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The Art of Staring into Space
A NOTE ON STEREO &
Since this style of music is non-rhythmic, and extremely textural in nature, your perception of it will change greatly across different listening environments & systems. Please consider using headphones/ earphones for the first time!
In Case of Speakers, finding the right loudness would be greatly beneficial to your experience! Bon Voyage!
As the song began, I found myself drawn to examining and interpreting the textures and tones of all the various sounds. As the bouncing, sharp guitar slowly descends into windy, more ambient textures, I found myself drawn to naturally shut my eyes. The experience left me feeling uplifted, floating, with sharp distorted background noises periodically pushing me back into reality. The music ushered me into re-examining an already slightly psychedelic dream I had last night, with the visuals repeating themselves in black and white. Concentric circles filled with images pulsating outwards, infinitely. I then opened my eyes as the background noise began ascending and descending constantly, in various different textures. I felt surrounded by the lines of music and drawn towards the sharper, background noises, fixating on them and observing each one in its respective corner of the soundscape. Then, as the track approached its almost operatic conclusion, the ascending and descending lines captured me once again, now almost haunting, enveloping me rather than surrounding me. As the echo recedes, I find myself still drawn towards those same lines, and I take a second to return to the real world.
Rahul Menon - Kyojin
A quick tour of the tools and toys I used for this project -
Naveen Ujre Blaze 7 pickups (additional switching mods by DiMarzioRG7620 with Ibanez
B9, Attack Decay (+Old Blood Noise Endeavours Expression Slider), 25000 Electro-Harmonix
Helix Stomp LE (+Ernie Ball Tap Tempo)Line6
Eventide H9 Max (Barn aux switch +Valeton Mini Expression)
Hall of Fame 2TC Electronic
Sound Hammer Custom Pedal board
instrument cables & Fender solderless patch cablesLava
Ultex Jazz III XLsJim Dunlop
D'Addario 9-52 7 string set
Behringer umc404hd Audio Interface
M50 / ATH Ambeo Headset + HD 598 SR / Sennheiser AV 30 / KZ ZS10 ProM-Audio
MacBook Pro 15 (2014) i7 (512/16)
Ableton Live 10 Suite
Virtual Mix Rack for Saturation, Dynamics & EQSlate Digital
Waves Omni Channel for cleaning out problem frequencies
Firstly, thank you so much for taking the time to listen and experience this musical adventure. Please consider a quiet environment and a general direction of your choosing to stare into, and perhaps a pen & some paper. A couple of my friends have told me they've found this music meditative, and a few found that it made them think of strange and wonderful things, and another had a streak of epiphanies. Everyone who has heard this in the early listening sessions had typically unique experiences it appears, so it's very personal :)
On this page you will find:
0. Music player
1. People's experiences & feedback form
2. Gear & gizmos (for you geeks, I see you)
3. About the process & other info
Please partake in all that you find interesting!
Technically speaking, TAOSIS tracks are lightly cropped improvisation on an electric guitar with a bunch of effect pedals & loopers recorded in one take. No effects or layers were added in post production besides some dynamics and EQ management.
The performance itself is equal parts about playing musical notes as it is about manipulating them & layering them to create spaces that move and breath with a degree of uncertainty. I try to then become accepting of taking certain musical chances or changes that do not follow the typical frame work of more rhythmic music.
It is extremely hypnotic for me when I am creating such music and I hope that this music invites many interesting mental, emotional and perhaps even spiritual experiences for you as you stare into space.
Whether we've known each other for years or this is the first time we're interacting, I wish for this experience to be something new and profound for all of us. As No Hero, it's been a strange and wonderful journey through various shades and shapes of sounds and this sub-project, The Art of Staring into Space, is something I've been dreaming of creating for a long time and I'm glad to be sharing it with you!
Feel free to initiate a conversation about anything that intrigues you!
***Live Streams Coming Soon!