Exploring the bittersweet light of love and memory, October Project’s single “Changing Light of Love” by award-winning songwriters Julie Flanders and Emil Adler is set for release on Friday, February 23rd, with a Zoom/Video Premiere set for Sunday, February 25th from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST.

In synch with the emphasis of music luminaries Peter Gabriel (whose studio is behind the publication of Reverberation: Do Everything Better with Music) and Renée Fleming (whose new book, Music & Mind: Harnessing the Arts for Health and Wellness, comes out this April) on the healing and transformative power of music, October Project invites us once again (see “Lost”) into the experience of an altered, more relaxed and receptive state of consciousness with the release of their new single and video.

Opening with the quiet, deeply felt vocals of lead singer Marina Belica against a signature Adler piano line and soft clouds of electric guitar from Julian Coryell (Alanis Morrissette), “Changing Light of Love” takes flight with trademark October Project harmony from co-vocalist Flanders and the steady, guiding pulse of drummer Mark Schulman (Pink). Delicate verses build to a powerful chorus against a backdrop of originally designed kaleidoscopic imagery and an unusual (7/4) musical meter that work together to help us leave behind our analytical mind.  The flow and shifting of music and pattern distract us from our environment to help calm the brain and move us into an experience of rich feeling and reverie.  Offers Belica, “It’s a multisensory magic carpet ride.”

The video plays intentionally with our experience of light, through a kaleidoscopic portal that allows us to experience the music more deeply.  Like “music for the eyes,” the ever-changing mandala-like patterns are not only mesmerizing and beautiful but have a therapeutic, calming effect, one that has been used to relax patients [in cancer clinics, hospice groups and children’s hospitals] or [in clinical settings].  Says kaleidoscope artist Judith Paul, “the right brain wants beauty and art; the left brain wants order.  The kaleidoscope is science and art, both.”

The lyric of “Changing Light of Love” speaks directly to the thematic heart of the album on which it appears, The Ghost of Childhood, due for release this May – looking back, looking inward, the way the light of memory and love changes with time.  Concepts of light, looking back and taking the listener/viewer on a transformative journey also inspired the video for an earlier single from the album, “Lost,” a trip across the universe featuring stunning imagery from the James Webb telescope.

"Over the years we’ve had listeners express the power of our music in their lives, especially in times of transition and hardship. The notion of music being a healing force is always there for us,” says Flanders.

“Changing Light of Love” is the fifth in a series of singles October Project is releasing from The Ghost of Childhood, with the full album slated for release this spring.

ON THE BOOK OF ROUNDS

The Book of Rounds is not only an exquisitely rhapsodic cycle of musical rounds, it is also a transformative journey of consciousness—with lyrics that offer a new vocabulary of mantra—in English.

Conceived by Julie Flanders, with lyrics by Flanders and music by Emil Adler, each round is a fugue of positive messages created to invoke a feeling of well-being in those that listen to, sing or speak them. The music lifts the words beyond their ordinary meanings into an enveloping and transformative experience that is poetic and universal.

ON THE MUSIC

A round is a melody that harmonizes itself as it repeats, with voices entering at measured intervals, and cascading over each other to create a kaleidoscopic effect of meaning and beauty. Through the repetition that defines it, a round can have a profound contemplative effect.

The Book of Rounds offers many programming and sequencing possibilities to create a dramatic and a meditative arc that will move the listener through what is ultimately a relaxing, energizing and integrated experience.

ON THE WORDS

Using simple, prayer-like language, the rounds are essentially positive mantras that cascade, circle and relate in the same way the melodies do. With every repetition, each lyric begins to acquire different shades of meaning, shifting the mind and the heart of the listener. 

Julie Flanders, whose deeply influential work in the expressive arts is complemented by her profound work as a healer and spiritual teacher, describes this as one of her most personal projects. The Book of Rounds was originally written for her son—as an embrace of protection and comfort during difficult times. 

ON THE PRODUCTION

Produced by Emil Adler and internationally acclaimed recording artist October Project, The Book of Rounds – Choral Edition is performed by Chorus Austin and conducted by Ryan Heller (Artistic Director). Using an innovative approach, Adler added elements of ‘close-up’ pop recording to the more traditional methods of recording a choir in the ‘live’ sound environment of a church. The result is a more intimate, immersive experience for the listener that bridges the worlds of pop and classical music.

Vocal arrangements by Keiji Ishiguri were re-arranged by Heller for large chorus, with vocal supervision by Marina Belica. Grammy winners Ed Boyer, mixing engineer, and Bill Hare, mastering engineer, who specialize in vocal recording and have worked together on Pentatonix and Pitch Perfect among many others, add the finishing touch.

As a bonus, the duet “Eden” is reprised by acclaimed soprano Mela Dailey (Conspirare) and baritone Jonathan Christopher (lead in the National Tour of Hamilton).

October Project
Changing Light of Love

Words & Music by Julie Flanders & Emil Adler

Produced by Emil Adler & Julian Coryell

Lead Vocals - Marina Belica

Co-Vocals - Julie Flanders

Piano, keyboards and vocals - Emil Adler

Guitars - bass and electric - Julian Coryell

Drums - Mark Schulman

The Ghost String Quartet

String Arrangements - Emil Adler & Julian Coryell

Recording Engineer (Basic Tracks) - Erich Gobel, West Triad Studios

Recording Engineer (Vocals) - Emil Adler, Tritone Productions

Mixed by Erich Gobel

Mastered by Gavin Lurssen

Music Video Artist - Charlie Hawkings

Art Design - Mick Wieland Design

Cover Image - Ali Cavanaugh

About Kaleidoscopes

from the Greek:

Kalos – beautiful

Eidos – shape

Skopeo – to see

The Brewster Kaleidoscope Society (BKS), a community dedicated to the art of the kaleidoscope, is a comprehensive resource of information about kaleidoscopes: https://brewstersociety.com

October Project

Marina Belica • Julie Flanders • Emil Adler

octoberprojectmusic@gmail.com

octoberprojectmusic.com

P.O. Box 2223, New Preston, CT 06777