Certainly music can move. There's little question it can groove. Without a doubt
it's the great communicator.
And, if you ask the Dylan Group's Dylan Cristy, it has certain powers of healing
"It's a philosophy I embrace, the idea that music and sound can be used for
healing purposes," said Cristy, 26, a New York jungle DJ and co-founder of
New York-based Bubble Core Records.
Along with partner Adam Pierce, Cristy has put that philosophy to work by
compiling and releasing The Corners of the Mouth, an 11-track CD
benefitting the School of Sound, a currently defunct Colorado-based
organization which uses ambient music as a healing agent for people suffering
from anything from heart disease to hypertension and even cancer.
Joining Pierce and Cristy on their healing mission is an international group of
ambient musicians including Moby/Voodoo Child, Scanner, Oval, Germany's
Mouse on Mars and England's E.A.R. (Experimental Audio Research), along
with Pierce's group, Mice Parade and the duo's ambient project, The Dylan
Group. All contributed previously unreleased material to the benefit album.
"Partially the reason I'm involved in making music and being a DJ is to find a
way for the audience to heal," Cristy said.
About 40 percent of the proceeds
from the album will benefit Jonathan Goldman's School of Sound, which
focused its efforts on developing a semester-length course on healing
modalities. Pierce and Cristy said they hope to revive the school with the money
raised through the album.
"Before I began to travel the world giving seminars," Goldman said, "the School
was where I used to teach courses on sound as hearing modality."
Goldman, the author of Healing Sounds, which he described as "the
bible of sound healing," said he was happy to collaborate with Bubble Core on
"We had the idea to do a benefit CD and thought it would be fun to do it for
something we believed in," Cristy said.
After contacting a number of organizations, including homeopathic medical
groups which declined to be involved, Cristy, who has a Tuesday night gig at
New York's Den of Thieves party, said the pair were turned onto the School of
Sound. "It didn't necessarily fit with the record," he said, "but we liked what
Jonathan was doing."
For his contribution, under the name the Dylan Group, Cristy created
HREF="http://media.addict.com/music/Dylan_Group,_The/Decay.ram">"Decay"(RealAudio excerpt), a vibes, tribal drum and
chanting piece he said ended up being more morose than he intended.
"It's kind of sad that I named it that in retrospect," Cristy said. "It ended up being
about decay, though. If you think of life in terms of cycles, even though this is
supposed to be about healing, there's an element to the life cycle that is about
decay. Plants can't grow unless they have decayed material to feed off of.
Adding that he wouldn't have been able to write the song if he had set out to do
it, Cristy said he wanted to sing on the record as well, thus giving it a more
natural, more human feel. "Since I knew there would be a lot of electronic artists
on the album, I wanted a more human element," he said. [Sat., Nov. 8, 1997, 9 a.m. PST]