Dec 22, 2016

zalig sounds of 2016

1 les halles - transient (transient)
2 wilson tanner - long water (69)
3 lunaria - playing in the clouds (all is dream)
4 kristin thora haraldsdottir - current (vdsq: solo acoustic vol 14)
5 glenn jones - june too soon, october all over (fleeting)
6 channelers - praise for life in all its forms (space makes clearing)
7 h takahashi - enter (body trip)
8 kaitlyn aurelia smith - when i try, i´m full (ears)
9 marielle v jakobsons - the sinking of the sky (star core)
10 matthew barlow - sound meditation viii (sound meditations)
11 danny paul grody - on leaving (sketch for winter vi: other states)
12 steve hauschildt - strands (strands)
13 mary lattimore - ferris wheel, january (at the dam)
14 g√ľnter schlienz - wind on water (augenblicke)

also enjoyed a lot:

hope sandoval & the warm inventions - until the hunter
sarah louise - vdsq: solo acoustic vol 12
matthew barlow - hatha
steve gunn - eyes on the lines
radiohead - a moon shaped pool
leonard cohen - you want it darker
the high llamas - here come the rattling trees
tom brosseau - north dakota impressions
anohni - hopelessness
samara lubelski - the gilded raid
daniel schmidt - in my arms, many flowers
inner travels - clear seeing
pandelindio & bird people - sporal dispersal
mary lattimore & maxwell august croy - terelan canyon
ignatz - the drain
asuna - tide ripples

have a soothing winter!

Dec 3, 2016

matthew barlow

"A word on my process and overall concept when I was doing these “sound meditations”: Each one generally only had one track, and everything was improvised live and recorded in one take with no overdubs. Once the track was exported and posted online, the original master was deleted. This method was a practice of “calm abiding” with sound in the present moment, allowing what would arise to come and go. It wasn’t about creating a piece of music but rather about practicing a particular state of mind. It was one of my most freeing and rewarding experiences in making music, and I’m honored that it has been enjoyed by so many. This one is dedicated to the present moment and to the peace that can be found there provided we just listen. Very special thanks to Sounds of the Dawn, Steve Targo, and Kyle Landstra – without your inspiration, this music would not be possible." matthew barlow

“The heart surrenders everything to the present moment. The mind judges and holds back.” – Ram Dass

Sound Meditations by Matthew Barlow invites you to immerse yourself in the gentle flow of synth improvisations and field recordings. To still your mind and to open your heart to the present moment. Slowly the soothing sounds pass by in a fluent and organic way, going to a place where words lose their meaning and the music speaks for itself. It´s the feeling of apparent effortlessness and obvious natural beauty that makes this album an instant classic. More music by Matthew can be found here.