Introducing COTD 03.11.2008Posted by poligraf in COTD, News.
Tags: ashram, buddhism, COTD, demo, into the ashram, jambudvipa, meditation, music, poligraf, prog, prog rock, progressive, quotation, rock, writing
The writing frenzy hasn’t receded yet with about 34 minutes of newly assembled music since the last post. The new titles go as follows : “Into The Ashram” (6:20), “Lepufology 101” (6:30), “Leftoverturned” (5:20), “Waking In Heaven” (3:20), “Stonecutter” (2:50), and “Polygraph” (10:00). That means that “album 2” is pretty much taken care of, and at this rate there will be enough music for a third album a few weeks from now.
So, what’s COTD you ask ? No, it’s not the City of the Dead, nor is it the Circle of True Doom, Cardiac Output Obtained by Thermodilution, Cotangent of x in Degrees, or the Cult of the Dolphin. It’s the Clip Of The Day ! Writing lifts me up high, sometimes even vertiginously high as I found out this last week, and I’d like to share some of that inspiring newness with you. So without further ado, here’s the first COTD, a demo of version #26 of “Into The Ashram” :
An instrumental in 4 movements (The Ordinary, Running Out Of Breath, Dweller On The Threshold, Jambudvipa), the composition aims to evoke the progress of an individual getting fed up with their day to day life to the point of taking an extended time off for reflection and introspection.
In the cosmology of Buddhism, Jambudvipa is the name of the continent of the terrestrial world where ordinary human beings live. From Wikipedia :
It is in Jambudvipa that one may receive the gift of Dharma and come to understand the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path and ultimately realize the liberation from the cycle of life and death.
In a way, both the ordinary and Jambudvipa can be taken to be coextensive, or sharing the same spatial extension if you prefer, as it is the mindset or attitude of the individual that determines in which they abide. In other words, the ashram that is referred to isn’t necessarily a physical location, for instance some building located in India, but can also mean a mental construct, or a way of doing things. In that sense, the piece depicts an inner journey beginning from over-activity and ending in temporary seclusion, where reflection and healing can take place.
By the way, sorry for the audio quality, or lack of to be precise. Even lo-fi doesn’t quite describe it. It’s a MIDI file transferred to audio via my trusty Roland SC-88 sound module into a supposedly stereo soundcard which in fact captures in mono, the best I can do from my writing dwelling.
The clip is also available on the following exotic virtual locations : our SoundCloud page and our page on Facebook. And will probably be available on a few others sites after I’m done with this post. Then again maybe not because it’s getting late.
Once again I’ll leave you on a Daily Meditation :
“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.” – Buddha