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Incorporating the sounds of energy with field recordings, Bart Hawkins has created VISION OF EDEN, a meditation inspired by the ancient story of the Garden of Eden. Creating a concept album is about forming a musical vision that ties all the tracks into a cohesive story. In this new album, there are five visions that take the listener on a musical journey from the peace and unity found inside the Garden of Eden, to the serpent’s temptation of a ‘better' world of all-knowing power, to eating the forbidden fruit that contains a ‘virus’ of an illusionary world of separation and the loss of innocence. The last vision returns the listener to the garden with a message that the Tree of Life and its experience of the totality of unity has never left.

“I embrace the modular challenge to create my own unique sonic signature and to shape the character of that sound to tell a story in real time.” As with his previous albums, 21 Pulse Eclipse (also on Spotted Peccary Music), and self-produced album Last Ride in Leonardo Da Vinci’s Helicopter, Vision of Eden was created on a modular synth. “As a sound artist, using a modular synth is extremely freeing and challenging at the same time by creating, shaping and sculpting the raw sounds into a musical journey.” Using the modular synth as a musical instrument is a unique immersive experience unlike any I have experienced. It forces me to be open to possibilities and non rational exportations."

The opening track “Garden of Grace" immediately invites the listener into Eden’s otherworldly beauty. Warm chimes ebb and flow like a breeze through branches, evoking the latticed glow of sunlight through trees. Sounds of children playing echo through this expansive ambience.

"On the track 'Sidewinder,' I placed an electric guitar on my lap and weaved several forks and spoons between the strings to produce a hypnotic effect of the serpent’s temptation. On "Descent Into The Forbidden Fruit" I wanted to play with a single tone, how far can I push it and still be interesting and powerful? I wanted this piece to be like a ‘bad’ psychedelic experience, where you take a bite of the ‘fruit’ and the descent or fall into separation madness begins." It begs the question of old sages, are we hallucinating our separate reality right now as we continue to eat from the Tree of Good/Evil? A dream within a dream? An abandoned nightmare.

Vision of Eden draws its story from the book of Genesis, presenting this time-honed tale in a bold new format. Shimmering fractals of sound guide the listener from Eden’s peace to the world’s swirling creation to the Serpent’s temptation and beyond. Hawkins describes his vision, "Where the conscious and unconscious mind meet to create a playground where the totality of unity can be experienced, held together by the grace of the Tree of Life."

From the book of Genesis 2:16–17: "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." The story of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, Adam and Eve tested by temptation and dangerous forbidden knowledge, has been found in the Talmud and the Jewish Kabbalah, in the Sumerian story of Enki and Ninhursag, in Greek mythology as the garden of the Hesperides; the term jannāt ʿadni ("Gardens of Eden" or "Gardens of Perpetual Residence") is used in the Qur'an for the destination of the righteous. Followers of the Latter-Day Saint movement believe that after Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden they resided in a place known as Adam-ondi-Ahman, located in present-day Daviess County, Missouri.

Though his fascination with Genesis began in childhood, Hawkins’ recent move to a sixty-four acre ranch brought renewed inspiration. “Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by the creation story with the garden that contains the two magical trees of creation and a deceptively talking snake.” Hawkins continues, “As a child I wanted to be a herpetologist, as I had several boas, lizards and other reptiles and amphibians. I currently do not have any pets, but have plenty of wildlife in my backyard.”

While sitting under the trees at his ranch, Hawkins explains, “I was inspired by the dynamical relationship between the Tree of Life and the Tree of Good and Evil and the different ways they affect human life.” Here, Hawkins takes a familiar story into uncharted territory. Sometimes serene, sometimes harrowing, yet always immersive, Vision of Eden is a complex and dreamlike that thrums with the energy of invention.

The final track, “Dragonfly Speaks” (12:17) becomes a return to nature. An ancient healing drum beat with warm overtones in the background give way to bright shafts of light appearing and disappearing as sounds of fluting wings dance from ear to ear. Yet the temptation to take another bite from the forbidden fruit still lingers with tension. The natural attitude that consciousness is part of nature as experienced by the person experiencing it, which invites systematic reflection on and study of the structures of consciousness and the phenomena that appear in acts of consciousness. There is something magical about dragonflies, which were some of the first winged insects to evolve. Fossils of very large dragonfly ancestors in the Protodonata are found from 325 million years ago (Mya) in Upper Carboniferous rocks; these had wingspans up to about 750 mm (30 in). About 3,012 species of dragonflies were known in 2010, dragonflies live mostly in tropical areas from sea level up to the mountains on every continent except Antarctica, the Treeline Emerald Dragonfly also lives in northern Alaska, within the Arctic Circle, making it the most northerly of all dragonflies.

