“The Journey” finds Emiji exploring the concept of travel both physically, emotionally and psychologically through finely modulated dynamics and syncopation. Like several different sounds set to different ways of counting time and measuring distance, layered upon each other the way we are hit with new stimuli as we travel through a landscape or in the imagination. But Emiji leaves room for the space and thus a place for the mind to expand and process rather than simply take in a solid feed of information. In that way it’s a little like the mythological journey in which adventures and stimuli are undertaken and then made sense of in cultural context later on to convey to the tribe. Except that this journey is no epic adventure but rather a doorway into the calm places of the mind where peaceful moments can linger in your mind and go back to when life gets more complicated. Listen to “The Journey” on Soundcloud and follow Emiji at the links below.
Emiji’s “Ambient Trip” remix of his song “Katharsis” takes some of the edge off the IDM original, removes the beat and emphasizes the pure atmosphere over the understated textures of the original and keeps the tempo to an organic flow where the sounds almost feed back on each other like the movements on an enclosed body of water. It makes you think of what it might be like to lie on the bottom of a lake and watch large snowflakes fall on the surface as you drift along letting the tranquil waters dissolve any tension in your body and spirit, letting a deep sense of peace settle into you. The remix gives the song an almost entirely new meaning. Whereas the pace picks up on the original and conveys a strong sense of place, this remix emphasizes a strong sense of mood and the ability to get even more lost in the music. Listen to the “Ambient Trip” remix of “Katharsis” on Spotify and follow the Dublin-based artist at the links provided.
This “Ambient Trip” iteration of Emiji’s song “Mystical Thoughts” reflects is reflected in the various permutations of the cover art to give a different cast and emphasis on a theme. The geometric artwork suggests Emiji hears the mathematical roots of the sounds and their connection to one another and their relationships and put the track together with the organic flow in mind the way one might model weather systems, the way Ryoji Ikeda has mapped out generative sound that seems to follow no formal logic but whose vectors are explicable through mathematical modeling and representation with a visual component. But without knowing any of this, Emiji’s song can be enjoyed as a blissful, slow moving cascade of soothing sound that flows over your conscience like a tranquil water, cleansing the mind of anxious thoughts. Listen to “Mystical Thoughts (Ambient Trip)” on Soundcloud and follow Emiji at the links provided.