This album has changed my life. I wrote these songs over the last several years and really lost myself in its creation. I went to all extents to create something that sounded perfect. Something that would allow me to die in peace upon its creation. In certain cicumstances, I felt as though a force were writing the songs through me or that the songs were already written and I was merely a conduit. I feel as though these tracks are more like the story of my souls journey through the cosmos than an expression of my life.
I've been playing dancefloors for years. I decided to make an album, though, which combined what I learned from bootyshakin beats with the understanding that the CD would also be played in cars, bedrooms, dorms, walkmans, and wherever destiny lead it. It's really a concept album that bridges electronic genres such as Trip-Hop, Breaks, and Drum and Bass with more song/lyric-based elements and ethnic mobility.
My friend, Rigzin, joined me on track 9, HymnalAYA, and sang some of the most beautiful Tibetan chant I've ever heard. This song still has the power to bring tears to my eyes if I'm not careful. Other than that, all of the vocals are mine.
The artist Darrah Danielle has been my creatrix for two albums now and this is one of her finest works. I often tell people that one of the most important reasons to buy the album is to own the exquisite original collage work. We worked together intimately on this project and a simultaneous vision emerged. I cannot express the gratitude I have for Darrah's creation and its inspiration for the music born of its divine incarnation.
Here's a brief layout of some of my musical experiences that led me to this project:
Live Production Soundtracks:
-The Elucidation of Sorrow was the production soundtrack for the El Circo show "HymnalAYA" performed live at Burningman 2003 and 2004, the Sony 'E3' Expo 2004, and more...
-Check out my performance troupe affiliates at:
-The new movie "Delicate Instruments" will feature "The Riddle" and a newer track, "Weary Branches".
-The award winning San Francisco strip club documentary film "Live Nude Girls Unite" by Vicki Funari
-The series "No Big Names" from Ashland Mine Productions features lots of my earlier music and the newest film contains several newer tracks.
1999: Trippy Nick meets Random Rab "Never Trust an Alien"
[check out nick's new stuff at http://www.trippynick.com]
2000: Random Rab "Order of the Unknown Mind" -sold out-
2001: Random Rab "Epicycle" (doubleCD)
[available exclusively through CDbaby]
2003: "Redbull Ascension" -sold out-
2004: "Tempo Rosso" -promo only-
-Featuring Bassnectar (Dj Lorin), KRS-One, Micheal Franti, Sayre, Dorfex Bos, and many others
(contact me to purchase these discs)