Re-release mastered by Ron Boots originally recorded and mixed at Johan Timman Studio|
- Trip into the Body [6:30]
- The Brain [5:52]
- The Heart [4:03]
- The Blood [6:22]
(The March of the White and the Red Corpuscles)
- The Blood Cells and the Antibodies [5:45]
(Look out for the Killer)
- The Windpipe [0:43]
- The Lungs [5:12]
- The Hemoglobin [0:42]
- Inside the Tympanic Cavity [1:21]
- Hearing [6:57]
(Ocean of Sound)
- The Heart (Still Beating) [6:37]
Recorded live at the Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA, USA on July 21st 1982.
Music and lyrics composed, arranged and performed by Johan Timman
Produced by Johan Timman and Shell Schellekens
If you like Moog sounds and if you like vocoder voices then this CD is a MUST!
In 1981, the world of electronic music (and further) was enriched with an album by the "big synthman from Holland", Johan Timman. This experienced musician, composer and sound engineer created an album that took the listener on a "Trip Into The Body".
Timman did that with all the goodies that synth manufacturer Moog could provide him with. Some was even custom engineered for Johan by Moog. The album showed a fresh new look on synthesizer music: accessible, melodically, symphonic and very well played and crafted. It was an album that received many positive reviews when it came out.
If you ever want to buy an album that can lead you through all the best possibilities and sounds that Moog instruments have to offer, "Trip Into The Body" is the album to get. Every track on the album paints a little story about a certain part of the body.
A good example of what Timman is capable of, is "The Heart" that has a great melody and also a very positive feeling.
The same counts for tracks like "The Blood Cells And The Antibodies (Look Out For The Killer)", "The Lungs" and "Hearing (Ocean Of Sound)". Pieces that show that Timman had created a sound of his own.
"Trip Into The Body" did quite well when it came out (35.000 LP’s were sold just in Europe), and put Timman on the map of electronic music (and further). Sadly, a follow-up was never made (but, there is hope) so we have to cherish this (second) release on cd, a mastering by Ron Boots.
This version has a bonus track, "The Heart (Still Beating)" live in the USA.
2006. Press Information
I got the album via a friend in the early eighties and lost it around 1990. I never forgot about it and so many times I said to myself I should google it. Finally I did it, I listened to the tracs and it catapulted me more then 20 years back in time. The rhythms were coming back to me while listening. It's one of these rare albums that influenced me a lot.
Nice to be able to say thanx to Johan for countless hours I enjoyed listening to this album. THANX
2012. Alain De Gendt / Belgium
Wanneer het was weet ik niet meer precies. Wat ik wel weet is dat ik door het winkelcentrum Zuidplein liep op een vrijdagmiddag en er geweldige muziek klonk in de grote hal, tegenover de Hema. Boven de trap naar de parkeergarage was een redelijk groot podium gebouwd waarop Johan Trip into the body speelde. Ik raakte onder de indruk en wist direkt: "die plaat MOET ik hebben" en ik zag mezelf in mijn kamer zitten met de lp en mijn nieuwe stereo (2x 80 watt) voluit open.
Gelukkig was de lp na afloop van het optreden te koop en werd hij door Johan gesigneerd. Toen ik hem vroeg of hij er op wilde zetten "Ook de buren genieten er van" fronsde hij zijn wenkbrauwen maar zag vervolgens aan mijn gezicht dat ik het meende. Ik heb de buren de week erna inderdaad het een en ander moeten uitleggen!
2009. André de Waal / NL
It's a mayor breaktrought in electronic music, better than the music of Kraftwerk.
2003. Gerrit / The Netherlands
This is one of those albums I've been searching on CD for years. Back in '81 I heard the single 'Look out for the Killer' on the radio and I was sold.
The moog and vocoder sounds were overwhelming and after all these years still sound very good. Since then it's one of the reasons I still own a tape recorder. For a short time Johan was very big and was for instance invited by Bolland & Bolland to participate in their single 'you're in the army now'. This version flopped, but the cover by Status Quo was a major hit worldwide. Personally I still prefer the original.
As far as I'm concerned, this album is of the same 'feel' level as for instance 'Zoolook' by Jean Michel Jarre, be it that TITB has more tempo in it and uses real lyrics in stead of voice samples.
One minor thing: some songs might better have been cut short by about a minute (Trip into the Body and Brain).
A shame really I never heard of him again...
2003. Dirk Warnaar / The Netherlands
HI.... as Dirk Warnaar did, I was looking for this release in CD as well.
