Auroville-based Japanese artist Jyoti Naoki Eri has just launched a new label called Nādāsana with the compilation ‘Inter-Galactic Sonar Communication Probe Vol. 1’.
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] Florigenix [AUS] HAKIMONU [ISR] IDRA [ITL] Mikkel Rev [NRW] Petit Oiseau [GBR-IND] Per Before [SWE] Psychopanda [IND] Strangebird~Sounds [BEL] Yidam [IND]
この６カ月のあいだ準備をしてきましたプロジェクトを今日発表します。コロナでの厳しいロックダウンの間に構想し、ある縁をきっかけに音楽のレーベルを始めることになりました。まず第一弾はアンビエント・サウンドスケープのコンピレーションアルバムで世界各国からのアーティストがこの企画に賛同してくれました。 第一弾のアルバムのコンセプトはNasaのヴォイジャープロジェクトに搭載された地球各地の音楽や５５か国の言語などを録音したゴールデンレコードにインスパイアされました。総勢10名の参加アーティストは皆、自国以外でも活躍するアーティストたちで、このアルバムのコンセプトに合わせた楽曲をそれぞれ提供してくれました。 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.