This is a space where we get to share all sorts of stuff.
- Musical projects that any of our team may be involved with past, present and future
- Peace building and social programs we are involved with
- Quirky items that we think are cool
- Blog style information that interests us
- Links to articles, PDFs if you want to dig deep into the science/psychology world and reference works, books,papers that we find fascinating and feel shine a light on the deeper side of the Lydianstream system and the codes of behaviour
- YouTube content, music and arts websites
- Sometimes our ramblings, musings and dreams.
We will try hard to maintain a semblance of order here but sometimes a bit of chaos adds to the charm. For example… one of the features of analogue musical recordings, the world of tape recorders etc., is a phenomena called ‘tape saturation’. This is a kind of distortion and our ears, or more correctly our brains, love tape saturation.
Why would we love this sound effect? We can’t really hear it. It is like air. We breathe it but don’t ‘see’ it and yet it has such a strong psycho-acoustic effect on our beings that we have even invented tools to simulate this effect in the digital recording world. So it seems that dissonance is also an important part of what makes us human. It is always about balance. Perfection lies within its own imperfections.
Hope you enjoy our world
So… musical projects
Mark is presently working with Amadou Diagne, wonderful Senegalese musician, singer/songwriter and virtuosic percussionist and also with the Rasha Nahas band from Palestine…they are playing Glastonbury Festival this year June 2017 which is exciting.
Mark is also continuously fine tuning the lydian soundscapes and triggering sounds for the Lydian Mindharp.
Stewart is having fun time digging deep into the world of Cuban music and is involved in developing music with a variety of Bristol-based musicians. Recent collaborations with his Cuban and Columbian friends resulted in some new recordings. While in Havana last July, Stewart took some film featuring the amazing (Bristol-based) Cuban singer, Indira Roman. It seemed like a good idea to use this footage against one of his recent recordings featuring Indira…enjoy the ride!
Indira has just won an international award for the video of her own single with her band Aji P’ti led by Julian Segura. For a deeper, more thoughtful reflection on Cuba, see the relevant Post.
Soufian and Mark are adding ambient and electronica to Soufian’s exciting Moroccan Oud album… a tapestry of wonderful sounds…next to mix…master and then some gigs.
Links to peace building organisations we collaborate with or are proud to endorse.
Palestinian Israeli youth work
To quote from the website:
Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians to build critical understanding, develop creative nonviolent tools for social change, and amplify their voices to influence the world around them.
Mark and Heartbeat work hard at implementing the Codes of Behaviour into Heartbeat…they resonate strongly with the participants and empower them to see the ‘other’.
Beyond Skin is an organisation based in Northern Ireland, which was established in January 2004 to use Music & Arts as a tool for cultural education & exchange in an aim to address issues of racism & sectarianism.
More to come…..
Lydianstream youtube channel
Great article to start the list of with:
Music stimulates all brain regions that are considered the core of emotional processing.
Jon Lieff, M.D
Music affects all parts of the brain impacting directly on reducing stress and other emotional behaviours ‘…..These results found that listening to music influences the pressure that is put on the stress system, and can help the autonomic nervous system…’