to come home to yourself

123 / August 2020 / Bryn Chernoff

  1. Sixth Chakra Keynote A (Indigo) [Remastered]Steven Halpern
  2. Meditation No. 1Laraaji
  3. Positive ThoughtsShalom Mayberg
  4. Mumtaz MahalPaul Horn
  5. Night CurrentsMichael Stearns
  6. Letting Go While Holding OnNine Inch Nails
  7. The Bubble MassageIasos
  8. I EetBremer/McCoy
  9. 2/2Brian Eno
  10. Light DrizzleChihei Hatakeyama
  11. Angel PlayIasos
  12. Sanzen (Moment of Truth)Tony Scott
  13. TreefingersRadiohead

This mix is my sound bath for you.

Backstory:

I started going to crystal bowl sound baths in Portland (where else) at the height of parenting my first toddler. Shalom Mayberg (see track 3) hosts them at least once a month in various yoga studios and spaces in town. I had no idea what to expect but loved the enveloping sound experience. So deeply calming. One of those feelings where you lay down and wonder how long this will last and by the time it's ending, time has been swallowed up into a strange soft chasm. I've been happy to realize that listening to a recorded track can have a very similar quality.

I'm working on a new online class this summer called Calligraphy as Meditation and it's set me off on a mission of music research. How to tap into the new age realm without puking or giggling. :) This mix may inspire you to do both, but hopefully you will put it on and feel what I feel, which can be really visceral, soothing, calming sounds. Lord knows we need it.

Quick guide to the chakras & sound:

1 Root Chakra: Red, C Note (survival issues such as financial independence, money, and food)
2 Sacral Chakra: Orange, D Note (your sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, and sexuality)
3 Solar Plexus: Yellow, E Note, (self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem)
4 Heart Chakra: Green, F Note, (love, joy, and inner peace)
5 Throat Chakra: Blue, G Note, (communication, self-expression, and truth)
6 Third Eye: Indigo, A Note, (intuition, imagination, and wisdom)
7 Crown: Purple, B Note, (inner and outer beauty, spiritual connection)

Title source: An important poem of this year is titled this (by John O'Donohue)

Alternate mix title: god's away on business

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  1. Steven Halpern / Sixth Chakra Keynote A (Indigo) [Remastered]

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    http://www.innerpeacemusic.com/ Steve Halpern is the original new age artist, in the most accurate sense of the term. In 1975 he released Spectrum Suite, his first album of music specifically designed for relaxation and healing. Before that, Halpern had been immersed in the New York City jazz scene as a trumpeter and guitarist. His disgust at the adverse effects of life in the fast lane were accentuated by a move to California, where he perfected his idea of "anti-frantic alternative" music. Read more on Last.fm more...

  2. Laraaji / Meditation No. 1

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    Laraaji is an American musician. Born Edward Larry Gordon in 1943 in Philadelphia, he studied violin, piano, trombone and voice in his early years in New Jersey. He attended Howard University, a historically black university in Washington, D.C. on a scholarship to study composition and piano. After studying at Howard, he spent time in New York pursuing a career as a stand-up comedian and actor. In the early seventies he began to study Eastern mysticism and believed he'd found a new path for his music and his life. Read more on Last.fm more...

  3. Shalom Mayberg / Positive Thoughts

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  4. Paul Horn / Mumtaz Mahal

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    Hailed as a founding father of new age music, Paul Horn (born in New Yorkm 17 March 1930; died 29 June 2014) was a versatile and widely popular recording artist with a number of albums to his credit, including Inside the Taj Mahal, which has sold more than three-quarters of a million copies. Flutist Paul Horn's story is an inspiring odyssey of world travel, expansive musical creativity, psychological evolution, and spiritual transformation. For over three decades Read more on Last.fm more...

