Praxis

by Cem Güney

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A Phonetics Theme is an algorithmic composition, essentially composed with the intention to have any kind of appropriate media accompany it. It makes the use of African phonemes and words to tell a story. The story is dedicated to Sound Art.

base, matters, writing, besos, to gather, base, quality, sound, knead it, to pick up, beat, feal, beat, put into, twelve, cymbals, to dig, beat, si, rump, to grind fine, to beat, era, calling, strike, ear, take it, piece, to dance, field, festival, to spit out, beat, play music, push into, confusion [?], to descend, sound

Behold Now Bhikkus, The Sounds of Nada Yoga Nada Yoga means ‘union through sound’. It is the ancient spiritual art and science of inner transformation through sound and tone. Meditation on sound is one universal path to Self Realization, accessible to anyone, and appropriate for people of any religion.

Our mind easily becomes absorbed in sound. This is why we all-even infants and animals-enjoy listening to music. When the mind is fully concentrated on anything there arises a feeling of inner bliss. In Nada Yoga, we learn that the source of the sound may be external or internal. The sound may be gross or subtle. That is, it maybe ‘struck’ out loud (SA: ‘ahat’), as from a voice or musical instrument; or ‘unstruck’ and outwardly silent (SA: ‘anahat’), arising inwardly as from the subtle currents of energy or prana moving throughout the body.

With practice, concentration on carefully selected outer or ‘struck’ sounds will enable the mind to become calm and transparent. At this point you may begin to become aware of the subtle inner ‘unstruck’ sounds. You might perceive inner sounds that seem like bells, or flutes, or even a hum like an electrical transformer. Some of these sounds are actually just the sounds of your own body: blood pumping, or the electrical energy of nerves and inner ear. Other, deeper, sounds are the ‘sounds behind the audible sound’. It is into this deeper realm that Nada Yoga can take you.

One of the techniques used to practice Nada Yoga is ‘toning’. Toning is the creation of extended vocal sounds on a single vowel in order to experience the sound and its effects in other parts of the body. No melody, no words, no rhythm, and no harmony - just the sound of the vibrating breath.

There are many vowel sounds in the human language. As for the application of ‘Behold Now Bhikkus, The Sounds of Nada Yoga’, I focused on several principal sounds and their combinations.

Vowels-Possible Attributes or Related Perceptions,

UU (’who’): awareness of physicality, sensation of depth; base of spine
OH (’go’): individuality, conscious self-image; solar plexus
AH (’car’): centering, expanding, pleasant heartfelt emotions; heart area
EE (’knee’): energizing, awakening; head
MM (humming, lips closed): balancing, harmonizing and integrating; the subtlest and most powerfull sound

Order of Applied Vowel Combinations,

uu-ah-ee-mm
uh-oh-ah-uu

An Ascription to Praxis:

I am beholden to the harmoniousness of two essential properties that maintains the forcefullness of a cognition space. One, is a time-space continuum, stable in manner, having control over the undesired effects of duality and two, the synesthetic response, enrichining the transmutations from the abstract to the concrete. Synesthetic responses, via the many influences of sound contributes much as a motivational factor, and without the negative effects of duality-distractions so to speak-fluid impromtu motions (the essence of creation) can build up to constitute a language that becomes the basis of form.

Praxis, is the experimentations of the various emergent forms, and its application into the concrete.

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released June 11, 2008

Cem Güney: Laptop, live electronics, field recording & radio. All tracks composed, in the years of late 2006 to 2008.

Cover art by Hugo Oliveira.
Design and master by MCarvalhais.

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