Immeasurable is available as a CD and digital download from:
MCSD Netlabel (mcsdnetlabel.com)
Onomastic Records (onomastic.org)
Immeasurable is the second full-length collaboration from onewayness (Adam Holquist / Erie, PA) and dRachEmUsiK (Charles Shriner / Indianapolis, IN), following 2012’s critically acclaimed The Sound of Thunder, which Star’s End Ambient Radio named as one of their Significant Releases of 2013.
Immeasurable is a long-form piece in four movements, based on the brahmavihāras (the “four immeasurables”), a series of four Buddhist virtues and the meditation practices made to cultivate them. Metta – Loving Kindness, the wish that all sentient beings, without any exception, be happy; Karuna – Compassion, the wish for all sentient beings to be free from suffering; Mudita – Empathetic Joy, the attitude of rejoicing in the happiness and virtues of all sentient beings; Upekkha – Equanimity, the attitude of not distinguishing between friend, enemy or stranger, but regarding every sentient being as equal.
The piece combines deep drones and ambience, percussive and dub elements, and analog warmth from acoustic guitars, bowed strings, vintage electric piano, voice, and shruthi box, to build an ambient, pulsing, sparkling and joyful whole.
onewayness (Adam Holquist) and I started our second full length collaboration today. Our first collaboration, The Sound of Thunder, was creatively very satisfying and critically well received so we decided to do another release. Not to mention that we both enjoying working together.
We had originally planned on starting early this afternoon however Adam ended up stranded on I 70 for 90 minutes due to the snow storm, accidents and lane closures. I think at one point he texted saying his car had been in park for over an hour… ugh. Fortunately he arrived safe and reasonably sound about 5pm. After some hang time, cocktails and dinner we set to work. The music is based on the brahmavihāras (the four immeasurables) which are a series of four Buddhist virtues and the meditation practices made to cultivate them. By the time Monday comes around we will have created our new release The Immeasureables made up of four pieces. Loving kindness – metta. Compassion – karuna. Empathetic joy – mudita. Equanimity – upekkha.
Tonight we made great progress on Loving kindness- metta! All the core sound design, form, harmonic, melodic and rhythmic content is finished. In the morning we will put together the final structure and then record the spoken word parts, additional guitar, synth and percussion. The piece utilizes shrudi box, acoustic & electric guitar, a couple of Marsynths, human voice and a variety of soft synths and processing. It’s ambient, pulsing, sparkling and joyful.
Tonight was a satisfying and joyful way to start the project.
More as things develop.
This month features two new releases
All releases on MCSD NetLabel are “pay what you want” downloads.
You name the price.
And yes, that means you can choose to download the music for free.
2014 will bring you new music by Faux Pas Quartet, Joo Won Park, Kevin Haller, Barb Vesey Johnson, Duet for Theremin and Lapsteel, dRachEmUsiK and more!
Tokens of Appreciation – jmtta
Lowercase sound artist jmtta’s fourth release offers new sounds, songs, and textures constructed completely on an ipad. “Tokens of Appreciation” explores the sonic possibilities of mobile sound, keeping true to the love of small sounds, open ended melodies, and the quaint crackles and pops, this release is a showcase of bigger sound on smaller platforms.
Theta Drone 1 – dRachEmUsiK
This is a simple twenty minute Drone created to facilitate deep meditation, guided visualizations and active imagination work using 4-7 Hz Binaural Beats to induce Theta waves.
- May 9th – Spectrum Loft, 121 Ludlow, 2nd Fl., NY, NY
- May 10th – Secret Art Space, Bethlehem, PA
- May 11th – Assemble X, Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Queens, New York
- May 12th – Goodbye Blue Monday, 1087 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY
- May 14th- Verse 254, York, PA 254 E. King St.
- May 15th – The Random Tea Room, Philadelphia 713 N. 4th St.
- May 17th – Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway, Asheville, NC
- Mountain Skies electro-music Festival
“Lulling at times but literarily delightful, “Thunder” melds electronica distress and bliss beautifully.”
–Ben Speggen, Erie Reader 4 stars
“These are depths to be plumbed in close listens. There’s a lot happening and a ton of feeling lacing through the mix. onewayness and dRachEmUsiK (aka Adam Holquist and Charles Shriner) expertly manage this tenuous juggling act well, effecting the balance between easy and difficult listening. The Sound of Thunder is a disc you need to go into with an open mind.
Do so, and it will likely win you over quickly.”
— John Shanahan, Hypnagogue Reviews
Tonight on Time Drone, Jack Hertz will be playing the entire new release, “The Sound of Thunder” by onewayness and dRachEmUsiK along with other fine drone and ambient music by various artists.
Tune In to StillStream tonight at 10 PM ET / 8 PM CT / 7 PM PT streaming live.