New ambient music released!
I’ve been working on this for a while, and wasn’t planning on releasing it this soon, but recently I’ve felt a strong urge to share more music with the world, and I’ve also wanted to actually complete something instead of just working perpetually on multiple projects with vague future release dates. So, here it is, the second mandala eyes album: Now Here in Nowhere.
If you’ve been following me here on tumblr or on soundcloud, this music might seem familiar. That is because it is essentially a collection of ambient-style tracks I’ve recorded over the past howeverlong, strung together and fine-tuned to make a whole album. It does include a 30-minute long unreleased song (that’s long enough for my dad to complete his morning yoga routine to), as well as a stowaway (download-only) bonus track that you may have heard in its original form, but has since been expanded and improved upon.
The download also includes a PDF version of some hand-written liner notes, basically little thought clouds related to each track of the album, telling a bit about what inspired the songs and how I made them. Hopefully this will inform you as to where the music is coming from without trying too hard tell you how to think or feel about the music.
You may notice that the album is not a “free download” like the others on our bandcamp page, but “name your price”. Feel welcome to enter zero and download it for free if you wish; I’ve added the ability to pay for the music because of the amount of work and love I put into making the music sound as good as possible. This is the first official release that I have “mastered”, which means, the album is loud enough to play alongside others in your library without having to adjust the volume knob radically, and the songs’ individual frequency spectrums are balanced with themselves and each other in a way that should facilitate a smooth and wholesome listening experience.
I feel that this album is a landmark for me in audio quality, despite all the tracks being live performances without overdubs. This is partly why I’m comfortable offering you the option to pay for the album if you’d like. It’s also a landmark though because it sort of kicks off something I’ve been planning for a while:
I’m in the process of mastering all the previously released Life music (including the first mandala eyes album), and will be re-releasing each album in its newly-polished form over the next few months. I’m putting a lot of work and love into this whole process, trying to get all the recordings to be of a high enough standard of audio quality that it does justice to the emotional power and meaning of the music itself. And for our first two works, Living and Dying (which were recorded in a very… erm, “lo-fi” style), I’ve decided to go all the way back to the fundamental mix of the recordings to improve their quality as much as is in my power to do so.
We are also attempting to work on recording a new Life album, for which we already have music written. With so much going on in everyone’s lives right now, it’s tough to say how quickly we’ll be able to progress on the new material together. But I love the process of recording, mixing, and mastering music, and I have strong feelings about all the music we’ve put out thus far, so I’ll continue to spend nearly all of my spare time working to provide you with the highest quality, most listenable recordings I can.
I hope you enjoy the ambient music. Thank you for listening, thank you for your support. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
P.S. I’m also thinking about a limited vinyl release including two of my most favorite bonus tracks/b-sides from the Life/mandala eyes catalog. Would you be interested in owning a special Life record?
listen to this!