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MORPHEUS MUSIC INTERVIEW - MYSTICAL SUN

19.11.08 - on release of Energy Mind Consciousness.

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Q: Can you tell us a bit about your musical history to date?   Mystical Sun began in the 1990's as an experimental ambient project. During the early 2000's the project delved into deeper grooves and rhythms mixed with melodies and atmospherics. The primary outlet for the music has been on the internet and the dot-com boom coincided with the release of the first album and that proved to be a very fortunate synchronicity, leading to several million downloads of the tracks.
  Q:  With two solo albums and numerous compilation appearances behind you – what did you want for this third album "Energy Mind Consciousness"?   The music was completed and mastered July 2008 as the culmination 13 months of production. During the production the intent was to construct a sequence of songs that could for a moment allow a listener a respite from the hyper accelerating world. Music as an art form is capable of being more than a diversion or entertainment, it can also be a vehicle of the mind. "Energy Mind Consciousness" is an intimate album for listening and creating ambience. The album is optimally mixed for either headphones or stereo systems with subwoofers since it has massive bass. Some of the very interesting aspects on this album reside in the deep bass range and require a full range set of speakers to hear. There is a dubby element subtly and intentionally rooted on this album. A great deal of sound design went into the bass sounds and making them modulate and speak. On this album the idea is holographic sounds and distant landscapes. This stays true to the Mystical Sun production ethos. All albums have consistency in the overall body of work.
     
             
Q:  How would you say your sound has developed since Deeperworlds?
  The sound on "Energy Mind Consciousness" reflects a counterbalance to the accelerating world with something unhurried and entrancing. The music is designed to distort and slow the perception of time by opening up more space between the notes. It represents the distinction between lived and perceived time. The theme on this album is spaciousness represented by cavernous reverbs and complex echoes.
  Q: You talked about an eclipse during the recording of the current album – how did this affect your final result?  

Yes. It's interesting because earlier during the full moon eclipse I was able to view the moon through a 36-inch Cassegrain reflector telescope, housed in a rolling roof observatory. The experience was powerful because the moon's light was amplified and absorbed into the eyes like a laser. Later, upon returning to the studio and working on the track "Expansions" the moon became fully eclipsed and at that point the song matched the mood perfectly so the decision was made for the song to be finalized during that time period before the moon returned.

             
Q:  How do you make your music – what are your methods, preferred equipment, etc?
 

The studio has always been centered around the Mac. The sounds are mostly custom programmed from an extensive sound library that has been compiled over the years. Real instruments, mics, field recordings, digital and analog synths and software synths are mixed and mastered digitally. Explaining the process is difficult because it changes for each song. The simplest way to explain it is that I listen to the works in progress and hear in it faint melodies/slight harmonics that then I figure out how to create. It is a bit like sonic archeology, where one uncovers music that is hidden beneath the surface.

  Q:  Energy Mind Consciousness" comes in a striking package – how involved are you in this side of things?   100% responsible for it since the packaging is an integral part of the entire project, therefore it was designed and created during the production of the music. The CD packaging is made from mostly recycled materials. No jewel case or extra plastics are used to hold the CD in place. It is more like a vinyl album sleeve presentation. The cover is a vortexual mathematical formula that I rendered in software and then digitally composited into a montage of image processing and digital painting. The stylized text and sun glyph were painted in oil by Antonio Roybal a very talented artist in New Mexico.
             
 
     
Q:  What led you to working with Cyberset as a label?
  They're a group of great people I've known for a long time and we share common interests. Having the label supporting the music frees up time more for the creation aspects. I prefer community as opposed to going it alone.   Q:  Do you do any live work with the project?
  Mystical Sun is a studio project, so there isn't any live work to speak of.
             
Q:  Are there any artists that you feel are currently making exiting developments in electronic music, other than Mystical Sun of course?   I listen to most everything out there and stay up on the latest releases. In general some of more interesting production techniques are coming from the electronic dub and dubstep worlds right now. There are a lot options for new musics and genre fusions now. It's enjoyable listening to all the developments.   Q:  Where do you see you own music heading in the future?  

 

Mystical Sun will continue to evolve over time. Music technology is moving really fast and the possibilities are endless. The future is an open road.

 

 

           

Thanks to Richard AKA Mystical Sun for allowing us that interview.

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