With Lighting In A Bottle less than a month away, people from across the globe are gathering their energy and preparing for the journey they will soon be making to Southern California, for one of America’s most unique musical gatherings of the year. As you’ve probably heard already, The Do Lab has done an extraordinary job (once again) booking the most original and inspirational artists to bless LIB with the sounds and vibes that participants crave. One of the groups that I love to see time and time again are the West Coast duo, Desert Dwellers. Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe have an incredibly unique electronic/world sound that mostly contains a downtempo/glitch-hop vibe, and is composed of live instrumentation, new-age synthesizers, and fat gurgling bass lines. You’ll surely enjoy this easy listening, positive music. Make sure you don’t miss their set at Lighting In A Bottle this year!
With winter over and the beauty of spring among us, Beats Antique has just released an extraordinary hour long mix featuring tunes from themselves (obviously) and some of the worlds most progressive producers such as Tipper, Opiuo, Filastine, and DJ Shadow, just to name a few. Beats Antique’s Spring Mix embodies the positive cool breeze that has been blowing through with the kick off to this years sunny season. This will definitely help pass the time with positivity until summer officially arrives.
1. The Artificial Emotion
by Papillon Philippe, Comte du Cray
There is a permanent fact engraved in the complex web of the homo sapiens’ psycho-physical wealth: emotion is the primary precursor of behavior, the primary decider of action.
Life is a moment to moment process that specializes in producing surprises after surprises. There is no way not to let events affect us. Emotions arise and drive our actions.
Sometimes, the event creates emotion that goes through our psychology prior to accessing our physiology. Sometimes, it works opposite: it hits the flesh before it hits the head.
In any case, we are presented with emotions that mysteriously stimulate us (or not) and that need to be processed by our system of being.
In order to be creative, we do not have a choice but to create a system that gets us to the emotion without going through the event; a system that gets us to a specific kind of emotion without going through a specific kind of event.
Once the “artificial emotion” is created and processed by both our psychology and physiology systems, we can get into gear, into action, into creation…
So, how do we create artificial emotions? First, we start with the thought process in order to create a thought; which could be a memory or something imagined. Then, we let that thought travel all the way to the emotion process, via the nerve, by means of numerous messengers called neurons that go back and forth.
The nerve is the connective route between our psychology and our physiology. It must be kept like a “state of the art” highway system so neurons can freely, fluidly take it and ride it at will.
Neuron transmission is the key to the creative process, because it allows the primary thought (the idea) to transform into an emotion (the reality).
Therefore, the nerve must be protected. So let us look at what is available here in America, as far as legal substances, to help us do that (those options will not include any pharmaceuticals, considering that their side effects are just too incalculable).
There are three compounds: alcohol, tobacco and cannabis.
Let us start with alcohol (we will not include here the wholesome, non synthetically “yeasted” red wine alcohol that stands as an exception when consumed in moderation; later in this essay, we will explore the specifics regarding this only source of natural alcohol the world possesses).
When alcohol enters our system, it helps us reach the specific kind of feeling we expect to experience as we prepare and create the original thought. A sense of calm and creativity starts to envelop us, which easily brings us to that emotion in question. But science has proved that alcohol damages our brain and the neurons in it. Our little messengers must be multiple and kept healthy (instead of being destroyed) so they can ride the nerve route in large numbers. Alcohol protects that same route by helping the neurons transmit their messages successfully (which gets us to the emotion from the thought) but it does it by eliminating those that have not started their trip yet, those that are still in the brain and not yet ready to leave it and venture out into the body via the nervous system.
The price to pay is just too high. Self destruction, even though it has been the mantra of some of the best of our past artists and pioneers, is to be avoided when it comes to learning the creative process. May be for the simple reason that it is year 13, a third millennium, and that our perception of things through science and other disciplines has changed. For instance, the concept of neuro-genesis (the reproduction of neurons, a notion that has only been accepted during the last 25 years), the opposite of the neuron destruction that alcohol is responsible for, has started to take hold within the society of scientists, savants and artists. We now know that our psychology and physiology systems possess receptors, including the nuclear one, that are sensitive to cannabinoids, the active compounds in cannabis. Besides, those same cannabinoids are, as we speak, being studied by scientists as potential precursors of that same neuro-genesis.
Ahhhh what a nice intro! I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for horns. They’re uplifting, positive, wails tend to make me unable to hit next song on my music player. What we have here is a song by Thievery Corporation entitled Culture of Fear, and remixed by none other than one of Ganjaology’s favorite Canadian duo’s, Hawri ‘n’ Mandy. Once again they’re proven their skill on the mic (S/O Mandy) and shined through with their production level(S/O Hawri). I would not be surprised to see this song being on one of Thievery Corps remix albums sometime. Check the tune! It’s big! You’ll be dancing by the end, no doubt.
This post is a little bit different than most of my others. These 3 tunes below aren’t bass heavy, they’re not dark, and they don’t have any wobbles. These beautifully crafted remixes have a very unique sound. The producer Pogo a.k.a. Nick Bertke takes sound clips from a set movie or show, chops and tunes them to his liking, then builds funky, melodic and beautiful tunes. The best part is, it’s not only music! The videos are edited to follow along with the song. Below are three that I found to be really cool, there are MANY more on his youtube channel though.
Check out his youtube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Fagottron
And his website at: http://www.pogomix.net/
Enjoy these beautiful, positive songs!