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The Creative Zone

Abstractia by BoyInSea

Abstractia A/B Flip
 (Abstractia and Shaker Song)
by BoyInSea

Buy Abstractia on Bandcamp

Released June 29, 2016
Written, Produced and Performed by W. Morrison
Produced by Junie Morrison
© 2016 Juni Morrison Songs/BMI
Label: JunieFunk Recordings
Cover Design by Anna B. Sheriff – Ki Shomen Project

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

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, “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.”

BoyInSea - Abstractia

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 on Abstractia, weaving them into intricate patterns throughout his melodies. 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.

Released on his indie imprint, JunieFunk Recordings, Junie Morrison presents you with the first two tracks from his latest BoyInSea release Abstractia, as an A/B Flip; the title track, Abstractia and Shaker Song.

– Anna B. Sheriff

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(Not Just) Knee Deep

In recent days,  many of my social network friends have asked me to clarify my position on Funkadelic’s (Not Just) Knee Deep. I can let you know that you may rest assured that the track is of my conception.

It originally began with the idea, groove and keyboard parts that I had created a few years prior to producing the track for Funkadelic, which later became (Not Just) Knee Deep, as you now know it today.

However, it’s clear that most people tend to feel better about something when it comes straight from the mouth of the horse that bit them… So check out these sound files and hear what happened for yourself.

Ever funkin’ on. – JM

George Clinton talking about Junie Morrison’s involvement in Parliament-Funkadelic especially on (Not Just) Knee Deep.

Contemplating: The Well

Contemplating: The Well
from Junie Morrison

 Contemplating: The Well

The water that grants life, flows into, around, over and below all things. Like the soul, it is a structure-less structure, containing the uncontainable… by Anna B. Sheriff

Contemplating: The Well, is part of a triune of meditative audio-visual works, created by Junie Morrison.

Video: Contemplating: The Well
Produced and Directed by Walt “Junie” Morrison
Co-Produced by Annyash Arriffe
Music: Spectral Noise
Composed and Performed by Walt “Junie” Morrison
© Copyright Juni Morrison Songs/BMI
Poetry: The Well
Written by Walt Morrison

Soundtrack to this project available on The JuniePopUp Store: juniepopupstore.bandcamp.com/album/contemplating-sound-for-mind-and-body-ep

Contemplating: Inner Truth

Contemplating: Inner Truth
from Junie Morrison

Contemplating: Inner Truth

Blink not, for the quickening of the eye beholds a truth beyond that of the hand. It sees into the depths, seeking out the light within and touches the borders of Eternity… by Anna B. Sheriff

Contemplating: Inner Truth, is part of a triune of meditative audio-visual works, created by Junie Morrison.

Video: Contemplating: Inner Truth,
Produced and Directed by Walt “Junie” Morrison
Co-Produced by Annyash Arriffe
Music: The Spoken Works
Composed and Performed by Walt “Junie” Morrison
© Copyright Juni Morrison Songs/BMI
Poetry: Inner Truth
Written by Walt Morrison

Soundtrack to this project available on The JuniePopUp Store: juniepopupstore.bandcamp.com/album/contemplating-sound-for-mind-and-body-ep

Contemplating: The Creative

Contemplating: The Creative
from Junie Morrison

Contemplating: The Creative

A thought breaking the silence seems to come from nowhere. The music that brings the thought seems to be everywhere. Together they move, flowing ever on; thought and music, creating a meditation song… by Anna B. Sheriff

Contemplating: The Creative, is part of a triune of meditative audio-visual works, created by Junie Morrison.

Video: Contemplating: The Creative
Produced and Directed by Walt “Junie” Morrison
Co-Produced by Annyash Arriffe
Music: The Creative
Composed and Performed by Walt “Junie” Morrison
© Copyright Juni Morrison Songs/BMI
Poetry: The Creative
Written by Walt Morrison

Soundtrack to this project available on The JuniePopUp Store: juniepopupstore.bandcamp.com/album/contemplating-sound-for-mind-and-body-ep

James Brown – Sound On Sound Article

Classic Tracks: James Brown ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’
Producer: James Brown • Engineer: Ron Lenhoff
Excerpt from Article by Richard Buskin

James Brown

‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’ was James Brown’s statement of intent as he abandoned soulful ballads in favour of a raw and frenetic new sound.

“Most of the time, working with James Brown, it would be down to the first complete cut,” recording engineer Ron Lenhoff told me when I interviewed him in 1988. “He’d say to me, ‘Ron, are you ready?’ and if I said, ‘Yes,’ he would cut it. After that, if he got all the way through it without stopping, I’d better have it on tape. I never ran into the situation where I didn’t have it on tape, but I sure as hell always worried about it.”

James Brown Portrait

Lenhoff captured many of Brown’s most iconic performances during the halcyon years when he was signed to the independent King Records label in Cincinnati, Ohio. This was founded in 1943 by one Syd Nathan, who, after initially owning a record store there, launched King as a country‑oriented label and, in 1944, based it within an old chemical plant in Cincinnati’s Evanston neighbourhood…


James Brown & The Famous Flames.
Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag
Label: King Records. Released: 1964
Producer: James Brown
Engineer: Ron Lenhoff
Studio: King Records

Read the rest of the article on: Sound On Sound Music

Funky Worm – Ohio Players

Funky Worm PromoFunky Worm by Ohio Players.
Released on Pleasure
(Westbound, 1972)

“Never forget where you came from.” – JM

Upon its release in 1972, as part of the Ohio Players’ sophomore album, Pleasure, this ground-breaking and ultra-funky song went massive and was the first hit from Pleasure to become a platinum seller.

Ohio Pplayers PleasurePleasure, Ohio Players

Funky Worm was written and produced by Junie Morrison, who also performs the voice of Granny and the “worm sound” on synthesizer. The “worm sound” created by Morrison, has since been much imitated, sampled and repurposed by both hip-hop artists and music FX plugin creators all over the musicverse. – P.Neal.


Jump by Kris Kross

Edit: Wow! A day or so after posting this article, Dre suddenly started talking about The Funky Worm infusion in hip-hop music on his radio show, The Pharmacy. Here’s a quick sound bite:

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