The first time I heard this release was in 1981 in the southern part of Chile, to be more specific in the Chilean Patagonia. A friend of mine got the vinyl those days in Brazil (I think the only place where to get the vinyl in South America in 81').
I have no clue why Johan Timman didn't come up with some another production after "Trip Into The Body", did he die or something?
Well, my advice?? GET THIS! it's awesome!, Johan Timman was far ahead of his time in electronic music those days, as one person said... "better than Kraftwerk..." and that's is True 100%, are different styles but Timman in my personal opinion is (was??) a genius!....
2003. Noname / Chile
I've bought this LP back in 1982. It was the ultimate electronic sound experience, since I was affectionated on Kraftwerk and Jean-Michel Jarre, at that time.
I've lost the album circa 1988, since then, I never found a CD version, or even a reference about another Mr. Timman's works.
That was quite an experience to listen the three samples in this site. In the inner sleeve, there were some shots of his studio and 'apparathus'.
And a list of his equipment of composing and recording. Thanks that, TEAC and Lyrec were my choices on tape records.
2003. Sérgio / Brazil
In the 70's I was really into up-beat, melodic, synthesizer music, and of course there wasn't much choice at that time. Kraftwerk, Tomita, Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre, and believe it or not but also Klaus Wunderlich used the Moog synthesizer to produce some of his albums.
In 1981 Johan Timman brought out his album: "Trip into the body" and many of my friends and I had a wonderful time listening to this wonderful album. I still own the album on vinyl and listen to it so once in a while to bring back the feeling of that time.
I searched the web to find out more about Johan Timman, but unfortunately I never heard from him again.
If there is anyone out there that can tell me what has happened to him I would be happy to know.
2003. Adriaan Laurijsen / The Netherlands
Trip into the body early 80. I lived in the street behind Johan Timman and visited his small studio GREAT GREAT A big musician a pity just 1 album from his hand.
2004. Bart Spruijt / Netherlands
TRIP INTO THE BODY een schitterende cd hoor, nu de volgende cd maar maken en zeker kopen ik wacht met spanning af tot hij uitkomt
2004. Jose Boxma / Nederland
I bought this LP for 30 years ago in one of my favourite shop of that time.
Very fond of Electro Music like TaDream, Vangelis, K.Schulze and JMJ... this Album was a Art of Secret & rare Gem for me to discover I cherish it for some years but so much that finish to Vanish! (lost or stolen) and you can imagine how happy and nostalgical I can be to see that review about it.
Luckily there was an old tape with the whole album on it I put my hand on, through thousand of other cassettes.
At that time I was learning to play piano, but my secret wish was to master Synthesizer, (so it was a kind stimulating artwork) so in the meantime I learnt and used both not so bad now, for pleasure and well, just more (some private music recordings in my bag).
Synthesizers infos were not to easy to have then, ( purchase one of these machines was only a dream because of the prices that just fitted to fortunate and passionated musicians) and on the inner sleeve I remind were such big close photos from Moog Modulars Trip Into The Body seemed to be dedicated to Moog Instruments.
There was a totally analogic warm sound, I think it was in 1979 but I'm not sure, and you could see apart the Big modulars, Minimoog and Multimoog - the Polymoog - kind of Synth-Organ but totally polyphonic, could split the keyboard in two, 10 presets and 1 memory ! It belonged to the few production and the rise of the first Poly synths at that time apart of Oberheim 4 and 8 voices with the white SEM modules and maybe the new OBX coming to light of day from the American Production between these exciting years (Featured in a lot of Funk & Disco music) but also Yes (Patrick Moraz) and Queen.
From Japanese productions you could tried to afford some of the New Korg of the PS Series, build in modular system like the Moog but totally Polyphonic. (played by Keith Emerson, Edgar Froese, K.schulze, and Jarre at that times).
Against Roland had just this little Jupiter 4 voices, seems not so interesting but some could make hits with it (Vince Clarke, Yazoo - "don't go")
You could have at that time , the huge Yamaha CS80 as expensive as heavy, used a lot in all the music from Vangelis at that time like (think of SPIRAL and CHINA) but was only 8 voices but with Velocity and after touch feel.(Featured also in some of Progressive Rock albums like "Eyes of the Universe, Barclay James Harvest" - "Discovery, Elo" - "Duke, Genesis - A Curious feeling from Tony Banks - "I can see your house from here, Camel" - and in the early eighties by Saga and Toto.
just then Yamaha had also build the CS 70M who was very good, with programming possibilities but stayed relatively unknown not a commercial success product like the GS-1 and GS-2 those who became finally the DX7 in 1983.
