Ohm: Music for Meditation by Patrick Hume
From Analog Cannibal:
“Analog Cannibal’s music exists between thought and thoughtlessness, the space between consciousness and subconsciousness where the restless mind can leisurely stroll beyond its own sense of id. “Ohm” is a pleasantly odd musical journey — like drifting in a raft on some weird cosmic lazy river.
A series of separate soundscapes, each based on a different droning pitch, the instrumentation on “Ohm” varies as some tracks feature long dark synths and others feature piano or guitar. There is an element of new age in “Ohm,” ambient sounds such as wind chimes, birds, and even whales appear on the sonic horizon.
Binaural beats are the basis of each song,
a drone of two (or more) different sine waves plays beneath the music, and it is the difference between these pitches that create the binaural effect. Each track, with peculiar titles such as “Theta 5” or “Gamma 43,” is named after the binaural neurological frequency band it represents. Even though the music is rooted in the science of frequencies, there is a deep aesthetic purity to the music of Analog Cannibal. These aesthetic are reflected in the art of James R Southard, who designed the accompanying artwork
for “Ohm.” Southard captures the hypnotic introspective nature of the music as if what is unseen is as important as what is illustrated.
Visual art and music are the two halves that construct “Ohm,” and each print contains a digital download code for the album. This is not the first time Analog Cannibal has used a unique approach to merchandising, their last release “Tee Shirt EP” was a tee shirt that also contained a download code for the digital copy of a four-song EP.
“Ohm: music for meditation” is a unique experience. Part pseudo-science, part tongue-in-cheek new age. Dramatic at times, but also full of long moments of tranquillity. It is visual art. It is music. It is that deep breath one takes before falling asleep, in between sleep and dreams, where anything can happen.
ABOUT ANALOG CANNIBAL
Patrick Hume, a musician, and native of Louisville, Ky., started a website called analogcannibal.com in the summer of 2014. This website originally modeled the podcaster format. Not only did it host the now-defunct Exile on Jane St. podcast and the original demos to “Ohm,” but it also hosted the Analog Cannibal series, a serialized collection of songs released weekly written and recorded by Hume.”
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