T. Gowdy - Therapy With Colour
Therapy With Colour is the Constellation debut by Montréal-based producer and sound artist T. Gowdy, who has released three prior albums of exquisitely textured, predominantly ambient electronic music (most recently Pachira Aquatica via Shimmering Moods Records in 2019).
Therapy With Colour is Gowdy’s most sonically and conceptually acute solo work to date, inspired by experiments with the Nova Pro 100 Light and Sound Mind Machine (among the best-known home hypnosis ‘mind machine’ devices, first released in the late 1990s). For Gowdy, the ritualized therapeutic reprogramming of consciousness promised by this technology has two primary personal dimensions: “to explore psychological ‘debiasing’ and decorrelation of heteronormative narratives that exist within my familial, intimate and economic relationships." The album’s five tracks are extracted from live, linear, real-time stereo recordings that have their origins in an audio/visual collaboration between Gowdy and light artist Laura Buckley (whose scanner artwork features on the album cover and packaging).
The music on Therapy With Colour is indeed meditative, but in a resolutely contemporary and highly engaging way. Consistent with theories of ‘mind machine’ brainwave synchronization, these tracks involve oscillating, shimmering minimalist pulse and techno-adjacent rhythm that reward active listening, while working coequally as dissociative concentration music.
Therapy With Colour
No Wave II
LP pressed on 180g black vinyl; housed in 420gsm jacket with 12” x 19” art print poster; includes download coupon; CD housed in mini-gatefold paperboard jacket