Some Pueblo, Hopi, and Zuni traditions associate dragonflies with transformation, and are said to refer to dragonflies as "snake doctors" because they believe dragonflies follow snakes into the ground to heal them if they become injured. "Dragonfly Speaks" is a return to nature. An ancient healing drum beat with warm overtones in the background give way to bright shafts of light appearing and disappearing as sounds of fluting wings dance from ear to ear. Yet the temptation to take another bite from the forbidden fruit still lingers with tension. The natural attitude that consciousness is part of nature as experienced by the person experiencing it, which invites systematic reflection on and study of the structures of consciousness and the phenomena that appear in acts of consciousness.

Modular synthesizers can convey the sound of energy with extended textural planes with some variant areas that provide contrast, imagine a winged Snake that communicates with the Earth Element or the great feathered Serpent Quetzalcoatl, from Aztec traditions. Among scholars who consider it to have been real, there have been various suggestions, frequently in the path as a healer who must undergo trials and tribulations takes the phenomena of stars, nova, supernova, quasars and gamma-ray bursts, the universe's highest-output energy transformations of matter and the objects of consciousness do not have to be a physical object apprehended in perception, it can just as well be a fantasy or a memory.

“Vision of Eden” is an impressive and immersive philosophical musical experience. This visionary album is beautifully created, crafted and well thought out. “I embrace the modular challenge to create my own unique sonic signature and to shape the character of that sound to tell a story in real time.” The Tree of Life can be experienced as a nonlinear, non-rational unity experience, where the Tree of Good/Evil is a linear, rational, separation experience. Both Trees exist simultaneously yet the Tree of Life includes the Tree of good/evil but the Tree of good/Evil excludes the Tree of life.

There is an old expression: “Be in this world but not of it,” (interpreted, for example, in the Book of John, in the Bible). Reflecting on this scientifically, Hawkins realized that for tens of thousands of years we are taught to observe and react. Repetitions of this process perpetually reinforce a reality in which we exist separate from the source, or eating from the Tree of Good/Evil. This self organizing pattern exists prior to any human awareness and serves both the structure and process of every living system. This separation "construct" becomes hardwired in our brains, thus we perceive and experience everything as separate, absent of source.

Thus humanity has built all social, political, religious, economic, scientific and any organizational systems entirely based on the human illusionary perception of separation. This limited perception of reality keeps humanity on the road to Hell that is paved with 'good' intentions. An endless fractal loop, an echo chamber, of our own making. Now how to put this into a musical form?

The album released on June 18, 2021 in a variety of formats available at https://spottedpeccary.com/shop/vision-of-eden/ as well as on Bandcamp and on streaming platforms worldwide; visit https://orcd.co/vision-of-eden for popular links.

Tracklist:
1 Garden of Grace
2 Orbital Eccentricity
3 Sidewinder
4 Descent Into The Forbidden Fruit
5 Dragonfly Speaks

About Bart Hawkins:
Electronic music composer and modular synthesist Bart Hawkins’ dedication to inner sonic exploration began in the early 80’s when his practice of Zen Meditation and love of the Berlin School style of electronic music launched him into a world of musical landscapes, sonic textures, and silence, sparking a spiritual awakening into the power of sound. His time as a professional film & video producer and cinematographer soon led to experiments with tape loops, delays, re-recording techniques, and the mixing of ambient sounds to create visual listening experiences. Now, diving headlong into the world of modular synthesis, Bart’s sonic creations guide listeners through an electric universe of sound, vision, and consciousness.

About Spotted Peccary Music:
Portland-based Spotted Peccary Music is North America’s finest independent record label with a focus on deep, vast and introspective soundscapes. For over three decades, the artists of Spotted Peccary have been on a mission to develop, produce, publish and release ultra-high-quality, deep-listening experiences that engage the listener and exceed expectations. Every release is carefully prepared in a variety of high quality formats from MP3 to high-res studio masters. Explore more than 165 titles and 45 artists at www.SpottedPeccary.com and www.AmbientElectronic.com.

Links:
Bandcamp: https://ambientelectronic.bandcamp.com/
Spotted Peccary Album page: https://spottedpeccary.com/shop/vision-of-eden/
Album Unboxing Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuiWMigrDsw
Spotted Peccary Artist page: https://spottedpeccary.com/artists/bart-hawkins/
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Chakuna Machi Asa has been working for years on perfecting her art and music, figuring out the best ways of sharing healing energies with all who will benefit from it. "My intention as an artist is to help open you up to a new experience of the multidimensional reality of human existence," she shares. "I always set my intention that any songs I create are healing for the listener. Overall, I am striving to evoke or call upon a more peaceful vibe in your mind, body, heart and soul."

Her roots are mostly Scandinavian, she is a Spiritual Healer, Artist, Vegan, Crystal Lover, and Seiðr, which appears to translate from the Old Norse tongue, something along the lines of “cord, thread, snare, or halter,” originally from the world of looms and weaving, and is related to the mystical Shaman healing practices, with a distinctive Northern European root. With a cord, one can not only bind, but also pull remote things closer. The ancient practice of a Seiðr is concerned with discerning the course of fate and working within its structure to bring about change, and the transmission of healing energy, thus combining seeing the future and taking steps to correct or positively influence the unfolding of destiny. What I hear is awesome vibrational energy with a profound awareness of sound, essence and healing, all working in perfect harmony because they're an extension of nature's innate balance, and here to give us love and light. The elements of this music all work together because they're an extension of nature's advancement, bringing good thoughts, a healthy mindset and creating an increased feeling of overall well being, which promotes the flow of good energy to protect and guide the people in our lives, and all around. Learn to let go of fears that hold you back in life.

