2. As the night sighs 15:33
3. Imaginative stars 16:45
4. Eternal chronology 08:03
5. Quiet revelation 16:18
For fans of: Alio Die, Popul Vuh, Brian Eno, Stars of the Lid
Genres: Meditative, relaxation, ambient
Italian sound-artist Aglaia joins Projekt Records for an enduring album of contemplative, meditative electronic music extending into space with a warm breath. Gino Fioravanti’s Aglaia has released 66 solo and collaborative releases over the past 20 years; his work with compatriot Alio Die brought him to Projekt’s attention. Perennial source is an engaging collection of introspective stringed-instrument textures and electronic drifts which align with Projekt’s growing selection of releases from Italian ambient composers.
“Music actually becomes meditative,” Gino reflects, “when the ancient codes of inner wisdom are inserted into the work. It doesn’t have to be intrusive, not too emotional, not too dark, not too varied but not excessively monotonous. Not too interesting either! This is a very special album for me because, unlike all my others, I decided to include elements that are very close to the tonalities and tactilities of stringed acoustic instruments. I included some melodic themes for the first time — barely mentioned but constantly present.”
He continues, “That said, meditative music can only really be described by subtraction. I was able to realize an ancient teaching: there are two aspects of Brahman, the corporeal and the incorporeal, the mortal and the immortal. Music composed of two parts — definite and indefinite. I usually use few overdubs when recording, but this time I worked in multitrack to create a multidimensional zone with perspectives. Vanishing points. Focal elements. I played, as the ancient tantric and mantric traditions suggest, listening to the end of each note, the importance of hearing and following what remains at the end of the sound. In playing I gave importance to the moment when it ends. I remained listening within the space between notes. It was from that point forward that I decided when the next sound would emerge. In this way everything flows naturally and necessarily from its original source: silence.”
“The disappearance of the syllable OM is like the reverberation of a gong that fades into silence. Whoever reaches the level of Brahman awareness realizes the sound of OM in transcendental silence.“ – Amritabindu Upanishad
Perennial source is a marvelous album of meditative, relaxing atmospheres. An album with subtlety, mystery, depth, warmth, and a timeless organic consistency.
Gino says, “When I was a teenager I composed more dramatic and romantic music, but over time I chose an aerial music — that is music reminiscent of the motions of the air. Light without heavy emotions. Nothing that captures. These are vibrations that transport consciousness into a free space. Music of the air. Now in my early 60s, I have been teaching yoga and meditation and body-oriented techniques for 35 years. When creating, I want my music to be warm electronics with a warm breath that extends into space. A music that does not offer scenarios but perspectives.”