-21 Exoticism ESCAP

White Rainbow – 21 Exoticism ESCAP
Cassette ($10) & Digital Download

total runtime: 68min
*ltd. edition of 150 cassettes
*handpainted shells, rainbow reflective OCard

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WHITE RAINBOW is in the business of cloud-making:

“21 Exoticism ESCAP”, words from the White Rainbow:
4 dark purple clouds of supreme drift.
68 minutes of billowed drifted smears of complicated color

Gentle Flight – a thick synth and string pad opens as clouds do to show sparkles of sunny piano plink
Strong Pull – deep meditation on sadness
Staged CC – low rumble underbed, chimed shimmers, vocal swells
DX Cloud – Frequency Modulation Synthesis Cloud tribute to Steve Roach Structures from Silence. for floating to sleep relax

There are no memories of the creation of these 4 pieces.
“Time doesn’t exist when you’re in the zone”

A dark purple cloud of noir-ish melancholy envelopes and covers your surroundings
Stains your clothes
Imagine a man alone, in a darkened room, surrounded by the blinking lights of various music technologies
Its 11am, its 3am, its 6pm
Time blurs alone in this room
This is sound color painting for waiting, for accepting that waiting is not actually waiting
No flights of fancy, no fantasy within the mind or in the networks
No escape
The sublime in this absurd
Exoticism, digital imperialism, 21 century spiritual escapism
All take us away from the simple beauty of our present condition
In rags as a beggar, or a mansion on the hill, surrounded by bowls of fruit
Sipping coffee on a porch in paris
On a cliff overlooking a vast green rainforest
In a yoga pose
In lululemon flexible sweat wicking tech fabrics
Or in dirt stained jeans
Mindfulness as corporate mandate
“Progress”, “success”, “achievement”, “self actualization” and “growth”
Return to the prison of eternal now
To reach outside of ones self is to fall into the traps of objectification
There is no 4th world
There is nothing but the world
A tiny bed, steps away
From the blinking lights of the various music technologies
And when the coffee and food and rest and the blurred hours and days
Align in some random confluence
With the machines
Everything melts
And the world is gone



Matthewdavid’s Mindflight – Ashram
Cassette ($10) & Digital Download

total runtime: 40min
*ltd. edition of 150 cassettes
*handpainted shells, rainbow reflective OCard
*cassette exclusive 20minElectric Ganesh
*digital exclusive 17minDancing Ganesh

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You are in a cave in an Indonesian ashram. Surrounded by statues of Ganesh, the fragrant smells of incense and flowers put your senses at ease as you sublimate. The sound of trickling fountains reverberates throughout your mind, breaking your defenses down into a state of pure, blissful relaxation. This is the ideal environment to introduce the freshly minted “Leaving Records for the New Age” series. Fittingly, these sounds come straight from label founder and forward-thinking steward of modern New Age music, Matthewdavid. He is your pilot for the duration of his Ashram, transporting you from one serene scene to the next. In this collection of three long-form compositions, heavy water sounds and flute mix with field recordings from Bali, sweeping synthesizers, and the angelic vocals of Nora Keyes (“Dancing Ganesh”). Though Ashram documents a special time and place in the producer’s life, it may only whet listeners’ appetites for its forthcoming double-LP followup, the contemporary New Age masterwork Trust the Guide and Glide.

LR070, LR071, LR072
-All In One Peace

LR070, LR071, LR072
Laraaji – All In One Peace
Unicorns in Paradise ’81 / Lotus Collage ’78 / Connecting with the Inner Healer Through Music ’83

LR070 runtime: 88min
LR071 runtime: 59min
LR072 runtime: 64min
*Gold-embossed Orange Gratitude Sleeve, written by Laraaji
*JCard art recreated from Laraaji self-released cassettes 1978-1983

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Leaving Records is proud to present, with humble gratitude, three re-issues of seminal works by new age musician, composer, and laughter meditation workshop leader Laraaji. Recorded between 1978 and 1983, these works have not been re-issued in full since their original release. Although some excerpts of the material have been featured on various compilations, this is the first time in over 30 years that one can experience the uninterrupted duration of these cosmic etudes in their complete form. The added length creates an immersive environment of fresh, exploratory, experimental and healing sounds in which to dwell– these are the proper, entire experiences as intended by their creator.

