The Release of Urban Dhamma Transmission by Sheer Zed 24/01/20.

Urban Dhamma Transmission cover art

In late 2018 Alex Hawkins of the now late lamented radio show Homely Remedies, which used to air on Frome FM, interviewed me for a second time at the beautiful Arnolfini in Bristol. This interview was broadcast originally on Thursday 14th February 2019 on Frome FM and can be heard in full on my SoundCloud account.

During this interview Alex requested that I chant a mantra (or as they say in Thailand ‘kata’) outside the Arnolfini, amongst the gentle bustle of the dockside. I usually shy away from such requests but for some reason I yielded and acquiesced to his wish. He recorded the results and they were broadcast on the show. The mantra I chanted was from the sublime Thai Lanna Buddhist master Phra Ajarn O, who studied with the legendary Luang Phor Pina as a young monk while staying at Wat Sanomlao, an incredible temple which I’ve had the privilege of visiting. Wat Sanomlao is the last temple Luang Phor Pina founded. It is a beautiful and sublime temple which I heartily recommend you visit and support.

Phra Ajarn O is a remarkable Ajarn (a lay practitioner of the Thai occult arts) and has an enormous collection of collected Wicha (In Pali, Wicha means knowledge gained through study or practice) from across the region that includes rare magic from Lanna and Laotian sources. Since the event of chanting repeatedly outside the Arnolfini in the heart of Bristol numerous, subtle and one could possibly say noteworthy shifts in various and almost imperceptible occurrences have manifest over the tract of time since this specific event.

Mantra or kata is a living, breathing and active source of deep magickal consciousness that has many resonances and meanings. Kata are inherently meaningful, powerful, magickal word spells (or instruments if you wish) of mathematical and teleological significance, purging ignorance and revealing truth. Kata are sonic manifestations of the divine, opening the gateways of intuitive realms and ultimately changing the very nature of reality within and without.

This album is nearly an hour long. It includes the actual chanting from the radio broadcast itself (courtesy of Alex Hawkins) within the context of a piece of ritualistic music (Urban Dhamma Transmission). In Buddhist philosophy, the word ‘dhamma’ or dharma is a term for “phenomena”. Dharma is a key concept with multiple meanings in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. In Hinduism, dharma signifies behaviors that are considered to be in accord with Ṛta, the order that makes life and universe possible. There is no single-word translation for dhamma in Western languages.

This album is a rumination and exploration of occurrences since this singular event. Each track denotes a meditational insight and realization, transpiring and manifesting itself into the realm of electronically produced sound.

The album release date is on Friday 24th January 2020 and can be purchased on various digital formats on my Bandcamp page.

Genre: Electronic, experimental, drone, ambient, dark ambient, field recording, ritual and psychedelic.

Track list:

1. Urban Dhamma Transmission. – 15mins 10 secs.

2. The Amulet Chose You. – 2 mins 48 secs.

3. How Can You Compare Altered States When the Mind is Beyond Compare? – 13 mins 32 secs.

4. The Sacred Keys to Necromancy Are Located in the Pursuit of Silence. – 2 mins 14 secs.

5. The Preparatory Stages of Subduing Outgoing Exuberance. – 19 mins 49 secs.

The audio production and artwork is by Sheer Zed.

Mantra/Kata chanting recorded outside The Arnolfini, Bristol by Alex Hawkins.

The audio mastering of this album is by Steve Kitch Mastering.

 

Published by: Sheer Zed

• Electronic Musician • Artist • Shaman • Born in Newport, South Wales, Sheer Zed started singing at the age of six. He showed an interest in audio production, producing experimental tape shows in his bedroom at the age of eleven and started to write songs at sixteen. With a strong leaning to electronic based music, Sheer Zed recorded an industrial electronic album "Electro-Punk ’86" during the mid 1980’s. Festivals and numerous radio shows such as The Séance, The Dark Outside, The Phantom Circuit, The Numbers Broadcast, Frome FM's Homely Remedies and The Alrealon Musique Show have all featured Sheer Zed’s peculiar brand of outsider electronics. For over thirty years Sheer Zed has worked with many artists, collectives and groups. Louder Than War reviewed Sheer Zed's music as "extraordinary", "immersive" and "exciting". CompulsionOnline described Sheer Zed's music as "absorbing and intricate", "surreal" and "invigorating", urging their readers "to dig in to the releases of Sheer Zed". TQ Music Zine declared Sheer Zed's music "a tour de force". Cool and Strange Music Magazine said his music was "Mithraic", while the blog 1208 North Fuller Ave Apt 1 said his work "elicit a sense of the exotic and mysterious". The magazine Indie Shaman declared Sheer Zed's work to be "meditative, surreal and hypnotic...perfect for anyone who likes to share their journeys in life with eclectic, electronic music." The Séance have accurately dubbed Sheer Zed "A veteran Bristol noise shaman." The Bandcamp compilations Terse Greetings 2015 from Australia’s Severed Heads, Several by Several (a compilation supporting the late great John Several), the 95 track #MoreInCommon Hope Not Hate compilation promoting peace and tolerance and the Sombre Soniks Dark Ambient compilations volumes 17 and 18 have all featured Sheer Zed’s music. Sheer Zed has published articles on his personal experiences in the occult ritualistic aspects of Thai Lanna Buddhism in the magazine Indie Shaman and on the Folklore Thursday website. He has contributed to the exhibition Do You You Believe in Magic? at Bristol Museum. Sheer Zed has gone on pilgrimages to Thailand and is currently working on various papers within his fields of interest while producing music and creating art •

Categories Bandcamp, Bristol, Buddhism, Consciousness, Dark Ambient, Drone, Electronic Music, Experimental, Field Recordings, Magical Thinking, Magick, Mantras, Meditation, Music, Music Albums, New Music, Philosophy, Radio, Radio Interview, Ritual, Shamanism, Sound, SoundCloud, Thai Lanna Buddhism, Underground MusicLeave a comment

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