A soft glow appears in the Eastern sky at the end of a night of the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, marking the new dawn. In this new work, her third full album of healing music, Chakuna taps into her gifts to bridge the gap between modern culture and the ancient ancestors, and shares it with all to inspire personal transformation. Listeners of Auroral Magic will hear Chakuna's talent as both a vocalist and peaceful nature sounds; her prayer to the ancestors, cantillating Elven spirits, a dream voyage to a distant planet

“Throughout her recordings and live performances, she has artfully incorporated indie, folk, sound healing, chakra music, ambient music and relaxing piano music," wrote Jonathan Widran in JWVibe. "In creating her latest masterwork Auroral Magic, Chakuna Machi Asa draws upon many of these influences while tapping into a profound sense of connection to her cherished Nordic/Scandinavian ancestry. One of the planet’s greatest natural phenomena, the Northern Lights fit in perfectly with the theme that developed over the course of the album, which she realized was her attempt to use music as a way to get in touch with her own lineage.”

Chakuna released her first album, Activation Sounds: Ancient Chakra Healing Chants in 2013, and Moon Eye: Ancient Healing Sounds in 2014, followed by a single, Pachamama in 2015, and in 2021, an EP with three tracks, The Gift, followed by a single, Ambient Meditation. She has been featured by The Shift Network, The Heart of the Healer, and Shamans Market, and is currently a double nominee in the retailer-selected COVR Awards, in the Iconic Music and Stone Jewelry categories.

In a recent artist interview with Chakuna, she expands upon her song craft, "My intention as an artist is to help open you up to a new experience of the multidimensional reality of human existence. I always set my intention that any songs I create are healing for the listener. Overall, I am striving to evoke or call upon a more peaceful vibe in your mind, body, heart and soul."

The title track, "Auroral Magic" (4:51), presents with full synthesizers, bells, chimes, wind chimes, piano, sometimes shimmering, a haunting melody. I think of exquisite crystals, the dawn, and something like a new beginning. Chakuna leaves us with this reflection, "The track, "Auroral Magic," is in honor of my life, my musical gifts, my angels, guides and my Nordic ancestors that are supporting and helping me. This song is a giving back from my heart to the universe in so many ways to honor everything that has been given to me. It represents my experience of the Northern Lights and a feeling of hope that I have carried very strongly in my soul for a very long time. I hope that it brings about these feelings in others."

I have been exchanging email correspondence with Chakuna, discussing her music, her art, and her path on this Earth. My inquiry had to do with how life on Earth has developed the use of speech, storytelling, and the preservation of history.

I asked her to speak about how she understands the creative arts, and how this ancient musical craft fits into our larger sense of human destiny.

CHAKUNA MACHI ASA: I look at music more in terms of sound, generally. Different beings and creatures all use sound to communicate but just in different ways. I do not see much of a difference between our speech phonics and syllables of sound patterned together to communicate in comparison to how whales use shorter or longer frequencies or birds use distinct songs. I actually think other creatures' methods of communication are sometimes more intelligent because they are functional but simple frequencies. I mean, do you ever wonder why some of the most intelligent people wear the same color clothing or outfits everyday? It’s because they have simplified a process so it consumes less time in their day. Well, animals and plants have an intelligent innate simplified system that works to connect everything in nature.

I doubt anyone could really disagree with the fact that humans have a lot of communication issues. I mean, I am kinda convinced that misunderstanding each other is one of the main principles that constricts the evolution of humanity. So, with that in mind, music is sounds brought together to form a structure. Some songs have lyrics, and lyrics tend to connect you to another dimension of the sounds.

Also, songs with lyrics often tend to connect people together that have things in common and this is what makes some songs last for decades because they are so relatable and simple. I feel like the spiritual dimensions of a song run in parallel to what you are physically hearing. What you feel when you hear a song is what connects you to the spiritual dimension of a song. That is why some songs are uplifting vs. others that elicit feelings of sadness or anger.

ROBIN JAMES: What is your task as an artist?

CMA: My intention as an artist is to help open you up to a new experience of the multidimensional reality of human existence. I always set my intention that any songs that I create are healing for the listener. Overall, I am striving to evoke or call upon a more peaceful vibe in your mind, body, heart and soul.

I also hope to create a new feeling of safety for you so that you can explore your own authentic nature, one that has a deeper connection to the Earth. In other words my intention is to create a new connection between you and the frequencies that we all naturally vibrate to because we are made of mostly the same stuff the earth is otherwise we wouldn’t be able to survive on this planet. And, while I may not be literally physically changing your state of matter through the sound vibrations I create… for example, like the crystal glass shattering from a high pitch sound, lol. I still hope to influence your awareness of your connection to the earth and yourself.

