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All music samples below use unique tunings derived from DNA, Elements of the Periodic Table, pulsar tones, black holes and so much more! (Created by Susan Alexjander with the exception of DNA MUSIC/SUITE by David Deamer.)

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Read more about each piece below : Sequencia | Portal | NeuroCantosFluid | Coming On The Backs of Whales | Divining Nature | Elements As Tone | DNA Music / DNA Suite | Scores

 


SEQUENCIA : THE MUSIC OF DNA

Sequencia coverBuy  | Length 1 hr | DescriptionOriginal compositions for violin, cello, synthesizer, voice and tabla. (Created in partnership with cell biologist, Dr. David Deamer |

Listen : Eikos MP3
| Tal MP3

I simply want to report that I am smitten by your music. It is a quick step to an altered state of consciousness. There is beauty and power in it; great power…..Sequencia is the Grail Quest set to music. –Larry Dossey, M.D.

The tunings are breathtaking. This is a classical masterpiece; not ‘NewAge.’ –Barbara Dillinger

SEQUENCIA is a unique and lyrical celebration of the miracle of life. The songs of SEQUENCIA are derived and inspired by the resonant frequencies of DNA, the complex building block molecule that contains the blueprints for all life on earth.

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Adjusted to the registers of the human ear, SEQUENCIA offers an exciting and unusual glimpse into the often haunting, often beautiful whispers of the invisible world within. Raw data, derived from the light absorption spectra of the four bases (adenine, cytosine, thymine, guanine) that make up the DNA molecule, is converted into sonic frequencies. These are programmed to a Macintosh computer and sent to a synthesizer, and then arranged into four pitch collections (or four ‘scales’ based on the individual base molecules). These synthesized notes mixed with vocals, cello, tabla, and violin become the palettes for my compositions, which range from somber and zenlike to fanciful and improvisational.

Tracklist

  1. Eikos: 9:25 Wendy Reid, violin; S. Alexjander, synthesizer
  2. Sequencia: 34:00 S. Alexjander, synthesizer; Diana Nieves, voice; Intro Karen Andrie, cello; Don Lax, violin; Andrew McLester, Tal tabla : Adenine / Tal / Thymine /Tal /Guanine /Psalmus
  3. Pataphysical Thymine: 12:13 William Trimble, Saxophone; S.A. synthesizer

 


PORTAL: BLACK HOLES/WHITE HOLES

2. Portal Installation_100x100Buy | Length 10 min. | DescriptionSoundtrack originally designed for gallery and exhibition in collaboration with Rebecca Kamen, sculptor, for The National Academy of Science, Washington, D.C.

Listen : Portal MP3
(Listen to the entire 9 minute track here .)

I was stunned by Portal – it was profoundly moving for me. It achieved a sense of the spaciousness, mystery and wonder of the workings of the universe. – Jennifer Wright, musician/composer

What happens when a black hole becomes activated…either by passing space debris or another black hole? The process is ancient: it is thrown into a chaotic state, suddenly and often violently rearranges itself, comes to stillness (singularity), and finally expands into something new. So, the nine minute sound piece is also an imagined journey. Its main characters are two black holes, merging into one, finally becoming white holes of illumination.

 


NEUROCANTOS: An Imagined Journey of the Mind

Cymatics Buy| Length 7 min. | DescriptionOriginally designed (2016) in collaboration with Rebecca Kamen, sculptor, for exhibition at The Greater Reston Art Center, Reston, Va.

  • Listen : NeuroCantos MP3
    (Listen to the entire 7 minute track here .)
  • Watch : Stunning cymatics video of NeuroCantos by graphic designer, Tim Chrepta. Designed for the 2017 exhibition at the Esther Klein Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.

The brain is a busy place.  Neurons fire, thoughts swirl.  Only a tiny fraction of sensory input reaches our consciousness…what happens to the rest of it, and who is doing the ‘sorting’?!  Hear an imagined journey of the mind, including the sounds of Steven J. Fowler’s poetry.


FLUID : THE BODY’S JOURNEY

Illumination_KamenbBuy | Length 12 min, can be looped | DescriptionSoundtrack originally designed for gallery and exhibition in collaboration with Rebecca Kamen for the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington, D.C. Featuring Michael Knapp and Silvia Nakkach performing Somos.

Listen : Fluid MP3

Fluid is a meeting of water and light, the play of pattern and chaos… our continuous flowing, being, dancing, resting, exchanging, and breathing with the Cosmos. – Lavinia Magliocco, choreographer

Fluid has been a wonderful healing tool to play during Light Energy Therapy sessions. – Peig Myota, BSN, MSW, OM

 

Using the cranial-sacral model of healing, Fluid reflects how light, shapes and rhythms inform our body as it communicates with itself, the Earth and the overall Matrix of life.

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Our bodies are polyrhythmic beings, alive with tides, stillpoints, breath cycles, pulses and delicate surges of expression. Everything is entwined like root and flower. As the original ‘Breath of Life’ mysteriously enters the body through the third ventricle of the brain, it flows through the entire body, balancing and supporting our life force again and again. The Breath of Life informs our cells as intelligent rhythm and light. It can be especially perceived in the cranial-sacral fluids and peizoelectric, crystalline fascia of the body….a veritable symphony and light show within. Everything strives for balance, health and vigor. Water is the humble servant, divinely guiding and transmitting intimate connection through its liquid, crystalline resonance.  As we head towards a vibrational breakthrough on this planet which involves sensuous, body intelligence, a new harmonic connection to creation is coming forth, and everything is jamming!