Just after that everyone have invest in the Prophet from Sequential Circuits who was a big success at that time, only 5 voices polyphonic but 40 memories locations, nice wood and a big sound. (Here the first Albums from Level 42, Genesis, Abacab, Toto-IV and of course Vangelis and Tangerine Dream).
Oh Sorry It seems I lost myself, the reader with me!
on Trip Into The Body there is also a wild use of the Moog Vocoder but Slightly different than in Kraftwerk, it's just more human although it sounds weird but you could like it because he his doing amazing tricks.
The curious thing of this work is this dark oppressing electronic-cave feel interleaved with sometimes such cheap folk melodies that sounds quiet happy in their way. I always liked albums who used some metamorphosis transitions between the titles like JMJ and TD, and here you can here some the best kind of these moves from one to another.
In Trip Into The Body you can have bits of experimental sound research, catchy pop themes and good funny effects, but all in all very creative.
By the hearing of this album you can feel the work of someone who stayed for nights and days on his duty to achieve his deep revolutionary musical soundscape ideas.
My favorite are the main title "Trip into the Body" and the last "Hearing" (Sadly I have some bad cuts on it, someone forgot to leave the plastic tape protection and pushed on the rec button shortly, maybe I was! )
So I warmly recommend it for all E-Music lovers but which you good luck to find it, cause it seems not so easy if you read through these reviews.
2004. Markus / France
A truly classic album , which took me exactly 1 time to hear to fall in love with, and still gives me shivers.... Actually have shared it on kazaa, after creating a digital version from the original vinyl , but it was never downloaded. I've also seen his participation on some "rob de nijs"(a dutch vocalist) albums, on which (off course!) he played syntho's or vocoders ...greetz to all you fellow-fans.... Richard.
2004. Richard / Holland
I discovered Johan Timman on vinyl because a friend of mine had the album. After I heard it I was really surprised what it did to me....GREAT SOUND. After I was changing to CD's often looked for a version on CD for myself.....Never found it!. So I made it myself from vinyl. I also shared
the tracks on Gnutella (and there was a download). I really like this album. I don't really know what my favorite track is but I think 'The Hearing' or maybe 'The Heart'. I think it's a shame and a pity for many people it wasn't released on CD.
I was listening to the music again now and thought:"let's have a look on the Internet" I was surprised about the link I found ....this one. SO that's why I'm typing this short notice. I never heard it on the radio like some others did and I never heard from Johan Timman again.
To anyone who accidently surf in this place....LISTEN TO THE TRACKS.
2004. Max / The Netherlands
I got to know it back in the 80's with a friend of mine. Instant love. For me it was like a masterpiece at that time. Amazingly, I got a copy recently and found me to have the same opinion.
I agree with the nostalgic feeling I has, maybe for the time passed, or the color of the sounds, of those beautiful analog synths.
This album fits like a perfect tribute to Bob Moog I think, R.I.P :'(
I had this pretty poor tape copy for years of a not so nicely treated vinyl (groove skips, crackle and all), some day I lost it somewhere at the end of the 80's.
I'm still looking for the CD, but recently got my self back in my good old analog ways :) and revived my AKAI turntable, DJ grade cartridge for now (Stanton 890 SA) and homemade OP/AP preamp (pretty good), but it is a beginning.
And of course, an excellent vinyl copy from the Netherlands of 'Trip Into the Body' I bought in Australia :)
So, I'm pretty satisfied. I wish there were a DVDA or SACD release... unlikely I guess...
The album has varied soundscapes mixed with some pop tunes, it is not the kind of stuff like Tangerine Dream or Schulze, it is more pop, but with an experimental and dark edge...
If you like analog synths, get it at all costs!
2005. Mario / Uruguay
Hi Music and Synthesizer Lovers,
I'm alive and still going strong. The past 25 years I've done a lot with my MOOG's, especially research in the field of sound. This story will be too long to explain here, probably I shall tell more about it on my website www.timmany.com. Beside this scientifically research I also made and composed music for films, commercials and other productions. Last year, inspired by my research how our brain and consciousness reacts by listening (aware or unaware) to sound and music, I decided to make a new album "The Cerebral Symphony". So if you are still interested in Johan Timman, please visit my site to stay informed about my doings. I am planning to complete my new album during august 2006, realizing myself that after 25 years "Trip Into The Body" is still getting your attention, even worldwide. You are welcome to react in my Guestbook, I shall be obliged to read it.
2006. Johan Timman
It is a great album. It was then and it is now. It's an adventure. Kraftwerk in those days was more conceptual, more minimalistic. Kraftwerk is even today touring, releasing work and innovative in music. Johan's work now sounds a little outdated, while Kraftwerk's is still amazingly fresh. Johan is still alive, you can let him teach you sound synthesis in Amsterdam at his JAT studio. He says he his working on new stuff...
