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Me playing at Supynes festival

Me playing at Supynes festival

I have to be honest, it’s hard keeping a blog alive when you’re running a label, an online store, multiple musical monikers, playing gigs etc. So it has been quite dead recently. But anyway, I have some stuff to show today. Last weekend I played at Supynes festival here in Lithuania. The lineup of live performances and DJ’s included Sven Weisemann, Pulshar and many others. I play at this festival nearly every year. This year it was reviewed by Resident Advisor and got a great rating of 5/5. Check it out: http://www.residentadvisor.net/review-view.aspx?id=15242

So here are those videos of me playing:

My new album “Namo” is now fully released on my site, my bandcamp, and on Cold Tear Records. This album features 14 original tracks and a remix by Quantec. So you can go to this page: http://coldtear.com/giriu-dvasios-namo/ and enjoy this album, and share it with your friends!


Giriu Dvasios - NamoMy new album “Namo” will be released tomorrow on Cold Tear Records. But it is available to download for all my supporters here on giriudvasios.com right now! If you don’t have an account, don’t heistate to get one, it’s super cheap!

Nothing else to say. Hope you’ll enjoy it. And big thanks to everyone who kept supporting me even when i couldn’t give you any new material to listen to!

Recently there was a new label called “Deafaid” started. Their first release is a 12″ vinyl compilation with tracks by me, Slownoise, Ohmikron and DryKru. It is now available to order from decks.de or pre-order on label’s bandcamp page, which is http://deafaidrec.bandcamp.com/. On bandcamp there are 4 bonus tracks, so i’d recommend to get it from there.

This is the first time my music was pressed on vinyl, so it’s exciting for me. :)

 

My new album “Namo” will come out on April 28 on Cold Tear Records, and my own site as well. It will contain 14 original tracks and a remix by Quantec. Check out the preview below:

 

A collective called Radiant Child’s which not so long ago took an interview from me, and ivited to play some music on an online event are now putting out a CD compilation called “Sequence”. My track is also on it. It is now available for pre-order and streaming via bandcamp. Very high quality stuff on it by artists like Zzzzra, Textural Being, Brickman, Grad_U, Spaceci, Havantepe etc. Check it out: https://radiantchilds.bandcamp.com/

So since my last post about lithuanian ethnic culture, i kept listening to “sutartines” (ancient, polyphonic lithuanian chants/songs) and checking out other things in that field. What i realised is that every culture has their own way of meditation with sound. For example christians have rosary prayer, hindu and buddhist have mantras, muslim sing texts from Koran and there are also somekind of chant where they sing many different names of God. Shamans hit their drum and also chant something. All these different cultures have their own way to raise their conciousness to high levels by using sound. In lithuanian ancient religion there is sutartines. Inspired by all of this i started taking these songs and remaking them into Giriu Dvasios dub tracks. I am now thinking that i might make a whole album with lithuanian ancient sutartines, hoping that it will cause some people to study this ancient form of art and spirituality.

I’m going to share some very nice videos that i discovered while researching ethnic culture.

In the first one, i love the whole setup. The dance that goes together with a chant, the drums are great here, they give this power to this chant, and the mellody is also very powerful. I also love the way these people are dressed. I’m blown away by this video, i can hardly explain why :) It brings a lot of emotions for me. Maybe i have memories from my past lives, or something… I know the quality of video is not great, but still, what a fantastic event.

The next one is the same chant, but sang by only five people. Their collective is called “Aistvara”. In this one you can hear this chant more clearly and the quality of the video and sound is a little bit better. However i must admit, that this chant sounds better with a bigger ensemble.

The next one is a very similair song, but it’s slightly different. Words are a little bit different and the mellody as well. As awesome as the one before though. Judging by the voices i hear, i think it is sang by a collective called “Trys Keturiose”, but at that time, when this recording was made (1986), they didn’t have a name yet. Just my guess, i’m not sure how it really turned out.

I like the next one because it has an interesting mellody and it has a positive vibe. Some sutartines sound kind of sad, some sound happy, and some are something above what is sad or happy, perhaps transcendental? :)

I seem to really enjoy watching sutartines being sang when they have some movement by singers involved as well. Especialy when they walk towards each other back and fourth and bow in front of each other. I don’t even know what that means. We can see here that when singing sutartines, sometimes it’s not just voices that interact, but physical body movement as well. I have an example of that performed by KÅ«lgrinda collective.

The next video is a compilation of rituals, chants and dances performed by Kulgrinda, with their song “Dijuta Kalnali” in the background.

Fascinating stuff. Too bad the majority of the ancient lithuanian spiritual knowledge and knowledge about nature was lost during some harsh history of Europe. Again, we’re just scrathcing the surface here. But i hope you’ll enjoy it.

