The Wheel - 89:04 (MP3)

The Wheel - 89:04 (MP3)


Fractal music from Manadalas. Circular and repetitive, slowly and almost imperceptibly changing.

About the album

Fractal music made out from Mandalas. Circularly repeating, but not exactly in the same way, slowly changing, almost unnoticeably.

It was year of 1986. Krumbach, a small village in the South of West Germany, about 30 km from the Swiss border. It was a special year in my life. In that year I finally set up my first studio with help of my ex, Sylvia.

Two Atari computers, one keyboard, Yamaha DX7, and a few 'midi expanders', a multi track Tascam tape machine and of course a big mixer.

Before that I had a vision while staying in Heidelberg.

There I saw in one of the issues of Scientific American an article on fractals; beautiful graphics showing structures within structures – the Mandelbrot Set. From the first glance I knew that in that self repeating visual patterns was sound as well...

At that time I was engaged very much into experimental theater and I was looking for unconventional sound structures. I knew I had found them. So following my intuition I managed to arrange the Tamas Laboratorium Studio. I did not realize that I had dig into something very special.

On one Atari computer I programmed algorithms, self repeating formulas as fractals are. Then I could send the data as a MIDI stream to the second Atari computer, which run a 24-track sequencer. It was a real laboratory. Sometimes I had no patience for waiting for a structure to develop. I used a relayed double cassette recorder to 'catch the process' instead.

One evening I 'recorded' this way a new algorithm, producing 'Mandalas'. After rewinding the cassette I decided to discard it to the trash. A friend of mine came to my studio and asked me why I want to discard it. I said, it is nothing special. He insisted I should publish it. The problem was I did not write the parameters for the algorithm down. Everything which was left from that experiment was the cassette. Luckily I used Dolby C so that the recording was for that time still good quality.

I called it 'Das Rad' - 'The Wheel' – it was circularly repeating, but not exactly in the same pattern;slowly changing, almost unnoticeably.

The same year I made my first journey to the Monroe Institute in Virginia. I learned about binaural beats, 'Hemi-Sync' as they called it, and was encouraged by the Robert Monroe himself to use the algorithmic music together with Hemi-Sync. I invested in the Hemi-Sync synthesizer; a generator of binaural beats and surf sounds. As I returned back to Germany I encoded with the Hemi-Sync synthesizer 'The Wheel' and other compositions to a digital master on a DAT recorder.

Side A was encoded with alpha/beta signals for learning and the side B with theta for meditation.

Never I had the expectation that this 'discarded' recording on a cassette would turn to be a most sold Hemi-Sync program.

I was aware that the quality was not the best. I tried to reconstruct the pattern, but it was not possible anymore, so I had to leave it as it was.

Several times I was woken by a call at night, people relating that they are listening to 'The Wheel' and everything was rotating in their surroundings...

After the cassette era, as CDs came in I was asked many times to release 'The Wheel' on CDs. But it was my time of 'classical' composition, so I was reluctant to this idea. A year ago I was asked again to do so. I have encoded 'The Wheel' with AudioStrobe signals and here it is as CDs and MP3 ready for download.

It gave me also the inspiration to return to 'the roots'; to algorithmic composition, which I want to revive in my new studio at the 'Gallery Molinis' ( ) after more than 20 years.

1. The Wheel I - Alpha Learning – 44:20
2. The Wheel II - Theta Meditation – 44:44

Note: These additional programs only work with the Dream Weaver 1.0, Dream Weaver 2.0, Dream Master or AudioStrobe devices.

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