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Within A Second

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Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Prisms I 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Twilight Haze 6:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Freezetime 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Skydomes 5:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Motionstate 6:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Waves 6:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Prisms Ii 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Drifts 5:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Red Glow 5:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Lunartrip 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Distant Voices 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Neosymmetry 6:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Outside Static 9:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Prisms Iii 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Started in 1999, Eric Shans's project Phenotract's first foray into music captured an at times aggressive but always melodic electronic sound. The very first Phenotract recordings were influenced by industrial music of the late 80s and early 90s but then evolved with more techno and house learnings by the time the first real album "Within A Second" was released in 2003. ... Read more in Amazon's Phenotract Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tinman
  • ASIN: B0001B4XHO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,285,339 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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About the Artist

Phenotract was created by NJ native Eric Shans in 1999 and has not stopped evolving. Eric has also played live keys for Metropolis recording artist Cesium 137 for several years, which led to C137 mastermind Isaac Glendening helping Eric produce and shape "Within A Second."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter J. King on February 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I bought this cd directly from Eric Shans, the mastermind behind PHENOTRACT and was incredibly surprised.
Why? Because this is a one man band. Mr. Shans does it all!
But the interesting part is that every song has a hook, something different that keeps you interested from track 1 to track 14. This cd will be played on dance floors everywhere....and after so many spins....will still sound as exciting as it's first play.
Tinman Records is know for signing fresh, innovative performers...and with Phenotract...they've hit the nail on the head and kept the music alive!
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I'll start my review by the artwork and then the music itself.

Cover art/liner notes: very cool...i like the zoom-in

effect when you go from cover to the inside pages, as

though we're looking from up above and are able to see

the small details of the world below (even the glowing

jellyfish, which is my favorite pic)

1. prisms i: somewhat churchlike feeling...mix of

light and dark sounds...perfect, seamless transition

into the next track.

2. twilight haze: love this one...very well

mixed/produced (though that can be said for the whole

cd)...has a very new order feel to it, which is always

a good thing!...still one of my faves (i heard this

one in demo before the cd release)

3. freezetime: nice transitions between different

soundscapes (i.e., more digitized/rhythmic in the

beginning, slower tempo midway) ends as a

moment ends (probably the point of the song!)

watching a short film, it has a beginning, climax,


4. skydomes: another of my favorites...quite

haunting, melodically...there are a couple parts that

remind me of depeche mode's "behind the wheel" you can tell, i tend to like the darker


5. motionstate: danceable, rhythm-driven,

synthy...i don't connect as much with this one, but

it's still very good, and it transitions into the next

track very well.

6. waves: very, very good...plot-driven (this is

another track with a movie-like feel)...
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By T. Klein on March 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit I've never been a fan of techno music, and without formal musical training, there's not much I can comment on regarding tones, beats, and hooks. But I can speak as an average, music-loving consumer to mention that I was so pleasantly surprised by this CD that I played it for every roommate, friend, or relative I could find, and haven't stopped listening to it since I got it several months ago.
A very noteworthy fact to mention is that this album is basically a one-man show. Eric Shans, the sole member of Phenotract, manages to combine beats, sound effects, breathy vocals, and his own written lyrics to create a variety of moods that flow flawlessly into one whole album.
As I said before, I don't particularly like techno, and I don't like to go to clubs to dance, but this album is so much more than the lyrically challenged, thumping, bass-heavy noise that I hear kids dance to at clubs these days. "Within a Second" is excellent to drive to, good to space out in front of the TV to, probably insanely inspiring to dance to, and pretty wonderful "mood" music as well.
A problem with categorizing music into genres is that you may love something you never would have thought you could love.
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