Reflections (April 2021) is a Berlin School sequencer album. The basic concept was repeating patterns, like a mantra.
“First I recorded a couple of sequencer sessions on two track. More layers of sound were added later on. Goal was to keep the sequenced energy and make the listening experience more interesting. To make it a journey or sound meditation. As the the album progressed and recordings were done it became more clear how I wanted it to sound. I spent quite some time mixing the whole thing and giving it a cosmic feel. It took half a year for this album to mature. I even put the project on the shelf several times, only to return to it with new insight and inspiration. What a trip!”
Instruments used: Three analog monophonic synths, two sequencers, electric guitar and a sprinkling of organ.
The painting was made like the album; in the same period of time and with long pauses. Where did the image and music come from? They are reflections…
Available as high resolution 24 bit download at Bandcamp. Soon on CDr by Neu Harmony.
Son of Ohm on vinyl! Fruits de Mer Records is releasing this great album, double vinyl and double CD, featuring many artists, including Son of Ohm. with the song Pixies, from the album Paradigma. Here’s the official statement from Fruits de Mer:
“Over 200 minutes of music inspired by Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel, Popol Vuh and the German electronic music scene of the early 70s.One or two names that are familiar to fans of Fruits de Mer Records are joined by many artists that are completely new to the label, to recall one of the most innovative periods in music of the last 50 years, when Germany began to create its own sounds and artists explored new musical territories that took them in a very different direction to their contemporaries to the West; the music was remarkable – it still is – and those influences continue to be heard in so much music that is being created today.kosmische sounds, space rock without the rock, horizontal listening – however you want to describe it, this about as far from a mosh-pit as you can get.This is a combined double LP + double CD set – no music is repeated between the two formats; many of the tracks have been recorded exclusively for ‘Head in the Clouds’, many more are getting their first physical release; the set is only available as a combined package (making it a 5 LP box-set would have been ideal but in these difficult, cash-strapped times, we decided to show a little restraint…for once).more info here http://www.fruitsdemerrecords.com/clouds.html and pre-ordering details here http://www.fruitsdemerrecords.com/shop.html “
This is a very special project, together with singer Lhamo Dukpa from Bhutan. Traditional Bhuddist mantra meets electronic music! The Green Tara mantra is one of the most important Bhuddist mantra’s.
As green is the universal color of healing, regeneration, and growth, the Green Tara embodies the healing energy of release from fear and ignorance. Human ignorance comes in many forms—from jealousy to pride—and it’s the healing energy of Green Tara that brings awareness and relief from these negative aspects.
She appears as a female bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism, and as a female Buddha in Vajrayana Buddhism. She is known as the “mother of liberation”, and represents the virtues of success in work and achievements.
“Thank you so much Leonardo Soundweaver for the wonderful music arrangements for the Dolma Chant. May Green Tara bless all the sentient beings around the world and leberate them. Inspired by His Holiness Dalai Lama’s advise to chant Om tare tutare ture Soha at this situation. Thank you la.” (Lhamo Dukpa)
Chanted by Lhamo Dukpa. Produced & arranged by Leonardo Soundweaver.
You can get a free download of the mantra on bandcamp!
With Son of Ohm I had produced seven instrumental electronic albums so far. Main instruments being synths, organs and electric guitar. Some albums are more synth & sequencer driven, others electric guitar & looper or a mix of things. Most of the albums were in some kind of cosmic space/electronic psych/experimental mode, pushing boundaries.
Deeper Ground is different altogether, it has vocals. The songs are very structured and were composed on polysynths. First I played the basic chord progressions and recorded them with a click track. I programmed Linn Drum samples for rhythm after that, providing an 80’s atmosphere. I had sequences running and a lot of melodic stuff, space effects, solo’s and basses were played on mono synths.
Vocals are on the first five songs. The last three are instrumental. No guitars or organs this time.
Chants according to… by Rao & Leonardo (2012, released 2020)
— This is a free download. —
Chants according to…
For many years we chanted Mantras during Yoga classes that were conducted by Rao; the easy short ones that we, western people,were able to learn. Once we tried to do a long Vedic Peace Mantra, but we abandened the project and returned to our familiar chants.
Some years ago I got the idea to make recordings of the Mantras and Slokas, just to keep the memory of their melody and rythm, as well as their pronounciation. Along with that I had the wish to ‘do something with them musically’.
The new album ‘Deeper Ground’ is almost ready. It is something different. All eight songs were composed on polysynths, messing around with chord progressions. It was a very interesting process seeing the songs develop. The main idea was to create lush synthesizer-pop kind of songs, with only synths, Linn drum samples and some vocals. No guitars and organs. This principle I kept. Ofcourse the songs themselves pushed me into a different direction.
After the first three songs were made I had to take a break. The new songs that I made after some time had a different character. I liked it. They actually had a very nice sound and feel. So I returned to the first three songs and gave them the same vibe. Some songs I had to break down and remake.
So what we have now is five tracks with vocals and three instrumental tracks. I used to avoid a lot of chord changes because I like modal scale, so that’s new. The drum sound also makes it different. Apart from Astral Son I haven’t done much singing in productions. I used my voice as an additional melodic sound, with meaning ofcourse. Since I love analogue sound the album is packed with it. I’d say it is very warm and melodic as well.
At the moment I am happy with the album. I think it is one of the best things I’ve done. I’ve dedicated my composing and production skills to the making of an album that has the potential to attract a wider audience that normally would’t listen to electronic music. Only thing is that I’m confused and don’t know yet how to release because it isn’t instrumental electronic or psychedelic. So it will probably be next year!
A lot is happening at the moment. Zeitgeist, The Lo-Fi Backspace Camembert Files and last week I made a new electronic album. The latter is pretty barebone, impressionistic I’d say. Again based around spontaneous electronic jamsessions, recorded on two track. Three songs, one only has guitar overdub, another has effects and coloration overdubs and the last song is like it was recorded in one go. I think I will leave it like that.
And now the news. I restored my midi setup and my polphonic synths are ready to go. I found really good Linn Drum samples. So you can guess where I’m going. This is not a new thing, I’ve been doing this many years ago and it was always in the back of my mind. This is really exciting. And it is neither Son of Ohm or Astral Son. A new chapter.