Subaqueous and Skytree’s campaigns to fund upcoming albums

Tribal Council is blessed to know and support many musicians. Both Subaqueous and Skytree are currently raising money to help produce their upcoming albums. I was lucky to have the time to interview both musicians on their upcoming projects. Subaqueous (Issac Cotec) is using Kickstarter to help fund his upcoming album. His idea is to create a USB drive to share his upcoming and past releases, Ableton sets, remix packs, even videos! This is all in sake of sharing information with other musicians and music lovers alike. Issac is very close to meeting his goal (which ends in six days). Please consider supporting our friend with his Kickstarter here. I was very lucky to have Issac answer a few questions for Tribal Council. (Interview with Skytree follows below.)

Interview with Subaqueous

TC: What made you decide to do this new release on a USB drive, are you releasing any CD’s? Does this help you save in the long run?

Subaqueous: I have had the idea of a USB drive of my music for years. My last album made CD’s and found it was awesome to give to people so they could listen to it on there car on the ride back from festivals. It was also so amazing having my music in  a physically printed medium.  It made it feel  like I made something tangible.  The problem with CD’s is they are a one function device. You brake the jewel case, or loose it, and then it can only go into CD players. A USB can be plugged in, downloaded, reused, played on CDj’s and most upcoming car stereos.  It just made sense to make something physical that can be used and appreciated in many different ways.
That is just the physical idea and practicality of it. To me personally it’s more about the collaborative nature the USB can offer. It allows me to put on so much more then music. It will have videos, interviews, images, music, Ableton Live Sets, Sample packs and other music resources. I am not just sharing the music, but also the process and tools to create the music.
TC: You say you want to use this USB to share knowledge behind your music with others. I like this idea, how specifically would this help share your ideas with others?
Sub: I spend a lot of time devoting to my music. I just spent 5 days making a new way of synthesis in Ableton Live the other week. After spending all that time and pushing myself musically with my tools I can either keep this resource to myself and have a “secret sonic pallet” or I can share it. When I share it with other people they can then take all that devoted energy and craft there own works from it. I love the idea of letting these tools pass through me and help inspire other people. These thoughts were not my own as well. I am just one pathway for them.
I have noticed the more I collaborate and share the more comes to me. I feel inspired when people make remixes, or new tracks from my samples. It makes me want to do this even more.
TC: What artists were you most excited to remix for your upcoming album?
Sub: Well I haven’t announced it yet, but I guess I am now, I am really excited to have Govinda’s remix on this album. I have loved his music for years and been truly inspired by it. To have him remix my own music is such a blessing.  All the other musicians are just as amazing; Kalpataru Tree will have a beautiful dubby remix, eO with his deeply emotional and epic remix, Futexture and Erothyme both made a jazzy spaced out funk remixes, and other sweet revisions on my original music.
TC: How long have you been working on this project?
Sub: Well every decision has lead me to this moment. I’ve thought of the USB drive 3 years ago and have been working towards it. It took a long time to get all the resources underway. Then the Remix album has been worked on for the last 3 months.  I’ve been talking with the artist, working out details, distributors, and such. Been amazing and long time coming.
TC: What was the most challenging thing you have come across with this project, and what are you doing to overcome this?
Sub: It’s been fairly smooth honestly. It’s been a build up of past experiences and is just lining up. There were some tedious parts, like searching the web for a USB manufacturer I trust and finding a product with the lowest environmental impact. That took countless hours of development and contacting people. I overcame it by sure will.
TC: Who or what helps inspire you?
Sub: Well the fact that my fellow producer Skytree released a similar idea on the same day was a huge inspiration.It’s helped me step up my game a little, and think of this more as a movement then a personal endeavor. I also gain a lot of inspiration whenever people thank me for what I do, every time I go dancing, and every time I talk with friends and family.  To easily put it I am truly inspired by all the beauty that surrounds me in all it’s different forms.

