Strand with Hemi-Sync®
Strand with Hemi-Sync®
Hemi-Sync® frequencies move you into deep relaxation for a powerful meditative experience. Zero Ohms (Richard Roberts) and thunderjack (Tracy Chappell) join together to create an alchemical experience with ambient and introspective melodies.
Relax and follow the thread from each track as it weaves a beautiful tapestry. Zero Ohms (Richard Roberts) and thunderjack (Tracy Chappell) join together to create an alchemical experience with ambient and introspective melodies. Hemi-Sync® frequencies move you into deep relaxation for a powerful meditative experience. Instruments include: Zero Ohms on flute, bass flute, Nepali flute, bansuri, Bamboo Blue bansuri, bass bamboo flute, and Anasazi Native American flute; thunderjack plays Stratocaster and Les Paul electric guitars, and Fender acoustic bass guitar. Length: 56 minutes.
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Music possesses the capacity for awakening a deeper part of ourselves that lies within. Those driven to find this bountiful experience open their eyes, ears, and hearts, seeking to find themselves and this golden thread of truth within. From this, they are compelled into expression. One of these rare but welcomed expressionists is writer, painter, musician, teacher and producer Richard J. Roberts, following what he has termed Tao of Zero Ohms (literally: way of no resistance). Zero Ohms aptly describes Richard’s range of instrumentation, with woodwinds from around the world and electronics in a versatile palette of sonic colors. His sound is at once ancient and contemporary.
During the ‘70s, Richard began his ongoing research into ethnomusicology and the psycho-spiritual effects of music. He attended master’s class with Jean-Pierre Rampal and has performed on stage with The Chieftains, Sarah McLachlan, and opened shows for Robert Rich. By the ‘80s, extensive experimentation led him to the musical styles now labeled as New Age and Ambient.
Richard taught himself to play wind-controlled synthesizer, guitar, and over fifty various flutes, saxes, and other woodwinds, in an embrace of styles from around the globe and beyond. The mid-‘90s saw the release of five new age projects, Winds Over The World, and Gaia (Monroe Products Metamusic®); Whale Chants, and Dolphin Songs (Tranquil/Direct); and Trans Spheres (ZOP).
While successful, these releases failed to do more than hint at the extensive ambient compositions Richard had created and performed in coffeehouses and other venues throughout Tennessee. Encouraged by friends in the industry, Richard followed his heart into the ambient realm exclusively. The result was four critically-acclaimed ambient Zero Ohms releases: The Glass Bead Game (1999 ZOP), Atma-Spheric Surfaces (2000 ZOP), Supreme*Infinite*Essence (2000 ZOP), and he produced Innerstellar (2000 ZOP), a CD of harmonic overtone singing by his friend Gordon Rhyne. Collaboration with fellow Space for Music artist Brannan Lane produced the best-selling Soundfall to the Infinite (2002 SFM) and Immense Distance (2003 SFM). Other notable SFM releases include Sweven (2001 SFM), Unafraid of the Impending Silence (2002 SFM), Ecstasis (with Gordon Rhyne 2002 SFM), True Degrees of Freedom (2003 SFM), and Spatial Glacial Nebulous (2004 SFM). Collaboration with another SFM artist, northern California synthesist and sound designer Craig Padilla, produced Path of Least Resistance (2005 Lotuspike) and the upcoming Beyond the Portal (2009 Lotuspike).
The golden thread can be more easily discovered via the clarion music of Richard J. Roberts. To him, the way is clear -- to listen while letting go. And this is The Tao of Zero Ohms.
Strand with Hemi-Sync®
Tracy Chappell was born in Louisiana to artistic parents and grew up in the theatre, surrounded by musicians, singers, dancers and actors.
He made his theatrical debut in 1968 in the title role of “Oliver.” Many theatrical productions followed in dramas, musicals, melodramas and comedies; as an actor, musician and backstage tech.
Tracy began playing guitar in 1972 and has performed as both a solo artist and in bands, playing rock, country, blues, folk, show tunes and ambient music.
A few highlights include:
Traveling the U.S. in 1993 playing guitar in a dance band called Charizma.
Being commissioned, in 1995, by Theatre Memphis to compose and perform acoustic guitar accompaniment for their production of John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath.”
Writing and recording in 2001 and 2002 the soundtrack for the independent film, “Normal to Oily.” That was followed by audio contributions to the independent film, “Dysphoria.”
Recording guitar in 2007 for Mike Dees’ contribution to Sensory Lullabies: The Ultimate Tribute to Jellyfish on “Let This Dream Never End.”
Recording guitar in 2007 for Mike Dees’ contribution to Beautiful Escape: The Songs Of The Posies Revisited on “Flood Of Sunshine.”
Active membership from 1994-2008 in the Memphis Acoustic Music Association (MAMA).
Recording, as thunderjack, in 2008, all parts for The Bogus Man track to be included on the upcoming release, “Take Refuge in Pleasure: The Songs of Roxy Music Revisited.”
The Hemi-Sync® Metamusic® release by Zero Ohms and thunderjack entitled “Strand.”
thunderjack’s musical involvement with Zero Ohms was very organic. They began as friends enjoying oriental cooking and movies together with thunderjack’s wife, Cassie, who had introduced the two to each other. Over time, a like-mindedness on many issues emerged and they decided, at Cassie’s behest, to make some music together. During the first recording session they discovered that they could actually find new musical terrains together and they decided to try it again. One thing led to another and, before too long and without really trying, an album had been produced.
Most of the album’s brilliant production qualities can be credited to Zero Ohms, who has been releasing ambient music albums for years.
Tracy is very excited by this new music and is happily anticipating its upcoming release.
He can currently be found in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he is writing songs with Tom Johnson and performing with bands, and as a solo artist on a regular basis.