I’m happy to announce that I was appointed as the main designer of the 2023-2024 season for my friend’s snowboard company “Outflow” @outflowsnowboards in Nagano, Japan. Outflow is a 17 year old board company using Japanese eco-friendly materials and promotes nature preservation. In spite of the physical distance we have it felt good to reconnect with @yuu_soultime_r , a friend from teenage years. Sharing and exchanging with each other like in the old days when we met over skateboarding, music, fashion and swimming in nature. Overall it was a fun process. Please check their new collections in the link in bio.
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.
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.