The songs collected here were born out of a collaboration with my partner, Hilery Kundinger. She's kept a daily meditation practice for years. Recently her practice has grown to include a sharing component; she records guided frequency meditations and offers them to her community online. Once she found this path, we decided to collaborate on this together—our first collaborative audio project after more than 20 years together. Hilery first records her spoken meditation, then I listen to the meditation as I compose music to go underneath it. It's been a rewarding journey.
After we built up a small library of guided meditations, we decided it would be nice to release the instrumental mixes of the tracks with the voice removed so the listener could guide their own meditation, help find their concentration for creative tasks, or just to zone out in the bathtub/sun chair/space pod. That's what we have here, just the instrumentals. These tracks are meant to be played quietly, at a volume low enough for them to blend into the environment like a birdsong or a humming electrical appliance. I'd recommend listening on stereo speakers in a quiet room rather than headphones, but if you like headphones, then by all means please use them. Just keep the volume pretty low, otherwise the stereo panning effects might get kind of intense. Or go ahead and listen at full blast! Life is short. Lastly, if you'd like to hear the versions with the spoken guided meditations, just search for Hilery Kundinger's name on YouTube. They are all posted there, and free to stream.
released January 1, 2022
All sounds by Solar Keys: Fender Rhodes, Roland Juno module, Moog DFAM, Moog Little Phatty, Microkorg, Guitar.
Recorded at Cloud Zero in San Francisco during the summer and fall of 2021. Cover photo by Michael Calore, featuring the public art sculpture "Spire" by Andy Goldsworthy.