This limited edition album CD (of 50 only) includes both the mini-albums "ETHNOGENESIS" and "COZMOPOLITAN”, presented in a stylish 'Maltese Cross"style CD pressing. SAVE THE EARTH, COZMOPOLITAN and ETHNOGENESIS are all available as separate 24bit digital download albums also.
“By travelling both physically (and ViRtually) around the Earth, we are witness to the most breathtaking landscapes, sights and inspiration. With 195 countries across the world and over 7000 languages in use today, this music was inspired by our multicultural diversity, our shared knowledge and experiences, and our ever evolving infinite combinations. May we unshackle our illusory boundaries and embrace our spiritual and global interconnection, together. “ MIRAI, Dec 2021.
Vocal sounds created via the Online Tone Generator. Location sounds recorded in Osaka, and Shiga, Japan. Additional sounds sourced from the Soundhunters project for Ethnogenesis (part.5)
The languages sampled and processed for this music include: Latin, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Dutch, German, Russian, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Slovenian, Hebrew, Yiddish, Kurdish, Armenian, Afrikaans, Swahili, Turkish, Arabic, Hindi, Hmong, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, Maori, Hawaiian, Navajo, Icelandic, Finnish, Swedish, Esperanto and English.
"For the distant peoples we shall bless / and the hushed murmurs of a world’s distress / but let our fears be still /and turn us to the future."
Words taken from the poem “Ethnogenesis “ by Henry Timrod, 1861
released December 23, 2021
Music visualised and composed by MIRAI during the lockdowns of 2020 - 2021. Operatic vocals, voice and spoken word performed by Bronwen Stephens (mezzo-soprano) on Ethnogenesis (part.1, 2, 3, & 5), Polyglot, A Step Ahead, Smiley Face, and Save the Earth.
Guest and additional vox:
Ben “Cozmo D” Cenac of NEWCLEUS : Cozmopolitan
Federica Ronchi (Italy) : Save the Earth
Davi Stardust (USA) : Ethnogenesis (part.2)
Bastiaan Winde (Netherlands) : Ethnogenesis (part.4), Polyglot
Naomi Nonaka & Yoshino Boland (Japan) : Ethnogenesis (part.5)
Mirai (U.K.) : Polyglot, Cozmopolitan, Save the Earth.
Photography by Bronwen Stephens (Lion), Ishara Kasthuriarachchi (Chimpanzee), George Desipris (Tiger), Kelvin Valerio (Cat).
Artwork by MIRAI.
Thanks to Bronwen Stephens, Carl Boland, Ion Machin, Jan Linton, Stephen Deg, Bastiaan Winde, Davi Stardust, Federica Ronchi, Wendy Dutton, Abi Fallows, Naomi Nonaka, Tope Mikun, Christophe Forget, Ben ‘Cozmo D’ Cenac, and Christopher Currell for their continued support. Namaste.
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