I personally experienced this profound healing from music and sound, starting at the age of 11, when I discovered singing helped me transform my own emotions and gave me a new feeling of hope. I talk about this in the liner notes of the album. And, I have had many profound experiences since then as I started more purposefully sharing sound as a method for energy healing, in my 20s.

RJ: Are you able to bring music back from your nocturnal dreams?

CMA: Yes, I have a few times used my dreams for inspiration for my music.

I have always had a lot of conscious dreams since I was a child. By this I mean I am aware that I am dreaming and I am aware that I can manipulate my dream with my mind. I once became aware I was dreaming and flew out of the Earth, out into space, to another planet. I met with other beings that lived there. We made an offering together, a sort of wrapped up package that I was to bring back here and offer to the Earth. Of course, when I woke up there was no actual physical package anymore.

However, I felt like it was a sign that these beings were out there somewhere offering us help and I was carrying that message to people on Earth. The song “Planet Xeron” on my new CD album, Auroral Magic, is about this experience and carries the energy of this dream to you.

RJ: Dreams can be interpreted as one's internal dialog, each character you encounter is really yourself, and the messages taken from these mysterious phenomena are only subjectively given meaning by each individual dreamer. On the other hand, Jung was talking about a collective unconsciousness and a universal language of symbols.

CMA: Yes, dreams are always interpreted in different ways by different people. Philosophers, doctors, scientists and psychologists all have different theories. A dream could be a reflection, a collective unconscious symbol, or an interpretation of my daily experiences. But, possibly, a conscious dream could be an actual soul traveling experience. And, so let’s say that my soul traveling experiences are actually “out of body travel”. That seems like a far cry from our current physical reality and some psychologists may chalk it up to being “a vivid imagination” or a very conscious mind body experience. But, what if it was real in the way I experienced it? My awareness or my energy really could have the capability of traveling away from my physical body and connecting to other beings when I intentionally change the vibrational frequency of my brain waves. Honestly, I believe that being open to that possibility is more hopeful for humanity. It is saying that we have more potential than our current reality and that we aren’t really alone but we are all connected to the universe in a really profound scientific way that we could evolve into.

Our imagination may really be more than what we think it is and all we need to do is evolve this cyclical dance of frequencies so that we have the power to tap into and open our brains electromagnetic communication system up to other worldly dimensions. I’d personally rather believe that there is more potential for this atomic dance in my brain! If you think about it the only real way to evolve on any level of humanity is to remain open to the possibilities of not what it is but what could be.

That is actually the driving force of my purpose. It’s my choice, what I choose to believe and that is the exact way we move our brains energy, right?

That's why I have learned over the years that our belief systems are the most powerful structures and also the most powerful change agents on the planet. Belief systems based on fears tend to hold us back in life. It’s the “what ifs” that really get you. Except that during a profound healing you realize maybe my past traumas are really making up my current fears and they don’t hold true today. That’s a good place to come to. Letting go of fears that hold you back in life. I think everyone is in this process at some point in life, hopefully.

And, so somehow in order to move forward together as a collective we must change the negative what if’s into positive what if’s. So... “what if” we can evolve and all feel more connected? That’s what I choose to believe.

What ancestral lineage is in your family?

CMA: My lineage is mainly from Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Scotland. I am approximately 70% Nordic bloodline. I also have some bits of English, German and French.

My great grandparents on my mom’s side were born in Sweden and Finland. My mom said her grandma didn’t want to be assimilated in the United States. She didn’t speak much English and didn’t really want to. I wish I had known her better and that we could have kept our native tongues, because when our family lost our language, I feel like we lost so much of our history. My grandfather spoke fluent Finnish but was encouraged by the government not to pass our languages and traditions down to our family. He told me that they encouraged the family to assimilate and try to speak only English. On my fathers side, I am a descendant of Robert Munro (14th Baron of Foulis), the Foulis Castle, of the Munro Clan in Scotland. Marilyn Monroe is actually my distant family member as we share ancestors of the same line. My lineage is important to me and I am proud of my ancestors and our family history. Honoring my ancestry is one of the main themes flowing through my album Auroral Magic. It is also how the northern lights tie into the theme. You can explore more of my sharing about this and my spiritual name in the liner notes of the CD album.

RJ: I want to be sure to explore with you the task of the Seiðr. How did you find your way here?

