Chillwave and Rainy Goodness
Eco-Electronic Folk Music
Let Manatee Commune take you into the forest.
Manatee Commune, a.k.a. Grant Eadie, began in the misty trees Bellingham, Washington. Combining textures of the rainy woods and the windy seas of the Pacific Northwest with the calming mood of clean surfy guitar licks and rolling arpeggiated sine waves, Manatee Commune seeks to capture the atmosphere of taking a thoughtful, self-reflecting stroll through the forest. Bright, down tempo percussion placed neatly under pleasant, classically influenced viola melodies make his music both easily listenable and complex.
Influences on Manatee Commune
meandering, tree climbing, boiling water, basements, Gold Panda, Evenings, Balam Acab, Floating Points, Animal Collective, Baths, Bonobo, The Books, Four Tet, Le Loup, Teebs, Tycho, Mount Kimbie, Philip Glass, Ratatat, Shlohmo, Shigeto, Soosh, Throwing Snow, Odesza, Slow Magic, Vervex, New Lungs, Specters, Student, Candysound, Molly Hartshorn, Rubix Shoes, Special Explosion, IG88, Heatsink, SOFOS, CUFF LYNX, Zoolab, Max Taylor
Daoism and Manatee Commune
Daoism proposes a comprehensive and radical restructuring of the way in which we conceive of our relationship to nature and our cosmic environment. This imaginative act does not readily lend itself to the solution of the problems of modern society except inasmuch as it challenges the very foundations of our economic, political, scientific, and intellectual structures. At the same time, however, as Daoism becomes more influential in the West, even as it is misunderstood, it surely exerts a positive influence with respect to understanding what it means to be embedded in a cosmic ecology.
Qi and Manatee Commune
"The language of 'environment' continues the false notion that nature constitutes an objective reality extrinsic to human subjectivity, accessible through science, transformable through engineering. This paradigm gives us the sense that the environment is something outside us that we can save or preserve through science and technology or other modes of intervention. The reality from a Daoist perspective is that there is no such thing as an 'environment' upon which humans individually or collectively act. Conversely there is no 'environment' to be 'saved' or 'preserved.' Daoist thought posits multiple, co-creative subjectivities rather than a discourse of subjective agents who act on passive objects. This correlational agency is visualized in terms of the interdependence of landscape and body. Each is mapped upon the other. Qi flows through the landscape just as it does through human bodies. Both are mutually implicated, and mutually co-constituting."
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Process Theology and Manatee Commune
The divine Presence is a gift God offers to all seekers, to any questing person, to all creation. This manifestation of the Divine itself, known to theologians as Universal Revelation, and in Judaism asgilui ha-Shekhinah, is not contained in any distinct set of words, is available to all. Beyond words, non-verbal in its receipt, this aspect of revelation opens through relationship itself, Presence to presence. “There is no utterance, there are no words, their sound is not heard. Yet their shout rings throughout the earth, their words to the end of the world (Psalm 19:4-5).”
Eco-electronic Folk Music
Let the word "folk" name any and every node in the wider web of life which influences our process of identity formation, worldview development, community building, and which provides us with touches of transcendence. On this view forests and oceans and plants and animals are among the folk who create folk music with their sounds. Of course people are among the folk as well.
Trans-Species Consciousness Transfer
As a musician and lover of ornithology, there are times when the air is full of music....I try to hear their voice and acknowledge their place in the greater world and to respect their consciousness and thus view their calling as “a mind speaking to my mind,” a trans-species consciousness transfer, and this mixed with concepts of responsibility for the environment, makes me use the bird's motif, as I might one by any other composer."
An evolutionary moment in human consciousness
A non-linguistic process philosophy? Truly, this is a fresh musical and philosophical moment that demands our attention—and it seems to be part of a larger evolutionary moment in human consciousness. The key here is the composer’s understanding of what process philosophers refer to as “panexperientialism” or the idea that everything from humans down to subatomic particles has some form of “experience” (not to be confused with consciousness) and that the experience is not fully determined. In this case, it means that birds feel and experience subjectively and are not simply biologically determined.