The tree is stripped,
All color, fragrance gone,
Yet already on the bough,
In the notes for the first release in this series, Contemplation 1, I didn't say anything about Michael Meara's music, including instead an extended Zen quotation. I felt this was in the spirit of the music itself and the concepts of 'form' and 'void' from which it drew inspiration.
I was tempted to do the same this time around, but on further reflection (or 'contemplation') I decided that I would do something different. I feel that this is still in the spirit of the form and void concepts. Writing about the music is at the same time letting the music speak....
I've been listening to this piece quite a bit in anticipation of the release. Sometimes on its own and sometimes in conjunction with the first release. And the more I listen, the more contemplative I feel. I have listened during meditation and have found myself drawn into the abstract aural shapes that Michael weaves through the music. The timbres are often reminiscent of Tibetan bowls and there is something of the heady aroma of incense drifting through these extended atmospheres. At times the tone can be somewhat darker than typical Free Floating releases, but out of that cold musical void Michael constructs an ultimately warm and embracing form.
I am grateful that Michael has chosen Free Floating as the repository for this music. I feel that he has helped me to push my limits somewhat and brought a great sense of possibility in this new year.
I hope that listeners will allow themselves to discover this music.
released January 22, 2015
“Contemplation 2” is the second in an ongoing series of subliminal drift pieces by Australian ambient musician Michael Meara. This long form piece features processed lap steel guitar and is intended for low level playback.