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Stochastic Moods is an absorbing slab of micro-rhythmic and cosmically attuned electronics from drummer turned synthesist David Ross for Sam Weaver’s excellent, Salford-based Cusp Editions.
It sounds to us like Bellows conducting esoteric electro-magnetic rituals in the ether with Rashad Becker and Christina Kubisch, or equally Mark Fell jamming in hyperspace with Pekka Airaksinen, and comes with some suitably heavyweight conceptual background that requires a bit of explanation, which is included below for disambiguation. However, you’re recommended to just dive in feet first and ask questions later for best effect as the music’s abstract polymetric discombobulations and knotted, wormholing nature will reveal its logic in due course.
“In ‘A Conceptual Framework for Consciousness’, Dr. Joachim Keppler elaborates on Quantum Stochastic Electrodynamic (SED) theoryto suggest that consciousness is a fundamental property of the universe rather than a material creation of the human brain.
Functioning as a resonant stochastic oscillator, the brain modulates with an all-pervasive radiation field of infinite energy and potential, termed the zero- point field (ZPF). The brain selectively filters resonant frequencies from the field’s spectrum into states of relative stability or balance situations that come to comprise our experience of consciousness.
Keppler compares the ZPF to Prana, the omnipresent ‘vital principle’ or life-force described in Hindu philosophy. It is believed that all forces of the human mind, (indeed the universe), are modifications of the life-force Prana. Ancient Indian philosophy and SED consciousness theory seem to share the notion that mind and matter are based on the same universal substrate and that their interdependence causes matter to shape consciousness and vice-versa.
I started thinking of improvising with control-voltage electronics as a parallel to these processes, regarding the electrical field as a metaphor for the zero- point field or vital principle.
Composing with volatile analogue systems now seemed an endeavour to distil stable voltage-states from the infinitely random potential of the electrical field, to determine audible balance situations for musical contemplation. Stochastic Moods is a paean to the joy of experiencing a pleasantly unexpected thought or feeling as it enters into consciousness."
D. Ross 6/03/2017