eminent sol

Eminent Sol is the solo project of Jimm Kjelgaard, which officially came into being in early 2011. The debut album, Iridescent, was released in October 2012 and is on sale now via Bandcamp.com:


Iridescent by Eminent Sol

Its release is the culmination of over twenty-five years of Jimm’s involvement in the creation of synth music. The name Eminent Sol is derived from the names of two of his favourite vintage synthesizers; the Eminent 310, and the Arp Solina. Iridescent is an album of nine expertly-crafted synth-pop instrumentals which were composed between 2010 and 2012. Jimm was influenced by the music of Kraftwerk, OMD, New Order, Joy Division, Pet Shop Boys and Enigma in choosing the feel and tone for the songs on the album.  Each song paints its own unique sonic landscape & envelops the listener in a lush atmosphere of ethereal bliss.

He collaborated with lifelong friend, Brent Orme, on the album’s closing track, ‘When The End Justifies The Means‘, which is a lovely, yet melancholy beat-driven ballad. Among the album’s highlights are ‘Knockin On The Sky‘, a song which Jimm wrote as a tribute to the musical influence of his friend and synth icon, Paul Humphreys, and ‘My Greatest Love‘, a very Kraftwerk-esque song written for his wife and children. Another song on the album with special significance is ‘Satellite Sister‘, which Jimm wrote for a dear friend of his who succumbed to Cancer in 2011. Also of interest is Jimm’s tribute to the music of Michael Cretu (Enigma), on his track ‘Phyxius Caelum‘. This track features the famed shakuhachi flute which was made famous by Enigma, as well as several musical motifs built upon by Enigma’s classic hit, ‘Sadeness Pt. 1’. The song itself is about man’s fascination with flight, and the title ‘Phyxius Caelum’ is latin for ‘Taking flight to the heavens’.

In recording the album, Jimm used a combination of both hardware and software-based instruments. The project was recorded in his studio using Propellerheads Reason 6.5 & Pro Tools 10.

Among the synthesizers used in creating the album were:

  • Access Virus TI
  • Clavia Nord Lead 2
  • E-mu E4k
  • E-mu Mo Phatt
  • Ensoniq ASR-10
  • Korg Wavestation
  • Novation A-Station
  • Roland Jupiter-8
  • Roland XP-30
  • Yamaha FS1R

Software Synths used:

  • Arturia Arp-2600v
  • Arturia CS-80v
  • Arturia Jupiter-8v
  • BitleyTM Fairlight Platinum
  • G-Force Re-Tron RE
  • Jiggery-Pokery Kings of Kong
  • Jiggery-Pokery Retrospective
  • Korg PolySix RE
  • Native Instruments Pro-53
  • Pink Noise Studios AM Vol.3
  • Pink Noise Studios Cybervox
  • Pink Noise Studios Revolver
  • Pink Noise Studios Voyager
  • Spectrasonics Ominisphere

New original material from Eminent Sol will be coming in the Fall of 2013, as well as a benefit album featuring several classic synth-pop covers, which is due to arrive in the summer.