The Center Must Hold

Today’s edition of At Water’s Edge is inspired by a recent Disquiet Junto challenge, “Music for Meditation”. Two tracks from there (one from our SpudMeister, Joe McMahon), created the frame around which today’s program is built.

“Things fall apart…”

I don’t know about you, but this past week was stressful on many levels. Our stress levels are rising, and our channels for finding serenity are fewer and farther between.

As a culture, we’re surrounded by noise, conflict, cruelty, destruction, and fear. And while we must work to mitigate these things, we must also find our own calm center…

“Scimitar Babbler, Laughingthrush, Montezuma Orependola” – Joe McMahon – disquiet0323 (2018)

I initially was going to only use singing bowls as the primary sound and add some ambient birdsong until I accidentally came across the recording of the Montezuma Orependola, which completely inverted the idea. I assembled the field recordings and treated some of them with Reaktor’s “Spinning Through Space” effect, but only between the starting and ending chime. I’m not sure if this is everyone’s cup of meditative tea, but it’s definitely mine.

Recordings:
– Scimitar Babbler: freesound.org/people/genghis%20a…ough/sounds/27334/
– Laughingthrush: freesound.org/people/genghis%20a…ough/sounds/27434/
– Montezuma Orependola: freesound.org/people/tim.kahn/sounds/184463/
– Singing bowl 2:00 and 9:00 marker: freesound.org/people/Cpt_Asteroid/sounds/138671/

“disquiet0323 Om Gam Ganapataye namaha” – Daniel Diaz –disquiet0323 (2018)

Hybrid Eb minor/major nine minutes meditational soundscape.
Drone performed on my Harmonium from New Delhi, using all 3 possible stops and a “drone”.(4 tracks)
Live Hang improvisation recorded with two microphones in Paris.
Upright bass (bowed ) softly a root note all along.

Track dedicated to Ganesh, inspired on this mantra:
“Om Gam Ganapataye namaha”

An old clock guests chiming at 3’30.
The bell (1 minute marks) is from Toledo, Spain, circa 1972.

More on this 323rd weekly Disquiet Junto project (Music for Meditation: Record a piece of music suited to meditation) at:
disquiet.com/0323
Subscribe to project announcements here:
tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto/

“New Leaf Mantra: 18’04” [voice]” – onewayness – Droneworks 4 (2015)

“Mini Dronescape” – Cousin Silas – The Sound of Silas (waag_CDr001) (2014)

“Earthflow Trance” – Max Corbacho – Lost Links (2011)

“Hayagriva” – Robert Rich – Trances/Drones (2000)

“Meditation” – Joe Frawley – Curious Perspectives (2011)

“Trance Meditation Part 1” – Dan Pound – Trance Meditation (2008)

“Look Up to Outer Vastness” – Lucette Bourdin – Radiant Stars (2009)

“Calm” – Phillip Wilkerson – Swiftly the Sun (2015)

“Sailing Into Calm Remembrances” – Mark Mahoney – Beyond the Vaulting Sky (2009)

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