2005. rodger / Holland
Ik ben bij de opnames van "Trip into the body" geweest en heb de promotie van het album meegemaakt.
Een groot feest.
2004. Gerard / Nederland
I`ve heard his music for the first time in 1985. At that time I just discovered Jean Michel Jarre.
Looking for the album since, until two years ago I found the CD. (Yes, there is)
it`s one of my most valuable CD`s for me.
2004. Michael / The Netherlands
I got the Vynil version in 1981 and one of better Electronic Music of World!
That time, I always look for for new TIMMAN releases and nothing. Someday I did think that Timman had dead! :(
2004. Miguel Wisintainer / Brazil
When I bought the LP the CD did not exist yet. It's fantastic.
"The heart" is the best for me.
2003. Marco Antonio / Brazil
I also had the vinyl and loved this album. So excited to know that it is on CD. Now I just need to find one. As the other reviewers said - if you love synths and great use of the vocoder - this is for you.
Kraftwerk, YMO, Telex, Giorgio Moroder, Jean-Michel Jarre all come to mind. I also wish Johan had released more work. Glad to hear there is a new album due out.
Thank you Johan for helping pioneer electronic music into the future - now!
2006. New Wave Dave / USA
Adoro as musicas do Johan Timman, desde que era criancinha, mas infelizmente não tenho nenhum cd.
2006. francesc / brasil
Haha, this is great. Thanks for the reply Johan.
I stumbled across this page looking for your name since I have very good memories of the album. I bought the "Heart" single when I was 13 and couldn't afford to buy the album. I do remember there was a picture of you inside the sleeve somewhere with a "made by Moog for Johan Timman" product. I've been an electronics music fan since that time. (I'm typing this wearing a Moog t-shirt ;) )
2006. Johan Bakker / The Netherlands
I´m a chilean fan since I heard "Trip into the body", long time ago. Where could I buy the first cd and the newest, "The cerebral symphony"???
My sons (13 and 11 years old) do like your music, as they love Kraftwerk (they were in Chile two years ago)and T. dream.
Please let me know where can I own those albums!
By the way, my wife and I did a tecno-pop album in 1994, under the name of "Overkraft", based in the sound of your first LP.
2006. gilmar ramírez leyton / chile
The music made by Johan Timman in this album reveals an artist with a great artistic experience and personality, capable of transmitting intense, often impressive emotions. His creative drive is essentially based on the melodies, which he masterfully develops. The arrangements and in general the staging of each theme strengthen the original, singular nature of this work. Timman has a very personal style. He uses the stylistic resources typical of Space Music, Synth-Pop, Progressive Rock and even Classical Music as his building bricks, but he shapes them all with the precision of a goldsmith, making them fit structures diverging from the most typical cliches in these kinds of musics.
I’ve often heard of this EM classic, but had never actually heard it until now, thanks to Groove reissuing it. There is a bit of a quaint feeling to the bouncy title track and Timman’s voice through the vocoder, although it does have cool melodic hooks.
This is even more the case on "The Brain", which has a very Jarre-like feel to it, brisk and upbeat.
"The Heart" similarly captures the playful more sentimental side of Jean-Michel.
"The Blood" is described in its long subtitle as a march, which it very much plays as.
I love the spiraling downward effect in "The Windpipe", which segues appropriately enough into "The Lungs", the bounciest and happiest tune yet.
"Hearing (Ocean of Sound)" sounds like it was made to be a pop single, complete with lyrics.
Though not labeled as such, I assume the last track, a live version of "The Heart", is a bonus, and seems a bit livelier than the original.
Trip Into The Body is hopelessly dated, but because of that it is loaded with charm as well.
2007. Phil Derby / Electroambient Space
This release from 2006 offers 50 minutes of electronic rock.
Timman conducts the listener on a voyage deep into the human anatomy with growling tones and sweeping keyboards and e-perc that injects just the right amount of pep to achieve a lively disposition. The style is almost old-school-progressive in its resolution to melody over cycles. The keyboards tremble with imperial vitality, delivering chords that are piercing yet fluffy, as the notes cavort up and down the scale in their jubilant quest for drama. As the riffs rise, they bolster the audience to high altitudes and frequently give the impression of flinging the listeners to additional heights when they reach the pinnacle of their lift.
The percussion is often demonstrative and commanding, driving the melodies with sternly insistent rhythms. In fact, the beats often convey a distinctly rock'n'roll flavor to the electronic compositions.
