SEEKING CETACEOUS INSIGHT
TIME TO DANCE!
Within the myths, legends and history of mankind runs a recurring theme.
From time to time, at certain crucial turning points in our cosmic odyssey to self-awareness, there has occurred a cyclical, mystical,
mysterious and remarkable communion with the beings of the seas – the cetaceans- the whales and dolphin
Whenever this has happened, a resulting spark of inspiration has illuminated the ensuing phase of the civilising process,
only to fade gradually from conscious memory, blending with the chatter of myriad other myths and legends - until the next time, now.
Whales and dolphins – the ancestors of the ancestors.
The record of our inspiriting communion with cetaceans, this space contact between the two great intelligent mammalian
races sharing this unique blue speck, is deeply encoded in myth, legend, art and anecdotes, poetry and literature, handed
down for many generations.
Whales and dolphins are revered the world over.
As we pass through the current crisis of civilisation, tossed about in the creative
chaos of the cusp between ages, a door of perception is opening again, driven by new knowledge, new insights and the new
medium of modern communication.
Once again cetaceans present themselves, as they always have, to assist us.
These ancient mythic tales take on dramatic new meaning as science begins to plumb the depths of the cetaceans’
meaning and significance.
Popular imagination is fired with cetacean inspiration.
Let notes sampled into the music from whale sounds give you a pick-me-up!
A SPACE FABLE
Cetaceans are the Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises. These wondrous mammals have swum our planet’s Oceans
for some 50 million years. Cetaceans were at home in Planet Water before we renamed it Planet Earth.
Cetaceans have forever sung, and still sing the songs of our Planet Water.
From a time before memory to this very moment, there has been a profound connection between humans and Cetaceans,
a mysterious and much celebrated bond, likely fundamental to our existence.
A global phenomenon of ancient stories, myths and legends relate this remarkable interspecies love affair, a continuous cultural,
mystical and spiritual promise since our beginning.
Creation stories of many ancient peoples tell how Humans were once born of Whales or Dolphins. They are the ancestors of our ancestors.
Cetaceans embody our most potent archetypal connection with Nature, our Creator.
Legends & Tales of Dolphins & Whales celebrates this remarkable and miraculous relationship, the music inspired by many journeys and
intimate encounters with Whale Dreaming peoples, Whales and Dolphins.
These experiences are the wellspring of Legends & Tales of Dolphins & Whales
Legends & Tales of Dolphins & Whales is an album for general release, leading to an interactive human/cetacean performance.
A journey through the ancient and profound relationship between Man and cetaceans, the whales, dolphins and oft forgotten porpoises.
The Sounding is a collective creative talent of musicians, producers and DJ’s who have found a mutual admiration, love and commitment for and to cetaceans.
The Sounding was formed by a group of friends to share the stories of Man’s long and intimate relationship with cetaceans.
The myths, legends and stories old and new, come from all over the world and are expressed in the music of Legends & Tales of Dolphins & Whales.
The Sounding is a part of Mirthquake Limited, an organisation dedicated to articulating this remarkable phenomenon, in music, film, live performance,
along with Mirthquake Productions Ltd. and Mirthquake Foundation, a UK based registered charity, www.mirthquake.org.
This common cause resulted in The Sounding coming together to record their debut album Legends & Tales of Dolphins & Whales.
The album is an uplifting blend of dance, jazz, chill-out and ambient vibe.
The Sounding seeks to bring the beauty and importance of these magnificent beings back to the forefront of our collective consciousness.
A selection of tracks
by The Sounding
The Creator said, “Let the waters bring forth a multitude of living creatures”. Thus on the fifth day came great Whales with every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm.
Leviathan: He maketh the sea to boil like a pot: He maketh the sea like a pot of ointment: He maketh a path to shine after him. He is unique upon the Earth who is without fear. Will he speak in soft words to us?
From a time before memory we have lived in peace with the Whale and the Dolphin. Even though Nature is without morality, since we eat the Buffalo and the Deer, we know the Whale and the Dolphin are our relations. They accept us because we know each other.
