Laura LAIR / Imbolc 2021 / Cyclic Self

February 1, 2021 § Leave a comment

Out now on the Cyclic Self Bandcamp 🙏

My track ‘Breo’, created as a standalone fragment of this piece, is also out today on the DOE’s ‘Lee Lines’ mixtape: https://thedepartmentofenergy.bandcamp.com/

“The third release from The Department of Energy celebrates the real and imagined links, connections, alignments and energies shared by a raft of artists working within and without the rural, the riparian and the gothic. It is a Landscape Mixtape containing strangers, islands, friends, family, Brigid, crossings, legends, language, peaks, valleys, engines, forecasts, dunes, cures, tombs, blooms, recollections and incantations.”

The launch of which can be heard here 🔥

LAIR / The Department of Energy

February 1, 2020 § Leave a comment

I’m honoured to be part of this mix tape celebrating Imbolc, created by The Department of Energy

The first release from The Department of Energy is inspired by the tributaries and tribulations of Cork’s Lee Valley. This Landscape Mixtape contains potcheen anecdotes, airborne survey planes, archive material, drowned houses, hard ambience, alluvial oak woods, unidentified flying objects, a lost mp3, a broken wav, 1980’s radio, 2020 visions, fast eddies, sloe meanders, preliminary research, semi-state bodies, statements of intent, folklore, feathered friends and the knowledge of salmon.

In the 1950’s the ESB flooded parts of the Lee Valley, when they built two hydroelectric dams to power Cork city. Gerry O’Riordan’s memories of this event (interviewed by Dr Richard Scriven for his Cork Is The Lee podcast) form part of the mixtape, alongside layers of local field recordings made by the Department of Energy over the past 12 months and extracts from some 39 year old cassettes. Have you ever noticed how a fast flowing stream sounds like environmental tape hiss?

Recently resurfaced tracks by DOE members (Mercury.mp3 & Borderland.wav) sit next to newer arrangements by Local Gods, all counterpointed by two fathoms-deep meditations from LAIR“⁠

The Department of Energy was inspired by a GAA pitch, a white quartz standing stone, an electrical station and a stream. That was February last year and since then we’ve made recordings, taken photographs and just sat and listened, all over the Lee Valley.

That raw material has been shaped into a Landscape Mixtape for your listening pleasure. It will be publicly streaming this Saturday – Brigid’s day. We’ll have our first physical release on the first of May. And something to mark every Celtic festival thereafter.”

Laura LAIR / Andrea Maxine Frade / Earth Meditation

October 29, 2019 § Leave a comment

My Samhain offering to you this year is a meditation I created with Andrea Maxine Frade.

It is downloadable so you can listen offline, and both Andrea and I hope you find it a supportive tool in connecting to the Autumnal element of Earth.

If you would like to read more about Samhain: https://resoundingpower.com/2019/10/29/samhain/

LAIR / LuminouSounds / Communion

September 21, 2016 § Leave a comment

I have the various pseudonyms as a way to indicate to listeners the type of music they might expect from each strand. They all express different facets of who I am. So, from time to time, these will overlap and I shuttle between “is this a LAIR, Laura Kilty or LuminouSounds track”? Communion is one of those tracks…

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I could have equally released this into the world under my LuminouSounds moniker- I was very much in my ‘other’ world while writing it. As such, I wanted to include a healing element in the video and give a suggestion for how you might engage with the piece if you are interested in connecting to the Sound Healing element within it. (And if not, I hope you just enjoy it as a piece of music!)

The name of the track does literally state the intent- Communion. There are many connotations to the word communion so of course, many directions you could go with it. My suggestion is to use it as an opportunity to spend some time communing with yourself.

1. Commune with your inner world:

Listen on headphones or with the speakers up loud so you can immerse yourself in the music. Put the video on full screen, relax your eyes and allow the fire to speak to you.

2. If you want to go further into the healing aspect:

Have a pen and paper beside you. Put the video on full screen and on repeat before hitting play. Have the volume up loud on speakers or listen on headphones to allow for immersion (while taking care to mind your ears!).

Take three deep cleansing breaths, allowing your body to relax more on each in breath, and to let go of stress on each out breath.

Hit play, keeping your eyes relaxed, and allow yourself to be taken away by the fire.

When the first play is over, pick up your notebook and without censoring yourself, write down everything that wants to come out. Truly check in with yourself. Check in with that deep inner knowing that can be quieted, or sometimes even muted, by the busy goings on of every day life.

For Yoga, Sound Healing, Angelic Reiki and wellness: https://resoundingpower.com/

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