John Cage, an avant-garde philosopher, artist and musician of the mid 20th century, says this about his passion for organic noise: “The sound experience which i prefer to all others, is the experience of silence. And this silence, almost anywhere in the world today, is traffic. If you listen...
In music there are many voices: percussion, bass, guitar, vocals, strings, horns, keyboards, synthesizers, etc. All of the voices tuned together generate the potential for a radical phenomenon known as a beat, production, band or orchestra. The result of this authentic cooperation is electrifying. Music is so connective, expansive and healing because...
On Monday, Kendrick Lamar became the first non-classical or jazz musician to receive the Pulitzer Prize for music. The Pulitzer board praised the album as a “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”This...
A free-spirited gypsy musician is no stranger to wild experiences. On her journey to establish a creative career, my dear friend and fellow musician W recently found herself in a cult. Here is her story: As I type this, I’m on a Greyhound bus fleeing a Hebrew Israelite Cult in...
"Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous" - Albert Einstein Synchronicity is a magical quality of life. Every day, whether we are aware of it or not, experiences connect as perfect reflections of one another. I used to consider these events random “coincidences”, until I realized how often I witness...
In 2012, Japan's Nara Medical University’s Shigeyoshi Osaki decided to make the worlds most beautiful sounding violin strings, and he did so with the help of 300 female Nephila maculata orb web spiders. Just as the fame of Stradivari’s violins is attributed to the dense spruce used to make...
Audio Nitro debuted last June with a spotlight on Texas MC Feral The Earthworm, my good friend and fellow full-time working artist. Since then, Earthworm has continued to inspire us with his absolute dedication to the craft and to the lifestyle he's created for himself as a van-dwelling troubadour....
When British celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal wanted to present a unique style of dining in Berkshire restaurant The Fat Duck, he turned to the element of sound. His dish, ‘Sound of the Sea’, consists of oysters, sea urchin, razor clams and panko sand — and hidden in a conch...
Each sacred song represents a time when a human being entered the world of the sacred and brought back something from that place for help in the human world. It has been my experience that the most powerful of sacred songs come during particularly potent experiences of the sacred....
In 1993, a group of nearly 4,000 transcendental meditation practitioners lowered violent crime in the city by 23.3% over the course of a two month demonstration. Just one week after the start of the study, violent crime (homicides, rapes and aggravated assaults), began to decrease — between week 6...