 


COMING ON THE BACKS OF WHALES

Buy| Length 1 hr continuous | DescriptionSoundtrack originally designed for gallery and exhibition in collaboration with Thais Mazur and Lisa Denning for the multimedia installation, ZUVUYA.

Listen : Coming on the Backs of Whales

Combining haunting sounds of whales, dolphins, shrimp, seals, inner-earth sounds and a spinning pulsar, her ‘dreamscape’ soundtrack seems to breathe. It creates a sensory-rich, loving space. – West Hawaii review of ZUVUYA, 2014

Coming On The Backs of Whales uses an imaginary, crystalline ocean as its inspiration. It is Ocean, re-dreaming itself and the world into being. The exhibit, ZUVUYA, immerses the viewer in this dreamscape.

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The Maori culture contains a myth that underwater, crystalline caves encode all the songs and dances of every creature who ever existed there. Their culture did not use drums but rather heard the ocean as rapid, percussive clicks. The soundtrack weaves creatures from different regions such as walruses, the eery sounds of seals, snapping shrimp, underwater earth sounds and of course whales and dolphins.

 


DIVINING NATURE: AN ELEMENTAL SOUNDSCAPE

Buy | Length 1 hr continuous | DescriptionSoundtrack originally designed for gallery and exhibition in collaboration with Rebecca Kamen for the Greater Reston Art Center, Reston, VA.

Listen : Divining Nature

At the Greater Reston Art Center, Reston, Virginia, 2009, Ms. Kamen transformed the open, hexagonal gallery into a luminous sculptural installation – Divining Nature; An Elemental Garden – based on the Periodic Table of Elements.

The soundtrack consists of Larmor Frequencies (radiowaves emitted from the nucleus of atoms) translated into tone/music from 83 of the elements. (READ MORE: PULSARS AND THE FREQUENCIES OF ELEMENTS)

Visit Rebeca Kamen’s Website to view images and listen to the full soundtrack.

As composer Susan Alexjander’s etherial music floats through like a cosmic breeze…the Elemental Garden breathes tranquility. — Joanne Bauer, curator GRACE Gallery

 


ELEMENTS AS TONE

DyingStarCD CoverBuy | Length 24 min. can be looped / 5 tracks | DescriptionSoundtrack originally designed for gallery and exhibition in collaboration with Rebecca Kamen for the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Phila, PA. and the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA.

Listen : Elements as Tone

The second you walk into the room, eerie chords synthesized by artist Susan Alexjander softly play in the background and stop you in your tracks. You can’t figure it out. But each note elicits a calling from your soul that is so soft-spoken and tender that you want to cry out in delight.”
– Ali Rahim Aziz (The Power of Art)

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All the natural elements that we know of were created in the belly of an exploding, dying star. This recording renders frequencies from eight of the lightest, or first created, elements into sound: hydrogen, helium, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, silicon and sulfur. The tones come from a translation of Larmor Frequencies…radio waves on the megahertz scale which eminate from the nucleus of the atom.
Tracklist:
1. Elements in descending order of creation from collapsing stars:
Hydrogen, helium, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, silicon, phosphorus, sulfur.
2. Elements combined in different octaves
3. Hydrogen and helium in Perfect Fifths
4. Phosphorus, Oxygen and Hydrogen
5. Fifteen minute meditation – all eight elements combined.

 


DNA MUSIC/DNA SUITE by Dr. David Deamer

DNA Music-Suite CD front coverBuy | Length 75 min. 9 Tracks | Description – Created by Dr. David Deamer & Arranged by Riley McLaughlin

Listen : DNA MUSIC
| DNA SUITE

These recordings were created by Dr. David Deamer, an esteemed biologist at UCSC noted for his breakthrough work on the origins of life and my partner/advisor for Sequencia. They use a technique called “mapping” to plot musical rhythms and combinations of tones which are charming and tuneful as the bases proceed along the double helix.  DNA Suite is informational and fun, while DNA Music is for a more meditative mood. Originally separate cassette recordings, DNA Music and DNA Suite are now available on one complete, re-mastered CD. A classic!

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Tracklist :

DNA MUSIC

  1. Molecular Meditation: HINDIII
  2. Molecular Meditation: BLUR 17DNA SUITE
  3. BLUR 17
  4. ALU Consensus
  5. Insulin A & B Chains
  6. ALU Consensus Retrograde
  7. Bovine Satellite
  8. BLUR 17
  9. Explanation by Dr. David Deamer

 


SCORES

1. Two Art Songs: My Body A Tree, And For No Reason text by Hafiz. For piano & voices. link to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqsKlpE-llk  (Two Songs by Susan Alexjander performed by Vakare Petroliunaite, soprano and Jennifer Wright, piano)

Past performances in Aptos, Ca; San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon. Not recorded. Scores $10.00 (Buy directly from Susan)

2. Buffalo Bill’s Defunct, for saxophone and narrator; text by ee cummings
This short piece was commissioned by William Trimble, classical saxophonist, who wanted a piece he could both play and speak. I added another narrator to create sound poetry between the two performers. A favorite in the saxophone repertoire. Not recorded; published score $10.00 (Buy directly from Susan)

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Soundtracks originally designed for gallery and exhibition
collaborations are complete in themselves and are designed to bring
the listener to a deep, inner place of balance.

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