»Sonic Healing« is Martin Steer’s third full-length release under the Bad Stream moniker. Bringing together twelve different artists from the extended network of his label, »Sonic Healing« is both a deeply intimate record and a collaborative effort that tries to imagine and propose new forms of community and collectivity.
While the concept was started by one person in response to a singular situation, it fully came to life as a product of collective imagination. For the album, Steer sent a single guitar loop to twelve musicians from the extended network of his ANTIME label who improvised with the recording, which was later collaged by Steer into a single, 39 minute long piece that stylistically ranges from feverish jazz to brooding ambient and abstract electronica. Together with the Iranian new media artist Arash Akbari’s vivid animations based on generative algorithms and real-time processing, »Sonic Healing« does not ask how one person can deal with turmoil in their life alone, but how we can create new forms of being together with art as a mediator.
The title of »Sonic Healing« must thus be taken at face value: this is the ever-evolving sound of progress from one emotional status to the next, music that wordlessly speaks of the changes around us, in our minds and our bodies. It is a unique album that reflects the extraordinary circumstances under which it was conceived and recorded, but also responds to them, transforms them...