CMA: The term Seiðr is what I resonate with most strongly now because it reflects the old world spiritual traditions that have been a bit buried throughout our history. From my research, Seiðr is what I find to be most closely related to my current path, purpose, visions, inner guidance, and my ancestors' transmissions to me. Of course it is not exactly matched to my current practices as nothing in old text holds the same energy when mixed with the modern era. All my current spiritual practices are executed in energetically different ways than they would have been in ancient times . For example, I do have some spiritual gifts that I do not utilize regularly and this is due to the current climate of humanity and how my energy is woven in. However, I feel from the depth of my soul that this Old Norse Seiðr lineage is in my Nordic bloodline. It explains all of my dreams, visions, gifts, my draw to both ancient shamanic lineages and my connection to magic. I am more grounded in my sense of my spiritual practices because I have learned that much of the indigenous traditions that I have studied are also similar to the practices of Seiðr. And, yet now I feel more connected to my own ancient ancestral traditions of my bloodline. I do believe that spiritual gifts are passed down through your bloodline. I never directly had a family member share their physical traditional knowledge in a way that some pagan lineages still have today, but I can feel my ancient ancestors with me, guiding and helping me re-kindle this earth-based magic in my life.

This is part of the expression of the song “Blood of My Ghost.” It is my ancestors singing through me. “Can you hear me?” “Can you hear me?” “Whispering to you through the blood of our ghost.” They are asking you to stop and listen because they have important things to share with you. And, I am their channel to share this energy with you. However, please keep in mind that the only intention that I set for this album was to share healing energy with you. I do not plan out a mental concept or reflective nature prior to creating an album. I let that process flow through me, naturally. I later just reflect on what the album means to me. So, it might take on its own life inside of you as well. I appreciate what it means to each listener and it can vary from my own interpretation. Each person's own perception, lineage, spiritual nature, and cultural background may bring forth their experience of the album in their own unique way. And, because I feel that I channel my work, I have even found that some of the words that I channel mean the same or slightly different things in different languages where the similar sounds emerge.

I also feel that cultural and religious oppression has influenced the current fabric of our planet in such a way that has influenced our human evolution. I believe that one of my jobs is to move energies in a way to allow for people to remember the authenticity of our humanity. This is not as extravagant as it sounds though. It could be as simple as knowing and accepting that the feeling of hope is alive inside you and it will never die. Helping you feel safe by reintroducing you to a more earth-based grounded sense of the natural world vibration. Or it could be the awareness that we really do all share a common thing, our nature, which is the foundation of our humanity. And, so I want to also mention how this relates to sound healing for me. You asked about the fabric that Seiðr energetically weaves which is similar to the concept of sound healing. We use the vibrations of sound to transmit energy into the energetic fabric. If you would like more information about the nature of this patterned fabric. One of my favorite books that touches on this concept is "Dancing Wu Li Masters, An Overview of the New Physics," by Gary Zukav. It discusses our own atomic/molecular structure, how it is in relation to the world around itself and the universal quantum dance of energy that ties everything together. My own interpretations of the energy fabric are made up of a combination of wisdoms from that book, string theory, and my own interpretations of the meaning of time, based on my studies over the years. A couple of my songs on the album Auroral Magic are directly related to my interpretations of time, this patterned fabric, and its connection to gravity. The lyrics for the song “Space Shift” are inside the liner notes. The song “Time Womb” is the other one but it has no lyrics. It is more of a musical interpretation of the cycles of creation and its relationship to this energy fabric.

RJ: One of your strengths is crystals, which are in themselves a lifetime of exploration, but as they are big in your online presence, I want to touch on crystals and music/sound. For the curious and uninformed, what do crystals do?

CMA: Each crystal has a different elemental structure and is made up of electromagnetic vibrating energy. If you sit with different crystals you may find each one may have a different effect on you. Crystals are said to each have their own healing properties based on their vibration and are often imprinted with the energy of their origin. I use the different vibrations of the crystals to accent my art, wands and jewelry that I make. I also show people how to create crystal grids to help ground their intentions, goals and assist in their meditation practice.

Did you know that quartz crystals are actually used to track time in clocks because of their cyclical vibration and they are also used in radios because you can tune them to particular frequencies? The study of crystals is an amazing thing. I am actually also certified in crystal healing therapy. I learned how to lay crystals on the body to tune the body's electromagnetic energy field to the frequency vibration of the different crystals to help with energy healing, relaxation and meditation.

So, it is a study that is using a bit of intuition and then understanding the healing properties of the piece. I usually feel that intuition plays a vital role in the use of crystals. If you are drawn to a particular crystal or crystals that is the one that's vibration is calling to your electromagnetic field. If you can tune a crystal to a particular electromagnetic frequency then the crystal’s energy can definitely have an impact on you, right? Anyway, that's a really basic way to start to understand the connection of crystals with our energy field and the planetary field. As they are made of the Earth's atomic structured frequency. Except of course for the meteorites which vibrate to frequencies that are slightly unique from the crystals made of the Earth's elements.

RJ: What is your most cherished accomplishment?

CMA: Learning about boundaries and how to respect myself. I have experienced some truly severe trauma in my young adulthood and youth. I am lucky to have my supportive parents, spouse, therapist, and spiritual traditions that have helped me heal over the years as I have not told too many people about my experiences and might not talk too much about any of it at this point in my life.

