Modulator ESP: Time Zero

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Time Zero is the fourth album from Modulator ESP, released as a limited edition of 25 in order to give some music, previously only available as mp3 downloads, a proper physical release. All tracks were recorded as live improvisations between 2003 and 2006. The idea came about after I recorded a CD compilation of my recent work (and not so recent) for a friend. The original compilation featured Tsunami, which features on the Groove album Analogy, so a new track was required to take it's place and Beyond The Sun was recorded to form a small suite of tracks, fitting nicely in between Tronic Pulse and Quadratic

Time Zero is available to stream and download free from the Internet Archive. It is also now available to purchase from the merchandise page.

Tronic Pulse: was a very simple Mellotron flute jam over a simple SH-101 sequence. Equipment used: Roland M-VS1, Roland SH-101, Sequential Prophet 600, Sequential Prophet VS.

Beyond The Sun: was produced on the 29th April 2006 specifically for this album. Equipment used: Korg Mono/Poly, Roland SH-101, Sequential Prophet 600, Sequential Prophet VS, Waldorf Microwave XT, Sequentix P3, Roland CSQ-600.

Quadratic: was produced to tryout the skip function on the P3 sequencer and as preparatory material for the Quadra Jam. It was unfinished until a proper ending was added on the 30th April 2006. Equipment used: Sequentix P3, Cheetah MS6, Sequential Prophet 600, Sequential Prophet VS.

Eos Flight: was an improvisation originally recorded to my hard disk recorder sometime in 2005, an extra layer of improvised material was added as it was mixed down on the 6th October 2005. Equipment used: Korg Karma (with MOSS), Korg Wavestation, Sequential Prophet VS, Roland SH-101, Waldorf Microwave XT, Alesis MMT-8, Doepfer Regelwerk.

Time Zero: was improvised live from my studio from 00:00 (midnight) on January 1st 2006 and streamed to a worldwide audience via as part of the New Year's Eve Event. Equipment used: Korg Prophecy, Korg Wavestation, Korg Karma, Korg ER-1, Cheetah MS6, Sequential Prophet VS, Yamaha AN1x, Doepfer Regelwerk, Sequentix P3.

Chromium: is one of my earliest ambient pieces and was a simple improvisation recorded on the 23rd July 2003. Equipment used: Korg Wavestation, Nord Modular.
Tronic Pulse - click to play stream from Internet Archive Tronic Pulse - Right click and 'Save As' to download from Internet Archive

Tronic Pulse [7:31 - 192kbps - 10.8Mb] 

Beyond The Sun - click to play stream from Internet Archive Beyond The Sun- Right click and 'Save As' to download from Internet Archive

Beyond The Sun [7:41 - 192kbps - 11.1Mb] 

Quadratic - click to play stream from Internet Archive Quadratic - Right click and 'Save As' to download from Internet Archive

Quadratic [7:18 - 192kbps - 10.5Mb] 

Eos Flight - click to play stream from Internet Archive Eos Flight - Right click and 'Save As' to download from Internet Archive

Eos Flight [10:55 - 192kbps - 15.7Mb] 

Time Zero  - click to play stream from Internet Archive Time Zero - Right click and 'Save As' to download from Internet Archive

Time Zero [37:13 - 192kbps - 52.6Mb] 

Chromium - click to play stream from Internet Archive

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Chromium [3:58 -192kbps - 5.7Mb] 



'Tronic Pulse' starts with warbling & rasping synthesizers coupled with mysterious Mellotron flute. After a while a sequence builds and we are immediately in mid-70's Tangerine Dream territory. Not bad!

'Beyond the Sun' has excellent deep intro. Jez made an excellent job of synthesizing really out-there sounds on this one. This is cosmic EM of the highest order. I just have to wonder why they don't use this stuff in movies about cosmos these days, going for some boring orchestral drek instead. Excellent sequence starts and what a great sequence it is! Coupled with a super-punchy bass sound it really has a bite to it! The Mellotron flute appears in this track as well, combining to great effect with synthetic textures. This is Berlin School with a fresh attitude - top notch stuff!

'Quadratic', once again has quite an aggressive intro, with harsh, raspy sounds and echoing clangs. After a while a slow sawy bass sequence appears. Another sequence joins the flow, making this a real wall-of-sound experience. This is stark, dark and decidedly un-commercial Electronic Music. The sequences are excellent while the overall nature of the track remains absolutely otherworldly. I think if you're into geometry - you will enjoy this. Jez has really managed to express the beauty of simple geometrical forms with this one - sort of a dry, naked beauty wrapped in intricate forms. And where one would be without that Mellotron flute? There's a bit of that too, but it only appears for the last several seconds of the track.

