DJ Qbert once said “you’re not playing an instrument, you’re the instrument and the universe is playing you”. The philosophy behind Prism is in this same vein. I believe what we encompass and create revolves around events and inspirations that have affected us directly. On a deeper level, this principle relates to realms outside of music, and with further investigation may help strengthen the notion that all things are the same regardless of their outward appearance.
SEEING THROUGH THE MACHINE ////
The desire to push music to other planes and explore new ground is rare in today’s ‘get rich quick’ copycat culture. The people influencing me now and who have been musically inspiring to me have always had the quality of being completely confident to delve into uncharted territories, blend styles or apply ideas from what seem to be entirely separate sources. It’s this attitude that pushed me to create Seeing Through The Machine.
INNER DIMENSIONS //////////////
A sample of the infamous speech by political activist Mario Savio easily signifies the extreme passion and importance of not participating in this system in which we seem so heavily engrained and even trapped. As a musician, I want nothing to do with the type of energy The Machine is exerting. There seems to be a great amount of mental pollution* being created with the continuance of this system of which Mario Savio speaks. But the less and less one chooses to not participate in the system, the less and less mental afflictions survive. Once this is practiced diligently, an essence will undoubtedly arise from within. At that point one can begin to dig even deeper.
PSYCHOPHYSICAL INTELLIGENCE //
Once there, what is to be found? Thousands of years of organic memory, a digital evolution that is encoded in all of us. It is a knowledge that transcends the mind (psych) and the body (physical). Before modern language, human communication could only be compared to the way birds interacted through song. This history is forever engrained in us and can be accessed internally if the conditions are right.
MASTER IN DEATH ///////////////
How can one fully understand life without first exploring death? Throughout history, many cultures have regarded an exploration of death to be essential to life. Often, the first realizations after one endeavors into these realms is that absolutely nothing lasts. True love itself even falls victim to impermanence. The meaning of ‘death’ here is not to be confused or identified as something negative - as is often the case from a Western point of view - but rather a perception of one’s absolute truth that is neither negative nor positive.
WITHIN US /////////////////////
Once one endeavors on this internal journey, one of the first steps is an eternal realization. What is the voice within, the tool or skill given to share this new awareness? How does one express and properly utilize what is found? Anything is possible.
Big Love to the journey
*John Trudell, Trudell (Documentary, 2005)
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