First release for these tracks extracted from my personal archives, mainly orphan-tracks from different sessions or projects. My method for making music remains the same through time. The difference in each decade is the evolution of the recording technology. Tracks are ordered for an "aesthetic listening experience" rather than chronologically.
The significance of that 'absolute commandment', know thyself — whether we look at it in itself or under the historical circumstances of its first utterance — is not to promote mere self-knowledge in respect of the particular capacities, character, propensities, and foibles of the single self. The knowledge it commands means that of man's genuine reality — of what is essentially and ultimately true and real — of spirit as the true and essential being.
-Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences (1816)
The music is generated completely and exclusively from the voices of Crystal Dreams and Pixyblink by Jack Hertz:
"This version was created with the same 14 source tracks I processed on the initial release. However, each track has been processed with 32-tap delay for total a 448 layers of voices in the final mix."
What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.
-Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (1975)
Recorded Ritual Xul, June 28, 2010 using guitar, eBow, and various effects. Additional modifications, including brainwave synchronization, were made on December 6, 2010. Originally released February 2011 in CD format by Akhkharu Hymns Production.
A companion piece, Dronosphere II was previously released on Buddhist on Fire.
Turn off the lights, close your eyes, and allow yourself to drift into the Dronosphere...where dreams meet reality and shadows venture from the void to become tangible.
This realm of sound we work in is very conducive to a kind of shamanistic experience.
While I do not consider myself to be an amateur speleologist, I do enjoy large natural caves for their beauty and their particular acoustics.
Between 2001 and 2008, I made a series of recordings in various subterranean spaces, focusing particularly on caves with underground rivers.
I setup loudspeakers and playback equipment in these natural acoustic environments, then played back various field recordings, electronic and electroacoustic sounds --recording the resulting interplay and natural reverberation.
In 2010, I drew from these recordings to make a gigantic collage which became, after much editing, the album Mineral Abstraction.
Recordings sites (France) : Pit of Cabrespine (Aude), Cave of Choranche (Isère), Cave of Foissac (Aveyron), Cave of Labeil (Hérault), Pit of Padirac (Lot).
I feel that the essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others. When you have a pure, sincere motivation, then you have right attitude toward others based on kindness, compassion, love and respect. Practice brings the clear realisation of the oneness of all human beings and the importance of others benefiting by your actions.
-Dalai Lama, Dharamsala, India (1988)
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