The staff Chakuna is holding symbolizes the prophecy of the condor and the eagle coming together. Some things about the mystery are unveiled slowly, the meaning of the staff has yet to be understood fully because it has not yet entirely manifested. It is related to indigenous traditions and a reconnection of humanity. Some things are better kept from the human mind because we tend to distort it with our own perceptions that are based on our individual reality.

Chakuna says “I think that's the best part of mystery related spiritual traditions. We unveil knowledge through experience and from our own viewpoint, rather than reading everything in a book”.

The Earth, America, and perhaps the larger globe and all of humanity has provided us with the legends that we grew up with and they have become the heart and soul of our personal spiritual environment. Some of these important stories have been told for thousands of years, and they are still being told and retold, refitted and reshaped to meet our changing needs, even created anew out of a contemporary woman's vision. These stories arise out of the Earth's plants and animals which are integral parts of the human realm. They are embedded in the ancient sounds, languages and flow according to the rhythms of the natural world, at a different pace from that of a technological, man-made environment. Eyes on the clock, most industrialized people are fragmented by the pressing problems of spit-second society with little time or inclination to speculate on the communal nature of the world. Mutually shared and supportive legends about the spirits of our ancestors seem hopelessly beyond the modern vision. Chanuka is specifically trying to bridge a gap between modern culture and our ancient ancestors in herself and then share this with others.

In addition to her professionally produced albums, she also has a firm footing on the older healing ways. Her YouTube channel, "Activate Your Life," contains her intentional works, made for the healing ceremony, and more potent than anything else you might hear elsewhere. She offers this powerful medicine freely to all who are ready to accept it.

You can find her in these places:

https://www.chakuna.com/

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B092H42WNF/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_DVM1K6TB9XXEDMWRAM30

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/chakuna-machi-asa/815383038

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheNaturalDay

https://www.instagram.com/crystalsomchakras/

In addition to her music, Chakuna is an Instagram influencer, sharing her crystal wisdom and specialty crystal products with over 36,000 fans/followers. She also offers video teachings, high vibe energy healing tools, crystals, handmade wands, and jewelry to encourage individuals to explore their spiritual energy, to get in touch with their authentic selves, and to add a spark of inspirational magic to everyday life; follow Chakuna on IG as @crystalomchakras, and see some of her jewelry in a popular video interview with Beth Ann Hilton at https://youtu.be/bt83kzS2uDQ.

You can have a listen here: https://chakuna.hearnow.com/auroral-magic more
ARTEFACT by Johan Agebjörn & Mikael Ögren is a new album of electronic music inspired by Arthur C. Clarke’s Sci-Fi Novel Rendezvous with Rama. Johan Agebjörn is a Gothenburg-based Swedish producer who works in a range of electronic genres, from electro-disco and house to ambient new age, but always grounds his approach in a deep appreciation for the roots and history of electronic music. Agebjörn had been largely focused on ambient electro productions inspired by fellow Scandinavians like Krister Linder and Biosphere.

Mikael Ögren is a Swedish synthesizer musician heavily influenced by electronic pioneers such as Kraftwerk and Jean Michel Jarre, as well as '90s trance innovators Jam & Spoon. A priest by profession, he's been active as a musician mostly as a hobby until he began collaborating with Agebjörn during the mid-2010s.

In 2017 Agebjörn and Ögren released an ambient album on Spotted Peccary Music called We Never Came To The White Sea, a soundtrack to an unedited roadmovie through Russian Karelia, where Agebjörn's grandfather was born, when it belonged to Finland.

Agebjörn and Ögren have now created their second collaborative release, Artefact, also on the Spotted Peccary Music label, also employing vintage synthesizers (Gear: Access Virus Indigo II, Alesis Micron, Clavia Nord Lead 2, Kurzweil K2000, Novation Supernova, Propellerheads Reason 11 with Korg MonoPoly, Roland DJ-70, Roland JD-800, Roland JP-8000, Thoraiz AS-1, Waldorf Blofeld, Yamaha AN1x) which blend into the ethereal atmospherics and electronic sounds of a classic sci-fi soundtrack, enjoying styles ranging from ambient to trance.

An artifact might be defined as an object produced by human craft, of archaeological or historical interest. After a series of devastating meteor strikes on Earth, project SPACEGUARD began collecting data about all incoming objects that could be observed. One day, in the year 2131, an object that looked big was detected, heading past Jupiter in the general direction of Earth. This new object was soon named Rama, after the seventh avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, The Sustainer. As Rama came closer it was apparent that it was not a solid object, it was hollow, 20 kilometres (12 mi) in diameter and 50 kilometres (31 mi) long, and almost completely featureless. The spaceship Endeavour was sent out to encounter this rapidly approaching gigantic enclosed spinning hollow object.

