Styles: Electronic, ambient, relaxation
“I wish that with this humble work you find your inner temple,” invites Italy’s jarguna upon the release of My Temple 2, an hour-long reflection of meditative electronic ambience. “As the title suggests, these imaginary temples are the abode of thoughts, hidden desires, perhaps not even of this world, perhaps of a past life, of another time? It is certain that it is a place where I take refuge from this crazy world.”
jarguna is sonic-alchemist Marco Billi. He creates organic-ambient-electronic music in mandala-like hymns of richly enveloping ritual music. Since his first recordings in 1998, jarguna’s work has been an exploration of sounds, feelings, contrasts, passion, acoustics and electronics.
On his 44th album, jarguna continues a musical project dear to his heart, his My Temple series.
He explains in more detail:
This release was created in a period where I tried to let myself go towards a sound meditation. Rather than structuring songs I let go of all preconceptions and composed what came from within. There is a deep intimacy beyond the notes, beyond a musical phrase, that’s a place I seek.
I was researching sounds that hypnotize, that stimulate, that cause one to stop and think, in the hope of being able to produce as many endorphins as possible. Endorphins are a neurotransmitter hormone that, unlike adrenaline, helps the mind and body fall into a state of relaxation and consequently regenerate energies. Meditation, sex, good physical activity, even some foods and obviously music stimulate the production of this “drug” that the body naturally produces.
The depiction of a pilgrim on the cover conveys the idea of this journey, reaching a destination, even if along the way one finds numerous obstacles, pleasant encounters, discoveries and experiences; so much so that one forgets about the goal. Sometimes a pilgrim does not even realize the most important experience was made during the journey and not reached at the finish line.
A metaphor linked to life, the goal is inevitable, but it is the path that makes the difference, and the difference is knowing how to slow down and observe with attentive and sensitive eyes.
In this album there are more electronic textures, tapestries that color the path, dilating time. The loops of bells seem to want to stop or go back; the loops are a wonderful expression of time that seems to distort or change the course of some events.
In Mayan culture it is said that time does not exist but there is only space. From this heavy statement it can be rationalized that thinking it at all is nonsense; yet quantum mechanics is also re-evaluating some preconceptions that are perhaps too fossilized. Einstein himself (with the special theory of relativity) said that time and space are two sides of the same coin. We could name the string theory or precisely the loop theory of Rovelli and Smolin, but here they are to describe a musical album not to venture quantum theories. The fact is that time is linked to gravity, gravity and movement are linked to space.
As I said, the electronic plot this time is the host, which at times seems to have no escape route. It is a single track where slightly different landscapes follow one another, as if for the pilgrim to get to the temple, in the drawing a Ziggurat, one encounters different environments, which in reality are only thought forms perceived from the beginning when the sounds of nature are altered. The central part of the track is the heart of this album where everything has developed an almost deafening minimalism, for a few minutes practically made of a single sinusoidal frequency, like trying to remain in deep meditation inside an anechoic chamber, where every sound it is completely absorbed and destroyed by the particular walls and you only perceive the movement of your body.
An enigmatic album, an interior ambient, I venture to say that I could define it as a spiritual texture, or simply a soft drone. I wish that with this humble work you find your inner temple.
Cover illustration: Giuseppe Pucarelli
Coloration: Naomi Mallegni
Graphic effects: Marco Billi aka jarguna