It is year 2103. An intergalactic sonic research laboratory – Nādāsana – has successfully launched their first sonic space probe mission into the Andromeda galaxy in 2102, their next mission is to go further explore the distant space-time.
In this mission, Nādāsana has decided to take a sojourn in the mesmerizing beauty of the Pin Wheel Galaxy – M101.
Following the example of the golden disc of NASA’s Voyager project, 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 peak into the hidden stream of sonic creations since archaic time.
Nādāsana is an attempt to uncover the ancient mystery of AUM – Everything is Sound.
Bandcamp Link: https://nadasana.bandcamp.com/album/inter-galactic-sonar-communication-probe-vol-2
Participating Artists (A-Z):
Francesca Heart [ITL]
Hélène Vogelsinger [FRA]
Sacred Seeds [IND]
Shipwreck Detective [USA]
Six Missing [USA]
Songs For A Tired City [IND]
Tom Leclerc [FRA]
Atomic Phantom [JPN-IND]
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
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.