Updated: Jun 23
A long format lullaby.
The new 2 hour mix Lullabies and Lotuses is out now, highlighting a combination of obscure favorites and original productions. You’ll hear seamless transitions and blends that account for new synergies between the source material, and a few original interludes and flute solos sprinkled throughout. The mix was produced over a 5 month period, and the bulk of the music was recorded straight from my vinyl collection.
Cover photo by Maureen LaPorte
I wanted to make a mix that was long enough to carry people into the dreamworld on billowy clouds of sound. Another goal was to showcase my range of influences and encapsulate the sound I’m after when producing my own music.
Since the inception of the Otorongo project, I have begun to identify with a concept pioneered by composer Jon Hassell (alongside Brian Eno) known as "fourth world music," a musical aesthetic described as "a unified primitive/futuristic sound combining features of world ethnic styles with advanced electronic techniques.
Photo by Mark Thalman
This mix is a bit of a showcase of this aesthetic vision, and while far from comprehensive, a good introduction. It'll take a good 3-4 more long format mixes to flesh it out I suppose :)
Some of my favorite composers are featured herein including Kryshe, Alice Coltrane, Tim Hecker, Boards of Canada, Sameh Satoeh, Daniel Sullivan and more. There are also a few Otorongo pieces and some shorter interludes I wrote to tie certain pieces together for a mostly seamless blend throughout.
If you've been enjoying this Otorongo project, I encourage you to learn more about my 1:1 sound baths that I am now offering in Asheville.
Each sound healing session is tailored to your needs. We start with simple breathing exercises to help you settle. You may choose a specific intention for the session or you might just want to relax and let the sounds guide you where you need to go. I will surround you with sounds from various instruments such as singing bowls, drums, flutes, chimes, harmonium and voice to support your journey towards harmony in your physical, emotional and spiritual body. The session ends with a short discussion/feedback.
Just the beginning for this space!