"Catalyst"—four cavernous, ethereal, sentimental and lilting inscapes timing in at just over an hour. Instruments used on Catalyst include, keyboards textures, shakers, voice, conch, kora, bamboo chimes and field recordings.
Catalyst was started in 2010 and completed in late 2011. 2010 reduces to 3, which in a spiritual sense, indicate catalyst, fecundity, magic and intuition. 2011, reduces to 4, which indicates Earth, groundedness, solidity, calmness and home (which were a welcome respite from the previous years experiences). I was (and am) experiencing all of these, sometimes all at once, and I continue to feel their presence at work in my life. Because of the power of these experiences in my life, I felt compelled to make a group of songs that embodied the feeling and presence of these forces—which I think are powerful tools that can act as a catalyst for growth, meaning and an expanded way of living and being.
The cover, inside spread and wallpaper photos all depict ephemeral light phenomena…light passing through objects, reflected and refracted from objects which in some cases, only lasted for a few minutes. I feel that these images perfectly capture the idea that if we attention we see the magical that is just behind the facade of the ordinary.
For Nadja, with whose continued assistance and love, so much is possible.
MP3 sample clip
1. amniotic light [11:44]
2. catalyst [17:13]
3. deep into it [16:19]
4. the track of the moon on water [18:00]
Steve Brand_Catalyst_Samples by Steve Brand