Jeff Greinke: Oceanic (CD)

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1. Oceanic
2. Mountains to Clouds
3. Cirrus Currents
4. Cyclogenesis
5. Temple of Dripping Bells
6. Place of Discovery
7. Late Rain at the Station
8. Pressure Gradient
9. Northern Reaches

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Ambient Soundbath: "High praise for Jeff Greinke’s newest recording, Oceanic, a stand-out gem in a world of music streaming services and YouTube channels overflowing with choices. This is really the sonic refresh that I needed." -Matt Borghi

Exposé: "..the pieces on Oceanic follow similar cloudlike patterns, moving irregularly through time and space, floating freely on a number of different levels; the effect is at once soothing and beautiful, bursting with microtones and splashes of colors, every track differing from all the others, some eliciting warmth, others ice cold, yet others evoking myriad swells of seductive curiosity. There’s always something new and surreal around every corner." -Peter Thelen

Star’s End: "As it moves between vivid textures and indefinite atmospheres our navigation of Oceanic always feels precise in its approach of something essential. Give yourself over. This is a realm you want to visit." -Chuck van Zyl


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Genres: Ambient, New Age, Organic Ambient, Minimal


Oceanic is undulating ambient minimalism floating upon dreamy and somewhat hazy eddies in a slow-moving stream of wonder. Jeff Greinke’s second album upon his return to Projekt — and 24th overall in a 40-year career — marks a departure from last year’s post-classical A Thousand Year Flood. Here, the electronic sounds are processed and often stacked to create complex textures, chords and harmonies. The timbres are distinct, formed with subtle detail, capturing the ebb and flow of emotional whirlpools surging like briny ocean turbulence within one’s heart.


“These nine compositions,” Jeff reflects, “involve abundant sonic motion with multiple layers moving from side to side, front to back, and at varying speeds and dimensions. This motion conjures large bodies of water with their long rolling waves, strong currents and cross-currents, and big slow moving tides. Hence, the album title Oceanic. That said, there’s also a prominent atmospheric aspect to this work — a common thread for me over the years — lending a mysterious and suspended quality to many of these pieces. In this way I think of more than just large bodies of water; the scenery also includes misty mountains, big clouds, steady rain, the jet stream, and far-off frozen places with massive drifting icebergs.”


“This music comes from a period of intense exploration intended to expand my musical palette through an empirical process of heavily manipulating, treating and then layering sounds. In this way, Oceanic is perhaps my most ‘experimental’ release; not in terms of genre, but in how I used the studio to push my compositions into new sonic realms. The pieces are entirely sample- and synth-based, less minimal, and don’t involve other players. The timbres are not as clear or clean; they’re more smeared and altered. This nine-month period of deeply focused creativity was an immensely exciting and fertile time of discovery for me.”


As a seasoned artist, Jeff pushed against familiar and comfortable studio work patterns by harnessing a wild abandoned approach to sculpting Oceanic. The end result is an album of music designed to draw the listener into a richly harmonic and deeply textured, somewhat strange and often beautiful, world of exploratory sound.

Projekt release: February 2 2024

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  1. Reviews Editor

    From Star’s End

    Oceanic (51:51) by Jeff Greinke offers us another chance to step inside his story, to hear something from where he dwells and maybe even find something of ourselves. This tenderly observant aural drama dares to be thought provoking. Utilizing a variety of grainy then cloudy synthesized and digital emanations Greinke confidently manufactures the nine vividly breathing, softly building pieces that make up this album. With all the pleasures of poetry blooming within this slow dance of timbre and tone we find the feelings that are generated running ever deeper, until we wake to our own response. Ominous drones one moment, then elegantly executed piano phrases the next, Oceanic is at times slowing, at times transporting – providing a constancy of adventure for the cerebral state. Some tracks extend in blank strains of gently colliding sounds, yet others cling to the ears in an expressive range of sonic shades and musical mutations. Hints of piano arise from beneath a roomy reverberation to mingle and loom above eddies of echoing electronics and flowing zones of drones.

    Emerging from a sustaining consonance unforced notes materialize – exerting their own freedom in a gradually transforming complexion and hue. As soundscapes coalesce into an indecipherable ambient fog the current keeps moving, churning in slow tides and chilled depths. As it moves between vivid textures and indefinite atmospheres our navigation of Oceanic always feels precise in its approach of something essential. Give yourself over. This is a realm you want to visit. From the quietly intense and eerily expectant, to calm chords of comfort Oceanic presents a play of shadows for the dreamer equally against remarkable drops into discovery for the disciple. Throughout his many years and notable works Jeff Greinke has been suggesting that our world’s will to create will outlast its will to destroy. To know this music this well is to care about it and its listeners quite deeply – which inspires his search for those invisible waves that drift one soul closer to another. -Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END

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    From Exposé

    If one views a wall size canvas painting from across the floor of the gallery, what appear to be smooth transitions of skies, mountains, facial tones, and more will change character as one approaches the work to a closer distance; in fact if one walks right up to the painting those smooth transitions will now appear for what they really are — multicolored ridges formed with a palette knife and irregular brush strokes that appear nothing like what is seen from afar. Similarly, Jeff Greinke’s latest offering, Oceanic, on first listen seems to bear all the hallmarks of floating ambient music, with smooth transitions and variations In tone, but on closer listen — with headphones perhaps — one can hear within the sound an abundance of textural subtleties, shimmering layers, and delicate crosscurrents that form moving patterns within the body of the sound, like the waves, eddies, and currents in the water that one might encounter when diving in headfirst off the bow of a sailboat.

    At a distance it may seem like standard issue floating ambient music, but immediately you’ll realize that those waves and currents are rolling rushes of textural patterns coming together and colliding as they move, rock, and sway under the irregular surface of the sound, pulling up and down and in differing directions, some waves faster and others slower and together they create a rough, rolling energy that lives within these sound sculptures. The album features nine tracks of moderate length that appear and elaborate themselves in a number of ways, never overstay their welcome, and fade away before the next piece arrives. Like many of Greinke’s earlier worlks which seem to be concerned with weather anomalies and storms and such, the pieces on Oceanic follow similar cloudlike patterns, moving irregularly through time and space, floating freely on a number of different levels; the effect is at once soothing and beautiful, bursting with microtones and splashes of colors, every track differing from all the others, some eliciting warmth, others ice cold, yet others evoking myriad swells of seductive curiosity. There’s always something new and surreal around every corner. -Peter Thelen

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    From Night After Night

    Today is Wednesday, and I spent my entire morning with Oceanic, the new album by ambient-music composer-performer Jeff Greinke. It’s also the last thing I listened to last night. I’d been aware of Greinke for a long time, though I don’t know his previous work well. But something about the billowing folds and muzzy contours of this music is providing comfort at a time when little else does. -Steve Smith

  4. Reviews Editor

    From Ambient Soundbath

    High praise for Jeff Greinke’s newest recording, Oceanic, a stand-out gem in a world of music streaming services and YouTube channels overflowing with choices. Oceanic is one of the best recordings I’ve heard in a long, long time! Just a beautiful work. Not surprising it has moved me musically and as an artist in a way I haven’t been moved in years. With Oceanic, I’m reminded of Jeff’s early recording Cities In Fog, a sonic and artistic touchstone. It warms my heart to know that quality is still a consideration, and it’s finding its way into the universe. Do yourself a favor and give this a listen as soon as you can; repeated listens are only more rewarding. This is really the sonic refresh that I needed. -Matt Borghi

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