Abstractia

BOYINSEA – ABSTRACTIA

In 2010, the eclectic sound of Copying Atlantis from BoyInSea, broke down the barriers between the genres of EDM and e-funk to spawn a culture of its own making. Now, it’s time for something new from BoyInSea.
Now, it time for…

 

GENESIS OF ABSTRACTIA
 It’s the summer of 2016 and there are, as always, major events going on in the world. Negativity is at an all-time high in the news media and it appears that frustration is driving the populace to the brink of post-industrial insanity, causing one to think, surely nobody really wants to live an apocalyptic nightmare. It’s like, one hundred degrees of crazy out here.

With this in mind, a week after the release of his contemporary, ambient EP and audio-visual project, Contemplating: Sound For Mind And Body  Junie Morrison decides that it’s time to take the idea of soothing, perhaps healing music, to another level.

As Morrison puts it, “At the genesis of my next project, I wanted to conceptualize an escape from the tensions and atmospheric pollution that seem to have taken hold of our daily interactions, even if it’s only a temporary psycho-acoustical one.”

Meaning, Junie Morrison was as ready as ever to embark on yet another experimental, elecro-tonal music mission.

contemplating sound for mind and body
Contemplating: Sound For Mind and Body (Released 2016)

Contemplating: Sound For Mind And Body
by Junie Morrison
Buy on Bandcamp

“…I wanted to conceptualize an escape from the tensions and atmospheric pollution… even if it’s only a temporary psycho-acoustical one.”

– Junie Morrison, Producer

It’s Tech City Up In Here!

Donning his BoyInSea persona once more, in order to re-establish calm both in his own mind and in the air around him, Morrison sits down at his recently purchased Roli Seaboard to cut a new album. Aided by his trusty Korg Minilogue, his hardy Push 2 and a crap-load of modular synths, he spends the next few weeks composing an album reminiscent of African Spirit Music infused with a distinctively futuristic vibe entitled, Abstractia.

Morrison says, “In music production, using technology is just one part of the creative process. As with any artform, the other part comes from our inclination toward wanting to recreate the sights, impressions and sounds that exist around us and maybe, if we’re lucky, invent a few new ones.  There is also that tenuous thing that we refer to as inspiration. It’s the thing that allows us to look at the great works of others with awe and admiration, it also drives us to keep going, seeking out, experimenting, progressing, learning and improving our own skills. When we’re inspired, we never stop and we’re never afraid to show our appreciation of those around us. This frees us up to use our energy for venturing into exciting realms of expression, using technology and instruments in new ways and for creating new sounds.

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BoyInSea Abstractia Studio – Miniglogue, Roli Seaboard Rise, Push2

In music production, using technology is just one part of the creative process, the other part comes from our inclination toward wanting to recreate the sights, impressions and sounds that exist around us and maybe invent a few new ones.”

– Junie Morrison, Producer

Challenging The Multitasking Chaos

Junie Morrison does seem inspired and fearless in his approach to his music productions. On this project, he has thrown down the gauntlet and challenged the multitasking chaos that is our lives, head-on. The evidence shows itself in the overall mood of Abstractia, which is positive and calming.

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Factory Synth, Xkeys, QuNeo

There is also that tenuous thing that we refer to as inspiration. It’s the thing that allows us to look at the great works of others with awe and admiration, it also drives us to keep going, seeking out, experimenting

– Junie Morrison, Producer

Creating A Tonal Wedge, Finding Clarity

Abstractia encourages the listener to let go for a few moments, to allow the positive energy coming from the music to gently flow into and around them in invigorating pulses and in doing so, perhaps find some respite from daily routines, maybe even uncover a meaningful fragment hidden within all the chaos.

Morrison says, “My thought is that, it’s okay to have positive thoughts. A positive vibe is just that, it doesn’t have to be comedic or silly, it can be serious and profound. 

“Musicians, if they choose to, can drive a tonal wedge though the noisome pestilence; the stench that often accompanies our contemporary societal lifestyles, before it’s able to feedback on itself. Because, part of the problem in our society is the feedback loop. Once we get caught in that loop, it’s almost impossible to find a way out. At times like these, we need a pause, a moment to stop and consider where we’re going, maybe check out the direction we’re pointed in, and make a decision that’s best for us, personally. 

“Music with a positive tonal structure provides us with the opportunity to create a platform that we can use as a springboard into visualizations which, if used correctly, will bring us closer to clearer thoughts. Once there, we have access to a kind of clarity that helps us logic things out.”

df drum machine
DF Drum Machine

Musicians, if they choose to, can drive a tonal wedge though the noisome pestilence; the stench that often accompanies our contemporary societal lifestyles…

– Junie Morrison, Producer

Afrofuturistic, Tribal Influences

These ideas are definitely reflected in this project. Morrison has conceptualized an even deeper afrofuturistic vibe with his latest BoyInSea offering. He has drawn on tribal influences from around the world, both ancient and progressive and has recreated them onAbstractia, weaving them into intricate patterns throughout his melodies.

fender bass
Fender Bass

Music with a positive tonal structure provides us with the opportunity to create a platform that we can use as a springboard into visualizations which, if used correctly, will bring us closer to clearer thoughts…

– Junie Morrison, Producer

boyinsea abstractia studio
BoyInSea Abstractia Studio – Korg Minilogue, Push 2, Roli Seaboard Rise, Eleven Rack

Abstract, Harmonic Bliss

Let’s face it, Morrison has created a new world here, a world in which you can sense the magical presence of nature; the elements of water, fire, air, earth, and where haunting voices call out to you from a distance, chanting their messages of peace and tranquility. The tracks are beautifully arranged, abstract at times, all the while communicating with you through zen-like meditative tones and atmospheric highs and lows, even animal sounds, some of which are reminiscent of whale song, echoing over squishy beats, funky bass-lines and slippery synths. Abstractia is harmonic bliss, it is music for the soul.

BoyInSea - Abstractia

BOYINSEA
Abstractia A/B Flip
(Abstractia and Shaker Song)
Produced by Junie Morrison
Released June 2016
JunieFunk Recordings
Buy on Abstractia

ABSTRACTIA – TRACK LIST

1.    Abstractia 09:01
2.    Shaker Song 06:33

Abstractia A/B Flip from BoyInSea takes a different direction from its predecessor, Copying Atlantis, on which a number of the tracks were driven by that aggressive, in your face, euro-merican techno-funk, growling, stomp your feet in da club, yaaasss, kind of style.This new sound offers a much more calm and introspective feel––an atmosphere that almost draws the listener into a meditative state while simultaneously burrowing into the consciousness with vibrant, thought-provoking, deeply afrofuturistic expressionism and finely tuned organic arrangements.

Abstractia is liquid at its core––squishy and ocean deep. Beginning with overlapping cords that develop into an uptempo beat accompanied by an almost abstract bassline, it washes over you in sensory waves that are translucent as jellyfish and haunting as whale song as they tumble and race in the wake of a passing boat. Meanwhile, children call out to one another in the distance––their voices echoing throughout this instrumental peice evoking a feeling of timeless freedom, speed, youth and wide open spaces. Length: 09:01

Shaker Song carries you into a futuristic forest, with its beautiful arrangement of synths recreating the sounds of falling raindrops on the river, wind chimes and subtle drumming. Its mid-tempo leadlines ring out––the parts rolling over each other in sweet, harmonious beats and chords that bubble and grow and then fall back to male voices chanting. This is a subtle instrumental that emotes tranquil and sensual vibrations in the listener. Length: 06:33


Article by Anna B. Sheriff

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