New Music: Tibetan Bowl Meditations

Sound Healing Explorations

My first meditation/yoga music album features the magic sound of tibetan bowls. I discovered these bowls during my sound healing program at CIIS in San Francisco through my peers who were already using them in ceremonies and for healing. At the same time, I found a book by Tibetan Bowl healer and educator Suren Shrestha ‘How to Heal with Singing Bowls’ and became interested in the concept of giving ‘sound baths’ to people using the bowls by placing them around the body. The set of bowls I use are from Nepal, hand-made and carefully selected by Suren. The small, high pitched bowls are factory made but still provide ethereal healing to the head and spirit while the big bowls ground and move energy all around the body. This is a minimal, long play ambient album broken up in three sections, which represent three performances with the bowls. In the three performances on the album, I played the bowls in no particular order but let myself flow between them. Some parts are very spaced out between bowl hits, in some sections you will hear the angelic little bowls only and in other sections a cocaphony of bowls played close together create a wonderful swell of overtones and harmonics that seem otherwordly. The sound of the bowls will take you to another place where you can be free to let thoughts wander in and out and unlock areas in the mind or body that may have been dormant for some time. In this sound, you can relax and be free.The bowls were recorded from two different perspectives at Ghost Cat Studios in San Francisco by audio engineers Ryan Kleeman and Jay Marston. I wore a stereo pair of contact microphones on each ear, while two Neumann stereo mics placed in front of the bowls picked up the performance as well. The contact mics create a neat binaural effect. You will be able to hear the bowls played in various parts of the stereo field from my own perspective. You will also hear sounds pan left and right as I move around to play bowls on either side of me. Each set of 14 bowls from Suren is unique containing slightly different harmonic colors and pitches. So, this Tibetan bowl album will not sound like any other, due to the specific configuration that is unique to my collection of bowls. I hope you find the sound enlightening and deeply beautiful as I do.

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Performance

Lynda’s extensive performance experience over the past two decades includes performing with a variety of DJs as an instrumentalist and vocalist, performing her electronic music live solo and with a band, providing flute, vocals and technology support for various bands and soloists, collaborating on a cutting edge piano duo called Hammer Inventions and forging a new path into the world of sound healing music by providing live music meditations with a variety of acoustic instruments. Check out Events for upcoming performances and workshops.

Production

With multiple albums, singles and compilation appearances to her credit, Lynda is a modern renaissance woman in the recording studio. Fiercely DIY, she brings together her inspiration, talent and community of musicians to collaborate on cutting edge music that ranges from driving electronica to trip-hop songwriting to meditative ambient music and more. She has played on two Microsoft video games soundtracks and now is venturing further into scoring for visual media. In addition, future album releases are in development. Find out more on the Music Production page.

Education

Lynda has taught at audio and music production schools, community music centers and privately in her studio for over 18 years. She is passionate about coaching the next generation of musicians and forging a connection between strong music fundamentals and new technology. Found out more about her teaching philosophies and offerings on the Education page and LearningwithLynda.com. Also check out her articles on music theory, sound healing and reviews of music software and hardware on AskAudioMag.com.
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