Our True Nature (Limited First Edition CDr - edition of 10)
Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album
CDr in 5"x7" bi-fold booklet, first edition limited to 10, signed, hand-numbered and assembled in cello bag, one signed art card included. (If you'd like me to sign the 5"x7" packaging, just leave a note in your purchase order.)
Includes unlimited streaming of Our True Nature (2016 Re-issue)
via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
(The sampler track is an 8 minute excerpt of the full album which will be downloaded after purchase.)
“Our True Nature” consists of two 35 minute drifting, atmospheric ambient soundscapes titled, “True Nature” and “Genuine Nature.” Inspired by my mentor, Nadja, and by events in my life that continue to demonstrate to me that our lives are always about the process of unfolding, gradually revealing our true nature. O.T.N., was originally conceived as a companion piece to the 2012 rerelease, “Sunprints,” and is constructed primarily with keyboards, bells, flutes, zither, whistles, rattles, rainstick, field recordings and voice.
My initial aim was to create aural representations of natural processes—growth, decay/transmutation, photosynthesis, etc.—even the voices and awarenesses within nature, by melding together natural and acoustic sounds, with more electronic sounds. For me, one of the most fundamental and immediate ways we can connect with our essential selves, our core being, is through our connection with nature, it's processes and metaphors. Basically, I wanted to create a garden of sound, where new possibilities, new ideas, new ways of being could come into fruition.
On every front, we're assailed with perspectives of fear about these times, about the meaning of the year 2012, the environment, our safety, our sovereignty as beings, etc. For me, this salesmanship of fear and scarcity is simply an attempt to distract us from the real events and facts—that we are powerful, sovereign creative beings, who are in the process of realizing this fact. So, I created soundtrack for hope, growth and expanded ways of being, and chose the release date of the solstice, because it is the literal turning point, out of darkness and into light.
"We do not need to learn about love and balance, about peace and compassion, about forgiveness and faith. We have always known about these. Instead, our task is to unlearn those negative and harmful emotions and attitudes that plague our lives and cause us, our communities, and our world such misery. As we let go of these negative traits, lo and behold, we rediscover our true nature, our positive and loving self. It has been there all the time, covered over, obscured, and forgotten. When we remove the outer layers of dirt and debris, the negative thoughts and emotions, when we clean and polish away the outer overlay, then we can once again discern the true diamonds we really are. We are immortal and divine souls on our way home. We have always been diamonds underneath." - Dr. Brian Weiss
Steve Brand originally recorded and released in the experimental genre under the name “Augur,” with more than 20 limited
edition releases on independent labels. In 2003, Steve began creating in the “ambient” genre under his own name. He has issued more than 40 self-released disks, as well as a number of solo and collaborative releases on U.S. labels, Hypnos and AtmoWorks, the Italian label, Afe....more
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