the uncertain ground between the spacey and the up tempo, and ended up being successful at neither.
'Space Dreams 2' certainly injects more life and spirit into proceedings and is consequently a more satisfying musical experience. On first hearing things can still sound a tad superficial, but familiarity brings its reward and you soon realize that there's a lot going on here. Expect safe ground and some excitement and you'll not be left disappointed.


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Mark Jenkins - Synprovisation

Artist: Mark Jenkins
P: 1998
All tracks improvised & recorded live with no overdubs at Unicorn Studio, August 1998.
Edited on Apple Macintosh with Sound Designer II. Mark Jenkins released this limited edition CD, Synprovisation is his opening performance for the 4th UK Jean-Michel Jarre Convention in Aston University in late August. This sequencerbased music is full of reverbed repeating sounds, remind the listener to mid-seventies Goettsching works.

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Mark Jenkins - The Ceremony of Innocence

Artist: Mark Jenkins, White Noise,
Arthur Brown & Alquimia

P: 2008
A very cool gathering of the 4 musicians result in a epic opus of 4 long tracks, that feature all the listeners heart desires. Voice and Lyrics by Arthur Brown, that reminds us to Dune by Klaus Schulze. Also the use of the Yamaha CS80, Arp 2600, Arp Odyssey and Minimoog by Jenkins give the perfect background of the music.

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Mark Jenkins - This Island Earth

Artist: Mark Jenkins
P: 2006
LTD 300

"This Island Earth" comprises three suites of music - one for classic analog synthesizers; one for analog and digital synths recorded in the studio and live in the USA with various guest musicians, spanning ambient, experimental and symphonic styles; and one for a completely Apple laptop-based system. Taking in the experimental styles of Cluster & Eno, the symphonic music of Kitaro or Vangelis, the ambient textures of Steve Roach or Warp Records, and the '70's sequencers of Tangerine Dream, "This Island Earth" has something to offer all fans of electronic, ambient and experimental music.

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Mark Jenkins - Thunder at Midnight

Artist: Mark Jenkins
P: 1993
Originally intended as Mark's debut and including one remix from as far back as 1984, this is a much more rhythmic album with powerful drums, strong sequences and styles reminiscent of Jan Hammer and Jean-Michel Jarre as well as of Tangerine Dream and Vangelis.
Most popular tracks; Floe Motion, used in a Central TV nature documentary, and Alpine Sunrise, heard on The Travel Channel. 
Alquimia - voices and special effect on track 5

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Schwingungen Radio auf CD - Edition Nr.214 03/13
Schwingungen - Radio auf CD
Edition Nr.: 214
03/2013

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