In the Key of I

by Tonal Cosmology

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"Let’s just call these two long-form drones what they are: exquisite otherworldly compositions shimmering in the psychic darkness of deep space. “The Key of I” is ethereal bliss. Is this supposed to be emanating from myself?" - Ryan Masteller, Tabs Out

"There is a tone all your own..."

"In the Key of I" is the premiere release to utilize Ash Brooks & Matt LaJoie's pioneering Tonal Cosmology astromusical system for reading and hearing the harmony of the spheres. Here, the duo behind such projects as Starbirthed and Ash & Herb present longform musical representations of two major planetary transits, with each automatic composition based on the "Cosmic Chord" derived from the TC system's music theory for those transits.

Side one anticipates the energies of the coming first day of the new year, with an extended take on "Sun Conjunct Saturn" - the first transit that will greet us on the other side of 2018. Delicate motifs of electric piano slowly flower amongst a shimmering lattice of tuned bells and foundation of bowed 10-string guitar drone, allowing the reserved, somberly serious essence of this transit to find expression through humility and self-determination.

The subtle shift in relationship from conjunction to trine allows these thoughtful expressions to find a place to shine more freely in the world; the B-side's "Sun Trine Saturn" demonstrates this fiery solar illumination of the Lord of Karma, lightening any lingering reservations that stand in the way of pursuing one's life purpose. Bright rays of electric guitar dance through a field of ambient synth beds and bowed string loops, opening pathways for the creation of a spotlight on a stage of one's own making.

Flower Room is excited to present this first demonstration of the Tonal Cosmology system, and to offer you the opportunity to hear and become acquainted with your own Cosmic Chord in the coming new year. We invite you along on the journey with us in exploring and discovering a planetary harmony that has been known to mystics and cosmic thinkers for centuries. Hear your sound to remember your sound, and reverberate that sound into the world.


released November 30, 2018

Ash Brooks: electric piano, synth
Matt LaJoie: bowed 10-string acoustic guitar, tuned bells, electric guitar, loops


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