This past June, Vienna’s Gerald Peterof Gerald Peter Project shared his latest creation “Incremental Changes, Pt. 2” via Austrian label via GRIDMusic to follow his 2017 debut “Incremental Changes, Pt. 1”. A talented composer, keyboardist, and seaboard player, Gerald Peter Project conjures creative movements to take hold of a listener and catapult them into an imaginative musical journey.
“Incremental Changes, Pt. 2” are ten more exquisite themed tracks that feature versatile drummer Aaron Thier, Dream Theater keyboard virtuoso Jordan Rudess, and the award-winning soundtrack vocalist Julie Elven (singer on Horizon Zero Dawn, World of Warcraft OST), and the high-skilled guitarist Martin Miller. Gerald explains the album in his own words:
“It has been a huge journey, musically and in life to make this record happen. This is my best solo work so far, so I hope you enjoy listening. The best experience I think you will get with headphones and listening all the way through and maybe even close your eyes while listening. The music/composition is inspired by changes in my life, that is the reason for the album title as well and I spent endless hours in sound design, composition, and practicing for this record, so I hope you can appreciate this piece of art in all its facets.”
To examine his songwriting, sound construction, and concepts deeper, Gerald Peter is sharing with fans a behind-the-scenes documentary about his process for his latest recording.
“I want to give listeners of my music the opportunity to look back behind the scenes and let them know why and how I came up with this project and album. I also want to show some musical highlights and introduce musicians I collaborated with and talk about the meaning of my album,” adds Gerald.
The mini-doc can be viewed at https://youtu.be/pYKitkBZ7b0
Fans of Dream Theater, Hans Zimmer, and Tigran Hamasyan should take special note, this is a cinematic jaunt, full of complexity and energy that awaits those curious enough to dive into this fantastic release.
Gerald Peter Project‘s “Incremental Changes, Pt. 2” is available via GRIDMusic.
CD – https://shop.universalmusic.at/product/gerald-peter-project-incremental-changes-pt-2/
Bandcamp – https://geraldpeter.bandcamp.com/album/incremental-changes-pt-2
Digital – http://gpp.lnk.to/IncrementalChanges2
Album Promo Video – https://youtu.be/5NNBNZSDK8I
Music Video – Enigma (ft. Julie Elven & Drummer Aaron Thier) – https://youtu.be/IafMXiy4iec
Music Video – Flow (ft. Julie Elven) – https://youtu.be/xb1Tg2Lc21M
1 – Prologue (7th Movement) [3:22]
2 – Enigma (8th Movement) [6:40]
3 – Flow (9th Movement) [4:29]
4 – Transformation (10th Movement) [5:00]
5 – Submerge (11th Movement) [6:19]
6 – Gleam (12th Movement) [4:57]
7 – Timeless (13th Movement) [4:46]
8 – Pulse (14th Movement) [5:51]
9 – Epilogue (15th Movement) [3:15]
10 – Finale (16th Movement) [10:02]
Keyboard, Seaboard, Composition, Production: Gerald Peter
Drums: Aaron Thier
Backing Vocals: Julie Elven
Keyboard Solo by Jordan Rudess on Track 10 Finale from minute 5:42
Guitar Solo by Martin Miller at Track 8 from minute 4:46
Drum Recording Setup, Mixing & Mastering: Mike Wolff @ melonFM
Album Artwork by: Florian Solly / flowdesign.at
Member of AKM (Austrian organization for composer)
For more info:
Gerald Peter Project is a crossover genre transcending music project starring Gerald Peter as the keyboard / seaboard player accompanied by the versatile drummer Aaron Thier. Gerald leads through a musical story with his ongoing compositions by combining different elements of prog rock, neoclassical, jazz, cinematic and electronic music.
Gerald Peter founded the project in 2014 as an creative outlet when he was a working musician on a cruise ship playing dance and party music everyday. The creative outlet continued when he was working for ROLI as a Seaboard product specialist in 2015 & 2016. He collected many musical ideas over many years by improvising on the piano and seaboard, inspired by his favourite artists over a variety of genres (but mainly prog) and inspired by gradual and drastic shifts in his life (incremental changes). After having a huge amount of music material, he thought it would be a good idea to compose, based on that material, some concert music being able to record, produce and perform his own music without the need of an entire band around him which was at this point in this life impossible to have because of ongoing traveling.
In the beginning it was an entire solo project consisting of only Gerald on the keyboard/seaboard and a backing track which was created by himself. But after many living room concerts during the demo phase of his project he decided to bring the project to the next level and add some live drums. He asked his former band mate Aaron Thier from Circle of Illusion, who was a great fit for the project and music. They recorded the digital EP & Incremental Changes, Pt. 1 in 2016 together as a live video shoot recording in Vienna, which was released on YouTube and Bandcamp in 2017. In the years from 2017 – 2019 several live shows has taken place in many different locations, e.g. in Vienna, Nuremberg, Toronto, Budapest and in Anaheim, California at the NAMM show 2019. In 2019 Gerald Peter Project released two new performance videos and singles “Enigma” and “Flow” which are both part of the current album “Incremental Changes, Pt. 2”.
GERALD PETER PROJECT incorporates self-made instrument reactive visuals at its live shows, which are created by a MIDI visualiser program Gerald developed by himself. Gerald was working as programmer in his 20s and has a degree in media informatics. Some of his visuals can be seen in the music video of “Flow” which was shot in the 8K projection room “deep space” in Linz, Austria and during live concerts.
Gerald Peter, born in 1986, is a composer, producer and keyboardist from Vienna who has already worked for Jordan Rudess Music as a co-composer (for the albums “Rockestra” & “Heartfelt”), for Cirque Du Soleil as a touring show-band musician and for ROLI as an international seaboard specialist and demonstrator. Gerald Peter has previously released albums with his bands Circle of Illusion and Inspirational Corner as well.
“IT’S AWESOME MUSIC” – JORDAN RUDESS, DREAM THEATER
“DEEP, LYRICAL, HIGH MELODICALLY […] BOMBASTIC DIMENSIONS AND DRAMATIC PATHOS […] FULL OF SURPRISES, MOOD CHANGES, DYNAMICS AND THEMES” (translated from German) – BABYBLAUE SEITEN, VOLKMAR MANTEL
“[…] OFFERING INSTRUMENTAL ROCK-PROGRESSIVE WITH GREAT PURITY THROUGH SYMPHONIC AND LYRICAL DEVELOPMENTS.” – MUSICINBELGIUM.NET, PHILIPPE THIRIONET
“‘ENIGMA’ IS THE CINEMATIC PROGRESSIVE ROCK OUTFIT THAT HAS BEEN MAKING QUITE THE BIG SLASH RECENTLY. YOU CAN CLOSE YOUR EYES AND IMAGINE AN EPIC FUTURISTIC BATTLE AS YOU LISTEN TO THE SONG.” – THEMUSICBELOW.COM
“[…] SOME INCREDIBLE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC. BEST DESCRIBED AS PROGRESSIVE IN AN ALMOST AMBIENT AURA. LISTENING TO THIS YOU GET TRANSPORTED INTO DEEP SPACE.” – BATTLEHELM.COM, ANDERS EKDAHL
“A MELODIC POWERHOUSE ANTHEM […] PAINTS A DREAM OF STEADY FLOWING NEON LIGHTS, CRISP CHARACTERS, AND MYSTERY STEEPED IN SHADOW […] ‘ENIGMA’ IS TRULY A WORK OF ART THAT YOU MUST EXPERIENCE TO COMPREHEND.” – THELITTLESTVOICE.COM