Perfect Beings gets signed

Good news everyone, I recently received a record deal from German prog label Inside/Out.  Together we will be releasing the newest Perfect Beings opus VIER.  Set to go in January 2018.  It will be available in the format we created it for, vinyl, in Eastern and Western Europe, Japan, Canada, and Australia, with distribution from SONY.  This push has rallied the band and we are rehearsing with some great musicians to build a live show.  It’s a work in progress, but we have a good blueprint and a lot of logistics are falling into place in the right areas.  I say, Where there’s a band, there’s a plan, there’s a can…..or was that a canal?  Moving on.  Much more in store, but I’m just so happy to share this news with you.  There are times when you feel like you’re a snail on a branch, but inch by inch you’re getting there.

Ryan

October 29th, 2017

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Insight Timer and the benefits of meditation

I hit a moment in my musical exploration a few years ago. I was frustrated with the confines of songwriting.

What is really happening to me when I’m hearing this rock n roll song? Why does my body want to move this way when I hear it? Where is it leading me? Why do I like this song when I’m feeling sad, but this other piece of music gets me excited? This led to: Is this music healthy for me? How does my body absorb it? It was questions like these that eventually led me to composing music for meditation.

I began to learn that these questions had been asked for thousands of years. Mankind has had a keen interest in sound since the dawn of science. The knowledge was out there already, I hadn’t discovered anything new, I’d just needed to start reading. I discovered John Beaulieu, who sat in an anechoic chamber for over five-hundred hours listening to the sound of his own body. He later used this to develop sound therapy processes and technologies to help his patients which he called ‘Biosonic Repattering’. I found more. There were the ancient Hermetic philosophies, Pythagorean tables, Vedic Chakras, and cymatic therapy. There was Karlheinz Stockhausen and his student Jill Purce, who found that 28 overtones all exist in the brain. Why hadn’t I thought of this before? I had been listening to music and absorbing it my entire life with no idea why I liked it. As a songwriter, I’d been so busy writing words, but if all meanings could be adequately expressed by words, the arts of painting and music would not exist. There are values and meanings that can be expressed only by immediately audible qualities. Sound and vibration are inherent in everything in the cosmos. They are inherent to the quantum level, in and through, and beyond.

Since I’ve released my meditation music I’ve had wonderful and fulfilling feedback from those that have used it. I’m globally reaching out to the mindful communities through apps like Insight Timer. I’m applying my music to acupuncture and medical offices, to yoga studios, and massage parlors.  I realize that I’m creating music in which people are going deep inside of themselves and healing themselves and this is very fulfilling as an artist. A woman in Sweden wrote to me and told me that while listening she suddenly had a very vivid memory of her childhood with colored pencils. The music assisted her in exploring other memories and she was able to connect to them while the sound calmed and soothed her.
I believe the brain and the body are very powerful and we are only exploring the tip of the iceberg with how we are truly connected to them. For us to truly understand our health we must learn to understand our own systems. Our bodies are breathing, organic, ever-changing, ever-morphing machines. They are the tool of our consciousness. Just as a guitar sounds beautiful when it is tuned, so too do our bodies operate on many levels.
The ancient Vedic Rishis of India coined a term that conveys their experience of the world as vibratory in nature. The term Nada Brahmin means “the world is sound”. The science of mantra has evolved for thousands of years and it seeks to directly affect consciousness through the use of specific vibratory keys. Who in America attempts to realize this or apply it to their own life? I work as an acoustical engineer and I see how society attempts to control the sound in our environments. There are city codes for limits of loudness based on the mathematical spectrum of how the human ear hears and how much sound it needs to feel comfortable. Most people don’t realize how urban areas are specifically designed to create acoustical serenity, but when they fail, everyone throws a fit. I imagine a future where sound continues to be enhanced and crafted to public spaces. The possibilities are unimaginable.

Nearly everyone you know enjoys some kind of music. It’s built inside of us. I think of sound therapy as a tool to use in creating harmonious relationships; a tool to help us focus, to allow us to relax and become one with ourselves, to heal our bodies, to connect to a higher spirit, to help us shed our anger, and to help us seek within for wisdom and courage in this trying political time. I guess, in a way, this is my form of protest.

You can buy the album Moon Dreams here:

https://www.amazon.com/Moon-Dreams-Ryan-Hurtgen/dp/B01NBRIILN/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485473359&sr=8-1&keywords=music%3ARyan+Hurtgen+-+Moon+Dreams

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Moon Dreams Released

https://themusic.today/release/ryan-hurtgen-moon-dreams/8417687

 

Notes on this album:

I composed this album as an active tool, as a sound healing mechanism. I’ve continued my interest in composing binaural beats and binaural music. This collection of meditation pieces took place over the course of three months. The challenge of this album was in the mic techniques of the bowls and live instruments, but I felt that the best way to approach this project was by composing music based on the excellent recording of live tones and more importantly, how the sounds were moving and mixing in real space.

I think this album would make a nice addition to a meditation retreat and I’ve organized it this way. It truly is a beautiful collection of sound and healing. It has been a lovely process creating it and I hope you like it.

Moon Dreams
These tubular bells were recorded during a supermoon on November 14th, 2016. The bells are made of stainless steel and they are roughly four feet long. Their sound was captured with three Neumann microphones in a tri-pattern setup, each mic roughly six feet from the bells. This piece is set in the key of D. The key of D can be associated with the second chakra, or the sacral chakra. The celestial sounds reflect the essence of relationship, duality, and the beginnings of self-awareness. As you drift into new realms of relaxation, allow the tones to penetrate points on your body, allow the sounds to go where they lead you through your body. Fall into a deep relaxation, let these sounds become part of your prayer, where love abounds, all is safe, and you are allowing in your body regeneration for your day tomorrow.

Lotus Morning
This piece is a recording of a live sound bath given in Los Angeles on November 16th, 2016. It consists of two large bronze bowls from Nepal, and a nipple gong from Thailand. In Tibet they teach kids to “watch the sound”. Focus here on the connection of these senses, waking up your body for the new day, stretching and exciting your senses.
Rain Delay
Durian Songbird is a good friend of mine and a choir buddy. He is also a master ocarina designer and flutist. His flutes and instruments are made at his factory in Los Angeles. His performance here is a very fluid, water-like drifting through a soft rainstorm.
Astral Body
The body is an extension of the spirit. With true intention the body can heal itself. The mind body connection is the focus of this meditation. This time the tubular bells work up the chakra system. The soundscape patterns were created using the Komplete Kontrol synthesizer. Each sound invokes an atmosphere and a pathway in the mind-body consciousness.
Station 2
This is an improvisation on a theme I had been working out. I’ve always loved the harp and it’s angelic qualities. I feel it was a nice piece to end the album.

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Perfect Beings

With two critically acclaimed studio albums, Perfect Beings are defining the new era of progressive rock.  We are currently in the studio concocting a progressive brew that is sure to send you into flight. Exploring themes of duality, chaos, synchronicity and life in the modern world, Perfect Beings 3 is turning out to be a wonderful work of art. Stay tuned!

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