eyes cast down

Ambient/electronic composer, musician and writer. Using guitars, EBow, synths, samples, loops, singing bowls, percussion & more, in pursuit of... something infinite. Other projects: Mukunda's Friends, releasing ecstatic, yoga/meditation music; Kalindi Music, my music label and publisher for various classical projects published under my own name; and Ear Brandy, a Music Branding service for businesses.

Homepage: http://eyescastdown.wordpress.com

Quick News: 2014 Promo Mix; Website Improvements

Cover for 2014 Promo Mix by eyes cast down

Cover for 2014 Promo Mix

The annual ritual continues: I’ve updated my free Promo Mix for another year. This is a 53-minute medley of clips from 13 pieces (sourced from published and forthcoming albums, and compilations). It’s available for streaming, free download and sharing (the usual non-commercial and no-derivations caveats apply) from my Bandcamp store. Please share with anyone you think might enjoy discovering the music.

I’ve implemented some tweaks to eyescastdown.com, to improve the layout and functionality. The coolest thing is the addition of Bandcamp listening widgets on the Listen page and each release page. Now you can listen immediately, without having to leave eyescastdown.com. This includes all the compilation albums as well as my own releases.

A preview clip for Memory Palace will be posted shortly, when we announce the album’s release date.

A shout-out here to my colleague Phillip Wilkerson, whose music I’ve recently (finally!) had the pleasure of discovering. His releases Sojourner and Highlands are simply outstanding, and I can’t wait to hear his latest, Wondrous Encounters, and the upcoming Vague Traces (with Chris Russell, on the Spotted Peccary label). If you haven’t discovered Phillip’s music yet, you’d best head over to his Bandcamp page right away.

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Coming Soon: Memory Palace – New Album with Chris Russell

Memory Palace Album - Front Cover

Just a quick announcement, as I’m learning I don’t have to write a book every time out…

Chris Russell & I have finished our album Memory Palace and will announce its release date shortly. It will be a joint release on Chris’ Void Music and my own Kalindi Music.

Needless to say, we’re very excited to share this. Nearly four years in the making, it’s something neither of us had done before: a full-on groove-driven project. Chris took my organic-electronic hybrid groove tracks and wove his deep-atmospheric magic around them.

This will be available on CD from eyescastdown.com, and by download from both of our Bandcamp pages.

Much more to come soon, including a preview clip, pre-order info (including bonus items for both digital and CD versions), and the behind-the-scenes story of how the “palace” was built.

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Divinations Revisited, No. 4: Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman at Challenger hearingAnother character who always drew my attention, and therefore had to be reckoned with in words, somehow or other. I hugely enjoyed his two two books, Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! and What Do You Care What Other People Think? when I read them years ago. After all, how many scientific geniuses have also been bongo players and safecrackers?

Richard Feynman

Before the spin un-densing,
 the Point pre-exclamation
  rockets into Being…

I Galaxy’s Child

We are each part of that Point, you and I
Nothing has ever changed that possibility
Which clusters do you romp now?
No local group could contain you -
 drummed back into the Continuum -
  which mortal constraints fall to next?

You, non-locally connected,
 splash color on the radio days
Bongo boy, never still, ever fresh,
 awash in today’s drum machines
  that would drown me out in my turn

Let’s continue the Infinity Drumming Circle,
 be Shiva’s dance band
It wouldn’t compute, but
 large-scale fun!

II Knights Errant

We each lie in that shadow, you and I
 of the day everything stopped -
  music, and time,
   rhythm and life everywhere
Before the neutrons – radiant active dancing,
 the Sun’s extermination
  shatters into Mourning…

Kind humans vanished in that fireball
What kind of humans vanquished them?
What? on Earth?
My Goddess, man – what have you done?
What twisted Genesis -
 oh, never mind, but never again!
How turned such genius evil?
Who turned Truth to such murder?

Why couldn’t you just
 have made better windmills -
  and then lanced those,
   instead of boiling the Yellow Sea?

You roasted in that secret, unjust desert
Charged with a mission,
 fission for an Enemy
Somebody’s gotta pay – now
Everybody
will have to pay – ever after

III Courting Jester

Before the seatbelts unfastened,
 the point of exploration accelerates
  and rockets into Oblivion…

We each aspire to this distinction, you and I
All-knowing Fools would be
You modeled the part,
 shook your bellcap
  at the king/idiot/bureaucrats
Become the true Challenger in that official mock-up
 (another bloody infernal farce fiasco)
Did you find some solace, some redemption?