4. ARE YOU LISTENING?(Credo Mutwa)
More and more people are feeling and crying with good reason. Our tears connect us to the sadness of the earth. We stopped revering Nature, Devising gods in our own image. We give glamour to destruction And beauty to death. There is a change of awareness In the world that begins now to understand that Whales and dolphins are the greatest archetypal symbols to us of Man’s reconnection with Nature,our Creator.
5. DREAMING(Robert Lawler)
The Creator said, "Let the waters bring forth a multitude of living creatures. Thus on the fifth day came great whales great Whales with every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm."
The Boy and the Dolphin were closest of friends. One day, during a storm the Boy fell off the Dolphin’s back and drowned. The Dolphin picked up the body and threw the Boy and itself on to the beach where it too died, thinking it right to share a death for which it thought itself responsible. The Dolphin is perhaps the only creature that loves Man for its own sake.
7. THE GATHERING(Buckminster Fuller)
‘Whales and Dolphins may well be carrying information as well as functions critical to the regeneration of life upon our planet’ So gather with Whales and Dolphins, their wisdom is key to our future. Far inland we can share their joy by gathering as they do in the Oceans. Our separation is only in our minds.
8. PROPHECY(Zulu, Mirning, Chumash et al.)
‘The coming together of Whales and Dolphins with Humankind is happening here and now and is the fulfillment of ancient prophecy. We need Friendship with Whales and Dolphins. They hold the wisdom of the seas as man had forgotten the wisdom of the land. Without peace between us we are lost.
In ancient Hindu scripture the universe is shaped like a Dolphin, every particle in the Cosmos is contained in a celestial Cetacean. Simplicity is the Dream of Creation.
Dionysus, the god of wine and revelry was taken captive and imprisoned below decks by pirates. When he broke free, he transformed the wicked men into the first Dolphins, cleansed of their evil ways and forever willing to offer help and salvation to vessels in distress. In many languages the word for Dolphin means ‘Redeemer Fish’
Jeederra the great White Whale and bringer of life heaved the cliffs from the ocean with his great might. The Seven Sisters of the Pleiades danced upon his back and taunted him. Tired from their antics, the Sisters rested atop the new born land and while they slept, Jeederra loved the Seventh Sister and so were born the Mirning, Whale Dreamers of the Nullarbor.
Based in the West Country, The Sounding are Dave Grier (Engineer, Producer, DJ) Kevin Lloyd (Producer, DJ) Ian Middleton (Producer, DJ) Max Middleton (Music Director, Keyboards) and Napier Marten (Producer, Creator).
Napier Marten has dedicated his life to ‘Seeking Cetaceous Insight’ between mankind and cetaceans. Leaving his old life behind, he hasput his words into action by pursuing this understanding through travel, film making (Whale Dreamers 2006), live performance and Mirthquake Foundation.
Max Middleton’s talent on keyboards and in composition has seen him work with many great artists including Jeff Beck, Beck, Bogartand Appice,
Hummingbird, George Martin on the soundtrack of Sergeant Pepper, The Bee Gee’s,
Peter Frampton, Kate Bush, Chris Rea and the late John Martyn among others.
Legends & Tales of Dolphins & Whales also features some of the UK’s most established session musicians including Dick Pearce (Flugelhorn), Kate Shortt
John McKenzie to name a few. The album was engineered by Dennis Weinreich at Sensible Music in London.
· Work focusing on creative, cultural and environmental initiatives, emphasising First Nation peoples’ current and historical connection with cetaceans.
· Exploring and manifesting the profound and ancient relationship between man and cetaceans, and the role of this relationship in revitalizing and restoring our fractured harmony with nature.
· Endeavours directly or incidentally benefitting the lives and safety of cetaceans
· First Nation groups whose cultures are historically based and dependent on relationships with cetaceans
· Initiating educational and entertainment projects which bring further understanding and knowledge of cetaceans
· Improving public awareness of the issues involved in the health of the oceans, environment and associated human issues
· Support other registered charities or individuals that promote the welfare of cetaceans
The next chapter of our evolutionary saga is here…
...the sheer volume and deep richness of these magnificent legends and tales…
…is Mirthquake Foundation, bringing the once and future story of our dance of consciousness with the advanced, benign intelligence inhabiting the oceanic vastness of our shared spaceship Earth.
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