A compilation album of 11 artists curated by Jyoti Naoki Eri
Literary concepts are extraordinarily difficult to translate into visual art, let alone music. Expounding on a verbal concept with more words at least gives the writer some room to move, even if this space is arguably imaginary; but transplanting said space to a different medium suddenly makes one’s frame of reference extraordinarily small- how to narrate without speaking?
Science-fiction has helped to bridge the gap before (some of Phillip K. Dick’s or Burroughs’ alternate realities now tend to seem hocked together from everything humanity has tried to forget), and it continues to help push artistic boundaries in unexpected ways, as evidenced by Japanese Aurovilian artist and label-founder Jyoti Naoki Eri’s new compilation ‘Inter-Galactic Sonar Probe Vol. 1’. Featuring contributions from worldwide artists such as Psychopanda and Matt Black, the album is centred around the fictional concept of music being used as a form of sonic communication on a joyride to Andromeda eighty years in the future. Using a minimal range of textures, the result is something akin to music you can read, the unspoken words abstractly comforting… Something you might try and beam out to other life forms just for general reassurance.
“No worries, just passing through…”
This is consequently not the sort of music that can be easily written about analytically.
Track 1- Looking for Something // Strangebird~Sounds [BEL]
[Stangebird~Sounds is a Belgian, Antwerp-based sound artist and musician]
Abstract comfort is the keyword here. Building up from the void, the only recognizable melody comes in the form of a narrow tonal centre that steamrollers steadily on until it takes over the space a written melody might occupy. Blips and bleeps that sound like a kid’s synth routed through a ring modulator and sequencer, something oddly disquieting about the familiarity of these sounds, the slightly fuzzed-out bells that ring in your inner ear.
Can something be truly harsh yet comforting?
Image of a NASA skyscraper drifting sleepily past Neptune, lights in the windows winking off and on… Sonic invitations to the Waldorf-Astoria. Strange bird indeed.
Listen to the track here: https://nadasana.bandcamp.com/track/looking-for-something-strangebird-sounds-bel
Submitted by Dhani Muniz
25 July 2022
The 13-track release is tied with the fictional concept of creating a record that will serve as a form of sonic communication on a space probe to the Andromeda Galaxy in the year 2102. Consequently, the direction has generated ambient compositions that range from representing earthly traditions to imagining the sci-fi noises of discovering light years of the universe.
Alongside featuring India or India-based acts like Kolkata’s Varun Desai aka Yidam, New Delhi’s Vaibhav Batra aka Psychopanda, Jyoti’s own moniker Atomic Phantom, and Jatinder Singh Durhailay, who plays the Dilruba and Taus, the compilation includes artists from Belgium, Australia, Norway, UK (notably Matt Black aka Double Cushion, the co-founder of Ninja Tunes and one-half of Coldcut), Israel, Sweden and Italy.
Listen to ‘Inter-Galactic Sonar Communication Probe Vol. 1’ below and follow Nādāsana for more information.
Nādāsana is a new record label out of Auroville — the government-free township started by yogis and spiritual gurus Mirra Alfassa and Sri Aurobindo, and which is located partly in the state of Tamil Nadu and partly in the Union Territory of Pondicherry in India.
The label’s first release, ‘Inter-Galactic Sonor Communication Probe Vol.1’ is a conceptual output curated by label founder Jyoti Naoki Eri, and features ambient and experimental works from around the world.
The concept follows NASA’s Voyager project led by Carl Sagan on a sonic space probe mission to Messier 31, the Andromeda Galaxy, which is approximately 2.5 million light-years from Earth and the nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way. Jyoti’s goal is to use this ambient curation “to establish contact with sensory conscious beings in outer space through sounds created on planet Earth.”
The release title resonates with the interstellar beliefs of Auroville residents and followers, who reside around the giant golden geodesic dome known as the “Matrimandir. It’s an awe-inspiring structure that exudes a cosmic presence, almost like a golden UFO waiting to take off. Essentially, it’s just a yoga hall, but in line with Nādāsana’s first release, we can pretend for a moment otherwise.
