This first release by Latex Records is the beginning of a compilation series created by RhythmUS Network which features electronic artists of various genres whose music relates to a spirituality theme. This project is alternative music of ritual, magic, myth, and transformation of consciousness projected from archetypal images from the subconscious discovered through the creative process and includes everything from tribal chants to EBM club hits.
"Electro Age accomplishes goals set forth within The Awakening as it features 15 electronic artists bent toward 'alternative music of ritual, magic, myth, and transformation of consciousness...' The chants of 'Tentatio Arduo 2' (Conscientia Peccatti) tune into entrancing vibrations that connect us to the spirit world. Glis breaks the spell with a hyper-kinetic adrenaline induction into 'Nightvision'. The electro-synthpop invasion continues until The Moors bring back mersmerising chants with 'The Hunter, Curnennos'. Apocrypho begins to re-invent the trance-dance mantra with 'Connect'. Music For the Goddess closes the album with 'Round And Round', a flower-child revival that quickly paints imagery of campfire sing alongs, and hand-holding dance circles of smiling faces. Although available almost anywhere independent music is sold, check LatexRecords.com for complete artist information." ~ Gothic Beauty Magazine
"The CD is just phenomenal. I love it and can't stop listening to it...I was so impressed by the way that every song on the compilation was unique but they really came together." ~ Jay Kantor (DJ Draven), The Last Exit
"Electronic music has often and still is sometimes perceived as a cold and empty creative expression. Electro Age I: The Awakening's conceptual approach tries to demystify this myth by presenting electronic music through the lens of subconsciousness and spirituallity in the creative process. The compilation features artists and bands who are well implanted in the underground movement as well as new emerging entities, each one offering their own particular sensibility and artistic personnality creating a diverse collection of styles and genres. Highlights include New Mind, System Der Dinge, Takshaka, KAJ, and The Moors." ~ Jean-Francois Fecteau, Le Vestibule
"..very diverse, and mind altering electronic sounds." ~ Tommy T, DSBP
01. New Mind "Undercity 2000" *
02. System der Dinge "Narcotic" *
03. Concientia Pecatti "Tentatio Ardua 2" (edit) *
04. Glis "Nightvision"
05. Lysa Nalin "Vision"
06. Nuada "Mage Sun"
07. Noxious Emotion "Nobelium (Air-Fire-Water-Earth mix)" *
08. TVKill "Trust" *
09. Takshaka "Gaia" *
10. KAJ "Under The Moon"
11. The Moors "The Hunter, Cernunnos" (edit) *
12. Apocrypho "Connect" (DJ Vex Mix)
13. ThouShaltNot "Without Faith (Nothing Mix)"
14. Diverje "Shivering Skies" (edit)
15. Music For The Goddess "Round and Round"
* Exclusive tracks not available on other releases.
This project is alternative music for alternative thinkers. It has nothing to do with religion but instead spirituality. It is not about being preachy but elevating consciousness. In music of all types worldwide you will find the mythic archetypes displayed. However, I have found that in underground and experimental forms where the artist is more likely to go outside the standard modes of thought and structure they are more likely to be more truthful and oftentimes more blatant. It is believed that when anyone begins to delve into their subconscious mind or inward being they will ?encounter? these archetypal symbols. This is usually the purpose behind shamanic ritual practices and is sometimes evident through experimentation with psychedelic drugs.
"And so it happens that if anyone?in whatever society?undertakes for himself the perilous journey into the darkness by descending, either intentionally or unintentionally, he soon finds himself in a landscape of symbolical figures." - Joseph Campbell (Mythologist/Philosopher) The Hero With A Thousand Faces, Princeton University Press
It is further believed that artists are most likely to expose themselves to the inner mind of human consciousness. The creative process involves much introspection and the resulting form is very personal to the creator and hopefully says something to the (in this case) listener. The artists want you to feel something and think, more so for artists in underground art forms.
"The creative process, so far as we are able to follow it at all, consists in the unconscious activation of an archetypal image and elaborating and shaping the image into the finished work. By giving it shape, the artist translates it into the language of the present and so makes it possible for us to find our way back to the deepest springs of life." - Carl Jung (Psychologist), Princeton University Press
I believe universal Truth is often found in some of the most unlikely places and it is something that we are all possessed of. It is inherent in our being. To deny the Truths revealed throughout the ages by sages, mystics, poets, artists, and musicians is to deny the Self.
"The subconscious dimension of the human soul is a reality just as much as the rational dimension. Together the rational and the subconscious minds co-operate as a dynamic creative unity. Ignoring one or the other is to ignore a dimension of human existence." - Jayni Bloch M.A. (Psychologist) http://www.genian.net/
Through these channels we are all connected, we are all the same. You will see the ancient myths reflected in modern artistic forms including but not limited to music and cinema. The language is mythology. The most relevant of these to our day and age is the most basic spiritual precept of Universal Oneness, that we are all connected and from the same primordial stock.
"When you see the Earth from space, you don't see any divisions of nation-states there. This may be the symbol of the new mythology to come; this is the country we will celebrate, and these are the people we are one with." - Joseph Campbell (Mythologist/Philosopher) The Power of Myth, Randomhouse/Anchor