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Spiritual Development the Hard Way is a manual for finding meaning in a modern world – a life worth living.
Music is a pathway to other worlds. It bypasses our inner customs officials, and strikes right through to heart and vision.
Some music seeks to appeal to our conventional world, while other music speaks of worlds and moods that lie beyond.
My music is a channel to places you have never been. It should be listened to in a specific way - take the time to stop
what you are doing. Turn off the lights and silence your mind - prepare yourself and allow the music to carry you away.
Some music speaks of the stream, and some music is the stream. To understand the stream we have to enter into it
fully. We stretch out our inner wings and fly on the currents of light and sound, to feelings and images that call from
before our birth.
Music transforms us like nothing else, because it echoes from our deepest core. I am very happy to talk about the journey
that awaits us all, and if you wish to speak to me or my friends who are also on this journey, please visit my discussion
forum Restless Soma
But personally I prefer to share all my experiences and knowledge through my music - that way I can speak directly. I don't
have to translate it from immediate taste into ideas and words - in so doing, much is lost, as it is modified by our inner
customs office, where we like to agree or disagree. Music is pure experience, and a conduit directly from worlds of feeling.
Take yourself away from the crowd, go into the silence and darkness, prepare for a journey, and let your spirit release.
Audio CD: Trance
is not your usual CD. This music is specifically designed to accompany my book,
Spiritual Development The Hard Way
which is available by the 'Buy' button above.
is what it says - trance music. But more than that, it is music for people who seek to explore the mysteries within themselves.
I recommend those who do seek to explore these mysteries, to dance to this music such that the rhythms and sounds become absorbed physically.
predominantly explores the various moods inherent in seven-cycle rhythms. This unusual beat cycle has been purported to have been a sacred dance rhythm
that was a link between ancient schools of knowledge, such as the Sarman and the Essenes. I have not been impressed with the way some music systems utilise the seven beet cycle in slower tempos, such as in Indian ragas,
as the slowness of the tempo does not create the necessary effect upon the body. The rhythm needs to cycle faster to give the body the unusual effect inherent within odd beat-cycles like the seven cycle.
Aside from the first and last pieces of Trance
, all the other tracks explore variations of emotion and physicality that the seven cycle can produce.
And all these pieces are trance music - meaning they continue in a way which provides a background landscape for the participant to enter into their own trance space. Due to their unusual mood-scape, they are not
recommended for beginners in trance experience.
The First track of Trance
Srinagar to Ley, is the balance for the rest of the CD. It is on the other side of the coin - the complete opposite in atmosphere, mood and technique. Srinagar to Ley employs familiar, classic African rhythms and a clear melodic guitar style.
It is naturally dance oriented, and an extravert mood in comparison to the introvert mood of the remainder of Trance
Audio CD: Lighthouse
belongs to the last phase of my interest in producing music in the traditional arrangement style.
is a series of songs and arrangements that covers a wide range of my musical interests. There is plenty of diversity and mood,
along with some of the most interesting arrangements I have ever produced.
Audio CD: Ambour Rills
is meditation music.
is specifically designed to accompany meditational atmosphere. The key point of this music, is that it is not entertainment
music - the listner is required to be in a mantal and emotional space where they do not require 'attention' demanding elements around them.
will not provide that for you. Once you have settled yourself into a space of contentment with nothing,
will help create an atmosphere in which you sit. It is not so much for actively listening to (though all pieces will
receive the listner with interest, whenever they return to the music), but is purposely for 'accompanying'.
I have been very interested in the interweaving of music and visuals. Ever since listening to music in a car as I was crossing
Nullarbor Plain in South West Australia thirty years ago, when the endless changing sameness of scenery sent me into a trance
as the music changed the landscape, and the landscape changed the music. I am fascinated by how the music and the images
become different from what they are separately - a unique experience that draws from both, but adds so much more that was not
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This music was composed for a specific purpose. At the time, I had tired of making music that was similar in structure to what
we all commonly hear. I wanted to make music for how I liked to listen. I dropped all the familiar methods of arrangement and
playing. I did not want this music to be the focal point of attention, as entertainment. That kind of music, which demands attention,
is fine, but I wanted some music that 'accompanied' me, in what I was doing, even if that was just sitting quietly doing nothing.
That was how it began but soon it took a life of its own, and each piece became a unique journey.
When you listen to this music, do not be in a rush - it isn't going anywhere. It just is. Don't fight the music, and don't ask it to keep
you entertained. If you are not able to feel comfortable in yourself, then this music will not help that - it is like sitting beside a
stream, that bubbles and gurgles on forever, or sitting in a deep cavern with strange echoes that rumble endlessly. Sometimes it
seems the sounds are carrying you, and sometimes they just follow their own way. You must be at peace first, then the music
will work its magic.
Imperial Court Music (MP3 35.2MB)
Raconteur (MP3 32.5MB)
Burial (MP3 33.7MB)
I am especially drawn to instrumental music. I feel as soon as I hear words in a song, a different part of my being engages -
the part that thinks about things. That is fine, and I enjoy that also, as music can add much subtlety to the meaning of words.
But wordless music has a unique quality to allow the sounds to build a visionary world without the distraction of our daytime
existence. Thus it holds especially transportive power for the listener who is willing to allow the sounds to carry the soul away.
World of Love (MP3 7.9MB)
Leather Sandals (MP3 16.8MB)
Fire and Water (MP3 29.3MB)
Ghost (MP3 23.6MB)
Reverie (MP3 14.2MB)
Severn Toes (MP3 29.3MB)
Where am I? (MP3 4.7MB)
These are mostly from many years ago, when I still arranged songs in familiar ways.
Walking through some musical techniques.
Voice (MP3 60MB)
African Rhythm (MP3 21MB)
Julie and Michael's India Blog Blog for our current trip through India (2013)
Michael's Vimeo Site Music Videos in higher quality
Michael's YouTube Site
Saur: our Band's Home Page More music and videos from our band Saur
Michael's Home Page This is my old Home Page with links to poems and other places
Buried Shiva The weird entry point
Restless Soma My Discussion Forum for all things that really matter in life