“Coniunctio” Now Available on CDBaby

Coniunctio Now Available on CDBaby!

I’m pleased to announce that “Coniunctio: Pale Blue Orb/The Beginning Of Days,” my  new release on relaxedMACHINERY.com, is now available as a download from CDBaby for $12.99!

CDrs of this release will be available at the Hypnos Store in the near future.

A wallpaper, press release and full cover art will be available here in the near future. Stay tuned from more developments.

“Circular Scriptures” on “Secret Music” Top 20 for May, 2010

Scott Raymond
16 Penn St.
Fishkill, NY 12524


WVKR-FM “Secret Music” Top 20 Playlist
May, 2010

1. Palancar – Serenetatis – Earth Mantra
2. The Circular Ruins – Invisible Cities – Dataobscura
3. Loscil – Endless Falls – Kranky
4. Devin Rice & Erin Aas – Arrival – Self Released
5. Bruno Sanfilippo & Mathias Grassow – CROMO – ad21 Music
6. Jack Rose – The Black Dirt Sessions – Three Lobed Recordings
7. Carl Weingarten & Walter Whitney – Dreaming In Colors – Multiphase
8. Chad Kettering – Voices of the Ancients – Soniclayers Music
9. Zon Vern Pyles – Looking Forward – Zon Vern Pyles
10. Broekhuis, Keller & Schonwalder – Repelen 3 – Manikin
11. The Glimmer Room – I Remain – A Frame Media
12. James Cahall – Coming Home – Self Released
13. Craig Urquhart – Within Memory – Heart Earth Music
14. Callisto – Live at the Hampshire Jam – AD Music
15. Steve Brand – Circular Scriptures – Relaxed Machinery
16. Lucette Bourdin – Radiant Stars – Earth Mantra
17. Remy – EoD – AKH Records
18. Remy – Exhibition of Dreams – AKH Records
19. Undo – 9.9.99 – Undo
20. David Nevue – Revelation – Midnight Rain Productions

Thoughts on “Circular Scriptures”

I just got the mail that the “Circular Scriptures” page is live on CDBaby.com! You can find more and longer samples on either the rM/Wordpress page or my MySpace page.

First, let me say that I’m very proud to have been asked to release this album on John Koch-Northrup’s flagship label, relaxedMACHINERY. I look forward to releasing with John again in the near future and expect that you’ll discover lots of new and exciting music on rM.

The initial impetus for “Circular Scriptures” was to create subtly complex, slow-moving, diaphanous sheets of sound, multiple layers or washes of feeling tone?all interacting, with little distinct points of reference. At the time I began this album, I was deeply immersed in the channeled information of Kryon (Lee Carrol) and Tobias (Geoffery Hoppe).

In particular, I was/am intrigued with the idea that although we may experience the events of our lives as series of linear events, with one seemingly leading to another, time is not actually linear. Instead, “time” (a phenomenon that is said to be unique to our experience as Human Beings) is non-linear, multi-faceted, multi-dimensional, more or less metaphorically running and intersecting in a mind-bending multitude of directions all at once. Correspondingly, because we seem to experience time as linear and sequential, our beliefs and thinking have become linear and sequential. However, as we begin to understand the multi-faceted nature of time, our true selves and our experience, we will need to create new metaphors, new understandings, new scriptures, that reflect this broader understanding, which are circular rather than linear ? circular scriptures. The music simply sprang from the seeds of these metaphysical influences that tell of the grandness and unlimited possibility of undefined, unconfined Being that are we currently standing on the threshold of. I intended that “Circular Scriptures” be a soundtrack for timelessness.

“Circular Scriptures” times in at about 70 minutes and consists of 3 tracks: “Light, Mother of Shadows” 24:57; “Circular Scriptures” 20:35; “I Have Already Left the Room” 28:38. This album is characterized by occasional hints of natural sound, shimmering diaphanous semi-transparent layers of sound that come forward, recede, overlap, earth shaking timbres surface, rumble and submerge again, and near orchestral/symphonic/choral allusions. The initial sketches where done in a very spontaneous manner, utilizing some large segments of sound that I had been experimenting with at the time, bringing together the elements with an emphasis on emotive qualities and their ability to shift, morph and interact with one another. The final product was refined and distilled over a period of a year to maintain a certain level of simplicity and light. The final track, “I Have Already Left the Room,” features occasional additional sounds from Matt Hiller/Ishq.

More about the nature of time.

New Release on Relaxed Machinery 1.11.10

As part of the launch of the new Relaxed Machinery label, my upcoming release, “Circular Scriptures“ is currently slated for 1.11.10.

Relaxed Machinery is the brainchild of former AtmoWorks dude, John Koch-Northrup. I’ve been helping John with the graphic look and feel, creating his logo, cover template, press release template and wallpaper design. I think we came up with a unique look for all the pieces that says something distinctive about rM, the music and it’s artists.

To my knowledge, rM is going to be a highly unique paradigm as far as labels go, so naturally I think it’ll be a very exciting adventure to join in on. John has already covered the details of how rM will work in his own posting, so I won’t go into those details here. It is our intention to keep the rM WordPress site a updated with the latest news, thoughts and developments, as well as providing feeds to Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, etc., so you can stay connected via your favorite social media. One of the aspects of rM that I think is really fun, is that we intend to augment releases with press releases, additional art, samples, screen savers, interviews, etc. for each release, available only through RelaxedMachinery.com, so make sure to bookmark this site and watch for updates.

“Circular Scriptures” has been in the works now for over a year, so I’m very excited to share it with listeners, and to be able to kick off rM with this release. I’ll post more details and thoughts on “Circular Scriptures” in late December, or early January.