Hart tuned out the world for his ambitious new album, tapping into his own brainwaves to find the intersection between biology, rhythm and music.
Mickey provides the dynamic and flexible rhythmic backbone to lyrics-centered songs that range from soulful rock to protest songs to trippy ruminations, all colored by the decades of the 60s and 70s.
Pick up this album, give it a spin and it will most definitely leave you with a smile on your face and possibly teach you a few new things about life, science and music in the process.
You have to take something that's invisible and link it to something tangible. The mind is the conscious part of the brain and it's a really important thing to investigate … how the brain reacts to different kinds of rhythms
We know more about the ocean than we do about our brains. And the brain is us.
Creation is music. Everything has a vibratory and rhythmic fingerprint, a pulsing matrix of frequencies we experience as color, sound, matter, molecules, galaxies, states of consciousness. A superorganism is a complex organism composed of many smaller organisms. The classic examples are bees or ants. They live in hives, they swarm, they are driven by a higher purpose, although each is an individual. A flock of birds, a school of fish—all swarm and are super-adaptable. Life for them is a jam, like jazz, they invent the way forward.
A band is a superorganism, so is the universe. For the last few years I have been creating music from the source sounds of the cosmos and now the body. These sounds are noise—harsh, strange—and it is only after dancing with their essence face to face that music can be created.I believe music can play a crucial role in helping us transcend the divisiveness of politics, race, geography, and gender. It is an energy that unites, it is also an energy that can heal.All we need is a groove to move our feet and a song to make the spirits soar.
MICKEY HART DEDICATED TO the memory of Professor Fredric Lieberman, the man with the well-stretched ear. He was my teacher, a friend and trusted guide to the music cultures of the world. Fred was a portal into the deep heart of music for the thousands of students he sheparded through the vast mysteries of music. With a book in his hand he was Nureyev.
SPECIAL THANKS: To Bert Hölldobler and E. O. Wilson for enlightening us to the rhythm world of nature. To Caryl, Ilana, and our amazing families and friends who have supported us throughout this journey. To Barry Melton, Rose Solomon, Meyer Sound, Remo Belli, Carol Calato, The Richard Lounsbery Foundation, Lawrence Berkeley Labs, Richard Kurin, David DeVorkin, Howard Cohen, Jay Stevens, Oliver Sacks, Connie Tomaino, Anderson Page at Modulus Graphite, John Harrison at A Brown Sound.
ENTER THE MYSTERIUM: Complete lyrics and additional content regarding sonification are available at:mickeyhart.net/mysterium
PRODUCED BY: Mickey Hart and Ben Yonas
RECORDING ENGINEER: Ben Yonas
ASSISTANT ENGINEER: Alex McCraw, Noa Yonas
ADDITIONAL ENGINEERING: John Paul McLean
MIX ENGINEERS: Reto Peter (2, 5, 6, 7, 9), Dave Greenberg (1, 3, 4, 8, 10), Ben Yonas (3, 4, 8, 10)
ADDITIONAL PROD. & SOUND DESIGN: Jonah Sharp
ADDITIONAL SOUND DESIGN: Alex McCraw
RECORDED AT: Studio X, Sonoma County,
CAMASTERED BY: Brad Blackwood, Euphonic Masters
MUSICOLOGY CONSULTANT: Professor Fredric Lieberman
DRUMS: Greg Schutte (2-6, 9), Ian Herman (1, 10), Mickey Hart (7)BASS: Dave Schools (1-3, 6, 7, 9), AdamTheis (3,5,9), ReedMathis (10)
GUITAR: Gawain Mathews, Joe Bagale (1, 2, 5), Steve Kimock (6)
KEYBOARDS: Joe Bagale, Jonah SharpVOCALS: Crystal Monee Hall, Joe Bagale, Mickey Hart (4, 7-9), Chris Kelley (4)
PERCUSSION: Mickey Hart, Sikiru Adepoju, Giovanni Hidalgo, Zakir Hussain (3-6, 8)
ADDL PERCUSSION: African Showboyz (1, 2, 7, 9)
MONOCHORD (BEAM): Mickey Hart
RAMU: Mickey Hart
WORDS BY: Robert Hunter (1-3, 6), Mickey Hart (4, 5, 7-10), Reya Hart (4), Andre Pessis (5)
MUSIC BY: Mickey Hart, Ben Yonas, Crystal Monee Hall (1, 3, 4, 7-10), Dave Schools (1-3, 7, 9), Jonah Sharp (6, 8, 10), Andre Pessis (2-6, 9), Cliff Goldmacher (4), Sikiru Adepoju (8, 10), Giovanni Hidalgo (4, 5, 7-10), Zakir Hussain (3-6, 8)
RAW DATA: Dr. Adam Gazzaley, UCSF Neuroscientist; Dr. Deepak Srivastava, Gladstone Institutes
SONIFICATION: Mark Ballora, Keith Jackson
BRAIN IMAGES: Jeff Smith & Matthew Wachter, Eye Vapor; John Fesenko,
UCSFGRAPHIC DESIGN: Malea Clark-Nicholson
LETTERING: Roxanne Smith
PHOTOGRAPHY: John WernerAll Songs © 2013 360° Publishing (ASCAP), Atzwhatimtalkinbout Music (ASCAP), Ice Nine Publishing (ASCAP), Endless Frogs Music Administered by Espy Music (ASCAP), Crystal Monee Hall Music (ASCAP), Precious Time Publishing (ASCAP), Hidalgo Speak Music (ASCAP), Attunbi Publishing (ASCAP), OW MY EYE Music (BMI), Famous in France Music (BMI)