This edition is now out of print. Cities in Fog 2 is now available here.
Jeff Greinke's first album is finally issued on disc with a bonus cd in the same dark-ambient vein.
"The sound of industry and contemporary cityscapes - grinding metal, pounding machinery - tempered and processed in the studio, producing a removed impressionist haze. This unorthodox Cities in Fog reissue includes the original album, remastered, plus a sequel. The second installment takes a new look at an older genre by an artist who has grown and matured. Cities in Fog 2 is as evocative and evanescent as ever, but with an atmosphere that is less oppressive. With the revival of ambient, these discs proved Greinke to be a true visionary."(WIRED MAGAZINE)
Jeff Greinke began composing and performing music in 1980 while studying meteorology at Pennsylvania State University. After moving to Seattle in 1982, Greinke developed his own unique process of sound layering, creating electronic music rich in texture, depth, mood, and subtle detail. He has since released several other recordings on various U.S. and European labels, contributed to numerous compilations, and composed music for film, video, dance, theatre, radio, and art installations.
From Jeff's liner notes:
The seeds for this project were sown in early 1995, when Naut Humon (of Sombient Records) invited me to contribute music to a compilation (the first part of a trilogy) entitled Throne of Drones. After accepting this offer, I found myself thinking of musical terrain I had all but abandoned some years earlier. I subsequently composed music for the compilation, as well as for the second part of the trilogy, that strongly reminded me of my earlier work. Out of this renewed interest in exploring such musical landscapes came the notion of making, 10 years later, a sequel to my first album, Cities in Fog
Back in 1982, I moved to Seattle from Pennsylvania after completing my studies in meteorology at Penn State University. While traveling across the country, I had an experience that made a very strong impact on me. It happened in the expansive, open terrain of Montana, at a rest stop a few miles off the highway. I became aware of a drone being produced by the engine of a lone truck rolling down the highway. It lasted for what seemed a very long time, and I became fascinated with the richness and beauty of its sound and the way it held my interest. I realized later that this sonic phenomena was caused by the way in which the geography of the landscape altered the acoustical perspective between myself and the moving truck. The otherwise static sound was constantly moving and therefore continually sounded fresh to my ears.
After arriving in Seattle, I settled in an apartment on a hill overlooking a warehouse district. I became fond of taking late-night walks and listening to the activity in the valley. At that hour most of the everyday buzz of the city was hushed, so the distant clankings of the industrial area were more audible. I found the resultant soundworld mesmerizing.
Experiences like these come home with me and find their way into the studio, inevitably working their way into my music. The pairing of these two Cities in Fogcollections forms a circle, so to speak, and reaffirms my love of everyday sounds and their inherent beauty.
Abundant thanks go to Robert Rich for dusting off the original master tapes and also for his excellent suggestions. Thanks also to Sam Rosenthal for taking on this project, and to my close friends, who are a continuing source of strength