From Ubud, drive north for about 30 minutes and head straight through several local villages. Pass no less than 20 women balancing baskets on their heads and a babies on their hips. Make a wrong turn or two down a hilly road, and then enter the jungle where you’ll stumble upon TheNYX — a newish eco-village and artist-in-residency villa set amid lush rice paddies and forests in the middle-of-nowhere Bali.
The co-living space is a place where creatives can stay for a minimum of one week to teach and learn from one of their Curiosity Nodes, which are facilities TheNYX provides to allow "expression of the skilled and entry point for the curious student". Their community ranges from data scientists to dancers who are committed to ongoing personal development, exploration and experimentation of new technologies, arts and ways of social relating to sustainable community growth.
Cool, but what made our eyes ogle was their music studio.
Within the solitude of rice paddies and palm trees lies Helicon Sound Lab, a premier audio production studio for artists to record live sessions, podcasts and livestreams, conduct sound design and compose original music. For anyone who might be new to music production but want to check in boot camp-style and learn, there are also producers and sound engineers to help compose, arrange, record, edit, mix and master your music.
The work station is equipped with Native Instruments Komplete, Logic Pro 10.5, Ableton Live Pro, Protools and Focal Shape 50 Studio Monitors alongside musical instruments like keyboards, guitars and even a bucket full of handheld instruments to add some spice to a session.
The acoustics in the lab is supported by a three-dimensional bamboo mandala canopy that assists with the organic diffusion of sound and lends the room a warm, unique sound dynamic alongside the experience of recording with natural materials.
The grounds of TheNYX also boast a natural amphitheatre made up of cascading gardens on one side and rice paddies on the other with a clearing in the middle that will one day become a live events space (looking at you Boiler Room: Jungle Edition).
Whether you're locked down in Bali right now or plan to return there in a post-pandemic future, hunkering down at TheNYX might be the Eat Pray Music experience you've been looking for all your life.