Skytree (Evan Snyder) is an incredibly talented musician, who has been releasing his music for free for many years. Evan needs your help in putting together the funds for his upcoming release Cirrus Sapians (to be released in early fall). The USB drive offered will have his full discography, unreleased material, and photo and video footage! Part of his funding will be put towards revamping his website and producing a new  Grassroots California hat. Please support Evan’s Indiegogo fund here, there is still 21 days left! Tribal council was very lucky to have Skytree give us an interview!
Interview with Skytree
TC: 2013 is most certainly a year of grounded, rooted energy – what goals do you have for this year?
Skytree: It absolutely is.  I feel like part of our collective task in 2013 is to take a lot of the ideas, inspirations and intuitions we practiced in 2012 and start to embody them in a more sustainable, more physical, long-term path forward.  What many saw as a culmination of the “shift” in 2012 was, from my perspective, an emergent spike of the birthing and remembrance of the tools we need to move forward and survive as a global family.  It was an incredible social experiment in trans-cultural community.  2013 feels like our new dawn to refine and continue that same work, as the alternative is too grave and, thus, not an option!
So, this is very much in line with my personal goals for this year.  I’m now physically rooted in NYC, rather than living nomadically across the country, and focussing first and foremost on the production of my new album, “Cirrus Sapiens”, a nod to the collective cloud of consciousness that we all share.  This new project will be pressed into hardcopy CD and accompanied by music videos, a custom bamboo USB drive and lots of extras, culminating in my largest musical project to date.  The release is set for the Autumnal Equinox this September, coinciding with a gig at Alex Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors alongside my friend and fellow producer, Kaminanda.  My hope and intention is that this will act as a springboard, orders of magnitude beyond “Crystal Consciousness”, which alone led to an immense wave of positive change in my path.
TC: Tell me more about your upcoming release Cirrus Sapiens; what artists are you using in your remixes?
Sky: For sure!  To be specific, it’s more of a collaborative process rather than a remix project.  Some artists have been sending me sounds to do whatever I want with (which is akin to remixing in this sense), whereas others are intimately involved in the whole process, with lots of file-swapping and subtle adjustments taking place over a longer periods of time.  A few people I’m working with now include my good friends Biolumigen, Lunecell, Space Jesus, Futexture, Erothyme, the Technicolor Lenses and DVS.  There are a bunch more involved as well that I’m excited to announce when the time is right.  I’ve been working on a lot of these projects in parallel (IE: side by side), so thematically the album will still revolve around a particular sound and environment, while still drawing from a very large pool of talent and techniques.  In a way it will be very much like the older brother of “Crystal Consciousness”, a few years wiser and informed by the crystallized community that manifested “Treemixes V1”.
TC: Can you tell us a little bit about your upcoming music videos?
Sky: The project I’m most excited about is the one we’re looking to release soon, via, as a preview for the album.  A few months ago, I reached out to a very talented chemist who shoots HD video of micro-crystals growing in realtime, using a very specialized process and microscope rig.  He was apparently very enthusiastic about working together and sent my girl and I a heap of footage to use in our video project.  It’s absolutely astounding stuff.  Mesmerizing!  I think it could even get some people out there to think about the self-organizing capacity of crystals in a different light, perhaps more on the wavelength of what would traditionally be defined as life.  It certainly looks that way when you’re watching it – akin to seeing timelapse footage of a vine climbing up a wall and realizing that plants are not by any means as static or stationary as we often think.  We sometimes just need to see things in our own experiential speed to click with what’s actually going on around us.  My hope is that this video will open some perceptions, and at the very least give people some trippy, spirit-expanding/mind-bending entertainment.
TC: How long have you been working on this current project?
Sky: While I only got underway with producing tracks in full about a month and a half ago, I’ve actually been gathering up sounds for over a year now.  Traveling around the country for all of 2012 was definitely a challenge on occasion, but it brought with it countless opportunities to record new sounds and jam with amazingly talented people.  Whenever I found myself in a new studio (which was pretty often), I would take every chance I could to sample everything around me, even if it was just a 10-second clip of a synth patch that caught my ear.  This is the first time starting an album with a whole year’s worth of sounds, all compiled in a big library to dive into whenever I need some fresh vibes – all of which take me back to a prior adventure.  Gotta say, it’s a beautiful way to create music…almost effortless when combined with the minds and spirits of all of my super talented friends and collaborators.
TC: This new GRC flat brim is even more detailed than your last hat – your friend Sam Farrand is very talented. What inspired you to make flat brims?
Sky: Thank you – Sam is absolutely amazing at what he does.  The first lid we did with GRC was one of their best-selling products ever (if not at the top), so it was a hard act to follow.  We wanted to make sure we designed something that would be even more incredible, but also more refined and more mature.  The design we came up with very much fits the bill, pun intended I suppose!  The inspiration to create our first collaboration actually came at the invitation of my friend and incredible wire-wrapper from Colorado, Jason Burruss.  He was kind enough to connect me with Ruga Cons, the CEO of GRC, and we’ve been friends ever since.  I know there’s been a lot of fallout with respect to them moving operations overseas, but I still very much believe in what they do, and greatly appreciate the incredible support they offer musicians like myself.
TC: We bonded over our love of crystals at Rootwire last year; which one(s) have helped inspire you on this latest project?