Next is 'Eos Flight' that initially sets the stage with deep and mysterious effects & pads. A rhythmic pulse starts but never dominates. Looks like it's the most laid-back track so far. Various lead sounds and additional sequences play on top but overall the track retains that relaxed, jamming feel.

The title track starts with echoes of unknown origin but after a while we hear some whooshing sounds and very deep bass throbs. Various other sounds can be heard and this is easily one of those effective intro's you don't want to end. However, as we are closing the 10 minute mark, a slow bass / rhythm combination starts and takes us to the next section that is dominated by ever-so-slightly shifting and morphing rhythms, all of them of the laid-back variety. This is an unusual track indeed and it's unlike anything I've heard from Jez so far. A great lead line is heard around the 16 minute mark. Another sequence appears as the lead line continues its play. Some heavier rhythms can be heard after 20 minutes into the track that has turned into quite a journey by now. Superb analogue-sounding solos add a pleasant warmness and really make me go "wow!" This is quite simply some of the best neo-prog EM I've heard in a while. Fans of Berlin School will be delighted, especially those who favour complex, long-form compositions with great rhythms, lots of sequences, atmospheres and a sparkling solo or two to boost.
One thing to add is that Jez' sound is now much more refined (compared to previous efforts) and supplied with a good dose of reverb, adding the pleasant 'spaciness' to his compositions. He seems to have put much more effort in his songs which are now better thought-out and composed with a level of precision and feeling that many would be jealous of. The last part of the title track lets the sequences to shine in all their glory and adds a new bell-like sequence that sounds very organic. A mournful pad sound is all one needs to complete the mental picture of traveling through space & time. The journey's over and we want more.

But wait, Jez serves us a little dessert in the form of 'Chromium'. It consists of typical "Modulator ESP" atmospheres - all in a mysterious and a bit claustrophobic setting. Interesting little track.

'Time Zero' is the best Modulator ESP album so far and a real must for fans of Berlin School / sequencer music. Excellent!

by Artemi Pugachov - Encyclopedia of Electronic Music

and some reviews from happy customers:

Today I took delivery of his fourth album, Time Zero. A very different beast and a move to the dark side of the force, but the same brilliance permeates this album too. These days Jez produces music and I quote 'with ambient, berlin school and progressive influences', and man does he do this well too This has to be one of the best albums of this type I have ever listened to. Jez is a hugely skilled and talented musician and when he adds some of his melodic touches to the mix from time to time, well it just blows the top of my head off. The word genius comes to mind, he's that good in my opinion.

I really do highly recommend this album to all lovers of ambient, berlin school type music. Don't expect sequencers cranked up to level 11. There are sequencers here but they are used as part of the overall texture of the music, and rarely dominate, and this is right up my street. Superb!!!

Review posted by Roy Jackson on Beyond EM 05.04.06

Thoughts on "Time Zero":- Well, a very nice album indeed. Listened to it yesterday and shall certainly be listening again. Anybody who has seen a Jez set will recognise the character of these studio solo pieces. Really well recorded, too. The lengthy title track is the superb centrepiece of the set, but the standout track for me is the gorgeous "Eos Flight", with its sequence, faux-percussion and a wonderful solo over the top. Beautifully judged. Nice one Jez, this is great stuff. "Eos Flight" should be appearing on "The Best EM 2006" if there was such a thing!

Posted by Steve Palmer (Mooch) on the Modulator ESP Forum

Been listening to this since I got home.

Tronic Pulse - Great Flutey Tron sounds
Beyond The Sun - Very dark and brooding
Quadratic - Great sequencing and more fab Tron sounds at the end
Eos Flight - The most orchestral track on the album. Another great sequence lurks in the background with some cool spacey sounds.
Time Zero - Epic Ambient Fantastic
Chromium - Rounds the album off as perfectly as Sequent C completes Phaedra.

I have 3 other Jez albums but I think thia is going to be the most played one. Considering the tracks were recorded over a 3 year period, they all fit together perfectly as though they were all recorded at the same sessions. Up there with (Hashtronaut's) The Lambda Variant as my favourite EM release so far this year.

Posted by Gus on the Modulator ESP Forum

Well, I played it once and immediately hit the "Play" button again once it had finished - a good sign. All in all, a really enjoyable album from start to finish. Highlights so far for me are 'Eos Flight' and also 'Beyond The Sun' especially the patient way the sequencers are introduced into the track. 'Time Zero' title track is aptly named as I just float off and lose all track of time in the process, it is a meandering epic with vast distances and moods being covered over the course of its thirty six and a half minutes.

Rather like the works of Ken Martin, this is an album that demands your total immersion to fully appreciate the nuances and depth. Mr Creek firmly has his finger on the celestial pulse with 'Time Zero'.

Posted by Steve Streeter (Endorphin) on the Modulator ESP Forum - all content copyright 2004 Modulator ESP and Jez Creek
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