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Jeff Greinke


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Jeff Greinke is a musician, composer, performer, sound sculptor, and visual artist who is known worldwide for his unique sound. Through a highly developed process of layering, Jeff composes and performs music rich in texture, depth, mood, and subtle detail. Using various acoustic and electronic instruments, found sounds, and extended studio techniques, Jeff sculpts sound worlds that conjure a strong sense of place, hovering somewhere between the exotic and the familiar.

Jeff Greinke began composing and performing music in 1980 while studying meteorology at Pennsylvania State University. After moving to Seattle in 1982, Jeff formed the production company and recording label, INTREPID, through which he produced his first LP, Cities in Fog. He has since released twenty other recordings on various U.S. and European labels. His most recent work is entitled Weather from Another Planet, released in June 2003 on FWD, a label and distribution network he co-owns with three other musicians. Jeff’s music can also be heard on numerous compilation recordings. He has composed music for film, video, dance, theatre, radio, and art installations. His music was used as the soundtrack for the trailer of Ron Howard’s film The Missing. Jeff has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe and has performed in China, Canada, and Mexico.


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  • outfield7790

    Cities in Fog, the first part especially

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • RainSpiritCM

    The strange thing is that his music being so underrated helps to create the atmosphere that makes it so impressive. It's awesome to hear something recorded 30 years ago. Thanks Jeff.

    19 Jul 2014 Reply
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  • Bohtvaroh

    FYI: Jeff Greinke has released "Scenes From a Train" album this summer (2013).

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Rob1e

    Awesome essential DA.

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • BOECK39

    wow .....i love this ,...classic -dark-ambient ,.....i must come back for more ,.....really great music .

    2 Nov 2012 Reply
  • aiz_saules

    Cities in Fog is one of the all time best dark ambient albums, imo. He pulled off in 1985 an atmosphere that many still struggle with today. The album's greatest plus or minus (depends) is that a rather fast development is preferred instead of very slow drone-ish approach, but this approach also allows to exhibit greater timbral variety. And the album steers clear of horror (bleh) sounds. Gorgeous album, it had to be said.

    27 Nov 2011 Reply
  • special_user

    very underrated

    4 Apr 2011 Reply
  • nihilismexe

    I just discovered Jeff Greinke, and I'm actually surprised he's not as popular as most of the ambient/dark ambient community. Great, creepy music.

    13 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Stellardrone


    12 Jul 2010 Reply
  • phr[o]zen

    very good music

    21 Dec 2009 Reply
  • AngelusBabilon One woman dark ambient/raw black metal project... You can download three demo releases from

    13 Dec 2009 Reply

    Perfect. Just perfect. Thank you Jeff!

    14 Jul 2009 Reply
  • mokkorikuku

    Winter Light Very Depth Ambient.

    27 Mar 2009 Reply
  • quora

    I would say Jeff Greinke is somewhere between Brian Eno and Paul Schutze (Roach, Rich, Obmana, whom I've mentioned 1,5 years ago musically are further)

    21 Oct 2008 Reply
  • quora

    Machiventa, for ethno-ambient you should take a look at Steve Roach, for example. JG is mostly away from this genre

    12 Oct 2007 Reply
  • Machiventa

    what albums are more like the ethno-ambient stuff?

    2 May 2007 Reply
  • quora

    excellent ambient, deep and thoughtful. albums to omit: Hana & Swimming, other albums are great similar to Robert Rich, Steve Roach, Vidna Obmana

    8 Apr 2007 Reply
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