Sunday, December 4, 2016

New Track: For The Mystic Pioneers (Evelyn Underhill 1875-1941)



Features samples of a LibreVox recording of "Mysticism" by Evelyn Underhill, originally published in 1911. Mysticism, generically, is thought of as peaceful and solitary, but in reality mystic practice can involve the full range of emotions and can be intimately involved in human relationships. I preserved Underhill's words and sentiments, and surrounded them with sounds that provoke, in me anyway, excitement and questions, rather than placid thoughts and feelings. Although successful and more or less happy, Underfull's life was peppered with tension, doubt and disapproval from those closest to her when in came to her spiritual interests. I like to think she would approve of this work.
185bpm. Entirely done with editing in Ardour on Linux; no drum machines or synths were used. Similar results could be achieved by mapping and triggering sounds with a sampler, but the edit/copy/paste/edit process allows me to easily modify individual instances of a sound, even if it is used repeatedly. Non-vocal samples are from collections by Peace Love Productions and DJ Chaos.

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