Sky: Ah, that was a beautiful experience!  Rootwire 2012 was a phenomenal festival, and I was blessed to cross paths with you and many other amazing souls over that gorgeous weekend.  While I’m fascinated with pretty much anything geological, I’ve been especially drawn to metallic crystals over the past few months, as well as multi-species (or what I sometimes call “geodiverse”) specimens.  One example is a beautiful piece I recently traded for at the Purple Hatters Ball in Florida, which contains both pyrite, galena, hematite, quartz, vanadinite and sulfur, all in a specimen the size of a quarter.  I’ve actually found this very much reflected in the sound of the new album, which I’d describe as much more sharp, hefty, solid, bright, metallic, conductive and diverse than any of my previous work.   I very much look forward to sharing it with everyone by the time the Equinox arrives in September!


Downtemple Alignment Awareness

In the past few years I have noticed a rise of interest in down-tempo and ambient music. What once was underground, is now becoming more prevalent in the transformational festival scene. More people are listening to this beautiful dream like music. It may help calm your emotions or help you be more zen. I believe this type of music is perfect for a yoga session or letting your creative juices flow.

Whether you are new to this genre or not, Infinite Geometry’s mix Downtemple Alignment Awareness is perfect to discover something new. This mix is perfect for anyone looking to dive deeper into more ambient side of music. Andy Reed (Infinite Geometry) includes tracks by; Shpongle, Bluetech, Phaeleh, Whitebear, and Entheogenic to name a few of the more popular producers. He seamlessly weaves tracks together, into a divine mix that helps you journey into yourself. Andy has a knack for picking out highly inspirational songs.

You can find this transformational mix for free here. While Andy Reed is a wonderful DJ, he is also an amazing visual artist. Please take a moment to look through his work, his facebook page is here. Andy also has prints for sale on his Esty page.

Merkaba: Our Ascension Vehicle, one of Andy's more recent works.

Merkaba: Our Ascension Vehicle, one of Andy’s more recent works.

Adham Shaikh’s new release

Adham Shaikh is an intelligent and inspiring musician. With skill he aptly merges west coast bass to ambient soundscapes and many styles in between. Sometimes he is a solo project with drum machines, synths, and ipads; other times he has a ten piece outworld orkestra (a troupe of dancers, artists, and musicians). A couple years ago he released his third album called Universal Frequencies. This album was ground breaking; and consequently remixed albums were created. Refractions universal frequencies remix volume 2 is Adham’s newest release; with mixes by the Desert Dwellers, Tripswitch, Drumspyder, Kaya Project, and many more!

Refractions universal frequencies remixes volume 2

Refractions universal frequencies remixes vol. 2

While you should check out volume one, there are a few songs off his latest album that are notable. Tripswitch’s remix of Rug Rippin’ is eloquent; it keeps the feel of the original song while displaying his own style. It is more down tempo and bassy, but still keeps the clarinet sample from the original song. Another interesting remix is Xopianoi’s take on Desert Dub, again he original feel is kept but now there is a glitchy alien sound added. The Desert Dwellers also chose Desert Dub as their remix. Adding many alluring attributes to the song; like the filter that makes everything sound far away. Kundalini Fuel by Lexifer’s Spiral Dub brings you through an audio journey. This song keeps the middle eastern feel while adding a very electronic alien sound, this remix is more down tempo than the original.

Please visit Adham Shaikh’s bandcamp, this release is being sold as “name your own price”! Another great place to keep up with new releases and ideas is his soundcloud.