Artefact is an adventure in electronic music that pays tribute to a classic science fiction diegesis, a story that raises more questions than provides resolutions, which is the best way to write a book. Who made the cylinder? Why did they make it? Where is it going and what will it do once it gets there? Most of the chronicle assumes that Earth is somehow part of the mission of the mysterious craft, at the end of the novel the artifact just whizzes by, and Earth was only a blink on the way past. The sounds are pure electronica, beats and sweeps, beeps and melodies, with lots of awesome effects. Imagine that you are falling slowly through wind and darkness, there are colored lights and extraterrestrial vehicles swaying and moving to the music. We are traveling through the melancholy of a long journey in the cosmos, the feeling is bittersweet and positive, the sound is dreamy and electronic with lots of sustained echoes and glowing atmospheres, decorated with a beating pulse in most places and just soaring with no limits in other places. It works well for dreaming as well as for launching your voyages into deep fantasy, experiencing science fiction stories.

I asked Mikael Ögren how this new project came about. "After the release of our first album ”We Never Came To The White Sea”, I almost felt like being in a creative vacuum, an emptiness where I didn´t find any inspiration. The summer of 2018, I was on a trip to the greek island Korfu and, like I usually do, I brought some books to read – including Arthur C. Clarkes well known sci fi novel ”Rendezvous With Rama”. It is funny I never read it before, since I´m a huge fan of several of his other books. It was kind of a surrealistic sensation, lying there, in the gazing sun by the blue, Mediterrianean sea and practically being sucked into the dark, otherworldly, futuristic and mystical environment that surrounds the Rama novel. And ”BAM!”, it struck me almost immediately, by reading the first pages – this is it. This is our next project. Man, I could practically hear the atmospheric sounds and harmonies! I would even dare calling it an epiphany (after all I´m also an ordained priest, haha). As soon as I got home I called Johan and told him that we just had to do this. And as he also read the novel, he totally agreed. And after all it´s pretty original isn´t it, creating a soundtrack for a novel."

Three tracks from the highly-anticipated album scored exclusive previews on music culture outlets Resident Advisor, Obscure Sound and Vehlinggo. The album released today on Spotted Peccary Music; music fans can listen, view or purchase the music on the platform of their choice at https://orcd.co/artefact

“This has been such an exciting journey from the beginning 'til the end,” says Ögren. “The first visions and sensations that unfolded as I laid on a beach on a sunny Greek island, reading Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C Clarke’s astonishing masterpiece.”

Artefact also features collaborations with a fellow Spotted Peccary recording artist Stefan Strand (aka Between Interval) and independent musician Johan Emmoth (aka Le Prix), as well as ethereal soprano vocals by Martina Björk.

“Stefan Strand is an old friend of mine,” explains Agebjörn. “This is the first time we have collaborated on an original track. I love his music.” He continues, “Johan Emmoth is a talented musician who I got to know when we made a few tracks and remixes together in disco/synthwave style, but this is more ambient/experimental than the earlier ones.”

Martina Björk -- a friend of Ögren -- is a soprano singer with a PhD in Latin. He says, “She managed to catch the very special, kind of sacred, ancient feeling and combined it with the almost melancholic, sad sense of abandonment that saturates the very moment of the Rama story that this song is trying to depict."

The audience is beckoned to join the brave space expedition inside the artefact, revealing the inner landscapes and prompting the imagination of the listener. Despite the heavy use of synths of the '90s, the whole album carries more of a timeless character than their previous album, covering different styles and images from the '70s, '80s, '90s, and even an echo from the 18th and 19th century through Björk’s beautiful soprano voice.

"The main reason why Rendezvous With Rama attracted me to such an extent, was that the main theme seems to be the encounter with the otherworldy, the very Other, the big unknown," explains Ögren.

On June 11, 2021, a "Space Travel" EP is planned for release, with three electronic remixes. Explore independent album reviews and video premieres of Artefact at the sites below:

"Monitoring the Zooids" on Resident Advisor: https://ra.co/reviews/33759

"Space Travel" on Vehlinggo: https://vehlinggo.com/2021/05/20/agebjorn-ogren-space-travel/

"Static Air" on Obscure Sound: https://www.obscuresound.com/2021/04/premiere-johan-agebjorn-mikael-ogren-static-air/

Artefact was mastered by Howard Givens, and is available for physical purchase in CD format and in 24-BIT AUDIOPHILE, CD QUALITY LOSSLESS, MP3 and streaming formats. The CD version of Artefact arrives in a factory sealed 6-panel gatefold package that includes vibrant artwork, liner notes, a 4-page booklet, with illustrations (front, back and sketches) by Kilian Eng, and package design by Daniel Pipitone.