Slow Living volume 2

A net label called “Drift Deeper Recordings” run by a Dub Techno Blog released a big dub techno compilation. It is available for free download. My track is on it, amongst artists like Alexander Saykov, OhmikRon, Ohrwert, Textural Being, F.l.o. and many more.

Check it out here: http://driftdeeper.com/drift-deeper-presents-slow-living-volume-2-ddr009/

This blog from Poland asked me if i’d do an interview and a podcast for them. I agreed. The interview was written in polish, but i decided to make an english version for you. And while you are reading it enjoy the podcast.

Tobiesobiemiastu: Hi. I remember it was around 2010 when I heard Metai for first time. It was amazing.

Giriu Dvasios: Thanks, it features some of the earliest Giriu Dvasios works so really glad to hear that.

Tobiesobiemiastu: When did you start producing music?

Giriu Dvasios: I have started when i was around 13-14 years, that’s around year 2000. But i started Giriu Dvasios in 2009.

Tobiesobiemiastu: And why did you choose dub?

Giriu Dvasios: I have a friend who used to show me dub techno tracks, i kind of liked them but i wasn’t into it that much. I decided to try to make a dub techno track my self, because i always liked challenges in music. So after i made it i liked it too much and i couldn’t put it under my current moniker at that time (SoulSonic). It sounded too different. So i decided that i need a new artist name for this track, and for my future dub techno tracks, because i knew i’m going to make more. That’s how it started. I chose it because i liked producing it i guess. It’s quite a defined style, so it’s an opportunity to be creative and go beyond the definition.

Tobiesobiemiastu: Recently I spoke with a Polish producer Blazej Malinowski, who is making dub techno. He is one of very few in Poland in this genre. What is the situation in Lithuania?

Giriu Dvasios: Dub Techno scene here is very small. There are only few DJ’s playing dub techno, and only few producers making it. But Giriu Dvasios is somewhat popular here, and that’s unexpected to me. All in all the scene is good in Lithuania, we have a lot of DJ’s and producers, a lot of electronic music festivals, parties, events. There is enough action in electronic music in our country.

Tobiesobiemiastu: And what about your influences?

Giriu Dvasios: when i started making dub techno the biggest influences were “Idei Lahesna” album by Octex, Deepchord and most importantly Rhythm & Sound. I guess Rhythm & Sound is still an influence and inspiration. Right now i’m heavily influenced by lithuanian ethnic songs, chants and music in general. I spend a lot of time studying ancient baltic culture. I feel like i am supposed to know more about my ancestors. I think it’s important to point out that Giriu Dvasios in lithuanian mean Spirits of the Woods, which i think sounds quite archaic.

Tobiesobiemiastu: My girlfriend called dub techno music, music from the forest.

Giriu Dvasios: It’s interesting that a lot of people imagine woods when they hear dub techno.

Tobiesobiemiastu: Are the titles of your tracks and albums lithuanian?

Giriu Dvasios: Yes.

Tobiesobiemiastu: What are your plans for the future?

Giriu Dvasios: I have many ideas and plans, but we’ll see how 2014 unfolds. Right now i might release an EP on vinyl together with another producer. I won’t reveal any more details yet. I am also trying to work out a CD release. I also have an idea of an album with ethnic lithuanian songs. But again, who knows what may happen.

Tobiesobiemiastu: Five favorite albums of all time.

Giriu Dvasios:

  • Brock Van Wey – White Clouds Drift On and On
  • ASC – Time Heals All
  • Atheus – Compile
  • The Tuss – Rushup Edge
  • Yagya – Will I Dream During The Process

Tobiesobiemiastu: Thank you for the interview!

Giriu Dvasios: Thank you.

To check out the original polish interview click on the following link: http://tobiesobiemiastu.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/wywiad-giriu-dvasios-2014/

 

 

Let me introduce you a new feature on my website – the workshop. This is a place where you can submit your own tunes, for me to listen and then comment, give advice, maybe teach something. All the other members of the site are also allowed to comment on your track and give advice as well, so we can have a discussion, and hopefuly learn something from each other (me included)! However it is accessible only for registered members. (Registration page)

Here’s how it looks like:

Screenshot of a "workshop"

Screenshot of a “workshop”

To submit a track you have to click on “Click here to Submit a Track”, and then you’ll have to fill out a small form which looks like this:

Screenshot of a track submission form

Screenshot of a track submission form

It doesn’t necessarily has to be a Soundcloud link, it can be any embedable player with your track. However Soundcloud is recommended. After you’ve done that, i will receive an e-mail with all the info and links. I will listen to your track and post it on the main workshop page with comments, suggestions etc. I will try to be as constructive and objective as i can. I will try to have in mind that some things depend on taste and what you prefer, not just technique. After that you can respond and hopefuly other memebers will also take part in it and post their opinions.

That’s all i guess. If you have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact me. If you can’t wait to try this new feature, go ahead and submit something!