The Human Experience and the Kinnection Series

Tribal Council is very excited to welcome The Human Experience, David Block, to our Kinnection series! For those of you who are not sure what our Kinnection series is; Tribal Council does a three night run between Athens, Atlanta, and Ashville. Each night we offer yoga, workshops, a tea lounge, and a show provided by extremely conscious and talented musicians. We are focused on giving back to our commUNITY and supporting co:creation with this series. To read more about what the Kinnection series is about please follow this link. We are very excited for this upcoming run because David Block has been so kind as to not only play a downtempo set for our yoga class, but he is also offering a workshop about sound, melody, & music, as well as his normal set.

Recent release: The art of the way

Recent release: The art of the way

What excites me about The Human Experience is that he is a live electronic act; he plays instruments and composes live. Each album is a live soundscape in which he strives to portray the beauty of the human experience we call life. One of his more recent releases is The Art of the Way. The album starts with one of my favorite songs 11:11:11, it has this sultry dance feel while sharing the feeling of tranquility. More than we Know featuring Amae Love is probably the most famous song off this release. Amae Love has a powerful expressive voice that brings life to this track. Woven into this song is a simple guitar riff that adds depth and melody, and supports Ms. Love wonderfully. The last song I would like to touch upon is Ot Du Shi featuring Mindex. This tune incorporates ethereal vocals and lovely melody. The song about half way through blossoms into a harder crunchy electronic tune. I love the contrast between the two halves of the song and how masterfully he weaves them together to make this exquisite track. This album is free or by donation off bandcamp, please support this talented and exceptional musician. You can also enjoy music off his soundcloud and this link will bring you to his artist page.

Aligning Minds and the Kinnection series

Tribal Council is so excited to be hosting the second instillation of the kinnection series. This is a concert and workshop series that travels between Athens, Asheville, and Atlanta, promoting health and well-being amongst the community. We are more than happy to announce Aligning Minds, The Human Experience, and The Desert Dwellers are our artists for this upcoming run!

Aligning Minds newest release: My Heart is Love

Aligning Minds newest release: My Heart is Love

My Heart is Love is Aligning Minds’ Michael Folk and Daniel Merrill; newest album released on Gravitas Records. This album is beautiful, intelligent, and fun to dance to. The album begins with Streaming Live; with a dark and moody soundscape. The album quickly picks up, one of my favorite songs is A Noble Truth. I love the drum pad in this song, it is so sharp but keeps the song moving. Although the whole album is amazing, the last song I would like to touch upon is Bright Flames. I love that the song begins with ethereal vocals and is rather melancholy. Soon joined by the drum pad; the song develops more of a dance feel. The synth’s melody throughout helps bring the song together, and about halfway through they bring back the vocals. This whole album is put together very well, please listen to all of “My Heart is Love” here, also available for purchase.

We were very lucky to have Aligning Minds give Tribal Council an exclusive interview! We truly appreciate you taking some time out of your day to answer our questions! Thank you.

Laura Koznarek: What excites you about working with Tribal Council on their Kinnection series?
Aligning Minds: I’ve gotten to know the core Tribal Council crew through their presence and contributions at many festivals over the last year. I have nothing but love and good things to say about the people that make up Tribal Council, the work they do at festivals and in their event series. The community that they are building here in Asheville and abroad is by far one of my favorites in the area. Their hearts are in the right place and they have a fantastic vision that radiates throughout the work they do. I really resonate with the Kinnection series as it focuses on a broad spectrum experience, providing education through workshops earlier in the night then moving into meditation / yoga and finally into more movement oriented energy with a focus on music and visual stimulations. It’s a proper formula that I think more events and promoters should take note of. It’s very similar to what we strive to do with the X events that we help organize and throw, so I’m very excited to have Aligning Minds on board for this series!

LK: I see you have an east coast tour coming up! What are you looking forward to with your tour?
AM: We are just excited about getting back out on the road and sharing the music we have been working on. Excited that Matthias Sayour will be joining us on drums for specific dates, his contribution to our project is really expanding our realm of possibilities, so we’re excited to explore that on our travels. Very excited about this run with Desert Dwellers and The Human Experience, as well as the run with Papadosio. We will also be heading out to the West Coast in late April / early May, excited to reconnect with some of our musical family out there!

