“Phlebas” is the third electronic meditation track to be released by Matt Singmin (a.k.a SOLON). Designed specifically to induce a state of yoga nidra (yogic sleep), the ambient composition is inspired by a sequence in T.S. Eliot’s poem the Wasteland:
Phlebas the Phoenician, a fortnight dead,
Forgot the cry of gulls, and the deep seas swell
And the profit and loss. A current under sea
Picked his bones in whispers. As he rose and fell
He passed the stages of his age and youth
Entering the whirlpool. Gentile or Jew
O you who turn the wheel and look to windward,
Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you.
The track features sonic references to the poem: the cry of gulls, the rumble of thunder, the distant call of bells, and analog synthesisers which surround and swell like the ocean.
Ten minutes long, the track has 3 phases, each of which is designed to drop the listener one step further into meditation – slowing the heart rate, calming the breath and facilitating the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system.
If you’re a yoga or meditation teacher you can find some thoughts here on how the track was composed to fit the flow of guiding a class into savasana or deep meditation.
Matt Singmin (a.k.a. SOLON) is an English electronic musician based in Sydney, Australia. As one half of the Future Sound of Yoga, he has curated and DJ’ed yoga events since 2009. His yoga mixes and compositions have been streamed over 50,000 times across 56 countries around the world.
To find out more, check out his full bio here
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