For the past six months I have been working on this music project as one of the fruitions of my personal covid experience. Some time later suddenly a friend invited me to start a music label, and Nādāsana was born.
This label mainly focuses on ambient, soundscape and experimental music. I have listened to ambient music since the mid 90s and listened a lot again during the covid lockdowns.
For our first release a group of talented artists from all over the world accepted my invitation to this project.
This first project was inspired by the Golden Record by NASA as part of their Voyager project. The project was curated by Dr Carl Sagan.
The legendary electronic music artist from the U.K. Matt Black who is the co-founder of Cold Cut/ Ninja Tune kindly agreed to offer his exclusive track to this compilation album. I’m profoundly thankful to his kind support and advice as his creations widely opened my music experience since the 90’s. I am very grateful for the collaboration with all the artist in this project. All the participating artists are well-known in their own right on/off line platforms. Over all the creative process was a truly inspiring and enriching experience.
I have already started the process of working on the next projects. Please check the album from the link in the comments and support us if you enjoyed the sounds.
Participating Artists (A-Z):
Atomic Phantom [JPN-IND]
Double Cushion a.k.a. Matt Black (Cold Cut/Ninja Tune) [GBR]
Mikkel Rev [NRW]
Petit Oiseau [GBR-IND]
Per Before [SWE]
特にイギリスのエレクトロニック・ミュージック界の重鎮、Matt Black (Cold Cut / Ninja Tune) がこのアルバムのために一曲提供してくれたことは意義深く、このレーベルの門出に大きな花を添えてくれることとなりました。９０年代からMatt氏率いるNinjaTuneの作品郡には多大に影響を受けてきたのでとても光栄に思います。
[Concept] It is year 2102. An intergalactic sonic research laboratory – Nādāsana – has launched their first sonic space probe mission into the majestic galaxy, Messier 31 – The Andromeda Galaxy. Following the example of the golden record of NASA’s Voyager project which was led by Dr Carl Sagan(1934-1996), Nādāsana has curated fine ambient music pieces to establish contact with sensory conscious beings in outer space through sounds created on planet Earth. Nādāsana considers ambient music to be music of evolutive creation, encouraging inclusiveness through time and space. Doing so, it opens a poetic and spiritual sphere of music for consideration which could offer a glimpse of the hidden stream of the eternal sonic creations of the universe. Nādāsana is an experiment to uncover the ancient mystery of AUM – Everything is Sound.
NOTE: This project is an imaginary concept (as of 2022). The selection of music can be highly biased, however Nādāsana’s love of music is honest and genuine.
Jyoti is launching a small music label called Nādāsana. It features fine ambient/soundscape/experimental sounds from all over the world.
The First project will be launched in July 2022.
When the silence was heard as the presiding sound in the bustling world,
the universe unveils the hidden songs of love in the hearts.In the music of love,
a cosmic smile will be found in every particle of light and sound.
Even a stone turns to liquid in the ocean of love.
So the air into a diamond in its majestic transparent splendour.
In this world of silent magic, subtle waves tickle milliards of shy slumbering hearts.
In the world of mortal perceptions, day and night found their separate homes,
although, the sun and moon lived in harmony under the canopy of bright shining stars.
In the illusion of separation and knowing, mysteries were conceived.
Yet, knowledge had the power to clear the mist in the wild steep mountains.
What is hidden in the naked beauty of cosmic flow?
The stream makes ripples in the vast sea of the transcendent Self.
The waves turned into elegant hills, bars of iron and heavenly orchids,
into a nesting mother turtle and golden nectar of faithful bees.
The world is a kaleidoscope made of vibrant love and light.
A mesmerising landscape of shape-shifting stardusts.
Mirroring the other, mirroring the self, and mirroring the mirror itself.
In the garden of our magnificent turquoise globe, celestial birds sing their blissful songs.
Carrying their message of the future from light-years past.
So high above in the limitless azure, yet so near in one’s humble heart.
Born into the silence, in every breath and every blink.
Jyoti Naoki Eri