Whatever parts you engineered
 took a smash when you dropped the rubber ring
  into that glass of cold water
   televising one more official couldn’t-care-lessness

Confused genius, creator/destroyer -
 your stories are lovable/laughable
You’re a polyrhythmic sandwich
 we’ll never quite theorize out
Like a Black Page – tricky to read

(5/14/96)

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Divinations Revisited, No. 3: Luna Vita

This poem was published three times, making it one of my best-received. Another sad character study, like (though more unlike) Twilight Child; this described a flesh-and-blood person, not a fictional one. Between these two and Camille Claudel, there was a clear insanity theme running through my mind in those days. Hmmm… must’ve been my day job.

Luna Vita girl

Luna Vita

Twilit, waiflike, as last week
Shrouded in meager, chilled black
Slept you? where? and this night?

Straggly runny hair
Omni eyes scattering
Focus-free, restless, fleeing
As your minimal shuffle scuttles
Escaping – what?

Surely not my sympathetic ear?
Hateful thought: I can do no thing
Can’t know your need – you’re not telling
I won’t hear of madness -
 fantasy convenience!

How dimmed your Luna strength?
Who damned?
Luna substance reflecting
 empty uncaring neon our blank faces
Your warm halo obscured
Your wild quarter-moon face -
 half mystery – half heartbreaking luminosity
  too clear to feeling eyes

Adrift through inner city space
Random crash some distant, freezing corner
You’re not circling me – are you?

Leave the clouds – hiding your shadow
Embrace your earth – sing your own light
Your ecstatic erratic self
A goddess now closed to us all
 regardless we see you

Some little thing -
 maybe a cup of tea
  could be your world now
Wait! It’s not all cold!

(3/14/94)

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eyes cast down Interview by Headphonaught

Many thanks to Thomas Mathie for posting this interview and for his nice support! The original post is here.

Thomas, aka Headphonaught, is a music lover, artist and designer, and keeper of the We Are All Ghosts netlabel, the Circumambient podcast and the Nanolog blog. Don’t miss his interview with my colleague Scott Lawlor.

Seven questions with … Greg Moorcroft aka eyes cast down

There is something wonderfully spiritual about some forms of ambient music … I find these forms reach into my soul like no other music. The music may be created to be spiritual and then again it may not … but, due to its very nature, it is possible to project a spirituality onto it whether it be the deeply meditative of certain longform drones or the wildly joyful of more upbeat, trancey sounds … this is my ‘worship’ music now.

One proponent of this form of ambient music is musician Greg Moorcroft aka eyes cast down. His contributions to the Free Floating winter compilations all|is|calm are exceptional. I have recently obtained a promo copy of his latest album – Divinations – and look forward to digging into that.

As is my way, I asked Moorcroft if he’d be interested in answering a few questions for this ol’ blog. I’m delighted to say he agreed.

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1) Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Greg Moorcroft. I use the artist name eyes cast down. I am a composer, musician, recording artist and live performer. I work primarily – though not exclusively – in the ambient-atmospheric world.

2) What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve just released Album #2, Divinations, on my Kalindi Music label. Album #3, Pastimes of Creation, is very nearly finished, so that’s the priority now.

3) Who inspires you?
- Name an artist who has inspired you.
My main man is Steve Roach, whom I hugely enjoyed interviewing three years ago. His music provides an endlessly-deep well of inspiration.

- Name a place that has inspired you.
I love getting out into nature. The most inspiring place I’ve been to is Cranberry Lake Park in upstate New York, on a camping holiday.

- Name some “thing” that has inspired you.
Drumming. I go to a monthly group, which is tons of fun. I really should take my portable recorder next time, because some good grooves often magically appear.

4) What drives you to do what you do?
The word “drive” says it all. I have to make music. I don’t have any choice about it; it’s in my bones. I love it. I would do it for myself alone, if I had to, but being able to share it is better.

5) What values do you wish your creativity to express?
True spirituality, which requires humility; love, which can grow only from that point; the courage to undergo necessary introspection; and a delight in the amazing power of Creation, of which I aspire to be a medium.

6) What role does community play in what you do?
In this sense, “community” means “kindred spirits” who value the music as I do – as critically important, as soul-shaking, ritual, deepcore magic. It’s fantastic that such a community exists; for me, its hub is the Relaxed Machinery community.