  5. Michael Stearns / Night Currents

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    Michael Stearns (born 1948) is a United States musician and composer of ambient music. He is also known as a film composer, sound designer and soundtrack producer for large format films, theatrical films, documentaries, commercials, and themed attractions. Growing up in Tucson, Arizona, Michael Stearns started practicing guitar at 13. At 16, he played in a surf music band, sometimes backing artists such as The Lovin' Spoonful and Paul Revere & the Raiders. Read more on Last.fm more...

  6. Nine Inch Nails / Letting Go While Holding On

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    Nine Inch Nails, commonly abbreviated as NIN (stylized as NIИ), is an American industrial rock band formed in 1988 in Cleveland, Ohio. Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Trent Reznor was the only permanent member of the band until the official addition of English musician Atticus Ross in 2016. Reznor recorded the band's debut album, Pretty Hate Machine (1989), while working overnight as a janitor at a Cleveland recording studio. Read more on Last.fm more...

  7. Iasos / The Bubble Massage

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    Iasos (born in Greece in 1947, American resident from 1951), is a new age/ambient musician living in California. Along with his colleague Steven Halpern, Iasos is hailed as one of the earliest creators of the "new age" genre. His company, Inter-Dimensional Music, is based in Sausalito, California. Iasos began studying piano at age 8 and flute at age 10. His formal music education lasted until the end of high-school, after which he became self-taught, studying the music from around the world, especially the classical composers. Read more on Last.fm more...

  8. Bremer/McCoy / I Eet

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  9. Brian Eno / 2/2

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    Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, (b. 15 May 1948), professionally known as Brian Eno or simply as Eno, is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer, music theorist and visual artist, and is commonly referred to as the father of ambient music. Born in Suffolk, Eno attended art school in Ipswich in the late 1960s, where he studied under Roy Ascott and took inspiration from minimalist painting, cybernetics, and experimental music techniques. Read more on Last.fm more...

  10. Chihei Hatakeyama / Light Drizzle

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    Chihei Hatakeyama (畠山地平), born in 1978) is an electronic music artist from Tokyo, Japan. Hatakeyama's music is characteristically very slow, composed by repeatedly processing guitars, pianos, and vibraphones on a laptop. The result is a mix of droning chords and sparse single instruments rising above the mix. His music may be classified as either post-ambient experimental music or new-age music. Chihei Hatakeyama has released over 19 albums as of 2013. He released his first full-length album, Minima Moralia on Kranky in 2006 Read more on Last.fm more...

  11. Iasos / Angel Play

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    Iasos (born in Greece in 1947, American resident from 1951), is a new age/ambient musician living in California. Along with his colleague Steven Halpern, Iasos is hailed as one of the earliest creators of the "new age" genre. His company, Inter-Dimensional Music, is based in Sausalito, California. Iasos began studying piano at age 8 and flute at age 10. His formal music education lasted until the end of high-school, after which he became self-taught, studying the music from around the world, especially the classical composers. Read more on Last.fm more...

  12. Tony Scott / Sanzen (Moment of Truth)

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    There are multiple artists named Tony Scott: 1) American jazz clarinetist / new age musician. 2) Dutch hip hop artist. 3) Ska / reggae musician. 1) Tony Scott (17 June 1921 – 28 March 2007, birth name: Anthony Sciacca) was a jazz clarinetist and new age innovator. Since leaving New York in 1959, Tony Scott, a top bebop-oriented clarinetist, has been an eager world traveler who enjoys exploring the folk music of other countries. Unfortunately, his post-1959 recordings have been few Read more on Last.fm more...

  13. Radiohead / Treefingers

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    Radiohead are an English alternative rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK which formed in 1985. The band is composed of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, beats), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboard, other instruments), Ed O'Brien (guitar, backing vocals), Colin Greenwood (bass guitar) and Phil Selway (drums, percussion). The early years (1992 – 1995) Radiohead released their first single, "Creep" in 1992. The song was initially unsuccessful Read more on Last.fm more...

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