Playground Productions presents an evening
of experimental electronic music.
This style manifests itself into an organic and natural composition of a free flowing design resulting in improvisations and structured pieces ranging from ambient to glitch-groove, noise to nujazz.
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.
Adma Holquist (onewayness) and I finished the music for our most recent collaboration, Immeasureable last night.
I’m very happy with the music! Hopefully, I’ll have the final mixes done this week. The music is similar to our first collaboration, The Sound of Thunder in that it incorporates elements of drone and ambient. However Immeasurable is more tonal, percussive and integrates acoustic instruments like guitar and shrudi box with the electronic instruments.
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.
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.
The Sound of Thunder Live
US East Coast May 9-17
- 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
“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
Theremin and Electronic Wind Instrument are the primary instruments used to create this spontaneous sonic journey. Recorded in 2012 between the afternoon of November 12th and the morning of the 13th, there was very little planning regarding approach, structure, instrumentation or style. We would talk, share about our lives, eat, go to the market, sleep and in-between sit down and make music. The end result was a musical conversation between elements of our unconscious; a dream-world mirror of the surrounding shared conscious reality. Close your eyes, relax and experience what these simple yet emotionally rich dialogs have to say to you.
Immerse yourself in this whimsical, disturbing, soothing, raucous, ethereal universe of organic, alien soundscapes.
Faux Pas Quartet has performed live improvisations on the streaming radio and podcast “Music from last Thursday” (MflT) on radio.electro-music.com since 2010. “MflT Favorites Vol. 3; Kokopelli in a deep space cargo ship” contains music performed on MflT in the early part of 2012
The Sound of Thunder is a collaborative effort by onewayness and dRachEmUsiK that was inspired by the final movement of T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’, ‘What the Thunder Said’; and also by the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, from which it draws heavily. Each movement is based on one of the four concepts from the Upanishad, as used by Eliot: Datta (Charity), Dayadhvam (Mercy), Damyata (Restraint), and Shantih (Peace). With the exception of Peace, which we have allowed to stand alone, the movements are intended to represent the conflict and resolution between these virtues and the ‘undesirable’ qualities that they are meant to keep in check.
Select tracks from The new release “The Sound of Thunder” by onewayness and dRachEmUsiK will be featured on the Halloween edition of Time Drone, Wednesday, October 31st. The show will be broadcast from noon til 9pm CT and will feature new music from Mark Mosher, Shane Morris, Grove of Whispers, Peter DiPhillips, The New False Gods, The Sound of Thunder, Silvercord, Cousin Silas, Space Rock: The Compilation, Magnetic Wind, and much more!
“The Sound of Thunder” will be released Thursday, November 1st. Downloads and CD will be available at Kunaki, MCSD NetLabel and onomastic.