gentle vibrational embrace as airs in the room soak-in the latent undercurrent able to envelop and dilate the clench of interpersonal, woe, grief, and/or aggression.
To be discreetly incorporated into a home-scene where interpersonal dynamics are veering toward an all out burn-down. Primarily to be used as back/ ground music, re-reminding you that, despite the present clench or woe or ache or loss or fight or grief, your back is in fact got (back) and the good ground is ever-available (ground). Widens the aperture of receptivity to that omni-present field of restorative light permeating all things at all times in all places. Featuring Ganavya Doraiswamy.
Some of the ingredients in Formwela 2:
– Repetitive, predictable harmonic pattern and form, no sudden shifts: these compositional/arrangement design is based on criteria cited in various studies as contributing to a sense of calmness. Bolette Daniels Beck (et.al) describes these compositional qualities as matching “the sensitivity of the nervous system locked in a freeze response (i.e. low degree of variation and stimulation) and to provide a sense of home or center (i.e., soloist performing a melody accompanied by orchestra or synthesizer).
– Repetitive descending unison melody, sung in unison: while the melody rises at times in consonant arcs, the majority of the melody is moving down. With the intention of creating a sonic palette for the listener to project into, this compositional ingredient is intended to reflect a sense of coming together, and winding down.
– Soloist accompanied by ensemble and choir: The soloist’s vocal melodies present as a morphing, moving, ever-adjusting individual in relationship to a low-intensity constant (the accompaniment). With this compositional choice, we hope to create a representation of human-variability ebbing and flowing in harmonious relationship with their environment.
– Middle/Low range of female voice, energetic peaks and lulls in solo arc: Vocalist Ganavya Doraiswamy predominantly sings in the middle and low range of her voice (Polyvagal theory suggests -as I understand it anyway- that this range of human vocalization is believed to cue the social-engagement system to hone-in on conspecific vocalizations. This state is associated with stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system). The arcs and lulls of intensity throughout the solo mirror the variations of the breathing patterns and HRV associated with social interactions in a physiologically safe-state.
Credits: Formwela 2 (ft. Ganavya)
Producer, Arranger: esperanza spalding
Producer: Raphael Saadiq
Engineer, Field Recordings, Sound Design: Eben Hoffer
Engineer: Hotae Alexander Jang, Bryan Matheson
Mix Engineer: Fernando Lodeiro
Mastering: Oscar Zambrano
esperanza spalding: Piano, Vocals
Ganavya Doraiswamy: Vocals
Thrive Choir: Vocals
James Greeley: Bone Whistle
LaMont Hamilton: Bells
Chris Sholar: Electric Guitar
Steve Turre: Conch-Shells
Justin Tyson: Drums, Percussions