Tracklist:
1. Extravehicular Activity
2. Passing the Gates (with Between Interval)
3. The Plain
4. The Storm That Passed
5. Flight Over the Sea
6. Static Air
7. Octapod (with Le Prix)
8. Monitoring the Zooids
9. The Hall of Crystals (with Martina Björk)
10. Interplanetary Threat
11. Space Travel
12. Final Sight

Links:
Spotted Peccary Album page: https://spottedpeccary.com/shop/artefact/
Smartlink to major platforms: https://orcd.co/artefact
Album Unboxing Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWzlX923GuM
Spotted Peccary Artist page: https://spottedpeccary.com/artists/johan-agebjorn/
Bandcamp: https://ambientelectronic.bandcamp.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spottedpeccary/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/spottedpeccary
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Steven Halpern is a Grammy® nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist, composer, producer, researcher, and author. He has pioneered the field of modern sound healing and his internationally-acclaimed albums radiate relaxing, meditative and spiritually uplifting audible and inaudible frequencies that have touched the lives of millions worldwide. Since 1975, Steven’s music has been heard around the world in leading healing and holistic health centers, addiction and recovery centers, VA hospitals, massage therapy offices, private homes, and the top healing spas and popular streaming playlists. His latest release, CANNABIS DREAMS, presents lush “hi-psi” soundscapes that shimmer with luminous keyboards, hypnotic ambiences, and the angelic, wordless vocals of rising star Kristin Hoffmann. Inspired by the healing qualities of cannabis, the timeless soundscapes on CANNABIS DREAMS support relaxation, healing and psycho-spiritual well-being. Learn more at https://www.stevenhalpernmusic.com/about-steven/

CANNABIS DREAMS is the latest of Halpern’s 100-plus music albums that for over 45 years have helped his listeners manage stress, reduce pain and facilitate sleep. It is among the first to link healing music and healing cannabis, whose ancient roots trace back more than 5,000 years.

The 11-track CANNABIS DREAMS features Halpern’s signature sound, a Rhodes Mark 7 electric piano. Lush hi-psi soundscapes shimmer with luminous keyboards and hypnotic ambiences. The music supports relaxation, healing, meditation and spiritual well-being.

The seed concept for this album was planted in 1982 when an anthropologist handed Halpern an extraordinary strain used by an indigenous Alaskan shamanic healer.

“One toke, and I heard music in a very different way,” says Halpern, also founder of the “Quiet Revolution” in New Age music. “It inspired an improvised grand piano jam that was different from anything I had recorded previously. I wondered if certain other strains might inspire a new composition if used exclusively. The answer turned out to be Yes.”

In 2015, Halpern was invited to be a Celebrity Brand Ambassador for a leading Cannabis dispensary. Although the collaboration was short-lived, their top shelf strain, called Mystic Haze, evoked a meditative, healing and spiritual high, and inspired the several variations of the title track on CANNABIS DREAMS.

The album was completed when Halpern read about the new spiritually-uplifting strain released by entrepreneurial musician Carlos Santana and Left Coast Ventures.

“After hearing music in meditation after sampling this strain, it was obvious I needed to include a new track inspired by Mirayo® by Santana,” he said. “I was able to book time in a recording studio on 11/11/20, and two extraordinary compositions now complete the album.”

In 2021, with legalization in many states and with the medical benefits of cannabis more widely accepted, Halpern felt comfortable releasing this ‘co-composed’ masterpiece.

The album begins with the wordless vocals of the ethereal Renaissance songstress Kristin Hoffmann, of the internationally renowned BELLA GAIA ensemble, which can be heard on two of the tracks, “Cannabis Dreams” Part 2 and Part 3. “OG Sonic Chronic” is a collaboration featuring Paul McCandless on bass clarinet and Michael Manring on Zon® fretless electric bass.

The spirit of each strain speaks through the music. Deep alpha brainwave entrainment tones are subtly mixed into the music, which entrain your brain to higher coherence to further support your immune system functioning. The artist suggests that one "grabs a set of headphones for the full psycho-acoustic effect."

CANNABIS DREAMS is Halpern’s heartfelt “thank you” to the master growers who keep improving on the spiritually uplifting and creativity-enhancing strains.

Halpern’s undergraduate studies in ethnomusicology and healing music became his life’s focus in November 1969 when he ‘heard’ a new form of music during a spontaneous meditation in a sacred redwood grove, and was urged to share this healing music with the world. He began composing and recording this new music, trading his trumpet and guitar for the soothing tones of the Fender Rhodes electric piano. Since 1975, his music has been heard around the world in leading healing and holistic health centers, addiction and recovery centers, VA hospitals, massage therapy offices, private homes and streaming playlists. His album Deep Alpha has been in the Top 10 of Billboard’s New Age music chart for 53 weeks.

Tracks

1 Cannabis Dreams (part 2)* (5:23)
2 Cannabis Dreams (Mirayo) part 1 (5:05)
3 Cannabis Dreams (part 3)* (5:07)
4 Cannabis Dreams (Mirayo) part 2 (5:06)
5 OG Sonic Chronic (7:24)
6 Plant Medicine (5:24)
7 Joint Venture (5:00)
8 Cannabis Dreams (part 4) (5:27)
9 Cannabliss (5:00)
10 Maui Wowie Dreams (12:58)
11 Matanuska Thunderf_ck (16:45)

Official website for CANNABIS DREAMS: https://www.stevenhalpernmusic.com/product/cannabisdreams/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stevenhalpernmusic/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StevenHalpern
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stevenhalpernfanpage/
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