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Liquid Mind VI: Spirit

Liquid Mind VI: Spirit by Liquid Mind

Music for meditation, yoga, massage, and many healing practices. Wild's struggle with panic and anxiety in the late 1980s led to his development of this bestselling ultraslow series to aid in his own healing.

 

Tracks

1. Warm In You 7:03
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2. My Silent Knowing 14:56
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3. Through My Eyes 6:45
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4. Teach Me To Whisper 7:01
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5. In The Spirit 13:50
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6. Velvet Morning 7:41
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More Music By This Artist

Liquid Mind X: Meditation by Liquid Mind
Dream: A Liquid Mind Experience by Liquid Mind
Liquid Mind IX: Lullaby by Liquid Mind
Relax: A Liquid Mind Experience
Liquid Mind VIII: Sleep by Liquid Mind
Liquid Mind VII: Reflection by Liquid Mind
Liquid Mind V: Serenity by Liquid Mind
Liquid Mind III: Balance by Liquid Mind
Liquid Mind IV: Unity by Liquid Mind
Liquid Mind II: Slow World by Liquid Mind
Ambience Minimus by Liquid Mind

Press Acclaim

Carl McColman

As a general rule, I believe that meditation or contemplative prayer are best practiced in silence — which means no TV blaring in the background, no MP3 player churning out sound, no computer or stereo making noise within earshot. Even using a so-called white noise machine is, to me, at best a necessary evil: perhaps required to mask the normal distracting sounds of children playing or whatever else might be happening in an adjacent room or apartment: but far less desirable than the pure absence (or near absence) of aural stimulation that only silence embodies.
 
So with that in mind, perhaps it is a bit ironic that in this post I am going to praise an album of ambient music called Meditation. But I am not recommending this album for use while you are meditating. Rather, this is perfect music for the other 15 or so hours that you are awake each day.  This most recent offering from the ambient music maestro Chuck Wild (who records under the name “Liquid Mind”) is one of the loveliest recordings of deeply introspective, truly relaxing, and — most important of all — serenely beautiful music that I’ve come across in quite a while.
 
But first, a disclaimer: I’ve been a fan of Liquid Mind for over a decade now. I first encountered Chuck Wild’s unique ability to create truly expansive and profoundly peaceful music when I was working for a music distributor. In my position there as a new age music buyer, I listened to ambient music all day long — and yes, much of it lives up to its stereotype of being bland, boring, and self-indulgent. If the stereotypes point to how forgettable most new age music is, they also indicate how difficult it is for musicians to create truly good, artistic, and distinctive ambient recordings. Over the years I’ve collected maybe a handful of ambient albums that bear repeated listening: Brian Eno’s Music for Airports, Laraaji’s Day of Radiance, or Bruce & Brian Becvar’s The Magic of Healing Music. These are all albums that live up to Eno’s definition of creative ambient music: music that is “able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular.”
 
Liquid Mind’s music belongs on any select list of must-have ambient albums — and while I think the newest album is arguably the best, the entire Liquid Mind catalogue is worth exploring. Among the previous Liquid Mind albums, I particularly love Unity, and Spirit — in fact, the track “Through My Eyes” from Liquid Mind VI: Spirit was used in several videos featuring me.
 
But today I want to focus on Liquid Mind X: Meditation. Comprising six tracks with a combined length of just over an hour, this musical suite can be the perfect soundtrack for massage, reading, quiet conversation, or mealtime. But I think what separates out truly creative ambient music from run-of-the-mill new age recordings is that it makes an authentic musical statement, far more than just functioning as a kind of soothing soundtrack for busy lives. This is certainly the case for Liquid Mind X: Meditation. This album speaks of spaciousness, openness, and letting go.  The first track, “In Fields of Peace,” creates a soundscape of unhurried presence, with a gradual unfolding of atmospheric chords, its cadence slower than the rhythm of deep, relaxed breathing. This leads into the title track, beginning with a sonic texture reminiscent of Tibetan chanting before opening into a calm melody that evokes the openness of a mind lulled into silence by a deep contemplative experience. “In the Silence of My Soul” and “When Time Slows” continue this sonic journey.  The third track evokes a sense of transcendence, while the fourth simply seems to deepen the overall sense of unhurried presence. “Soft Focus,” perhaps the most subtly dynamic of the six tracks, reminds me of the whispering cognitive activity that lurks at the heart of even the most deeply relaxing meditative experience. The album closes with “The Joy of Quiet,” a coda to the suite that echoes the opening track with a slightly more invigorating melody: the meditation is ending, leaving one refreshed and ready to engage with the hustle and bustle of life.

Writing about ambient music is probably the next hardest thing to actually creating it well, and so I am conscious that my words really do not begin to capture the sense of wide-open loveliness that this music embodies. So I’d encourage you to check it out for yourself.

Jim Brenholts

Chuck Wild must be one of the most serene individuals of all time. He creates dreamy floating atmospheres under the pseudonym Liquid Mind. Liquid Mind VI: Spirit is another relaxation treasure. Wild recommends this disc for yoga and massage. Experts agree. Every one of his solo efforts is in the ultimate relaxation zone. This disc follows his proven format. The atmospheres are dripping with pastoral textures and symphonic timbres. The engineering techniques create overtone qualities that tap directly into brain wave activity. This highly essential CD will appeal to fans of Seam Washburn, Laocoon, Kip Mazuy and Klaus Wiese.