7) What is next for what you do?
The next project is either: begin recording Album #5 (which is entirely written), or finish writing Album #6 (which is half written). After those are both recorded, I think it will be time for the Concerto for Ambient Orchestra project. That is going to be … something other.

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Thanks Greg.

The first four tracks of Divinations were all released on Free Floating netlabel – Conceptionall|is|calm 2011all|is|calm 2013, and all|is|calm 2012 - with the final piece, Ensō (a live laptop/softsynth improvisation with Avian and human voices added during postproduction in May 2014) originating from an art show in May 2012.

I’m glad to have all these tracks in one place and recommend you check out the album: Divinations.

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Album #2: Divinations – Reflections on the Creative Process

Album cover: Divinations by eyes cast down

Design by Greg M, Photos by Greg M & Dasi.

I’m delighted to announce the release of my second album. Divinations is now available for download from my Bandcamp page, and will be available on CD soon.

Divinations includes five serene, pure atmospheric pieces, created mostly on synths. These pieces were all groundbreaking for me, in various ways: Exquisite Divination of Patterns was my first laptop-softsynth piece, and Snowdance in Starlight features my first use of acoustic guitar in an ambient mode.

Track listing:
1. Exquisite Divination of Patterns   11.26
2. Crystalline   11.36
3. Radiant Perception   10.08
4. Snowdance in Starlight   11.18
5. Ensō   28.04

Divinations is specifically geared to meditation, yoga, tai chi and similar activities, along with health and wellness spaces of all kinds. As usual, the music is suitable for background or deep listening, as you like.

The first four pieces were released on various compilations from the excellent Free Floating netlabel from 2011 to 2013. These were released for free distribution under Creative Commons (with full attribution, no commercial use and no derivations), and that commitment is honored here with free downloads of these four pieces and a pro-rated, bargain price for the entire album.

These pieces go together so well that I’ve dreamed about gathering them together, since before I was even aware of it.

The final piece, Ensō, is a live laptop-softsynth improvisation from an art show in May 2012. Avian and human voices were added during postproduction in May 2014.

The Japanese word “Ensō” means “a circle that is hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create” (more details in the Wikipedia article). This idea continues the theme of “reflections on the creative process” which informs Exquisite Divination of Patterns and Radiant Perception, and suitably closes the several circular paths which led to this album’s release.

Please visit the album’s release page. I hope you enjoy the music!

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Divinations Revisited, No. 2: Ivory Sunrise

Piano - Ivory SunriseOn further review, a couple of the poems in the old Divinations series turned out to be publishable as they were… This one speaks to my musical vocation, which bloomed a little late – but at least it has

Ivory Sunrise

Old worn wooden shell
Dingy clapboard cage
 with radiant ivory egg
Piano in the house

Upright proud, beckons still
 begging no one
Calmly anticipates – nothing

Hinged bench opens to discover
 piles of printed music
Books and booklets -
 songs, anthologies

Boy exhumes a song page
Assumes the position
What are all these dots?
Chooses some keys
What are all these tones?

His mother could play
 but never did
  nor encouraged him
Later claimed the Fear of Pushing
Never breathed a word
Pianissimo so silent
 sits unplayed
It’s a boy’s life

As a dying sun fades
 so dimly yellows that page of music
Never moving, never played

As the house ages badly
– balding shingles
– windows blurring
– beams creaking
Piano, ever silent ever proud
 stands resolute without age
Piano in my home

My children in this house
Ancient groaning structure
 on its last knees
Piano in silence crying rescue
Smooth finish tickles their touch

Daughter, firstborn
 delights in a certain note repeated
Deep yellowed sheet music
 crumples to flakes

Son, unborn musician
 singer in the dark
Gleeful palms an unknown chord
Ferocious playful exuberance
Over and over he will play!

Windows blasted from their frames
 glitter darkly in the dead grass
My children laughing, I join them
 and we bash out our exultation
Piano singing shouting screaming
 its joy its release as well
Self-discovery, self-expression is our forte

This house of silent chaos
 can stand no more
Crashes down around us
Topples to earth
 impotent to prevent any more
Hopeless, unable to harm us
It is a dead thing
 best given proper burial

Even this shell collapsing
 can’t drown our ecstatics
Dust of old silent shrouds
 tarnishes nothing here now

Three children one child
Four voices one voice
All set free turned loose
 upon suspicious persons
  unsuspecting culture
   and all-knowing Creation

(9/17/94)

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