Greetings Spirit kindred. I am very excited to present to you, my remix project Awaken(D). This compilation is the result of hard work, planning and lots of communication among producers, many of whom I consider to be the most profound in the Transformational festival circuit today. I am honored to call them friends.
Based upon principles outlined by Charles Eisenstein is his work Sacred Economics, this is a “gift economy” release. sacred-economics.com
The producers were compensated for their time in various capacities because time is the most valuable commodity we have - it is limited and backed by our lives. However there is no specified asking price for Awaken(D) - the suggested contribution is $4.14, or if you are able then $14.14.
In the words of great American composer Charles Ives: “if [a composer] has a nice wife and some nice children, how can he let the children starve on his dissonances?” I am very fortunate to have other genuine interests and pursuits as part of my livelihood in addition to music which grant me Liberty to do what I want creatively without having to conform to current trends. Sometimes I have chosen to make commercial pop music for television, but that is perfectly ok with me. I will no longer choose to lead the struggled life of a “real” artist which has become cliche. This is in direct opposition to what I thought 20 years ago when I first began producing electronic music and was living that exact struggled life, which nearly killed me. I used to think that if music was not my only source of income and my full time “job” then I would be a “fake.” At the expense of my own self inflicted misery, I now know this to be far from reality. Whatever transpires is not directly within my control, but there is one thing I will not have to do, and that is stop creating.
The release of Awaken(D) also marks the launch of my imprint Transcendent Tunes transcendent-tunes.com
inspired by the ground breaking work of producer Bill Laswell en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Laswell
and philosopher Ken Wilber en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Wilber
. A phenomenon like Axiom records en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axiom_(record_label)
would never have been possible without the financial support of Chris Blackwell en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Blackwell
- perhaps you have already realized how this is connected to my quote from Charles Ives above.
I would make excellent use of your support in continuing my musical pursuits, but I shall neither demand nor carry expectation as to how you choose to co-create, which highlights a conception of 3rd stage Interdependent relationship; intimate or otherwise - I can take care of myself, but appreciate when you help… and likewise I am sure! :-) For details investigate the work of David Deida. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Deida
Let’s do this!
If it works, fine! If it fails, fine; […] for don't you see, any step that one takes is useful, is positive, has to be positive because it's a part of life, even the negation of the previously taken step is positive, that too is a part of life. ~Jules Feiffer’s Little Murders