1978’s Lotus Collage was recorded live in a Park Slope, Brooklyn living room during Laraaji’s busker years. The sounds consist of freestyle electric open tuned zither/harp, Ecstatic Rhythmic hammer percussion, and free flow open hand ethereal moods. This recording crucially predates Laraaji’s now mythological “discovery” by Brian Eno, and is significant as one of Laraaji’s first electric zither recordings. This early recording captures a youthfulLaraaji at the outset of his musical journey, still ripe for discovery, exploration, and transcendence. 1981’s Unicorns in Paradise was performed on electric keyboard Casiotone MT-70, and once again featuresLaraaji’s iconic zither in a flowing atmospheric improvisation. Laraaji describes its sonic environs as “an ideal habitat in another dimension of timelessness.” Many years later, this description holds true as its vibrant sounds inspire sensual reflections of the excited imagination. The final re-issue consists of two parts. Its first side,Trance Celestial, is a glowing, amorphous survey of muted and malleable electric sounds. Its uncharacteristically dark atmospheres nevertheless still paint a surreal atmosphere for self-reflection. Much beauty and inner-wisdom can be found in the depths of its inward trajectory. In contrast, the title track is a guided meditation full of light and optimism. Its spoken word segments and patient arrangements illustrate a constructive framework for enjoying the whole of Laraaji’s extensive catalog.

Originally, these releases were hand-made and dubbed to cassette by Laraaji himself. Of the process, he says “I felt like I was distributing artwork. As a matter of fact, for some of the cassettes I actually did some extra handwork on the label, doing a screen print or magic marker to add some color. So there was a sense of how to be an industry homemade artist direct-to-consumer feeling in the early years. People would ask for cassette tapes of an issue that I had not mass produced. So, now and then I’ll run into somebody who has a cassette tape… I’ll look at it and say, Oh Wow, hand-made label, J-card, and HEART.” Available on both cassette and digital, these re-issues offer Laraaji’s early music in both its original form and a form that did not exist at the time of its recording. Regarding this parallel, Laraaji reflects, “Having the music move in dimensions I didn’t predict… It feels like an extended blessing.”



Fowler, J.Unami, al. (23-September, 2015). Species pluralis [Audio Cassette]. United States: Leaving Records. 066(3):09–12

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Duration: 20:12
Ltd. 100 Chrome Plus Cassettes in Recycled Chipboard O-Cards
Graphic design by D/P/I
Screen-printing by HIT+RUN


DISCOUNT BUNDLE ($15): 060(1):01-04, 063(2):05-08, 066(3):09-12

Track listing

09. […]; -16.0 db; (2009) 11:81–96; (3:00); 33.103189, 139.800639; 631595050585; 9781169338463; 1/f noise; C14H14Cl2N2O; IX-1980; Magnaporthe grisea (T.T. Hebert) M.E. Barr; Phytophthora spp.; Puccinia graminis Pers.
10. 012384858X; 034411111000; (2014) 17: 624–636; -33.0 db; 383761803X; 42.358886, -72.301152; 5021603021129; Beauveria spp.; Crithidia spp.; CuSO4·5H2O; Disease; Nosema spp.; Ophiocordyceps unilateralis (Tul.) Petch; […]
11. […]; (1961) 189: 732–735; -22.0 db; (7:06); 9780618249060; Aspergillus spp.; Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Longcore, Pessier & D.K. Nichols (1999); Cl3CNO2; Family; Initials; Month-YEAR; LNT; Plasmodium spp.; UPC; X
12. -16.0 db; (3:00); Black noise; Decimal degrees; em><Fusarium spp.; Genus species, Authority; ISBN; Molecular formula; n; Pseudogymnoascus destructans Minnis & Lindner (2013); VHEMT; (YEAR) Volume number: Page range; “_”; […]

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