Premiere: NYX – Lao Tzu


“The way you can go isn't the real way. The name you can say isn't the real name. Heaven and earth begin in the unnamed: name's the mother of the ten thousand things. So the unwanting soul sees what's hidden, and the ever-wanting soul sees only what it wants. Two things, one origin, but different in name, whose identity is mystery. Mystery of all mysteries! The door to the hidden.”

As a way of doing something positive during these strange times, London-based electronic drone choir NYX have released a collection of rehearsal recordings, sketches and demos recorded over the last two years. The collective, who seek to reshape the traditional role of the choir through live electronics and extended vocal techniques, offer up three ambient soundscapes available exclusively on Bandcamp, with 50% of the profits from the release being split between The Trussell Trust and the Samaritans, and the other 50% providing much-needed support for NYX who've been impacted heavily by the Covid-19 restrictions. Lao Tzu is a breathing, liminal passage flowing through a sequence of ancient gongs, singing bowl reversed loops, pitch shifted bass and a crescendo of synthesised voice.