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Gerald Peter Project


Gerald Peter Project
Incremental Changes, Pt. 2 – Out June 24th
GRIDMusic
Release: 24 June 2022

Vienna’s Gerald Peter of Gerald Peter Project is a talented composer, keyboardist, and seaboard player who has been conjuring an immersive project that aims to take hold of the listener and catapult them into an imaginative musical journey. He came out with the debut “Incremental Changes, Pt. 1” in 2017, comprised of six movements that transcended genre boundaries with elements of progressive rock, cinematic, jazz, and electronic music. He rides this momentum into “Part 2”, 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 is a story being told through melodies and rhythms. I express these mainly through the piano and synth lead sounds and also heavy synth bass lines. Like in a symphony, melodies and themes are recurring. The album starts with epic and heavy prog, gets a bit more calm and gentle in the middle, and then gets more up-tempo towards the end, in the big finale it gets epic and heavy prog again.”

A heavy, cerebral experience, Gerald wants Gerald Peter Project listeners to close their eyes, forget everything about their surroundings, and their real life, and find themselves completely lost in the music, going on a journey with the music and “wake up” again when the album finishes.

Compared to Part 1, the second part has more sound design, more production and sounds more full. The ambient aura is reminiscent of epic futuristic battles, with many layers that will tantalize a wide variety of fans. Gerald, who enjoys improvising on the piano, writes all the music and then passes it to Aaron Thier who adds his own style to the drum parts.

A cinematic jaunt, full of complexity and energy awaits those curious enough to dive into this fantastic release. Fans of Dream Theater, Hans Zimmer, and Tigran Hamasyan should take special note.

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Band/Artist location – Montréal, Québec
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