LK: How was putting together your most recent release? Any challenges? What came easily?
AM: Looking back on the process that went into creating “My Heart Is Love” it was a very natural progression. The whole concept and execution of it was really a working therapy in learning to allow things to become what they are meant to be. The tracks that we ended up including on it were written at various times from 2007-2012 so it’s really a snapshot of various points and states we were in throughout that time period. A lot of them were written and rewritten many times to get them to their current forms. We started choosing tracks to be included around November of 2011 and spent the next year fine tuning them, rewriting, getting the mixdowns right etc., to get them into their final forms. As with any album there were many challenges… I think once we figured out that we are our own biggest roadblock things fell into place quite naturally. I know we put an immense amount of work into each and every track and element on this album, but more than anything we worked harder at opening ourselves up to become a channel through which the music could flow. After that, it kind of finished itself. I think we learned a lot about how unrealistic our own expectations really are. We are both perfectionists when it comes to music and tend to be a little obsessive when it comes to calling something finished and letting it go, which is one of the reasons it took us so long to let go of this material and actually allow it to be released. We have a running joke about banishing tracks to the dark recesses of our hard drives when it’s not good enough. It may sound over the top to some, but this album really helped us get over that. For instance In the Wake of Forever was finished and in its current form over 4 years ago, since then it’s pretty much just sat on our hard drives. Almost like overprotective parents, the music we create becomes very personal and special to us, and sometimes it’s almost painful to share it as it truly bears pieces of our hearts that we don’t know how to communicate in any other way. So yeah, I think overall the album really embodies its name as it has taught us about loving things as they are, knowing when to relinquish control, and allowing the internal flow to the external.  Surrendering to this has allowed the true essence of the music to emerge and begin to radiate outward. One of my good friends once told me we can only go as fast as the music will allow, and I think that’s very true and has certainly held true in our experience with this release.

LK: How is working with Gravitas?
AM: Gravitas has been amazing, we feel very fortunate and honored to be working with them and have such a dedicated team behind us. One of the best things about it so far is the level of transparency that they give you as an artist.  It truly feels like we are all working together to make things happen –  they are there when you need them, but don’t try to interfere or make the music conform to any vision of their own. It’s been a breath of fresh air to say the least and we look forward to working with them as things progress. They just put out the new Goldrush album which I highly encourage checking out, he’s been one of my personal favorite artists for the last few years. It’s a beautiful thing to come together under one roof with people who inspire and encourage each other to move forward. Between Gravitas and Re:Evolution Media, we feel perfectly at home and excited about our team and affiliations.

LK: You constantly incorporate new musicians into the ensemble, how does that change your music?
AM: It helps keep things interesting. The people we incorporate are usually artists that happen to be in our lives and around us at the time. We’re constantly working on music and tend to surround ourselves with other musicians, instrumentalists, vocalists etc. It’s usually a pretty natural result of hanging out with another musician(s), playing around with an inspiring idea and vibing on it together, then recording their input or reaction.  Sometimes that will turn into a tune, simple as that… but alot of the time those recordings get re-interpreted and work their way into multiple ideas in the future.  After a while, there’s a resource built up of expressions, personalities and visions from all these people that have come into our lives and inspired us. More recently, endless possibilities and opportunities are opening up thanks to the addition of Matthias Sayour as the drummer and beat maestro for Aligning Minds. Matthias is one of the best drummers we’ve ever met, he really gets our music and knows when to go all out and when to just lay low and add flavor. We’ve worked with a few different drummers in the past and he is by far the most on point and honed in individual we’ve had the pleasure of working with, a true ancient beat shaman both on the kit and in his daily life.

LK: Who inspires you/your musical influences?
AM: We get asked this a lot and it becomes harder and harder to answer each time. Haha, alot of our influence honestly comes from everyday life, our sons/family, experiences, nature, books, conversation, music we find, film , the internet, etc. Living in such an abundant and beautiful world coupled with the amount of information, technology, art and music that is immediately available at our fingertips, it’s really hard to not be continually inspired these days, almost overwhelmingly so.

Musically, artists such as Leftfield, Orbital, Aphex Twin, Sasha, Tipper, Milosh, Polar, Prefuse 73, Boards of Canada, Telefon Tel Aviv, Ochre, Ulrich Schnauss, Hybrid, Shpongle etc. all played major roles early on. I could keep listing but you probably get the idea… we are just into anything that is ‘deep’ – explorative, melodic, ethereal, experimental or just plain weird. Currently it’s our friends and peers that are inspiring us the most musically, everyone on our agency @ Re:Evolution Media, our label mates at Gravitas, the artists we are fortunate enough to work with and share the stage with…That’s where we seem to be pulling the majority of our inspiration from these days.

