Be Now Here: Music for Meditation, Yoga, Relaxation, and Joy.

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The Idea

You probably realised, maybe impatiently even, that it took quite a few seconds for these lines to appear. What did those seconds tell you? Hmmm? Anything? Well, here’s what they could’ve told you …

Wait for it.

Be patient.

Slow down.

You can’t race to Nirvana, you can’t demand illumination, and you can’t shortcut the path to awakening.

You can’t even instil calmness by sheer force of will.

But — there is one very powerful tool to assist you in getting calm, becoming patient, remaining quiet. This tool is Music.

Now, there’s an ocean of music out there that’s meant to be played while getting a massage, doing yoga, or meditating; basically accompanying any kind of self-care you can think of. What do you feel whenever you (have to) listen to this music?

Go on, out with it! Just between the two of us, cross my heart!

Feels generic, doesn’t it? Like the Lotus-decorated, incense-fumed second cousin of Muzak, the cheesy stuff you hear when riding a hotel elevator. Not all of it, of course; there are quite a few recordings of genuine beauty among the common relaxants, one of the first in Western culture being Music for Zen Meditation by Japanese Koto and Shakuhachi masters Shinichi Yuize and Hōzan Yamamoto, respectively, and American clarinetist Tony Scott (who later did something similiar with Codona’s Sitar player Colin Walcott, Music for Yoga Meditation and Other Joys. That was the Sixties, mind you; meditational, recreational, spiritual music has become increasingly banal ever since.

Until today.

What happens today, you ask? Well, three musicians who are not in the least suspicious of being members of any esoteric society, with backgrounds in diverse musical genres like Blues, Soul, Pop, Indie (to name a few), have entered a quest for meaningful relaxing music. They have all been tortured with candy-sweet, synth-drowned Sitar drones, so, they decided to make a difference. To create actual music for meditation, yoga, relaxing; instead of major chord mayhem.

The music of Be Now Here is based on improvisations — unintentional yet mindful playing in its original meaning. Read more about the recording process, most recent recordings, and get additional track information here.

The Team

Three men on a quest for soothing, yet intriguing sounds, for the quiet between the notes, for the calm among the waves:

He who inspires

Sven Bünger is a producer of various musicians who lends his vision to those in search of a unique approach towards their songs; first and foremost, though, he is known as a both skilled and sensitive guitarist.

He with the Magic Hands

Markus Trockel has laid foundation for countless recordings with his bass; lesser known yet equally impressive is his truffle hog nose for digging up the right sound at any given moment on any keyboard known to man.

He with many moods

Babu Menos is a multi-instrumentalist who sings, plays, and records alt-pop songs, usually solo; he loves digging deep in his massive trunks of musical playthings and considers himself a fool with many tools.

The Music

Be Now Here: Music for Meditation, Yoga, Relaxation, and Joy.

Since this is very much a project in the making, the makers wish their esteemed audience to be part of the process. Not only will they upload new musical pieces on a more or less monthly basis (starting Friday, March 20, 2020) to all streaming and download portals (find links here) and accompanying videos to their YouTube channel; also, and more frequently, they will publish posts on their Instagram feed and Facebook page.

Additionally, and here comes the being-part-of-the-process bit into play, they let you take a peek into their little studio, including short-to-medium audio excerpts of what they are currently working on. Recording always starts with a live session among the three with additional tracks to be layered later on. For future endeavours, Be Now Here are planning on inviting guest musicians, singers and instrumentalists alike.

Releases


Cover artwork “Schumann”
Cover artwork “Schumann”
Single “Schumann” — out soon
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The Single “Schumann” is the first release from Be Now Here. It contains a binaural beat of 7.83 Hz (left 184.9972 Hz, right 177.1672 Hz), known as Schumann resonance, also wind chimes and keyboard sounds (time-stretched) from the December 14 session and a guitar phrase from that same session; lastly, the sound of ocean waves on the shore (recorded by Freesound.org user kingsrow, licensed into the public domain).

For artwork credits refer to Contact. Links to streaming, download, and video pages you’ll find here.

Contact

If you want to write a letter, please be polite, brief, and positive, and address it to

Sven Bünger
Simon-von-Utrecht-Str. 14
· Haus 12 ·
20359 Hamburg
Germany

We’d rather you send an electronic mail to , though (still being polite, brief, and positive).

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Credits

Background image: Hatō zu by Uehara Konen (1877–1940), via Library of Congress (public domain).

Fonts: Josefin Sans by Typemade / Santiago Orozco (Logotype), Lato by Łukasz Dziedzic and Adam Twar­doch, and Linux Libertine by Philipp H. Poll; all licensed under the SIL Open Font License, the latter also under the General Public License (GPL) with font exception.

Cover artwork, additional font: Mass Regular by erste liga, used with kind permission.

Copywriting, editing, webdesign, and graphic design: Wernerprise, with helpful comments from Kevin Gowan and Soheyla Sadr.

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