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Staring at the sun from the spirit pit

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How do you explain or put words to events that are purely experiential by nature? That is the question naw asked himself 10 years ago when he set out to write the material for his most recent album. “Staring at the sun from the spirit pit” is an album of seven pieces of naw’s most personal material to date. Borrowing from his own academic studies in transpersonal anthropology, naw tells his own story by looking at the relationship between his altered state of consciousness though meditation practice and the culture we live in, that strives to explain experience in tangible easy-to-grasp ways. Using field recordings, found sounds, live instrumentation and synthesized interpretations, naw weaves seven personal experiences into a story taking the listener through naw’s meditative process that blurs the line between reality and subconscious experiences. This album asks what is real and what is imagined.

naw began composing electronic music over 30 years ago with explorations in audio art and experimental music. His interest in sound and technology has led him to a continued questioning and refinement of audio tools and modes of production resulting in experimentation with altered instruments, modified devices and custom software environments. naw’s music is warm, atmospheric and cinematic. With sound design firmly grounded in the traditions of dub studio culture alongside the more formal style of contemporary composition, naw’s music defies classification.

Staring at the sun from the spirit pit is naw’s fourth release on the paper+sound label.

1. Memories of Lower Haight
2. Faulty sky machine
3. In the valley of the soul
4. Three figures appeared in the field
5. … and the rain receded
6. Still breathing
7. Staring at the sun from the spirit pit
All sounds and music crafted, composed, manipulated,
edited and recorded by Neil Wiernik.
in the Box, Toronto, Canada between 2008-2018.
Mastered by Heiki Sillaste and Kris Helström.
Socan Neil Wiernik 2018
Cover and packaging photography by Neil Wiernik.
Cover and packaging design by Heiki Sillaste
Thanks to everyone who continues to support the music and the journey!
Additional thanks to Plogue Technologies, Borderlands Granular,
Paper+Sound and Pertin-nce. Visit naw online at phoniq.net
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