LK: How do you find yourselves working into this new transformational festival scene?
AM: I think it’s a pretty natural fit for us. It feels like the reality of the “scene” is finally merging with what we have always envisioned is possible. Life isn’t just about 1 thing – whether it be music, art, spirituality, etc. Life is a full spectrum experience and that’s how events should be too. We see these festivals and temporal societies as experiments in moving towards more permanent living communities and feel like we are personally learning how to share our gifts and talents with the collective whole, in hopes of creating a sustainable reality for ourselves, our families and our community. We are all in this together, and we’re in love with the fact that every year this becomes more and more prevalent at the events we attend and play. I think we have a lot to contribute to the movement and I also think we have a lot to learn from it. We’re honestly just genuinely excited to be here and to have the opportunity to be involved.

LK: I love the intention and intelligence behind your music and beats, and I see in your biography that it says “All ideals aside, this is music from the imaginations, hearts and souls of producers who want to use music to unite people and assist in positive growth and change.” Could you talk a little bit about your vision with Tribal council?
AM: Tribal Council is a perfect example of the type of intention-based collective we initially envisioned being a part of when we started Aligning Minds. A melding of spirit, art, music, education, technology and action in an ever expanding community. When we imagined and conceived of Aligning Minds, our original vision was to create music that in itself would create an experience of truth, connectedness, unity, peace, understanding and growth. We had this intuition that if this was accomplished, it would attract a synergetic energy in many forms that would perpetuate it, tying it into an infinitely larger picture.  Seeing how true that is and continues to be is a beautifully thing to watch unfold. There is this major sense of actualization occurring right now that is growing in frequency at an almost contagious rate all over the world.  People are getting involved and really making things happen in order to realize this beautiful and inherent vision that seems to be awakening inside all of us.  So it’s quite an honor and a pleasure to be involved with collectives like Tribal Council who are actively creating this reality that is a powerful amalgamation of it’s working parts.  We’re just happy to be able to be one of those working parts that can serve this greater whole.

LK: How has your style developed since you first started Aligning minds?               AM:That’s a great question; our style has definitely come a long way since we started producing Aligning Minds material in 2003/2004, but overall our style as a whole has remained pretty similar. . Dan has always had more of a taste for faster, groove oriented stuff – and I have always been fond of the more experimental, idm, downtempo glitch sorts of vibes. We’ve always tried to find ways to fuse our tastes together into something new and unique that makes the most of the diversity we both bring to the table.  I think that stands true today as well, although as we both individually grow and develop over time the differences are sometimes more recognizable than others. It’s a constant growing process of embracing and utilizing that. Over the years we gain more of a sense of what Aligning Minds “sounds like”.  Although often we seem to like to rebel! Or try anyway, haha. Our tracks definitely have more cohesion and convey more of a story now, just a bit more realized I think. Our production quality has also evolved thanks to experience and also the evolution of the tools we use. I think playing out live and being involved in the ‘EDM’ scene over the years has given us more incentive to write material that has the potential to get a crowd moving as well. We definitely think about the dancefloor a bit more often now, although we never limit ourselves to it. I think we will always stay pretty rooted in creating head, heart and soul music.

LK: What other exciting projects are you working on?
AM:We have a lot in the queue; release wise we have a steady flow of remixes that we are working on that will be coming out at various times this year.  We’re working to put together a follow-up remix album of “My Heart is Love” featuring some of our favorite fellow producers, as well as another EP or two later this year.  We’ll also be doing some more events in and around Asheville, including another XAVL event, and will be contributing work to a charity cause through an organization called Groupees, along with Desert Dwellers and Random Rab.  Oh, and some official music videos are under way.  All that should keep us busy for a while! :)

LK: Where do you see your music/band in five years?
AM: We try not to look too far ahead, we just strive to be present in what we’re doing now or in the pretty near future… Five years is a long time! :) For us, even though having goals, ideals and a vision for the future can be helpful, we work best when we just let things unfold.  Staying in the flow. We intend to continue putting out music first and foremost – a steady stream of releases, collaborations and remixes are taking shape for 2013.  We’re also taking steps to take our live performance to the next level and are starting to work with some live visual designers to map out a proper stage / projection mapped system. The primary thing holding us back right now is funding, but once that hurdle is removed we can make that happen. Incorporating a live 3D projection mapped stage environment to create an immersive visual environment for the audience is intuitively the next step. Generally we’re interested in exploring new ways to create a perceptual experience that inspires new visions and realities in the perceiver. We would also like to create a portal for people to submit their own visions into the environment, such as user submitted video content.

