‘Mahamudra’ – rough translation: “great gesture” – was created in Portland, OR primarily in 2013 and 2014. It was intended to present a shift away from the more esoteric drone music Sun Hammer had primarily created for the previous few years into a more expansive synthesis of tastes and influences. Taking cues from drone, as well as hip-hop, techno, plunderphonics, glitch, post-dubstep mutations and process-based experimental music, MAHAMUDRA aims to present something more broadly accessible to fans of electronic music as a sort of magnum opus for the Sun Hammer identity.
The first Sun Hammer release to incorporate elements from his ever-growing personal library of daily musical exercises – a practice which the artist has diligently kept up since 2012 – MAHAMUDRA acts as a master class in modern electronic music production technique. Ever the engineer, Sun Hammer drew on his considerable expertise and knowledge to craft these 12 tracks: drum programming, odd time-signatures, FM, granular and additive synthesis, data-to-sound transformation algorithms, graphic scores, randomized processes, multi-generational sampling, vocoder, auto-tune, breakbeats, trap-style beat tags and more. The end result is a sprawling collection of rhythmic sculptures that calls to mind any number of reference points, while still forcefully asserting an identity and aesthetic all its own.
In 2015, after a long delay, the album was mixed by Sun Hammer with Chris Koltay at High Bias Recordings studio in Detroit MI. Software used was Ableton Live and Max / MSP, along with piano, voice and field recordings captured on iPhone.
released September 15, 2016
Written and produced by Jay Bodley at Sun Hammer Business Campus,
Portland OR, 2012-2015.
Mixed by Chris Koltay & Sun Hammer at High Bias Recordings, Detroit MI, 2015.
This is the album that has gotten me through the pandemic. It has provided peace when peace was nowhere else to be found. It has provided joy when joy was elusive. It has inspired gratitude when darkness and cynicism have crept in. Thank you Andrew. Woven Antelope
Billy Gomberg has been releasing some accomplished drone music recently, most in hard-to-find small editions. Here's a pay-what-you-want digital version of a very fine cassette release. Jeremy P. Bushnell