One of the main themes in Nielu is transformation. Transformation of thought processes, of emotional energy and mindset. Through confronting darkness and chaos by resting in them, making them allies, we can harness the power of focus, which in turn can be directed at improving our lives in various ways. That is, in essence, what Meren nylkemä (Skinned By The Sea) is about.
I recorded the sounds in Nice, France. I was very excited about the way the waves pushed and dragged smooth pebbles on the beach with their ebb and flow. The sound was pure magic, and one of the most comforting, yet exciting, I’ve heard in my whole life. However, as I sat there with my (very lo-fi) recording gear early in the morning, immersed in the ocean’s song, I also felt a very destructive force rising with the waves. It is so mind-blowing to think about each of the pebbles geological history and how we as humans compare with it. Our fleshy sacks of water and bone will soon be gone, yet the sea will undoubtedly continue it’s slow smoothing of Nice’s shores for aeons to come.
With this in mind I decided to try some extreme sound manipulation of the recordings. All you here in this piece is derived from the sounds of the sea. There is no slicing or rearranging of sounds other than layering six different parts of the long original recording, and reversing two of them.
For the destruction and warping of the sound I used both hardware and software eq, compression, saturation, some sound exciters and a bit of reverb towards the end of the track. With these tools I painstakingly automated all six layers of sound, which I then bounced as groups for some fine tuning. There is no real mastering done so it’s not quite as massive as it will be, if I decide to take it aboard Nielu. Although the track is mixed for speakers, the depths can definitely be best experienced through a pair of good headphones.
Hope you enjoy this one, as it is a very personal track for me and quite the mirror into my soul.