Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Report: Two new releases for Solar Ocean on taqueot

The dozed off summer month of July sees two new mini-releases from this talented and enigmatic Russian artist. The first is a reworking of a previously unreleased ambient track and the other came to life in the background of this work. Both releases are in short supply, visit taqueot for more information. In addition, the longer mini-album "Enter Serenity" on gterma as mentioned previously is expected to complete around the end of the summer.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Endlessly adrift

It has been quite some time. You find yourself gently bobbing up and down the silken surface of a vast expanse of glowing water. The horizon offers no harbour yet your first reflex of panic has quickly given in to relaxed and calm introspection as the warm liquid rocks you to sleep. The stacking clouds shimmer in the evening sunlight and the water glitters peacefully like a million stars. Who can tell what stark realities await underneath the serene surface and in the murky depths beyond?

gterma004 - Solar Ocean / Enter Serenity Part 3 by the lost gterma

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

For they had ventured far beyond

There comes the moment on every journey when the compass becomes worthless. The instrument appears to work as flawlessly as ever, steadily and stubbornly pointing out the way ahead, yet the direction is no longer of any use. The stream that once carried you ever so gently and swiftly now suddenly turned an aggressive force with which you must constantly struggle. It is in this humble state you will re-learn the skills you have taken for granted and once again seek out the path ahead.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Essence of Light...

The journey to enlightenment is never simple or easily undertaken. Adversity, obscurity and distraction are challenges along the path. Yama for example, a holy man in an age long gone by, sought to reach the enlightenment through fity years of solemn meditation in a secluded cave. As destiny would have it, he was disturbed in the last month of the forty ninth year, by two robbers who decided to seek refuge in his cave. As they cut the head of a stolen bull they had brought with them they suddenly realized they were not alone. For fear of their crime being exposed, they quickly decapitated the defenseless man, his pleas for mercy gone unheeded. In a flash of fury the now headless victim transformed into a ferocious and vengeful being of death. It took the head of the bull from the ground in place of its own and slaughtered the hapless murderers and drank their blood from cups made by their skulls. Yama then laid siege on the land and spread destruction and death in his wake.

Seeing the plight of the people, Jampelyang, the Lord of Wisdom, travelled to the Iron Cities of Hell in search of Yama. To tame the beast he decided to use Yama's own ferocity against him and changed his appearance into that of a raging beast with a buffalo head and eight pairs of arms and legs. Taking the name Yamantaka, the conqueror of death, he then challenged Yama, who upon seeing his own wrath infinitely magnified succumbed to fear and was subdued to becoming a servant and protector of the light. Yama now roams seven stories under the Earth, so far from his intended goal.