The Tibetan Book Of The Dead, Part 2: The Clear Light

The other parts of this ongoing music project can be found here.

 

Vision: Cosmic Chanting

The second part of the music I'm working on corresponds to the first of the three stages of the Bardo journey of the soul after death. It is described in the Tibetan Book Of The Dead as “The Clear Light”, a state of bliss beyond words.

My vision for this section was to have half an hour of chanting of the “Om Mani Padme Hum” mantra which is closely associated with Tibetan Buddhism, supported by didjeridoo and surdo, with two similar “incarnations” of Tomorrow Never Knows appearing in the middle and at the end. The mood is one of deep meditation, hence my subtitle of this section as “Cosmic Chanting”.

The first incarnation of this piece was conceived as a backing track for an event at the Temple at Burning Man in 2016, so that people could chant Om Mani Padme Hum along with a rhythmic guide, and also sing along (using lyric sheets I printed) with "Tomorrow Never Knows", which of course has a direct connection with that community via Timothy Leary. Then after my Mother passed away last year, the piece became part of this larger work...

 

Status: Finished!

Cosmic Chanting.mp3    

 

 

Distribution

I am eternally grateful to my Mother and Father for the ultimate gift of life. Personally, I would be happy for this music to be distributed for free as widely as possible, as long as it is not used for commercial purposes. However, since I do not own the original words & music to TNK, I am currently in the process of obtaining legal permission for licensed distribution. That is a little more complicated than for Part 4, since the vast majority of this Cosmic Chanting piece is NOT Lennon & MchCartney's copyrighted song, but neither is it an album that contains TNK as a separate piece... If you want to use all or part of it for commercial purposes, please contact me first! (See contact details below).

Credits:

Main vocals, chanting, didgeridoo, surdo, shakers, electric sitar, all backwards guitar solos sung by the vocoded backwards seagulls and all other audio processing by Zorg Ztocouc

Additional "Om Mani Padme Hum" chanting by The Spark Collective

These tracks also use parts of several samples from freesound.org, especially in the first part of the "Cosmic Chanting" track. In approximate order of prominence in the mix (most obvious, least altered first), they are:

2016 -2017 Zorg Ztocouc

Original words & music for "Tomorrow Never Knows" © 1966 Lennon & McCartney

Your feedback and comments are welcome. You can find me via email here as Zorg@CosmicEnlightenment.org, or on facebook as Zorg Ztocouc.