Welcome to the official website of "The Amnis Initiative".

Amnis, in Latin: "Broad, deep flowing, rapid water; stream, torrent, river; ocean; liquid; current."
The Amnis Initiative: Instrumental music for a new era. Sit down, close your eyes, and flow with the music.

CINEMATIC cover design


The 2017 concept album by the Amnis Initiative. Released on CD with a bonus DVD for the 5.1 surround mixes, and in stereo through all the usual digital channels, or 5.1 surround Flac files on surroundmusic.one.

Melodic and emotive instrumental electronic music exploring the corners of the electronic music genre to meet one common standard: To sound cinematic.


The tracks on this album don't belong to one single genre. To the contrary, they freely and purposefully explore completely different galaxies in the vast universe of electronic music. It's not a shared style, consistent pace or characteristic sound that binds this music together.

Instead, each track tries to meet just one criterion: Is it cinematic? Does it tell a story, and does it do so in a cinematic spirit? Cinematic as a feeling, a quality, a direction, or cinematic in scope or ambition.

Cinematic music might be infused with a heightened sense of reality. It may carefully construct one or more plotlines. It could have a visual quality or it might subtly emphasize a certain dramatic angle. Or, it may just... sound cinematic!


Download: amnismusic AM 37651
EAN: 0645782837651
Online released (iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, Google Play, SurroundMusic.one): September 10, 2017

Physical: amnismusic AM 37644
EAN: 0645782837644
CD+DVD released: October 1, 2017


1. Prologue1:04
2. First Man Standing5:44
3. Incitation8:55
4. Home3:25
5. Time Out4:27
6. Lightrays3:19
7. Jubilo3:27
8. Nightfall4:50
9. 20197:56

5.1 Surround Mixes Including bonus tracks

(DVD and SurroundMusic.one surround files only)

1. Prologue1:04
2. First Man Standing5:43
3. Incitation8:54
4. Home3:24
5. Time Out4:27
6. Lightrays3:18
7. Jubilo3:24
8. Nightfall4:51
9. 20197:59
Bonus tracks:
10. Rediscovery Of The Cosmos 5:39
11. Epilogue 2:44
12. Velocity 5:03
13. Solar Transit 5:57
14. Out Of The Darkness 4:02


First Man Standing on YouTube.

Stream all tracks.


The Amnis Initiative

2019 is a tribute to Vangelis' delicate ambient soundscapes for Ridley Scott's original Blade Runner movie. Thank you maestro!

Jubilo has been re-recorded for this album and was originally composed for Loes and Harrie's 50th wedding anniversary.

Instruments: Roland, Yamaha, Teisco, Lexicon, Valhalla

Recorded, mixed and mastered between February 2016 and May 2017.

(p) Amnismusic 2017
except: stereo mixes of Rediscovery of the Cosmos, Epilogue, Velocity, Out Of The Darkness (p) Amnismusic 2014 and Solar Transit (p)Amnismusic 2015

Lime Mixed Media 2017
except: Jubilo Lime Mixed Media 2013
Rediscovery of the Cosmos, Epilogue, Velocity, Out Of The Darkness Lime Mixed Media 2014 Solar Transit Lime Mixed Media 2015

Performed by The Amnis Initiative
All music composed by D.F. Lodewijks

Recorded, mixed and mastered at the Track 14
studio in Veldhoven

Graphic design, DVD visuals and DVD authoring: Lime Mixed Media

Mastered by Lime Mixed Media
Physical CD pre-master by Robert

Thanks to Cherry, Stephan, Bart, Robert and Yvonne


cinematic (comparative more cinematic, superlative most cinematic)
1. Of or relating to the cinema.
2. (dated) Relating to kinematics; kinematic.

Source: en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cinematic



Review - by iO Pages magazine

In iO 122, "Sanctuary Rising" introduced us to the beautiful music of Dutch artist Dennis Lodewijks, also known as The Amnis Initiative.

While that was released as a download, Cinematic is also available on CD, with a 5.1 mix included on DVD.

With Cinematic, Dennis explores a variety of electronic music's sub genres. His music tells a story.

After the atmospheric prologue, we instantly hear the extend of Dennis' capabilities in First Man Standing. This is magnificent, classically sounding, very visual music with beautiful sounds and orchestral percussion, both threatening and uplifting. These are requirements for film music. This wonderful piece could therefore work to great effect in, say an adventure movie.

Incitation is of another nature: This is rhythmic music with a pulsating sequence. Nightfall is another piece in which drums play an important part.

Dennis is a huge fan of the music of Vangelis, which clearly shows in the wonderful "Home", where we hear a solo sound that could have come straight from the Greek maestro. This also showcases Dennis' skills in composition.

Some tracks (Time Out) the music veers in a more modern direction, which appeals less to me personally. Dennis immediately makes up for that in Lightrays, where he performs the piano.

Jubilo again is incredibly visual, with an ingenious central melody.

And then there is 2019. A mysterious, intriguing and intensely atmospheric piece.

The 5.1 mix displays a very handsome wide sound. The DVD contains additional mixes of music originating from Sanctuary Rising.

I'm truly impressed by Cinematic. This is music that deserves to find a larger audience.

- Paul Rijkens, published in iO Pages issue 146