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MisN Press release (Full Article)
MisN Press release
POSTED BY: jjacob POSTED ON: 20 Jan 2011 02:49 PM

Electronica Artist JJacob Kicks Off 2011 With New Publishing Deal And Release Of New CD, "LTP Learning To Play," Now Available At CD Baby

Veiron Audio and Visual Productions announced that LTP Learning To Play, the debut album from Director/Producer JJacob is now available in CD format through both CD Baby and Unsigned CDs. The album has been available for digital download since October 22, 2010. A one year sync licensing/publishing deal was also signed with Liberty Music Trax – Canada ( http://www.libertymusictrax.com ) for four tracks from the “LTP Learning to Play” album: “Traveler I – The Journey Begins,” “Gaia,” “Uriel,” and “Learning to Play”.



JJacob and LTP Learning to Play have been having quite a bit of success on the social networking scene as well. In less than a year, JJacob’s MySpace profile alone (http://www.myspace.com/jjacobsmusic ) had more than 17,000 views and 7,000 plays. The aggregated score for all of his social networks, including ReverbNation and FaceBook, showed more than 20,000 views and 10.000 plays.

The nine track LTP Learning To Play is a combination songs based largely on the combination of the electronic genre with multiple other genres, all of which (with the exception of one) are purely instrumental. There are mixtures of rather classical instruments like pianos, violins, orchestral elements and percussions, drums and guitars. On most tracks, elements of rock dominate but under the umbrella of what one would consider electro-rock or progressive instrumental rock. Some tracks are closer to the styles of artists like Vangelis, Jean Michele Jarre and Tangerine Dream. “Learning To Play,” the only track with lyrics, and performed by singer Lola Yannopoulou, is reminiscent of Enya and the 90’s ambient scene.

Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team critiqued the album, stating, "Talented artist, JJacob, releases an excellent collection of ambient Electronic music on his debut album, “LTP Learning to play.” JJacob is a self taught musician and he is not afraid to make that statement. As you listen through his entire album, one would think he had some kind of training as his music is quite melodic and has a multitude of layered sounds with a nice dynamic balance. Opening up the CD, “Traveler I - The Journey Begins,” is vibrant with a steady strong rhythm and rich synth strings. Another song, “Time noise,” is bursting with rhythmic beats swirling around the lush sounds of the synths as they build up to a grand, powerful feel. “Playground,” has mysterious sound and flows with a terrific eerie sensation. Although this album is mainly instrumentals, “Learning to Play,” features hypnotic vocals that caress the well orchestrated instrumentation. If you are a fan of Electronic music with dark tonality, then the album, “LTP Learning to play,” is just what you need to listen to."

LTP was originally based on the simple idea of learning how to play music. With the completion of each track, however, it became more apparent that the creative process was being driven by certain personal emotions which were gradually emerging. Eventually, LTP turned out to be learning to play with a sense of nature, the simple elements that have contributed to one’s life, and even the new sense of values that emerge from a child's play. The ultimate understanding is that our true existence in the universe is grounded in the grace of humble things.

LTP can be purchased at CD Baby at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jjacob or CD Unsigned at: http://www.cdunsigned.com/cd.php?products_id=482, and at city-central major retailer stores “IANOS Chain of culture” in Greece. It will be available shortly at select major and independent music stores in Greece, Europe, the USA and Japan. The Veiron Audio and Visual productions online music store is currently under construction, but the album is now available in digital downloadable formats through the major online retailers iTunes, Amazon, Napster, eMusic, and others.

About Liberty Musix Trax
Liberty Music Trax , a digital music licensing service based in Montreal, Canada, provides original music by independent artists from Canada and around the world exclusively to creative content producers, for use in television series, films, new media, games, and advertising. We offer full length original songs (vocal and instrumental) with both Sync + Master rights pre-cleared for all production applications and media platforms. All songs are handpicked by industry professionals to allow content creators to expand their creative freedom far beyond what production libraries can offer. The songs in the Liberty library are ideal to complement composers' custom music for your production.


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Introduction: About JJacob in general


Veiron'sJJacob or Jacob Marris based in Athens-Greece had never received any kind of formal music education. Since his youth he was swayed by the electronic music of Vangelis and Jean Michele Jarre and had an opportunity to experiment on a cheap mid 80s Casio synth. It was by that time as a teen when he formed with some friends a high school rock band and jammed around at parks, parking lots and basements. Never the less and because of his lack to perform live he became the band's singer and lyric writer. In 1992 and during his studies at a film school in direction and film making, he produced his first short feature movie for which he also wrote the music score on that Casio synth and recorded it at a home cassette recorder... that would all be his experience with music. As he continued with his film studies and his upcoming career in the local show biz, all his experimentations in music were left behind.
After almost 15 years and in the age of 35 he got back to music... it was early summer of 2008, at a home studio initially built for video editing with out the proper equipment for music production, he started again to make music working on a computer music production software based on VST instruments but without using loops or preset patterns.


As a hobby and an alternative personal outlet, going out public was beyond any realistic prospect at that time, however and track after track he got some encouragement from his family and friends and decided to proceed with a professional sound engineering process in order to improve the outcome of his work. A risky and expensive choice for a lone amateur “Musician”, but it was by that time that the actual idea to go out public and produce a complete music album started to mature.
In December of 2009 and under his new born independent music label Veiron Audio and Visual Productions, the project titled “LTP Learning to play” entered together with Co producer and mixing sound engineer Kostas Mouroulis the studio.


 




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Personal Information


He was born in 1973 in Addis Abba, Ethiopia, the son of Greek immigrants. In 1986 he permanently moved to Greece where he finished high school.


In 1994, while he was serving his military service, he graduated from Stavrakos School of filming and television, with major in film direction. Consequently, he was admitted in educational institutes and Universities in the USA and the UK in order to pursuit postgraduate studies. However, an unexpected family obligation did not allow him to realize this prospect as he had to undertake the family business, an import company specializing in the sector of industrial tools and machinery (1994-1997).


Career


In 1997, an opportunity appeared that allowed him to get into the TV industry, where he started as a producer for public television. After taking part in TV films and the film “Eternal Student” by Vangelis Seitanidis (2000, Greek Film Center – AXELERE SA), he also got involved with private television.


He worked closely, as a director, with the biggest local production companies and he kept undertaking several projects, while at the same time he started bestirring in the sector of film editing, advertising and independent production.


 


Veiron Audio and Visual Productions


In 2009, along with his wife Anna, he founded Veiron Audio and Visual Productions, a versatile company bestirring in a wide range of subjects and sectors.


Veiron Audio and Visual Productions is a versatile company with a wide range of commercial activities in various sectors such as audiovisual productions, trade of professional audiovisual equipment, music productions, trade of computers and computer accessories.


Music


Music is a new chapter in his life. Even though he has no previous experience or studies in the field, in 2008 he started experimenting at his personal home studio.


Great fan of classic, electro music and rock, he started composing instrumental tracks, as a means to express himself, and sharing some of them with friends. Eventually, in 2009, within the framework of the independent record label, he produced his first record, under the name “LTP Learning to play”(Link) signing as JJacob. In December 2009, along with Kostas Mouroulis as his co-producer, the compilation went under full analogical technical treatment so that it is available to all those music lovers who seek for electronic sounds in the instrumental electronic, rock, ambient and new age music sector.


JJacob's LTP Learning to play


 


Learning to Play CD cover


 

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