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.”
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‘Singing Bowl (Ascension)' is out today. Link in bio to listen.⠀ ⠀ 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. But gradually I found I wanted to create something - to find peace and perspective through making music, as I have always done. I wanted to make something for the meditative mindset I found myself in, so I turned to some recordings I had made last year of an 100 year old singing bowl that was found in an antique shop in Delhi. I decided to restrict myself to using just this instrument and a laptop, and with this as a starting point, built a 21 minute meditation piece.⠀ ⠀ It felt beautifully pure to just use one acoustic sound source, and no synths. It was liberating to write something without playing anything on a keyboard - to avoid the familiar diatonic scale for the first time, and thus avoid any of my own conditioned playing habits. 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.⠀ ⠀ visuals by @2ms_studio
“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.
[VIA DANCING ASTRONAUT]