How did you become involved in music?
Kip: Ever since I was a child I loved to create music. I never
liked to read music and rebelled heavily when I had to take piano lessons as
a kid. Then when the lessons stopped all I wanted to do was to create music.
I always saved up my money to buy new electronic music equipment.
By the age
of fifteen I had built my own rustic four track recording studio. I studied
how sound can effect the mind and was obsessed with the idea of creating
music that could bring people into states of bliss. I made music for modern
dance and plays. I went on to major in music at Bennington College in the
Were there any musical influences?
Kip:I feel that I get
a lot of musical
influence from sounds in nature or just sitting in silence. I went through a
period when I was making music for Synchronicity Foundation where every
night I would wake up hearing this rushing, roaring sound, like hundreds of
symphonies and choirs all playing at once. Those sounds that I heard late at
night probably influence my music more than anything.
How were you involved in New
Age/Relaxation Music in the USA?
Kip: In my junior year
at Bennington College I met and spent time with a meditation teacher named
Master Charles. He invited me to come create music for his organization
called Synchronicity Foundation. I composed and recorded music for
Synchronicity for five years.
What made you want to come to New
Zealand to continue your music?
Kip: My beautiful partner at the time, Marlena and I wanted to
leave Synchronicity and do something new. She is a New Zealand citizen and
suggested we move here. So we did. I instantly fell in love with this most
amazing country and especially the surf town of Piha where I call
home. I have the mountains and the bush where I live and the rugged ocean
just five minutes down the road. The air is so pure you can drink it like
water. I create music from my home. If I just want a break,
I just stop and look around and see that I live in paradise. I can't imagine
a more perfect way to live.
How would you describe the music you write and perform?
Kip: When one remains fully present and stops all thinking, there
is an undeniable sense of "I am." If one remains in this state of pure
being, one experiences peace, love and bliss. As one remains solely focused
on this feeling of being, the identification of the individual form shifts
to the identification of simply being, beyond form.
Then one discovers that they are
peace itself, love itself and bliss itself. That this is their essence. This
is where my music comes from and this is the experience I want to share with
my listener. The music is a gentle reminder of who we truly are.
What musical instruments did you use
on this new album?
Kip: I use
a lot of samples of my own voice and samples of the
London choir. I also sample other instruments such as Piano, flutes, Tibetan singing bowls
and tamburas. I take these samples and play with them. I layer them, slow
them down, play them backwards and forwards and then sample them again,
sculpting them into new sounds. I also add piano and environmental sounds
that I record in and around Piha.
Where do you get your inspirations
Kip: From silence of course!
Where did the natural sounds
(birds and water) on your new album THE SWEET NECTAR OF SILENCE come from?
Kip: I wake up before dawn to meditate every morning. The birds
on this CD I recorded right from my window as the sun was coming up. The
water is from mountain streams deep in the bush of Piha.
The third track LOVE IS SURRENDER is
my favorite track on your new album -- did you have the Gregorian Chant in
mind before you composed the piece or did you at a later stage feel the
piece needed the haunting chant?
Kip: They just fit perfectly in the piece, the decision
Where can listeners locate your music?
Kip: The best place is through
my website. I really enjoy the personal
contact with my customers and their comments; they have become my extended
family. I have a website www.bliss-music.com
where people can read more about me and listen to some samples of my music,
or they can write me at PO box 121 011 Henderson, Auckland (New Zealand) or call 09 812
8329. Most new age shops also sell my music.
How did Ocean
Euphoric come about?
been involved and used many of the meditation sound technologies out there
like the binaural beat programs. As I advanced in my own meditative
awareness, I found that the binaural beats were a hinderance to the deep
states of bliss I was experiencing, not helpful. I wanted to create something that would truly convey what these
programs could not which is the deep nurturing, pleasurable peace one enjoys
in deep meditation.
If you sit with one who has mastered the deep
stages of meditation, they literally radiate such peace and I wanted to
create that in sound.
one day, almost by accident I came upon a mix of natural sounds that
conveyed such peace. I made a recording of it and meditated with it
finding it more blissful every time I used it. I then spent 8 months
working this and reworking it until it turned into 63 minutes of meditation
music that was far more powerful than anything I had ever come across.
Did you know
Ocean Euphoric would have such an positive impact on others?
knew what Ocean Euphoric did for me. I offered it to some friends to
use daily and they also found it to be more powerful than anything they had
ever used. So I had a
good idea that it would be successful.
But I'm still
amazed even today by the responses I get from my customers who use it
daily. From those who have never meditated before, to people who are
advanced in their meditation practice, everyone writes how they have been
blown away by the pleasure and the peace they experience with Ocean
Euphoric. I have been told it has cured customer's depression, high
blood pressure, chronic insomnia.
But best of all, many have found it
to increase their levels of bliss, peace and clarity to a very high
degree. And as the word is spreading about Ocean Euphoric, I imagine
there will be much more to come.
What are you
working on now? What is the next release?
presently working on a second volume to Ocean Euphoric. I have found
many ways to deepen the technology. It will be a two CD set when it is
done. (Since then the second level Shakti
Silence , 3 CD set The
Calling and the latest 3 CD set The
Infinite Sky Spiritual Awakening CDs