We made a video for Aetheric Resonance, the first track on my new sound healing record Auric Fields.
I really love this video – big thanks to Phoenix at Cosmic Fire Records for her help and art direction! The nature imagery and colors speak to the intention behind this track and the healing potential of the solfeggio tones at least as eloquently as any description I can come up with using words. If you like it, please “smash that like button” and leave a comment on YouTube.
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” – Nikola Tesla
Sound healing uses energy, frequency and vibration to bring the body, mind and emotions back into a natural state of balance and harmony — the state where healing naturally occurs.
In The Magic of Tone and the Art of Music, Dane Rudhyar notes that in both the Bible and Hindu cosmology, the material world is created by sound. These scriptures tell us that God literally spoke the world into being. “Metaphysically, Sound refers to the release of a power that, as it were, precipitates the divine Idea into material, objective manifestation,” Rudhyar writes.
My new sound healing album, Auric Fields is now available on Bandcamp. In fact, there are two versions of the album, one with brainwave entrainment and one without.
Why two versions?
My intention with Auric Fields was to make a sound healing album that people would want to listen to repeatedly, a record that you can enjoy with good headphones or play through speakers as ambient background music. From the beginning I incorporated brainwave entrainment at the Schumann resonance. But at some point I realized the brainwave entrainment plus the solfeggio tones created such a heightened relaxation response that I couldn’t listen to it when I needed to stay alert. There’s more to that story which you can read here on my Substack.
The 528 Hz Solfeggio Frequency
The chimes and vocal tones on the record center on the ancient solfeggio tone of 528 Hz. Often called the “miracle frequency,” 528 Hz has been extensively studied by both scientists and mystics. Chlorophyll vibrates at this frequency, bees pollinating flowers buzz at or near this frequency, and it is the frequency of light and color at the center of the rainbow. Scientific studies have shown that this tone assists in – and perhaps directly facilitates – DNA healing and repair. It was famously used to purify water in the Gulf of Mexico by John and Nancy Hutchison in 2010 after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
To be honest, I was skeptical about the solfeggio frequencies for a long time. But I started experimenting with them on myself several years ago and started to feel there was something going on there. The only problem, as with a lot of sound healing or meditation music, was finding music based on 528 Hz that I actually wanted to listen to.
So I set out on a (surprisingly long) journey to create that music. I hope you love it as much as I do.
Making Auric Fields
I recorded the vocal toning on the record in a meditative state while visualizing my desired outcomes for the listener, specifically that the healing frequencies in the music are helping you to repair any damage to your aura caused by EMFs, heavy metals, trauma, noise pollution, and environmental toxins. And helping you to strengthen your aura so that any negative frequencies or energies encountered in the future are reflected by your aura or transformed into neutral or positive energies. I believe these tracks can also be used to assist in the healing of many other physical and emotional symptoms of dis-ease, but I’m not a Rockefeller-certified “medical doctor” so I won’t actually say that out loud.
Almost all, if not all of the nature sounds on the record have a special resonance for me. I recorded the creek on Arcadian Rhythms at my friend Lisa’s house in Vermont. I recorded almost all of the bird calls on Tracks 1 & 3 either in my backyard or on my daily walks in various places in the Southeastern U.S. (The birds are my friends and I can vouch for the healing qualities of their singing!)
Phoenix and I recorded the frogs and crickets in North Carolina and Tennessee. The gong on Arcadian Rhythms is a Thermos gently struck with a mallet, pitch-shifted and time-stretched and run through a couple delays. The “night wind” sound on Arcadian Rhythms is our dog Kobi’s rhythmic breathing as he sleeps, run through a Frohmage filter and some other effects.
All that to say, I really wanted to make a record where I was in love with all of the sounds because I truly believe that real sound healing comes from a combination of frequency and intention.
Suggestions for Listening
As you’re listening, you might visualize your aura filled with the yellow-green light at the center of a rainbow, a soft field of light protected by a lattice of tiny, sparkling crystals that reflect back any unhealthy or unwanted energies.
The 528 Hz “DNA repair frequency” is rumored to be incredibly powerful for healing, so you might also listen with the intention of healing trauma, rejuvenating your mental, physical, and emotional bodies, and dissolving energetic blockages.
Your intention is more powerful than you might yet realize. I hope this music gives you hours of listening pleasure and helps you create a safe and vibrant inner space for deep healing, rejuvenation, and creative imagination.
Child in the backseat, ’bout four or five years
Hank’s voice on the radio – Lucinda Williams, “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road”
From the beginning, I wanted to make music. The first moment of transcendence I recall in this lifetime happened in the back seat of a 1972 Chevy Vega. We were driving from somewhere far away back to the trailer where we lived in southern Indiana.
I was four or five years old, curled up beneath a blanket in the back seat.
As the black sky rolled by outside the window, I was falling into slumber, lulled by the sound of the wind outside the car and the hum of the tires beneath me. And then.
My stepdad tuned the radio to a Christian gospel radio station. The Chuck Wagon Gang was the group. I heard those ladies singing their hearts out and I could see their harmonies like intertwining filaments of light. Dancing in my mind’s eye like angels. Or like how stars would sound if I could hear them.
I was electrified. I was enthralled. I was enraptured. I knew right then that this was what I needed.
A couple years later, we moved to a bigger town in Indiana. My parents got more and more fundamentalist in their Christianity. And more and more distant in their relationship. And before long, the music had drained from our lives.
