cocd 05

40 minute cd-r

Composed Performed Produced by Christopher Orczy

Recorded in Christchurch New Zealand March-May 1994

Released July 1994 as a cassette under the name of Chris Prentice


1. Tuonela

2. Metamorphosis 1

3. Metamorphosis 2

4. 6 AM 9-12-93


In January 1994 I was invited again to perform at Orientation at Canterbury University. As I wasn't that happy with the previous years attempt, I started work on what would become Metamorphosis. Concurrently, I was getting married that same month. A busy and nervous time.  I was heavily under the "Berlin 1975" spell (Schulze, Froese, and Tangerine Dream), and their albums from that year are much in evidence throughout the pieces that make up this album. I had wanted to compose longer pieces for some time, and I felt at this point I was ready to tackle the challenge. To help with this, I had recently acquired a Sequential Circuits Prophet T-8; a magnificent synthesizer that to me represents the peak of the American synthesizer industry's analog era.

The bulk of the album is taken up with Metamorphosis 1 and 2.





Sequential Circuits Prophet T-8

Sequential Circuits Prophet 600

Sequential Circuits Pro-One

Sequential Circuits Six-trak


Recorded on a Fostex X-28 4-track


"Synthesized sounds of metamorphosis"

"For the past couple of years, Chris Prentice has been exploring electronically generated soundscapes in a bedroom somewhere in Christchurch. This self released tape is his second move toward sharing his discoveries with the outside world. Prentice works with an assortment of analogue synthesizers and a four-track tape recorder. Judging by one title, he often works in the still of the early hours, patiently layering tones into a gently shimmering, sometimes mournful music. The pace is slow, and melody and rhythm are all but absent. The two shorter tracks are frequently reminiscent of the way the night sky or ocean depths are made to sound on TV documentaries. The title track's grander scale is more successfully meditative, with its slowly twisting, ringing swathes of electronic mist and sunlight. The metamorphosis in question is some natural process, whose graceful unfolding we observe in a series of slow motion closeups which leave the nature of the overall change obscure. Aotearoa boasts several such lone audio venturers. It's a while since Christchurch's P W Sutherland released a tape, but the Blenheim factory worker who goes by the alias Omit has been getting attention through the Sturgeon (once Xpressway) catalogue. Prentice has some way to go to match the complexity and interest of these two musicians' output. At times, simplicity can cut dangerously close to emptiness. Unlike them, however, he sees himself in the (largely German) tradition of popular electronic music (headed by Tangerine Dream). His concerns are different. If you want to escape the beat, then a mere $16 spent at Galaxy or Echo Records will take you a little way further out."

Jonathan Bywater, Christchurch Star, Wednesday, August 10 1994


"Instrumental Musings from Christchurch keyboardist"

"Christchurch keyboardist Chris Prentice has released his debut full-length album, "Metamorphosis". Prentice was inspired in making the four-track, 42 minute instrumental tape by the sound of electronic pioneers Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream. The musician, 22, recorded "Metamorphosis" with no form of sequencing. "Mega-multi-tracking and digital sequencing have made a lot of electronic music today bland," he says. Prentice invites listeners to imagine their own concepts for the music. Tracks listed are "Tuonela", "Metamorphosis 1", "Metamorphosis 2", and "6am 9-12-93". The album is available at Echo Records and Galaxy Records, for $16."

Alistair Armstrong, The Press, Friday September 2, 1994.


"This self-composed, performed and produced work consists mostly of the two-part title track, about 35 minutes in total, with an atmospheric keyboard-based sound. It begins with a rebirth theme, the soundtrack to a day unfolding, welling up with fantasies of light and flight over a bed of earth tones and space noise. Part 2 fades down the day to paths of reflection and rejuvenation. The other two compositions are a moody Vangelis-style piece, and an extension of the title work."

BC (Brent Cardy), Real Groove, February 1995