Lloyd Barde

The Liquid Mind series has offered thousands of listeners a peaceful oasis in which to find a deep level of relaxation, & to accompany a variety of healing activities. This music is frequently used for a warm, inviting background atmosphere, while higher volume reveals many nuances, Liquid Mind is a soothing respite, with warm content and long-stretched textures that show colorful meaning in a magical, slow-evolving manner. Chuck Wild is the artist behind Liquid Mind, now in its 6th volume & sounding better than ever.

Dodds Wiley

This is a collection of six calming, soothing ambient compositions designed to help the listener relax and slow the pace of everyday life. Synthesist and composer Chuck Wild has released his sixth album of thoughtful, blissful music. Chuck writes "I am a shameless advocate of the slow lane. I write these compositions to help balance the hurry in our lives." Well said and as the gentle sounds wash over the listener a feeling of well being and security takes over.

Production values, sound quality and pacing of the album are all superb. Layers of synth create an almost orchestral feel and occasional far off background vocals add an angelic effect. Positive vibrations are set in motion and the listener begins to appreciate the beauty of life. This is excellent music to observe nature, and to reflect on the splendor of this incredible planet and it's inhabitants. It's also a great soundtrack for yoga, meditation, or healing. Liquid Mind is the sound of sunlight peeking through dark clouds and is a must for any ambient music collection.

Dan Cowan

Much like an argument over whether Pablo Picasso or Leonardo da Vinci is the better painter, ambient music often has been misunderstood and thought cold and abstract compared to acoustic instrumentation. Chuck Wild’s Liquid Mind series proves that ambient music is not only warm, but downright blissful when composed the right way. As light and sweet as a plume of cotton candy and as vast as a horizon, the Liquid Mind albums are great to have handy when you want music that doesn’t require your constant attention. In other words, they are a meditation practitioner’s best friend! Although difficult to pick one that stands out over the rest, Wild’s sixth album, Liquid Mind VI: Spirit, does a great job of striking a balance between melody and atmosphere.

Dene Bebbington

Liquid Mind CDs typically come with a warning to take care when operating vehicles or machinery because the music may cause drowsiness. Designed for de-stressing this music achieves its aim admirably, it's the first Liquid Mind album that I've heard and definitely won't be the last now I've been introduced to this wonderful musician's work. The defining thing about the music, and why it is so successful at reducing stress and anxiety, is the slow tempo; listening often becomes like mentally bobbing about slowly on a subdued but not becalmed sea.

All of the six tracks (ranging between six and fifteen minutes in length) are of the free form flowing ambience type, and in some tracks there are brief and gentle bubbling sequences. Even though the music consists of drifting and flowing synth sounds there often seems to be a structure of some kind, it almost seems as though one could speed up the music to discern a melodic structure.

The opening track "Warm in You" is indicative of what Spirit has to offer. Calming synth tones coupled with airy brushes of sound and gossamer vocals sedately create a warm embrace of music, it's like the sonic equivalent of having a warm blanket in which to snuggle one's weary body and mind. Subsequent pieces are essentially variations of that musical template; one of my favorites is "Teach Me to Whisper" which verges on the melodic more than most of the tracks. The rising and falling of sounds in this piece made me imagine eavesdropping on an intimate conversation between two mellifluous voices.

Spirit contains some of the most poised and relaxing music I've heard for a while. This is an album that one should take time out to listen to every now and again whether stress relief is needed or not; be prepared to slow your mind down to the music's pace in order to get the most out of it.

Ben Kettlewell

Liquid Mind VI: Spirit, is the sixth release in Liquid Mind’s highly acclaimed tranquil series of deep relaxation music. Are your feet sore from the recent peace marches? Are you weary from listening to the daily news about Bush and his wish for war with Iraq? You need to listen to Liquid Mind VI: Spirit — ASAP. The first impressions that come to mind while listening to this album, are of being on a small airplane looking out to the western horizon after a beautiful sunset, absorbed in the deepening tones of twilight, looking through the clouds, immersed in a metaphoric state. This new music by Chuck Wild possesses that feeling of vast and expanding spaces, centered around rich, organic textures; wrapped in ethereal chords that move from major to minor to 9ths and back again, engulfed in billowing pads that seem to stretch out forever, ...truly an exemplary work.

The album slowly evolves with hushed and breathy shimmers of sound moving through an ocean of light; ominous vocal pads that resolve gracefully. Chuck Wild is a master musician that concisely wields his sonic paint brushes to create delicate aural landscapes of elegant simplicity. Liquid Mind VI is a tranquil, expertly crafted album that gets richer with each hearing. The mysteries and complexities of this album are endless, thoroughly engaging, enigmatic as the tones Wild is capable of coaxing from his instruments. Chuck Wild has succeeded once again in taking the art of ambient music to new dimensions.

The six songs on Spirit easily achieve what many musicians strive for their during their entire career: a moving, yet restrained work that can simultaneously reveal artful sensitivity balanced with adept technical accomplishment. From the opening, soothing textures of "Warm in You" (that could serve well as the opening title soundtrack of a motion picture) to the resplendent tones of "Velvet Morning", Liquid Mind VI leads the listener through a variety of well crafted, highly imaginative soundscapes. Liquid Mind VI: Spirit, is one of Wild's finest albums to date, and a wonderful, much anticipated addition to the Liquid Mind series. Highly recommended.