As a middle schooler I learned that secular music was “of the devil”. I couldn’t stop loving music, but my parents actively discouraged me from playing the nine-dollar guitar they’d grudgingly bought me at an estate sale. (Thinking, I’m certain, that I would give up my musical dreams once I realized how hard it was to learn to play the guitar without any encouragement or instruction.)
Since I started my Patreon page in 2016, I’ve posted 36 songs to my patrons. I’ve written a lot more music than I’ve posted, but these are the songs I felt were ‘finished enough’ to share with the people who care enough about what I do to contribute a few bucks every month.
I’m grateful to be able to count on a little extra cash each month for groceries and guitar strings. But the encouragement and accountability built into this neo-patronage system have been the biggest blessings.
I have a wild, prolific, and wide-ranging imagination. I love making music. I love playing the guitar and singing. I love writing songs. I love recording songs. I love the music production side of things, learning how to capture the sounds I’m hearing in my head and translate them into audible frequencies.
What has traditionally been a challenge for me is finishing songs and setting them free into the world.
Just knowing that a dozen or so people dig me and what I’m doing enough to show up with $5 or $10 every month has motivated me to finish work at a rate that is semi-astounding to me.
A Dirty Dozen – DK Tracks
Some singer-songwriter acoustic stuff, a handful of ambient live-looping tracks, a few devotional numbers, a crazy kid song I produced during a visit to my daughter’s fourth grade class, and a recent Grateful Dead cover…#thankyoupatrons
It’s Father’s Day. It bugs me that I have to even think about my kids doing “Code Red” drills at school, preparing for the day a shooter might walk in and take out his anger on a bunch of innocent children. After the Parkland shooting in February, I started thinking about all of the pro-gun slogans I heard on endless repeat growing up. This little ode to America’s love affair with guns is what came out.
I originally performed this version of the piece on Facebook Live on Sunday, June 3. This video is a couple minutes shorter with added infographics showing how our society’s obsession with “the right to bear arms” affects women, children and black people.
And, for the record, as a Galactic citizen with an Earth visa, I am not a Democrat. And I’m certainly not a Republican. But I would love to hear one right-wing nut job try to convince me that it was the intent of the authors of the Second Amendment to protect the rights of 20-year-old white boys with daddy issues and a headful of Zoloft or Paxil to buy semi-automatic rifles at Walmart or the traveling gun fair. These weapons were developed to enable soldiers to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible.
Sell the kid a top-loading musket – I’m OK with that, see?
I’ve been working on the opening number for one-man show. I happened to record this practice session and was psyched to listen on my earbuds and find a lot of tasty ear candy moments!
If you’re picking up what I’m putting down, please consider supporting me making podcasts, astrology posts, performance art, music, and ultimately a live (in person) immersive trance experience. It’s easy, it’s open-ended, it’s fun and it helps me make more cool experiences to share with you. Click on the picture to check out my Patreon page:
Live Looping Guitar Improv into Mr. Fantasy (Traffic Cover)
Hey, check it out. I was rockin’ last night!
If you want to skip to the song proper, it starts around 3:38. But I think the intro is fuckin’ cool, too, so I would just dedicate 13 minutes of your life at some point to watching the whole thing and letting the music wash over you like a warm waterfall of ionized water in a tropical paradise.
Here’s the idea:
1. I’m improvising a soundscape (“Ignition”) while workshop participants are drawing a mandala or designing their heroine/shadow masks or getting comfy on their yoga mats after a break…and then we go into the song.
2. So if you can watch it as if you’re not actually sitting on a chair in a row with other people sitting on chairs, but you’re already in a tranced-out, temporary autonomous zone environment, getting in touch with your inner transformational genius through various cool and fun activities, you’ll get the flavor.
3. I actually did this live Saturday night as a Facebook Live stream. Privacy turned out to be set to ‘Only Me’…I’m still working out the technical details to get the volume levels right, etc. But I wasn’t sure if it was “live” live or private until I finished. So I was playing my ass off, just in case!
4. I’m excited about how good most of it sounds. And a little bummed the vocals managed to be both too low in the mix and distorting at the same time. I think that’s a combination of suboptimal monitoring conditions (using earbuds and not being able to crank my monitors cuz I’m doing it at night while my little boy is asleep upstairs) and having to sing quietly.
But I’ll get that figured out.
Slowly but surely, in a very Saturn-like way, I’m putting it all together!
Thanks a million to my Patrons for supporting me and giving me feedback as I work out the kinks in the hose.
Mercury Stations Direct Conjunct the Great Attractor – December 22, 2017
Watch me create a live performance of planetary mantra to Mercury starting at the moment he stations direct. Also, the down-low on how to work with the Trickster/messenger as he sweeps back over the Great Attractor and Galactic Center between now and Jan. 13. Plus Venus conjunct the Galactic Center and more.
Update 12/24/2017: If you’d like to listen to a higher-fidelity version of the song without the squeaks and pops in the video, I edited the original audio file in Ableton Live and uploaded it to Sound Cloud. (If you enjoy it, please click on thebutton!)
Happy Thanksgiving! I’ve got so much to be thankful for this year. Not least being able to rock out on stage with Lupo (guitar) and Frank (bass) for the first time since 2003. We’ve played a lot, written a lot of new songs, and rehearsed in the meantime. But with kids, work, and life….plus trying to find a drummer who won’t spontaneously combust*…it’s been a much longer journey than expected.
*(We had to get two – the brothers Farkas – just in case.)