Photography

Composing music will have to wait for a while at this time.
But still I’d like to be creative in another form, photography.
I’m just an amateur, but I want to share some pictures I took recently.

Kind regards,
Johan

Photo by © Johan Troch

Photo by © Johan Troch

Photo by © Johan Troch

Photo by © Johan Troch

Photo by © Johan Troch

Photo by © Johan Troch

Photo by © Johan Troch

Photo by © Johan Troch

Photo by © Johan Troch

Photo by © Johan Troch

Photo by © Johan Troch

Photo by © Johan Troch

Photo by © Johan Troch

Photo by © Johan Troch

Photo by © Johan Troch

Photo by © Johan Troch

Top 10 albums

At request of fans I’ve added a top 10 of albums that had a profound influence on my musical journey from my childhood until present time.
This is quite difficult, because there are so many albums more than just 10.
Very important in my youth were Joy Division, Cocteau Twins and later on David Sylvian and Pat Metheny.
I even had a period of Doors, Velvet Underground, and Joni Mitchell fever.
Also a lot of jazz artists that were signed on the ECM label like Bill Frisell, Eberhard Weber and Pat Metheny during his ECM period in the seventies and early eighties.
I had the luck of having older brothers who were into a great taste of music.
That’s how I’ve made an acquaintance with a totally other kind of music style that my classmates used to listen to at the time.
In the nineties we had ‘OK Computer’ from Radiohead and ‘Mezzanine’ from
Massive Attack.
Very enriching the past decade: Thomas Feiner & Anywhen with “The Opiates Revised” ‘Slope’ from Steve Jansen, and ‘Cartography’ from Arve Henriksen.

Johan Troch 10 February 2015

Album review: The Enlightened

From Peek A Boo Music Magazine 28/01/2015. 28/01/2015 : JOHAN TROCH - Enlightened EN This musical centipede has written and produced everything himself. He also plays the guitar parts and the atmospherics, while Eric Hopton does the synths. The Enlightened is a very cinematic and ethereal album. The music sometimes has a ‘new age’ kind of feeling, especially in the opener New Horizon, in which the female voice sings in an Enya style amidst an atmospheric sounds-cape. But let us not be blinded by this ‘new age’ hassle. And do not worry about the Enya thing either as this album has much more potential. On Nightly Peculiarities you will find yourself somewhere in a secluded place like the savanna under a glittering starry sky surrounded by wildlife. Who Is It To Blame starts with church bells, while a delicious bass line and guitar do the work. The tracks do not have traditional structures. It must be said that Johan Troch knows how to create soundscapes. On Disbelieve the guitar is reminiscent to David Gilmour’s guitar play. In To Open Our Eyes the drum are more important and diverse, although the whole album sounds homogeneous. Some might find this album too spicy, but lovers of quiet, instrumental music, should definitely try out The Enlightened. https://johantroch1.bandcamp.com/album/the-enlightened

Wim GUILLEMYN 28/01/2015

Last Journey ‘A Retrospective 1983/1986’

As you might remember, Johan Troch was founder of the eighties new-wave, rock band Last Journey.
The band was active in the Belgian music-scene from 1983 until 1986.
By unfortunate circumstances, there was only one single appearance on a compilation album in 1985. (‘Dit Is Belgisch’ Junior Records)
In line with a vintage fashion the past years, there’s also an eighties revival in music.
New bands playing New-Wave, or authentic eighties bands that are touring again from concerts to festivals, recycling their old repertoire.
Because there is an increasing demand for a dignified album of Last Journey,
Adagio Productions will release a digital album on Bandcamp.com on 23 of January 2015.
The album includes 23 original tracks + 3 live recordings, written between 1983 and 1986.
All the songs were remastered during the nineties by myself.
https://lastjourney.bandcamp.com/album/a-retrospective
You can choose Flac, Wav and MP3 format for downloads.

For the fanciers of alternative Eighties-Rock and Cold-Wave ……. enjoy

Out now: ‘The Enlightened’

It took me a little more than two months, for creating this new album.
Finally after some last remixes, i decided the work is done.
It is now available on Bandcamp.com:
https://johantroch1.bandcamp.com/album/the-enlightened

My gratitude goes to Eric Hopton for his wonderful sounds,
Tom O’Bedlam for his recitements on ‘Evening Thoughts’ part one and two.
Steve Dillard for his Flugelhorn play on ‘Evening Thoughts’ part one.
You can listen to Eric Hopton’s album “Jai Yen” on Bandcamp.erichopton.bandcamp.com/album/jai-yen
Or his sounds on: www.freesound.org/people/ERH/

Kind regards and enjoy the album.
Johan

The Enlightened cover art