In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Be Here Now, electronic producers Jon Hopkins and East Forest join Raghu to talk, Sit Around The Fire, their new Ram Dass music meditation experience.
Jon Hopkins is a Grammy-nominated electronic music producer who has created alongside Brian Eno, Coldplay, & David Holmes. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Be Here Now, Jon has come together with digital music shaman, East Forest, in creation of Sit Around The Fire, a dynamic music-meditation featuring Ram Dass, and accented with moving art from the original brown pages of Be Here Now. This special track, dropping Sept 2nd, will be part of Jon Hopkins’ new album Music For Psychedelic Therapy available everywhere November 12th 2021.
Watch the music video here: Jon Hopkins with Ram Dass, East Forest – Sit Around The Fire (Official Video)
Electronic Music, Psychedelics, & Meditation
Welcoming Grammy-nominated electronic producer, Jon Hopkins, to Mindrolling, alongside longtime friend and digital music shaman, East Forest; Raghu shares about their new Ram Dass track – Sit Around The Fire – a music meditation featuring moving art from the brown pages of Be Here Now, celebrating the book’s 50 year anniversary. From here, Raghu invites Jon to share what brought him to music, psychedelics, and meditation; offering pivotal music suggestions from his entheogenic emergence, like Ozric Tentacles.
“I had never heard this use of analog synths before and arpeggios. It’s an obsession which remains this day, which is the combination of electronic music and psychedelics or meditation.” – Jon Hopkins
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Sit Around The Fire: Rearranging Ram Dass (15:20)
After taking an auditory and visual dive through Sit Around The Fire (feat. East Forest) from Jon Hopkins new album Music For Psychedelic Therapy available November 12th 2021; Raghu prompts East Forest to share how he became one of the first pioneers in this newfound ‘Soul Land‘ tradition of delicately adorning Ram Dass’ transformative spoken words with well-curated, contributive music and flowing soundscapes.
“One of the great things about working with Ram Dass and his words is finding, in some ways, the smallest parts to get the point across. You know? Give it the spaciousness to land, and the music to swim around that; and not for it to be too much, or too loquacious.” – East Forest
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Brian Eno, Coldplay, DMT, & Singularity (37:53)
Prompted by Raghu, Jon shares the synchronicities surrounding how he came to work on many projects with music legend (and a Raghu favorite) Brian Eno—from the immensely dynamic masterpiece Small Craft on a Milk Sea, to producing songs on Coldplay’s Viva La Vida album. Raghu then inquires about Jon’s Grammy-nominated Singularity – an album Jon describes as inspired by his DMT voyages.
“It’s not a simple piece, but it was writing itself. And never have a felt so much just like a vessel. This place was pouring it’s wisdom into the sound.” – Jon Hopkins
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Ecuadorian Cave Expedition / Music For Psychedelic Therapy (55:46)
Recalling the Ecuadorian Tayos Caves expedition which inspired the genesis of his upcoming new Music For Psychedelic Therapy, Jon explains how the album naturally pieced itself together during the strange anxious time-stop of the pandemic, yet totally in-flow with the set and setting of this emerging psychedelic renaissance.
“In the psychedelic therapy space, music is most definitely a bit of an afterthought, and that’s a mistake. Because—not only traditionally, and we see this across the ages of Indigenous ceremony—but the music really becomes the ceremony. It’s the central guide.” – East Forest