They leave us with a truly poignant quote: “Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason.” – Albert Camus

Kalya Scintilla remixed and beyond

With down-tempo middle-eastern inspired music; Kalya Scintilla delights your ears with sonic bliss and is undoubtedly Tribal Council’s favorite producer of 2012 (and Clayton’s favorite of all time). No matter what TC party you have been to, you are guaranteed to have heard at least one Kalya track. Being from Australia, his music carries a different, exotic, and galactic feel. Generally absent of lyrics; this helps display the interesting melodic lines and sound clips interwoven into the soundscape. This ambiance and music is perfect for belly dancing, yoga, and even meditation.

dance the spiral never endingTantilizing to the ears, Dance the Spiral Never Ending was released in January 2012. This whole album has this lovely yet groovy dance feel throughout! He loves to add these wonderful alien sounds into his songs; one that sticks out in my mind is ‘Bone and Stone‘. This song has some gangster beats with intergalactic filters layered on this amazing track. Another memorable song is ‘Break Belief Bounce‘ featuring Alice Spacedoll with exotic vocals. With a very bouncy beat, this song incorporates what I would consider the “essential” Kalya Scintilla sound; middle eastern inspired, galactic, activation beats. The last track I want to mention is ‘Dance the Spiral Never Ending‘ featuring Alice Spacedoll; the title track of the album. This song is really funky and has violin and guitar samples strewn through-out. The lyrics to this song are inspiring “Dance the Spiral Never Ending. Dance the air, the earth, the water; by your dance you hope can give us…” I love when artists use spoken word poetry or uplifting messages in their music. This idea of sharing more than just music, helps plant the seeds of self transformation and love.

Dance the never ending spiral remixedKalyaScintilla released a remix album fall of 2012, featuring select tracks off of Dance the Spiral Never Ending. On the original album, Rises in the East is the first track. Remixed by The Human Experience, the version is super quirky. They added some light vocals, and a beautiful violin solo to make the track dynamic and their own. The Desert Dewllers remixed Break Belief Bounce, it has much more of a trance sound than the original. The vocals and main melody are woven in and out of this track. Instead of the normal flow, the vocals are worked in as smaller glitchy clips broken up. Whitebear also offers a remix of the same track, his take is very trance-like. He layers a lot of the sounds on top of each other, creating a larger sound palette. I really enjoy how he breaks up the original rhythm and creates his own idea. Dance the Spiral Never Ending is remixed by Kaminanda, he gives this song a very alien sound. Adding some of his own melodies through the song, he leaves the spoken poetry. This version is very groovy and galactic, with less of the middle eastern sound that Kalya uses. There are a few versions of Whomp Shanti on the remix album, but I think Bird of Paradise’s remix is the best. There is this forward motion in the track, that is also present in other sets and songs of Bird of Paradise. At the end he speeds up the whole track and gives it a break beats feel.

Galactic OhmMerkaba is a side project that Kalya Scintilla has; the sound he uses is much more progressive psytrance. Galactic Ohm is the latest release under this name. First track is the title Galactic Ohm, and has many elements of Kalya Scintila’s style. With many glitchy, alien sounds and a constant fast-paced rhythm beneath it all; he creates the psytrance sound. The second and last track is titled Heart Math, and is my favorite track of the album! He starts this wonderful groove with a singing bowl and bells being rung, which are rung through-out the song. He takes the track to a new level by doubling the bass beat again creating the psytrance sound. What makes this track stand out to me is the simplicity through-out, ending with a sound clip of Bashar spreading his wisdom and light. (That is around 10:15 in the track) “Your heart has memory, your heart has wisdom, your heart has consciousness, your heart actually thinks… and when you can develop a balanced dialogue between the heart mind and the head mind, that’s when everything falls into alignment!”

