A VOYAGE THROUGH SPACE AND TIME
Gravity Mission, the multi-generational collaboration between audio-visual pioneers Scott Werley and Ruben Erazo, is a starry-eyed emergence from music-friendly Denton, Texas. The Electronic Chillout group formed in February 2011 out of the urgent need to express the frequency of the natural world in calmness. The two humanitarian and environmental advocates distilled their visions, through numerous intellectual discussions of socio-political disorder and planetary catastrophe, into a three part mission statement. This proposition has remained unchanged since its formation:
"Through timeless alliance across billions of years, we present three objectives for humanity:
our conscious form that connects us to all living things.
with dignity the endless mysteries of life and love, death and absence.
we are ancient secrets - stardust and all of its impossibility - on the bountiful shores of our infinite cosmic reality."
THE BEGINNINGS OF A MISSION
During the early days of the year 2011, a cosmic event took place when Scott Werley and Ruben Erazo joined forces while collaborating on Ruben's Subito Pianno debut album Paisaje Mental (Mental Landscape). At the time, Ruben hired Scott as a professional freelancer to execute the design of his website and album artwork. During this creative process, a moment of Ruben's poetic discovery of Scott's previous works blossomed and unfolded with a flash of white light, forming a permanent interstellar connection between a 70's/80's disco-charged, classical Colombian musician and a young electronic DJ with an impressive eclectic music catalog, holding a small yet devoted underground following.
As many other unexpected projects have started in times of past, the concept of Gravity Mission was conceived at a local bar on the backside of a simple white napkin. From the chaos of the atmosphere, two words emerged from the smoky blackness: GRAVITY MISSION. This was the beginning of an unparalleled, year-long, perilous yet bountiful exploration through all of space and time. Ruben and Scott entered into the void together and came out holding a star that outshined their darkest nights, "unburdened by the gravity of their mission" (anonymous source of design).
Inspired by the vibrant and rich electronic headspaces and lyrical masterworks of Tycho, Röyksopp, Late Night Alumni, Sigur Rós and Samantha James, along with the commanding natures of George Michael, Lime, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys and the classical genius of Bach, Gravity Mission found itself standing on its first set of hybridized legs while Spring emerged throughout North Texas.
A SYNCHRONIZED CREATIVE PROCESS
Throughout a year defined partly by professional transitions, Gravity Mission's final line-up of eleven album-making tracks was conceptually constructed to form a larger constellation of meaning and intention. Countless nights filled with hours of YouTube music video sharing, disco-chillout swap sessions, and photographic experimentation propelled the interests of the group's mission forward into the territories of the written word.
Building from the foundation of two of Scott's previously abandoned poetic selections "Unsung" and "Turning Point," the words for Gravity Mission's entry album Before The Spoken Word seemed to appear as if ghostly figures were rising from the blank pages. It was a process of activating what had laid dormant within, slumbering yet waiting to be called into existence. A simple website was immediately launched with a mission statement that has remained unchanged since its conception. It was clear at this moment that this was the point of no return.
During the production stages, Ruben would come up with the rhythm, chord progression, and melody and Scott would brainstorm the designated lyrics and visual interpretations to match the transmissions he received. The process was challengingly specific, yet naturally comfortable, while focusing on a pre-assembled list of track names to match an idea larger than its parts. Before The Spoken Word is a conceptual yet accessible album that sprouted upward through this sustainable system of concept, music, then lyrics.
"We wanted to create something unique that we had envisioned in our minds and not yet heard expressed in the music world," says Scott. "Our discussions of humanity's past health and wellness, natural beauty, and simplicity in the face of complexity guided us upon the idea of Before The Spoken Word -- that is -- before an age corrupted by the abundant poisons of a self-destructive species."
Gravity Mission reached its Kickstarter fundraising goal of $1700 on April 17, 2012. Upon the end of their thirty day campaign, the band was 40 backers strong with total contributions topping $2200. "It was so magical, so surreal," mentions Scott. "The universe had provided us what we had asked for. Our dreams were coming true. From the moment we reached our goal, we realized Gravity Mission's concept and message is imperative to the times in which we live. The response was there. We saw it, felt it, heard it together-- this was a moment of clarity."
Gracing the summer with a June 1st launch date, this first release marks the first burning embers of Gravity Mission. This is only the beginning of the group's musical/artistic collaboration and journey. Gravity Mission Quiet, featuring simplified piano and vocal versions of six tracks from Before The Spoken Word, along with two new additional bonus tracks, is in production and is tentatively scheduled for a Fall 2012 release. Gravity Mission appreciates all support and feedback to move them forward in their endless pursuit of artistic collaboration and inner-navigation for all sentient beings.
The chillout session continues at www.gravitymission.com, which features news updates and online retail links. A new multi-media oriented website is currently being designed and will be launched this summer, which will include press photos, song samples, and all original artworks by the band. The group stays connected with their fan base from their Facebook Page and are heard on Jango Radio’s online independent streaming network.