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, and I felt that the best way to approach this project was to capture the recording of live bowl tones and 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 has a way, for me at least, to sit in a place that is very neutral and spiritual. I hope it comforts you, it has put over 300,000 people to sleep just in the past year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.