Parallel Earth No. 737

Sounds of a forest breathing.

Story by
Teiya Kasahara 笠原
May 1, 2023

“Some of the sounds I used in this song include the “Parallel Earth” piano sound from the Logic sound library, and then the Gamelan sounds (“Gamelan Glow” drone and “Gamelan Bells”, more percussive). I remember first hearing Gamelan music in my first year at UBC when the ensemble brought all their instruments outside onto the quad in front of the music building and performed. Many people in colourful attire, sitting cross-legged and banging on all these different types of wide and stout bells, assembled together like a xylophone would be. It was loud, chaotic and rapturous, a cacophony of poly-rhythms. Nothing sounded “in tune” (and I use quotations here because I was so used to the western classical equal temperament tuning system). The more I listened to the chaos and gave into the out of tuneness, the more I enjoyed myself and let my ears be taken away, down a river of unexpected beauty, constantly moving, ebbing, flowing, energized bits, but continual reverberation… fractals were so apparent then, even before I knew what fractals were…”

– Teiya Kasahara 笠原 貞野

Accompanying visuals by artist Alexander McLeod


Teiya Kasahar
Alex McLeod