This piece came from a 3 day collaboration process between myself and RamGovind (RG). I started with recording for a day in my room in Portland and then sent some of it to RG who was attending a mutual friend’s wedding in Florida. We just kept sending parts back and forth and having a dialouge that way. What resulted is a bit more on the side of an experience for the listener, something to bathe your consciousness in, sing with or just breathe to.
I wanted to put those clips of my sister, Ariel (ghosti) talking in the beginning because I feel like she expresses the struggle of unknowingness and the desire to be free that I find so relatable. It was from a phone conversation we were having the day I recorded this, and the juxtaposition of expressed struggle and the notion of ‘dying to put it into practice’ stood out as beautiful to me.
Also, creating this with RamGovind felt inspiring because it was a total experiment and a mutual exploration of what we CAN create. Since we all met, RG has always encouraged us to explore sound and its possibilities- which we will happily continue to do!
I understand its long but hey, take a break, lay down, put your headphones in and ahhhh
hope you enjoy this!
Here is a composition Im quite excited about. This is an experiment in devotional expression , a contemporary approach to a sonic offering.The first of a few we have in the pipeline . 4 sound sources. – A voice sample from iphone conversation – Human Voice Singing (Evan Bushnell) -Harmonium -OmnisphereUtilizing the Symbolic Sound Kyma System and Never Engine Labs Tools for Spectral Processes we were able to create unique textures as sonic representations of ceremony, the smoke and elements mixing, waves on the ocean of love, the afterglow of an altered state, the remembrance of inherent safety, and our last breaths of life as we know it… just before the spirit realm consumes us.Ever-Mixing Mixtape by Hari, Krishna Prem, Pavan Das, Ram Govind, Sitaram Dass
“oh, I said I’m dying to put it into practice…like I’m just struggling over the hump right now of like, I don’t know basically.. actually like access that and get it open and I just don’t know what it is… and at this point where I’m like, well why live this.. all this scarcity right now and like limitation… not…not adjectives I want to use to describe my life so..um.. I’m dying to put it into practice.”
Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru devo Maheshwara
Guru sakshat, param Brahma, tasmai shri guravay namah
(Our creation is that; the existence of our lives is that; our trials, tribulations, illnesses, calamities and the death of the body is that. There is a one nearby, and a one that is beyond the beyond. I make my offering to the beautiful remover of my ignorance; it is to you I bow and lay down my self.)
Om Shree Matre Namaha
(I bow to the Mother of All)
Shree Guru charana saroja raja nija manu mukuru sudhari
Baranaun Raghubara bimala jasu jo daayaku phala chaari
(Having polished the mirror of my heart with the dust of my Guru’s lotus feet
I sing the pure fame of the best of Raghus, which bestows the four fruits of life.)
Budhi heena tanu jaanike sumiraun pawana kumaara
Bala budhi vidyaa dehu mohin harahu kalesa bikaara
(I know that this body of mine has no intelligence, so I recall you, Son of the Wind
Grant me strength, wit and wisdom and remove my sorrows and shortcomings)
Seeyavara Ramchandra pada jai sharanam
(Hail the Refuge at the feet of SitaRam)
Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram
Sita Ram Jaya Jaya
(Reliever of Sita’s Sorrow)
sounds by KP and RamGovind
words by ghosti
image by Surya Devi