Needless to say Kalya Scintilla is a beautiful, intelligent, transcended master of sound. He is currently trying to raise money for a visa to tour America in 2013. Please take a moment and donate to his campaign here. I cannot think of another artist I would like to see more during this upcoming festival season! Also feel free to check out his soundcloud for some other great remixes.

Sacred Singularity EP released by Skytree

Skytree’s new EP Sacred Singularity, shares many uplifting messages to think about when listening. It is always a delight to experience something deeper than the perception of sound from an album. Iridescent Tesseract has many interesting samples seamlessly interwoven to create a beautiful sound-scape. Not only is Skytree an intelligent musician; but a truly wonderful and enlightened being. He shares his love through music and crystals, his song Crystalline Entity attests to this love. Let Skytree share his visionary beats with you on his upcoming tour. You will not be disappointed as he bathes you in an ambient world of sound. Please support our dear friend either on this tour or through his bandcamp!

Papadosio’s new album T.E.T.I.O.S

“To end the illusion of separation” is the title of Papadosio’s newest album. This album has twenty amazing tracks, and each one has an art piece that correlates! A visionary album filled with great thought-provoking lyrics and harmonies. This album really displays Papadosio’s new level of performance. Each member of the band is such a tight musician, the band synthesizes as one sound. They have some quick jams like ‘Puddles for oceans‘; but, as they do so well, some beautiful slow songs like ‘The oracle theme‘ and ‘The Sum’. This album uses much more electronics than they have used in the past. With this new sound and transcendent vision, I am excited to see the band progress over the next few years!

Papadosio has been on tour for a couple of weeks, and will continue on this tour until late December. So check out their website and see if they are in a city near you. Their live show is a magical experience filled with love and healing energy. Not to mention the crowd that follows Papadosio is a nice eclectic group of people.

The mysterious Ayur melodies…who is it?

Last week I was visiting my old college town, the always lovely Asheville, NC. One night when I was chillaxing with one lively lil munchkin, she randomly stumbled across a track by “Ayur” on her IPod, which she had just filled with fresh beats.  When she accused my of having tampered with her device and I denied it, we decided to investigate the situation.  As it turns out, one of her Nujabes tracks showed up labeled with “Ayur” as the artist.  Upon listening to it, we were left speechless by the track’s beautiful melodies so we turned to the omniscient oracles of Youtube and Google to find other tracks or information on this artist.  We could find very little. Only the following tracks:

Ayur – “I Miss You”

Ayur – “Children of the Earth”

It certainly has an Emancipator type feel to it. Gotta love the “instrumental/jazz/hip hop” genre, which is what, blogs, and youtube uploaders keep calling it.  After the disappointing preliminary internet search yield, I turned to radio (because I like it better than Pandora) and have been blissing out on the Ayur radio station.  My favorite thing about streaming radio archives like Pandora and is how many new artists you discover while listening to familiar stations.  Of course, Youtube helps you discover new artists as well, albeit indirectly, if you view the suggestions that pop up on the right hand column.

But my real triumph didn’t come about until tonight, when a last minute google search yielded a download link for the original mixtape on which both of these Ayur tracks were originally released. What did I do differently? I searched for the mixtape album name, “Beautiful Field,” which I just happen to spy in the description of the youtube video for Children of the Earth.  It’s funny how one little cookie crumb will suddenly open up a whole new path of discovery. Gotta love it!  So enjoy this peaceful little mixtape:














VA – Beautiful Field

VA – Beautiful Field
Release: 2007
Label: Aicube
Genre: hip hop / jazz

01 Children of the Earth (Ness Original Re-Edit) / Ayur
02 Dreams / Jetbeat
03 Jazz Move / Channel Two
04 Dazzling Sun / Solime
05 Love Theme from Spartacus / Quasar
06 Sexual for Elizabeth fet. Shing02 (Instrumental) / Five Deez
07 Scott Air (Travelling Light Mix) / Ben Human
08 Cantamilla / Tranquility Bass
09 Vem Para Ficar feat. Wilma de / Lava
10 I Miss You / Ayur
11 Mugen Eternal (UDK Remix) / Little West
12 Cathodical Mirror of Human Beings / Peppermill
13 Birds Element / Quasar
14 Suburban (Love2) / Surburan