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Indulge in 21-minutes of self-care with a new meditative piece by Jon Hopkins

The artist has also launched a new series on Spotify called ‘Quiet’

  • Salomé Grouard
  • 12 May 2020
Indulge in 21-minutes of self-care with a new meditative piece by Jon Hopkins

While some people are cooking or following online yoga classes as a way of coping with being cooped up inside, British musician and electronic producer Jon Hopkins has found his own way of dealing with these difficult times — and he’s inviting you to join him on his liberating journey.

As a cathartic move, the electronic composer moved away from his pioneering techno sound and instead looked for peace within himself by rediscovering a 100-year-old singing bowl he'd bought earlier in Delhi. He used the vibrations of the antique piece to create the track and the result was magical. In fact, the idea started as part of a sound installation that Hopkins produced for Helsinki Arts Festival last year but was accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has fed this series of music.

Hopkins explained on Instagram: “Like so many people I felt pretty paralysed by this situation when it first unfolded. All my plans for the year were cancelled, and everything felt so weird and dreamlike.”

“There was a magic in setting this generative system in motion then just letting the vibrations of this bowl create their own world. I listened to harmonics layering on top of harmonics for hours and was transported.”

Acoustic, sober, hypnotising and transcending, 'Singing Bowl (Ascension)' could become your best friend during these unusual times as it was written as a way to foster meditative experiences during self-isolation.

The track also comes with a video, watch it below:

The piece is a meditative follow up to his piano composition called 'Scene Suspended' from earlier this year. A few months earlier, he released a collaboration with Kelly Lee Owens called ‘Luminous Spaces’.

'Singing Bowl (Ascension)' is accompanied by a shorter version of 4:30 minutes, for fans that may not have the time to dive into the full version. But if you do have time, ‘Singing Bowl (Ascension)’ is part of a new meditative 24-hour playlist called 'Quiet' that Hopkins curated for Spotify. Listen to it here.