There are incidents of vocals, but these mainly consist of heavily treated utterances that name the parts of the body currently being explored by the jovial tuneage. One track has conventional lyrics, although the words are filtered through treatments that bestow a computerized demeanor on them.
One piece is a live version of another track on the album; it was recorded at the Berkeley Community Theatre on July 21, 1982.
Matt Howarth / Sonic Curiosity
Altra interessante ristampa riguarda Johan Timman, un grande sintesista olandese che nel 1981, circondato da manopole, fili, synths e un vocoder praticamente inarrestabile (e una immensa passione per i Kraftwerk), registrò il suo primo disco Trip Into The Body. Un viaggio nel corpo umano per una nuova eletronic-music ancora influenzata dal defunto prog ma in viaggio verso territori synth pop. Album piacevole per gli appassionati della musica di quel periodo, ma sentire questo vocoder così insistente provoca un po' troppi sorrisi.
Donato Zoppo / MovimentiProg
Una experiencia diferente, una obra maestra de la electronica. Hoy tengo 42 años de musica en mi cabeza; La primera vez de "TRIP INTO THE BODY" ?....1984, me lo regala un amigo en cassette de cromo - En aquellos años ya llevaba una considerable coleccion de cassettes con musica electronica emergente en aquellos años. Ni hablar de vinilos por que habia que importarlos,pero ya mi mente se habia adaptado al minimalismo de algunos musicos alemanes,la belleza espacial de otros y la oscuridad,el temor y la soledad. Con que temas me quedo para el resto de mi vida?...THE BRAIN, que belleza........; OCEAN OF SOUND....Imperdible.
Que pasa SR.TIMMAN, que no hace una re-edicion de esta obra en CD, aunque fuera una edicion Limitada para coleccionistas como yo y otros que esperan y esperan aburridos de la famosa frase: DESCATALOGADO asi como la obra magistral del Señor Walter Holland: "RELATIVITIES"?......
TAVI2007.........POR FAVOR SR.TIMMAN......
2007. tavi / chile
Tavi, hubo una edicion en CD, si mal no recuerdo hicieron como 100 o 200 copias. POr ahi por el 2001 - 2002 logre encontrar una copia. Si, fui uno de los afortunados. 1984?? Las unicas personas en chile q tenian el album eran 3 (que yo haya sabido), un tipo en stgo del cual no se el nombre, la otra persona era un tipo de Punta arenas que era mi socio y el cual me hizo una copia en cassette del LP y los otros eran los de la radio concierto, ellos transmitieron el LP como 3 veces si mal no recuerdo los dias domingos en la noche, el dia q transmitian musica electronica.
Es posible q encuentres el dvd en algun lugar, es cosa de bucarlo yo creo. Chau logo, q le poni!!!!!!!!
OK now in english, Tavi, a cd edition was made like in the year 2000 something, If I'm not wrong like 200 copies were made and yes, I got one back in the day. Good luck finding one, probably there are still a few moving around.
Cya guys... :)
2008. ultraman / US
Trip into the body. A Great Work !!
2008. Carlos Fernando Knauer / Brasil
Great Album. Far beyond its time. Brings up memories with HerB and André. Got involved with this album, thanks to my nephew Rob. Thanks for all reviews.
2008. Joost / The Netherlands
Trip in to the Body was a spectacular album. I was shocked when my father, a Neuro - Cientist, buy me the vynil in Brazil (he was in a Congress of Neuroanatomy).
I made many copies in Cassette for my friends. In that years, I was a prose list about the work of Johann.
2008. Juan Eduardo / Chile
Le livret porte une dédicace à Bob Moog, l’homme sans qui beaucoup de choses ne seraient pas arrivées. Mais sans doute pas posthume puisque le CD qui nous occupe, une réédition d’un vinyl sorti en 1981 et apparemment bien accueilli à l’époque puisque vendu à 35.000 exemplaires rien qu’en Europe. L’illustration est originale (un écorché du corps humain auxquels les titres font référence). Mais à l’écoute, ça ne passe pas. Au niveau des sons, le Moog modulaire offre des possibilités infinies mais cela reste très basique. Une sorte d’Isao Tomita mais sans le coté aventureux et expérimental du génial Japonais. Et en ce qui concerne les compositions, cela évoque un sous-Jean-Michel Jarre qui se serait reconverti dans le bal musette, la musique de supermarché et les jingles pour décompter le temps dans les jeux télévisés.
Bref, je comprends mieux pourquoi cet album n’a pas eu de successeur mais il y a certainement un public à qui ça plaît. Ce CD est pour lui!
LouLou / Prog-résiste